Is Real Estate a Good Investment Right Now?

Lately, because of the seemingly dire state of the market, some “experts” are shouting from the rooftops that the housing market is about to collapse in 2022 or 2023.

But is that the truth, or just click-bait? Is now a good time to invest in real estate?

We say yes.

  • Relax — There is no housing bubble about to collapse.
  • Average monthly rents are increasing at an unprecedented pace.
  • Housing prices are adjusting down from the 2020-2021 highs due to rapid interest rate hikes by the Feds.
  • Interest rates are still historically low and affordable for rental property investors.
  • Real estate is a long-term investment and the long-term outlook is positive for investing now.


The Most Important Factors for Real Estate Investing

Factors for Real Estate Investing
Factors for Real Estate Investing

What’s the most important thing to look for in real estate? While the location is always a key consideration, there are numerous other factors that help determine if an investment is right for you. Here’s a look at some of the most important things to consider if you plan to invest in the real estate market.

  1. Property Location
  2. Valuation of the Property
  3. Investment Purpose and Investment Horizon
  4. Expected Cash Flows and Profit Opportunities
  5. Be Careful with Leverage
  6. New Construction vs. Existing Property
  7. Indirect Investments in Real Estate
  8. Your Credit Score
  9. Overall Real Estate Market… READ MORE

Real estate investments can add diversification to your portfolio, and getting into the market is easier than you might think.

If you’ve ever had a landlord, you probably don’t dream of being one: Fielding calls about oversize bugs and overflowing toilets doesn’t seem like the most glamorous job.

But done right, real estate investing can be lucrative — even now that we’ve shifted to an environment of higher interest rates. Investing in real estate can also help diversify your existing investment portfolio and be an additional income stream. And many of the best real estate investments don’t require showing up at a tenant’s every beck and call.

The trouble is that many new investors don’t know where or how to invest in real estate. Here are some of the best ways to make money in real estate, ranging from low maintenance to high. READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®
NEW PRICE – 1392 Lichen Ct, Concord
4 bed/3 bath/1,761sqft/7,980sqft lot

$889,000 – Look no further, as you enter this beautiful move-in ready home, you know this is the one, & it is located in a well-established neighborhood & close to shopping. Double front doors welcome you to this cheerful home that includes 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and features a bedroom & bath on the main floor. This is perfect for a nanny or family member living with you. The home has new interior paint and new LVT plank flooring/carpet throughout. The kitchen was refreshed with open space with newer cabinets, granite tile counters, a sink, a built-in oven/electric cooktop, a garden window & sliding door to the patio. The chef will be delighted with the walk-in pantry. The kitchen/den features a mobile prepping block with storage. Also, the upstairs hall bath was remodeled to include a new tub/shower & tile floor. The majority of light fixtures are new & fireplace has a pellet stove insert. RV/boat parking, storage shed & backyard can accommodate a swimming pool/spa. The backyard has a few fruit trees & room for a garden/play area. Room for a large BBQ with all your family & friends. This home has so much potential for the next homeowner. Solar leased 3/2020 for 25 yrs. Don’t miss out!! 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 Drio Vista

NEW PRICE – 3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lotF

NEW PRICE $549,000 – 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

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

$410,000 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker model 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

PENDING SALE – 689 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,837sqft/5,436sqft lot

$550,000 – 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

PENDING SALE – 700 Michelbook Ln. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,579sqft/5,693sf lot

$455,000 – Beautiful Atherton model, located in the Active Adult Community of Trilogy. Corner lot, 2 bedroom/2 bath home, with beautiful wood flooring, carpet in bedrooms & den. The kitchen has an island with granite counters, oak cabinets, some with glass fronts to show off your china, & gas range. Lots of counter space for the chef & has a pantry. The great room has built-in custom cabinets, a gas fireplace & overlooks the backyard. 65-inch mounted TV conveys with sale. Den also has built-in cabinets. The primary bedroom overlooks the backyard, the bath has double sinks & large walk-in closet. Fenced & private backyard with a roomy patio with all-weather cover.  READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 307 Birch Ridge Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,154sqft

NEW PRICE $415,000 – Updated Carmel model, in the active adult community of Trilogy. Just bring your furniture to this lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with prepaid solar. Sellers have just finished with new interior paint, laminate flooring w/wider baseboards throughout, & painted cabinets. Kitchen has white cabinets, granite counters, electric stove top, stainless appliances & 2 pantries. Primary bedroom closet has built-in organizer & 2nd bath has walk-in tub w/shower over. Laundry room has additional storage, & 55 gal hot water heater. Shutters through out makes this a very cozy home. Fenced back yard for your pet and patio with all weather cover… READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 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 back yard. 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

Events in Northern California this Weekend

12th Annual Spring Brews Festival

Saturday, March 25 · 12 – 4pm
Todos Santos Plaza 2175 Willow Pass Road Concord

Spring Brews

The 12th Annual Spring Brews Festival brings over 50 world class craft breweries to Downtown Concord, CA. with live music, food and more!

The Brewing Network’s Spring Brews Festival returns to Todos Santos Plaza in Concord to celebrate its 12th year as one of the best craft beer festivals in the Bay Area! Get ready to get outside for a great day in the park with a lineup of the best craft beer in California. We’ve also got the live music and great food that you’ve come to expect from us!Tickets are $60 pre-sale (until early bird purchase availability runs out) and then $75 until sold out. Tickets include unlimited pours and a commemorative glass. This is a 21 and over-only event so all attendees must be of legal drinking age. Everyone must purchase a ticket to enter. READ MORE

Belle Vie Vineyard Wedding Showcase 2023

Sunday, March 26 · 11am – 3pm
Belle Vie Vineyard 19900 Sherman Island Cross Rd. Rio Vista

Are you newly engaged? CONGRATULATIONS! We’re here to help youAre you already planning but still have a few missing pieces? CONGRATULATIONS! We’re here to help you tooJoin us for an ALWAYS fun and inspirational day! Our favorite wedding professionals are here to share their “no pressure” advice and all the latest trends to help plan your dream wedding. Let us help you have the BEST DAY EVER! READ MORE

The Talented Hustle Music Festival 2023

Sat, Mar 25, 2 – 10 PM
High Water Brewing Lodi, 927 Industrial Way, Lodi

This all day music festival features a wide array of talents musicians from different genres, sure to be a hit with true music lovers. READ MORE

Monster Truck Madness

Sat, Mar 25, 4 – 9 PM

San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton

Ground Pounding, Earth Shattering Excitement as Monster Truck March Madness brings Action Packed Entertainment to the Stockton Dirt TrackYou don’t want to miss this exhilarating & action packed night of family fun!Enjoy $10 Monster Truck Rides, Tuff Trucks, Golf Cart Jet Car and FREE Pit Party! Get up close with the trucks, meet the drivers and get autographs.
Free Pit Party 4:30pm-6:30pm$10 Monster Truck Ride, All Ages. Rides available during Pit Party, Intermission and at the End of the Show.

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