TOP 12 Items to be Aware of with a Contingent Purchase

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12 ITEMS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN YOU'RE A CONTINGENT BUYER

WARNING: this is an “information heavy” post. You can either be an informed buyer or seller, or one with your head in the ground – so buckle up buttercup and let’s do this!

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By Heather + Steve Ostrom

*If you live outside of the Sacramento region, please stop here* Each area has it's own process, behaviors, rules, and regulations. Please consult a local REALTOR for proper process.

Meet with a listing agent that has a successful track record of contingent closings. Interview them in person and see their work online.

  • In an ideal world, you want that listing agent being your buyer’s agent so that there’s “less information chefs in the kitchen.” This isn’t always reasonable or wise, if both sales are not in the same area. Always err to an agent that has expertise in that city.
  • COP – Understand the forms involved – you will see or might see. Don’t just take the lip service of the listing agent’s success dealing with and negotiating a contingent sale or purchase. Have them walk you through the California= Association of REALTOR’s form – Contingency of Purchase (COP) – line-by-line.
  • Forms: Also the  Seller’s purchase of replacement property form (SPRP) Not everyone will use the SPRP and we have limited use with it as well – but something you should be aware of … it can be a limiting item towards finding buyers willing to take that risk on your first home.
  • Contingency removal form (CR – shown below) and how those dates will be potentially modified by the COP form (link above)

Have your trusted listing agent contact an Escrow and Title company (of your choice) to create an “estimated seller net sheet” drawn up on a realistic sales price, at a few different price points perhaps – as you never know what changes will occur in the market. This will be needed for the next step.

  • There are numerous title and escrow companies to choose from – in our area, title and escrow are usually housed in the same place. A great title and escrow officer can be the difference between a stressful and smooth transaction based on their experience, and knowing when to spot trouble on a file, and also ensure the lender gets their fees quickly.

When you need to sell your current home, in order to buy your next home – this is referred to as a “contingent sale.” Your purchase of your next property is “contingent” on the sale of your current home. As we are primarily listing agents working in Roseville and Rocklin, California and the greater Placer County region – we often receive offer packages that could stand for some improved presentation.

Speak to a lender and ensure the lender gives you buyer fees estimate and is upfront about your financial scenarios. Ensure your lender is connected with your listing agent and connect the estimated net sheet with them.

  • If you feel guarded or concerned with the lack of numbers being shared by your chosen lender – consider this a warning and red flag.
  • Interview with a few lenders – no listing nor buyer’s agent should boss you around on your lender, but you should also ask if they have trusted lenders that they know create positive outcomes for their clients. Most agents just want you to have a positive experience. We can’t tell you how many lenders have waited to the last minute to shock our clients – and then everyone loses and then potentially puts all files at risk for cancellation.
  • Have your lender explain what TRID is and how the dates involved with TRID cannot be modified.
  • Need a lender? Here are a few of our favorite local lenders to check out

Unless reason for concern, or past bad experiences, try to keep all escrows with the final listing purchase’s escrow company. Reason, if each day matters that you’re not in the next home – having at the same escrow company can be the difference between a same day closing versus a Friday closing on the first home, and Monday on the next, with money being wired to next escrow company. Yet numerous buyer’s agents continue to push for their escrow companies. The last house in the domino chain of closings risks the most – if your buyer’s agent has a legitimate concern for the escrow company, we get that – it’s happened to us too. As long as everyone understands and is disclosed the “why” … do what you need to do. Contingent sales are a group effort.

When offering on your “dream home” ensure the listing agent has access to updates without having to badger– from all lenders, listing agents, buyers agents, and title companies. All parties should be understanding of the elevated stress levels of the party at the end of the closings. This also includes updates about contingencieson all properties involved and dates involved. Contingencies: loan, appraisal, HOA docs (if applicable), preliminary report, seller disclosures, sale of buyer’s property (4B), buyer investigations, buyer’s physical inspection, review of liened items or leased – be mindful if a solar lease is involved.

Ensure you have contingency removal dates and closing dates for all properties involved– clearly marked on a calendar. It will be information overload that has the risk to have you twiddling your lips, but stay strong – this is a small window of stress for a lifetime of happiness to get your dream home. Education and information are your friends.

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Understanding the upfront fees – the appraisal fee will be an upfront fee. The inspections (depends on the area) are often steered by the buyer side with a few exceptions in Northern California for country properties where you sometimes see septic and water tests on the seller. A delay on coordinating any inspections once you’re in escrow (while being mindful of when your inspection period starts and your contingency of purchase form are critical here). If you do not need to start inspections because of the way the COP form (see above) is marked – be mindful of this …

  • Do not wait to order your appraisal or hold off inspections – your delay as a buyer can be self-sabotage and risk a seller issuing a “notice to perform” if you do not hold to your contractual obligation. There will only be so much your lender or agent can do to protect you, if an appraisal review runs late or there isn’t anyone to have race out to an inspection same day past your contingency period.
  • Example, you have a home inspection on day 4 of a 17 day inspection period – you wait until day 15 to order a roof inspection or HVAC inspection because your home inspector suggested further evaluation – and then you need to race to ask for an extension. You can’t assume that you’ll be granted this modification to contract.
  • Warning: Contractors and inspectors can be booked out for a week or two, particularly for specialty items, or any testing involved. Some may be free for a bid, but some may be a fee (and a fee that is worth the cost for your review – there may not be any recourse after close of sale).
  • Fluid communication and updates between all parties (buyer + seller) can often solve a lot of these concerns if the time extension is genuinely needed, but it cannot be assumed it will be granted – particularly in a hotter market.
  • If you have a credit coming – be sure to loop in the lender that it might be coming (example a credit as part of negotiations from a buyer request for repairs).

ALWAYS have a housing solution, plan B. Your homes may not close on time and one deal may fall out and go back into escrow and affect a perfect closing.

  • Sometimes you have such a cherry “all-cash” deal closing on your primary home, that you have to just make it happen and find a rental solution.
  • If things fall apart, never force a home sale – it’s too big of a purchase and sometimes things don’t work out and it does stink. Sometimes renting is the temporary and right solution.

Seller Occupancy After Closing – Negotiate this Upfront when you’re a seller. Delays can happen on files. It happens, even on the most perfect of files monitored. There are numerous bodies behind the scenes on loan and this can affect your closing. Along with TRID – be aware of this as a buyer. TRID can delay you alone (see #3 above, last bullet).

  • Most lenders will not allow over 60 days of occupancy by seller after closing, and most buyers aren’t the biggest fans of much of anything past 30 days (if any at all)

It stinks if the seller knows you have to buy their home and they take advantage of this fact, when it comes to negotiating repairs or a credit after your inspections. All the more important to also have a plan B for housing if you need to walk away and it’s becoming too much. BUT having stated that, sometimes we need to see big picture, is it truly a crisis or an easy hundred dollar fix that isn’t worth walking away from your dream home. Break down all the costs and get bids to make an educated decision that’s right AND wise for you. Education and information is King/Queen.

Sometimes it’s best to take the credit and sometimes it’s important to wait to see request for repairs executed before close of escrow (COE). It depends on the scenario what’s the right route.

  • If it’s pest work, sometimes it’s important to have the house  opened up for review, to ensure there’s no other underlying issues or damage that can’t be revealed by a general inspection.
  • If you have work being done, as part of your request for repairs – ensure there’s mention of all work being done BEFORE close of escrow.
  • Sometimes it’s best for buyer to take the money credit – to take control of overseeing repairs by their own trusted contractor that way they know who the work is being done by, and may be able to save cost.
  • Ensure that a licensed contractor is doing all work and receipts are provided before COE (close of escrow)

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All this coordination and effort – is worth it. These transactions can be a bit stressful, all the more reason you should work with us – we’re educated, experienced, happy, and we get it done. Plus we’ll do all the stuff behind the scenes to keep it less stressful for you. (Note: most of our wrinkles are either from our three kids or contingent sales). 

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REALTORs Steve Ostrom + Heather Ostrom – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313

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Smart Home in an Ostrom Home


So maybe you’re new to all the “smart-home” technology. Perhaps it scares or overwhelms you? Welcome to the club, the Ostroms are right there with you … Yes, we’re in California, and sometimes we see a few things sooner than most in seller homes, but let me tell you folks … there’s a good chance your clients know more about smart-home technology, so let’s get you on a quick start on the Smart-Home highway.

*This is Roy and I at CES (consumer electronics show)  in Vegas, and admittedly overwhelmed*

Smart-home items are showing up in homes for sale, and if they haven’t yet in your area, I promise you many of your clients are quietly adding these gadgets to the place they call home, even if you’re not seeing these homes on the market. There’s a lot of information out there, so we’re going to do our best to lay down in a blog post (or  two) … how to get smart-home savvy in your house *cue some Miami #GenBlue Memories* with a few tips from us and our buddies.

Yep this is my fun and funny family – Welcome to our house …

Pro-tip: before beginning in the adventure of “smart-home” makeovers, and putting a ton of money into a system, be sure your internet is up to speed and working fast enough to support a smart-home network. CNet has a great article to help check your home system and connectivity.


When it came to our house just last year, the only smart home device we had in our house, was a Chrome Melody speaker lightbulb in our bathroom … and we thoroughly enjoy having it. The app for this bluetooth lightbulb speaker is of little use to us (in fact I don’t even have it on my phone). I just sync via “bluetooth” on my phone – it’s nice to have a speaker for our iPhones in our bathroom (and it drowns out our awful voices when we sing in the shower #realtalk).

  • Pro-note: I am starting to notice the failure of many apps for smart home devices, is that they’re buggy and not user friendly in navigation. but let’s be real, it’s the only thing cool in this bathroom … goody gravy, check out those awful 80s lightbulbs behind me, *bless our own hearts.*

So after I got back from “CES” (Consumer Electronics Show) with the Coldwell Banker crew and my good buddy, Roy Powell (see his thoughts on Smart Homes here)I came back to my home in Roseville, with a smart-home fire in my heart and was ready to make the plunge into learning more about Smart-Home tools and slowly start adding items to our home system.

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So we started out with Amazon’s Alexa (which we had bought for ourselves at Christmas, but we hadn’t done more than plug in Alexa and listen to music).

  • Pro-Tip with Alexa: “Go in the Amazon Alexa App” and play around. See what you can “sync” up with other devices so you can fully utilize all of the skills for maximum enjoyment. She can do SO much – I lurve her.
  • Pro-tip with Alexa: If you have Amazon Prime, have fun with the music,
  • Pro-tip with Alexa: With your iphone, if you want to just play your music on Alexa from your phone, go to “settings,” then to your “bluetooth,” and then select your Amazon component (in our case, it’s “Echo”)
  • Pro-tip with Alexa: Be sure to go into the app and play around the “Smart Home” option in the drop-down menu (see above) and “Skills” to really maximize the fun and usefulness of Alexa.

Our next piece we added was the “Ring” doorbell. I know there are a few options out there, so I encourage you to check for yourself, what’s the right tier of coverage for you, whether standard or pro works better for you … I have a close friend, Denise who loves her “Skybell.”

  • Pro-tip 1. I would also encourage for you to see what angles work for you before installing, particularly if you get direct sunlight to your doorbell. In this case, I’m just lucky that the T-Rex was a friendly one.
  • Pro-tip 2. Also for installing power by using an existing doorbell so it can utilize your current “chime/bell” noise in place, be sure to read the warnings about the power being off, so you don’t fry your system. Otherwise, you’ll be like us, and being forced to buy a supplementary piece called the “Ring ‘Chime’” … which we have and we have it set for cuing any motion or someone physically pressing the door bell button. It’s SUPER cool all the variations you can do from the Ring app on your phone for “motion detected” and separate chimes for “door bell” rings.
  • Pro-tip 3. Great for knowing when packages arrive at your doorstep.
  • Homeowner tip / or nightmare (no judgement) for the Ring Doorbell: “Our kids use the Ring doorbell to call us, and it’s a tool for communication since it’s a two-way microphone.
  • Homeowner tip: “If you have the Chime’ plug-in as your way of hearing the doorbell ring, you can go into the app on your phone and change “motion” notifications and “doorbell” rings as separate sounds (there’s even a ‘dog bark’ option – great for say folks like us, that have chihuahuas, that are probably more like cats, than dogs)

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Okay, the next piece, is easily my favorite addition to the home, the Schlage Connect deadbolt … We have three kids, our lives are busy, and we’re REALTORs, our lives are always at a fast pace. This has been the best solution for us … now, there are SO many options for keypad entry, but we went with the highest tier option, because security is important to us (and I feel it should be for everyone when it comes to property access). This one is fingerprint resistant, ANSI Grade 1 (whatever that means), and it will cue me if someone tampers with our lock. But paired up with my “ring” doorbell, I’ll have an image of anyone that should NOT be on our porch. We bought the “Schlage Sense” and we stayed within our “oil rubbed bronze look” of metals we have in the house (yes, this stuff matters) and we already had “Schlage” keys in our house, so we decided to stay with the same key system we had currently in place. We used to do a lot of rekeys so you might as well stick with whatever “key” group you’re already using in your home. We opted to ONLY do the keypad.

  • Pro-tip: 1. Pay your trusted locksmith to help install or just kick down for the professional installation on this one. You want the auto-lock option moving smoothly and clean. Unless you’re a superhuman tech savvy person. If I wasn’t tech-savvy, I would have paid the Amazon technician to install. In our case, we had our locksmith install the key pad/deadbolt.
  • Pro-tip: 2. You’ll need to involve a locksmith if you buy online or if you know how to get the deadbolt keyed to your system.
  • Pro-tip: 3. Stay with the brand of keys you already have in the home (whether Kwikset or Schlage) – so to stay on the same system, work with what you have … or talk to a locksmith before kicking down the big bucks
  • Pro-tip: 4. The app is a bit rough … get a bridge piece that offers an app to house all your smart home pieces (see below)

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Okay, we also have a “smart hub” with is Z-Wave compatible (for our deadbolt and some other pieces you may purchase). Don’t let this jargon frighten or deter you – focus my friend, you got this now I have a few buddies that preferred hub pieces to connect a few of their smarthome pieces, but I got this for free when we bought some Samsung appliances, and we have been happy with this little tool, but I can also see why it has a poor rating. End of story, it does the job and I can use this tool to lock my home off-site, I have Samsung smart outlets.

There’s not much to state, but because we have this component, Alexa will interact with our deadbolt (we set up actively in the Amazon Alexa app the SmartThings connection).

  • Pro-tip: 1. There is rarely a passive / automatic set-up in connecting devices to “talk to one another” (example having Alexa “lock the front door” as a taught skill), so you’ll need to play around in the apps, to see how to sync different pieces. It’s not hard, but you do have to have a wee-bit of determination. See some of my screen grabs throughout this post – and hopefully that will give you a leg-up on knowing what to look for …
  • Pro-tip: 2. If you have a deadbolt or pieces that have a “Z-Wave” based smart home piece (Z-Wave is a wireless radio frequency technology that lets devices talk to one another in a connected environment – and Z-Wave is stated to be one of the more secure routes of communication).

So what’s on our wish list for next pieces: we’re going to tackle the thermostat (Nest or Ecobee) and maybe some interior cameras in the house (most likely Nest, if we go that route).


Update (5/5/17)

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We have added a Honeywell Thermostat to our repetoire of Smart Tools and we had a pro install (you should do the same, if you don’t know what you’re doing – and particularly if you need a “C” wire installed – which we did). I’ll be adding more about our addition here shortly – but I’m SO happy with our choice.


 Links to items I addressed in the video and post:

  • Schlage Smart Sense Padlock (there are SO many options between dealers – kwikset, schlage, and more)
  • Ring Door Bell – 1-way wi-fi camera + 2-way speaker
  • Alexa (Amazon)play music, control your smart home, get information, news, weather, and more using just your voice
  • Samsung SmartThings: Hub / bridge (some devices, including some Z-wave using devices, will need a hub – there are many options out there); you can tie in water monitoring devices, alarms, switches, and much more.
  • Chroma Melody Light Bluetooth Bulb: there are so many bluetooth lightbulb out there. Fun product, does have a cap on loudness, LED light, changes colors (I don’t use that), and has an app – I would encourage research.

Suggested Smart Home Components, from friends and other REALTORs:

Top Smart-Home Pieces our Clients and Agent friends have in their home (click the highlighted name to visit their site)

  • Sonos – wireless music system + home theatre (I had no clue what it was either – so don’t sweat – thank you Mel, Michael, and Stacie)
  • Skybell – door bell – 1-way wi-fi camera + 2-way speaker (thanks Denise)
  • Google Wi-Fi (not a smart-home tool) but if you notice that your internet is fast, but your router needs a step-up in it’s game – I’m told Google Wi-Fi is amazing. (thank you Aaron)
  • Google Home: Google’s Alexa
  • Apple Kit: Hub  (be mindful of what interacts and look for the “apple kit” logo to ensure compatiability)
  • Nexia bridge (Z-Wave compatible) hub / bridge / Z-Wave repeater – home connect (thanks Amy)
  • Life360 – from their website, “Life360 runs on your mobile device to allow you to view your family members on a map, communicate with them, and receive alerts when your loved ones arrive at home, school or work.”
  • Piper – works with Life360 and is a home security system
  • Vivint.SmartHome – Total system set-up and integration with different components (thanks CB + Tami) – security, cameras, doorbell, garage, temperature regulation, and more.
  • Simplisafe Alarm System – build your own customized alarm system with varying tiers of coverage, and no long-term contracts. (thanks Carol)
  • Alarm.com multi-use control and alarms system (thanks Ben)
  • Foscam – IP cameras – great for rental properties to see the status off-site – IP Cams (and I saw the quality and it was amazing – even in snowy conditions – even the neighbor makes use of my friend’s camera to watch his property as well; and see how conditions at the property are as far as weather).
  • Canary Cams – waterproof security system, indoor and exterior solutions for wifi cameras; including solutions in areas without wifi. Plus pet-monitoring (thanks Randy)
  • August Locks – doorbell, locks, and a good solution for AirBnB (per their website) – (thanks Randy)
  • Ecobee – thermostat with room sensors (thanks Randy)
  • Nest – thermostat, cameras (indoor/outdoor), smoke + CO detector, and more (thanks Peggy, Jody, and everyone)
  • Lutron systems + smart shadesLutron has light systems, shades (I have seen on a property recently, and they’re amazing). (thanks Stephanie)
  • Crafstman Smart Garage Opener – can be used as a way to provide home access, you know when the garage is up and when. Our friend has it with a keypad and enjoys it – just for knowing “in and out” traffic.
  • Wemo Switch – turn on/off electronics off-site via wifi, and is compatible with most systems – including Android and Apple. ( thanks Randy + Jeremy)
  • Phillips Hue – personal wireless lighting (thanks Randy)
  • AlertLabs (monitoring system) – not sure if Canada support only** – water consumption, leak, and flood monitoring (thanks Melissa)

  • Explore Coldwell Banker Smart Home Blog pieces – explore what already exists at your Coldwell Banker fingertips, re-blog and use the tools your awesome CB team has already produced.
  • CNET – reviews of products and tools: a great place to compare products for smart home products and where to start your research, outside of the awesome Coldwell Banker blog.

CB Agents ONLY: If you watched the video and you’re interested in purchasing the Coldwell Banker “Smart Home Staging Kit” for clients or yourself at a discount:

  • Affiliate CB – login into CB Exchange (and search “Smart Home Staging Kit)
  • NRT offices login to NRT Gateway first, and go to CB Exchange (and search “Smart Home Staging Kit)

If you have any questions – hit us up, or if I typed something inaccurate here – correct me. We’re all here to learn and succeed and we hope you enjoy our research here.

Seller Strategies: The Importance of Home Showing Instructions

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Seller Strategies:
the Importance of Home Showing Instructions


Those first two weeks your property is on the real estate market and MLS – they’re important. It’s usually when the most eyes will be drawn to the property, to see if it’s a great candidate for someone – as their next place to call a house “their home.”
In today’s “seller strategy” session, we’re discussing positive ways to improve your pool of potential buyers – by ways of how your “home showing instruction”s are set-up on the MLS (Metrolist / Prospector – main hub for all real estate input in our area – Placer and Sacramento County). 
If you don’t understand the pros and cons of home showing instructions when you’re active and on the market and getting ready to entertain buyer showings, be sure to ask your listing agent, or give us a call if you’re looking to interview a listing agent. Steve O and I, are both full time REALTORs®. (psst, this is Heather Ostrom – our contact info is below)
Your home may fall into a separate category, and may not apply to these set of suggestions, but we do believe this applies to a majority of homes that hit the market.

The more friction and challenges you create, to not allowing your home to be shown, can backfire on you and limit your “buyer-interested” audience. 

Types of showing instructions:
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Call 1st Lockbox
Appointment with the Owner
Call Listing Agent
Call Listing Office
Appointment with Tenant
(there are many more, but these are some of the common ones)

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Stay educated and always make smart choices – both in marketing, accessibility (and of course, which listing agents you choose). Short-term discomfort, can possible expand your opportunities to a larger bottom line at the closing. 

SAFETY REMINDER: (Placer and Sacramento County) Never allow someone who states they’re an agent, into your home off the street or that drives up to your home. Force them to use the Metrolist lockbox, that way they’re proving their ability to access the home, when an agent “pings” or accesses the Metrolist iBox, it creates an electronic time stamp as the agent, accessing the home – all with their name, company, email, and cell number. If you’re in our area and you’re not using the Supra Lockbox – iBox BT LE – you probably picked the wrong listing agent. Joking / Not Joking. ~ When in doubt, call your listing agent. 

More about Metrolist MLS and Participants


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Best day of the week to list your home for sale

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Best Day of the Week to List Your Home for Sale

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Life is all about timing, and it doesn’t change with real estate and listing your home. Each real estate market and area is different, but we have noticed there are definitely better days than others, to list your home. Granted sometimes life doesn’t always play by “ideal rules,” and ultimately, the seller is our boss, so we will always be awesome – no matter what day you’re able to list your home. But if we can have an ideal world, we have strong opinions for homes in Placer County, California to be listed …
Our why? Well, check our featured video on REALTOR.com “seller advice video” series. And don’t worry, I’m not quitting my day job for any karaoke work.  
 
Along with the three “hot” reasons why in this video, we also have another set of reasons. By default, the offer won’t expire till Monday, unless specifically set to expire before Friday evening. So it gives us a full weekend to be on the market. It’s always nice to have it exposed to the broadest audience, for the largest pool of the best buyers out there – while your home is still “fresh to the market.”
 
Plus, reality check, a lot of folks are on their email – even at work on Friday morning. We like that email showing up in folks’ email boxes Friday morning when they’re setting their schedules.Each home and neighborhood is unique – so let us know if you would like a detailed analysis on your home.

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Great Homes: It is Not Just for the Humans

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So I’m not sure if the funny “April Fool’s Joke” on REALTOR.com has inspired this post in the back of my mind,

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Photo property of REALTOR.com: A fur-larious “April Fool’s Day” Joke Ad 

… but my kids have actually taken a sample from the animal world, and made their animal’s “crib” … the envy of the animal world (in my parent, opinion). It made me think … and just like our company’s current theme, “Love where you live.” Do you LOVE where you live?’  If our living environment isn’t ideal. Stress can set in … we can act out, or we can even shut down. If it’s a long distance to the store, if we don’t have a vehicle or easy access to things around our home … it can pose challenges. It can affect us both in success in business, and in life … we’re not as social, and we stay to ourselves, we give up, if there’s no reason to come out of our shell.

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My kids conned me into thinking their guinea pig was sick … and he wasn’t … so this is the world’s most expensive guinea pig vet visit … for nothing. I was so excited.

With animals, the same stress can happen. If they need a bigger or better space … if they don’t get these things, things shut-down, they … can shut down. Depression can set in … Granted, this might be extreme commentary, but the area we live in, should be a place we love … and sometimes that’s where the magic in life can happen. Happiness CAN happen.

Guinea Pig Cage from PetSmart

We started out with the typical “starter” guinea pig cage. It was a good starting place for us – and we didn’t know much about guinea pigs. My kids … after a year of extensive research on guinea pigs … started wanting more for our sweet Dini. (Houdini)

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I love this little guy so much. He’s been the best pet. And my kids … all three of them, want the best for him. Sure it might seem silly to some, but I am so proud of them, for wanting to make a better space for him.

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My kids have been planning this for months … and finally, both Steve O and I gave in … to their ridiculous ideas of a homemade guinea pig cage … serious, it’s just as crazy, and as eye-roll worthy as it can seem. And thanks to YouTube … their hints at a “better space for ‘Dini’ only grew. But you know what? Besides all my teasing, I’m really proud of these girls.

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Steve O took the girls out, to get all the supplies, some sneaky orders on Amazon, a million guinea pig blog posts, and YouTube video “how-to” videos … and voila … here we are … they put their dreams into motion for our sweet ‘Dini.

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No, that’s not a raptor cage … where a baby cow is about to be lowered into the feeding pen … It’s our Guinea Pig reserve.

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All joking aside … our guinea pig is out more, he’s “pop-corning” more and is a bouncy happy fool (I didn’t know what the heck popcorn meant, until my kids educated me, more than I ever wanted to, on guinea pig behavior). I wouldn’t have believed it all, till I witnessed it. And I am such a sucker, that I let these goofballs talk me into another guinea pig. They are our kids for certain … mini-salespeople, trying to make a deal come together. 

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So if you’re looking to make your crib better, or one of your fur babies … there are now a few different Ostroms to consult.

For all your guinea pig needs – we’ll direct you to the O-girls.

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For all of your home needs, for you and your family … give us a call. We’ll give you constructive feedback, what seems right for you, and your needs. It’s not just about the four walls that surround us, it’s the area we live … we need to love where we live.


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

Podcast Ostrom Time with Marguerite Crespillo

So we have always been good friends with the awesome Marguerite Crespillo for years, and she has a fabulous real estate podcast “Real Estate Real World.” Marguerite is and has been a top-producing REALTOR and broker in our area, for years. She and her husband Joe, are fixtures in our area, always at Placer County Association and supporting local agents, and their doors are always open to all.

Marguerite is a wealth of knowledge and experience, she’s a real estate trainer and coach, and she loves to help others.

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So, what did we cover in our real estate interview podcast? Well you’re going to need to listen in, and hear the scoop! We covered: marketing, in-town behavior philosophies, agent-to-agent interactions, our love of #OstromOrange, why you rarely see Steve O not in a suit, the issue of low inventory (Placer County), and finally … “best tips for any new real estate agents.”
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I truly believe you’ll enjoy, you’ll be educated, and I’m certain you will be entertained, while learning. And we hope you take away a few Awesome Ostrom, RE Nerd Nuggets!

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Quick background on Marguerite: She’s a real estate coach and trainer. On Marguerite’s real estate podcast, she has interviewed Hal Elrod, the awesome Sean Carpenter, Tamara Dorris, Bob Corcoran, and Ryan Lundquist (and many more). Be sure to subscribe to her Podcast channel – I promise you’ll enjoy. And if you’re not a podcast listener, let me tell you – it’s changed my life. Since there’s no visual, you can still do work, walk, exercise, drive, and still listen in … I love podcasts!

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I can’t thank Marguerite Crespillo of Realty First in Roseville, CA. Thank you for having us on your show, and I’ll be tuning in and listening to all the back and future real estate episodes. 

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So listen here – and give us your feedback! We would be honored to have you listen in. (you can listen on the link, and/or go through iTunes and subscribe to Marguerite’s channel). And as my awesome friend and CB trainer, Sean Carpenter always says to all – “Build Relationships, Solve Problems, and Have Fun!” 


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

Ostroms Featured on Seller Tips Series for REALTOR.com

Recently we were honored with the opportunity to be part of REALTOR.com’s new “Seller Tips” Video Series under their “News + Advice” drop-down menu on the main site. (“Realtor.com” > “News & Advice” > “Advice” > “Sell”).

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We always try to be forward and upfront in our thoughts, with the intent to help our sellers. So we hope you enjoy these videos, and feel free to share the links with friends, that might need some help.

We hope you’re educated on some topics for seller preparation and also that you’re entertained, in an Ostrom-sort-of-way. 

To all the sellers that already know how we are, and love us still – thank you for your support. We wouldn’t be here without you. If you’re new to knowing us, whether virtually or in-person and are looking for someone to list your home – know we’ll always be honest, to the point, and always have the mind-set of having you win in the world of home selling (and hopefully in terms of less time on market and higher-price point).

Thank you for watching and thank you for sharing our “seller conversations” – we have three listed below (with hopefully more to come). If we haven’t answered one of your seller questions – comment below – or call or email us.

Video One: Seller Advice – “Awkward Seller Conversations”

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Video Two: Seller Advice –“Smells Don’t Sell”

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Video Three: Seller Advice –“Three Things Tall REALTORs See, That You May Not …”

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If this is your first time visiting our site – welcome … we’re REALTORs (husband + wife duo) in Roseville, CA at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

We primarily work with sellers and their listings, and move-up buyers. So we have had a lot of great learning experiences and opportunities to help our sellers. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn’t – but we’re always learning how to be better. But what we’re not is … we’re never afraid to tackle awkward conversations, if it means our seller having a better opportunity for a better experience with selling (and hopefully maximizing their bottom line, to the best of our ability – we want our sellers to win).

 


 

Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

 

2016 Real Estate Market Predictions – Roseville + Rocklin, CA

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First thing we need to do, is thank our friends and family for an amazing 2015. You are the reason we continue in this business. Thank you for your support and referrals. There’s no greater honor, than to be trusted with your business.

So on to the show … what you’re all waiting for …

2016 Real Estate Market Predictions – Roseville and Rocklin, California.

We quickly review 2015, real estate market patterns we observed, and items we experienced … (and if you are a buyer, be sure to ask what TRID – TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure is before you start your loan adventure – but that’s another blog post, by itself).

So … thank you for watching. We promise you’ll be entertained and educated … always.

If you would like to specifically know about your neighborhood and/or home, and current pricing for your home – give us a call or shoot us an email (info below). We’re happy to provide feedback, always.


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

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We were recently featured on REALTOR.com – check it out:

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SOLD: 5913 Mareta Lane, Loomis, 95650

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Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com –  4 Bedroom – 3 Bath –  2706 Sq Ft* – .4150 Acres – $675,000 – 
Custom Home – 3-Car Garage – RV Access – Solar Heated Pool with Upgrades to Filter System – Spa

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** Nearby Schools ** High School Del Oro • Elementary H Clarke Powers

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Are you seeking a neighborhood with custom homes, near amazing local schools, larger lots, near country settings, with quick access to shopping and commuting?

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Now how does sipping on your morning coffee, sitting poolside in your serene and lush backyard, sound? (Dive right in, it’s heated … thanks to your fantastic solar pool set-up).

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Or perhaps, enjoying a Summer BBQ under your pergola, while neighboring horses roam along your backyard fence …

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If this all sounds like something you’re looking for in a home and neighborhood, you’ll definitely want to see this home in person. Every facet of this home is perfection.

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Two “first-floor” bedrooms: second bedroom has French door access to the back patio._20

Spacious Family Room with vaulted ceilings, stylish accent trim-work, ample natural light, as well as solar tubes (providing additional soft, filtered light).

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Living Room is spacious and shares the space with the Dining room

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The recently remodeled kitchen features granite counters and upgraded appliances …

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Newer flooring through most of the home … as well as fresh carpet (10/15) …

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Grand Master with French door access to the front-facing balcony …

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with a large Master bath that faces the backyard.

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RV access, wide driveway, and a 3-Car Garage …

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Two raised garden beds (organic), a young fruit tree orchard, and much more.

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Including a spa off the second bedroom … Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience this fabulous, custom four bedroom, three bath house – on 0.41 acres!

Welcome home and come experience Loomis living. It’s a fabulous area to live.

Nearby Schools: High School Del Oro • Elementary H Clarke Powers

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Fun Facts About Loomis Living …

Eating fresh strawberries from the fruit stand on Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis is the best place to view iris flowers in the Spring, The Flower Farm for coffee, and many special touches that this area brings being a part of the local school community that you might not find anywhere else … it’s in the “details” living in Loomis … What Makes Loomis so Special to Some? Read more here

More Loomis Links:

http://loomis.ca.gov (Loomis site doesn’t allow link backs – so copy and paste)

Town of Loomis Instagram

Placer County Website

Loomis News

Chamber of Commerce – Loomis, CA


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

The Closing Process in Placer County

The process for a home closing in Placer County

Every area has their own procedure with home sales, regarding signings at title (or via notary) and the closing process. This is one of the most confusing topic for buyers and sellers. Below, we’re addressing sales specifically in Placer County, CA. “All-cash” deals will have their own (quicker) timeline, and maybe that will be a topic for another video 🙂 This video applies to buyers with a loan.



You’re not alone if you’re confused on when do you sign paperwork, how does the closing happen, and when do we hand over keys? We will do our best to equip you with all the right information, so you feel as prepared and informed as possible.


More “Closing” Questions Answered

  • Do buyer and seller sit at the same table to sign paperwork? No, they’re typically separate appointments at the title company. In our area, escrow and title are in the same location (much easier). You’re not sitting with the opposite party, signing at the same time.
  • What if I can’t come to the title company? It happens, a notary can come to you, at an additional fee. We usually encourage the buyer or seller, to go to the title company for a signing of final paperwork, but if it’s a “larger brand” title office with multiple branches locally, we can sometimes have you signed, with warning, at a nearby office, if the main title company isn’t convenient to access (example signing in Roseville vs. going to a Sacramento office).
  • Can we schedule our signing in advance? Not always, depends on loan docs arriving at title. Depending on the type of loan, the seller can sometimes sign earlier. But best not to assume, lets have that dialogue in advance, if one seller will be inaccessible – starting to about a week, before closing.
  • What if I can only sign after-hours or on the weekend? If you’re on vacation, or have limited signing capability, let us know and for a small fee, we may be able to have a notary come to you. This can pad a day or two to closing, and if you’re out of the country when loan docs come in, this is definitely dialogue we want to have in advance.
  • When we sign, does that mean we’re closed on the home? No. If the buyer has a loan – it depends on when funding occurs (can be near immediate, immediate, or 24-48 business hours after review). If you’re buyer, have this communication of process, as the lender is at the steering wheel at one point, determining much of these timelines. If you don’t know what questions to ask, we can help you.
  • Why is there a “Final-Walkthrough” by the Buyer? It’s the buyer’s right to ensure the property is in the same condition, as when they went into escrow. Your home is most likely in chaos-mode with packing, so don’t fret, but know that this visit will happen right before closing.
  • When do we turn off utilities? Unless otherwise specified in contract, utilities are to always stay on, until we know we’re going on record / closing that day.
  • How clean does your home need to be? It’s a touchy subject as you can imagine. Do as agreed to, between buyer and seller. When in doubt and a professional clean is requested, it’s not a bad idea to consider hiring who the buyer prefers, to avoid any disputes of “what’s their interpretation of ‘clean.'” We think it’s a good gesture to hire a professional cleaner. Typically, “broom swept and clean” is the asked for item, but expectations are always different from folks.
  • Is it okay if I leave trash on the side yard, or items in the garage or attic? All furniture and personal property, inside and outside the home – MUST be removed. With extra paint that belongs to the house, typically you’re going to want to see a new home owner want to have that … to avoid painful paint-matching, but all other items, when in doubt, ask buyer-side, and don’t make assumptions what’s okay to leave behind.
  • When and how do the buyers get the keys? Keys can be retrieved, the day of closing, by default 5pm. Check your contract first – that’s what determines “what time.” Typically, one key is left in the Metrolist Lockbox, that the buyer’s agent can retrieve at the right time, and hand that key over to the new buyers. If you’re a new homeowner – PLEASE re-key your home, always.
  • Will the sellers leave me items, to help out? If you’re a seller, before closing, ping your agent to share with the buyer-side, all utility info and where you’re storing appliance manuals, extra keys, mailbox key, when trash day is, and any helpful info that might give the new home owners a “leg-up” … the buyers will be grateful.

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Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!


Disclosure: Always consult local regulation and your trust real estate agent representing you. All items in the video, and above, are how we would educate our clients here in Placer County. Any financial items, always consult your trusted financial and/or tax advisor.

SOLD: 1220 Auburn Road, Lincoln 95648

Nearly Ten Acres – Thermalands in Lincoln, California

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Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker 
916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com

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3/4 BD + 3 Full Baths – MLS# 16012314 – $750,000
Large Barn – RV Barn – 3-Stall Garage (one stall is being currently used as a tack room) – Hay Barn – Irrigated Pastures (gravity feed) – 2436 Sq Ft* – 9.90 Acres*

Property Specs – at bottom of webpage

*50+ Photos of Home + Property Below*  – Plus Three Videos: Seller Interview and Virtual Tour (Interior + Exterior)
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Beautifully “remodeled” log home with custom with wrap-around porch, over looking a lush yard …

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with a gorgeous water feature – a wonderful place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Listen to the sounds of nature and the chirps of hummingbirds.

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Downstairs office / den – can easily be converted to a first-floor bedroom (fourth bedroom)

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Remodeled Kitchen features custom iron work from local artists as well as high-end appliances. Smooth-closing drawers, and much more.

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Enjoy the cozy feel of the log home and luxury of the upgraded kitchen. Beautiful in design and fabulous in function.

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MoooOove here – we would love to “meat” you.

Pastures are irrigated (gravity fed) and cross fenced, perfect for horses and cattle.

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Outbuildings for every purpose (garage, RV barn, hay barn, brewroom, woodshop, tackroom, chicken house, and garden shed). Possible office or rental, over garage. (photo above)

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WATER: NID, 3 miners inch and well, provide ample water. Year-round stream and pond.

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Warning: if you sit on this porch, you may not want to leave (ever).

Come experience in person, this amazing and unique property.

This home and property has been well-cared for and cherished by the owner, but they are ready for someone new to love this home, as much as they have. Are you that special someone?

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Virtual Tour and Seller Interview

Seller Interview Video

Virtual Tour: Exterior Tour of the Property and Outbuildings

Virtual Tour: Interior Tour of the Property


Property Information

Location Information
County: Placer Map Code:
MLS Area: 12204 Cross Street: S. Forbes
Census Tract: 213.04 Subdivision: Thermalands 03
Directions: From Lincoln Blvd/Old Hwy 65 Take Gladding Rd. to RIGHT on Riosa Road, LEFT on McCourtney, to RIGHT on South Forbes Road, then straight onto Auburn Road to first property on right.
Interior Features
Possible Bedrooms: 4 Rooms: Den/Study, Downstairs Bedroom, Great Room Concept, Guest Quarters Dtchd, Home Office Room
Master Bedroom Description: Closet Walk-In, Sitting Area Master Bathroom Description: Double Sinks, Shower Stall(s), Tile, Window
Other Bathrooms Description: Shower Stall(s), Stone, Tile, Tub w/Shower Over Dining Room Description: Breakfast Nook, Formal Area
Kitchen Description: Counter Granite, Pantry Closet Has Fireplace: Yes
Number of Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace Description: Gas Log, Living Room
Heating: Central, Propane Cooling: Central
Floors: Carpet, Stone, Tile, Wood Laundry: 220 Volt Hook-Up, Cabinets, Gas Hook-Up, Inside Room, Washer/Dryer Includ
Additional Equipment: Home Theater Equip, MultiPhone Lines, Window Furnishings Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Gas Plumbed, Ice Maker Plumbed, Oven Gas F/S, Range Gas F/S, Refrigerator F/S
Exterior Features
Style: Cabin, Log Stories: 2
Construction: Log Exterior: Stone, Wood
Foundation: Raised Roof: Comp Shingle
Water / Sewer: Septic System Water: Domestic Well
Utilities: Propane, Propane Tank Leased Parking Description: 3 Car Detached, 24’+ Deep Garage, Garage Door Opener, RV Detached, Workshop in Garage
Recreational Parking: Boat Storage, RV Access, RV Storage Has Garage: Yes
Landscaping: Fenced Back, Fenced Front, Low Maintenance, Sprinkler Has a Pool: No
Is a Horse Property: Yes Horse Property Description: Barn, Cross Fenced, Fenced, Hay Storage, Pasture, Pastu
Exposure Faces: Northwest Topography: Pond Year Round, Shape Irregular, Stream Year Round, Trees Many, View Local, View Special
Elevation: 0 Lot Size in Acres: 9.90
Lot Size in Sq. Ft.: 431244 Dimensions: 489x948x381x206x164x158x285x146
Zoning: F-B-X Energy Features: Ceiling Fan(s), Dual Pane Full, Low E Glass Full, Skylight, Whole House Fan
Improvements: None Road Description: Paved
School
Elementary School: Western Placer Jr. High School: Western Placer
High School: Western Placer
Additional Information
Property Type: SFR Property SubType: 1 House on Lot
Property SubType 2: Custom, Ranchette/Country Year Built: 1985
APN: 020-120-035-000 Status: Active
Is Short Sale: No HOA Fee: $0.00
Other Structures: Outbuilding, Second Garage, Tool Shed, Workshop Building

Notes from the Seller

  • 1983: Well drilled, 200 feet deep – supplies 7 gals/min.
  • 1994: Septic
  • 1994: we purchased home

PASTURE:

  • Gravity feed NID filtration system and fully irrigated pasture with 3 miners inches of NID water.
  • Fenced and cross fenced, hay barn and feeder, corral with crowder and head gate.

OUTBUIDINGS:

  • Converted old barn to a garage with electric garage door opener
  • Added brew room with well water plumbed in and hot water heater installed
  • Added wood shop
  • Added tack room/single car garage
  • Built new metal barn 30 x 40 feet with 16 foot roll up garage door
  • Chicken house with attached garden shed
  • 25 x 90 ft vegetable garden with 100 yards of amendments rototilled into the soil
  • Orchard with 50 trees (Peach, plum, cherry, fig, pomegranate, lemon, orange, tangering, grapefruit, and berries)

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN MY HOME

  • It is serene, peaceful and quiet.
  • Privacy
  • I feel safe and secure here
  • Wonderful neighbors (one of them has zebras)
  • Large green yard with mature shade trees, even a very large majestic oak
  • Good neighbor gate
  • Only 15 min. to town
  • Unique log texture and its highly isolative quality
  • Oversized garage
  • Amazing stars at night, something I always marvel at when I walk from the detached garage to the house at night.
  • Sounds of birds in the early morning, mocking birds and mourning doves are my favorites
  • Watching hummingbirds feed in the flowers around my pond
  • Taking in the view from my porch
  • Space.  There is lots of space with lots of outbuildings for working on projects and hobbies
  • I have a view from every window, and there are lots of windows
  • The easy flow of the layout in the home
  • My beautiful kitchen
  • My whole house fan
  • The water feature and flowers
  • Something new is always presenting itself; from spring bulbs to summer roses, from summer peaches to autumn persimmons, and of course spring lambs to fall calves.It’s lovely here

LOCAL FINDS

  • Camp Far West lake, terrific for water skiing
  • Spenceville wildlife area is nearby with fun hikes up to a waterfall great for swimming
  • Great area for road biking

HISTORY

  • Area is known as Thermalands, supposedly a touch warmer in the winter and cool in the summer than Lincoln
  • Once an orange-producing area

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Fun Facts and Local Links

Placer County Website

City of Lincoln – Website

Helpful Lincoln Links for New Residents

Camp Far West – Nevada County – Reservoir

Hunting and Fishing – Spenceville Wildlife Area

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Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

SOLD: 4249 Fairway View Drive, Loomis, 95650

 Clover Valley Ranch Estates

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4249 Fairway View Drive, Loomis, 95650

Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker 
916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com

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5 Bedrooms Total: 4BD in Primary Residence, Studio over Detached 4-Car Garage – 6 Bath (4/2)
MLS# 15044284 – Two “4-Car” Garages – 4,392 Sq Ft* – 5 Acres*

*The Entire Collection of Photos are Below* ~ Virtual Property Tour Below
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Stunning one-story custom home, on five acres in a gated community in Clover Valley Ranch Estates.

Primary residence: This fabulous custom, five bedroom home in Clover Valley Ranch Estates on five acres, features over 4000+ square feet in the primary home, a secondary separate studio (approx. 800 square feet), and two garages (totaling eight car spaces).

This is a gated community that has not had many home sales, and you’re surrounded by gorgeous, million dollar homes as well as a gorgeous drive into the neighborhood.

If you love entertaining outdoors, you’ll certainly enjoy the built-in outdoor kitchen and living space. Protected from the rays of the sun, you’ll stay cool with the overhead fans for outdoor dining and entertaining. An attractive pergola off to the left of the pool, lends an additional covered space to enjoy in the backyard. This is a fully-fenced backyard.

Inside the home, a gorgeous French Country-style, gourmet kitchen invites entertaining and food preparation in style, with warm-toned granite slab counters, and an expansive center island with prep sink.

Off to the southeast side of the home is a Master Suite with backyard views, with nearby access to yard (just outside the double-doors). Master Suite has a bath set-up with two separate vanities, jetted tub, separate shower stall, and two walk-in closets.

To the north of the home, you’ll find a laundry room, attractive 1/2 bath, with nearby craft room or office. It’s an ideal craft room with the staggered heights of cabinetry. Adjacent to this space, is a formal dining room with inviting and warm red tones – with views of the front yard.

Primary residence (storage): as well as having a fantastic set-up for storage, organization, closet and cabinetry space, you also have an open attic space over the primary four-car garage (stair access to the right of the home entry).

Secondary residence: 1-bedroom studio over detached four-car garage with it’s own separate driveway and full bath. Down below in the garage, there?s also a 1/2 bath for those late work nights in the garage. This four-car garage has additional height to possibly accommodate a car-lift.

Utility + Water notable items:
-Solar: There is solar for both the home and for the pool (10 kilo solar system*)
-Water for landscaping is pulled from an irrigation pond (not well), for spring and summer months
-Water Conditioner and filtration system in main house

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Primary Residence: 4,392 sq ft – Secondary Residence: 800 sq ft*

Secondary residence:

1-Bd studio over detached four-car garage with it’s own separate driveway with full bath. Down below in the garage, there’s also a 1/2 bath for those late work nights in the garage. This four-car garage has additional height to possibly accommodate a car-lift.

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Welcome to 4249 Fairway View Drive

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Four-car attached garage with high ceilings as well as a utility sink and staircase to an open attic space
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Inside the home, you’re immediately greeted with expansive and glorious views of the backyard. Wall-to-wall windows allow natural light in, and double-door entry can be open to hear the sounds of the water fall._56
This French Country style kitchen features warm-toned, granite slab counters, large pantry, butler’s pantry, and a large island with prep sink. Wash off veggies at the sink, while you look outside to the pool area. It’s a well-thought out home in function and luxury.
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To the right of the Kitchen, you have a lovely breakfast nook, and you can quickly access the spacious outdoor dining space.
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Off the foyer, you have a warm and inviting formal dining space. Gorgeous hardwood flooring flows the home, as well as well-scaled crown molding. This home is in balance with scale and size.
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Check out this outdoor living space with two overhead fans and the built-in, outdoor Kitchen. A spacious and lovely area, which has access to the great room (center), breakfast nook (left), and bedroom number four (right, off the bath).
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Dive on in to the gorgeous PebbleTec pool, or relax in the spa. Open up the doors in the home to enjoy the soothing sounds of the water fall.
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Enjoy the relaxing views from under the pergola. This space is straight out of a magazine. Each view crafted for visual delight.
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A further back yard view of primary residence (single-story) with four-car attached garage, with views to the right of the separate 1BD studio with full bath on 2nd floor (over four-car detached garage), with it’s own separate driveway.
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Inside the mother-in-law unit / studio – it’s a spacious and bright space, with full bath. This area is currently being enjoyed as a great game room. There’s also a separate 1/2 bath in lower garage area (towards center of detached garage).
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Views from the studio, over the detached garage: overlooking backyard and pool of the primary residence.

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More features:
Solar for house
Solar for pool
Saltwater system for pool
PebbleTec finish in pool
Landscape lighting
Recirculating heat pump for water heater in main house
Alarm System
Sub-zero fridge/freezer
Double ovens
Trash compactor
Retractable screen doors
Jetted tub in master
Garage to far left in separate building was built to accomidate a car lift
Water Conditioner and filtration system in main house
Water for landscaping is pulled from an irrigation pond (not well) for spring and summer months
Large storage area above garage in main house

The following items have been recently done:
New deck on back of guest house 12/2014
Exterior paint on guest house 1/2015
New front porch on main house 2013
Spa jet pump replaced 5/2015
Heater pressure switch replaced 5/2015
Pool Filter replaced 2013

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Virtual Tour

 Exterior Tour: Front and Backyard Views

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Property Data (buyer to verify)

Location Information
County: Placer Map Code: 200 E-1
MLS Area: 12650 Cross Street: Creekside Lane
Census Tract: 211.23 Site Location: Gated Community
Subdivision: Clover Valley Ranch Estates Directions: From I-80 take Sierra College exit and go NORTH on Sierra College, to LEFT on Creekside Lane, thru security gates to LEFT on Fairway View Drive.
Interior Features
Possible Bedrooms: 5 Rooms: Bonus Room, Den/Study, Great Room Concept, Guest Quarters Dtchd, Home Office Area
Master Bathroom Description: Closet Walk-In 2+, Shower Stall(s), Tile, Tub Jetted, Window 1/2 Baths: 2
Other Bathrooms Description: Double Sinks, Outside Access, Tub, Tub w/Shower Over Dining Room Description: Breakfast Nook, Dining Bar, Formal Room, Space in Kitchen
Kitchen Description: Butlers Pantry, Counter Granite, Island w/Sink, Pantry Closet Has Fireplace: Yes
Number of Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace Description: Gas Piped
Heating: Central, MultiUnits, MultiZone, Propane Cooling: Central, MultiUnits, MultiZone
Floors: Carpet, Tile, Wood Laundry: 220 Volt Hook-Up, Cabinets, Inside Room, Sink
Additional Equipment: Antenna Dish, Window Furnishings Appliances: Compactor, Cook Top Gas, Dishwasher, Disposal, Freezer B/I, Ice Maker Plumbed, Microwave B/I, Oven Double, Refrigerator B/I
Exterior Features
Style: Ranch Stories: 1
Construction: Frame, Wood Exterior: Siding Lap
Foundation: Concrete Slab, Raised Roof: Tile
Water / Sewer: Septic System Water: Domestic Well
Utilities: 220 Volts, Propane, Propane Tank Leased Parking Description: 4+ Car Attached, 4+ Car Detached, Garage Door Opener
Recreational Parking: Boat Storage, RV Possible Has Garage: Yes
Landscaping: Fenced Back, Sprinkler Auto F&R Has a Pool: Yes
Pool Description: Built-In, Gunite Construction, Heated, Pool/Spa Combo, Water Solar Heated Is a Horse Property: Yes
Horse Property Description: Pasture Exposure Faces: Northeast
Topography: Level, Rock Outcropping, Shape Irregular, Trees Many, View Local, View Special Elevation: 0
Lot Size in Acres: 5.00 Lot Size in Sq. Ft.: 217800
Dimensions: 349x588x346x642 Zoning: Res
Energy Features: Ceiling Fan(s), Dual Pane Full, Photovoltaic Owned, Skylight Tube Improvements: None
Road Description: Paved
School
Elementary School: Loomis Union Jr. High School: Loomis Union
High School: Placer Union High
Additional Information
Property Type: SFR Property SubType: 1 House on Lot
Property SubType 2: Custom Year Built: 2004
APN: 032-030-049-000 Status: Active
Is Short Sale: No Association Fees Include: Assn Mgmt, Common Areas, Road
HOA Fee: $1, 300.00 HOA Frequency: Yearly
Other Structures: Guesthouse, Pergola, Second Garage

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Fun Facts About Loomis Living (and nearby area) …

http://loomis.ca.gov (Loomis site doesn’t allow link backs – so copy and paste)

Town of Loomis Instagram

Loomis Chamber of Commerce

I love Loomis (website)


Schools

Loomis Union School District Website

And the deeply loved and “rich with history and tradition,” Del Oro High School(if you’re not familiar, visit the site just to get a small sense of how this community loves their Golden Eagles)

Placer Union High School District

*Buyer to verify zoning + school boundaries*


More Loomis and Area Links:

Placer County Website

Trails in Placer County: www.visitplacer.com/nature-trails-placer-county.aspx#1

Learn More About the Mandarins

Local Farms in Loomis, CA (zoom in)


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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SOLD: 1910 Clark Tunnel Road, Penryn, CA

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1910 Clark Tunnel Road, Penryn CA

Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker 
 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com


4 Bedrooms plus a Spacious Office – 3 Bath (2/1) – MLS# 15026419
Two “3-Car Garages” plus a Workshop (storage for 8-9 vehicles*) – 3287 Sq Ft* – 2.5 Acres*
Home faces Southeast – within minutes of Penryn Grade School and Del Oro High School*

SOLD (9/30) – LISTED AT: $1,198,880 

*The Entire Collection of Photos are Below*


Behind this gorgeous gated entry, is a stunning, single-level country home, featuring four bedrooms with an additional office (office has its own front door, as well as interior access).

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Views of the detached garage, attached garage faces Clark Tunnel Rd (not in direct view), with the workshop being to the far back right.

 This home is both luxurious, as well as warm and inviting. From the coffered tray ceiling, to the hickory hardwood flooring, the rich tones of the alder wood cabinetry, and the amazing light fixtures – your eye will wonder what to admire first.

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Hickory hardwood flooring, alder wood custom-cabinetry and the amazing coffered tray ceiling.

Along with the beautiful yard views and home functionality, don’t forget to bring music into the home, to set the mood. This Dan Bews home speaks of quality, beauty, and great function and design for every day living and high-end entertaining.

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Stunning sunset views – easily one of the most amazing photoshoots I have ever participated in …

You are reading correctly, there are TWO “oversized” three-car garages (one “attached” and one “detached” three-car garage). The detached garage is extra deep, at 25ft*, as well as a 10ft* ceiling (almost 966 sq ft.)

Attached garage and detached garage
Attached and detached garage (there’s also a separate workshop – far right, back)

In addition to TWO “oversized” three-car garages … there’s ALSO an additional 1100 sq ft* (approx) workshop, with options for a car-lift. Potentially housing three or four more additional vehicles. So yes, you’re counting correctly … the two garages + workshop, gives the potential to store up to eight to nine vehicles. Wow.

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The Workshop with Roll-Up Garage and Half Bath (views of Barn to the left)

We already know this home is going to catch the eye of car enthusiasts, with a desire to house their car collection or perhaps an improved space to restore vehicles. It’s truly the ultimate car-cave and workshop set-up. Workshop is plumbed for compressed air and features four “220V” outlets (for hoist or equipment), as well as “three exit” man doors.

Interior shot of the Work Shop
Workshop – the ultimate space for anyone wanting an escape to create art or restoration, whether with automobiles or metal work or whatever is your creative solution.

If cooking and baking is more your style, you’ll be immediately drawn to the amazing details and upgrades within the Kitchen.

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See the detail on the Kitchen island … Alder wood custom cabinetry (with upgraded storage options and drawer roll-out). Absolutely stunning in design and beautiful in daily function.

The Kitchen island features its own prep sink with nearby customized storage, as well as high-end appliances, six-burner stove, and double-oven to ensure you keep up with all your culinary needs (complimented with a nearby wine refrigerator and storage area).

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Three stall barn with tack room. A beautiful space in design. 

Your barn features three stalls (with the capability of converting to a 2-stall, with one being oversized) are all plumbed for water access, as well as each having dutch doors. The yard is fully-fenced and each stall has its own fenced paddock area. Horse lovers will be delighted to have the hay-bale elevator and all the upgrades to the barn, including a tack room (or office space).

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Master Bedroom: Recessed lighting and gorgeous light fixtures throughout the home. Master bedroom has backyard access.

The layout of the home is equally appealing – the Master is to the East of the home, separate from the other three bedrooms to the West of the Home. Both far bedrooms have porch access (Master and Bedroom #4)

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20×50′ (approx) pool with a diving board (yep, that’s what you’re seeing). Owner also has plans still on hand for the pool house (far left space)

On warm summer nights or after a horse ride, put on the custom water feature on the 20×50′ swimming pool (approx) and dive right in … sit pool side and enjoy the amazing sunsets. Definitely a dramatic setting, while entertaining at a sunset party or get-together.

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Location, per current owners of the previous horse arena. Two and a half acres. Fenced yard and ready for horses.

To the west of the property, there is space for a horse arena. This home is situated in the heart and soul of Penryn and Mandarin country, in fact you’ll have the fruits of these prized citrus right on your property (probably more than you can handle – so plenty to share with friends).

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Welcome to one of the most beautiful homes in Penryn, California.

Additional energy features worth mentioning: thermal pane windows, two A/C units, and two whole house fans.

Also the butterflies wanted me to mention, this home is amazing** (this information cannot be verified, but this is a photo from the property) 😉
Beyond all the amazing details of the home, I want to state (this is Heather) – many of the agents that have toured the home so far, have stated what a great home this is – both in beauty and functionality. You can decide if it’s the right fit for you. I love this home and I hope you do too. 
Welcome to 1910 Clark Tunnel Road in Penryn, California.
Note: please follow up with listing agent to inquire what items are not included in the sale

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Property Data(buyer to verify)

Location Information
County: Placer Map Code:
MLS Area: 12663 Cross Street: English Colony
Census Tract: 212.04 Site Location: Snow Line Below
Directions: I-80 to Penryn Rd. exit and go NORTH on Penryn Rd. to RIGHT on Taylor Rd. to LEFT on English Colony Way, to RIGHT on Clark Tunnel Rd.
Interior Features
Rooms: Great Room Concept, Home Office Room, Master Suite, Separate Family Room Master Bedroom Description: Closet Walk-In, Outside Access
Master Bathroom Description: Double Sinks, Multiple Shwr Heads, Shower Stall(s), Stone, Tub Jetted 1/2 Baths: 1
Other Bathrooms Description: Double Sinks, Tile, Tub w/Shower Over, Window Dining Room Description: Breakfast Nook, Dining Bar, Formal Area, Formal Room
Kitchen Description: Counter Granite, Island, Island w/Sink, Kitchen/Family Combo, Pantry Closet Has Fireplace: Yes
Number of Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace Description: Family Room, Gas Log, Gas Piped
Heating: Central, Fireplace Insert, MultiUnits, MultiZone, Propane Cooling: Central, MultiUnits, MultiZone
Floors: Carpet, Marble, Stone, Tile, Wood Laundry: 220 Volt Hook-Up, Cabinets, Gas Hook-Up, Inside Room, Sink
Additional Equipment: Audio/Video Prewired, Cable TV Installed, Central Vacuum, H/S Internet Avail, Intercom, MultiPhone Lines, Networked, Window Furnishings Appliances: Cook Top Gas, Dishwasher, Disposal, Gas Plumbed, Ice Maker B/I, Microwave B/I, Oven Double, Oven Elec B/I, Refrigerator B/I, Wine Refrigerator
Exterior Features
Style: Mediterranean, Ranch Stories: 1
Construction: Frame, Wood Builder: Dan Bews
Exterior: Stone, Stucco Foundation: Raised
Roof: Tile Water / Sewer: In & Connected, Other-Attch
Water: Meter on Site, Public District Utilities: 220 Volts, Propane, Propane Tank Leased, Underground
Parking Description: 3 Car Attached, 2 Car Detached, 3 Car Detached, 24’+ Deep Garage, Garage Door Opener, Workshop in Garage Recreational Parking: Boat Storage, RV Access, RV Storage
Has Garage: Yes Landscaping: Fenced Back, Fenced Front, Sprinkler Auto F&R
Has a Pool: Yes Pool Description: Built-In, Gunite Construction
Is a Horse Property: Yes Horse Property Description: 1-6 Stalls, Barn Amenities, Cross Fenced, Paddocks, Pa
Exposure Faces: Southeast Topography: Lot Grade Varies, Rock Outcropping, Rolling, Shape Irregular, Trees Few, View Special
Elevation: 0 Lot Size in Acres: 2.50
Lot Size in Sq. Ft.: 108900 Dimensions: 386x99x262x106x285x242
Zoning: RA-B-100 Energy Features: Ceiling Fan(s), Dual Pane Full, Whole House Fan
Improvements: None Road Description: Paved, Public Maintained
School
Elementary School: Loomis Union Jr. High School: Loomis Union
High School: Placer Union High
Additional Information
Property Type: SFR Property SubType: 1 House on Lot
Property SubType 2: Custom Year Built: 2007
APN: 032-113-037-000 Status: Active
Is Short Sale: No HOA Fee: $0.00
Other Structures: Outbuilding, Second Garage, Workshop Building

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Fun Facts About Penryn Living (and nearby area) …

Some history on Penryn, California (Penrhyn)

“The story of Penryn begins in late 1864 when a Welsh immigrant by the name of Griffith Griffith established a granitequarry on quarter section of land leased from the Central Pacific Railroad. A siding was completed on February 6, 1865, and the first load of cut stone was shipped less than a week later. The quarry was open for business, but as yet, had no name. The railroad, matter-of-factly, designated the siding “Griffith’s Granite Station,” but Griffith had something else in mind.”(source: Wikipedia)


Schools

*Buyer to verify zoning*

Penryn Grade School “Panthers” (right off English Colony)

And the deeply loved and “rich with history and tradition,” Del Oro High School(if you’re not familiar, visit the site just to get a small sense of how this community loves their Golden Eagles)


More Penryn and Area Links:

Local Horse Trails: www.lbha.us/#!trails/c1cr

Trails in Placer County: www.visitplacer.com/nature-trails-placer-county.aspx#1

Placer County Website

Learn More About the Mandarins

Griffith Quarry Park and Museum

Here’s some of the Granite History of Penryn

Local Farms in Penryn, CA (zoom in)


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Black Widows, Buzzing Wasps, and Beetles – OH MY!

Discussing Pest Service Zack Finley Steve Ostrom
Discussing Pest Service with Zack Finley and Steve Ostrom

So perhaps you’re considering regular pest service … or maybe you just need one-shot to get rid of wasps. Black widows are another item we see often in our area. They’re the shiny, eight-legged vampires of the night – you won’t always see them during the day, but look out once the sun is down. Okay, I know … that’s not nice that I am typing this and freaking you out (bleegggh, they freak me out)

Black Widow

The reason we love working with Zack is he’s a good person, that knows and loves what he does, and helps home owners with their pest problems. And he always has an idea for how to tackle pest problems.

Sometimes one visit takes care of items, but sometimes the right solution is on-going service.

So listen in to what options you have with regular or one-shot pest service. I know my Mom and I both re-watched this video and it’s amazing how much we learned just from listening to Zack.

Also one other thing to mention, if you’re considering putting your home on the market for sale, a clear pest report is a great thing for a listing agent to have or know about, so be sure to mention to your listing agent (but of course, that’s us … right?) * wink wink *

If you’re looking to have a WDO review or pest inspection done … read up more here.

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Visit Finley Home Services: Termite and Pest Control Website 916-741-2847 (BUGS) or  info@finleyhomeservices.com


Property Questions or Showings?

916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com
REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at: 
www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446
RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com – CBPlacerRealEstate@gmail.com
Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01899313 + 01899313
2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Sellers: How Should I Prepare for a Pest Inspection?

Finley Home Services Discussing Pest WDO Inspection
California: Zack Finley Explaining What Happens at a WDO / Pest Inspection

Californians: so your property just went into escrow and your inspection period has started.

Sellers are you ready? Is your home ready? Do you know what’s going to happen?

If you watch the video below, you’ll be thanking us, I promise. It’s a great prep tool for sellers preparing for a pest or WDO inspection (wood destroying organisms).

Avoid last minute scrambling, moving items in your garage, cutting back bushes, and most importantly … avoid an unnecessary re-inspection (that could have been avoided – which will cost the buyer or seller additional money for a re-visit and could delay closing).

Before you do ANY packing or rearranging of your home, AND BEFORE your home goes active on the real estate market. Watch Steve Ostrom and Zack Finley review the important items to be ready for in a pest inspection.

 Whether it’s called a Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection or a Pest Inspection, you’re going to love the great tips from Zack Finley of Finley Home Services: Termite and Pest Control. You’ll be ready to go for your pest inspection and less stressed.

More tips:

  • Buyers, talk to your real estate agent about timelines and who’s paying for “what inspections”
  • Before doing ANY repairs – always verify your contractor is licensed (active) and bonded before any inspection or review or repair is conducted. DIY projects can bite you in the tail. Do you really want to take on that risk if something goes wrong after the close? If you think you’re immune to this, we can share some horror stories of why it’s best to pay a few extra bucks and waive off that liability.
  • Pest inspectors: ask for recommendations from your agent or friends. We love Zack Finley with Finley Home Services. Their contact info is below (serving the greater Sacramento and Placer County area)
  • Ask about pricing for inspections  (in advance vs. through escrow) – it may be cheaper to pay on-site or in advance.
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Visit Finley Home Services: Termite + Pest Control Website

Visit Finley Home Services: Termite and Pest Control Website 916-741-2847 (BUGS) or info@finleyhomeservices.com

Buyers and Sellers – always speak to your own real estate agent first, for counsel, direction, and ordering your inspections. This post is not meant to interfere with your buyer or seller’s decision or pest inspection. 

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Property Questions or Showings?
916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com
REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at: 
www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446
RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com – CBPlacerRealEstate@gmail.com
Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01899313 + 01899313
2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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What should you do with your pets at an open house?

Open House Dogs Cats Hosting Success

“We’re hosting an open house, what do we do with the pets?”

Great question, and something we’re often asked and it’s a stressful one often for the homeowner. Not only do you have the upkeep of the home for showings to buyers, the property showing schedule, but you may also have a confused pet in the home.

Often we’re asked, “What should we do with our dog … or our cat during the open house?” There’s no simple solution, and will depend on your pet. Ultimately you’re trying to sell your space, at a top dollar, so advice might come to you, with the intent to maximize your time on market, both in your pocket book and time on market. Animals can be, understandably a sensitive issue – whether in moving them around, showings, or the “marks and barks” they can leave behind in the home.

Quote: Heather Ostrom, Coldwell Banker. Source: Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog - Dogs and Open Houses Expert Advice

Hold your breath, you may not like this next comment … I know, this is going to sting … not every buyer likes dogs and/or cats (or at least wants to see their evidence, yard bombs, nose smudges, or pet toys). So do you want to limit your audience to a specific group of folks? This sounds extreme, but from a market perspective, you really want to know your audience and not limit your audience.

So check out this awesome post on Coldwell Banker, and you might even notice SOMEONE got quoted on the national CB website. Not mentioning any names. 😉

See all of the “Expert Advice on Hosting an Open House with Dogs,” by clicking here
Avoid making an open house “fur paux” with these expert tips

Blue Matter Coldwell Banker Dogs and Open Houses Expert Advice

If you have any questions about what to do with your pet at an open house, please let us know. We love fur babies and we want to make it as least stressful as possible for you and them.


“Coldwell Banker has teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, to help 20,000 adoptable dogs find a loving home this year.” So in this theme, you’ll be seeing a ton of great information and tips for home owners with dogs, cats (and more).

Coldwell Banker Adopt A Pet

Learn more about the Coldwell Banker and Adopt-A-Pet Campaign here


Property Questions or Showings?
916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com
REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at: 
www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446
RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com – CBPlacerRealEstate@gmail.com
Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01899313 + 01899313
2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

The Importance of Great Photos for Seller Marketing

Why Great Photography Matters for Sellers

So you’re starting to research selling your home. Where do you start?
There’s so much to consider when hiring a listing agent. 

Typically, one of the first questions we’re asked is, “What is your past and recent work experience?” A great question, and that way you know the listing agent is well-versed, current to real estate changes and knows what’s going on in the market, and qualified for selling your home.

So what’s the action often forgotten by sellers, before they hire a listing agent … 

We believe it’s “photo interviewing” their listing agent. What’s a “photo interview?” We define it as a seller requesting to see the listing agent’s current or recently sold listings “online,” and seeing how their photos look and are displayed. How was the lighting, quality, cropping, and visual interest of the photos? Were there enough photos, and how was their quality?

It breaks our heart to see awful photos or even NO photos online, of homes that we know are gorgeous (regardless of price range). So we want to empower sellers to ask the right questions. And more importantly with bad or no photos, you’re risking frustrating or turning-off buyers. Do you want to risk this?

Listen in on our interview with one of our photographers, Trevor Jobson, with Trevor Glenn Photography.

Our mixture of excellence in sales, paired with quality marketing and graphic design background, equals success and a happy experience for our sellers. 

Photos sell your home during the day and at night – when buyers are searching online. Do you want to take the risk of not maximizing your audience that might be interested in your home by not having amazing photos?

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Click the Photos Above to View Trevor’s Photos for Steve Ostrom

View Trevor’s Samples for Listing Agent Steve Ostrom

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Steve Ostrom is an experienced listing agent, with an excellent selling record both in time on market, sold price, and also in his negotiation skills. Heather Ostrom is an experienced and successful graphic designer and REALTOR. She’s spoken on numerous real estate tech panels on her marketing approach and experience.

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Need to Sell Your Current Home before Buying the Next: Contingent Sales

See More of Trevor’s Real Estate Photography and Design


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Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446
RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com – CBPlacerRealEstate@gmail.com
Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01899313 + 01899313
2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Helpful Tips for Researching your new Neighborhood and Home

So maybe you’re getting ready to start researching the internet for your dream home. Perhaps you’re a first-time home buyer, it won’t be your “forever” home, but you know what you need to do, to get there … or maybe you’re a move-up buyer, looking to purchase a larger space (where you might have to list your home, to buy the next one) … or simply you just want a home in a new location (whether for need or relocation).

So not too long ago, I thought Steve O and I did a pretty awesome video on what buyers should look for when researching their next neighborhood at it was featured on the international Coldwell Banker website.

It’s not always about the data that everyone can find. It’s also the workings of the neighborhood at different times of day, knowing what’s important to you in your daily life and how quickly you can access those items when you need to or in regards to your schedule.

So check out our blog post, and we hope you enjoy, and I guarantee you’ll take some useful information from our video (and as usual, moderately entertained, while being educated). “Expert Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood to Buy In … by Steve and Heather Ostrom

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http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/expert-tips-finding-perfect-neighborhood-buy-2/

**Update: We’re back at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on Douglas Blvd in Roseville, CA**

Source: Coldwell Banker Blog


More Helpful Buyer Tips:

If you’re looking to research utility information for Roseville or Rocklin, or the greater Placer County area – definitely check out our “good info” tab above. It’s awesome and houses much of what buyers are looking for when trying to track down school boundaries, utilities, and area information. https://rosevilleandrocklin.com/cityinfo/

Great Tips here: If You Need to Sell Your Current Home before Buying the Next – Click Here


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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

Agent Quest Podcast Interview: Conversations that Matter

Hello, this is Heather Ostrom. I specifically handle the marketing for our real estate team, both online, social media, and printed media, as well as handle much of our e-communications online.

Our real estate and community website, we try to provide a specific value for folks we work for and also educating buyers and sellers, and just to elevate our real estate world. We put in long hours, and part of our pride is providing a great service to those we encounter, but also educating those we work with (and even those we don’t work with) … on the “unknowns” of real estate, because it ultimately benefits our entire industry.

In that same light, I think it’s good to be paired up with real estate agents that are educated, experienced, but also are a good fit for you, so today I’m going to share a bit more of me in this post.

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Recently I was interviewed by Teri Conrad of Agent Quest on her podcast “Conversations that Matter.” It was a huge honor to even want to be heard, but also was a great “growth session” to share with others past the typical “business environment” conversation. Anyone that knows me personally, knows I’m very open, honest, and hard-working, as is Steve O. We’re not everyone’s “cup of tea,” but we know we’re great for those that appreciate us.

Here’s a snippet from Teri’s website about CTM: Conversations that Matter is a podcast focused on exploring hearty topics for hungry minds. Host Teri Conrad invites leaders, visionaries, authors, executives, innovators, game changers, and philosophers of all levels to create a space where TRUTH is told, perspectives are re-examined and new ideas can emerge.” ~ Teri Conrad 

I think if you are interested, or know me, you’ll enjoy this conversation with Teri. I also encourage you, particularly if you’re a real estate agent, to take the time to “watch” the awesome set of videos on the YouTube channel (my preference to see facial expressions). But there is also a podcast to subscribe to on iTunes.

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It’s absolutely fascinating to the workings of successful agents and/or business people, and also see their stories being shared, and seeing their humanity and vulnerabilities exposed. Presented as strengths, in my opinion and absolutely fascinating and refreshing.

I know a few of you have asked to document a “day in our lives” so here’s a inside look to what goes on inside our minds, for those of us in real estate, or work with those in real estate and I hope you enjoy, if not listening to the other talented individuals I’m sharing this space with … such a lovely honor and opportunity.

Thank you Teri Conrad and best of success to “Agent Quest” and “Conversations that Matter.”

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I hope you enjoy and I look forward to connecting with you. ~ Heather Ostrom

Ways to Reach Teri Conrad of Agent Quest:
Website: www.AgentQuest.ca
Twitter: @ConvosTMatter  or @TeriConrad – 1-778-887-8374

YouTube channel for “Conversations that Matter”
Subscribe to the Podcast for Agent Quest: Conversations that Matter

Most current episodes: http://agentquest.ca/category/episodes/

More CTM Podcasts / Videos to Enjoy

Conversations that Matter - Teri Conrad CTM CTM-Michael-Thorne  CTM-Valerie-Garcia
CTM-Matthew-Ferrara CTM-Kelly-Skar CTM-Laura-Monroe
CTM-Alyssa-Hellman CTM-Heather-Ostrom CTM-Linda-Aaron

About our Real Estate Duo – scroll over the “Contact Us” Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR – 916-764-2710
RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com or CBPlacerRealEstate@gmail.com
Coldwell Banker – Roseville, CA #CALBRE 01899313

Steve Ostrom, my hubby, is the primary listing agent – all production is housed under Steve.

A “People Driven” Real Estate Market

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How’s the Market Steve O? A question we’re used to hearing and love to answer for our clients, friends, and family.

In past years, we saw a real estate market largely influenced by banks with the foreclosures (also know as a REO or REPO) and short sales. Now we’re seeing more homes with sellers that have equity in their home, and we talk today about how that is affecting our current market in 2014.

So listen in and see what’s happening. I promise you’ll be entertained and educated. We also have another fun update about myself and Steve O – you may or may not have noticed we’re a bit more fit. So click the play button below, and lets listen in …

Questions for REALTOR Steve or Heather Ostrom? Bring it on.
Give us a call or send us an email – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com



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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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The Different Flavors of Mortgage Insurance

What is mortgage insurance and what are your options?

Definition from Wikipedia: Mortgage Insurance (also known as mortgage guarantee and home-loan insurance) is an insurance policy which compensates lenders or investors for losses due to the default of a mortgage loan. Mortgage insurance can be either public or private depending upon the insurer. The policy is also known as a mortgage indemnity guarantee (MIG)

With the info overload in new real estate and numbers that are presented to buyers, it’s no wonder why there’s confusion regarding mortgage insurance. There are many misconceptions about mortgage insurance, so we asked Ryan Nordby of Princeton Capital – Roseville, CA – to go into a deeper discussion about the three flavors of mortgage insurance. In some cases if your credit score is high enough, the “one-time” buyout might be a better solution instead of putting 20% down on your next home.

Here is the example that Ryan uses:
For a $400,000 Purchase 10% down is $40,000.
The MI buyout for a client with 760 credit is 1.27 Points.
($360,000 Loan * .0127 = $4,572) vs. $40,000 more down.

Currently, since FHA financing has changed so much, we are seeing much more conventional loans. In the past, it seemed like anything with less than 10% down was FHA. Once FHA changed their mortgage insurance to being attached to the loan for the life of the loan, we are now seeing primarily conventional loan offers on our listings. Many of them are with as little as 5% down. It is important to go over all scenarios with your lender to know what is the right fit for your current situation, and also for planning down the road and your economic success.

Mortgage Insurance with Ryan Nordby in Roseville

To speak to Ryan directly, and get a specialized quote specific to you, give Ryan a call or send him an email.

Ryan Nordby, Senior Loan Consultant – www.RyanNordby.com
Cell: (916) 600-6480 – RyanNordby@princetoncap.com
NMLS# 260857 – CalBRE# 01405357

Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

 

Buying a Home after a Short Sale or Foreclosure

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So maybe you had a short sale a few years back … or perhaps experienced a foreclosure, but time has passed and you’re ready to be a home owner again (or not). Nothing wrong with being a home owner or renter, it’s whatever you’re comfortable with, but we are seeing a surge of requests from folks that are ready to buy again, who have experienced a home loss or sold their home by short sale in the past. So we want to help you know what your options are … there are many folks in your position.

The Question: “So When Can I Buy Again, After my Short Sale or Foreclosure?”

We sat down with Dara Delgado, Senior Loan Officer  and she provided some invaluable insight to buying after a short sale or foreclosure. Steve and Dara discuss what you should be looking out for, how to prepare yourself, and what the timelines are right now for when you can buy after a short sale or foreclosure. We also touch on checking your credit report to verify items have cleared.

To talk to Dara Delgado about your specific situation, whether about buying after a short sale or foreclosure, and/or to simply buy your next home or refinance … or to simply ask questions, post below or give her a call at (916) 224-3327 – www.DarasLoans.com (Pronounced DaaaRRR-ruh – so don’t panic on the pronouncing of her name, we have your back, we’re cool like that …)

Watch Dara’s Video on “Upside Down, Buy Moving Up”

** Before making any big decision regarding purchasing, executing a short sale, or allowing your home to foreclosure – always make sure to consult your tax person and/or attorney and research what is the best option for your specific situation. **


Dara Delgado, Sr. Loan Officer
NMLS# 249825
Direct: 916-224-3327
Fax: 866-488-8512 dara@darasloans.com
Visit Dara’s Website
Dara Delgado Senior Loan Officer Sacramento

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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Need to Sell before Buying? Understanding a Contingent Purchase

So you’ve been tossing around the idea of buying a bigger home … maybe you have outgrown your home, and now you have a bit of equity in the home … or perhaps now that you have some equity in the home, you want to downsize in preparation for the future. Or you’re ready to shift from a two-story to a single-story home … Whatever the reason, we’re seeing many “contingent sale” purchases amongst our buyers. This is not to be confused with “dual agency,” as this is two separate transactions … read up more on dual agency here

To explain better, you’re a current home owner that wants to buy another home, BUT in order to buy that other home, you must first sell your current home. Below in our video, we review the Contingency of Purchase form … because this form covers so much, we’re breaking this into a two-part series. We hope you enjoy and please feel free to ask us any questions.

If you’re needing help and entertaining this idea of buying and selling your home. We’ll be happy to help you with a detailed plan specific to you and your home, and situation. Give us a call at 916-308-2446 or shoot us an email (pew, pew) Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com


 More Helpful Tips:

If you’re looking to research Utility or City information for Roseville or Rocklin, or the greater Placer County area – definitely check out our “good info” tab above.


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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Dual Agency + Contingent Sale: Knowing the Difference

What we’re familiar with in our industry, and what our clients are familiar with, are often two separate items … and there’s a lot of confusion with knowing the difference between a “contingent sale” and “dual agency.” We have had more contingent sales this year (and still to this day), more than we have had in our entire career. And apologies for my horrible imitation of Flavor Flav. My first video take was SO good and funny, but sadly, content won over best imitation. But back to topic …

Contingent contingency of purchase dual agency

So what cued this topic – this conversation:

Phone call: “Hi Heather, I have this friend that wants to sell their home, and buy a bigger one, but I know it’s probably not okay for you to work on a contingent sale.” Me: “Wait, what? Why do you say that …” After a few more questions, I asked … “Do you mean ‘dual agency?'” Friend: “Oh yeah, that’s it … dual agency. Sorry about that …” 🙂

After the third time of having one of our friends being confused on what the two are, I thought it was a blog post that was in order to be “vlogged.” (video blogged).

So here we are … if you’re considering moving up to a bigger home, you have equity in your home and you want to test the waters … give us a call. You might be surprised what your options are … there’s no doubt to be stress with timing of sales. Anyone that says otherwise, is blowing smoke in your face. BUT having stated, that you really do want to work with the same person for your listing, and purchase of your home. The less “cooks” in the kitchen, the less opportunity for confusion. All of course, within reason, and what works best for your interests. It’s all about good communication, trust, and coordination between all parties. The more we work like a team, the better chance for a smooth transition from one home to the next.

Watch the video and see our tips for what the difference is in contingent sales, and also the tricks to improving your “contingent” purchase experience!


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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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2013-2016 Social Media Squad – Coldwell Banker

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Hello, I’m Heather Ostrom, a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Roseville, CA.

I originally wrote this post back in 2013. Wowza, does time fly fast. So updates to this post (2015): for three years consecutively, I have had the amazing privilege of being on the Coldwell Banker International Social Squad. And now in 2016, I have been asked again to participate in the social squad, but lets keep this as my happy 2015 post.

A lot has changed since even 2013, including our waist lines.

For New York, Hollywood, and now Chicago #GenBlue – I have had the opportunity to continue to be a brand ambassador in the social media waters and as a positive figure for our company, Coldwell Banker. It’s a great honor, and not something I take lightly, along with our clients and business.

Social Squad Coldwell Banker 2015

Last year I even had the privilege of going on stage with Jane Lynch, to say I had an amazing time, would be an understatement. We work hard, but we also like to be fun to work with (particularly since this tends to be one of the more stressful points in your life, buying and selling a home). We take pride in our experience and personal touch to do all we can, both in education, and making the experience more enjoyable.

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So what why do we attend the Gen Blue experience, year-after-year? See below – all that changes is, that it only gets better each year. Evolving with tried and true ways of working, mixed with the new expectations of consumers, and ways to work smarter and not harder.

Managers and Agents – sign up today: www.GenBlue.ColdwellBanker.com

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Original Post from 2013 below

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How Has Attending the #GenBlue Conference Improved Us?

#GenBlue is the Coldwell Banker Annual International Conference. For the past three years, Steve and I both have attended the conferences. Gen Blue offers classes for self-improvement and inspiration to improve anyone who is part of the Coldwell Banker brand – both for elevating our online and offline skills.

Attending these Coldwell Banker #GenBlue conferences has changed Steve and I in so many positive ways in relationships, work habits and tools, and personal improvement. I have met so many talented individuals across the country who have forever changed me – sharing tips and also putting me in touch with solutions that I may not have found on my own.

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Networking, Classes, Amazing Speakers, Inspirational Classes, and One-On-One Opportunities


Talk / writing is cheap, without proof, right? You’re probably saying, “Hey Heather, give me direct evidence for improved behaviors and some feedback on the conference.”
Fair enough (bare with me as I talk about myself in third person). 😉

  • First and foremost, videos. I learned what techniques to improve our videos. “Slow pans” … dynamic backgrounds, changing your setting for videos, while realizing the importance of “audio.” I learned from other agents their own person tricks in video editing.
  • Online toolsStephanie Hahn was an amazing past speaker at Gen Blue. She fueled me to explore Google Tools more and how insanely amazing all the options are …. I now use the G-Cal and attachments like an online ninja and my clients love it.
  • Matthew Ferrara, Philosopher – A CB speaker staple and never ceases to be awesome. I learned about online and offline behaviors and how he conducts his business (he’s fantastic). Not to mention, Matthew was part of one of the most epic moments of conference history witnessed – Ferrara vs. Mike Ferry in 2011. Steve O and I STILL talk about this event.
  • I also learned and got to know Debra Trappen and Linda Aaron better and learned all of their SwissArmyKnife tricks for better interaction online and improved visuals online. Such happy energy and the crowd dialogue was intoxicating with the Q&A that was initiated.
  • The main stage speakers – inspiration for the soul and mind. Always a “wow” factor every year of someone from outside of real estate and also some of the best in our business.
  • Finally, and definitely not least – the final party is ALWAYS amazing. Sure, it may sound immature to rank a party amongst the reasons, but I definitely made new friends from dancing and going around introducing myself to new agents. I also have earned quite a few referrals because people remembered me. How awesome is that?
  • Direct from the Source: I learned how to better use the amazing tool of CB Exchange (formerly CBWorks) – the undiscovered gem of educational videos, logos, and templates. Also some of the nerdiest of nerds (written with the highest affection), that told us how to leverage the free info to do our market updates.

Online and Offline Agent Improvements

Whether you’re a broker, manager, marketing bossy pants, or an agent in the field … the Conference is not just about online items – it’s about the entire package of being a real estate agent in the current age.

Year-after-year, Coldwell Banker continues to set-up a FRESH and NEW schedule for their agents and brokers, BUT also in the education straight from the agent’s mouth. I gain so much from the Q and A’s that happen from the audience, as well as the agent panels, and speakers. Interactions are always dynamic and passionate.

Steve O and I have always thought of Coldwell Banker to be the best. I’m proud to be #GenBlue. So if You’re Coming to the Conference, I’m very tall (6ft) and I love orange – please come up and say “hi” and I look forward to meeting and sharing with you! I’m proud to be #GenBlue

Come Say “Hi” to the GenBlue Social Squad!

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Follow me on Twitter at @RosevilleRockLn (and say “hi” @ me!)

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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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How to View your Tax Bill in Placer County

How do I View a Past Tax Bill in Placer County

Thinking of moving to Placer County, California? 

Or may you’re just relocating within Placer County … We’re often asked about taxes for a property they’re interested in buying and the breakdown of those taxes.

We can help you find the info and answers to your questions! And when in doubt, ALWAYS contact the Placer County Tax Collectors Office 530-889-4120 or the Placer County Assessor’s Office at 530-889-4300. Buyer to verify all information found on this website with the county. A real estate agent cannot relay this information for risk of information changing (and beyond their control), but we know you need and want this info (as would we).


**For Placer County ONLY**


How to VIEW a Property’s Tax Bill, without the APN Number

NOTE: If you already have the APN (assessor parcel number), you can skip to “part 2” below.

  • PART 1: 1. Know the Property Address,  2. Figure out the APN (Assessor Parcel Number)
  • PART 2: Plug in the APN to retrieve the Tax Bill information

PART #1 – Get the APN Number by Inputting the Property Address

The APN is four sets of three numbers (example: 000-123-123-123) . If you have a MLS sheet print out from your agent, you can find it at the top of the page. If you DO NOT have the APN … here’s how to retrieve an APN for a property you’re interested in …

Go to the Placer County “APN Map Search Site”: CLICK HERE for the Map Search for APN for Placer County (this site might take a minute to load): http://maps.placer.ca.gov/

At the TOP RIGHT, plug in the 1. property address and hit “search” … and then grab via “copy and paste” the 2. APN from the search results

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PART #2 – Plug APN on the Placer County Tax Collector Site

Click Here to visit the Placer County Site: Tax Bill Search and Plug in the APN http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/assessor/assessment-inquiry
(you’ll be cue’d to agree to Placer County’s disclaimer terms)

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Voila, you’re done and you should have your Tax Bill PDF downloaded. If you’re still having problems, post a comment below or shoot me an email and we’ll help you out.

 More Info:

Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Agents: ZipForm MLS-Connect – Sacramento Metrolist

For California Agents: Help and Tech Tips – Specifically Targeting the Greater Sacramento Area

ZipForm MLS Connect - Sacramento
Now Page 10 of the RPA (residential purchase agreement)

Agents, do you ever receive contracts on your listings, with page 10 of the RPA not filled out completely, or even worse, with the wrong information? Well let’s not get stomping mad, let’s solve the problem! It’s so simple, you’ll pinch yourself for not knowing sooner. It’s awesome and there will be no more visual mud on the bottom of your agent shoe (Like that tie-in to my visual above? Nice!)

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Does this Make Your REALTOR®s Eyes Twitch? Then Share this Post today and help others stop their RPA eye twitches.

If you’re a visual learner, watch the video below. Steve O does a virtual walk through in ZipForms, of how to get “connected” today. It’s SO simple. If you want to simply read up on MLS Connect, that’s fine too – visit this link below for more info and see which California MLS Groups and AOR (Local Associations) are “connected” www.CAR.org/tools/zipform/mlsconnect

From the California Association of REALTORs ® website: “ZipForm MLS-Connect is a free C.A.R. member benefit. ZipFormMLS-Connect® integrates data straight from an MLS system into a zipForm® transaction. This eliminates the need for double data entry for many fields in a transaction.”

Steve Ostrom and Daniel Allen introduce the new zipFormMLS-Connect® that allows you to integrate data straight from MetroList into a zipForm® transaction. This eliminates the need for double-data entry for many fields in a transaction.” (from Sacramento Association of REALTORs® YouTube Channel)

If you have questions – post a comment below and we’ll be right back with you. Share this post and spread the word about ZipForm® MLS-Connect! There’s so many agents not using this free tool via the California Association of REALTORs® and we need to get the word out.


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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Email Etiquette + Creating a Winning Offer Package

Heaven is in the [email] details. 

Email Etiquette + Winning Offer Packages – Helpful tips for Real Estate Agents and Related Industries Wanting to Earn New Business.

Offer Packages, you know we love them. They’re GLADLY part of our daily workings as a real estate agent. Without them, we’re eating top ramen daily, or perhaps having to take a second job. In our case, this is our full-time job as real estate agents in Roseville, CA. Some items mentioned, may only apply to our state (California)

 I always try and think in terms of ease of where to improve my quality of life in my job and at home. I’m not perfect, but I love learning what others think is a great way to work smarter, not harder. So to help elevate the quality of our work world, I’m hoping this post can get either help you, or get you thinking in terms of how we can all help one another. Today I’m going to tackle the art of packaging an offer (in our humble opinion). 🙂

We all have our own individual business habits and personal wishes, particularly when it comes to delivering offer packages. Some wishes are merely for control, and others might be for personal preference. But what we have to differentiate with these “wishes” are, what’s a control and preference. AND what is truly interfering or creating more work for another agent. Why would we EVER want non-verbal cues, to color us, our offer AND clients – so poorly?


Did I just drain another agent’s battery with a large file being opened on the road? Did the agent have to go to the MLS to find my contact info? Did I just write from the bizhub again? DOH!

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Get on board with better e-behavior. Sure items may seem small and insignificant to you, but when it happens often, it becomes a huge time suck for another when you could have eliminated that issue with just a few words and actions. So here’s my list of helpful “gems” and I probably forgot a few in assembling this list and I would love to hear your helpful-hints too …


Offer Packages – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

1. Label your email “subject line” appropriately, AND reference property name

Example: : “Offer – 1234 Main St, Roseville 95678 – Buyer Brown” So when the agent goes looking for my email, they find it easily and perhaps based on “search terms” whether by “offer” and “Property Name.” FYI, a misspelled property address, may mean a missed email for agents. Particularly for agents that receive a high-volume of emails and for those of us that look for emails based on property name. This may be your one client, but when interacting with agents with a team, or multiple clients and listings – be e-courteous. 🙂 Do not send emails with “no subject” line – it’s lazy and all I’m thinking is … “I’m going to become this agent’s babysitter for this transaction.”

Also define in the email “subject line” what it pertains to, example, “request for repairs,” “addendum #1,” etc. When scanning through emails, this helps from opening ten different emails all labeled the same. When the file is closed and you have to go back, you’ll appreciate this two second task.

Consider attachment labeling as well – so each download is known to be what it contains, whether offer, preapproval, etc, and readily references which associated property and buyer. It takes little to no effort and has a high-appreciation return.

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Sample Email “subject line” for Offers

2. File size of your email attachments

Biggest reason for being conscious of file size, may not be as obvious – if an agent wants to check the specs of an offer, and they’re on the road (mobile) – a small file size opens quickly on a phone (win). You don’t want to drain a battery for opening your large file-size offer (bad – we all lose). You don’t want to be this person. You know you have been there, opening that huge massive file waiting for it to download, and in the process it took your phone down to “battery funky town.”

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One of the most frightening things in real estate – a dead phone battery

It’s not excusable that you’re using your home scanner that creates large files. There are solutions out there to help, heck even an e-fax does a great job with scans and keeps files compact in size. E-fax it to yourself, relabel – and voila – compact and clean file. I know Adobe Acrobat can downsize some files, but it doesn’t always work to reduce enough – particularly if they’re locked e-signed PDFs. And for the love of pizza, do NOT send separate JPEG attachments. One file, one PDF (sometimes with “protected or locked files” you can’t do this). And there’s not one solution, but hopefully we can create less work for one another.


3. Send ONE email with all offer pieces

It’s not impossible, but it’s challenging to receive items pieced back together over three or four emails and creates opportunity for error. Accidents happen, but do your best to send over one concise package offer. When you’re juggling 10+ offers (sometimes more), it’s a set-up for trouble to piece all items over multiple emails. Eliminate the risk.

Another great tool, I encourage agents to spell out the terms of the offer in written form, contained within the actual email. This text should spell out, amount of offer, terms, if applicable, preapproval and who with, and any other details that might help formulate a decision. So that the agent knows what’s going on, without even having to open the attachments. This behavior below, is a HUGE time saver and so appreciated.

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This is how we present our offers (also accompanied by an email “story” and details about the buyers that might prove positive for acceptance)

4. Did you READ … the MLS instructions?

It’s a bummer when you take the time to give the answers, but nobody is reading them. It happens to us too, but double-check there aren’t attachments on the MLS. If you’re on the road all day on appointments like Steve often is, there’s that occasional need for a call. Or if the property came on while en route, sure that call is cool and really, calls are always cool with us. But be part of the solution of good communication and doing your research. And admittedly, we have a lot to always improve on ourselves.

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5. Do you have your Contact Information in your email (e-Signature)? Did you write from the email you Want to be Responded to?

We’re not wanting to be a detective solely just to call/text or write you as a buyer’s agent – or simply to confirm receipt of your offer. Make sure it’s easy to respond and call you. Write from the email you want responded to, and call from the phone you want to be called back on …  this includes NOT sending emails direct from a “printer or biz hub” (office scanner/printer) where one can’t quickly respond “received” or “ask additional questions via email.” 

Take the extra two minutes to forward to yourself, relabel subject lines and address, and have your e-signature with all of your contact information provided with your offer. We often receive emails from the Bizhub (office scanner / printer) with no contact information, I’m asked to confirm receipt by the buyer’s agent. This is an easy fix, and ways to avoid making it hard to hunt you down as a buyer’s agent.

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Our e-signature for our iPhones

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Our email signature “e-sig” for our desktop computer

6. Be Responsible with Your Client’s Account Information

Every time a file is opened on a desktop, guess where that check or account paperwork is housed … that’s right, on the agent’s computer. This will become a larger issue once banks and groups start thinking in terms of items that are housed on any agent’s computer. Some agents request account items upfront, and with items blacked out, that’s fantastic. Always see offer instructions and send just what’s requested or needed, and still protects your client.


7. Please don’t CC your Buyer on the Email to Us

Unwanted “reply all” situations are often dangerous and not always communication your client had intended come to us. Yep, it happens – so please avoid this … I have seen everyone do this … title, agents, and lenders … no group is guilt-free. It’s a dangerous behavior that can open up unwanted doors of unintentional communication, that was meant just for your eyes only. We should not risk these unwanted and unintentional “reply-alls” situations.


Do YOU have any Gems of Advice to Share? 

Comment below – you’re awesome gems to elevate our industry for everyone. **Keep it kind, as we’re hoping this is a tool of education to improve our workplace amongst agents**

The excitement of Steve O after opening a well-packaged offer



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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Remodel or Move Up?

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Have you been debating if you’re going to move up to the “apartment in the sky George Jefferson” or are you going to make your home the place you always dreamed to live in?

Hard questions for many of us to answer. Do you go out and find the perfect home or do you create your “nest” to reflect your perfect world? Well, what I would suggest starting with making lists of the pros and cons of what’s the best route for your situation.

  • Do you love your current home and neighborhood?
  • Have you been looking for an opportunity to change school districts or move to another neighborhood? Maybe a cul-de-sac location is your dream situation, or perhaps more land to stretch on or maybe a lower-maintenance yard?
  • Will you be “over-building” for your neighborhood (with a remodel)?
  • Will you be selling in the near future due to needs of a downsize or more space? Important to ask if you’re trying to get return on your upgrade or remodel.
  • Draw up the costs of that pool you have been dreaming of, or that must-have upgrade you have always wanted (example kitchen, or master bedroom, etc). Get quotes for your upgrades. Concrete items for your budget.
  • Are you in a two-story and you’re starting to think of the future and a one-level home, or need that first floor full bedroom and bath? Are monthly bills fitting into your future budget?
  • Do you know the values of your neighborhood and current value of your home model (no, not your Zestimate)? We can help you here. Just let us know.
  • Your ‘target’ neighborhood – do you know what the going prices are going for, with what size of home you might need that will fit your budget? (including Mello Roos / taxes, utility group fees, etc)
  • Have you spoken to your lender or a listing agent to start putting some numbers and options to those “move-up” dreams? There’s no harm here, why not? Here’s a list of local lenders we have worked with before and enjoyed.

Life is not always perfect and not all of us have the means for change, or desire. Why not see what the options are for your improved life quality and daily life function in your home. In many cases, with this market, if you’re unhappy with the area you’re in, it might make sense to move-up into your “perfect home.”

For folks where expensive and costly remodels may NOT make sense and are NOT the solution. Example, a “move-up” buyer or maybe someone that might need to downsize in the near future. Get a second opinion on your choices for upgrades, particularly if you do have intention to sell soon. You might want to modify upgrades and remodels that are appealing to a larger group of folks, and perhaps not drain the life savings into a kitchen remodel if you might be moving (and hopefully find that perfect kitchen in another home).

Are you the Lexus amongst the lot of “Tow Maters?”

Are you at the top of the food chain with or without these upgrades already? Do your homework on your competition and be aware of pricing of that competition in the neighborhood and know how appraisals can affect buyers on your home. When it comes to selling time, you might find yourself frustrated that you didn’t consult  an appraiser before making costly upgrades … and talk to a REALTOR, so you know what the values are in your neighborhood, tailored to your home.

One thing not addressed in the video by Steve O, are the folks that ARE perfect candidates for a remodel or home upgrade. Particularly if you love the area you are located. I know, some folks don’t mind the money invested if it means for their quality of life, enjoyment and for those that qualify for those comments – do it! If you’re blessed to live in your “FOREVER” home and do NOT want to move – and you are the perfect candidate for a remodel. What are you waiting for? Start requesting some quotes from a few licensed contractors and create the space you deserve. (and don’t forget to check with your state board with contractor licensing and bonding for remodeling, if applicable)

This video was created by Ryan Lundquist – Lundquist Appraisal Company.  See a few of Ryan’s spectacular posts on “what NOT to do to your home” … 

We’re here for your needs and what’s right for you, BUT if you’re NOT in the place you want to be, and you do have the means to move-up – you SHOULD check out your options out there.

Don’t let “what-ifs” keep you from research, and give us a call today – let us know if we can help you put your dream home on the radar.  916-308-2446

“Should You Stay or Should You Go Now?” 🙂


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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Agent Reboot + Inman Real Estate Connect

“Agent ReBoot” and “Inman News Real Estate Connect”
Agent Reboot can be described as,
an action packed day full of panels and speakers introducing you to the “best marketing and technology available.” (quote from: agentreboot.com/page/Agent-Reboot-2012-San-Francisco)

Inman News Real Estate Connect description, “… a must-attend [real estate] conference that brings together the biggest names in the real estate and technology industries twice yearly in New York and San Francisco.” (quote from: realestateconnect.com/sf11/)

Heather O here, aka the Marketing Bossy Pants of our real estate team … I thought I might share my recent adventure to Agent Reboot and Inman News Real Estate Connect (it was the first time I had attended either event). I know blog posts are supposed to be brief, but I’m disregarding this rule as there’s too much to cover. I’ll try to put extra “jazz hands” to keep you entertained for the entire post. 🙂

Originally, I was only going to attend Agent Reboot, an awesome one-day event, but I did opt last minute to also attend Inman News Real Estate Connect (which would last through that Friday – three more days). Many are not familiar with what Inman is, nor are they familiar with the events of Inman News Real Estate Connect and Agent Rebootclick the event names to learn more about these this real estate conference. 

So during my debate of deciding, “should I go one day or do the entire conference” – my awesome husband and team member Steve O, was encouraging me to go to both events …

Steve: “Heather, you need to go, I can cover for you and the kids. I know you’ll enjoy it. Plus not sure if you heard, but you’re having a baby in December and it might put you out of commission for a bit. Have some fun and go.”

Me: * thinking * What type of work load will I return to and I will most certainly return to the inevitable “husband-in-charge household” consisting of kids living on fast-food and a destroyed household

Well I’m happy to write, I thought both events were fantastic and I’m glad I attended both events. I’m not saying I’ll do it every year, but this year, with expanding and managing our team, an office move (oy), full work load, two kids and pregnancy – I needed a shot in the arm. So a special thank you to Ambassador Laura Monroe for all of your help and guidance

What drove me to go?
I needed inspiration, motivation, and also to be around some new bodies that craving inspiration to improve themselves (and team) and looking to continue their on-going real estate education. Plus I find talking with other professionals, you will always take away something from just discussing the ups and downs of our full-time business.

My week was full of some great real estate “nerd nuggets” and some “so-so sessions” (some could stand for a female agent perspective IMO and/or actual producing agent feedback along with the vendors) … but always amazing general sessions. But my favorite parts were the after-hours and lunch-time dialogue that inevitably arose either about or on the topic of the speaker(s) or just folks we had encountered through out the day. Flashback to session (me): “Seriously buddy, in my session, the moderator asked for your QUESTION, not your life story or your wienietasmic success story, ya horn-tooter!” <– sorry vent done. 😉

So how does this translate to a positive for our clients?
For myself, it’s a matter of keeping my mind sharp, learning new tools, and perhaps learning more effective ways of running my business more effectively. From all the brainstorming within sessions and from listening to different speakers, I was inspired to try new items that are promising for both my real estate team and also for our clients. Steve and I (as are our entire team), are dedicated to continuing our education on all levels … whether involvement on real estate boards, attending classes, or going to conferences.

A HUGE Highlight at Agent Reboot —
I was Interviewed by an Amazing Panel for “Anatomy of an Agent”
So a few days before the big conference, I receive an email from Katie Lance (Director of Social Media, Inman News) asking me to be on the “Anatomy of an Agent” panel at Agent Reboot. ~ This was my very first Inman conference … was I ready for this? So I ask Katie what the interrogation would be covering and she stated (paraphrasing) that there would be an analysis of my website and online presence (including a few social media sites). ~ I could not pass up an opportunity to be critiqued from four different pros on how we were approaching our business online.

So to Katie, I quickly say … “Sure I’ll be your agent interview ‘guinea pig!'”

I think it went really well and you can see the ‘play-by-play’ here (3:06). Luckily the “pros” did not slice and dice me like agent sushi and I survived and came away with invaluable feedback. Katie, thank you sincerely for the opportunity and a huge thank you to all the panelists – not only helpful, but funny and sweet!

Thank you Linda Aaron for the beautiful picture!

Meet the Panelists for “Anatomy of an Agent
Moderator: Katie Lance, Social Media Director & Contributing Editor, InmanNext, Inman News, @katielance and @InmanNext
Panelists
(L to R): Brad Andersohn, Zillow, @BradAndersohn • Stephen Pacinelli, Move, Inc., @stevepacinelli ( Tech Savvy Agent ) • Wendy Forsythe, Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate (CA), Inc., @BrandWendy • Glenn Sanford, eXp Realty LLC, @ceoglenn

So Fast-Forward to Post-Conference – What’s My Take Away?
I feel more motivated, I have learned new tools (both personally and technical), I have learned the art of the vendor ditch (not the cool / awesome booth ones, the predatory tech vampires that troll as “average conference-go’ers” at the event), I have made some new incredible friends, and I have listened to some of the best in the real estate industry (and some outside of our industry, that bring great “mind fruit” to the table). I look forward to my next real estate conference and hopefully another Inman Real Estate Connect.

Finally, one of my favorite take-aways was getting connected with a powerful group of ladies – opinionated, kind, funny, and hard-working – MY TYPE of ladies. I just want to say thank you to these ladies because they have put a fire back in me. For people questioning these conferences, if this was the only thing I took away from the event, it made it worth it. We exchanged ideas, expressed work concerns, and developed suggestions / resolution to items burning in our brains to help our industry work more smoothly. Thank you Linda, Anne, Chavi and Kim! I love you ladies.

Cheers till the next time we see each other again (post-hatch) and a big thank you for the memories, knowledge, laughs, and inspiration this week to all that I met and spoke with this week! And another thank you to the Inman staff for a wonderful event ~ Heather O

Property of and Photo by, Linda Aaron @Skynnard
Property of and Photo by, Linda Aaron @Skynnard

I’m a biased Coldwell Banker Girl (sorry for this nerdtasmic shout) – I love my Coldwell Banker crew
Top Row (the tallies): David Marine, Matt Case (W.+No. Michigan), Chavi M. Hohm (Seattle); Bottom Row: Linda Aaron (Seattle), Kim V. Colaprete (Seattle), Anne Jones (Tacoma)

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Mello-Roos or Property Taxes Search – Placer County

How do I View a Past Tax Bill in Placer County

We’re often asked about taxes for a property they’re interested in “what will the taxes be on this property?”

We can help you find the info and answers to your questions! And remember, when in doubt, ALWAYS verify ANY info directly with the Placer County Tax Collectors Office at 530-889-4120
You always want the direct source information on such important data.
A real estate agent should not and cannot relay this information for risk of information changing (and beyond their control)

This post is applicable to only Placer County in California

See the walkthrough of searching taxes for a Placer County property, below:

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To Retrieve a Property’s Tax Bill – You’ll be visiting TWO different Websites

  • PART 1: Have the Property Address and Figure out the APN (The APN is Assessor Parcel Number)
  • PART 2: To Plug in the APN to get the Tax Bill

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PART #1Retrieve Property APN

The APN is also often on the MLS / Metrolist Sheet Print-Outs that Your Real Estate Agent has Provided to You (four sets of three numbers: 000-123-123-123). If you don’t have this … here’s how to retrieve an APN for a property you’re interested in … BUT, if you don’t have the APN already for the Property Address …

Visit the Placer County APN Map Search Site: http://maps.placer.ca.govand plug in the property address for your property, hit “search” (top right) … and then copy and paste the “APN” from the search results

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PART #2 – Plug in APN: Placer County Tax Collector Site

Visit the Placer County Tax Collector Site and Plug in the APN #. I’ll do Screen Grabs to Walk You Through the Steps. This page does take a minute or two to load. They’re changing the look but the green part stays the same.

Start the Tax Bill Search by Clicking Here (for Placer County Only)

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PART 2: Step 3 – Click “View Tax Bill” and PDF will be downloaded to your Computer

Voila, you’re done and you should have your Tax Bill PDF downloaded. If you’re still having problems, post a comment below or shoot me an email and we’ll help you out.

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Property Assessment Information Search for Placer County

We cannot unfortunately, for liability reasons and the evolving change of property taxes, give you specific amounts – so let us know how we can help you, but questions regarding Mello-Roos or property taxes – those items must be verified by the buyer … but here, don’t fret – let us help you get the information you need!

Here’s a direct link to the Property Assessors’ Website of Placer County (for taxes and county specific inquiries to the property) …
Click HERE to Visit the Property Assessment Information Search Website on the Placer County Website

Assessor’s Office
2980 Richardson Dr, Auburn 95603-2640
530-889-4300

Tax Assessment Appeals
Please click here to view the website

General Questions for Placer County Assessor’s Office:

FAQ: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/assessor/faq


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See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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Being Prepared for the Appraiser

REALTOR Steve Ostrom talks with Appraiser Ryan Lundquist about the agent perspective and the appraiser perspective about an agent meeting the appraiser at the property, at the time of appraisal with paperwork on comparables (called comps) and giving insight to those comparables which may not be readily available on the internet or know because a home may not have been on the market that long.

Ryan also explains his thoughts, on the best approach, what to say and what not to do as an agent … it gives sellers a good perspective on what we do as listing agents, but also what we as agents, are dealing with when approaching an appraiser. Each appraiser is different and will have a different take on the listing agent meeting the appraiser to discuss comps …

Give us your thoughts? What do you think?

Thanks Ryan for your interview, as always! It’s always great to get another person’s perspective so we can stay fine tuned.

Ryan Lundquist
ryan@lundquistcompany.com
TEL: 916-595-3735
FAX: 916-361-1964
@SacAppraiser
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FB – https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoAppraiser

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Being a Prepared First-Time Home Buyer

First-time home buyer series … there are many variables to consider when beginning your real estate searches, how or what means being prepared to start your home hunt. This is your information gathering phase and make sure your buying experience is a good one, by being prepared and asking yourself the right questions and communicating your precise needs, time frames and expectations.

And yes, this is a rare Heather O video. 🙂

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384 Du Bois Ave Sacramento

PENDING: 384 Du Bois Avenue, Sacramento 95838

$300,000

384 Du bois Avenue, Sacramento

What an adorable and welcoming home with a wider driveway (trailer storage), newer roof (6/2019), dual-pane windows, updated bathrooms, and freshly painted trim work. A vaulted ceiling in the main living area makes the home feel much more expansive than listed square footage. One of our favorite features has to be the size of the master walk-in closet. Your dining space overlooks the backyard. Touring the home you can feel the good energy of this loved space, plus you have a good-sized (and usable) backyard, as well as an expansive, covered porch (great for decompressing after a long work day or BBQ). A spacious side yard is a fantastic addition for possible small boat or shed storage. Home is in close proximity to nearby stores and quick freeway access with no backyard-facing neighbor (Church located behind home). Welcome home!

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Features

  • 1 Story
  • Back yard
  • Small Trailer or Boat Parking
  • Newer Roof
  • Dual Pane Windows
  • Great Commuter Location
  • Near Stores
  • Close to School
  • Close to Park

Notable Items

384 Du Bois Ave Sacramento – within an exit or two of fantastic Natomas Shopping at Truxel. Great location for Downtown Sacramento commuters. Also close to back routes to Roseville.  

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SOLD – 2012 Thornhill Drive, Granite Bay 95746

2012 Thornhill Drive, Granite Bay 95746 SOLD: Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 18039681 – List Price: $750,000 – 4BD – 3.5 Bath – 2,756 Sq Ft* •

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SOLD: 3766 Willow Bend Place, Antelope 95843

3766 Willow Bend Place, Antelope 95843 Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 18035402 – 4 BD –  3 Bath – 2,011 Sq Ft* View Photos • Learn

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SOLD: 1210 Chesapeake Drive, Roseville 95661

1210 Chesapeake Drive, Roseville 95661 Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 18029360 – 3 BD –  2.5 Bath – 1862 Sq Ft* View Photos • Learn About

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SOLD: 1721 San Esteban Circle, Roseville 95747

Upstairs features the remaining bedrooms along with a spacious laundry room and bonus space (great for gaming, art, an office, or possibly for a theatre set-up). What we love the most is the layout of the kitchen and how it opens to the Family room with views of the backyard. The backyard is the perfect size and positioned that it has improved privacy with neighboring yards.

Property Details

  • 1721 San Esteban Circle, Roseville CA 95747

  • MLS #19002134 

  • $575,000

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Full Baths

  • 3-Car Garage

  • 2794 sq ft*

  • .144 ac*

  • Gated Community

  • Subdivision: Crocker Ranch

  • Builder: JMC

  • Notable features: First Floor Bedroom + Bath

*buyer to verify square footage and/or acreage


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Local Area Items: Roseville + Rocklin

The Galleria - Westfield Roseville CA

 

The Galleria Mall – Westfield Roseville CA

 

The Fountains – Luxury Shopping and Dining

Be sure to explore the nearby trails as well as the sports fields – tennis, baseball, soccer, and much more.

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Click to Download Roseville Parks, Trails, and Bikeways Maps

Not to mention all the golf options nearby, as well as Top Golf.

 

Top Golf, Roseville – Photo Property of Top Golf

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Steve + Heather Ostrom

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 – 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

SOLD – 2012 Thornhill Drive, Granite Bay 95746

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2012 Thornhill Drive, Granite Bay 95746

SOLD: Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 18039681 – List Price$750,000 – 4BD – 3.5 Bath – 2,756 Sq Ft* • 0.195 ac* – first floor bedroom with full bath retreat


Gorgeous custom-built home in the gated community of Hillsborough. Numerous updates throughout the indoor and outdoor living space. Fresh redwood fencing recently installed – runs the perimeter of the yard, including an updated gate.

 

We love the drought-resistant landscaping, expansive covered patio pergola, and solar-heated pool (fantastic for an extended swim season).
 
Brazilian rosewood flooring spans across the kitchen, family room, and den.
A functional item, that we also love is having three points of access to garage – from guest bedroom on first floor, and also from the guest powder room, as well as a side door access to the backyard.

So many major items have been updated in recent years, that include (but not limited to) HVAC (2013), Kitchen and Kitchen appliances,

Hot Water Heater (plus a separate circulator for consistent hot water access). Downstairs: bath for guests, plus full BD with full bath.

Roseville utilities is a huge perk for your pocket books, plus close to top-rated Granite Bay High School. Click on the map below for interactivity.

This area has so many opportunities for indoor and outdoor fun as well, plus numerous shopping and dining opportunities nearby. A fantastic location and home to enjoy. Welcome home.


Photos of the Property

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**Entire set of property photos here**


About Granite Bay

Learn About Placer County

Outdoor Activities – Equestrian, Trails, Lake, Exercise

Local Dining: Restaurants

News + About Granite Bay: Granite Bay Website

Granite Bay High School

Eureka Union School District

Placer County Office of Education

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*Photo is the property of Heather Ostrom*

Shopping: you’re within minutes you’re at the Galleria Mall or the Fountains (outdoor mall) as well. Or you can head on over to the Sunrise Mall (Sunrise/Greenback)
“The Fountains” (photographed here) outdoor mall, and across the street is the Galleria Mall – Roseville, CA

Golfers will LOVE the Placer and Sacramento County area. Numerous local and public courses (close by: Woodcreek Oaks, Granite Bay, Sun City Roseville courses, Diamond Oaks, Sierra View CC, and many more)

Plus the brand new and fun, Top Golf, Roseville!

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Photo Property of TOP Golf Roseville

You’re close to some of the best shopping in the area. Galleria Mall AND The Fountains (outdoor shopping) – with many high-end boutiques nearby and outdoor dining.

Parks (including a large Water park – Sunsplash), and great local dining … there’s something for everyone here.

Approx Distance: 1.5 hours from Tahoe, 1:15 min from Napa, 1.5-2 hrs from San Fran


Map of Location


 

Property Details

 


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

*buyer to verify square footage and/or acreage

SOLD: 3766 Willow Bend Place, Antelope 95843

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3766 Willow Bend Place, Antelope 95843

Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 18035402 – 4 BD –  3 Bath – 2,011 Sq Ft*


View PhotosLearn About Antelope •  Map to Property

This stunning home at the end of the cul-de-sac – simply sparkles (don’t believe us, come see for yourself, and we’ll bet you’ll agree).

Fresh exterior premium paint, lush lawn, solar lit perimeter.

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This home is a gem: gazebo, updated slider w/built-in shades, 10ft double-gate access, updated appliances, shed, spacious yard (and gated dog run).

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Nearby mature trees lend to increased yard privacy (always nice to have). Home stays cooler with an updated tile roof with heat barrier.

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The Master bedroom and backyard, with a West-facing house, stay cooler for Summer BBQs.

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More cool benefits: close to shopping, quick back road access for commuters, numerous parks nearby, close to the local elementary school, and the amazing Antelope Aquatic Center.

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Welcome home.


 Photos of the Property

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Enjoy and Explore Antelope, CA (Sacramento Co.)

 

Antelope Community Park

Learn More About Local Parks in Antelope, CA and Neighboring Areas

Antelope Only Parks

Antelope Aquatic Center + Swim Lesson Options


Map of Location

3766 Willow Bend Place, Antelope 95843


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

SOLD: 1210 Chesapeake Drive, Roseville 95661


1210 Chesapeake Drive, Roseville 95661

Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 18029360 – 3 BD –  2.5 Bath – 1862 Sq Ft*


View PhotosLearn About Roseville •  Map to Property


Some homes boast “turn-key ready,” but this one really brings the A-game on cleanliness and upkeep. Even driving up to the home, you can’t help but smile when you see the beautiful landscaping and front courtyard.
Check out that amazing backyard. We love the fresh bark, the soft contours of the patio layout and that stunning pool.
 A pool will sure be great to have, as Summer temperatures seem to creep up.
A wonderful space to entertain for intimate gatherings or a larger group party.
Be sure to check out the Master Bedroom Retreat 
A great workout room and/or place to unwind and read
Speaking of great and things, there’s nothing much better than the City of Roseville utilities. The City of Roseville is such an amazing place to call home. You’re within minutes of great local dining and shopping (Bel-Air is a few blocks away). This is a great location to call home as being off the first exit for Roseville, is also a great item to enjoy. The amenities in this area are nearly at your fingertips – the list is endless.

Welcome home.


 Photos of the Property

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City of Roseville

Community-wise, you’re near so many fun indoor and outdoor activities: whether you’re enjoying the trails, visiting local parks (there are a multitude of small and larger parks – as well as dog parks). Roseville boasts an abundance of city-run activities and is well-known for its sports options and line-up of local events (both indoor and outdoor), including city movie nights at the parks.

Shopping: you’re within minutes you’re at the Galleria Mall or the Fountains (outdoor mall) as well.

Golfers will LOVE the Placer County area and Roseville. Numerous local and public courses (close by: Woodcreek Oaks, Sun City Roseville courses, Diamond Oaks, Sierra View CC, and many more)

Plus the brand new and fun, Top Golf, Roseville! (only location in California, currently)

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Photo Property of TOP Golf Roseville

You’re close to some of the best shopping in the area. Galleria Mall AND The Fountains (outdoor shopping) – with many high-end boutiques nearby and outdoor dining.

Parks (including a large Water park – Sunsplash), and great local dining … there’s something for everyone here. Roseville is known for its parks and the great offerings for outdoor and indoor activities. Visit the City of Roseville website and prepared to be amazed!

Golfers, there are plenty of great golf courses here locally in Roseville and Rocklin – both private and public.

Approx Distance: 1.5 hours from Tahoe, 1:15 min from Napa, 1.5-2 hrs from San Fran

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The Fountains (photographed here) outdoor mall, and across the street is the Galleria Mall – Roseville, CA

Map of Location

1210 Chesapeake Drive, Roseville CA 95661


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

SOLD: 310 Marian Way, Roseville 95678


310 Marian Way, Roseville 95678

Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 17072911 – 3 BD –  1Bath – 1,440 Sq Ft*


We’re in love with this charming 1950s Roseville home – a lovely blend of well-kept treasures from the past, along with fresh paint and carpet. We have a strong suspicion hardwood flooring lies beneath the carpet (see the closet for what COULD be a representation of what lies below). We asked the seller to keep all the gorgeous Art Deco-style light switch plates, because we’re absolutely in love with them. Peek at the amazing, built-in Thermadoor oven in the Kitchen – isn’t it amazing? We had to ask if it was ever used, because it’s so clean. All three bedrooms are on the North side of the home, one being a nice size Master Bedroom. The backyard is spacious and features two storage sheds. Even driving up to the home, it’s hard to miss the
long driveway and adorable front porch. Fantastic curb appeal.The enclosed back porch is a fun escape for lazy Summer nights. Within a block or two, you’ll find the beautiful Garbolino park to explore with your four-legged furry friend(s). High-marks for proximity to great grocery store options, plus local dining. Zip down Folsom Road and you’re near all of the action on Vernon Street in downtown Roseville (where many of our city hub activities and outdoor concerts take place). Harding Blvd takes you to the premier shopping at The Fountains and The Galleria Mall. There’s even a back route from the home, to sneak back to Riverside Ave. Come visit and explore this delightful home and neighborhood.

Photos of the Property

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City of Roseville

Community-wise, you’re near so many fun indoor and outdoor activities: whether you’re enjoying the trails, visiting local parks (there are a multitude of small and larger parks – as well as dog parks). Roseville boasts an abundance of city-run activities and is well-known for its sports options and line-up of local events (both indoor and outdoor), including city movie nights at the parks.

Shopping: you’re within minutes you’re at the Galleria Mall or the Fountains (outdoor mall) as well.

Golfers will LOVE the Placer County area and Roseville. Numerous local and public courses (close by: Woodcreek Oaks, Sun City Roseville courses, Diamond Oaks, Sierra View CC, and many more)

Plus the brand new and fun, Top Golf, Roseville! (only location in California, currently)

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Photo Property of TOP Golf Roseville

You’re close to some of the best shopping in the area. Galleria Mall AND The Fountains (outdoor shopping) – with many high-end boutiques nearby and outdoor dining.

Parks (including a large Water park – Sunsplash), and great local dining … there’s something for everyone here. Roseville is known for its parks and the great offerings for outdoor and indoor activities. Visit the City of Roseville website and prepared to be amazed!

Golfers, there are plenty of great golf courses here locally in Roseville and Rocklin – both private and public.

Approx Distance: 1.5 hours from Tahoe, 1:15 min from Napa, 1.5-2 hrs from San Fran

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The Fountains (photographed here) outdoor mall, and across the street is the Galleria Mall – Roseville, CA

Map of Location


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

SOLD: 2211 Wild Plains Circle, Rocklin 95765


2211 Wild Plains, Rocklin, CA 95765

Listing Agent: REALTOR Steve Ostrom, Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com 
“Wisteria” at Whitney Ranch – 5BD –  5 Full BA – 4,486 Sq Ft* – 0.21 acres* – 3-Car Tandem – Nearby: Whitney High School and “The Ranch” Clubhouse


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Matterport – Virtual Views of the Home

Navigate “room-to-room” by clicking the white disks on the ground. Bottom right, you can toggle between the two floors of the home.

Driving in to the neighborhood – your eye is immediately drawn to the nearby trails and green space to explore.

Be ready to experience a big smile seeing that beautiful wrap-around porch.

Relax out front with your morning coffee, or decompress after long day of work and enjoy the crisp, Fall air.

Inside the home, the hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, and crown molding – frame the space perfectly.

With a french-door access office off the foyer, and ample storage space – you’ll not only find this home beautiful,

… but design-wise – a great functioning space for living, working, or keeping up with active lifestyles.

Kitchen features matching KitchenAid appliances (six-burner drop-in oven + grill), warm-toned granite countertops, pantry, plus an attractive Butler pantry.

Home features a first floor bedroom with views of the landscaped backyard (gas pit, pergola, and custom three-piece fountain).

A spacious and grand Master bedroom and bath are a desirable “end-of-day” escape.

Three-car tandem is a wonderful bonus to have, as is having solar already set up (and owned).

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Looking for a pool? Let Whitney Ranch be in charge of that upkeep – you’re within a few blocks of the amazing “Ranch House” which offers a resort style pool with clubhouse.

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Welcome home!


  Property Info

Location Information
County: Placer Map Code: 199 J-4
MLS Area: 12765 Cross Street: Spring Creek Dr
Census Tract: 213.09 Subdivision: Wisteria at Whitney Ranch
Directions: Hwy 65 North to Whitney Ranch Parkway Exit and head EAST, to LEFT on Spring Creek, to RIGHT on Wild Plains Circle

 

Interior Features
Rooms: Den/Study, Downstairs Bedroom, Great Room Concept, Loft, Master Suite Master Bedroom Description: Sitting Area
Master Bathroom Description: Closet Walk-In 2+, Double Sinks, Shower Stall(s), Tub, Window Other Bathrooms Description: Double Sinks, Tile, Tub w/Shower Over
Dining Room Description: Dining Bar, Dining/Family Combo, Formal Area, Formal Room Kitchen Description: Butlers Pantry, Counter Granite, Island, Island w/Sink, Pantry Closet
Amenities: Barbeque, Clubhouse, Rec Facilities Has Fireplace: Yes
Number of Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace Description: Family Room
Heating: Central, MultiUnits, MultiZone, Natural Gas Cooling: Central, MultiUnits, MultiZone
Floors: Carpet, Laminate, Tile, Wood Laundry: 220 Volt Hook-Up, Cabinets, Gas Hook-Up, Sink, Upper Floor
Additional Equipment: Cable TV Available, H/S Internet Avail, Window Furnishings Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Dual Fuel, Ice Maker Plumbed, Microwave B/I, Oven Double, Oven Elec B/I, Range Gas B/I

 

Exterior Features
Stories: 2 Construction: Wood
Builder: Christopherson Exterior: Siding Lap, Stucco, Wood
Foundation: Concrete Slab Roof: Tile
Water / Sewer: In & Connected Water: Public District
Utilities: 220 Volts, All Public, Natural Gas, Underground Parking Description: 3 Car Attached, Facing Front, Garage Door Opener, Tandem Garage
Has Garage: Yes Landscaping: Fenced Back, Front, Sprinkler Auto F&R
Has a Pool: No Is a Horse Property: No
Exposure Faces: South Topography: Level, Shape Regular
Elevation: 0 Lot Size in Acres: 0.21
Lot Size in Sq. Ft.: 9178 Dimensions: 78x120x75x120
Zoning: SFR Energy Features: Ceiling Fan(s), Dual Pane Full, Low E Glass Full, PVSolarArray Owned
Improvements: Sidewalk/Curb/Gutter Road Description: Public Maintained

 

School
School District: Placer Elementary School: Rocklin Unified
Jr. High School: Rocklin Unified High School: Rocklin Unified

 

Additional Information
Property Type: SFR Property Subtype: 1 House on Lot
Residential Subtype: Detached Year Built: 2011
APN: 489-060-021-000 Status: Active
Is Short Sale: No Association Fees Include: Assn Mgmt, Common Areas, Rec Facility, Swimming Pool
HOA Fee: $84.00 HOA Frequency: Monthly
Other Structures: Pergola

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City of Rocklin Website: http://www.rocklin.ca.us

Placer County Visitors: www.VisitPlacer.com

New to the City? Click here

You’re close to some of the best shopping in the area. Galleria Mall AND The Fountains (outdoor shopping) – with many high-end boutiques nearby and outdoor dining.

Parks (including a large Water park – Sunsplash), and great local dining … there’s something for everyone here. Roseville is known for its parks and the great offerings for outdoor and indoor activities. Visit the City of Roseville website and prepared to be amazed!

Golfers will LOVE the Placer County area and Roseville. Numerous local and public courses (close by: Woodcreek Oaks, Sun City Roseville courses, Diamond Oaks, Sierra View CC, and many more)

Plus the fun, Top Golf, Roseville! (the first California location)

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Photo Property of TOP Golf Roseville

Approx Distance: 1.5 hours from Tahoe, 1:15 min from Napa, 1.5-2 hrs from San Fran

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The Fountains (photographed here) outdoor mall, and across the street is the Galleria Mall – Roseville, CA

Map of Location


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

Learn more about listing your home with us!

SOLD – 151 Valley Oak Drive #17, Roseville 95678

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Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – MLS# 17057852 – 2 BD –  2Bath – 1,140 Sq Ft*


 This neighborhood is a hidden gem in Roseville (if you don’t believe me, go see it for yourself – it will not be a waste a time). Take it from someone that grew up in Roseville.

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Home is single-level entry, and garage is detached.

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This home has fresh paint and flooring, and features some of the most stylish light fixtures we have ever seen (seller truly maximized the beauty in the space).

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Granite counters in the kitchen contrast beautifully against the white cabinetry. What immediately appealed to us about the home, is the placement within the neighborhood (the back corner – so traffic is likely limited to visitors or whomever lives back here), plus you also have relaxing views of a green space right off your porch.

The garden window looks over the neighborhood and lush lawn.

Enjoy the quieter pace of this neighborhood, say goodbye to yard work (perfect for a busy lifestyle) – and for commuters, you can hop on at an ideal location off I-80 in Roseville (Riverside exit, no dealing with Hwy 65).

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Within the complex, enjoy a game of tennis or cool off at the pool.

151 Valley Oak Drive #17, Roseville 95678

If you like Starbucks, you’re right around the corner from Starbucks. Kaiser medical is within a block. We’re in love with this property, and we bet you will be too.

151 Valley Oak Drive #17, Roseville 95678

How CUTE is that wrap-around porch? Washer and dryer are included in purchase, along with the refrigerator.

Water heater was recently replaced. You might be like others and not even know this adorable complex is back here.

Welcome home.


Photos of the Property

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City of Roseville

Community-wise, you’re near so many fun indoor and outdoor activities: whether you’re enjoying the trails, visiting local parks (there are a multitude of small and larger parks – as well as dog parks). Roseville boasts an abundance of city-run activities and is well-known for its sports options and line-up of local events (both indoor and outdoor), including city movie nights at the parks.

Shopping: you’re within minutes you’re at the Galleria Mall or the Fountains (outdoor mall) as well.

Golfers will LOVE the Placer County area and Roseville. Numerous local and public courses (close by: Woodcreek Oaks, Sun City Roseville courses, Diamond Oaks, Sierra View CC, and many more)

Plus the brand new and fun, Top Golf, Roseville! (only location in California, currently)

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Photo Property of TOP Golf Roseville

You’re close to some of the best shopping in the area. Galleria Mall AND The Fountains (outdoor shopping) – with many high-end boutiques nearby and outdoor dining.

Parks (including a large Water park – Sunsplash), and great local dining … there’s something for everyone here. Roseville is known for its parks and the great offerings for outdoor and indoor activities. Visit the City of Roseville website and prepared to be amazed!

Golfers, there are plenty of great golf courses here locally in Roseville and Rocklin – both private and public.

Approx Distance: 1.5 hours from Tahoe, 1:15 min from Napa, 1.5-2 hrs from San Fran

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The Fountains (photographed here) outdoor mall, and across the street is the Galleria Mall – Roseville, CA

Map of Location


Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

See more informative posts at:  www.RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Roseville and Rocklin Real Estate + Lifestyle

Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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SOLD: 7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay 95746

Photos 7215 ROBIN HOOD WAY GRANITE BAY

 7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay 95746

SOLD: Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com List Price$789,000 – 5 BD –  3Bath – 2838 Sq Ft* • .663ac*


We love this stylish and updated Granite Bay retreat – perfectly private-feeling, being situated at the end of a long, tree-lined driveway.

7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746

Home features an updated: open kitchen, baths, recently re-surfaced salt water pool, recently paved driveway (ample room: boat/RV/trailer), smarthome thermostat, whole house fan, and an oversized attic spc over 3-car garage.

7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746

Yard is pie shaped and wide, and features a great place for a fire pit for gatherings,

7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746

pool and gazebo to the center of the yard, with a great space to hide other yard supplies, as well as a separate shed. There are four bedrooms (including the Master) to left wing

7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746

with the fifth bedroom to the right (perfect for a separate home office or guest room and has an adjacent full bath). Off the fifth bedroom is also access to the backyard. 7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746

Master bedroom has two double-door access points to backyard (to courtyard, or private-feeling raised deck space). Master bath is a soothing spa-like escape.

7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746

Hallway bath was recently remodeled. Kitchen opens up to the Family room, with a nice breakfast nook, with views of the backyard. 7215 Robin Hood Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746Another notable feature is with the long-driveway provides additional privacy. If you pass the two brick columns, you have already passed the home. With minimal connected streets, it keeps drive-by traffic at a minimum. Welcome home!


Photos of the Property

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Property Details

Location Information
County: Placer Map Code: 241 C-2
MLS Area: 12746 Cross Street: Auburn Folsom
Census Tract: 206.01 Site Location: Cul-De-Sac
Subdivision: Sherwood Forest Directions: From I-80 take Douglas Blvd exit and go EAST, to LEFT on Auburn Folsom to RIGHT on Robin Hood Way. Property is at end of the street after turn. Driveway is between the gorgeous brick columns.
Interior Features
Rooms: Great Room Concept, Master Suite, Separate Family Room Master Bedroom Description: Closet, Outside Access
Master Bathroom Description: Double Sinks, Shower Stall(s), Tub Jetted, Window Other Bathrooms Description: Double Sinks, Shower Stall(s), Tile, Tub w/Shower Over
Dining Room Description: Breakfast Nook, Dining Bar, Formal Room Kitchen Description: Counter Granite, Island w/Sink, Kitchen/Family Combo, Pantry Closet
Has Fireplace: Yes Number of Fireplaces: 1
Fireplace Description: Family Room Heating: Central, MultiUnits
Cooling: Central, MultiUnits Floors: Carpet, Marble, Stone, Tile, Wood
Laundry: 220 Volt Hook-Up, Inside Room, Sink Additional Equipment: Cable TV Available
Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Oven Double, Oven Elec B/I, Range Gas F/S
Exterior Features
Style: Ranch Stories: 1
Construction: Frame, Wood Exterior: Wood
Foundation: Concrete Slab Roof: Comp Shingle
Water / Sewer: In & Connected Water: Public District
Utilities: 220 Volts, Natural Gas Parking Description: 3 Car Attached, Facing Front, Garage Door Opener
Recreational Parking: Boat Storage, RV Access, RV Possible Has Garage: Yes
Landscaping: Fenced Back, Front, Sprinkler Auto F&R Has a Pool: Yes
Pool Description: Built-In, Gunite Construction Is a Horse Property: No
Exposure Faces: Southwest Topography: Level, Shape Irregular, Trees Many
Elevation: 0 Lot Size in Acres: 0.63
Lot Size in Sq. Ft.: 27377 Dimensions: 21x122x182x105x47x180x207
Zoning: SFR Energy Features: Dual Pane Full, Low E Glass Full, Whole House Fan
Improvements: None Road Description: Paved, Public Maintained
School
School District: Placer Elementary School: Eureka Union
Jr. High School: Eureka Union High School: Roseville Joint
Additional Information
Property Type: SFR Property SubType: 1 House on Lot
Property SubType 2: Detached, Semi-Custom Year Built: 1985
APN: 047-070-059-000 Status: Active
Is Short Sale: No HOA Fee: $0.00
Other Structures: Gazebo, Tool Shed

About Granite Bay

Learn About Placer County

Outdoor Activities – Equestrian, Trails, Lake, Exercise

Local Dining: Restaurants

News + About Granite Bay: Granite Bay Website

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*Photo is the property of Heather Ostrom*

Shopping: you’re within minutes you’re at the Galleria Mall or the Fountains (outdoor mall) as well. Or you can head on over to the Sunrise Mall (Sunrise/Greenback)
“The Fountains” (photographed here) outdoor mall, and across the street is the Galleria Mall – Roseville, CA

Golfers will LOVE the Placer and Sacramento County area. Numerous local and public courses (close by: Woodcreek Oaks, Granite Bay, Sun City Roseville courses, Diamond Oaks, Sierra View CC, and many more)

Plus the brand new and fun, Top Golf, Roseville!

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Photo Property of TOP Golf Roseville

You’re close to some of the best shopping in the area. Galleria Mall AND The Fountains (outdoor shopping) – with many high-end boutiques nearby and outdoor dining.

Parks (including a large Water park – Sunsplash), and great local dining … there’s something for everyone here.

Approx Distance: 1.5 hours from Tahoe, 1:15 min from Napa, 1.5-2 hrs from San Fran


Map of Location

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Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
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Author: Heather Ostrom, Real Estate Marketing – REALTOR

Steve Ostrom, Primary Listing Agent + REALTOR – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker  – Roseville, CA – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661

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*buyer to verify square footage and/or acreage