5 Things to Do For Memorial Weekend in Elk Grove

Summer is here and Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect way to start it off. By celebrating those that have served us and our country, we are always so grateful and there are plenty activities to be a part of. Here is a list of our top 5 activities in Elk Grove to celebrate this amazing weekend.

1.       The  2nd Annual Elk Grove Brewfest 

Elk Grove Brewfest is returning for another year, and with an ever growing craft beer scene in Elk Grove, it’s high time that the city had an annual Brewfest. EGBF sold out last year, so don’t wait to get your tickets! 

2.       Cal Expo Sacramento County Fair 

“Let’s Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue” – This year’s theme for the Sacramento County Fair! Great way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.  

3.       Cars and Coffee 

Family friendly car show featuring DJ Jimmy Jam, Raffle Prizes, Vendors. $5.00 to enter and looking is free! Proceeds benefit local charities! 

4.       Lego Block Party 

Join the Lego Block Party! You bring your imagination and creativity, and the Franklin Community Library will supply lots and lots of Duplo and Lego blocks to build with.

5.       Surf Xtreme Day Camp

Northern California’s ONLY indoor double Flowrider… plus they have Trampolines, Paintball, Girls Makeover Salon and more! Their day camp is the perfect place to enjoy Memorial Day with the kids.

Community Highlight in Elk Grove: Laguna Lake

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Living in Elk Grove is like living in a movie. The town is set in a wonderful suburbia with plenty of new construction, things to do, and places to see. The communities are full of life and diversity, and the market is one of the hottest for millennials right now. It’s truly a booming city. Therefore, we’d like to highlight one of our favorite communities: Laguna Lake.

Most of the homes in this beautiful community are single family homes with three to four bedrooms. Many homes have access to the lake through their backyard and can cruise on their boat when the weather is nice. Residents can also swim and fish in the 75 acre lake. A trail surrounds the lake which makes it convenient to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The Valley Hi Country Club is right next door, where most residents just ride their golf courts over for a relaxing game of golf. Other amenities of this lovely community are a tennis courts, and a club house with a pool and party room.

Laguna Lake is located in a convenient area where grocery shopping and banks are within one mile. If you have kids, the schools that they would attend are among some of the best in the area. The closest schools to Laguna Lake are Arlene Hein Elementary School, Toby Johnson Middle School, Franklin High School, and Cosumnes Oaks High School. Click here to learn more about schools in the area.

Current Housing inventory in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove housing inventory is running at a slow pace. The homes are moving fast and this helps fuel the rising prices. Generally we will see an increased listing inventory in Elk Grove starting in April. Lets keep an eye on it and see if tradition will win.

The list below is the current inventory in Elk Grove as of today. For more information contact Mark DeGennaro at 916-849-4810

 

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Declutter Your Home This Spring

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Here it is, already March when it feels like New Years was last weekend. With that being said, the sun is starting to peek out a little bit more making it exciting to start on your new home projects. However, first things first: you need to declutter your home. It’s always good declutter your home everywhere and here is how you can do it:

Get your Strategy Organized

Before you even get started it’s wise to get your game plan in order. Take notes on which room needs to be done first, and prioritize all the other rooms. Then, make sure you have some bins that will help keep you organized. You should have 3 bins for a Keep pile, a toss pile, and a storage pile. Also, make sure you have trash bags too for any garbage you find lying around.

Commit to Getting Rid of your Junk

People often have emotional ties to stuff they may not need. As a result, it turns into junk and clutter. It’s okay to get rid of something you don’t use or want even if you care about the person who gave it to you. Also, it’s important to recognize that not EVERYTHING should have emotional value either. Therefore, it’s important to recognize what is worth saving and what is worth getting rid of.

Use this Clutter Scale for Deciphering How Important it is to keep it:

5 — Important items whose place in your home is non-negotiable. For me, this included my green-stained Depression glass, photos, business files, office equipment, and my car.

4 — Items that are difficult to replace and items you use every day. This pile included most of my clothes, CDs, some furniture, a favorite sheet set, towels, and jewelry.

3 — Items you use occasionally but haven’t used within the last six months.

2 — Items you rarely use but feel hesitant to toss.

1 — Items you never use, like seasonal items, specialized tools, or kitchen gadgets. I got rid of stationery, extra wrapping paper, old boxes, and my printer.

You know what I found as I used the clutter scale? There were rarely items that rated a 2 or 3. And once I established some criteria, I was able to sort and purge the 2s and 3s like never before.

Sources: 

https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/

Crucial Tips Before Buying Your First Home

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For all the renters out there, we know that most of you have buying your first home on your mind. Besides having a down payment, there are also some other things you need to consider. Here are some crucial tips you need to know before buying your first home:
Insurance is required when having a mortgage
Lenders require that your insurance cover the cost of rebuilding the home if it is ruined by fire or other disaster. This “replacement cost” is determined by your insurer, and must be agreed to by your lender.
Rent Vs. Buy Math
What you rent your home for is different than what you possibly would buy your home for. Your mortgage payment highly depends on your down payment and other factors, therefore, don’t judge a home’s worth by renting costs.
Recognize mortgage rates that fit your budget and timeline
As mentioned before, your mortgage rate has a lot to do with how much you put down. If you put down 20%, that is a safe amount. However, if you put down less than that you may have to pay mortgage insurance and higher interest rates. Do your homework.
Work on your credit score now
Credit scores are important. It shows you’re reliable. Lenders also like to see a sufficient credit history. Therefore, if you’re a renter with only one credit card, it’d be wise to obtain more credit.
Sources:
Steps Renters Can Take to Prepare for Buying a Home. (2017, January 25). Retrieved March 06, 2017, from https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/

New to the Market! A Gardener’s Paradise in Orangevale, CA

Increasing Your Home Appeal

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Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal. 

Exterior

* Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.

* Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.

* Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.

* Tighten and clean all door handles.

* Clean windows inside and out.

* Powerwash home’s exterior.

* Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.

* Paint the front door.

* Buy a new welcome mat.

* Place potted flowers near the front door.

Interior

* Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.

* Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.

* Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.

* Shampoo carpets.

* Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.

* Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.

* Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).

* Clean or paint walls and ceilings.

* Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.

* Fix or replace discolored grout.

* Replace broken tiles.

* Replace worn countertops.

Special details for showings

* Turn on all the lights.

* Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.

* Keep pets secured outdoors.

* Buy new towels for bathrooms.

* Buy new bedding for bedrooms.

* Replace old lamps or lampshades.

* Play quiet background music.

* Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.

* Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.

* Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.

* Vacate the property while it is being shown. 

Open House in Dixon, CA | Sunday, February 26th from 1 – 4 PM

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Beautiful home in the desirable Valley Glen community. This home has been well cared for and updated with plantation shutters, tile and Laminate flooring, fresh interior paint and more. The home has 4 bedrooms plus a loft that could be your 5th bedroom if needed. The yard is fully landscaped and has 2 covered areas in the back for relaxing in the summer. This home has a great cul-de-sac location. There is also a 3 car garage!

Join us this Sunday for a special Open House from 1 – 4 PM.

Learn more about this listing by visiting our Featured Listings

5 Dream Homes in Sacramento

I decided to take a tour through the Greater Sacramento listings and have narrowed it down to my top 5 favorite dream homes in the county:

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This stunning estate in Granite Bay previously owned by Eddie Murphy.

View more at: Eddie Murphy Estate

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A True Paradise in the heart of Fair Oaks

View more at: Fair Oaks Estate

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A Modern Downtown Sacramento Beauty

View this home at: Downtown Sacramento Beauty

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Sacramento’s Adorable Brick Tudor

View this home at: Adorable Brick Tudor

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Home Sweet Home in Elk Grove

View this home at: Elk Grove Home

How to Make Relocation Simple

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Do Your Research

Researching your community will only make things easier for you. Knowing where all the stores are and what’s around your house. What schools your kids may be going to. It’s important to know what to expect from your new community.

If you’re moving to the Greater Sacramento area visit my Area Info at www.MarkDRealty.com

Select Top Real Estate Agents

Selecting a top real estate agent who knows the area well will never disappoint. They know the economy, housing market, and all about the community you’re moving too. They’ll also be able to guide you in the right direction on how to make any home improvements.

Prepare for the Move

Plan ahead and start getting things ready before you’re moving date. Being organized makes moving so much more smoother and it’ll help you be able to keep track of your stuff. Also, hire movers so you don’t have to stress about the transportation.

Follow this checklist as soon as you get settled in your new home:

–          Register your vehicle

–          Register to vote

–          Register your children at school

–          Find/Visit your new doctors

–          Find a local bank

–          Update and contact insurance company info

–          Contact cable and internet companies

 The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from Keller Williams Elk Grove. Database last updated 05/26/2017

 

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