Aquatics Center and Commons
The City is constructing a full service aquatic complex as part of the Civic Center. The project includes a combination of pools designed to serve competitive aquatics, instruction, water fitness, and family recreation. Features include a 50-meter pool, fitness and instructional pool, and a recreational pool. The project includes all of the site work for the Phase 1 Civic Center, including parking and the Commons, an outdoor activity and event space. The Council awarded the project to Arntz Builders on March 29. This combined project is expected to break ground in Spring 2017 with an opening in Summer 2018.
There’s a new option to stock up on fresh local fruits and veggies. The City of Elk Grove and Living Smart Foundation, proudly announce the opening of the Old Town Elk Grove Farmers Market. This market offers locally grown produce, gourmet foods and snacks, entertainment, and special events. What’s more, a portion of all sales helps support the Living Smart Foundation, a non-profit that specializes in the education of youth and families in health, business, financial management, and life skills. Find out more about this farmers market and the foundation’s services at ILoveMyFarmersMarket.com.
Can’t make it on Sunday? The Farmers Market at Laguna Gateway Shopping Center (at Big Horn Blvd. and Laguna Blvd.) is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The National Association of REALTORS® recently published its 2017 NAR Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, and there is some great information that you can glean from the findings. For example, millennials (age 36 and younger) are the largest group of homebuyers at 34 percent; Gen Xers (ages 37-51) are 28 percent; younger boomers (ages 52-61) are 16 percent and older boomers (ages 62-70), 14 percent. It’s apparent that the different generations display varying trends, and working with an affiliated agent who understands generational trends can typically benefit both sellers and buyers.
Millennial Home Trends: As the largest group of homebuyers, millennials gravitate towards tradition and community. The same report showed that this group tends to invest and purchase in suburban locations with a preference for detached single-family homes. NAR statistics reported that nearly half (49 percent) of buyers 36 years and younger have children under the age of 18 in their home and 66 percent are married couples.
Generation X Home Trends: As the highest-earning group of homebuyers with an average household income of $106,600, Gen Xers are most likely to be married and still have children under 18 in the home, the NAR report showed. This group typically owns the highest median-priced homes of the generations and is most likely to buy the largest home with the most bedrooms. Their purchase decisions are largely dictated by proximity to work and quality school districts.
Baby Boomer Home Trends: As the most diverse group of homebuyers, younger boomers (ages 52-61) are more likely to buy a multi-generational home because many have children over 18 still living at home and are also caregivers to aging parents under the same roof, NAR reported. Younger boomers purchase or sell for a variety of reasons, including job relocations or the desire for a smaller home. Older boomers (ages 62-70) typically have their minds on retirement and are usually empty nesters, so they typically prefer smaller homes and to be close to family, friends and community.
Happy New Year! As we approach the new year I want to thank you for all you support over the past year. I am here for all your real estate needs in 2018. When the time to start searching for a new home tryout our site at www.MarkDRealty.com also if your thinking about selling I am here to meet with you and go through the process. I am here to make the moving process as painless as possible. Take care Mark DeGennaro
Where you buy not only affects the home’s current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle. Your agent will be able to conduct a more targeted home search if you outline your preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities. Here’s a checklist of items you should consider and communicate to your chosen real estate agent.
* Urban, suburban or rural
* Commute time
* School districts
* Desirable neighborhoods
* Proximity to the airport
* Proximity to restaurants and retail
* Access to major highways and thoroughfares
* Access to public transportation
* Health care facilities
* Parks and recreation
* Length of time you plan to live in the home (Your agent should be knowledgeable about growth trends and projections that could affect your investment.)
Whether to buy an existing home or have one built is yet another decision to make during the home-buying process. If you decide to go with new construction, a real estate agent can be a powerful advocate in your corner as you negotiate upgrades, a move-in date and other terms with the home builder.
Below are some basic pointers to prepare you for the journey ahead.
Selecting a builder
Shopping for a large production or custom home builder can be a daunting task. Start by defining what architectural styles appeal to you and then seek out the builders in your area who offer those styles. Due diligence is essential. Ask friends for referrals to get firsthand accounts; verify the builder’s state license status, if applicable; and check whether they’re certified by the National Association of Home Builders.
The builder representative and your real estate agent
A builder representative’s ultimate goal is to sell you a home. His or her role is to provide a wide range of information to help you in your decision-making, from building restrictions, roads and easements to inspections, warranties, rebates and upgrades. A real estate agent knowledgeable in new-home construction will be able to help you wade through all the data and point out the downsides and upsides of each line item. Your agent also can look out for your interests in reviewing the builder’s contract, which often contains more legal jargon than consumer-friendly language.
It’s all about timing
Market conditions greatly dictate a builder’s incentive to make a deal you cannot refuse. When a builder has inventory on his hands, his carrying costs start adding up. When this happens, a builder might be more amenable to strike a favorable deal, whether it’s throwing in upgrades or taking a bit off the asking price. A real estate agent can help you know when market conditions are right for these benefits. Also, watch for builder close-out sales. Builders promote these special events when a new subdivision is near completion but empty inventory still remains.
A word about paying up
While there are always exceptions, most builders require a deposit when a purchase agreement is signed. They also require that the buyer pay for any upgrades prior to closing. If you back out prior to closing, unless the agreement states otherwise, you will lose that money. Make sure you understand every detail in the builder’s contract before signing it.
Halloween is near, and Elk Grove businesses will be offering the community fun events to help you celebrate what is often thought of by many as the kickoff of the holiday season.
These businesses have planned events leading up to, and on the day of Oct. 31 that are catered to all ages.
Halloween is one of the best times of the year for children. However, it can be one of the most dangerous as well. Please take the time to review the following safety tips, which are provided by EGPD and the Cosumnes Fire Department, and have a safe and happy Halloween.
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
Plan ahead to use only battery-powered lanterns or chemical light sticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
Teach children to know how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free at any payphone.
Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll”, should their clothes catch on fire.
Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone choking or having a heart attack.
Before Nightfall on Halloween:
Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
Always keep Jack O’ Lanterns and hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or walking.
Plan and review with your children the route and behavior which is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when revelers must return home.
Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts should wear a wristwatch and carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.
Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars with proper identification tags. Consult your veterinarian for further advice.
Remind all drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver.
A Parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Remind Trick-or Treaters:
By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
Always walk. Never run across a street.
Only cross the street at corners or at established crosswalks.
Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street.
Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble-seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
Only go to homes with a porch light on.
Never cut across yards or use alleys.
Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
Never consume food items or drinks that may be offered.
No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
The police should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
Make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.
Read more at: http://www.elkgrovepd.org/community/crime_prevention/crime_prevention_tips/vehicle_and_traffic_tips/pedestrian_and_halloween_safety