This is a Real Estate Blog, right? It’s logical to assume that you’re going to get some commentary when a GREAT BIG story appears on the front page of the paper about a local developer being charged with fraud (and more), right? The fact is that I DID post a …

25 May 2010  Chico real estate

Farming For Sellers

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In Real Estate jargon the term ‘farming’ describes the process of actively seeking, contacting and cultivating potential home sellers via door-knocking, phone-calling and by mail. Does it work in Chico? Absolutely! Here’s how a chance meeting at an open house turned into a successful search for a California Park lakefront …

21 May 2010  Chico real estate

Starting Over.

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Many Chico area families who have either recently lost their home to foreclosure or short-sale, or are expecting too, are left wondering “what do we do next”? With home-ownership a thing of the past and credit red-lined for a minimum of 3-7 years most return rather dejectedly to renting a …

12 May 2010  Chico real estate

Well that dreaded date has past – the ‘sun-downing’ of the Government’s Home Buyer Tax Credit on April 30. Things got pretty busy there in April, our Chico office opened dozens of escrows in the final weeks of the month. Now the big question is: with the tax credit over …

9 May 2010  Chico real estate

I was in the Los Angeles area (San Fernando Valley actually) last weekend to visit some friends and was amazed by property values. I know what you’re probably thinking: that it’s incredible how high real estate prices are in metropolitan areas. In fact, it’s the opposite that amazed me…how similar …

4 May 2010  Chico real estate

Gotta’ give em’ props – Coldwell Banker saw the opportunity to get some valuable press this morning and jump ahead of the competition by  supplying a private extension to a public program. As we’ve reported here many times – the Federal Home Buyers Tax Credit will sunset this coming Saturday. …

26 April 2010  Chico real estate

Finding a Pulse.

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The home buyer tax credit that we have been touting for months is about to sunset…has it done any good and will buyers rush to take advantage of it in these last 2 weeks? “Yes” and “Sort of”…
 
The market is definitely more active now than it was when the tax …

20 April 2010  Chico real estate

Trend or Bump?

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The The Chico market has ‘felt’ significantly busier the last few weeks – we’ve personally listed four properties and sold three, but is it indicative of a ‘trend’ or just a seasonal ‘bump’? Some prognosticators are forecasting a ‘turn’ in the market.
 
According to Michael Brush in an article for MSN …

14 April 2010  Chico real estate

Just when everyone (myself included) seems to be lamenting the complications involved in lengthy short sales and foreclosures, cash comes along to save the day! Yes, believe it or not, homes can and ARE being bought for cash these days AND the transactions are simple and quick. Here is a …

10 April 2010  Chico real estate

Having just sold two Chico condominiums and listed two others it occurred to me that perhaps the golden era of the condo is finally upon us, when the much maligned townhouse realizes it’s full potential in the real estate pantheon…or not.
 
A recent article intimated that condos or condo-like housing developments …

6 April 2010  Chico real estate
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