So you’re ready to take the leap from renter to homeowner – but where exactly do you start?

So you’re ready to take the leap from renter to homeowner – but where exactly do you start?
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: Thinking of buying a home? Give me a call at 707-334-0699. Many first-time home buyers across the country are facing brutally competitive markets that favor sellers. That means buyers need to bring their A game to snag a pad of their own. Especially if you're a newbie. The road to home ownership can be long and daunting, but here's where experts say you should start. Check your bank balance How much h

How to Sell a Home in Autumn or Fall

How to Sell a Home in Autumn or Fall
The fall real estate market is almost always a hot season. Home selling in autumn or fall is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren't yet upon us, at least not yet in an annoying way. We are set to enjoy 75 to 80 days of normalcy, and that's a great time to sell a home. In parts of the country with four seasons, we watch leaves explode in vibrant col

How to Sell Your House: 100 Tips to Sell Faster and For More Money

How to Sell Your House: 100 Tips to Sell Faster and For More Money
Although I strongly believe holding onto properties for the long term is the best way to build wealth in today’s economy – sometimes an investor or a homeowner simply must let go of a property an venture onto bigger deals or priorities. However, letting go of properties and selling them can be a major challenge, especially in a slower market. There’s a lot of things to consider and it may run from checking the house, inspections, finding buyers, and so on....

13 Tips for Selling Your Home

13 Tips for Selling Your Home
We’ve all heard about how “bad” the real estate market is. But what’s bad for sellers can be good for buyers, and these days, savvy buyers are out in spades trying to take advantage of the buyer’s market. Here are 13 thing you can do to help sell your house. 1. Audit your agent’s online marketing. 92% of homebuyers start their house hunt online, and they will never even get in the car to come see your home if the online listings aren’t compelling. In re

How to Sell Your Home Fast

How to Sell Your Home Fast
From the desk of Rio Vista Realtor Ralene Nelson: Most of the homeowners I meet with want (or need) to sell their home FAST!  So, I just thought I would share these great tips. Selling a home can often take months, even years. So what if you have to unload your home in, say, two weeks? It can happen: Whether you need to relocate for a new job, to care for an elderly family member who's suddenly fallen ill, or because you simply can't handle your mort

Upsizing on the Upswing: The Big Decision More Homeowners Are Making

From the desk of one of  Rio Vista's top REALTORS, Ralene Nelson: Are you looking for more space? Let me lend you a hand, just call me at 707.334.0699. Downsizing? That’s so 2016. Housing trends and consumer research indicate a move toward upsizing as homeowners transition to larger dwellings. For Rhiannon Kruse, moving to a bigger home was about facing the music. For five years, Kruse and her husband had squeezed themselves into a downtow...

How to Sell Your Home Fast in 9 Easy Ways

How to Sell Your Home Fast in 9 Easy Ways
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: Ready to sell? Give me a call or text me at 707.334.0699, let's get together for a free home evaluation. By using these easy and inexpensive tips, you can expect an offer in no time. Whether you’re selling Portland, ME, real estate or have a home for sale in San Angelo, TX, putting your home on the market can be stressful. Week after week of showings require your house to be presentable at all tim

Going, Going, Gone! Existing Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes

Going, Going, Gone! Existing Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: This real estate market is great for sellers sticking a "For Sale" sign in their front yards. Their selling price will be high, and they’ll be able to sell very quickly. So call or text me at 707-334-0699 if you are ready to sell your home, or know of anyone that might be. Home buyers had better act fast: Homes are flying off the market. In April, existing (as opposed to newly built) homes across the

From ‘Sold’ to ‘For Sale’ and Back Again: The 4 Phases of Homeownership

From ‘Sold’ to ‘For Sale’ and Back Again: The 4 Phases of Homeownership
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: I have to agree with this statement - "Whether you've lived in your home for a day or a decade, buckle up — homeownership can be a wild ride." You may live in your home for two years, or you may hunker down for two decades. But no matter how long you call it yours, you’ll likely experience these four key stages of homeownership — from the day you get your keys to the day you hand them off to your home’s ne

The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections

The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections
From the desk of Ralene Nelson, one of Rio Vista's top REALTORS: I always recommend that my clients hire a home inspector... it is ALWAYS a good idea. When you're trying to make your offer as attractive as possible, skipping the inspection may seem like a good idea. Here's why it's not. If you’re buying a home in a competitive market and your offers keep getting beat out, you may be tempted to resort to desperate measures. In addition to offering more th