Thursday, July 13, 2017

HOME PRICES RISING PERSISTENTLY IN TIGHT MARKET
June’s median price up 9% compared to 2016
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The number of new listings entering the housing market just cannot keep pace with insatiable buyer demand throughout the entire 4-county Greater Sacramento region. Standing inventory at June 30th rested at 4,014 homes active and available for sale, 15 percent below the same time last year. Meanwhile, a total of 8,708 new open escrows were posted during April, May, and June, representing a 5 percent increase over the second quarter of 2016. This market information is presented by Lyon Real Estate based upon data provided by Trendgraphix Inc., a Sacramento-based reporting company.
The median price for closed escrows in the month of June hit a recent milestone of $400,000. August of 2006 was the last time the region enjoyed that number, and the market was surely moving in a different direction with the impending great recession. The four-county region was staring at an astounding 15,437 homes for sale on the market at that time.
“The elevated home values across our region have led to significant increases in owner equity. Fortunately, the financial benefits are constructed on a solid foundation of more stringent loan programs and years of record low mortgage rates,” says Pat Shea, president of Lyon Real Estate. “Stability is further strengthened by the number of cash buyers prevalent over the past several years.”
The lack of entry level housing has become a major challenge throughout the state of California, and Greater Sacramento is no longer an exception. The steady growth in our local economy and relative affordability compared to the San Francisco Bay Area continue to attract more buyers.

Houses selling at less than the recent median price of $400,000 are scarce, as the number of available properties below that figure on the market in the four-county area shows:  Sacramento 965, El Dorado 212, Placer 162 and Yolo 67.
Shea states, “the move-up market -- homes priced between $400,000 and $750,000 -- does offer some potential with 1.5 months of available inventory based upon the current rate of sales. More choices are also available for prospective buyers in this price range, courtesy of new construction opportunities. Steady move-up activity remains absolutely mission critical for our region to offer the prospect of home ownership for first time and returning buyers in the entry-level.”  
About Lyon Real Estate
Lyon Real Estate is ranked the number one brokerage in annual home sales in the greater Sacramento region and has served the area for 70 years. In 2016, the company closed 7,688 transactions worth a total of $2.97 billion in sales volume. Lyon Real Estate has 945 agents in 17 offices located throughout the region. The company is a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest network of premier locally-branded firms, as well as LeadingRE’s Luxury Portfolio International® program. In addition to its real estate services, Lyon Real Estate offers RELO Direct, a global relocation program. For more information about Lyon Real Estate, click to GoLyon.com and follow us on www.facebook.com/LyonRealEstate.
About TrendGraphix, Inc.

TrendGraphix, Inc. is a real estate reporting company based in Sacramento that uses local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data to provide highly-visual market statistical graphs to real estate brokers, agents, and MLS/Realtor associations across the country. TrendGraphix’s programs are currently used by tens of thousands of agents in more than 250 brokerages in 48 states. For more information about TrendGraphix, visit www.trendgraphix.com.

Monday, May 8, 2017

HAVE TIME TO LEAN? THEN YOU HAVE TIME TO CLEAN (OR AT LEAST fake it)


MAY 2017

Those winter doldrums have officially given way to flights of fancy, but before you tiptoe through the tulips, you must shoo all of those dust bunnies away. Or at least make your visitors think you did.

Most of us enjoy having people over for some R & R, and we usually think we've gotten our act together just enough on the dust-front to pass for something a few notches down from a clean-freak, but you know what happens when the doorbell rings and you welcome in your first guest; you immediately notice every little speck of dirt and scuff mark! Relax, you are *most likely* noticing more than your guests are and hey, they would probably still be your friend even if you're a bit like one of the beloved, yet unkempt, characters on Peanuts, buuuuuut... 


Want to head into the season ready to rock-n-roll (or just have some friends over for an impromptu cookout)? Here are some quick ways to turn a 😬 into a ☺️ when you open the front door and let them in.


1. THE SWIFF!

Not an Olympic sport, although it should be. This is really the quickest way to get rid of the dust bunnies, sand (you don't even live near the beach?) and general detritus that somehow finds its way into your home. Really get up next to those baseboards too and if you have the chance, give that little ledge on top of the baseboards a good wipe-down. Dust gets everywhere! 

2. BLEACH THE BOWLS

Pour a cup or two of bleach into the toilet bowl and let it chill for a bit. It'll save you from scrubbing and in the meantime, you can tackle some of the other items on this list.

3. HALLOWEEN IS OVER

Clean-up around the doorways people will be using and sweep away spiderwebs and dirt. Not only will you help prevent guests from tracking-in more grime, you'll prevent the dreaded wind-milling and arm-flailing that results from walking into an invisible spider web and leading everyone to believe your home may very well be haunted. Give the front porch/walkway a few sweeps of the broom too.

4. Find yourself a few good baskets

Grab a few cheap wicker baskets and use them to collect random items that belong in other rooms. Each room gets a basket, just place corresponding items that are out of place in their appropriate basket and it'll be easier to deliver them to where they truly belong. If you don't have time to put all items back where they go, they'll at least be in the basket and not under your guest's feet. Just don't forget to put them away eventually.

5. THE WINDOWS ARE THE EYES OF THE HOME

Pay special attention to the sliders. They're big and they show all the dirt, especially when they lead out to the party area and when the spring and summer sun shine through, you can see it all. Clean glass windows really go a long way into making guests think you are a very clean person. 

6. CLEAR THE COUNTERS

Clear the clutter on your kitchen counters or at least place things into groups with as much space in-between. The less clutter, the more feeling of cleanliness and flow. If you do manage to clear them off, use the opportunity to assess if you really need even little thing put back. Clear counters are kinda awesome.

3. EITHER DO ALL OF THE DISHES...OR FAKE IT

An empty sink feels really good doesn't it? It makes you feel so accomplished and not at all like a slob. Do your best to get those dirty dishes done, but if you can't, pile ALL OF THEM into the sink and then cover them up with a big cutting board. You will eventually have to contend with them, but if you got so caught up getting the rest of the place in tip-top shape and ran out of time, you're excused. But seriously, you do have to move that cutting board at some point. 

5. Spray something citrusy

Fresh orange and lemon aromas are a sure sign of clean and fresh surroundings. Don't use something cloying or overbearing as it can nauseate sensitive olfactory systems. Smelling clean is sometimes, almost as good as being clean.

6. GET OUT

The best way to see what still needs to be cleaned-up (other than to wait until someone shows up) is to walk outside and re-enter your home with the mindset of a visitor.
Or your mother-in-law.

We like Good Housekeeping as a source for quick tips. It's been around for ages and after-all, it's called Good Housekeeping!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Need a little Downward Dog? Area yoga studios will hit the spot

treat yourself to a little Nirvana. 







April 2017

Yoga has definitely found its place in mainstream wellness and fitness. Sure, it took a thousand years or so, but who's counting. Its a hectic, workaday world we live in and the search for ways to sooth the spirit, stretch the limbs and find mindfulness often takes more effort than return but at least there seems to be a yoga studio in every 'hood these days so one needn't travel far to find a mat suitable for the next Sun Salutation. As for the path to spiritual enlightenment, finding your way may be as easy as finding a space in the Trader Joe's parking lot. 

5275 Sunrise Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA

This is a relative newbie to the Fair Oaks area but a real favorite. A full locker room with showers, retail area and instructors that people seem to LOVE. The schedule is varied and packed full throughout the day. It's clean clean clean and the equipment is kept up. It is a chain and the rates are not cheap. If you can commit to taking advantage of a robust schedule of classes, you'll get your money's worth. If not, you may want to choose a pay-as-you-go type of studio. Also, do not expect to be let in any class you after the start time. They are serious about not disrupting classes already in-session. Not a ding or a positive, just something to be aware of. Try a free trial and see what you think. Also, it's right next to Trader Joe's, so there's that.


4009 Bridge St., Fair Oaks, CA

A stalwart in Old Fair Oaks and we still get a kick out of the name. For the unaccustomed, Hot Yoga and/or Bikram is yoga done in a super-heated space. You generally either 'love it or hate it'. For the lovers, there's plenty and the instructors get big kudos from the students. For those that are in the 'meh not so much' camp, there are non-hot classes too. It's an intimate studio with a welcoming atmosphere and good class prices with drop-in ability. Make it a quickie or take a stroll after class over the Sunrise River Bridge and keep the happy feelings going. Or walk over to the village and grab a beer...but only after you have hydrated, hydrated and rehydrated. Hot Yoga is a kicker.
7225 Lincoln Ave., Carmichael, CA

The meaning of hidden gem. The most hippie-like of the group with yoga, group meditation, cooking classes and such. The setting is really lovely with a tranquil Koi pond, muraled studio, tree-lined drive and fountain and perfect for those seeking an experience versus just a get-in and get-it-done class. Would be a wonderful outing for a solo soulful tune-up or with a friend or sweetheart. 
9373 Winding Oak Drive, Fair Oaks, CA

So technically this is not a yoga studio, or should we say not ONLY a yoga studio, but a gym/club that offers many types of classes, yoga being one of them. Now that we explained ourselves; they offer a few different types of yoga styles, nothing out of the ordinary but good enough to get your yoga-on, plus with a membership, you can access the club's other offerings. The cost of membership is less than if you paid for about 10 classes separately at many studios so if you like to do yoga AND lots of other things, this may be a good choice for you.