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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Houses - Would you buy these Haunted Homes???

Here's a timely article from RISmedia .  Check out these "Haunted" homes that are for sale across the country.  If it were me, i'd stay away but there's some people out there attracted by interesting quirks. #InterestingWorldofRealEstate #HoneyStopTheCarForTheHauntedHouse  Here's the article, enjoy:

Ever wondered what it’d be like to live in a haunted house? Skip the ghost tour and buy one of these haunted listings, perfect for those unafraid of sharing space with the supernatural.
Ann Starrett Mansion
AnnStarrett
Photo: John L. Scott Real Estate









Port Townsend, Wash.
$750,000
Overlooking Puget Sound, the Queen Anne-style Ann Starrett Mansion is reportedly haunted by a red-headed female specter in the home’s 70-foot tower, seen by an innkeeper from outside the locked residence. Constructed in 1899 by contractor George E. Starrett for his wife, the home features an octahedral dome atop the tower that acts as a solar calendar, with ruby-colored glass casting a red glow inward as the seasons change. In recent years, the property was a bed and breakfast and boutique hotel.
As the listing description states, “frescos of angelic maidens painted in Ann’s image will enchant you”…and give you nightmares.
Kenworthy Hall
Kenworthy_Hall
Photo: The Realedyne Group
Marion, Ala.
$950,000       
Presently home to a horse farm, Kenworthy Hall is an Italianate-style villa purportedly haunted by a female apparition in the tower room on the fourth floor. The woman is thought to be Lucinda, wife of Edward Kenworthy Carlisle, an established cotton broker and planter who commissioned architect Richard Upjohn to design the home in 1858. The property was named a National Historic Landmark in 2004.
Neither furniture nor horses are included in the list price, but we think a ghost is a fair trade-off.
John Sowden House
SowdenHaunt
Photo: Sotheby’s International Realty
Los Angeles, Calif.
$4,799,000
Drawing comparisons to a Mayan temple and a great white shark, the John Sowden House was designed by Sowden’s friend, architect Lloyd Wright, and built in 1926. The home, located in Los Feliz, was later occupied by Dr. George Hodel, the prime suspect behind the grisly Black Dahlia murder. (Hodel’s son maintains the slaying occurred inside the home.) Successive residents report Hodel haunts the property, and many have heard the sound of heavy chains dragging, among other strange noises.
Creeeeepy!
Schweppe Estate
Schweppe
Photo: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff
Lake Forest, Ill.
$9,950,000
The Schweppe Estate, also known as the Mayflower Palace, was built in 1915 as a wedding gift to Marshall Field’s heiress Laura Shedd and her husband Charles Schweppe (of Schweppes carbonated drinks). The property sat empty for more than 45 years following Schweppe’s suicide, brought on by the discovery that his wife had left him just $200,000 of her $10 million fortune after her untimely death. Several accounts claim both Charles and Laura haunt the estate’s bedrooms, and one master bedroom window has remained eerily free of dust, despite the age of the home.
Does that mean we’ll save on maid services?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sacramento Real Estate Market - Tabulation Tuesday SnapShot - 10/27/2015

I'm a stats geek and love analyzing the Sacramento Real Estate market numbers, so...

Every Tuesday i provide a quick snapshot of what's going on with the market.  Call/Email/Text/or leave a comment below if you have any questions or opinions...

 



ACTIVE INVENTORY
2,670   available homes on the market

2,715   Last week

2,721   Two weeks ago

2,739   Three weeks ago

2,783   Four Weeks ago

2,831   Five Weeks ago

2,857   Six Weeks ago


PENDING inventory

2,276   homes currently in escrow

2,254   Last week

2,229   Two weeks ago

2,214   Three weeks ago

2,336   Four Weeks ago

2,351   Five Weeks ago

2,368   Six Weeks ago



Median Price of homes sold for the Month

October: so far this month - $290,000

September 2015 -  $295,000

August  -                 $290,000

July -                       $292,000
June  -                     $295,000
May 2015 -              $290,000
April -                       $281,000
March -                    $281,250
February-                $283,050
January 2015 -        $258,000
December 2014 -    $268,000
November -              $265,000
October -                  $272,000
Sept 2014 -               $275,000



Closings for the month


October: so far this month - 1,082

September -                  1,285
August 2015 -               1,660

July  -                            1,738
June -                           1,783
May 2015 -                   1,458
April -                            1,607
March -                         1,376
February-                      1,098
January 2015 -                927
December 2014 -          1,313
November -                   1,081
October -                      1,375
Sept 2014 -                   1,396




 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Just SOLD - 7008 Yarrow Way, Citrus Heights, Ca 95610 - www.RealEstateWithDoug.com

Just Sold!!! 10/21/2015 in #CitrusHeights ‬. My client did really well on selling this property as she was able to accept my advice on the pricing and ultimately get a great buyer into escrow on the property. Smooth Transaction and a happy closing for everyone involved.#JustSold     #SacramentoRealEstate‬  




Beautifully updated 3 bed, 2 bath Citrus Heights home. Open & naturally bright, turnkey property for entertaining inside or out on the patio. Vaulted ceiling, fireplace & skylight in the large living room. Granite counters & stainless steel appliances in the lovely kitchen w/ a bar stool, eating area. Huge master suite w/ 2 closets & space for a sitting room/office. Energy efficient dual pane windows & ceiling fans. Close to shopping, parks, restaurants, transportation & schools. FHA & VA ok.

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Interesting World of Real Estate - 10/22/2015

Since i became a full time Sacramento Real Estate agent, i have seen and heard many strange/funny/odd/weird/interesting things.  A lot of times i get to see things many people would not in their job since i am inside of so many homes and interacting with some many different people from all walks of life.  Here's a quick look at my latest interesting "thing."

#InterestingWorldofRealEstate : This week is two Things i came across recently.  The first is a common object around the #Sacramento area.  Many of us have seen the metal people/objects around the Arden Arcade area that in front yards or in front of businesses made out of old car mufflers/parts.  They are interesting and creative.  But i have never seen one in a backyard.  This baseball man was in the back yard of a house in #ArdenPark i recently toured.  I thought it was really cool and was a little jealous.  The second photo i had never seen before either.  If you look closely it's a planter that is growing out of the frame of a cat.  Pretty cool for those cat/plant lovers out there. #HeyBatterBatterBatterBatter  #TimeToWaterTheCat   




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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sacramento Real Estate Market - Tabulation Tuesday SnapShot - 10/20/2015

I'm a stats geek and love analyzing the Sacramento Real Estate market numbers, so...

Every Tuesday i provide a quick snapshot of what's going on with the market.  Call/Email/Text/or leave a comment below if you have any questions or opinions...

 



ACTIVE INVENTORY
2,715   available homes on the market

2,721   Last week

2,739   Two weeks ago

2,783   Three weeks ago

2,831   Four Weeks ago

2,857   Five Weeks ago

2,847   Six Weeks ago


PENDING inventory

2,254   homes currently in escrow

2,229   Last week

2,214   Two weeks ago

2,336   Three weeks ago

2,351   Four Weeks ago

2,368   Five Weeks ago

2,346   Six Weeks ago



Median Price of homes sold for the Month

October: so far this month - $295,000

September 2015 -  $295,000

August  -                 $290,000

July -                       $292,000
June  -                     $295,000
May 2015 -              $290,000
April -                       $281,000
March -                    $281,250
February-                $283,050
January 2015 -        $258,000
December 2014 -    $268,000
November -              $265,000
October -                  $272,000
Sept 2014 -               $275,000



Closings for the month


October: so far this month - 745

September -                  1,285
August 2015 -               1,660

July  -                            1,738
June -                           1,783
May 2015 -                   1,458
April -                            1,607
March -                         1,376
February-                      1,098
January 2015 -                927
December 2014 -          1,313
November -                   1,081
October -                      1,375
Sept 2014 -                   1,396




 

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Doug Reynolds
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Guest Blog - Why you shouldn’t hire your brother-in-law to be your Realtor…

Guest Blog from Matt Gouge - Matt the Mortgage Guy.  Thanks for this fun little write up Matt.  I hope our audience enjoys.




Why you shouldn’t hire your brother-in-law to be your Realtor…

            I love family as much as the next guy, so I’m not knocking family. The reason I am writing this post is because I have had a few recent transactions that have caused me to ponder the use of a family member in a real estate transaction.
            While this will apply to most “brother-in-law” scenarios I would like to apologize in advance to the well qualified, knowledgeable, full-time Realtor BIL’s.
            Take a moment to develop a scene in your mind. You are driving home from work on a Friday afternoon listening to Bohemian Rhapsody and pondering all the beauty in the world. As you come to a stop at the red light wondering whether or not this is the Cubs year to win the World Series you catch a glimpse of a car fast approaching in the rear view mirror. A 19 year old college student who is late to a sorority meeting is texting her BFF about the Miley concert and what outfits they should wear. She slams into you at 45mph and it all goes dark. You wake up in the emergency room and can faintly here them talking about what the impact did to your legs as they were smashed into the console and into the car in front of you…
            This moment of terror seems like an eternity as you start to envision your days playing high school football, dancing at your wedding, playing golf on the weekends. You can’t make out what the doctors have started to chat about as they huddle. You say a silent prayer that you will be able to walk again…
            Then you are faced with a dilemma. You have a choice of two spine surgeons who will take on the task of repairing your spine so you can walk again. The first is a well known and respected surgeon who advises the state board on this exact procedure. People fly in from all parts of the country to have him do surgery since he does 150 of them per year and is really good.
            Your second choice happens to be your brother-in-law, he has just finished residency and has done this surgery on a couple of computer simulations. His ultimate passion is fly fishing but his father pushed him to become a doctor because they come from a line of doctors. You think he is a nice guy but has a careless nature and a drinking problem.
            OBVIOUSLY you are going to choose the world renowned surgeon to do the spine surgery and wouldn’t dare risk your health or ability to walk just because your sister married this dude.
            Yet I see folks all the time that use a Realtor who does three transactions a year to list their current home and represent them on the purchase of their next one. As I walk through the over-priced listing that has 0% chance of selling I learn that the sellers are related to the agent and thus agreed to list at this insane price. He told them he could get it and I think he even believed it. He lives 130 miles away and really hasn’t been tracking real estate lately because his real job is as an accountant for a theme park. But they are family. And how hard is it to sell a house anyhow? What both parties don’t know is that by entering so overpriced he is not getting anyone to even consider his listing. In 2 months when he finally does reduce the price those buyers have already moved into their new home and school has started. A few people are interested in the new price but something about being on the market for 65 days makes this listing look stale. So another price reduction and 4 months later they are still paying the mortgage on this house while trying to fix up the new house they bought to their liking. Since Bro-In-Law didn’t know the market they were moving to either he didn’t realize before they purchased that they back up to a section 8 approved apartment complex. They now know after their 6 year old daughter brought a needle in that had come over the fence into the backyard. The stress of 2 mortgage payments and not feeling safe in the new home are really taking its toll on the couple’s marriage and they now sleep in separate rooms. This may be a fictional story made up on the fly but you catch my drift.
            So maybe just maybe you should have hired a professional. Someone who works day in and day out living & breathing real estate as it constantly evolves. It has less to do with your relationship with the person and more to do with how well they can perform the job. Realtors get paid a commission on Real Estate transactions and the good ones are worth every penny. They have dedicated their life to perfect this craft and they consistently educate themselves so that they can serve your best interest.

            I’m just a mortgage guy and these are just my observations from the field. If you are considering telling your sister that you won’t be using her husband RickyTheRealtor and want a referral to a high quality local agent feel free to reach out. I know plenty of them, and none of them are with me on Thanksgiving.

Connecting people and homes, one loan at a time…
#MattTheMortgageGuy
916-529-7600
NMLS # 1088993














Thanks again Matt for your guest blog post.




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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sacramento Real Estate Video Market Update October - November 2015




Doug Reynolds, a Sacramento Area Realtor, discusses the most recent market stats from Sacramento County.

The stats have been pretty stead for the past few months but right now the market is split in half, some sellers are sitting on the market with no offers and other sellers are getting their home sold for top dollar right when they come on the market.  Take a look and find out why.

Sacramento is typically a cyclical market so the volume of sales and pricing will most likely taper off a little bit in the fall/winter.



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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sacramento Real Estate Market - Tabulation Tuesday SnapShot - 10/13/2015

I'm a stats geek and love analyzing the Sacramento Real Estate market numbers, so...

Every Tuesday i provide a quick snapshot of what's going on with the market.  Call/Email/Text/or leave a comment below if you have any questions or opinions...

 



ACTIVE INVENTORY
2,721   available homes on the market

2,739   Last week

2,783   Two weeks ago

2,831   Three weeks ago

2,857   Four Weeks ago

2,847   Five Weeks ago

2,837   Six Weeks ago


PENDING inventory

2,229   homes currently in escrow

2,214   Last week

2,336   Two weeks ago

2,351   Three weeks ago

2,368   Four Weeks ago

2,346   Five Weeks ago

2,334   Six Weeks ago



Median Price of homes sold for the Month

October: so far this month - $290,000

September 2015 -  $295,000

August  -                 $290,000

July -                       $292,000
June  -                     $295,000
May 2015 -              $290,000
April -                       $281,000
March -                    $281,250
February-                $283,050
January 2015 -        $258,000
December 2014 -    $268,000
November -              $265,000
October -                  $272,000
Sept 2014 -               $275,000



Closings for the month


October: so far this month - 421

September -                  1,285
August 2015 -               1,660

July  -                            1,738
June -                           1,783
May 2015 -                   1,458
April -                            1,607
March -                         1,376
February-                      1,098
January 2015 -                927
December 2014 -          1,313
November -                   1,081
October -                      1,375
Sept 2014 -                   1,396




 

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