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Please Welcome John Back to Lake of the Pines, CA

said on March 15th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Success Stories

 

Please welcome John into our lovely community of Lake of the Pines. He moved away a few years ago, but is now back and super excited to live at the lake again!

 

 

Most octogenarians wouldn’t be brave enough to make a move at this time in life, but John really loves living here. He missed all the friendly people, and how quiet and peaceful things are here. He’s looking forward to rejoining SIRs (Sons in Retirement) and the Pinesmen, two of our Men’s goups at Lake of the Pines. Best of all, he’s now just a four minute walk from his daughter and adorable grandkids!

 

It’s amazing to see him so eager to move into his new home, and we are so glad we could help.

 

 

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So There Was a Realtor’s Summit….

said on March 10th, 2018 filed under: Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Success Stories, Whimsy

CJ had a ton of fun, got to meet plenty of people (most aren’t pictured), and won some awards. Take a look!

 

 

Arrival at the Peppermill in Reno… So many people!

 

 

Everyone on their best behavior at one of the seminars, all business…

 

 

….And the same people two hours later, living it up!

 

 

Everyone got noise-makers for the awards ceremony (totally unnecessary, the crowd was huge!)

 

 

CJ was in the top 100 producers at Century 21 for 2017!

 

 

 

And here’s CJ with Deanne!

 

 

The Badge!

 

 

The Ticket!

 

 

The Top 100 Invite!

 

 

And CJ made Masters for her 13th year in a row!

It was a most excellent ride, she’ll be back next year!

 

 

Added bonus: She also won an IPad. Check it!

 

 

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Another Home Sold in Lake of the Pines

said on March 1st, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Success Stories

 

You remember the Tahoe style home we mentioned a while back, right? Looked a little bit like this? (Or exactly like it, if you wanna be accurate.)

 

 

So it’s sold. We’ve recorded, it’s all official and whatnot. We’ll miss the *former* owners in the community, and they know they’ll miss Lake of the Pines, but they’re moving out-of-state to be closer to family. Adventure awaits! (Or maybe that’s grandkids?)

 

 

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How hot is the Real Estate market in Nevada City, CA?

said on August 31st, 2016 filed under: Grass Valley, Localism, Nevada City, Success Stories

CJ on Grove
A smallish 1940 property on Deer Creek, walking distance to downtown Nevada City, got eight ALL CASH offers in less than a week!  The sellers were thrilled that all offers were over asking price.

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Welcome Debra O’Lena to Jenkins Group at Century 21 Cornerstone Realty

said on July 5th, 2016 filed under: Localism, Success Stories

Debra and pup

We are pleased to introduce Debra O’Lena as Administrative Assistant to CJ Jenkins.  She will join us mid-June and provide office support for property acquisition and sales.  Debra is a long time resident of Nevada County where she and her husband of 25 years raised their 3 children.  Debra’s interests include clay sculpture, walking, and real estate investment.

CJ says, “I look forward to seeing what Debra brings to the team.  Having a full-time assistant allows me to focus on what’s really important – my customers.”

“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.”

Gandhi

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Yay Team!

said on January 30th, 2014 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Success Stories

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We are delighted to announce that Deanne Gutierrez has joined the Jenkins Team as our new partner.  Deanne brings to us, and to our clients, a high-energy, can-do attitude along with years of real estate experience.  She is personable and a positive thinker, complementing our team with her warmth and charm, while also adding up-to-date technology skills.  We are honored to have her in our family.  Welcome Deanne Gutierrez!

 

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Bidding for a Home at On-Line Auction: Part 1

said on February 17th, 2013 filed under: Localism, Negotiating, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Success Stories

When a bank-owned home comes up for auction there will be a minimum opening bid. Nobody knows what that minimum bid is until the property is placed “on the block.”  There will be a period of time, usually a couple of weeks, for bidding. Often, the bidding is transparent. That means you know what the other bids are.

We’ve been to this rodeo before, and here’s what we like to do:

(1) We place one bid very early in the process at the minimum increment allowed. This lets us continue reading…

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Success Story at Lake of the Pines, California

said on May 8th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Success Stories

Matt walked into my office at Lake of the Pines and said:

“I want a realtor who will write as many low ball offers as it takes for me to get a house.”

I said:

“I’m your man. It sounds like you’ve been working with another realtor?”

“Yeah, but I fired her.”

“Why?”

“She wouldn’t listen to me.  I told her I only had so much money, that’s all, but she kept showing me houses that cost more than I had.”

“How much do you have?”

He said:

“One hundred and thirty thousand dollars.  Can you get me a house for that?  All I need is a foreclosure at Lake of the Pines that I can fix up for me and my three kids.”

Matt told me that he was a single dad with a job as a groundskeeper at a nearby country club.  He had a daughter at Cottage Hill Elementary School, a son at Magnolia Middle, and another daughter at Bear River High. Those three schools are adjacent to Lake of the Pines, so it was easy to see why he wanted to stay in the community where he was currently renting a home.

But, by limiting himself to Lake of the Pines, a gated community with about 2,000 homes, his selection of fixers-for-sale was also limited.  Even more problematic, these foreclosures were mostly in the $150,000 to $170,000 price range.

Taking a deep breath, I began to write offers, typically $120,000, sometimes $125,000.  Over a two-month period we presented offers on 9 different homes, with an additional half dozen counter offers—when we could get the bank sellers to respond to our first foray.

We both became discouraged, and a little frantic.  The only way Matt could make this work financially was to take advantage of a first-time buyer program, and that money was drying up.

Then, a miracle.  The bank owner of a unique Tahoe-styled 3 bedroom cabin on a quiet cul-de-sac street at Lake of the Pines ran up the white flag, surrendered and accepted our cobbled-together offer of $135,000 with a $6,000 credit back to the buyer for a total purchase price of $129,000.

This home was a 3 story, gambrel-roofed construction, not typical of the single-story homes preferred at Lakeof the Pines, but it fit Matt and his kids like a well-tailored suit.  The top floor had a modest master suite for Matt with a bedroom, his own bathroom, and private balcony overlooking a shady back yard.  The main floor had the kitchen, living room, bathroom, deck, and two bedrooms, one each for the two youngest kids.  The lower floor had a studio with private bath, and private entrance for the teenage girl.

Last night, I had the great pleasure of giving Matt the keys. Today he, the kids, his brother, and his mom and dad are painting and fixing stuff.  Tomorrow I’m going to there replace a window and do some wiring.  Monday, they move in to their own home.

Ain’t that a good story!

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Grizabella Gets a Facelift

said on June 20th, 2011 filed under: Success Stories

PLEASE COME TO OUR OPEN HOUSE!

 

"Grizabella"

119 Murphy Street

Grass Valley

Saturday, June 25th

11:00am-3:00pm

Please come by to see our old lady,

“GRIZABELLA”

Born in 1887, reborn in 2011, refurbished and loved up with a face lift.

We hope you can join us!

Bob and CJ Jenkins

530-906-4715

Refreshments served

(Murphy is a narrow one way street with NO parking.  Please park near by and walk a block or two up East Main Street, just past Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, turn on to Murphy.  It’s about 50 yards up on the right.)

 

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Our “Veteran” Clients

said on May 9th, 2011 filed under: Success Stories, VA Loans

We helped our clients Rob (the veteran) and Marion Gershon buy their first home earlier this year using a VA Home loan.  Here are their words.

Dear Bob and CJ,

We are writing a great big, heartfelt THANKS to both of you.  The two of you truly know what it means to be of service.  We are truly grateful for the Extra Care and attention that you put into everything that you do! 

We love our new homeand know that we could never have done it without you.

We have been very busy fixing up and putting everything in its place.  We would like to have you over for dinner so we can show off what we have done.

The two of you are so amazing!  We want to be just like you when we grow up!

Lots of Love,

Rob and Marion Gershon

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