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...

How to Choose the Perfect Retirement Home for You

How to Choose the Perfect Retirement Home for You
From the desk of Trilogy at Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: Just thought I would share with you these 10 things to consider when purchasing the home you will retire in. Once their children grow older and leave home, many people start looking for a new house. This might happen at retirement, or even sometime before, but this home purchase will likely be the last for most. This search may be very different from previous ones. When searching...

More U.S. Workers Are Telecommuting Amid Traffic Woes

More U.S. Workers Are Telecommuting Amid Traffic Woes
From the desk of Trilogy at Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: Oftentimes when I work with buyers interested in working from home, the 2 biggest issues are - home office space and high speed internet. Both of those issues have been addressed at Trilogy. These 2bd/2+bath homes have all of the amenities conducive to working from home - AND Trilogy is located close to the Bay Area and Sacramento which makes an easy drive when meeting with clients and colleague

Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing Your Home

Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing Your Home
From the desk of Trilogy at Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: Follow these rules for unloading your possessions and finding the right next home. The kids are grown and out of the house and maybe even having kids of their own now. The home you’ve had for a couple decades has served you well, but suddenly it’s a bit big for what you need. When you’re still working and healthy, it might be the right time to consider downsizing to a smaller home and...

Your Pre-Retirement Checklist

Your Pre-Retirement Checklist
From the desk of one of Rio Vista's top REALTORS, Ralene Nelson: I ran across this Pre-Retirement Checklist and thought it might be helpful to all of you baby boomers... Everything you need to do to be ready for retirement. Does it seem like your finances keep getting more and more complicated? It seems that way because it's true. And that means that you need to keep things organized. Not only for yourself, but ultimately for your children. It's not

How Retired Homeowners Can Avoid Running Out of Money: Alternative Strategies Compared

How Retired Homeowners Can Avoid Running Out of Money: Alternative Strategies Compared
From the desk of Rio Vista Realtor Ralene Nelson: Just thought I would share this article by Jack Guttentag on three ways to use an HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage). The combination of increased longevity and declines in the coverage of defined benefit pension plans means that increasingly retirees risk running out of money because they live too long. Those who have significant equity in a home, however, can reduce or eliminate the risk if the...

6 Vices to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home in 2017

6 Vices to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home in 2017
From the desk of Ralene Nelson, one of Rio Vista's top REALTORS: It is so easy to over do it when you are getting ready to sell your home... this is why it is always a good idea to pick up the phone and call a REALTOR for a free home evaluation before you start making improvements. Call me today at 707-334-0699. Everyone has a few flaws. But if you plan to sell your home in 2017, these foibles can literally cost you—we’re talking tens of thousands of do...

Housing in 2017: Discouraged Democrats, Revived Republicans, and Middling Millennials

Housing in 2017: Discouraged Democrats, Revived Republicans, and Middling Millennials
Americans’ Dream of Homeownership falls for the first time in five years, but Republicans are feeling new optimism about the housing market in 2017. The outcome of the 2016 presidential election took many by surprise, and injected both optimism and pessimism into consumers’ expectations about the housing market in the year ahead. Republicans are feeling a surge of confidence about the housing market in 2017 while Democrats turned bearish, accordin