The Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

 Buyers and sellers are on separate sides of the fence when it comes to home sales. What one is trying to achieve is often diametrically opposed to what the other wants to see happen—the first usually wants to steal the property while the other wants top dollar. And yet, they share the same ultimate goal. They want a sale. Both sides can benefit significantly from hiring a real estate agent to assist them, but their reasons can be different.

  • It’s All About the Money…
  • …And Attention to DetailPrivacy…
  • Confidentiality and Fiduciary Duty…
  • Agents Know What to Look For…
  • Agents Have Superior Negotiating Skills…

The Bottom Line 

Henry Ford once said that it proves that you’re smarter than they are when you hire people who are smarter than you. The trick is to recognize when you need help and to find the right person. READ MORE

7 Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Hiring a real estate agent makes selling a house a lot easier. You’re also more likely to get the price you want and sell faster in an agent-assisted sale. Find out other benefits of using an agent to sell your home.

If you’re selling your home and thinking of not hiring a real estate agent, consider your decision carefully. You might know a few potential buyers, but that isn’t the end of a sale. There are many steps, procedures, and processes involved.

Yes, it’s true that doing all the work alone can help you save on the commission you would have paid a real estate agent. But real estate agents do much more than just show your home to people.

Hire a good real estate agent, and they’ll do everything from paperwork to networking. Here are five important reasons you need a real estate agent to sell your home. READ MORE

10 Benefits of Using a Real Estate Agent to Buy a Home

We’ll get new numbers today for sales of existing homes, but for the past few months, sales have been down, per data from the National Association of Realtors. Between high-interest rates and low inventory, it’s still a very tight housing market.  That means sellers and buyers who want in — or out — sometimes have to compromise and get creative.

Lisa Sturtevant is chief economist with Bright MLS. She’s seeing more and more buyers compromise on their dream home, like going in on a purchase with family.

“So going in and buying a home with mom and dad, so that multiple generations can live together and can pool their resources to afford the mortgage,” she said.  READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR

 OPEN HOUSE – Sat. 10/21 11 am – 3 pm
FOR SALE – 718 Allender Way, Rio Vista
3bed/2bath/1,346sqft5,306sqft lot

718 Allender Way, Rio Vista

$545,000 – 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

JUST SOLD – 4052 Heaton Ct, Antioch

4052 Heaton Ct. Antioch

Move-in ready, with the curbside appeal. This 4bd/3ba/2873sf home shows pride of ownership. Newer 24 tile floors greet you at the entrance & throughout the main floor w/6 baseboards. Den & full bath are at the front of the home then passing to the living room & dining, where high ceilings provide a feeling of grandness. The remodeled kitchen has new white cabinets w/soft closing doors, quartz counters w/alined vines & chevron tile backsplash, new stainless appliances, a Bosch dishwasher & refrigerator. Gas stove w/air fryer oven & standard oven & Zepher hood make for a gourmet chef’s delight. The chef has a pantry, stainless workstation sink & ambiance lighting above the cabinets. READ MORE

JUST SOLD – 285 Harvest Hills Ln. Rio Vista


Located in the Active Adult Community, this Verano plan offers an abundance of upgrades with solar prepaid by builder to 2036. 2 bedrooms/2.5 baths have wood-style plank tile flooring with carpet in bedrooms & den. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters/backsplash & stainless steel appliances, pendant lights over bar/kitchen sink & large pantry in laundry room. Custom extended patio, a lot is above dog park & pond. The location makes an enjoyable view with morning sun & afternoon shade. A fenced backyard, & a side yard provide space for planting beds. 3 car garage with extra storage, water filtration system. Just bring your furniture & join the fun amenities, golf course, tennis, pickle ball, bocce, billiards, gym, computer, 2 pools/spas & more. Cafe & restaurant on site. 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

Events in Northern California this Weekend

Rollin On the River Host by Delta Boyz
Sat, Oct 21, 7 PM – Sun, Oct 22, 12 AM
66 Main St, Rio Vista, CA

Get ready for a day of excitement you won’t forget! Join us on Saturday, October 21st, from Noon to 5:00 pm for an unforgettable event featuring a Joint Rolling Contest, Car Show, Live Music and Food, Great Vibes.

**You Must be 21+ and purchase in the retail store to enter the lounge.** WEBSITE

Pumpkin Patch
Oct 14, 10 AM – Oct 29, 4 PM
Western Railway Museum, 5848 CA-12, Suisun City

At the Pumpkin Patch, you can purchase your pumpkins, as well as snacks, drinks and other homemade specialties. There are plenty of activities at the pumpkin patch such as tractor rides, field maze, pumpkin chucking, petting zoo, pony rides and the giant hay bale fortress! All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs who provide thousands of dollars to local community and youth activities each year. The museum opens at 10:30 AM and the first train to the Pumpkin Patch departs at 11:00 AM. Tickets: check back for updated ticket prices. Purchase your tickets here! WEBSITE


3rd Annual South Sacramento Festival
Sat, Oct 21, 11 AM – 3 PM
Shasta Community Park, 7407 Imagination Pkwy, Sacramento

Welcome to the 3rd Annual South Sacramento Festival!

We are thrilled to invite you to join us for a day of fun and excitement at Shasta Park, located on Imagination Parkway in Sacramento, CA, USA.

Get ready for a fantastic event featuring live music, delicious food, amazing vendors, and a variety of activities for all ages. Whether you’re a music lover, a foodie, or simply looking for a great time, this festival has something for everyone! WEBSITE


Lodi Oktoberfest 2023
Sat, Oct 21, 4:30 – 9:30 PM
American Legion Post 22, 320 N Washington St, Lodi

Lodi’s longest-continuing Oktoberfest has been hosted by the Lodi Tokay Rotary every year since 2006.

You’ll come for the beer and the German food and stay to enjoy the German band and join the Oktoberfest games. We pour American and German beers at Oktoberfest and cook up a storm of German-Dakota dishes such as chicken schnitzel, bratwurst, pickled red cabbage, sauerkraut, cheese buttons, and hot German potato salad. WEBSITE


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