October Is the Best Month to Buy a Home

October Is the Best Month to Buy a Home
Move over location—there’s a new real estate mantra in town. It turns out when you buy your home can be as important for your budget as where.  After reviewing more than 32 million real estate sales since 2000, RealtyTrac analysts have discovered October is the best month to close on a home purchase. “On average, October buyers get a 2.6% discount below estimated market value,” says Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president. “It’s that middle month b

Top Tips For Selling Your House In Fall And Winter

Top Tips For Selling Your House In Fall And Winter
The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin spice everything has taken over the world. With fall color and produce so prominent at this time of year, you may be tempted to load up your home with an abundance of both. But if you're trying to sell your home now, a little discretion may go a long way. And that's just one of the tips for selling your house in the fall and winter. Pay close attention to your curb appeal We've admitte

8 Ways to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget

8 Ways to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget
A FEW STRATEGIC, AFFORDABLE UPGRADES CAN ADD BIG VALUE TO YOUR HOME. Increasing the value of your home when selling can be a difficult task, but a few home improvement ideas can help you stage for success while keeping within your budget. 1. Install a programmable thermostat. Heating your home accounts for more than 40% of its total energy usage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Programmable thermostats allow you to custo...

7 Best Things About Buying A House In The Fall

7 Best Things About Buying A House In The Fall
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: The biggest and best reason to put your home on the market right now is..... #6 - You're the center of attention - both the REALTOR's attention and the potential buyers attention... Let me give you some attention, call or text me at 707-334-0699. The summertime real estate season is as hot as the weather, but you might want to postpone your purchase until fall. For the first time in recent history,

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....

Should Sellers Get a Home Inspection?

Should Sellers Get a Home Inspection?
If there’s any doubt about the condition of your house, double down and pay for a professional opinion. It’s easy to grow attached to your home and overlook some of the wear and tear. But while those familiar flaws may feel like home to you, they might not be to potential buyers. After all, if someone is making such a large investment to buy your home, they want to make sure it’s a good product. If you plan to put your house on the market, cons

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