Are you thinking about selling your home in 2023? Perhaps, you are concerned that you have missed some magical window with 2022 now behind us. After all, The Hill notes that home prices nationwide have increased by nearly a third since 2020 and over 15% since 2021. These were tremendous gains, with sellers regularly receiving 20 to 30 offers and homes selling as high as $200,000 over the initial asking price.

With these dreary days behind us and interest rates now hovering at just over 6%, many wonder if these new market conditions and an economically ambiguous environment are conducive to real estate sales, as noted by NerdWallet. But as a real estate agent, I am here to tell you that the beginning of the year will still be a great time to sell your house! So with that, here are my five expert tips for home sellers in 2023.

Top Home Staging Tips for 2023

  • Make it Appealing from the Outside-In
  • Update the Kitchen
  • Declutter and Cut Back on Furniture
  • Rethink Furnishing Placement
  • Add Some Office Space
  • Pack Up Personal Items
  • Emphasize Storage Space
  • Give Bathrooms a Spa Appeal
  • Create Pleasant Aromas
  • Set Great Lighting
  • Eliminate Signs of Pets
  • Accent with Colors
  • Luxuriate the Bedrooms
  • Combine the Right Accessories
  • Use Window Treatments Wisely


Don’t overprice or you’ll scare away prospective buyers.

To set the right price on a home, you should combine an objective evaluation of your property with a realistic assessment of market conditions.

In good markets and bad, you are more likely to benefit by determining a fair value and sticking close to it than you are by asking an unrealistic figure and waiting for buyer response to sift out the “right” price. And in a buyer’s market, setting the right price from the outset may be the only effective strategy.

You could set a fair price and then refuse to bargain. But that would deter all those people who hate to pay full price for anything and like to feel they’re “getting a deal.”

Better to leave a little room for negotiation by asking slightly more than you expect to get — 5% to 10% above the value determined by looking at recent sales of comparable properties could be a good starting point. If sales are brisk in your area, you might just end up getting top dollar.


You’ve received an offer on your house. Great! Now what? You might feel so excited that you jump at the first offer you see, but there are some smart reasons to be thoughtful before accepting an offer.

It’s important to negotiate house offers to earn the best price and terms on the sale. Here are some insights you can use to accept the champion offer on your home.

  • What to consider when selling your home
  • How to approach a counter-offer
  • Negotiating a house offer or multiple offers
  • Accepting an offer on your house (and the steps that come after)

What should I do when I receive an offer on my house?

If you’ve hired a REALTOR® to represent you during the home sale process, they will receive all offers on your home from agents representing the hopeful buyer(s). Once an offer is made, your Realtor will present you with the information from the buyer’s agent.


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

FOR SALE – 718 Allender Wy. Rio Vista
3 bd/2 bth/1346sf

$514,999 – Gorgeous home, shows pride of ownership, and has been renovated since purchased. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths with all new flooring/baseboards, interior paint, light fixtures, etc. The kitchen has newly painted cabinets with quartz countertops with an island. Auxillary electric heaters in 3rd bedroom & living room. Whole house water filter with under-the-sink reverse osmosis. The front yard has been totally relandscaped with a new walkway to the front door, with drought-resistant landscaping, a drip system & timer. The driveway extended as well as the sidewalk to the backyard. The backyard has a sprinkler system as well as a patio. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint town located on the Sacramento River, close to SF, Sacramento & bay area. READ MORE

NEW PRICE – 623 California St, Rio Vista
2 bed/1 bath/934sqft/4,792sqft lot

Price Reduced to $315,000 – Adorable cottage/bungalow, 2 bedroom, 1 bath and has been updated. Larger backyard with patio & raised garden beds for your vegetables. The kitchen has been remodeled & there is an inside laundry & single car garage. Convenient location, walk to town for breakfast, snack, and/or dinner. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 295 Sage Meadows Drio Vista
3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lot

$559,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

FOR SALE – 731 Turnberry Ter Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1410 sqft

$410,000 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker model with private backyard. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home feels like a very relaxing cottage for a retirement home. The patio provides a quiet place for morning coffee & afternoon beverage. Den has built-in book/curio shelves & bay window. The Master bedroom has a bay window, which creates room for a sitting area. New hot water heater. Enjoy amenities such as golf, tennis, bocce, pools/spas & a new gym, and more. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 710 Pinehurst Dr. Rio Vista
2bed/2bath/2,065sqft/5,345sqft lot

$454,000 – Solar owned & No Bonds!! Can’t get much better, this Hatteras model located in the Rio Vista Active Adult Community, Trilogy, offers drought-resistant landscaping & cozy backyard. Start the day with coffee on the patio & watch the sunset on the front porch. This home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with blinds throughout. The home has a living room/dining room combo and a family room/kitchen with tile floors in the kitchen/nook. Full patio with cover & is very private. The laundry room has a sink, washer/dryer convey with the sale, as well as refrigerators. Walking distance to Delta clubhouse, pro shop & Monarch Restaurant. Trilogy offers 2 swimming pools/spas, a cafe & restaurant, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickle ball, billiards & more. Just bring your furniture and enjoy your retirement life. READ MORE

FOR SALE  – 689 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,837sqft/5,436sqft lotNEW PRICE $570,000 – Breathtaking views as you step into this beautiful home, located on the 11th green & pond. Popular Reflect model with quartz counters, white cabinets, 5 burner gas stove top & refrigerator are included. Tile floors with carpet in bedrooms. A double-sided gas fireplace makes for a cozy den & living room. The primary bath has double sinks with a walk-in shower with w/bench seating. Shutters throughout the home. Walk out either slider onto the covered patio that is the full length of the home. Small piece of turf for your pet, low maintenance landscape (front & back) & fenced. The backyard is lovely & a great place for a BBQ. Washer/dryer are included & there’s a laundry tub in the garage. Prepaid solar lease, transferrable to the buyer for the remaining years of the lease. Just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities, such as 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce ball courts, tennis & pickle ball courts, horseshoes, billiards, a library, a computer room, etc. So many activities to enjoy, you can be as busy as you want or idle. There is a club for just about all your hobbies. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft

$540,000 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Weekend

McCauley Estate Vineyards Wine & Dine

Sun, January 29, 2023, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST
McCauley Estate Vineyards 2525 Sunset Rd. Brentwood

Wine & Dine at our beautiful estate on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon!

We will be selling our wines by the bottle and glass on Sunday, January 29th from 12pm-3pm. We will have Guadalajara Taqueria on-site selling food and live music by Paul Blakemore.

Indoor and outdoor seating will be available. Dates will vary from month to month, so keep an eye out for our wine tastings on our Facebook, Instagram, and our Website


70’s 80’s Soul And R&B Jam
January 28 · 7pm – January 29 · 1am PST
Gigi’s Palace Event Center, 161 Sand Creek Rd.Brentwood, CA

The Most Intimate And Elegant Venue. The Livest DJ’s Spinning All The Grooves. The One And Only DJ IPad & Hit-Man Howie T In The Mixx!. Food For The Soul By Revy Revs Catering. Join Us For A Delicious Dinner, And Dancing The Night Away!. We Don’t Wanna Sit Down, We Wanna Get Down!

This Event Is For The Grown And Sexy Only!
Drinks And Desserts Will Be Also Available For Purchase, Birthdays And All Occasions Welcomed

Advance Tickets $30 (Online Only), $40 At The Door (Via Cash App, Venmo)
Doors Open @7PM Food Served Til 8PM (Limited)


DECS Denim & Diamonds
Sat Jan 28 2023 at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Grand Island Vineyards, 12484 California 160, Walnut Grove

Enjoy an amazing dinner, music, auction and drinks and help us raise funds for DECS’s beloved school’s Arts, Music, and Garden programs.

About this Event: Join us at the always stunning Grand Island Vineyards for a glamourous evening to raise funds for our Delta Elementary Charter School.

The evening will begin with Grand Island Vineyard’s finest wine and appetizers at 6pm. While visiting and strolling the tasting room, stop by the “Giving Tree” where you’ll be able to donate towards our teachers’ wish lists. Make sure to peruse the dessert silent auction tables and bid on your favorite homemade dessert for the evening.

A family style served dinner will be held in Grand Island Vineyard’s barrel room and begin at 7p. An artisan lettuce salad dressed with dried cranberries, roasted candied nuts and blue cheese will start off the meal. The main course consists of herb crusted prime rib paired with a fully loaded baked potato and grilled vegetables all prepared by our local Acoustic Events, who is also a major sponsor of the evening.

A live auction will follow along with dancing. Make sure to wear your best denim and/or diamonds — it’s going to be a fun filled glamourous evening!

Add on a ride from West Sacramento for a carefree and fun trip there and back! READ MORE

Peking Acrobat
Sun, Jan 29, 2023 @ 5:00pm
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at Gallo Center For The Arts, Modesto

The Peking Acrobats are among the premiere Chinese acrobatic companies in the world today. For the last 30 years, they have continually redefined both their art form and audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with exuberant events that feature all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese carnival! READ MORE

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