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How to prepare your home for a successful Spring sale Part 2

said on January 17th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Nevada City, Whimsy

Here are the last three steps to take to get your home ready for a quick & successful Spring sale!

Bright & fresh

The best thing people say about a home for sale is how “bright & fresh” it felt. To achieve this you have to ask your self if your home could use some simple updates such as paint to getting your floors cleaned and/or updated. Paint is one of the easiest steps to take to make a space feel brand new. Choosing lighter & neutral colors allows for the space to feel larger & helps accent other features in the room.

Putting the icing on the cake

Now that you have invested the time, money, & energy to get your home in tip top shape, give it the final “wow” factor to be a stand out among other homes for sale.  Staging adds the extra pop your home needs to really get buyers excited and able to visualize themselves living in the space.  Professional stagers have great experience getting a home to look its best and matching the furnishings to the style of home or the type of buyer that might be looking at this type of home.  Investing in staging is a great way to get top dollar for your home and show off all your hard work thus far.

Get yourself matched with a great Realtor

The final step is to find the Realtor who is going to work best with you.  It is important to have a Realtor you get long with, but who is also going to do the most to get your home sold for top dollar.  A committed Realtor will be personal, resourceful, and honest with you about your home and the current market.  It is important to not be left in the dark about anything, so communication is key.  Once you find your great Realtor, you are all set to get the ball rolling and get your home sold!

A little preparation goes a long way! Hoping your spring sale is quick & successful!

Looking for a great Realtor that will help get your home sold for top dollar? Or interested in buying a home in our beautiful area Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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How to prepare your home for a successful Spring sale Part 1

said on January 10th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

If you are thinking of selling your home in the spring time, now is the best time to start preparing! If you start early it will less stressful and may have more resources at your disposal before everyone else has the same idea.  Also, the sooner you get started on the “to-dos”, the sooner they will be complete which means you could be on market in early spring when there might be less competition. Here is our go-to list for getting a home to be it’s best before going on market:

 

Evaluation your home’s condition

It always good to start with a general walk-through & evaluation of the current state of your home.  Is there obvious repairs that might scare away potential buyers? Is there something unappealing that could easily be improved? Is there flaked or chipped paint on doorways or trim work? Could your carpet do with a deep cleaning or maybe replacement? If you give your home a once over and view it as if you were a savvy buyer, it can be helpful to understand what needs to be worked on before going on market.

 

Help your home have a great first impression

Make sure the front of your home or entrance area does not immediately make buyers want to head to the next home on their list. Keep the exterior of your home clean, trimmed, and well groomed. A little goes a long way when it comes to curb appeal, so consider some plants or shrubbery that complement the front of the home. Its always a great idea to have a door mat & potted plants by the front door to give a clean and cozy feeling as people enter your home.

Declutter & simplify

Start with one room at a time & cut back on what is immediately visible to anyone entering your home.  If things are cluttered or crammed looking, it gives the impression that there is not enough room in the house for our every day items.  You also want visitors to feel comfortable & able to see & understand the entire space of the room. Its also extremely beneficial to get organized before going on market because it makes packing to move so easy!

 

Stay tuned for part 2 of this checklist next week!

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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How to stick with those New Year’s Resolutions you made throughout the year

said on January 3rd, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Happy New Years! I f you are like most people, I bet you made some New Year’s resolutions. The New Year is always a great time for a restart and to make new goals.  But it can seem a bit daunting or overwhelming only after a short amount of time into January! Here are some ways to keep those intentions:

Start Small

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.

 

Change one behavior at a time

Bad habits develop over a long amount of time, so replacing them with good ones will not just happen overnight! If you focus on one behavior at a time, you will not feel so overwhelmed and will therefore be more successful! Try working on one behavior for a certain amount of time, such as drinking no soda for one week, and then after a successful week to can focus on the next behavior.

Talk about it

Did you know if you voice your goals you are more likely to keep them? Its true! Also by voicing them you might find someone else who wants to achieve the same thing and you can work on encouraging each other and keeping each other accountable. Use family gatherings or even social media to let people what you are working on!

 

Don’t beat yourself up

Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.

Here’s to a new year and to all of us meeting our goals! We can do it!

 Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

 

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You are going to love this great home!

said on December 27th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

23798 Chestnut Court in Lake of the Pines, Auburn CA

This squeaky-clean home ready for you! We just had new flooring installed, the whole interior painted, and fresh new carpets installed in the bedrooms. This home has so much flexibility with 4/5 bedrooms. Use the jumbo size lot for any number of things, such as a play structure, garden, or additional garage. Just six homes away from the lake. Don’t miss out on this exceptional value!

Lake of the Pines is a stunning 2000-home gated community located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 46 miles north east of Sacramento. In addition to our 230-acre lake, LOP residents and their guests enjoy a host of on-site amenities including a 19 hole golf course and driving range, pro shop with adjacent sports lounge bar and Grill, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, six developed parks, 148 marina slips, 4 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 3 pickle ball courts, a full-size basketball court, a spacious and newly built lakeside clubhouse and restaurant with full bar service, 24 hour control gate access, RV and boat storage services, and more!

See full listing here

 

Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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Try this easy-to-make Christmas treat!

said on December 19th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Country Property, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Need a great treat to bring to your Christmas party? Or want a fun recipe to make together on Christmas eve? This recipe for Muddy Buddies is it! This recipe uses a full box of Chex so it makes a lot so you have plenty to share, or is great for creating small treat bags for you friends, family, or neighbors.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box (12.8 oz.) (about 13 cups) Rice Chex, Corn Chex Wheat Chex or Chocolate Chex cereal (or combination)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Holiday M&M’s

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and set aside. Pour cereal into a very large bowl; set aside.
  2. In 1-1.5 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 15-30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Add powdered sugar and gently stir into chocolate covered cereal. Spread cereal on the two baking sheets to cool. Once cool, put the Muddy Buddies into the desired container or gift bags, by adding a small amount of Muddy Buddies then sprinkle a few M&M’s and repeat.
  4. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

This sweet treat is sure to be a hit this Christmas! Give it a try!

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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Have you been to Holiday Lights in the Park?

said on December 12th, 2018 filed under: Localism

Holiday Lights in the Park will return to Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on Friday & Saturday December 14th & 15th.  This drive through holiday event is a free & fun way to celebrate the season. The first 50 cars will get a goody bag provided by local businesses. Find many illuminated decoration displays made by Penn Valley residents, organizations, and local businesses, all in one location. Make a night of it by visiting local businesses for great food and drinks, or just drive through the event in the warmth of your own vehicle (you can even wear PJs!).

The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce presented its inaugural Holiday lights in the Park event in 2015 and this year will be the 4th annual presentation of the event.  The event has been a huge hit with over 1,100 cars packed with folks of all ages coming out to view the displays set up by Penn Valley businesses, organizations, & local residents at Western Gateway Park.  During the event, the Chamber collects donations for the Interfaith Food Ministries & Nevada County Food Bank holiday food drives & Nevada County United Sock & Gloves winter campaign. The Chamber Board of Directors & organizers promise this year’s event will be even bigger & better.

Location:

Western Gateway Park
18560 Penn Valley Dr
Penn Valley
CA 95946

Dates & Time:

Dec 14th & 15th 2018

5:30-9:30 p.m.

Head on out to this event and celebrate the holiday season!

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

 

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Come out to Victorian Christmas 2018!

said on December 5th, 2018 filed under: Localism

Come out to Nevada City on Wednesday or Sunday nights for Victorian Christmas

This year Victorian Christmas is scheduled as such:

Sundays – Dec 9, 16 & 23 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 12 & 19 from 5 – 9pm

The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages:  carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!  At locations throughout downtown, Victorian singers, bagpipers, brass bands and strolling minstrels provide warm Christmas music. Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree can be found, along with hot roasted chestnuts and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Below are some of the locations and times of performers:

This is another great local event to attend during the holiday season. It is a rain or shine event, so make sure to mark your calendars!

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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Cornish Christmas 2018

said on November 29th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Come on out to Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas. This year Cornish Christmas falls of the Fridays November 23rd & 30th as well as December 7th, 14th, and 21st. It is free to the public, runs from 6-9 pm, & happens rain or shine!

Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of our most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, and of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed on our historic downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

The Cornish Christmas celebration is truly an overload of the senses. Stroll down the bustling historic downtown Grass Valley streets as Christmas music fills the air. Hear young and old alike play their rendition your favorite holiday tunes as buildings dressed in Christmas lights sparkle in the December night air. Smell the aroma of your favorite dish while you browse the multitude of gifts and decorations made by some of California’s best crafters and artisans.

Cornish Christmas is one of the most popular holiday events in Grass Valley. It is a fun time for young & old, for foodies or people needing to get some holiday shopping done. Grab your family or friends and head out this Friday!

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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A jewel of the foothills: Miners Foundry Cultural Center

said on November 21st, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

From humble beginnings as a machine shop in 1855 to its current incarnation as a cultural center and community meeting place, Miners Foundry has prospered and grown with Nevada County.  The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is a living historic treasure serving Nevada County as a cultural arts and community events center.  More than a venue, the nonprofit’s mission is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in Nevada County.  It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future.

For its first 100 years, the Miners Foundry produced equipment for the gold mining & timber industries. For the next 50 years it has served us well as a cultural center; first as the American Victorian Museum and later the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The first Pelton Wheel was manufactured here.  KVMR Community Radio was born here.  This rich mixture of our Historical Landmark status along with a broad-spectrum of community offerings make it the perfect place to meet, marry, party, celebrate, dance & enjoy a concert. There is always something going on at the Miners Foundry.

The Miners Foundry hosts many weddings throughout the year. With native stone walls, heavy beams, & antique furnishings, the Foundry is the perfect blend of rustic & elegant, intimate & expansive, feminine & masculine. The Foundry also hosts many social events throughout the year. A gathering of people of all ages & singing levels called The Foundry Sings gather every few months.  For the holiday season, the Miners Foundry has lots of events.  This year they are holding the Holiday Cabaret on December 1st, Clara & the Nutcracker on December 6th, 7th, & 8th, as well as the Winter Craft Fair on December 9th.  For more info about these events & more, visit minersfoundry.org

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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NEW HOME FOR SALE: 23183 Sunset Ridge Dr

said on November 15th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Our newest home for sale in Lake of the Pines

23183 Sunset Ridge Dr Auburn CA

Good vibrations! Enjoy our peaceful home framed by oaks in the Sierra Foothills. Just a quick walk to the main beach to stand up paddle, fish, swim, play tennis, golf and Bocce ball or dine at the Clubhouse. Enter on the main living level:great room, kitchen, master suite, laundry, half bath and back deck. Fido friendly too with a tidy dog run. Two other bedrooms and family room are found downstairs with a private entrance for your guests. Be the lucky owners of this impeccably cared for home.

Lake of the Pines is a stunning 2000-home gated community located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 46 miles north east of Sacramento. In addition to our 230-acre lake, LOP residents and their guests enjoy a host of on-site amenities including a 19 hole golf course and driving range, pro shop with adjacent sports lounge bar and Grill, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, six developed parks, 148 marina slips, 4 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 3 pickle ball courts, a full-size basketball court, a spacious and newly built lakeside clubhouse and restaurant with full bar service, 24 hour control gate access, RV and boat storage services, and more!

Check out the full listing here

 

Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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