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23580 Singing Hills Court

said on August 28th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

Check out our newest listing! We are so excited to present 23580 Singing Hills Court in beautiful Lake of the Pines in Auburn, CA.

Welcome to this sweet home, filled with good energy, and just waiting for your updating touches. This home has a great room concept which allows for you to interact in all the living spaces. It is super clean with brand new carpet just installed.

The master is on the main level and private from the two upstairs bedrooms. You have the feeling of being in a tree house while sitting on your back deck. There is plenty of storage underneath the home and in the garage. Walk only 1/2 mile to the private Clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, Sports Lounge, pool, main beach and golf course. This home is an exceptional value and won’t last long!

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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Open House for our NEW LISTING!

said on August 23rd, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Nevada City, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

Open House for our NEW LISTING!
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23580 Singing Hills Court Auburn, CA 95602
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New Home for Sale at Lake of the Pines! $369,000
OPEN House Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Call CJ for gate access at 530-906-4715
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Welcome to this sweet home, filled with good energy, and just waiting for your updating touches. Great room concept. Super clean with brand new carpet. Master on the main level and private from the two upstairs bedrooms. Feels like a tree house while sitting on your back deck. Plenty of storage underneath the home and in the garage. Walk 1/2 mile to the Clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, Sports Lounge, pool, main beach and golf course. An exceptional value!
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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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Getting Permits After the Fact

said on July 12th, 2018 filed under: Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

 

 

Here in Nevada County, we have many homes that have expanded their downstairs into living quarters. Some owners build to code but have not pulled permits to save on their taxes.

 

When a contract is accepted but concerns are raised about lack of permits, it is possible to apply for “after the fact” permits. To do so, hire an architect or a residential draftsman to draw up new plans. Residential draftsmen are usually less costly. Both can get quite busy in Nevada County and sometimes it is necessary to hire someone from Roseville, Rocklin, or Sacramento.

 

Once you have hired the residential draftsman or architect, you will need them to make a floor plan, a site plan, an electrical plan, and a title 24 energy plan. These plans are submitted to the county and the owner will pay for a minor remodel. The average cost of the building permit is $1,200, plus an additional tax for every 500 square feet of newly permitted living space which goes to schools.

 

Obtaining permits after a structure has already been built may not be ideal, but it is doable! The county accepts after the fact permitting much more easily than they used to.

 

 

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Serving Food at Realtor Open Houses

said on June 14th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

One of the things that I feel strongly about is the serving of food at all my Realtor Open Houses.  Realtors are known to ZOOM through properties and I want to slow them down…enjoy the home while they munch upon some good food.  There is a special connection when someone eats in a home and no matter what happens, the night before the tour I make a tasty treat for my colleagues.

 

 

Serving quesadillas in this Realtor tour in the beginning of May. The three different kinds of salsa are a true hit…freshly made from Ikedas .

 

 

Loving the chance to serve these freshly blended mango and pineapple smoothies in the tropical lanai at Sunset Hills Court.  What a treat while you look over the lake from the outdoor deck near the spa.

 

 

 

Realtors are more likely to remember their experiences in homes they really take the time to enjoy. Every little thing helps, and it’s great seeing everyone really stop and take their time!

 

 

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Rejuvenated Home for Sale in Lake of the Pines, CA

said on May 23rd, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Success Stories

 

 

Do you remember that thing I said about Refresh & Refurbish? Namely that it exists, and it’s exactly what we did to an older home in Lake of the Pines. After just a month, the work is complete and 11250 Sunset Hills Ct is live on the market! Check out our before and after pictures!

 

 

The bushes outside were completely overgrown. They provide so much privacy, but I was worried about branches scratching my car! We had them trimmed and added deer resistant plants; it’s still super private and quiet here, just better maintained.

 

 

We felt the front doorway was very masculine and… dark. Really dark. I was honestly surprised how much of a difference paint, new light fixtures, delicate vegetation, and some clean-up can make!

 

 

We had a lot of clean-up to do. Our sellers donated so much clothing, furniture, dishes, and everything imaginable. We did not realize how much stuff we had until we needed to move it, but move it we did!

 

 

 

We pulled the records and wallpaper from the ceiling, which made the space feel cramped and small. Then we walled up the hole where the jukebox lived. After paint, a new light, and the removal of the chair lift the entry feels fresh and open. We emptied the stairway of pictures and a huge fern; now it doesn’t feel like you need to duck your head to go downstairs.

 

 

 

 

We took down so many decorations in the kitchen. After replacing the flooring, changing out the handles, removing the wine rack, and doing a lot of touch-up work, we could really see what it has to offer. There’s tons of storage, a lovely view of the golf course, the beautiful granite counter-tops with plenty of space to cook and entertain.

 

 

 

The dining area really needed the new flooring and contemporary light fixture. The original built-in cabinetry provides more counter space and any wine aficionado will feel right at home here.

 

 

 

More new carpets and light fixtures! The Master Bedroom got lots of TLC. We also painted the recessed shelves to help lighten things up.

 

 

 

The abundant master bath was already nice, but the magenta sinks and bathtub were just too much, so we got them re-enameled. The double sinks, spacious shower stall even has a built-in seat, and the sexy two-sitter bathtub is super luxurious.

 

 

 

Serious question: why would anyone ever carpet a bathroom??? New flooring was an absolute must!!! We also removed some towel racks and painted the mirror in the upstairs bathroom, but the floor was my biggest concern. Luckily the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms both received new flooring.

 

 

 

 

 

The bedrooms all received new carpets and touch-up paint. With three bedrooms upstairs and two below, this home offers options for multi-generational living and tons of space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of space, there is that garage! Seriously. It’s huge. There’s a two car garage with two workshops, then two golf cart garages. There’s shelves, cabinets, three closets, and a legit storage room. It’s a lot to work with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Living Room was a major project. This room is the heart of this home, with panoramic views of the lake and golf course. We removed the shelving over windows, tore off the decorative molding on the ceiling, switched out the carpeting, re-plastered and painted the walls, built benches where the planters used to be, painted the bookshelves, replaced the light, and removed all the distractions: planter boxes, ornate light fixtures, and dark bookshelves. The lightening up and fresh carpet has given the room quite a boost.

 

 

 

 

The covered and outdoor decks are my favorite. We trimmed three huge oak trees that were really blocking the scenery; now you can see so much more of the lake. It’s such a perfect place to entertain friends and family or just relax in peace and quiet.

 

 

 

 

This home is so tranquil and private, and it really has so much to offer. It’s been an excellent experience getting to update it and see such progress over over just one month. This will definitely be someone’s happy place!

 

 

If you’d like to see it in person, let us know!

Call CJ at 530-906-4715 for a private showing!

 

 

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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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Artistic Real Estate Photography

said on June 22nd, 2016 filed under: Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts

The Front of House photo is the most important.  Take numerous shots from different angles and distances.  Time of day may be critical depending on solar exposure.  Sometimes you can frame the shot with foliage.  Minimize driveways and garages unless they are sensational.

Turn all the Interior Lights on, day or night.

Consider the Time of Day even for interior shots.  Some homes simply do not show well in morning photos.  Some homes get too much late afternoon glare.

You will probably need to Return for a second, or even third, photo session.

When Bright Light is blasting in from a window and you absolutely must shoot in that direction, and you can’t diminish the glare with blinds or curtains, try this.  Point the camera to a non-glare area of the room, let the automatic exposure adjust for a few seconds, then quickly swing the camera up where you need the shot and click the shutter before the camera readjusts to the bright glare of the window.  This works most of the time with inexpensive digital cameras when set to automatic.

Take photos from the Corners.  This works especially well in living rooms, dens, family rooms, and bedrooms.  Corner shots often result in interesting angles and typically make a room look a bit bigger,

Bathrooms.  Good luck.  Nothing works very well in small bathrooms.  Maybe there is interesting tile work, or a garden tub.  Do not photograph toilets.

Angles and Elevations are typically more interesting than straight-on shots.  High angle shots (from a staircase, balcony, or even a ladder) can yield spectacular photos.  Low angle shots, likewise, can be effective, shooting up stairwells or at interesting upper story features.

Kitchen shots generate buyer interest.  Take Multiple Kitchen shots from lots of different vantage points (including high angle).  If tactful and easy, clear most of the “stuff” off the counter tops so that the kitchen looks brand new.

Avoid Gilding the Lily.  Photography that makes the house look much better than it actually is . . .  will backfire when buyers arrive and are disappointed in the reality.

But, a couple of Artsy-Fartsy shots never hurt anybody.  Try using arches or doorways to frame shots.  Shoot past beautiful  art objects to provide a rich depth of field. Get closeups of lovely features, man-made and natural.  A photo of the owl who lives in the tree, or the otters who swim in the cove, or the sunset from the deck, or the pretty elm-lined street, or the intricate carving on the balustrade are nice to sprinkle among the more informational photos.

Practically one of the family, Hootie lives in a tree in the back yard.

Practically one of the family, Hootie lives in a tree in the back yard.

 Photo by Cheryl Taylor.

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Request for Repair Guide for Sellers

said on September 29th, 2015 filed under: Localism, Negotiating, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Request for Repair

This is a compilation of brief articles about the Request for Repair process in California Real Estate.   Though the California Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) is the governing document for this discussion, the overall principles and strategies will apply to most states and situations.  Note that this article is not applicable to commercial real estate transactions, in California or elsewhere.

 

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1.  INTRODUCTION

At some point in the life of a residential real estate transaction, the buyer will need to continue reading…

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Request for Repair Guide for Buyers

said on September 29th, 2015 filed under: Localism, Negotiating, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Request for Repair

This is a compilation of fourteen brief articles about the Request for Repair process in California Real Estate.   The California Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) is the governing document for this discussion, but the overall principles and strategies will apply to most states and situations.  Note that this article is not applicable to commercial real estate transactions in California or elsewhere.

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1.  INTRODUCTION

At some point in the life of a residential real estate transaction, you will need to continue reading…

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The Real Estate AVID

said on June 15th, 2015 filed under: Localism, Negotiating, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Request for Repair

The Real Estate AVID

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The California AVID is not an insect–though many real estate agents consider it worthy of extermination. The Agent Visual Inspection Disclosure is, for a fact, an odd and awkward creature. Can the findings from the AVID be used by the buyer in negotiating a Request for Repairs? Answer at the end of the article. continue reading…

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