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Sacramento Home Sale Statistics for Month of May 2011 vs. May 2010 - 06/26/11 08:37 PM
The number of single-family home sales decreased by 8.4% in Sacramento County for the month of May 2011 vs. May 2010. The median sales price declined by 12.8% for the same period.The Condo market delivered a 42.9% increase in number of sales, but median sale price declined 30.4% for May 2011 vs. May 2010. Mortgage interest rates continue at historic lows, and for those with the ability to currently buy homes, opportunities continue to be great! (4 comments)
A couple weeks ago, fellow ActiveRainer, Elizabeth Weintraub dials me up and says, "I think we should go fishing. It might be nice to just sit in a boat, fish and relax a little." I guess even a Sacramento Short-Sale Specialist needs to take a break once in awhile:-)Because Elizabeth's husband doesn't really enjoy fishing, I wanted to try to help Elizabeth achieve her vision. Even though I'm not much into fishing either. But fortunately, I know folks in my family who are.So early this morning I carved out a few minutes of time to scout out a local place I hadn't been to (24 comments)
With Disasters It's All About Preparedness - 06/24/11 10:27 PM
It seems there are areas of our nation currently enduring much activity while Mother Nature kicks up her heals. Whether it's extreme flooding in Minot, North Dakota, Wildfires in several other states, or at other times, tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and elsewhere. Here in California, we are prone to Earthquakes and Wildfires, although we experienced several rare tornadoes that touched down this season. Currently, several areas are experiencing a record snowpack melting in the Sierras. In the Greater Sacramento region, our rivers (especially The American) are running hard, fast and cold. On Wednesday, our emergency crews rescued as many as 42 from the waters (12 comments)
I have been experimenting a little with photo editing layers this morning. The photo above is of grandkid, Isabella, with a very special cat, Max. Over the years, there have been two black cats participate in the lives of our family. Sabu was an incredibly smart black cat that lived with me most of his 19 years, before moving on to cat heaven in 2006. Amazingly Sabu taught himself to use a toilet without being instructed by humans. We never left the lid down!Max, pictured above. is another very moxie feline. My daughter rescued him from a shelter environment. A few short days thereafter, the family left for (34 comments)
Selling in a Tough Real Estate Market - 06/14/11 11:19 PM
It's no secret that selling a home in our current market hasn't been as easy a task as in certain past markets. If you are a seller, with a house that has remained on the market month after month, and you are pulling your hair out trying to determine the elusive reason your home has remained unsold, the answer may not be as puzzling as you think.Real estate professionals know that natural laws of the marketplace are usually predictable. And a little analysis could reveal their secret.Virtually all houses are salable - if you put the right price, condition and terms on them.But, a (15 comments)
Wind Chimes, a Bamboo Flute, and Perhaps an Opium Pipe - 06/12/11 09:27 PM
(Slide Show has 8 images) Among Gold Rush era towns and settlements along California's Highway 49 on the way to Yosemite, is tiny Chinese Camp, near the southern end of California's Gold Country and the town of Sonora. The population was registered as a mere 146 souls in the 2000 census. However, during the raucous Gold Rush days of the 1850s, an estimated 5,000 Chinese dwelled there.California Gold Country was steeped in violence during gold rush days. There was murder, theft, claim jumping, and about every vice known. Several historical and journalistic accounts of the era, provide rich accountings of the (35 comments)
Majestic Scenes - 06/11/11 09:23 PM
(Slide Show contains 10 images) If your car has a sunroof when you first enter Yosemite National Park, it's time to open it. Ditto for a convertible - put the top down. At the park entrance gate, I hit the sunroof button, and simultaneously fresh pine air and sunshine flooded in. On the road from Sacramento and through California Gold Country, I had been listening to the kicky tunes of Dire Strait's "On Every Street" album. But at Yosemite, I thought it time to move on to the more reverent sounds of Luciano Pavarotti. I cranked the volume up a tad. (29 comments)
Early yesterday, when I rose at 4:30 am to get a good start on a daytrip to Yosemite National Park, I was wide-eyed and bushy tailed with anticipation. I was also looking forward to views and amazing sights along the way. Although many Greater Sacramento residents will take Highway 99, toward Manteca as route to Yosemite, I did not. Those that live in the North Eastern part of Greater Sacramento (Fair Oaks, Gold River, Rancho Cordova), have a shorter and more rewarding route by taking Sunrise Boulevard to Highway 16 (Jackson Highway) and heading South East. Highway 16 travels through (17 comments)
It's been said that Yosemite is the Crown Jewel of all America's National Parks. Having been there on several occasions, I can attest to Yosemite's majesty. However, several years of draught had turned down the water spigot on her magnificent waterfalls, and brought them to a summertime trickle. Four years ago, I eagerly went with out of state visitors to show off Yosemite's grandeur, but found virtually no water plunging from atop Yosemite Falls. It was very disappointing.But near the end of this long Northern California winter, laden with heavy rains and snowfall, I suspected facets and glimmer would return (20 comments)
It isn't Wordless Wednesday, nor is it Speechless Sunday. It's just plain ole Tuesday. I would like to share my thoughts about photos and blogging on ActiveRain. But before I do, I would like to take you along on a little two-part exercise.First - Glance at the photo above. Let's pretend for an instant that I had posted this photo, entirely without words, but given it a single word title, "Alone."Tell me in your comments. What do you see? How does the photo make you feel? Does it invoke any special memories or experiences? Are you transported to another place, another time? (86 comments)
Several days ago, when fellow ActiveRain blogger, Elizabeth Weintraub and I were in Napa Wine Country for lunch at Bouchon, we found all manner of culinary delights. In addition to wonderful dishes we had ordered up, I noticed the waiter serving a scrumptious looking plate to a gentleman sitting behind us at the wine bar. The fellow was kind enough to momentarily halt the first savored bite so I could snap the picture above. It is Bouchon's Croque Madame sandwich. A Croque Madame is simply a traditional Croque Monsieur served with a fried egg and a bit of sauce spooned (20 comments)
I looked out my back window a while ago, and found it was not only raining heavily, but had hail mixed in. Yes Folks - It really is June 1st It's OK with me that the noon news weather guy said it is currently snowing up the road in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. We have a snowpack, which is the most in 29 years.Today's rainfall will keep me out of my garden this afternoon, and allow me time to do something I have been putting off awhile now. In the process of my photo blogging efforts these past several years, (24 comments)
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