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Helping seniors with Real Estate at their own pace

said on October 17th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Success Stories, Whimsy

Make change happen at your own pace!

Working with seniors is a joy. It is important to note that life style changes may take more time for folks that have been in a place a long time.  Understanding this by assisting seniors at a comfortable pace is part of being a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

John moved away from Lake of the Pines seven years ago to a tri-level care facility for his lovely wife’s medical care.  After she passed, John thought about returning to the community he loved.  After some tours of single-story homes, John selected a new home, but the concept of moving from one place to another was overwhelming. I arranged for a sweet couple to manage his move, so it would make things easier for John.  They planned packing, movers, changing over utilities, cleaning of both homes, arranging furniture, unpacking, and so much more.  With our help, many of the worries of moving melted away for John.

To truly help John feel right back at home in his old community, I threw him a Welcome Party once he was settled in. I invited some of John’s old friends as well as his new neighbors, so he could get to know more people. A fun time was had by all, especially John.

 

Are you or a loved one thinking of making a big change? Not sure how to proceed? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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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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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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