Survey: Maintenance a Leading Source of Buyer’s Remorse

Many homeowners hate home maintenance. In fact, nearly one in five people say they regretted buying a house because of the chore of maintaining it, according to a survey from HomeAdvisor of 1,000 homeowners. What’s more, about half of owners underestimate the time, money, and effort needed to maintain a home. Generation X—those born between 1965 and 1980—were the most likely to underestimate the time home maintenance can take.

Home experts recommend tidying up your house for 15 to 30 minutes a day. Also, homeowners should budget about 1% of their purchase price for maintenance. In other words, a $500,000 home likely will cost about $5,000 yearly in maintenance, according to the HomeAdvisor report.

Homeowners most dread the tasks of cleaning windows, gutters, and bathroom fans, according to the survey. View the responses below to see the least enjoyable home maintenance tasks.


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

Coming Soon – 549 Western Hills Dr, Rio Vista

Fantastic opportunity to own this Asti model, in Trilogy, the Active Adult Community. If you love to entertain your family & friends, BBQ & more, this is the model. Larger home with large island kitchen/great room with fireplace and living/dining room for the more formal meal. Den with double doors can make for a 3rd bedroom. Not one but two patio areas that fit the time of day or season, add a small fire pit for those cozy evenings. This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has room for overnight stays. CALL RALENE NELSON for MORE INGO at 707-334-0699.

Coming Soon – 99 N 6th St Rio Vista, 3bed/2bth/1800sf

Walk to town or to the market! Terrific home in older, established neighborhood of Rio Vista, 1800 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Hardwood floors in living, dining, hall, and two bedrooms. Central heat and air, composition roof; family/dining room off kitchen; carport, large yard with mature trees plus a shed and a workshop. CALL RALENE NELSON for MORE INGO at 707-334-0699.

JUST SOLD – 130 Adrian Ct, Vacaville, CA

Well maintained court located home with no rear neighbors and many updates including: New HVAC and water heater in 2020, New dishwasher, vent hood, and range in 2019, New LVT flooring, an electric fireplace insert, and new fencing in 2018. READ MORE


6 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

If you’re ready to sell your home, you may have reason to want to sell it fast—such as a new job that starts soon in a different city. How do you generate interest in your house? After all, the more potential buyers you can attract, the better your chances of selling at a good price.

Whatever your reasons for selling, here are six ways to sell a house quickly, even in a slow market.


  • To sell your home quickly, price it competitively. And be ready to lower the price if you don’t have any offers by a certain date.
  • Clean the whole house, remove clutter, and hide personal items so buyers can picture themselves in the space.
  • Boost the curb appeal to make the right first impression. Clear away the cobwebs, paint the front door, and plant flowers.
  • Offer terms that might sweeten the deal for buyers—such as paying part of the closing costs.


What a Bad Home Inspection Means If You’re the Seller

If you plan to sell your house, be prepared for potential buyers to have a home inspection done as part of the due diligence process after the offer is made. Some real estate investors and cash buyers might skip this step, but most buyers don’t: 81% of homebuyers have the house inspected, according to Zillow.

If the inspection report shows little wrong with the home, you have nothing to worry about. But if you get a bad inspection report, you might need a Plan B, as Zillow reports that 15% of buyers back out because of a bad inspection report.


Things To Do This Week-End

Wicked Wine Stroll in Lodi on Saturday, 6-9pm

The Wicked Wine Stroll is back, Saturday, October 16th from 6-9pm in downtown Lodi. This annual event lets visitors taste wine from over 20 Lodi appellation wineries while strolling through the downtown shops! Each downtown business hosting a winery will feature special sales for the evening, as well as tasty appetizers. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, tastings, and appetizers. And don’t forget to wear your costumes to be entered into our Costume Contest!! REGISTER & READ MORE

Mad Fest in Stockton on Saturday, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Waterfront Warehouse, 445 West Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA

Paying tribute to the hip hop culture of graffiti, breakin, rhyming and scratching. Featuring live graffiti and a 4 vs 4 breakin battle!

About this event: OUR MISSION is to host a positive event highlighting talent among the youth and unifying graffiti artists, breakers, musicians and DJs all over Northern California most especially in our community in Stockton. BUY TICKETS / READ MORE

Oktoberfest! in Walnut Creek on Sun, Oct 17, 12 – 5 PM

Location: 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA
Parking available behind the museum
It is time to dust off your steins, dirndls, and lederhosen for an afternoon of fun Oktoberfest activities in the beautiful Shadelands Ranch Museum Biergarten.

**Food by Ludwig’s German Table
**Live Entertainment provided by Alpine Sound
**Authentic German and Bavarian Beer by Importer SHW Brands
**Costume Contest and More!
** Traditional Oktoberfest communal seating in our lovely garden

Date: Sunday – October 17, 2021
Time: From 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tickets: $80.00 per person
Ticket includes:
**Authentic German Dinner & Dessert Booth,
**Beer Stein & 2 drink tickets
Additional Drink tickets available to purchase at the event for $7.00
Purchase tickets online by clicking here!
Note: This event is for 21 years and older!!

Twain Harte Outdoor Christmas Market
Saturday & Sunday

Get in the holiday spirit at the Twain Harte Outdoor Christmas Market on October 16 & 17 from 10am-5pm each day. Start your Christmas shopping at this unique outdoor market. There will be local artisans and specialty foods, perfect for finding one-of-a-kind gifts!

Admission is FREE., READ MORE

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