Buying or Selling a Home in Winter: What You Need to Know

Nobody buys or sells a home in the winter, right? Well, if you checked the numbers, you’d find that plenty of homes are sold during the coldest months of the year. From December 2022 to February 2023, nearly 800,000 homes sold in the U.S.1 That’s a lot of houses!

In other words, the number of homes bought and sold during the winter is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, since most buyers search for homes online these days, it’s not like outdoor temperatures are keeping potential buyers from looking around.

If you’re wondering whether you should put off buying or selling a home until spring, there’s no need to wait. In fact, there are several advantages to buying or selling while Jack Frost is nipping at your nose. Let’s look at some of the biggest ones and go over some tips that’ll get you moving in the right direction. READ MORE

Selling Your House In The Winter: A Few Tips

When it comes to buying and selling homes in the winter there’s no shortage of opinions and, unfortunately, misconceptions. For example, many people think selling in the winter isn’t possible. That’s just not true. More than a million homes were sold in the U.S. last winter according to data from The National Association of REALTORS®.

If you’re ready to sell your home, why wait until the warmer months when you could be profiting now?

Worried about this particular winter with the pandemic going on? Talk to your real estate agent about how COVID-19 has affected real estate transactions, including changing the dynamics around open houses and virtual tours. In the meantime, read on to discover how selling your home in the winter can be a great approach.

Is Winter A Bad Time To Sell Your House?… READ MORE

Best Time to Buy a House in 2023

If you’re in the market for a new home, you might wonder when it’s the best time to buy. After all, seasonal real estate patterns can affect factors like housing inventory and home prices, making certain times of the year better than others for homebuyers.

Of course, recent economic events have disrupted traditional seasonal trends. Home prices have soared since the pandemic and remain high in many real estate markets. And mortgage rates have shot up amid the Federal Reserve’s rate-hiking campaign against inflation. The combination has parked many would-be buyers on the sidelines, waiting for prices and rates to level off.

Still, a recent report from real estate data company ATTOM suggests that seasonality still plays a role in scoring the best deals. Here are the best times to buy a house in 2023.

The best month to buy a home… READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR

FOR SALE – 667 W Tyler Island Bridge Rd, Isleton

Country Living, own a little bit of the Delta, close to the Sacramento River, so get your fishing rod ready or those water toys. Built on a 1/4 acre, the 3 bedroom 1 bath has so much potential. The bath has been remodeled with a new subfloor, LVP flooring, tub/shower & basin cabinet. Partial dual pane windows & 1 bedroom has slider to the back yard. Room for vegetable garden & chicken coop included, so have fresh eggs & vegetables every day. Newer gas stove & refrigerator included as well as washer/gas dryer. The workshop & shed do not have electricity. Although the home does not have central air, the seller has installed 2 newer wall air conditioners that provide ample cool air for the entire home. Hot water heater was replaced in January of 2023. The forced air heater has been serviced every year. Septic is fenced for safety & leach lines run down each side of the workshop. The home will have new interior paint. Pictures are to be taken when the home is ready for show. READ MORE

PRICE CHANGE – 718 Allender Way, Rio Vista
3bed/2bath/1,346sqft5,306sqft lot

PRICE CHANGE $543,000 – 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

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

Verismo Opera presents Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi
Sun, Nov 5, 2 – 5 PM
Mira Theatre Guild, 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo

Discover the rare beauty of one of Verdi’s lesser known gems!  Follow the pathways of star-crossed love, passion and violent jealousy in a musically glorious opera.

  • Tickets & information: Phone Number (707) 552-0400, Tickets
  • Ticket Prices $25 (general), 12 and under FREE
  • Stage Director, Eliza O’Malley and Conductor, Michael Moran
  • Piano and Chamber Orchestra, English Supertitles
  • N95 or Kn95 masks required.
  • Bay Terrace Theater (with Mira Theatre Guild), 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94590

November 4, 2023 (Saturday 7:00pm), November 5 (Sunday 2:00pm), November 11 (Saturday 7:00pm)  November 12 (Sunday 2:00pm), November 18 (Saturday 7:00pm), November 19 (Sunday 2:00pm)  WEBSITE

Very Merry Craft & Gift Fair
Sat, Nov 4 – Sun, Nov 5
Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Dr, Vacaville

Uptown Fox Events is hosting its second annual Very Merry Craft and Gift Fair. This festive, FREE two-day event will run from 9AM – 3PM on Saturday and Sunday, November 4th and 5th in the Ulatis Cultural Center Parking Lot (rain or shine) at 1000 Ulatis Drive in Vacaville.

50-75 vendors will be selling handmade holiday items, food vendors will be serving holiday-themed treats and local live entertainment is planned for both days. More holiday-themed fun to be announced. “Thanks to the community who gave this event a warm welcome last year, we’re excited to bring it back and expand it for 2023,” says event producer Brooke Fox.

Admission to the Very Merry Craft and Gift Fair is FREE. WEBSITE

Broadway International Festival 3rd Annual Block Party
Sat, Nov 4, 5 PM – Sun, Nov 5, 2 AM
Broadway, Sacramento, CA

On November 4, Broadway will be transformed into a 3-block long street festival celebrating the international flavors of Broadway.Join us for an extraordinary celebration of culture and diversity at The Broadway International Festival! This exciting event will showcase an incredible lineup of global cuisine, a mesmerizing fashion show, captivating live music, and culturally rich performances by local artists. Explore our unique multicultural marketplace, where vendors will offer a variety of crafts and treasures from around the world. Additionally, take time to rejuvenate at the health and wellness space and let the kids have a blast in the dedicated kid zone. The Broadway International Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together food, fashion, music, and art in a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable celebration!

Festival and Block Party:

The Broadway International Festival is a two-part event that offers both a daytime festival and an evening block party. The festival will run from 10 am to 7 pm, providing ample time to explore and enjoy all the festivities. Admission to the festival is free and open to all.

As the sun sets, the block party will kick off at 7 pm, transforming the festival atmosphere into a vibrant experience until 11 pm. Please note that the block party requires a separate ticket, which will be available for purchase. WEBSITE

Contra Costa Mineral and Gem Society Annual Show!
Sun, Nov 5, 6 PM
5298 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA

One of the largest gem and mineral shows in the Concord area.

Over 20+ vendors, demonstrators, games for the kids, and door prizes! WEBSITE

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