MLS #222087169 – This sparkling 2-3 bedroom is updated and fresh feeling in the gated community of Long Meadow Village. A lower-maintenance yard means you’ll be able to enjoy life without all the hassle of yard work (HOA oversees front yard maintenance). The home details updated appliances, window coverings, a fantastic overhang for shade protection in the backyard, a recently painted back patio, and more. The central office is an open space that could function as a third bedroom with some adjustment and does include a closet and slider access to the backyard (tax records do indicate this as a three-bedroom).
Living here you’re close to premium grocery stores, fantastic food stops, along with local and chain options for stores. Nearby you’ll find trails to explore, parks, sports fields, and dog parks. You could even possibly do without a car in this location – you have so many things nearby. You’ll be within minutes of Mahany Park, Martha Riley library, and the Roseville Aquatics Complex. Welcome home!
If you’re curious about the home or have questions – we’re happy to answer!
Location + Activities
Activities + Location
No matter what age range you’re at (well, you know what we mean) – young at heart or young in age – there are so many local clubs and sports groups to explore. From soccer, hiking, biking, football, swim clubs, water polo to knitting, little ballerina classes, and quilt clubs – there is something for everyone. Roseville really does have it all, and if we don’t have it – we’re 1.5hr from Tahoe, even less for Truckee. 2hrs from San Francisco, under an 1.5hr to Napa. Many will be shocked that we even have some vineyards just up the road along with a few cool local breweries. Swimming is a big deal in town, and even water polo features a few clubs outside of high school sports. Swimming lessons are hosted at the Summer Sanders pool by Woodcreek High school, but be sure to note that we do have an indoor pool option at the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool. Soccer at different levels and ages too – from club to competitive. Dog lovers also have a few options for dog parks – Hughes Park nearby and another one by one Mahany Park (Bear park). Also, West Park H.S. proudly opened its doors as the newest Roseville high school addition. At “The Fountains,” you’ll find weekly farmer’s markets along with an amazing outdoor shopping experience. Across the street is the “Galleria Mall” with just about every local store you can think of … We currently have three libraries – Martha Riley (close by), Maidu Park (also home to a large volume of baseball diamonds, museum, skate park, and covered soccer / hockey field), and the City of Roseville Public Library (by Royer Park). I also strongly encourage some exploration in Historic and Downtown Roseville – learn some history, grab a tasty meal, and be sure to check out the crooked bridge. If you have questions about the area – we’re happy to answer!
This area only continues to improve on local offerings, on top of how amazing Roseville ready is with local amenities already at your finger tips. The Nugget at Blue Oaks and Woodcreek Oaks, along with an amazing existing Safeway (and a new Raley’s store as well off Blue Oaks). Plenty of local parks offer expansive trails to explore. AMany large companies continue to call Roseville home, with many new additions (including a large Amazon plant).At this time of year – we have many mandarin orchards exploding with tasty citrus options (Penryn, Loomis, Auburn) – and you have fruiting trees in your yard.
MLS #221087769 – Driving to this home you’ll note the pride of ownership in this established and desirable Rocklin neighborhood. Inside this charming home, you’ll find a great social layout for entertaining – an open dining space and a grand Great room with a beautiful stone fireplace as a focal point. The kitchen is spacious, open, and welcoming with a beautiful bay window at the breakfast nook with plenty of storage.
The recently installed patio cover spans the entire back of the house and creates a private, lovely outdoor living space for summer dining or simply decompressing after a long workday.
The primary bedroom is a spa-like escape with vaulted ceilings, vaulted ceilings, and soothing gray tones. The primary bedroom can easily accommodate a large-scale furniture set (with room for a treadmill). Primary space details two separate closets, soaking tub, separate vanities, shower, and does have backyard access (which – wouldn’t it be nice to have a spa out on that patio to sneak away to?).
Energy-efficient upgrades include, but are not limited to: an updated HVAC, an owned solar system (which equate to incredibly low monthly energy bills), low-E windows, a whole house fan (quickly cools off the space), and a Nest smart-home thermostat.
Location-wise really makes this home desirable, because you’re blocks away from sport fields and parks, and minutes from premier gyms and dining. Whether for schools, outdoor or indoor activities, or shopping – you’ll love calling Rocklin home.
If you’re curious about the home or have questions – we’re happy to answer!
Location + Activities
Activities + Location
No matter what age range you’re at (well, you know what we mean) – young at heart or young in age – there are so many local clubs and sports groups to explore. From soccer, hiking, biking, football, swim clubs, water polo to knitting, little ballerina classes, and quilt clubs – there is something for everyone.
You’re within a few blocks of great local restaurants, stores, multi-use parks and much more. The Fountains (outdoor mall), and Galleria Mall. Costco is a five minute drive away, along with Sam’s Club (and Target, Lowe’s, and Home Depot).Within just a few miles you have access to fabulous local gyms (California Family Fitness, Villa Sport, and many specialized facilities), Top Golf, and plenty of public golf courses, If you have swimmers in your circle, there’s also a fantastic indoor year-round Pool to enjoy (Mike Shellito Indoor Pool). Plenty of local parks to explore on the City of Rocklin website. Strikes Bowling Alley is a great place to bowl, enjoy live music, and much more. And we’re happy to suggest some great local restaurants to check out nearby.
Rocklin really does have it all, and if we don’t have it – we’re 1.5hr from Tahoe, even less for Truckee. 2hrs from San Francisco, under an 1.5hr to Napa. Many will be shocked that we even have some vineyards just up the road along with a few cool local breweries. Swimming and Soccer are big sports locally – recreation and more competitive levels. At “The Fountains,” you’ll find weekly farmer’s markets along with an amazing outdoor shopping experience. Across the street is the “Galleria Mall” with just about every local store you can think of … If you have questions about the area – we’re happy to answer!
This near ¼ acre lot features a gated entry to the detached third-car garage . The third-car garage connects to the pool house which has it’s own full bath (the perfect gaming retreat or post-pool clean-up zone for guests). The solar-heated pool features a beautiful water fall and has a nearby spa. Behind the pool zone, perfectly hidden yet accessible – is a lovely gardening zone. This pie-shaped lot also includes a lush-green side yard, fruit trees, a covered patio pergola with ceiling fan (to keep cool while BBQing), a fire-pit by the poolside, along with a great side yard “dog-run” and shed.
Inside the home, tax records do state it’s a three bedroom, but the downstairs office and upstairs bonus room both have a door-entry and could easily function as a bedroom (with an adjacent full bath). In addition to the pool house – which has its own full bath. Total full baths on property: four. The spacious Master bedroom overlooks the backyard and has two separate closets, and a grand Master bath with an oversized soaking tub and shower stall. The Game / Bonus room features surround sound, ample storage, and wet bar and faces the front yard and has great natural light. It could function as a gym set-up, a separate bedroom, or perhaps a movie room. Downstairs in the Kitchen you’ll find lovely granite counters along with a walk-in pantry. The split staircase set-up is great for having multiple access options from navigating from either the family or living room. Another important notable item, if you need a first floor bedroom, the office can easily be utilized as a bedroom (currently displays a lovely french-door access) with a nearby full bath. The main attached garage is fully equipped with great storage solutions – whether cabinetry or overhead racks.
Be sure to view “The Club at Natomas Park” – this is an amazing perk to living here (multiple pools, cafe, fitness center, facility rental, and Kid Zone).
Home backs to day-use park (Autumn Meadow Park) and this home is 10-15 min from the Sacramento airport.
If there is something you want to know about the home or the area – just let us know. We’re happy to help. 916-308-2446. Please note, we do have a Matterport TourAND a Zillow touravailable for a virtual and safer home viewing option.
Location + Activities
You’re minutes from the river and fun on the Delta and Sacramento River, plenty of local parks of varying sizes, and great local trails. Living here you’ll have access to the community gym, pool, and clubhouse. Downtown Sacramento is just a few exits away with an exciting night-life and plenty of things to do – whether dining, the arts, shopping, or the indoor and outdoor extra curricular activities. If the local gym isn’t enough – then California Family Fitness and numerous other gyms are currently available.
You’re in a fantastic location if you commute or travel frequently – you’re about ten minutes to fifteen minutes from SMF – Sacramento Airport (depending on traffic). Downtown Sacramento is just a few exits away. You’re close to great shopping (Truxel + Downtown), Fantastic local parks, an amazing clubhouse with numerous pools, gym and more; Golden One Center for concerts and sports, along with great nearby Delta + River activities and trails to enjoy and explore. If you need to zip down Hwy 99 or I-5 – they’re quick and easy to access.
MLS #20018617 – Price Improvement (4/30/2020) – New 360 Tours Available – This stunning and updated single-story home in Granite Bay rests upon an acre lot with so many opportunities for use. Whether you would like to house a horse (barn and pasture), or you need a longer driveway for vehicle, boat, or RV storage (behind a gate), or perhaps simply dream of a future pool – this level lot is lush green and amazing. The home also includes a separate gated dog run to the left of the home. We feel one of the best details is the neighborhood + the home’s proximity to shopping, dining, and multiple routes for commuters. This is a country property escape with all you need at your fingertips. Updates include (but not limited to): fully renovated Kitchen (Summer 2019) and appliances (less than a year old), flooring (2020), bathroom counters (2020), and fixtures. Laundry includes a utility sink and a half-bath. If you have four-legged friends – you’ll absolutely LOVE the dog-washing station in the garage (and includes a beautiful ceiling fan). Garage and barn are worthy of exploration – so much storage, including a second-story loft in the barn. If there is something you want to know about the home or the area – just let us know.
Location + Activities
You’re within ten minutes or less to Folsom Lake – trails, boating, picnics, water play, etc. Bikers, hikers – or however you travel, be sure to explore the amazing Miners Ravine Trail. Equestrian trails nearby. Plenty of dining and shopping close (within a block or two) with the Galleria Mall and The Fountains within a short distance. There are numerous golf courses in the region to explore in Granite Bay and Roseville, as well as tennis courses. For gym-go’ers – you have Lifetime Fitness nearby along with many other facilities to explore (smaller and larger). Starbucks lovers will have it at their finger tips (just a few blocks away). We have multiple movie theatre options within a few miles as well. All ages will find an indoor or outdoor activity to enjoy. Placer County is an amazing place to call home.
You’re in a fantastic location if you commute or travel frequently – whether zipping down Sierra College (turns into Hazel Ave) or Douglas Blvd. You’re close enough to Roseville that you’ll have all the benefits and amenities nearby for all items you could ever possibly need. This is the perfect country home escape, but close to all that Granite Bay and Roseville have to offer. The owners have LOVED living here and all of their neighbors and are sad to leave this home.
MLS #20005440 – If you’re looking for a fresh and luxurious space with nearly $80K worth of upgrades and overlooks a fantastic local park– then this is the home for you. This Roseville home features Thomasville cabinetry with soft-close drawers, stylish gray tones, stylish and updated light fixtures and appliances, gorgeous tile work in both baths (continuity of design throughout-on materials and color schemes), granite counter tops, dual-pane and energy efficient windows, and updated tile-wood flooring. Both the Master bedroom and Kitchen have backyard slider access (the yard is the perfect size for entertaining with a lovely white vinyl fence lining the perimeter. Not to mention you DO have a park across the street to enjoy).
City of Roseville utilties and newer windows hopefully means a cooler space + lower bills (plus NO HOA). This home has been lovingly maintained and updated with higher-end updates.
If you’re familiar with the area – you’ll already know how wonderful the local school district is (buyer to verify). Across the street is HC Elliott park.
Nearby is Woodcreek High, behind Woodcreek HS is a great green-space and great trails to explore, th Roseville Aquatics Complex (RAC) with an Olympic Size Pool and Water Play zone, a local library, a sports complex, dog park, and much more. Please note, some websites may be classifying this home incorrectly – it is a half-plex.
Energy-efficient windows, Thomasville cabinetry with soft-close drawers, tile wood flooring, continuity of design consistent through home – in metal, tile, and color schemes.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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).
REALTORs Steve Ostrom + Heather Ostrom – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – Coldwell Banker 2200 Douglas Blvd B-200, Roseville, CA 95661 – CALBRE# 01344154 + 01899313
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
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.
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.
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 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-tip1. 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-inas 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)
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)
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).
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.
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)
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)
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)
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: Vacant with Lockbox
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)
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.
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 …
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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