Should I sell my house now or wait?

Deciding whether it’s the right time to sell your home can be perplexing. There are numerous important questions to sort through, both financial and personal, before putting your home on the market.

Rising home prices, buyer demand and interest rate increases are just some of the factors to bear in mind. But it’s also important to ask yourself whether you’re ready to move — and if you’ll be able to find another home that fits your budget in a highly competitive market. Continued rate hikes are making monthly mortgage payments especially pricey.

According to Fannie Mae’s September 2022 Home Purchase Sentiment Index, about 59 percent of consumers still believe that, despite the fluctuating market conditions, now is a good time to sell. Here are some key considerations to help decide whether it’s the right time for you.


Moving in 2023? Everything You Need to Know

For many, the idea of moving is always more exhausting than exciting. Between emptying the old place and filling up the new, there’s always a lot of work ahead of relocating. With the right planning and a little help, it doesn’t have to turn into a stressful situation. Here are a few items to pick up and tips to try out that may make Moving Day bearable!

Getting Ready

The last thing you want to do is make more work for yourself. Preparing your old home for a move means ensuring dirt and grime aren’t being tracked on all those floors. Installing Everlasting Comfort’s amazon magnetic screen door can help to keep bugs, dirt, and other airborne irritations from making their way inside while you and your fellow movers bring everything you own out!

Of course, getting your stuff onto a truck is only a good idea if you’ve already sold your home. A great way to get a home listed on the market is via the internet. If you’ve asked “is it easy to sell my home to an internet-based company?” you aren’t alone. Having more control via an independent website is always a good idea, especially if you’re interested in making the sale yourself. It’s a great alternative to turning equity over to a real estate agent, especially at a time when you need it the most!


Thinking of Relocating as a Retiree in 2023? 3 Points to Consider

There may come a point during retirement when you decide that you’re ready for a change of scenery or pace. Maybe you’re hoping to seek out a warmer climate. Maybe you want access to more entertainment than what your sleepy town currently gives you. Or maybe you want to move closer to a family because grandkids have recently come into the mix.

Either way, relocating is a big decision, whether you’re retired or not. But if you are retired and a move is on your radar for 2023, you’ll want to run through these key questions first.

1. How will my living costs change?

Moving to a new state could result in a whole new set of expenses. In some cases, relocating could leave you spending less than what you’re used to. But in other cases, you may end up spending more.


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

#JUSTLISTED – 710 Pinehurst Dr. Rio Vista
2bed/2bath/2,065sqft/5,345sqft lot

$454,000 – Solar owned & No Bonds!! Can’t get much better, this Hatteras model located in the Rio Vista Active Adult Community, Trilogy, offers drought-resistant landscaping & cozy backyard. Start the day with coffee on the patio & watch the sunset on the front porch. This home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with blinds throughout. The home has a living room/dining room combo and a family room/kitchen with tile floors in the kitchen/nook. Full patio with cover & is very private. The laundry room has a sink, washer/dryer convey with the sale, as well as refrigerators. Walking distance to Delta clubhouse, pro shop & Monarch Restaurant. Trilogy offers 2 swimming pools/spas, a cafe & restaurant, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickle ball, billiards & more. Just bring your furniture and enjoy your retirement life. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 689 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista

2 bed/2 bath/1,837sqft/5,436sqft lot

$585,000 – Breathtaking views as you step into this beautiful home, located on the 11th green & pond. Popular Reflect model with quartz counters, white cabinets, 5 burner gas stove top & refrigerator are included. Tile floors with carpet in bedrooms. A double-sided gas fireplace makes for a cozy den & living room. The primary bath has double sinks with a walk-in shower with w/bench seating. Shutters throughout the home. Walk out either slider onto the covered patio that is the full length of the home. Small piece of turf for your pet, low maintenance landscape (front & back) & fenced. The backyard is lovely & a great place for a BBQ. Washer/dryer are included & there’s a laundry tub in the garage. Prepaid solar lease, transferrable to the buyer for the remaining years of the lease. Just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities, such as 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce ball courts, tennis & pickle ball courts, horseshoes, billiards, a library, a computer room, etc. So many activities to enjoy, you can be as busy as you want or idle. There is a club for just about all your hobbies. 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 – 295 Sage Meadows Dr. Rio Vista
3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lot

 $559,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

PRICE CHANGE – 718 Allender Wy. Rio Vista
3 bd/2 bth/1346sf

 $514,999 – Gorgeous home, shows pride of ownership, and has been renovated since purchased. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths with all new flooring/baseboards, interior paint, light fixtures, etc. The kitchen has newly painted cabinets with quartz countertops with an island. Auxillary electric heaters in 3rd bedroom & living room. Whole house water filter with under-the-sink reverse osmosis. The front yard has been totally relandscaped with a new walkway to the front door, with drought-resistant landscaping, a drip system & timer. The driveway extended as well as the sidewalk to the backyard. The backyard has a sprinkler system as well as a patio. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint town located on the Sacramento River, close to SF, Sacramento & bay area. READ MORE

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

 $475,000 – 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

PRICE REDUCED – 623 California St, Rio Vista
2 bed/1 bath/934sqft/4,792sqft lot

Price Reduced to $395,500 – 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

Events in Northern California this Weekend
Black Diamond Ballet Presents: Nutcracker

Friday, December 16, 2022, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2022, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2022, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday, December 18, 2022, 2:00pm-4:00pm
El Campanil Theatre, 602 W 2nd St, Antioch, CA

Black Diamond Ballet is celebrating its 10-year Anniversary Performance of Nutcracker this holiday season. This cherished East Bay tradition will return to the El Campanil Theatre and run for two consecutive weekends beginning December 10th through the 18th. Under the direction of Artistic Director and Choreographer Sharon Sobel Idul, the 2022 production of Nutcracker will showcase new variations in the Second Act that will bring more cultural relevance and diversity to the traditional story of a girl who receives a gift of a magical nutcracker that comes to life. “The goal of the enhancements is to highlight cultures that reflect our diverse community as featured characters of this traditional holiday story,” said Idul who founded Black Diamond Ballet as a non-profit organization with the intention of bringing classical ballet, culture, and dance education to East Contra Costa County. Black Diamond Ballet values creating accessible theatre experiences for all individuals in our community. READ MORE

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Sat, Dec 17, 2 – 6 PM
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St, Sacramento, CA

Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip in the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep, and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and his friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games, and surprises. Little piggies everywhere will love this 60-minute live musical experience! READ MORE

Sacramento Guitar Society Winter Concert and Young Artist Showcase

Sun, Dec 18, 11:15 PM – Mon, Dec 19, 1:15 AM
CLARA; E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts2420 N St, Sacramento

Come hear the classical guitar orchestras play as well as the talented Young Artist Showcase! *$10 donation is recommended. Sac Guitar Society merch will also be available for purchase at the event. READ MORE

The Nutcracker at Hutchins Street Square

Sat, Dec 17, 2 PM
Lodi Hutchins Street Square, 125 S Hutchins St a, Lodi, CA

It’s that magical time of the year again as the students of the City of Lodi Ballet Program present our annual Nutcracker performance! The wicked Mouse Queen is on the prowl again and only the brave Clara and her charming Nutcracker can save the day. Please come enjoy this holiday treat for the whole family with ever-evolving choreography that shows off our young dancers. READ MORE

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