A good real estate agent is similar in nature to a conductor of a symphony, coordinating the different players to make a successful transaction a reality. At different points in the process, the real estate agent is a salesperson, a buyer’s advocate, an analyst, a business manager, a consultant, a negotiator, and a marketer, just to name a few. We have found there are a number of qualities and traits that successful real estate professionals share.

10. Problem solver mindset
9. Self-motivated entrepreneur
8. Honesty and integrity
7. Hustle and tenacity
6. Interest in houses and architecture
5. Engaging personality
4. Attention to detail
3. Understand the local housing market
2. Build a network of connections
1. Knowledge is power READ MORE

10 Crucial Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

1. What are your credentials?
2. How many sales did you close last year?
3. Do you specialize in this neighborhood?
4. How do you arrive at the listing price?
5. Whom will I be working with?
6. How much will selling my home cost?
7. What is your sales plan?
8. What should I do to get my house ready?
9. How will we communicate?
10. How long will the process take? READ MORE

8 Reasons to Choose a Real Estate Agent Over “For Sale By Owner”

Why it’s worth getting a pro to sell your home

When you sell your home yourself—also known as “for sale by owner” (FSBO)—it may seem like a great way to save thousands of dollars. After all, the standard real estate agent’s commission is 5% to 6%—that’s $12,500 to $15,000 on a $250,000 home.1

Given the size of this fee, you may think that acting as your own seller’s agent will surely be worth the savings. Here are eight reasons why you may want to reconsider.

  • You might be tempted to avoid a real estate agent, save the commission, and just sell your home yourself—also known as “for sale by owner” (FSBO).
  • While tempting, in most cases the risks of going it alone likely outweigh the benefits.
  • Risks include having few potential buyers (let alone qualified buyers), making emotional decisions, not knowing how to negotiate properly, and not having enough free time to dedicate to finding a buyer.
  • One of the biggest risks of FSBO is not having the experience or expertise to navigate all of the legal and regulatory requirements that come with selling a home. READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday 12:00 – 3:00pm

FOR SALE – 404 Riverwood Ln. Rio Vista, 2bd/2bth/1391sf

$455,000 – Big Sur model & no rear neighbors!! Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy. Relax in this lovely backyard & watch the wild life. 2 bedrooms/2 full baths and den with double doors. Both master bedroom and den have bay windows that provides a more open feeling. Master bath has walk in shower & closet, double sinks, white tile counters, Dark kitchen cabinets, Corian counters w/tile backsplash, black appliances & tile floor. Stove is electric, however, is plumbed for natural gas. The dining area overlooks the backyard. Patio with all weather cover, great for BBQ in the rain. Garage has storage cabinets. Just bring your furniture and enjoy the activities, tennis, bocce, new gym, 2 pools & spas. READ MORE

OPEN HOUSE Sunday 1:00 – 3:00pm
FOR SALE – 718 Allender Wy. Rio Vista, 3 bd/2 bth/1346sf

$540,000 – 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. Kitchen has new painted cabinets with quartz counter tops with island. Auxillary electric heaters in 3rd bedroom & livingroom. Whole house water filter with under the sink reverse osmosis. Front yard has been totally relandscaped with new walkway to front door, with drought resistant landscaping, drip system & timer. Driveway extended as well as sidewalk to the backyard. Backyard has sprinkler sytem as well & 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 – 829 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista, 2bds/3.5bths/2,486sf

Price Change $649,900 – This Soraya model located in Trilogy, provides a relaxing mood. Tiled floors with carpet in bedrooms, quartz counters & lighter cabinets in kitchen. The kitchen has a bar and room for stools, this feature makes a great entertaining/casual dining spot. The built-in entertainment space in the great room also provides the chef access to the activities. The dining area has a slider to the covered patio area. The larger master bedroom and bath have double sinks & walk-in closet. The 2nd bedroom is to the front of the home with a bath next to the bedroom. Den can be utilized as an office or even 3rd bedroom. Larger lot with low maintenance gardens with drip system. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this home. Solar home, prepaid by the builder for 20 yrs, 14 yrs remaining. Trilogy offers so many amenities with a low monthly HOA fee. 2 swimming pools/spas, tennis & bocce ball courts, billiards, & a gym, and a playground for grandchildren. Cafe/restaurant are in the development so just drive your golf cart & never leave the site.

FOR SALE – 147 Gardiner Way, Rio Vista

$550,000 – Custom Craftsman Cottage, w/detached carport, 70 ft driveway, workshop & studio on a shy 1/4 acre lot. 3 bedroom, possibly 4, with 2 baths, painted in vibrant colors. Laminate floors & white blinds brings out the artsy homeowner. Kitchen has painted cabinets & bead board walls/backsplash, Corian counters with added cabinetry. Main bath has a stall tile shower & separate tub, quartz counters with white cabinets. 2 bedrooms have built-in cabinets & new laminate floors/fans. The family room can be the 4th bedroom/bath also has a tiled shower. FM also has a wood burning stove w/built-ins. Sunroom can be a great entertaining spot along with the large patio that has room for a built in kitchen/BBQ. The workshop has wall air conditioner, dark room with grey water sink. The She craft/studio room can be utilized for crafting or potting area. Homeowner has built numerous planter boxes for the gardener. YES, room for your RV/toys, carport with garage door. Don’t pass up this home!! READ MORE

FOR SALE – 125 Sequoia Ct. Rio Vista, 4 bds/2 bths/1,422sf

Asking $485,000. Are you looking to move to a little country town? Well look no further, Rio Vista, located on the Sacramento River, offers the old fashion town with parades and is even known for the Bass Derby. This 4 bedroom & 2 bath home located in a cul-de-sac provides that country feel. This home was renovated in 2019 with cabinetry, granite counters, laminate floors, and HVAC. Bring your water toys!! READ MORE

FOR SALE – 514 Montezuma St. Rio Vista

$305,000. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a fixer to flip. 2 bedrooms/2baths and single car garage with alley access. Kitchen has had a remodeled, oak cabinets, dishwasher, disposal, & gas stove. Home has all new double pane windows. Refrigerator, washer/dryer convey. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 30 S 2nd St. Rio Vista
Residence and Commercial Building

Price Change $655,000 – Are you looking for a home and in need of a business space? Or perhaps a home with a possibility of in-law quarters? This home might meet those requirements. Victorian style home with partial wrap-around porch provides a cozy place for morning coffee or afternoon beverage. 2 bedrooms up with 1.5 baths on the main floor. The possible room upstairs to add at a minimum 1/2 bath. Laminate flooring on the main floor with carpeted stairway & in bedrooms. HVAC & tankless water heater with inside laundry. 2nd building has been used as a commercial, however, could be added onto & remodeled to be ADU/2nd unit. READ MORE

JUST SOLD – 13 Amador Cir, Rio Vista

This remodeled home has newer kitchen & baths, salt water pool, spa and gorgeous bbq kitchen with bar/firepit, refrigerator, ice maker & more. RV parking for 2, so your ski boat & RV will fit in the RV garage. Garage is equipped with sewer connection & electricity. Sliding doors open up to the pool area. Home is 3 bedroom, can be 4, & 2.5 baths. The master sitting area was the 4th bedroom, so can be closed off. Master bath has double sinks, walkin shower and bidet & master bedroom has large deck w/views of the N hills. A spiral staircase off deck takes you to the pool area. Family room has an entertainment bar w/refrigerator & sink. Step out to the backyard to a swimming pool w/solar heating, BBQ kitchen with all the amenities, outdoor shower w/tankless water heater and stage for band. No rear neighbors. Home also has double car garage as well, with indoor laundry. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Week-End


Sat, Jul 30, 10 AM – 6 PM
River Walk Park, 651 2nd St, West Sacramento, CA

A day at the amazing River Walk Park right on the shores of the River for music, food and family fun. Perfect for reunions, and everyone.

About this event

Back by popular demand! The Annual Sacramento Seafood & Soul Festival Bringing All The Best Seafood & Soul To The Beautiful River Walk Park In West Sacramento On Saturday July 30 from (gates open at 10am) 11am-5pm starring MAXINE JONES former lead singer from the legendary group ENVOGUE. MAXINE JONES will be performing all of her its including, “My Lovin Never Gonna Get It,” ” Free Your Mind,” ” Giving Him Something He can feel,” ” Give It Up Turn It Loose,” and more! Enjoy a day on the beautiful Sacramento River listen to great music, and eating the best seafood and BBQ any where!

Reserve Your VIP Table (seating for 8 people) or Very VIP Riverside Bungalow With Tent, Tables And Chairs Included For 10 People. Bring The Family, Great Event For Reunions, And Enjoy The Best Blues, Jazz, Country, Reggae, Pop, & R&B Funk From Bands And Singers. Plus, Help Us Crown The “King Of The Blues”. This year the beautiful River Walk Promenade will host exhibitors with food trucks, oysters, lobsters, and original seafood dishes that will highlight the experience.

With bands like Sacramento legends InnerSoul; Niecey and the Obamas from the Bay Area; CaLibri Band; Les Franklin; Sonny Blue Bland; The Galaxxy All Stars; and 15 different acts for you to enjoy this is a summer spectacular for the biggest event on the Sacramento River. Parking just feet away from the event at the Ziggurat building for only $10 all day! The music will be amazing so bring your chairs, umbrellas and positive vibes. The event has reserved VIP tables areas; plus Bungalows by the River; or you can bring your own items. Visit our beer garden for your beverages and food on the Promenade. No outside alcohol or food allowed. All ages are invited to the festival. MORE INFO ~ BUY TICKETS

Stockton Wedding Festival

Sun, Jul 31, 11 AM

Stockton Golf & Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd, Stockton

You’re engaged!  It’s time to plan your wedding!

The wedding expo will be the perfect opportunity to meet with wedding professionals for one day, at one location who are there to answer all of your wedding planning questions and plan a beautiful wedding day.  At the wedding show you will see a combination of wedding professionals, wedding planners, florists, entertainment, photo booths, wedding venues, wedding photographers and more.

Wedding planning is supposed to be fun!  Bring your mom, sister, maid of honor, bridesmaids, fiance, groomsmen, your I Do Crew, Team Bride, Team Groom, or Wedding Warriors with you and have a day that is just about having some planning fun.

Don’t stress about wedding planning.  At the event, you can compare products and services, get great ideas from seasoned wedding professionals and maybe even win some prizes for extra fun.  This is a very special time in your family and our entire industry wants you to ENJOY IT!  See strolling fashions up close and personal to find the gown of your dreams, tuxes for your wedding party, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, mother of the bride and more!

Wait until you see what we have planned at this amazing venue!

Wedding planning is supposed to be fun! Bring your mom, sister, maid of honor, bridesmaids, fiance, groomsmen, your I Do Crew, Team Bride, Team Groom, or Wedding Warriors with you and have a day that is just about having some planning fun.

Addington, Rogers & GIll

Sat, Jul 30, 4 – 7 PM
Jessie’s Grove Winery, 1973 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA


An acoustic-driven, three piece band featuring the easy-listening harmonies of all your favorites!

See you tomorrow! Music Under the Oak Tree starts 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM with artists Addington, Rogers & Gil. No tickets required. Come enjoy a night of live music, great food and amazing wine with us.

Reservations only required for parties of 10+. Call the tasting room to reserve.



Benicia Waterfront Festival

Sat, Jul 30, 11 AM – 6 PM, Sun, July 31 11AM – 6 PM
First Street Green, Corner of 1st and, E B St, Benicia, CA

The popular summer event is back with a splash! Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, microbrew tastings, arts & crafts marketplace, delectable gourmet foods, and kids’ activity area.

Live Music

Craft Beer & Wine

Tasty Foods

Vendor Village

Kids’ Activity Area


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