7 Mistakes Millennials Make When Purchasing A Home

7 Mistakes Millennials Make When Purchasing A Home
Millennials – they’re the generation between 18 and 35; the new young professionals; the recent graduates, and they’re also coming into the housing market in droves. Usually, they’re also first-time homebuyers, which means that they have the potential to make mistakes in the home-purchasing process. Here are the top seven mistakes millennials make when they purchase a new home. Whether you consider yourself part of the generation or you’re just looking ...

3 Things to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale

3 Things to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale
The sign just went up next door. How does your neighbor's impending sale affect you? Most people think their real estate concerns end once they’ve closed on and moved into their new homes. But given the constant access to information and the changing nature of society today, smart homeowners know that their real estate awareness should continue after the closing. When a neighbor’s house goes on the market, there can be some important implications for y

Don’t Push Your Personal Taste When Selling

Don’t Push Your Personal Taste When Selling
When preparing your home for sale you should try for a look that's fresh and welcoming but not totally taste specific. You want your home to reflect a comfortable lifestyle and good taste. This is not the time to promote your personal style choices. You don't want your decorating to be so influenced by your own personal tastes that it eliminates a bunch of qualified buyers. Years ago I had a wonderful client who was obsessed with delft blue. ...

5 Things You Need to Know About Real Estate Disclosures

5 Things You Need to Know About Real Estate Disclosures
Whether you're a buyer or a seller, disclosures are a key part of your real estate transaction. It’s standard practice in real estate to give a home a fresh coat of paint before putting it on the market. Nine out of 10 times, the intention is to show the property at its best. But every so often, the seller paints the house in hopes of covering something up. In most parts of the country, sellers (and agents) are required to document any known defects —

9 Signs it’s Time to Update Your Bathroom

9 Signs it’s Time to Update Your Bathroom
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: It's not rocket science - bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. These days people are coming back to white, whether that be traditional or modern, just the clean lines of white with neutral accent colors; a bit of black, gray tones and stainless. So if you are considering selling your home, take a look at your bathrooms and kitchen first. Sometimes a few simple updates can increase your home value significantl

3 Weird Things You Can Ignore When Home Shopping

3 Weird Things You Can Ignore When Home Shopping
Ugly paint colors? Treadmill in the kitchen? Creepy family portraits in every room? Don't let it bug you. In 15 years of real estate, I can honestly say that I’ve seen it all. Toilet seats up in listing photos, shag carpet covered with dog hair, bedrooms doubling as marijuana growing centers, and avocado green appliances from the ’70s. Sellers aren’t required to get their homes in their best condition before showing them — let alone cleaning their home

Is Your Home the One Buyers Want?

Is Your Home the One Buyers Want?
From the desk of one of Rio Vista's top Realtors, Ralene Nelson: Well is it? These days Buyers focus on kitchens and baths... are they updated? In the kitchen - is there solid surface countertops, are the appliances stainless steel? Does the bathroom look dingy? These are questions that I consider when I am helping someone sell their home. Boost your home's sales appeal by adding key amenities and playing up hot features. When it comes time to sell you

7 Safety Upgrades and Tech Tools for Seniors Living Alone

7 Safety Upgrades and Tech Tools for Seniors Living Alone
From the desk of Rio Vista Realtor Ralene Nelson: Because I work with both retired buyers and sellers with homes for sale in Trilogy at Rio Vista, safety and independence are concerns that I pay attention to every day. Aging in place is the hottest housing trend for modern seniors. You may remain in your current home or you may choose to downsize, but aging in place means staying independent and living on your own terms, regardless of your age or abilit

Read Before You Refi: 5 Tips For A Higher Home Appraisal

Read Before You Refi: 5 Tips For A Higher Home Appraisal
From the desk of Ralene Nelson, Rio Vista Realtor; "If you’re refinancing, these home appraisal tips can help." If you’re hoping to refinance the mortgage on your home, there’s one big roadblock between you and that lower rate: the home appraisal. If your appraisal is low, you might not be able to refinance at all, or you might be facing less-than-optimal loan terms, including potentially paying for private mortgage insurance. If your appraisal

6 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction

6 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction
From the desk of Ralene Nelson, Rio Vista Realtor and Buyers Agent for homes for sale in Trilogy at Rio Vista: I frequently work with clients purchasing new homes and I recommend the homes in Trilogy at Rio Vista, the construction is of high quality, the homes are energy efficient, and the Solar Energy feature is a huge bonus. If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, you’ve got a ton of options. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 20