Hot Tips for Selling a Home in Summer

1. Fix to SellAn easy way to scare away prospective home buyers is by not completing needed repairs prior to listing. This applies to any structural or cosmetic issues both inside and outside the home.

2. Emphasize the ExteriorA great benefit of selling during the summer season is the opportunity to show off the outdoor living space. Now is the time to clean off that patio furniture and arrange a comfortable setting that your buyers could see themselves using.

3. Decorate for the Summer SeasonOnce you’re finished sprucing up the exterior, it’s time to move on to the interior. There are a lot of different ways you could decorate to give your home a warmer vibe for summer. Floral, animal, and beach themes are all popular choices.

4. Stay CoolBuying a home can be an exhausting process, so providing some relief on a hot summer day could go a long way in closing the deal. Invite your buyers in from a hot day with a refreshing dose of A/C.

5. The Price is Right… from the StartPricing your home correctly is likely to be the most important decision you make during the selling process. A common mistake many sellers make is to price their property too high so that there is room to negotiate… READ MORE

7 Steps to Selling a House in California 2024

Want to sell your California house in 2024? You’re in luck. 41.7% of California homes sold above the list price last month, with a median home price of $784,200. From Sacramento to San Diego, home prices have increased in several markets across the Golden State.

Skyrocketing home prices also mean you pay hefty commissions. Californians spend $47,000 in commissions on an average home. Buyer agent commissions are typically 2.5% to 3% and are not very negotiable.

It’s 2024! There are high-tech home-selling platforms, like Houzeo, that help skip the 3% listing agent commission almost entirely! And with technology, you’ll also have more access to information and be in control of your transaction.

7 Steps to Selling a House in California While selling your house in California can be a complex process, we have listed down 7 simple steps for you to navigate through your real estate transaction… READ MORE

How to Overcome the Challenges of Selling a Home During the Summer

Summer tends to be a short season in real estate terms because families and other potential home buyers have to get back to ‘reality’ at some point. But, these few months can be lucrative for agents who know how to market smartly.

Putting yourself in a buyer’s shoes is the key to successfully selling a home during the summertime. Think about what a future homeowner would like to see and experience, and how a listing might grab their attention over the myriad of temptations summer offers.

Below are some scorching tips for selling a home during summer.

Make Necessary Repairs Before Listing

Sellers often get long lists of repairs from buyers who want this and that fixed before the close of escrow. To minimize this back and forth, and paint your listing in a better summertime light, make necessary fixes before putting the home on the market… READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR
OPEN HOUSE – Saturday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
FOR SALE – 357 Spyglass Dr, Rio Vista
2bd/2bth/1172sf/4,391sf lot

$439,000 – Honey, stop the car, I want this cottage-like home on the golf course at the 6th tee box & with spectacular views!! The patio is perfect for morning coffee, afternoon beverages & BBQ. The Carmel model, 2 bedroom, 2 bath home is perfect for retirement. Laminate flooring, new exterior & interior paint & light fixtures is move-in ready. The kitchen has granite counters, oak cabinets, pantry closet & overlooks the golf course. The primary bedroom has a bay window that provides an excellent sitting area & view. Amenities galore, from the 18-hole golf course, tennis/pickle ball courts, bocce ball courts, full gym, billiards, computer room, indoor & outdoor pool/spas, and library plus an aesthetician & masseuse available in the health center. Start packing!! And head to Trilogy in Rio Vista, the Active Adult Community. WEBSITE

PENDING SALE – 517 Wallace St. Rio Vista
3 bed/2 bath/1,346sqft/5,680sqft lot

$485,000 – If you like the small-town feel, then this home will fit your needs, Rio Vista, located on the Sacramento River, also known as the Delta area, is a great starter home, with 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Larger great room & roomy kitchen with white appliances. The Homecoming development has a park close by that is great for playtime & picnics. The back yard provides room for your pets. WEBSITE

302 Spyglass Dr. Rio Vista,
2bd/2bth/1439sqft/4805sqft lot

$430,000 – Welcome to Trilogy at Rio Vista, the active adult community, located near the Sacramento River. Do you enjoy water sports, fishing and/or tennis, golf, or bocce, This is your retirement, resort-style living. This Pebble Beach model home provides you with a 2 bedroom 2 bath home with 2 full baths. Very private backyard to enjoy your morning coffee or beverage in the afternoon, and have a BBQ. The home features a kitchen with a pantry closet, white tile counters & black splash with oak cabinets & a white electric stove & a microwave, and a dishwasher. Carpet throughout with tile entry. Trilogy offers so many amenities such as an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, 2 pools (indoor and outdoor) billiards, a computer room, a library, a full gym, & cafe in the Vista Club. The restaurant is being renovated & will be beautiful. Come join the fun!  READ MORE

FOR SALE – 212 S 7th St Apt A, Rio Vista
3 units: A-3/1, B-2/2, C-2/2 or 1/2

$805,000 – Great opportunity to own investment property, 3 homes on 1 lot; Unit A is 3/1, Unit B is 2/2, & Unit C 2/2. Lot is very private, with lots of room for BBQ & fun. Located in Core Rio Vista, walk to town, restaurants, & groceries. Large grassy area for play. Stable renters with a good payment history. Do not disturb renters in Units A & B. Unit A built in 1930 & Unit B in 1948. Unit C was a barn/garage converted with permits. With a little TLC, these units are great for tenants just starting out on their own. All 3 have single-car garages. WEBSITE

PENDING SALE 15967 Isleton Rd, Isleton
4bed/2bath/2,836sqft2,836 sf/1.37acre lot

$475,000 – This is an opportunity to own a home next to the river. Original home built in 1940, 1260 sq ft, then 3 stories added to home. The lot is 1.37 acres, with room to add a pool. This home has 4 bedrooms & 2 baths with lots of space for entertaining. The home is heated with 4 pellet stoves, 1 on each floor, & the natural breezes cool off the home in the summer. The boat dock is a lease with the State of California, acting through the State Lands Commission. The lease is dated 6/21/18 for 10 years. The gangplank is damaged. This home features 2 wrap-around decks. The laundry room & 2nd kitchen are located in the original house with a bedroom/sitting room. The primary bedroom is located on the 3rd floor with an elevated space for sitting & watching the boat traffic on the Sacramento River. The newer section has dual-pane windows, and the original section is single-pane. The lot provides so much space for entertaining your family & guests as well as 3 storage units. Only 1 storage unit has electricity. Home is a project waiting for your building & decorating skills and is priced to reflect that. All appliances convey with sale. WEBSITE

1.935ac Poppy House Rd. & Norman Richards Dr. Rio Vista

$410,000 – Zoned Commercial, No Cannabis. Contact Ralene Nelson at Re/Max Grupe Gold | BRE# 01503588 | 707.334.0699 | 107 Main St. Rio Vista. 4873 Lone Tree Wy, Antioch, CA

Events in Northern California this Weekend

Oakley Summer Fest
July 2, Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00p

Civic Center Plaza, on Main Street, Norcross Lane to Vintage Parkway

Oakley Summer Fest will be in Civic Center Plaza and on Main Street from Norcross Lane to Vintage Parkway. This event will be a daytime five-hour family-friendly festival. This event is designed to be a celebration of summer and our Oakley community with a wide range of activities for attendees. This festival will include an afternoon complete with live music on the main stage, a giant kids area, local artisan makers, adoption opportunities with Joybound People & Pets (previously known as the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)), and delicious food vendors. There will be no fireworks at this event. READ MORE

Paula Poundstone, Comedian
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2024 / 7:30PM
Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive

Iconic comedian Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and a spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend.  She regularly plays theaters across the country, hosts a weekly comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone, and is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me.  

Paula has starred in several HBO specials, including Cats, Cops and Stuff, which nabbed a cable ACE award for Best Comedy Special. She was the first female comic to host the White House Correspondents Dinner. She filed live coverage of the 1992 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the Presidential Inaugural for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and at the 93rd Emmy Awards. Paula has starred in two television series, both entitled The Paula Poundstone Show. Paula’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, was one of eight semi-finalists for the Thurber Prize For American Humor; the audiobook was one of five finalists for the AUDIE award for Audiobook of the Year. Paula has released five albums and is featured in several documentaries and compendiums noting influential comedians of our time. WEBSITE

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Asking for Trouble
Friday, June 28, 24 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut CreekGet ready for an evening of sidesplitting laughter as Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, the dynamic duo from TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway?, take the stage in a one-night-only uproarious live show, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Asking for Trouble. With lightning-fast wits, Mochrie & Sherwood transform the audience’s suggestions into an unpredictable evening of non-stop comedy gold. No script? No problem! Asking For Trouble is a wild rollercoaster ride of hilarity, where two improv legends prove they are still the best in the business. WEBSITE

Alan Solo at Delta Farmers Market
Sun Jun 30 2024 at 1:00pm – 05:00pm
Delta Farmers Market by the Tower, 2510 State Highway 12, Isleton

Come and have a nice afternoon at the market with me. They have all kinds of things to purchase, a food truck with excellent food, wine and beer tasing … and of course your favorite rock hits covered by me.

Alan plays a variety of classic rock tunes, playing both solo shows as well as in two rock bands.


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