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

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait Until Spring To List Your Home For Sale

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait Until Spring To List Your Home For Sale
Winter offers some unique opportunities for sellers, so ignore your instincts to let your home hibernate. It’s one of real estate’s most enduring mantras: If you want to list your house, you should sit out the winter season and let it hit the market in the spring instead. But like so many things in life, finding the best time to sell a house or list that Boston, MA real estate is more complicated. “The general school of thought — and it most of

8 Important Credit Report Dos And Don’ts When Qualifying for a Home Loan

8 Important Credit Report Dos And Don’ts When Qualifying for a Home Loan
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: These are some important “dos” and “don’ts” related to credit reports to help you get the best possible terms on your next home loan. It’s no secret that your credit report and FICO scores play a big part when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage loan. Your credit scores, payment histories, and amount of outstanding credit give lenders insight into how well you manage your finances, how extended you

Water Conserving, Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures are Required in Single Family Homes in California Starting in 2017….

Water Conserving, Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures are Required in Single Family Homes in California Starting in 2017….
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR: I thought this was some legislation worth sharing. If you are selling your home and it hasn't been upgraded to these current standards, you will be required to upgrade all of your plumbing fixtures.  Due to legislation passed in California several years ago, starting in just a few weeks on January 1, 2017, ALL single family homes constructed before 1994 in the state must install water conserving plumbing fixtures. Som

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