Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs Buying

Some Highlights:

  • Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision.
  • Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (30%), vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15%), the choice becomes obvious.
  • Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out if you could use your housing costs to own a home of your own!

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

#OPENHOUSE on SATURDAY 2/1/20 from 1-4pm at 424 Western Hills Drive, Rio Vista, Price Reduced to $465,000, 2 bed/3 bath/1 pt. bath 2,178sf

Located in the beautiful Trilogy at Rio Vista Shea development, this Calistoga model provides so much room for family & entertaining, with 2 car garage and golf cart garage. Interior patio is great for private for dining. New interior paint, newer upgraded carpets throughout, & appliances. Kitchen has oak cabinets with granite island and corian counters w/backsplash. Gas cook top with double ovens. Fireplace in great room makes for a cozy evening. Larger master bedroom with shutters and bath with tub and renovated walk in shower. This model provides 2nd bedroom with full bath and den could be a 3rd bedroom. Mitsubishi HVAC heat pump installed in 2nd bedroom. Queen murphy bed located in den stays with home. Third bath is in hall. Half bath located off the entry. Dining room can be used for multi purpose. Laundry room with sink. Very private backyard. Prepaid Solar. READ MORE

#OPENHOUSE on SATURDAY 2/1/20 from 1-4pm at 1105 Diamante Lane Rio Vista, Asking $470,000, 2bd/2.5bth, 2646sf.

St Helena model, currently called Venza, on a large lot, with great curb appeal. Tile floors, Burmese teak natural wood floors in great room and den, carpet in bedrooms. Granite tile kitchen with Beech/Aspen flat panel cabinets & bisque appliances. Double ovens with 5 burner gas stove top, microwave hood & stainless sink. Upgrades master bath with tub/jets, walk in shower, tile floors & counters. @2nd bath has upgraded walk in shower READ MORE

#OPENHOUSE on SATURDAY 2/1/20 from 1-4pm at 660 Hawk Ridge Drive in Trilogy at Rio Vista. Asking $445,000 2 Bed 2 Bath 1,837sf.

Like new Reflect model in Active Adult Community, Trilogy by Shea w/prepaid solar. Corner lot, very private backyard home. Two bedroom, 2 upgraded baths, master bedroom has bay window & shutters. Two sided fireplace with built in lower cabinets with shelves. Gourmet kitchen w/upgraded Espresso stained cabinetry package, Quartz counters, gas stove, soft closing doors, lazy susan’s, trash/recycle bins, under counter lighting & 5 stage, custom reverse osmosis water purification. Surround sound & dual media outlet package & flat panel TV pre-wire pkg. Bedrooms have upgraded carpet & pad. READ MORE

Things To Do in the Rio Vista Area this Week

Saturday, Sunday, Monday in Sacramento  – “White Out!” Exhibit at Railroad Museum, 10 – 5pm

California State Railroad Museum
111 I St.
Sacramento, CA
Price: $6.00 to $12.00 —$12 for adults; $6 for youths ages 6-17; free for children

For a limited time, visitors to the California State Railroad Museum have a special opportunity to see a 251,000-pound rotary snowplow from the Museum’s impressive collection along with a compelling new exhibit titled “White Out! A Collision Course with Nature.” The SP MW205 (formerly known as SP 715) snowplow on display was built in 1920, converted to electric in 1958, retired by Union Pacific in 2004 and was donated to the Railroad Museum in 2008. Since then, the historic snowplow has been housed in the Shops in the Sacramento Railyards except for short-term displays at the Railroad Museum each winter.


Saturday in Antioch – “You’ve Got A Friend”: The Carole King Songbook, Performed by the Rhythm Method 4, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second Street, Antioch, CA
A celebration of one of the most prolific songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s, Carole King’s hits include memorable classics like Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman,” The Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” and The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”​ The show will also honor songs from her best-selling, four-time Grammy Award-winning album “Tapestry”, including “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” GET TICKETS

Saturday, Sunday in Fairfield – 2020 Fairfield Gun Expo
9am-5pm both days

The Fairfield Gun Expo will be held on February 1-2, 2020. You’ll find a wide variety of guns, ammo, accessories, gear, and much more. Admission $10 and kids under 18 will be free with parent or guardian.
Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, 300 Chadbourne Rd, Fairfield, CA  MORE INFO

Renting vs Buying

Renting vs. Owning a Home: What’s the Difference?

Whether to rent or to buy the place in which you live is a major decision. It doesn’t just affect how much money you have left at the end of the month, it also affects your lifestyle and the size of the savings you accumulate over the years. Every day, people buy homes when financially they’d be better off renting…


Should You Rent or Buy a House?

The market is hot. Your friends are buying homes. And you’re wondering if you should stop renting and buy a house too. Your dog wants a yard, your kids want a playground, and you wouldn’t mind a garage and an office.

There’s only one problem: You aren’t sure you can afford it.


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