What Type Of Mortgage Is Right For You?

What Type Of Mortgage Is Right For You?
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson; Just wanted to share this article, it simplifies and demystifies mortgages. Choosing the right mortgage is daunting, so we’ve demystified common scenarios to help you find the right loan. Tired of paying rent and ready to become a homeowner? Good news! According to Trulia’s recent rent vs buy report, buying a home remains a cheaper option than renting, thanks to relatively low interest mortgage

Are You Forgetting This Crucial Aspect Of Your House Hunt?

Are You Forgetting This Crucial Aspect Of Your House Hunt?
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: One thing you will love about Rio Vista is that not only is it affordable - it is an easy commute to several large population cities, just 20 - 30 minutes from Fairfield, Vacaville, Antioch and Stockton. On top of that Rio Vista is located on the Sacramento River in the California Delta.  Anyone stuck in traffic can tell you just how important commute time is. According to the U.S. Census Burea

Tips for Seniors Selling your Home

Tips for Seniors Selling your Home
Overcoming the challenges of selling your home We've all heard the phrase, "Home is where the heart is." And for those who have lived in their homes as long as 40 or 50 years (or longer!), these words especially ring true. Which makes the thought of leaving the home we know behind terribly difficult. Home is what we know However, as we age, our homes may no longer fit our needs. What was once an ideal setting for raising children is now a burden to navi

8 Home Issues That Scare Off Home Buyers

8 Home Issues That Scare Off Home Buyers
From the desk of one of Rio Vista's top REALTORS, Ralene Nelson: If a home is priced right it will usually sell - however, if a buyer encounters one of these other issues, price doesn't matter so much. Call me for a free consultation. Do you know what issues most often turn off buyers or kill a sale? Here are some of the big ones. From a leaky or aging roof to a positive radon test in the basement, there’s probably a lot on your home sale to-do

Factors to Consider When Pricing Your Home to Sell

Factors to Consider When Pricing Your Home to Sell
From the Desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: This is a Sellers market, inventory is low and If you do the research and price your home right, the Buyers will line up to buy your home... you may even get multiple offers. Unlike the cost of a gallon of milk or a flat-screen television, a home’s price can be hard to pin down. It’s complicated because each home is unique, and has its own story to tell. When it comes to setting the price of a house, th

Creating an Older Adult-Friendly Home

Creating an Older Adult-Friendly Home
From the desk of Trilogy at Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: Because I work with Boomers moving into retirement homes - just thought I would share this article on older adult friendly homes. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2060 — from 46 million to more than 98 million. And with an increasingly aging population comes the need to modify homes to suit that demograph

Baby Boomers: Here’s How to Sell Your Home to Millennials

Baby Boomers: Here’s How to Sell Your Home to Millennials
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: These are great tips no matter what demographics your potential buyers fit into. Shopping for a home has evolved over the years. Here's what you need to know about the new generation of buyers. For years we’ve seen the shift in Baby Boomers ditching their large suburban homes for the excitement of urban life. And we’re noticing the reverse from millennials: leaving behind small spaces along with the hustl

The Four Keys to Selling Your Home Faster

The Four Keys to Selling Your Home Faster
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: Just thought I would share these four keys for selling your home faster. Entice buyers by avoiding these 4 common turnoffs. You love your home. You’ve made lots of happy memories there and put time and energy into decorating and furnishing. But when you need to sell your home and it sits on the market for weeks, with no one seemingly interested? Baffling. Rather than dwell on what’s wrong wi

Bay Area Homes Are Selling at the Nation’s Quickest Pace

Bay Area Homes Are Selling at the Nation’s Quickest Pace
Bay Area house hunters hoping to score a property this spring before interest rates move even higher should be prepared to act quickly and decisively, as homes in the region are selling faster than anywhere else in the country. The National Association of Realtors’ latest existing-home sales report says that U.S. properties — including single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, and co-ops — sold in an average of 45 days in February, two weeks quicker

Pre-Retirement Checkup: What You Should Do in the 5 Years Before You Retire

Pre-Retirement Checkup: What You Should Do in the 5 Years Before You Retire
Spend this crucial period securing your savings and testing out the reality of your retirement plans. For people who turned 60 this year, retirement is beginning to come into sight. The question is, are they actually ready for it? “Your age isn’t what you should be relying on to determine when you should retire,” says Walter Updegrave, an author and journalist who runs the site Real Deal Retirement, which links to a number of calculators that l...