Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Paying fto Panic...it's Halloween!

We're starting to feel the Halloween spirit now and it seems to have crept-up mighty fast this year. Usually the marketplace is teeming with ways to get you to spend your money on the upcoming holidays well before now...is it just us or does there seem to be a slight delay on the holiday shopping onslaught?

It's probably just us.

We did do a post a few weeks ago on some family-friendly Halloween happenings around the area, but we're going to highlight a few that still may be considered family-friendly...if you're The Adam's Family.

Actually, some kids are pretty okay with a little scare, some love a lot. We know a few that have gotten a kick out of terror from a very young age. They seem to have a pretty good handle on fantasy vs. reality...even better than many grown-ups we know!

Here's a list of some relatively local haunts offering various levels of terror and scare;

Cemetarium Haunted House- This Halloween production used to be in the field behind Bella Vista High School. We always loved the scare and it was the perfect setting...usually just a little foggy & pretty darn dark. And the way the set sat, you couldn't see other buildings, just the field & the moon. We haven't been to the new digs over at the old Sunrise Fun Center, but it seems like a proper creep-out location.

It's truly a home-grown haunt too. When it started-out, it was a well done but low budget venue with local actors scaring the heck out of you. Having been such a success, it then moved to the defunct Sunrise Fun Center which is now kind of creepy in-and-of itself.

There are three venues within the main location. The Cemetarium itself is its own scare plus there are also The Psycho Circus and Zombie Heights with choices of low scare or full scare options so it is relatively family friendly depending on how apt anyone in the group is to pee their pants.

Ultimate Terror Scream Park - Another collection of scary venues that was named Best in the West by Forbes and one of the top Halloween events in the nation by Haunted Attraction Magazine (yes, there is apparently a Haunted Attraction Magazine). This place is listed as being "for mature audiences only" which we can only guess to mean that there is a high probability that you or someone you're with will pee your pants at least a little.

Callson Manor (a.k.a. Direworld) - This Roseville venue is listed as a 'scare park' with 6 premiere attractions that were developed by a top team of haunt and industry professionals. Check it out on Good Day Sacramento to see if you and the fam can handle all the horror.

Ticket prices for all of these fright sights vary but generally range between about $10-$20. They offer Front of the Line and VIP ticket options as well as the option to purchase tickets ahead of time. There are various rules and regulations regarding what costumes patrons are allowed to wear so get a clue before heading out.

They are all open now through at least Halloween, some are open a few days into November so if you want to celebrate Dia de los Muertos with panic, shock and alarm, give them a try.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


New open escrows jump 17%

A meager 4,828 homes were left active and available for sale throughout the Greater Sacramento Region on September 30th with no evidence that buyer demand is waning. That inventory number reflected 7 percent fewer properties available on the market compared to this time last year. Even though seasonal decreases in inventory are normal, last September started what would become a precipitous 40 percent plunge in inventory by February of 2016. This market information was presented by Lyon Real Estate based upon data provided by Trendgraphix Inc., a Sacramento-based reporting company.
Buyer demand however, is a vastly different story, as new open escrows finished 7 percent better in the third quarter versus 2015. More importantly, September’s new escrows were 17 percent higher than those posted in August, indicating no immediate fall-off in buyer demand. Sustained momentum is further evidenced by noting that 32 percent more new open escrows were posted in the past six months than the prior.  
Regardless of the high volume of sales, the median sales price for the region has stabilized and averaged $357,000 for the past 3 months. This represents an approximate 9 percent increase compared to this time last year. The average sales price was $395,000, an 8 percent lift versus the third quarter of 2015.
The entry level, defined as up to $400,000 held 2,245 or 45 percent of the remaining homes for sale at month-end. This marked 1.2 months of inventory based on the rapid rate of sales. The move-up market, now considered the $400,000 to $800,000 price range, held 1,993 properties or 2.1 months of inventory.  Less than 4 months of inventory is widely regarded a seller’s market.

Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Statistics for September's real estate activity

For Sacramento County:

(Information for another county, specific city/neighborhood/type of home available upon request.)
Homes placed under contract were up 3.9% over the previous month and 17.3% over this same time last year
 in Sacramento County
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However,​ inventory has not kept up with the significant buyer demand.  As we approach the end of the year, Buyers 
are very
 active in the market, giving sellers good reason to put their homes on the market for a fourth quarter sale.  ​​The median price is $319,000, with the average sales price at $347,000.  Affordability remains a key factor in our market, coupled with low interest rates.  On average, homes are taking 30 days to open escrow and another 30-45 to successfully close.  As we enter the fourth quarter, there's still time to be in for the holidays! 

Are you curious to know what your home is currently worth?  I'm happy to provide you with a property review. 
​ ​
If you or someone you know is thinking about a move, 
​it would be​
 a privilege to be of assistance.  Call, email or text me to discuss your real estate plans!    

Are you curious to know what your home is currently worth?  I'm happy to provide you with a property review.  If you or someone you know is thinking about a move, it would be​ a privilege to be of assistance.  Call, email or text me and my team to discuss your real estate plans!