Some Highlights

  • When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. A real estate professional can help you decide what to do to make that happen.
  • Focus on tasks that can make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal.
  • Connect with a trusted real estate professional for advice on what you may want to do to get your house ready to sell this season.


What is a Buyers Market

When you’re looking to buy a home, you obviously want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. One of the biggest factors you should consider when weighing your options is when it will be the right time to buy. Depending on the timing and demand for homes in your neighborhood, the price you pay for a house could look very different.

You can keep track of the housing market’s ups and downs by checking whether your neighborhood of choice is experiencing a seller’s or buyer’s market. Depending on market conditions, you could have more or less negotiating power as a home buyer.

Read on to learn what a buyer’s market is, how you can tell if you’re experiencing one and how it can give you more power to get the things you want in a real estate transaction. READ MORE

17 Tips to Sell Your House in a Buyer’s Market

1. Price your home right
2. Know your home’s value
3. Get a pre-listing home inspection
4. Know what’s happening in the market
5. Use professional photos
6. Maintain a high level of curb appeal
7. Clean, shine and deodorize
8. Keep your home show-ready
9. Time your sale
10. Get a top agent you can trust  READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

JUST SOLD – 30 S 2nd St. Rio Vista

Are you looking for a home and in need of a business space? Or perhaps a home with a possibility of in-law quarters? This home might meet those requirements. Victorian style home with partial wrap-around porch provides a cozy place for morning coffee or afternoon beverage. 2 bedrooms up with 1.5 baths on the main floor. The possible room upstairs to add at a minimum 1/2 bath. Laminate flooring on the main floor with carpeted stairway & in bedrooms. HVAC & tankless water heater with inside laundry. 2nd building has been used as a commercial, however, could be added onto & remodeled to be ADU/2nd unit. This building has refinished original hardwood flooring, 1/2 bath & kitchen area. Also makes a great place for a small business & has a Mitsubishi heat/air unit. The back parking lot, accessed by an alley, has ample room for RV, boat storage, or conversion to a lovely backyard with a patio area. This site has so much potential, just use your imagination. Zoned mixed-use. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 623 California St, Rio Vista

2 bed/1 bath/934sqft/4,792sqft lot

$415,000 – 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 – 275 Harvest Hills Ln. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,853sqft/6,050sqft lot

$599,000 – Don’t miss this opportunity to own this beautiful Reflect model located on one of the lakes & near the dog park. As you enter, you see beautiful tile floors, and the lake, which gives you a very peaceful feeling. A chef’s kitchen with granite counters, soft closing drawers, some pull-out drawers, 5 burner gas stove top & stainless appliances. The home has been upgraded with a double-sided fireplace, surround sound & built a den with desk & shelving. The main bath has been upgraded to a soaker tub & Corian walls surrounding the tub/shower. The primary bedroom has a bay window, providing a peaceful area to read a book & enjoy the lake. Landscaping is low maintenance with an extended patio & concrete sidewalks around. Prepaid solar & sellers have installed backup Telsa batteries for power outages (paid). So bring your toys & enjoy the amenities, such as the gym, tennis, pickle ball, bocce, golf and join the various club activities. Never a dull moment. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 245 Harvest Hills Ln, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/2440 sq ft

$675,000 – This home is exquisite, with a fabulous lake view Don’t miss this opportunity to own this home and enjoy this relaxing environment. Two bedroom w/2.5 baths, & bonus room. A chef’s kitchen w/5 burner gas cooktop, convection oven & microwave, entertainment bar w/wine refrigerator, bottle & stemware storage/sink, as well as, quartz counters, glass tile backsplash, stained beech cabinetry, reverse osmosis at kitchen sink, refrigerator water/ice maker. Custom cabinets in laundry/office, sink & stackable washer/dry. The great room has media cabinetry & Bose home theater package & view of the lake. Master bedroom w/bay window has built-in vanity & 2 dressers between master bedroom closets. 5 crown molding in entry, great room, formal dining & master bedroom & 3.5 plantation shutters throughout home. Extended patio w/custom cover & remote controlled shade & built-in gas BBQ. Fenced backyard w/gate to walking path. Tandem garage w/epoxy floor w/overhead & custom garage storage racks/cabinets. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 1009 Diamante Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1439st

$475,000 – From curb appeal to beautiful upgrades, this Pebble Beach model is move-in ready. From white cabinets, a granite kitchen with stainless appliances, to wood flooring to plantation shutters, this home is exceptional. 2 Bedrooms & 2 baths have carpet in bedrooms & double doors in the den, making this home very cozy. Upgraded landscaping to drought resistance and a patio with cover. Bring your furniture and join the numerous activities available & take advantage of the amenities your HOA fees include, tennis, bocce, billiards, 2 pools/spas, gym, and more.READ MORE

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday 11:20am – 2:30pm
FOR SALE – 147 Gardiner Way, Rio Vista

PRICE CHANGE $515,000 – Custom Craftsman Cottage, w/detached carport, 70 ft driveway, workshop & studio on a shy 1/4 acre lot. 3 bedroom, possibly 4, with 2 baths, painted in vibrant colors. Laminate floors & white blinds brings out the artsy homeowner. Kitchen has painted cabinets & bead board walls/backsplash, Corian counters with added cabinetry. Main bath has a stall tile shower & separate tub, quartz counters with white cabinets. 2 bedrooms have built-in cabinets & new laminate floors/fans. The family room can be the 4th bedroom/bath also has a tiled shower. FM also has a wood burning stove w/built-ins. Sunroom can be a great entertaining spot along with the large patio that has room for a built in kitchen/BBQ. The workshop has wall air conditioner, dark room with grey water sink. The She craft/studio room can be utilized for crafting or potting area. Homeowner has built numerous planter boxes for the gardener. YES, room for your RV/toys, carport with garage door. Don’t pass up this home!! READ MORE

FOR SALE – 1536 Michigan St. Fairfield
3 bed/2 bath/1,260sqft/4,792sqft lot

$485,000 – This is a great starter or retirement home, close to shopping, Hwy 80 & Amtrack & perfect home for a commuter. This 3 bedroom & 2 bath home has new interior paint, carpets, laminate flooring, light fixtures, dual pane windows, tankless water heater & newer roof & air condenser. Master bath has new vanity & flooring. Kitchen has new flooring, appliances, stainless sink, painted cabinets, & resurfaced counter tops. Home has a large family room, perfect for entertaining. Patio is the length of home. Although 1 car garage, home has carport for at least 2 cars & RV parking on side. Larger lot & drought resistant front yard & shed. Just bring your furniture, home is move in ready. 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

FOR SALE – 404 Riverwood Ln. Rio Vista, 2bd/2bth/1391sf

$450,000 – Big Sur model & no rear neighbors!! Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy. Relax in this lovely backyard & watch the wild life. 2 bedrooms/2 full baths and den with double doors. Both master bedroom and den have bay windows that provides a more open feeling. Master bath has walk in shower & closet, double sinks, white tile counters, Dark kitchen cabinets, Corian counters w/tile backsplash, black appliances & tile floor. Stove is electric, however, is plumbed for natural gas. The dining area overlooks the backyard. Patio with all weather cover, great for BBQ in the rain. Garage has storage cabinets. Just bring your furniture and enjoy the activities, tennis, bocce, new gym, 2 pools & spas. READ MORE

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

$434,900 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker mod1:30el 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

Events in Northern California this Week-End
Seventy-Forth Rio Vista Bass Festival

Fri, Oct 7 – Sun, Oct 9

Fishing Derby
It’s a fisherman’s dream come true. The oldest Bass Derby on the West Coast will once again be highlighted at the Rio Vista Bass Festival. Anglers can choose from several fishing contests on the same ticket:  Striped Bass, Sturgeon, and Salmon. Target lengths will be drawn at the start of the Derby early Friday morning for both Striped Bass and Sturgeon. Salmon prizes are based on the heaviest weight.

Kids Derby
This is a family event and young anglers up to age 16 are invited to pursue their dreams of landing a big bass or catfish.  There are separate prizes for their achievements.  Catfish can be any size and the fish with the top weight and length will be declared the winner.  Kids under 16 are excluded from participating in the adult derby.

Awards will be presented at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 9 at the foot of Main Street, downtown Rio Vista.  All winners must be present to receive their prizes. READ MORE

Oktoberfest, Sacramento

Sat, Oct 8, 10:00 PM – Sun, Oct 9, 6:30 AM
Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St, Sacramento, CA

Adults; $20.00, Childern 12y-under $5.00

Sacramento’s best and biggest annual Oktoberfest celebration, this famous festival occurs every October and includes:

  • Authentic German Beer on Tap, wine, and German food
  • Outdoor Biergarten
  • Live music from three different bands
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • German music and dancers

Every year, revelers come to the Turn Verein to eat, drink, and dance like a tried-and-true German. It’s like a piece of Munich, right in Sacramento! READ MORE

Relay For Life of Greater Stanislaus County
Sat, Oct 8, 10 AM – 2 PM
John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Dr, Modesto, CA

At Relay For Life events, no one faces cancer alone. We come together every year at more than 2,500 Relay events around the country to support and celebrate survivors and caregivers.

Each Relay has special events and activities (many throughout the year) just for survivors and their caregivers, so they can connect with others and know there is a strong support system available to them.

At Relay For Life events, no one faces cancer alone. We come together every year at more than 2,500 Relay events around the country to support and celebrate survivors and caregivers.

One of the elements that make our event so special is our car show featuring some of the Valley’s coolest rides. Come join us Saturday morning, cars and coffee style, in the John Thurman Field concourse area and enjoy some automotive history. The show runs from 10 am to 2 pm.  READ MORE

Riverbank Wine And Cheese

Sat. 10am – 8pm and Sun. 10am – 6pm
Santa Fe St, Riverbank

The second weekend of October- Street Faire showcases the best in cheese, wine, and craft beer, surrounded by hundreds of vendors and live music. Family-friendly and FREE!
October 8 & 9. Celebrating Riverbank’s centennial anniversary, this year’s wine and cheese tasting will be like no other!

This year’s tasting event will feature a wide array of cheeses, wines that showcase California’s most outstanding grapes, several varietals to our region, as well as a selection of craft beers – all individually chosen to highlight the best and most delicious tastes. Relax and enjoy while listening to live music. Wine-tasting tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the event, available for purchase at The City of Riverbank. In addition, the street fair will be filled with over 100 vendors, a fantastic kid’s area with rides and games, and live music featured on two stages. READY MORE

Columbia Harvest Festifall
Sat, Oct 8 – Sun, Oct 9

11255 Jackson St, ColumbiaA historic craft fair where you will find demonstrations and merchandise that might have been produced here during the gold rush days.

  • Admission: none
  • Days/­Hours Open: Sat 9am‑5pm, Sun 10am‑5pm
  • Address: 11255 Jackson Street, Columbia, CA 95310

Join us for a cornucopia of crafts, comestibles, demonstrations of skills, plus music and dancing on the shady streets of the Park decorated for the harvest season. Almost fifty vendors, dressed in 1850s attire, will display their handmade arts and crafts for sale, including pottery, jewelry, apparel, home décor, wood furniture, baked goods and many others; some will demonstrate their skills. Attractions include demonstrations of spinning and weaving by the Mother Lode Weavers & Spinners, face painting, petting zoo & entertainment by various local groups of musicians & dancers. READ MORE

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