Habits of Successful Home Buyers

Successful home buyers share several common habits that help them navigate the complex process of buying a home and land the perfect property. Here are a few of the most important:

1. Do your research. Before you start looking at houses, it’s important to do your research and understand the market in your area. This includes knowing what types of homes are available, what price range you can afford, and what neighborhoods you’re interested in. Knowing the market will help you make informed decisions and avoid wasting time looking at homes that are out of your reach.

2. Get pre-approved for a mortgage. This is one of the most important steps in the home-buying process. Getting pre-approved will give you a better idea of how much you can afford to borrow and will make you a more attractive buyer to sellers.

3. Find a great real estate agent. A great real estate agent can be a valuable asset in the home-buying process. They can help you find homes that meet your needs and negotiate the best possible price.

4. Be patient. Finding the right home takes time. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find the perfect house right away. Just keep looking and be patient.

5. Be prepared to compromise. You may not find a home that has everything you’re looking for. Be prepared to compromise on some things to find a home that you can afford and that meets your most important needs.

6. Don’t fall in love with the first house you see. It’s important to see many houses before you make an offer. This will help you get a better sense of what’s available and what you can afford.

7. Be prepared to negotiate. The asking price is just a starting point. Be prepared to negotiate the price of the house, as well as other terms of the sale.

8. Get a home inspection. Before you close on the house, it’s important to get a home inspection. This will help you identify any potential problems with the house so that you can negotiate repairs or walk away from the deal if necessary.

9. Be prepared for closing costs. Closing costs are the fees that are associated with buying a home. These can include things like the origination fee, the title insurance, and the escrow fees. Be sure to factor these costs into your budget so that you’re not surprised at the closing table.

10. Celebrate! Buying a home is a big accomplishment. Be sure to take some time to celebrate your success.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of finding the perfect home and having a smooth and successful home-buying experience.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Homebuyers Today

There was a point, not too long ago, when buying a house was fairly straightforward: You’d schedule some tours, make an offer, and boom, you’re in the house before you know it.

Today, though, the housing market is a very different animal—fast, ferocious, and ever-changing. In such an environment, it’s no longer a given that all homebuyers will easily find a house and seal the deal. And even more surprisingly, those lucky folks who do succeed aren’t just sitting on piles of cash. On the contrary, real estate agents and other experts we spoke to say that successful homebuyers today simply possess a particular mindset and behaviors that help them persevere in today’s market.

So what are these qualities, you might ask?

1. They’re persistent

While the market might be slowing down in some places, in other areas buyers are still facing intense competition for available properties. This means you might have to make offers on a few homes before one is accepted. As a result, persistence pays off more than ever before.

“Persistent [homebuyers] may continue to find success,” Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com®, noted recentlyWEBSITE

10 Habits of Successful Real Estate Investors


  • Real estate is a challenging business that requires knowledge, talent, organization, networking, and perseverance.
  • Becoming knowledgeable and educated about the real estate market is crucial, but this often requires more than just in-class learning.
  • Understanding the risks, working with an accountant, finding help, and building a network are all part of finding success as a real estate investor.

While certain universities offer general coursework and disciplinary programs that can benefit real estate investors, a degree is not necessarily a prerequisite to be profitable in real estate investing. Whether an investor has a degree or not, there are certain characteristics that top real estate investors commonly possess.

1. They Are Planners
Real estate investors must be business professionals to establish and achieve short- and long-term goals. WEBSITE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR
PENDING – 659 Pinehurst Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,410sf/5,397sf lot

$420,000 – Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy at Rio Vista, don’t miss this move-in ready Spinnaker model, freshly painted, and no Bonds! 2 bedroom, 2 bath with den and private back yard provides the perfect retirement home or makes a fabulous rental. The living space has engineered wood flooring, & laminate flooring in the kitchen & baths, and wood blinds throughout. The kitchen has freshly painted cabinets, corian counters/sink, stainless 5 burner stove, refrigerator & dishwasher. The laundry room has a folding area with cabinets above & below and, a washer/dryer convey. Just bring your furniture & start to enjoy all the amenities; 2 pools/spas (outdoor & indoor), tennis/pickle ball & bocce ball courts, billiards, computer room, full gym & golf course. Join the theatre groups, bands, exercise classes, card groups & more. The development also has a restaurant & cafe!! READ MORE

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PRICE CHANGE – 718 Allender Way, Rio Vista
3bed/2bath/1,346sqft5,306sqft lot

 $535,000 – As you approach this gorgeous home, it radiates pride of ownership. The driveway has been extended with new concrete on both sides of the home. New exterior paint with newer drought-resistant landscaping w/new walkway to front door & drip system w/timer. As you step inside, the home has new interior paint, baseboards & LVP flooring throughout. The kitchen has painted cabinets with quartz counters, a stainless sink & refrigerator. Then step out to the newly landscaped backyard w/new patio, custom pergola, 8 X 12 pool, security fence & all new perimeter fencing, as well as french drains from back to front. The primary bath has painted cabinets, new mirrors & light fixtures. His & Her closets with a barn door that provides bath privacy. The home has all-new light fixtures, hardware, a whole house fan, water filtration & softener, & reverse osmosis, and electric vehicle chargers. Just bring you furniture & enjoy this move-in ready home and bask in the sun with a BBQ. Room for RV parking. A solar lease is only $89 a month, 25 yr lease & transferable. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint little located in the heart of the Delta, close to San Francisco, wine country, and Sacramento. Enjoy water sports, fishing & duck hunting. MORE INFO

FOR SALE – 500 Coronado Way, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/2,048sqft

$529,500 – Don’t miss out on this stunning Burlingame model, located on a corner lot with minimal exposure to rear neighbors. The entrance has been upgraded with stamped/dyed concrete as well as, the 2 rear patios. This home has great curb appeal, & as you step inside, you can feel the warmth from the soft decorating neutral tones & plush carpet. The flex space provides you with additional room for entertaining, both for seating & dining and the gourmet kitchen equipped with stainless appliances for the chef includes an island for bar stools & sink. Extra counter space also provides as excellent spot for a buffet or displaying your treasures. This home has a nook for casual dining & space for a formal dining room table, as well as a den/study. The gas fireplace with w/upgraded mantle in the great room makes for a cozy room too. The primary suite is larger than most and accommodates a king bed with ample room around. Slider to private patio w/privacy screen provides a cozy spot for morning coffee/nightcap. The primary bath has double sinks, a walk-in shower & walk-in closet. The 2nd bedroom is located in front of the home, this provides privacy for both guests & homeowners. Move-in ready, just bring your treasures and join the fun in this Active Adult Community. 2 pools/spas, tennis courts, bocce ball, and billiards. READ MORE

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$410,000 – Zoned Commercial, No Cannabis. Contact Ralene Nelson at Re/Max Grupe Gold | BRE# 01503588 | 707.334.0699 | 107 Main St. Rio Vista. WEBSITE

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Events in Northern California this Weekend
Sunday Sessions Featuring Alvon Johnson
Sun, Jan 14, 2 – 5 PM
Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill, 1 Marina Plaza, Antioch

One of the most versatile musicians, singers and entertainers on the music scene today. He travels the world singing and swinging Jazz standards with Big Bands. He also gallops the globe performing the songs that he sang while working with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters. When he travels to Russia he is referred to as the “King of the Blues” and the “Ambassador of the Blues”. His love and respect for the American art form are shared by large and enthusiastic audiences the world over. WEBSITE

Fairfield Cars and Coffee
Sat, Jan 13, 8 – 11 AM
Journey Coffee Company, 370 Chadbourne Rd, Fairfield

Come out every 2nd Saturday of the month to Journey Coffee. Make this a great way to jump-start your weekend and refuel your love for all things automotive. WEBSITE

Napa Truffle Festival 2024
Fri, Jan 12 – Mon, Jan 15
Napa County, CA

Truffles are among the world’s most luxurious foods, and Napa Valley, being the epicenter of America’s fine dining, celebrates these aromatic fungi with the annual festival. Napa Truffle Festival takes place every January at Westin Verasa, located in the Oxbow District, famous for its vibrant food scene.

Napa Truffle Festival features celebrity chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants in North America and Europe as well as truffle growers and scientists. The festival’s host chef is Ken Frank, the only American who participated in the Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco D’Alba in Italy. World-class cuisine is the main attraction of the festival. However, visitors can also learn a lot about gastronomy, history, truffle hunting, and harvesting. WEBSITE

2nd Saturdays for Families: Paper Lanterns
Sat, Jan 13, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Haggin Museum, 1201 N Pershing Ave, Stockton

Get creative at the Haggin! 2nd Saturday events are designed for children ages 5-12 and feature hands-on events for families. Activities include art projects, interactive programs, and museum-wide events. Reservations are not required, but seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Materials and activities are included with regular admission. 2nd Saturday programs are from 1 – 2:30 pm.

We are starting the new year of art activities with beautiful light! Make paper lanterns that represent the beautiful Stockton Lantern Festival’s magic forest theme.


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