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Cheap Homes in Auburn, California? Gone, Baby, Gone.

said on April 3rd, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Localism, Negotiating, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts

If you were hoping to buy a ticket on the Cheap Home Cruise of Auburn, California, you may be left standing on the dock, because, baby, that ship is putting out to sea.

Four days ago, a “nice enough” little house came on the Auburn real estate market.  It was on the smallish side, about 1300 square feet.  The kitchen had to be redone because you couldn’t open the fridge door without it slamming into the range, nor open the back door without it slamming into the sink.  Totally dysfunctional.  Modest neighborhood, nothing special.  About the best you could say about this house was that it was “kind of cute” and “in pretty good condition.”

By the end of the second day, the listing agent had 28 offers.  TWENTY EIGHT offers.  So overwhelmed, the seller (a bank!) ordered him to put the house in “pending” status just to stop the feeding frenzy.  To the 28 hopeful buyers, the listing agent sent those dreaded words, “highest and best offer by 5PM today.”  No second chance.  Do or die.

My clients came back with an all-cash offer $5,000 above asking price.  We never stood a chance.  The final number won’t be known until escrow closes, but I have been able to learn, through the fine art of real estate espionage, that the winning offer was at least $75,000.  Above asking price.  Yes, you read that right, $75,000 ABOVE ASKING PRICE.

So what did you learn from this fiasco?

The real estate market, at least the market in Auburn, California, is changing rapidly.  No, that’s not quite right, the market has already shifted dramatically.  You are just learning about it now.

 

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Shipshape Home at Lake of the Pines

said on March 24th, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism

 

 

Crisp, clean, with numerous upgrades, ready to sail.  A sea-worthy seller will work with you for a smooth voyage, not a short sale “negotiator” who will steer you onto the rocks like the drunken captain of an Italian cruise ship.

 

Golfers will enjoy this excellent and convenient location.  The attached golf cart garage opens onto a pretty path that leads up and over a knoll and down onto the second fairway.

But, the course is far enough away that the home remains private and quiet.  The house cannot be seen from the course,
and the golfers cannot be heard from the house. Golf balls will not crash through the plate glass windows or konk the kids on the head.

There is plenty of space in the back yard for the kids to play, or for grownups to hang out in the shade. When you add in all of the superb Lake of the Pines amenities, this comfortable home is an excellent value.

  • 1953 Square Feet
  • 1/3 acre
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 and ½ baths
  • golf cart garage

 

 

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Auburn, California’s Secret Gold

said on January 21st, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Cultural Events, Localism, Neighborhood Profiles

In addition to great real estate deals, ideal location, superb climate, and terrific outdoor fun, Auburn is a gold mine of surprising cultural treasures.  My favorite is the Auburn Symphony, one of the finest community symphonies in America.

Tonight I returned home from the Symphony’s second major concert of the year, satisfied and happy, reprising the minor key surprises of Mozart’s Piano Concerto 24 in my memory.

Before snapping into the Concerto, the Symphony warmed us up with Mozart’s Overture to Idomeneo, about 10 minutes of dramatic, though eerie,  adventure.  A short break, then Maestro Michael Godwin introduced our soloist, the brilliant Russian prodigy, Konstantin Soukhovetski.  We enjoyed Soukhovetski’s piano artistry three years ago, and we were even more delighted tonight with how much he has grown in power and showmanship.  His reckless attack on the Concerto’s first movement left CJ breathless.  Or maybe it was Soukhovetski’s long, angelic blond locks that he whipped around like a young Franz Listz.  Anyway, CJ liked him very much.

The Symphony wrapped up the evening with Bruckner’s challenging (for us as well as the orchestra) Symphony No. 4 .

If you live near Auburn, or if you don’t mind driving here for an evening of rich, joyful entertainment, hie thee to the Auburn Symphony.  Perhaps you’ll see us there, Row J, left side, near the front.

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Stagecoach/Mossy Rock Trail

said on November 2nd, 2010 filed under: Auburn, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Running and Hiking trails

Stagecoach may be the oldest trail in the Auburn, California area—and the most accessible. 

Trail Head

You find the Stagecoach trail head on Russell Road, just off Lincoln Way, inside the Auburn city Limits.  From this trail you can connect to the Pioneer Express trail and scamper down hill about 40 miles to Folsom and Sacramento.  Or you can connect up hill to the Clementine and Foresthill Divide trail system and run a sweet little marathon-length loop.  Or you can say “what the hell” and run 100 miles overland to continue reading…

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The Auburn 49er Fire

said on August 16th, 2010 filed under: Auburn, Success Stories

 
Urban Warfare
August 30, 2009

One year ago this month we were standing on the dock watching firefighting aircraft dip water out of the lake to drop on the fire that would be known as the 49er Fire.

Fighting this fire was urban warfare at its most vicious. The firefighters were clearing the flames, house to house, some continue reading…

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Buy a Lakefront Home You Can be Proud Of

said on August 1st, 2010 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines

Lee lakefront lakeview

Sneak Preview!  This extraordinary lakefront home will be coming on the market in just a few days.  Located in the most perfect position on Lake of the Pines, just outside Auburn, California, this elegant custom home will be shown by appointment only. At almost 4000 square feet it offers high-end finishes and a stunning across-the-lake view.  $1,329,000.  Call Bob or CJ for a private viewing.

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Hidden Falls, Auburn, CA

said on July 13th, 2010 filed under: Auburn, Running and Hiking trails

Hidden Falls Entrance

Hidden Falls, a few miles west of Auburn, is one of my Top Five Favorite Trails.  It’s picturesque, shady, and has lots of water for my faithful running pooch, Dharma.

Lots of folks worked for years to bring this park into being.  Special thanks go to the “horse” set which contributed countless hours or labor (and arm twisting) not to mention . . . money.  So it’s only fair to continue reading…

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Secrets of Auburn, California

said on June 4th, 2010 filed under: Auburn, Localism, Running and Hiking trails

Auburn is the Endurance Capital of the World, home of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and the 100 Mile Tevis Cup Trail Ride (a high falutin’ label for a really long horse race).  Auburn is also the county seat of Placer County, California.

Auburn, California

Auburn, California

The population is about 13,000, though it seems bigger to me, kind of spread out.   The elevation is about 1200 feet, above the fog and below the snow, as we hillbillies like to say.  If you want to continue reading…

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