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Newsletter, 5/15/2020

Last updated on May 21, 2020

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Will the Housing Market Turn Around This Year?

Today, many people are asking themselves if they should buy or sell a home in 2020. Some have shifted their plans or put them on hold over the past couple of months, and understandably so. Everyone seems to be wondering if the market is going to change and when the economy will turn around. If you’re trying to figure out what’s going to happen and how to play your cards this year, you’re not alone.

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Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

SOLD – 424 Western Hills Drive, Rio Vista

Located in the beautiful Trilogy at Rio Vista Shea development, this Calistoga model provides so much room for family & entertaining, with 2 car garage and golf cart garage. The Interior patio is great for private for dining. New interior paint, newer upgraded carpets throughout, & appliances. The kitchen has oak cabinets with granite island and Corian counters w/backsplash. Gas cooktop with double ovens. The fireplace in the great room makes for a cozy evening. Larger master bedroom with shutters and bath with tub and renovated walk-in shower. READ MORE


PENDING – 709 Bernadette Place, Isleton,
3 bed 2 bath 1 pt. bath 2,018 sq ft


Great looking newer home in Isleton, multi-level home, living space above the flood zone. Three bedrooms 2 baths on the upper level and 1/2 bath, kitchen/family room, dining and living room on the main level. The main level is wood-like plank and carpet upstairs and bedrooms. Granite kitchen with darker cabinets, pantry, gas range & stainless appliances. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and oval tub and stall shower. The garage is on street level, large enough for a boat or jet skis. HVAC is multi-zone & tankless hot water heater. Home currently has a view of Mt. Diablo.
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Things to do from home this week!

30 Fun Things to Do at Home

I’m BORED! Have you ever heard someone in your family use those words?

Most of us have.

I barred that word from my house. Whenever someone said they were bored, I gave them two options:

First, there is always work that can be done. Secondly, find something to do.

There are always creative things that we can do at home. You just need to put some thought and imagination into your day.

The list of enjoyable things you can do is inexhaustible. I am going to share 30 fun things to do at home. Some of the events are best done at appropriate times of the year. Enjoy!

1. Have a Costume Night

Generally, the only time we can get away with putting on costumes is on Halloween. It is so entertaining to put on a costume and play.

Host an evening where everyone has to dress up in a costume. (Some costume ideas here!) Eat your dinner that evening all dressed up. Play games and just have a party. You can even make it a “themed” costume party by choosing a time era or movie characters. Shape it to meet your interests.

2. Throw an Indoor Picnic

Set out a picnic blanket and basket of food and eat your dinner as though you were having a picnic. Just having variety in your family life brings you closer together as a family unit. Events like this are often the catalyst for a fun-filled evening.

3. Have a Christmas Party (*In the Summer)

Set up some Christmas decorations and have a Christmas celebration during the summer.

Prior to this event, buy a few Christmas presents to give to an organization that accepts donations for families in need at Christmas time. Have wrapping paper on hand. Wrap up the gifts, while thinking of the joy they will bring to some little girl or boy at Christmas.

This serves to make your family mindful of others. Everyone in the family will be excited when Christmas comes and they can donate the gifts that you wrapped in the summer. It’s unique to have a Christmas party during the summer.

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Here Are the Latest Mortgage Rates

— And They’re Great for Home Buyers

Mortgage rates ticked up slightly over the past week but remain near all-time lows as demand for home purchases continue to show improvement amid the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.

According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.28% with .07 points paid for the week ending May 14, up 0.02 percentage points from the previous week and 0.05 percentage points above the record low of 3.23% set on April 30.

The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage held almost steady, coming in at 2.72% with .07 points paid, down just 0.01 percentage points from last week’s 2.73%. Interest rates on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages were up 0.01 percentage points to 3.18% with 0.03 points paid.

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Google Searches of Homes for Sale Show Strong Rebound

Americans are resuming their house hunting online after taking a pause during the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. One way to track potential buyer interest: internet searches.

LendingTree’s team analyzed Google search data to see how popular the search term “homes for sale” is in 50 of the nation’s largest metros. Overall, searches for the term “homes for sale” have risen in every metro tracked, compared to their 2020 lows at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S..By the end of April, the number of property searches had rebounded by 54%.

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