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Newsletter, 10/30/20

Last updated on February 5, 2021

California’s Housing Market Forecast

As we predicted, home sales and price gains have extended into the fall season in the state of California. Home prices have hit an alt time median high and even condo/townhouse prices grew $21,000 through September.

With Covid 19 infections and forest fires raging, and the state government long ago run out of funds, California has been preoccupied with some very tough challenges.

Even the big exodus hasn’t dampened enthusiasm or participation in the housing market. September’s home sales and house prices shot up yet again. In this epic post we take a deeper look at the California housing market, where it is, and where it’s likely headed.

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Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

JUST LISTED – 400 S. 3rd Street, Rio Vista


Step back a century,if you like craftsman style homes, don’t miss this one. Built-in 1910, the home has been renovated. Kitchen w/island, room for stools, & gas stove on the island. Newer off white cabinets, tile counters, pantry, stainless appliances, laminate flooring thru to laundry area & bath. Don’t miss the wood stove, for you can cook on it.  READ MORE


JUST SOLD – 505 Silver Ridge Dr. Rio Vista


Absolutely beautiful Pebble Beach model, built in 2013, at approximately 1439 sq ft, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with den/office – with the builder paid SOLAR lease for another 13 years! Also, this home has fantastic upgrades including white shutters throughout, gorgeous Brazilian Koa hardwood flooring in the living room, walk-in tub in the guest bathroom, ceiling fans in the living room and master bedroom, upgraded kitchen ceiling lights, sliding glass door from the master bedroom to the stunning covered patio, soft water reverse osmosis system – and more!!!


 737 Virginia Dr. Rio Vista

Perfect home for first-time buyers or retirement. Home upgraded at the time of purchase 3/2009. Currently, 3 bedroom/2 baths, could easily be converted to a 4th bedroom. Seller updated plumbing, electrical, dual pane windows, new HVAC, roof, bathrooms, water heater, and drywall. Move-in ready, excellent condition. All updates completed to code. 2 car garage & potential for RV parking. READ MORE


Four Common Reasons Behind Rejected Offers

Rejected offers cause homebuyers considerable disappointment and enormous heartache. You’ve found the home of your dreams and you’ve put an offer in on it. Your hopes are high, and then—BOOM!

You find out you can’t have it. The homeowner doesn’t want to sell it to you.

It begs the question: why? What went wrong? Purchase offers are usually rejected for one of four common reasons, and most have dollar signs attached.

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Tips for Writing a Real Estate Offer to Purchase

Buyers can get so excited about finding the perfect home that they sometimes don’t really think too much about what comes next—writing that purchase offer.

The quality and content of your offer is almost as important as how much you’re willing to pay for the property. Poorly written offers lessen the chance that buyers will get their offers accepted, and certain laws and rules can apply, so it’s critical to do your research and get it done right.

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These Fun Winter Activities Are Guaranteed to
Beat the Cold-Weather Blues

Don’t let the frigid temps get you down.

Bake cookies from scratch

Make your winter day a little sweeter with a batch of freshly baked cookies. It’s a great way to spend some time with friends and family. Want a recipe rec? We’re very partial to these chewy chocolate-walnut cookies.

Grab some hot cocoa

The best way to warm up on a chilly winter day? Sip on a cozy cup of hot cocoa. This frothy hot chocolate recipe will do just the trick and swaps out refined sugar for maple syrup—a delicious, yet festive, alternative.

Spend the weekend at a cabin

There are plenty of adorable cabins to escape to during the colder months. Plus, a vacation may be exactly what you need—especially if your mental health tends to take a dip during the winter.

Enjoy a bowl of chili

If you’re someone who is always cold, winter isn’t really the most enjoyable time of the year. But your meals can make all the difference here, so warm up with a hearty bowl of protein-packed chili or one of these slow-cooker soup recipes to make weeknight dinners more simple.

Light an aromatherapy candle

In a winter slump? Remedy your mood by lighting a soothing winter candle. The fragrance has a huge impact on your mood, and research shows the right scent may make you feel happier and less stressed.

Build a gingerbread house

Looking for something artistic to do? Have everyone get creative by hosting a gingerbread house competition. Make sure to bake some gingerbread people to live inside.

Cozy up by a fire and meditate

When you can’t help but give in to the nasty weather, use the time to be mindful. Meditation is one of the simplest activities you can do to de-stress and reflect on the day. Grab your favorite pair of fuzzy socks, get comfortable by the fire, and focus on your breathing.

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