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Newsletter, 12/31/21

California Housing Market: Prices | Trends | Forecasts 2022

In the California housing market, sales of homes stayed strong in November, even though there was a lot less housing available and interest rates are going up. California’s housing market has maintained a healthy sales pace above pre-pandemic levels, despite a decline in sales from 2020 levels. According to the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.), while the market has slowed in recent months, 2021 has outpaced last year’s sales thus far and is likely to achieve again by year’s end. READ MORE


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

FOR SALE – 1025 Vintage Dr, Rio Vista, 2bd/2bth/1430sqft

1025 Vintage Dr, Rio Vista
Asking $465,000 – Located in the active adult community, Trilogy, this Spinnaker model is on the 2nd tee box. Home shows pride of ownership. Do not miss out on the opportunity to own this beautiful home. The seller has completely remodeled the kitchen and master bath, new flooring, blinds, and fixtures throughout. The master suite has a bay window and a view of golf. The kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, a stainless sink, and new stainless appliances. The great room has open space for entertaining and room for your oversized entertainment center. The laundry room has a sink and cabinets for storage. Newer water softener and home water purifying system. All-weather patio cover with fenced and low maintenance yard. Trilogy offers many activities including 2 pools (indoor & outdoor), billiards, tennis courts, bocce, gym, and more. NO BONDS READ MORE

REAL ESTATE NEWS

Will 2022 be the year Bay Area real estate cools?

Those brief months of the Bay Area’s retreat — sluggish home sales and lower rents during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic — are long gone and unlikely to return any time soon.

Economists are expecting another strong real estate market in 2022, although they say it will have a hard time matching this year’s record pace.

Bay Area prices climbed 18% in November over the previous year in a busy market, according to the California Association of Realtors. The median price for a single-family home reached $1.3 million — well above the state median of $782,000.

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Why Spring 2022 Will Be a Great Time to Put Your Home on the Market

Before putting your home on the market, find out what real estate and mortgage experts predict will happen in Spring 2022.

Spring is the traditional time to list a house, but the pandemic and resulting home-value surge have made the market anything but predictable.

Home sales values in the U.S. rose substantially in 2021. According to the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), more commonly known as Fannie Mae, the trend is expected to continue into 2022, but at a slower pace.

So where does that leave homeowners looking to sell their houses? Will Spring 2022 still be the best time of year to list a home, or could other economic factors come into play? We checked with experts in the real estate and mortgage-lending industries to better understand what the new year might bring for home sellers.

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Events in Northern California this Week-End

New Year’s With Kenny G

Friday, December 31, 2021, 7PM & 10:30 PM
Saturday, January 1, 2022, 7PM & 9:30PM

BLUE NOTE NAPA is located on the 1st floor of the Historic Napa Valley Opera House. We are an intimate 190 person seated live music club and restaurant where you may enjoy performances of world-renowned and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a dinner menu with an elegant wine and cocktail list. These are available for purchase in all seating sections before or whilst you take in a show.

– Proof of full vaccination (must be 2 weeks past final dose) with a matching government issued photo ID, is required for entry. We will accept one of the following for venue entry: CDC Vaccination Card (or photo) w/ matching photo ID (if a minor, then legal guardian’s photo ID) or a CA Digital Vaccine Card.

  • – Masks are required to be worn unless actively eating or drinking.
  • – All ticket prices are per person.
  • – Seating policy is first come, first seated in area purchased.
  • – We recommend arriving 30 min before door time to get best choice of seating.
  • – Pairs are sat across from each other, not next to each other when sat at tables.
  • – High Bar chairs are tall with backs and padded seats. High Bar has purse hooks too.
  • – Bar seating for only (or accompanied by) age 21+
  • – No refunds/cameras/vaping/smoking/outside food or drink.
  • – No babies please.
  • – Ages 8 + (w/ children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult) unless otherwise specified.
  • – Please contact our Box Office with any special needs or accommodation requests.
  • – Ear plugs are available for free at the Box Office.

JAZZ SUPERSTAR KENNY G RETURNS FOR A YEAR-END HOLIDAY RESIDENCY.
End your 2021 with an evening of world-class music, fine Napa Valley wines, and a decadent Wine Country-inspired menu. Limited to fewer than 190 seats, this intimate evening will be a cherished memory.
Sit down to food and wine in an intimate, up close and personal experience with one of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time, Kenny G! With Sold Out shows across the globe, Kenny is ending his 2021’s run of performances, in the picturesque Napa Valley.

Food, wine, and cocktail service are offered. READ MORE ~ BUY TICKETS


2022 New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise

Fri Dec 31, 10:30 PM – Sat Jan 1, 3:30 AM, Bay Celebrations, 2 broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Welcome this NEW YEAR with us and we’ll surely make it memorable for you. Date and time Fri, Dec 31, 2021, 10:30 PM – Sat, Jan 1, 2022, 1:30 AM.
OPEN AIR CRUISE

“THIS IS THE BEST NEW YEARS FIREWORKS CRUISE I,VE BEEN THE LAST 3 YEARS, ”

It is NEW YEARS EVE 2022 lets cruise and watch some fireworks. This cruise is all inclusive PREMIUM OPEN BAR.
Champagne toasts under the bridge As we take our journey out of Oakland’s Jack London Square we will cruise all the way under the Bay Bridge to McCovey Coves San Francisco’s iconic skyline and cruise down to the wharf and watch the fireworks underneath the stars.
Two dancefloors and Vip sections to enjoy while our Djs play top40, Hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, Latin, Oldskool for you to groove too.

This event sells out fast and early bird tickets for as low as 100$. Food will be served onboard. Please arrive early we will be checking people in 30 minutes before departure. See ya onboard. READ MORE ~ BUY TICKETS


The NYE Experience 209
Modesto Centre Plaza

Fri, Dec 31, 7:00 PM ~ Ends at Sat, Jan 1, 2:00 AM  ~ 1000 L St, Modesto, CA
Louis Bland Enterprise Presents NYE Experience 2022 will be held Friday Dec 31st, 2021 from 8pm – 2am About this Event The Valley’s Largest New Years Eve Event! READ MORE


New Year’s Eve with Neon Playboys

by Black Oak Casino Resort

Fri, Dec 31, 2021, 9:00 PM – Sat, Jan 1, 2022, 12:30 AM PST


Come dance into the New Year!

Black Oak Casino Resort, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne, CA

Meet the swingiest playboys in town. The Neon Playboys are going to turn the Willow Creek Lounge into a swinging dance party filled with all of your favorite Funk & Soul and Rock & Roll…shaken, not stirred.
READ MORE ~ BUY TICKETS


Island of Black and White – Live from the Green Room

The Green Room Social Club
251 Main Street, Placerville, CA

This is a hybrid event! Get your tickets, either in-person or livestream, at clubgreenroom.com/event/ibw

Join us for our third and final musical celebration of 2022! For those that don’t want to brave the streets on New Year’s Eve – What could be better than New Year’s Night with Island of Black and White?

A fusion of rock, funk, blues, folk and reggae, IBW emerged from the foothills of El Dorado County in 2004…. As solid contributors to the local music scene in and around Sacramento for over a decade, Island of Black and White has established itself as a soulful, musical powerhouse. Having played for the heaving crowd of thousands… their music has gained a substantial and loyal following. IBW delivers high energy performances, playing a large variety of music, including originals and covers… and their energy is shared with the entire crowd. It is an experience, like no other. READ MORE 


10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and soon we will be entering 2022.Feeling anxious about being in public places due to the omicron variant, had your plans canceled or just want to stay in and celebrate at home with your family and close friends?From board game competitions to eating “lucky” food, here’s a list of fun things to do at home and still ring in the New Year.

Throw a charcuterie/cocktail party

Invite over a close group of friends or family members to have a potluck dinner.

Everyone has to bring over their own version of a charcuterie board, but have fun with it. Sure, someone can bring over a board of cheese, crackers and olives, but suggest someone bring over an ice cream board or pizza board to make things more tasty. As well, advise your guests to also bring a pitcher of their favorite cocktail to share at the party.

New resolutions

Was your resolution at the beginning of 2021 to eat healthier, lose weight or get your body toned? Throw those out the window this new year.

Let’s focus on a new resolution that will not have you struggling with food or your health. If you want to take an easy approach, perhaps promise yourself to read a new book every month or volunteer at a local agency to help our your community. Try not to start off the new year stressed out by picking a resolution that seems out of reach.

New Year’s Eve TV specials

Let’s end the year by relaxing on your couch watching some of television’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Of course, you can watch “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC, which is celebrating its 50th year, but there are two other specials to view.

lose out the year with some country’s biggest artists by watching “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash” on CBS. Not a country fan? Flip over to NBC to watch “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted By Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson.” Produced by “Saturday Night Live’s” Lorne Michaels, the lineup will include special guests and musical performances.

‘Lucky’ dinner

Wanting to start off 2022 with some extra luck? Have your last meal of this year be full of “lucky” foods.

You can munch on pork, black eyed peas, lentils or herring for prosperity in the new year. To attract wealth in 2022, eat collard greens, cornbread or sauerkraut. Enjoy noodles? Eat a bowl of soba noodles to bring longevity for the next year. Want next year to come full circle? Enjoy a donut as the clock strikes midnight. For true luck to be with you all of 2022, eat 12 grapes at once or a whole fish — head to tail.

Put together a scrapbook

Close the year by looking at back and sharing memories you and your family created in 2021.

Go out and buy scrapbook materials and put together your favorite moments of 2021. Have each person in your family be in charge of a page to make it more unique. Maybe have everyone pick their fondest memory from each month and have a page where everyone puts their favorite moment of the year. Make the whole book fit a theme such as black and gold, retro, fireworks or clocks.

Foreign traditions

Celebrating culture is a fun, interesting way to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year.

Be like the Greeks and hang onions on your doorway. The smelly but delicious veggie is a symbol of rebirth and will promote growth throughout the new year.

In Denmark, when the clock strikes midnight people jump off chairs by “jumping into the new year.” It’s popular with the little ones and is supposed to bring good luck. Other traditions you can partake in are sprinkling salt on your doorstep to promote peace like those in Turkey do or be like the Armenians and bake bread for luck.

Make a time capsule

2021 has been an interesting year to say the least. What better way to commemorate this whirlwind than with a time capsule?

Gather some ticket stubs from movies or concerts you attended, a few photos and maybe a handwritten letter summarizing how 2021 went for you. Make it accessible for every family member by purchasing some mason jars so they each have their own capsule and can decorate as desired. If you don’t want to dig up your backyard with a plethora of holes, place the jars in safe storage and revisit them next New Year’s Eve.

Famous firework shows

Instead of waiting for fireworks to show up on your television screen around midnight, why not watch famous firework shows from years past?

YouTube will be your friend for this binge marathon. The better part? The shows don’t have to be fixated just on celebrating New Year’s Eve. Maybe you remember going to Walt Disney World as a child and want to relive seeing that firework show with your children. Additionally, you can view firework shows from past years from around the world. Just typing in “firework shows” on YouTube reveals a 33-minute firework festival from Japan.

Board game marathon

Let’s end the year with fun and competition.

Starting at 6 p.m., gather everyone at home to start a board game marathon at the top of each hour until midnight. Depending on how many people are in your household, you might need to add or take away some board games. Play board games though that will not take longer than an hour, so Monopoly is definitely off the list. Caller-Times suggests Jenga, Uno, Battleship, Guess Who, Connect Four and Scrabble. Make it more interesting by adding rewards for the top player of each hour.

Source: USAToday.com

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