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One good reason NOT to talk on the Cell phone while driving... - 06/28/08 04:23 PM
There are some wireless speaker options that are pretty cool...Check out my earlier blog post on that.The real question on this new law is this "Will it be enforced". We shall see. I have heard the first offense is only $50 and that it doesn't add any points on your record so the insurance companies probably won't be able to raise your rates if you get tagged as a cell talking bandit! I THINK I SAW THIS PERSONS COUSIN DRIVING INTO THE CITY THIS MORNING! Rick (0 comments)
Credit card companies lowering credit limits! Look out for your FICO's to possibly drop!! - 06/27/08 08:12 PM
Thinking about purchasing a home and have more than a couple credit cards? You may want to think about stepping up the pace in your home search as top Banks are lowering their customers credit limits on their credit cards thus driving the customers FICO's down in the near future! This is not good news for your typical buyers or buyers that have, 4+ credit cards with balances! The Credit card company has to give you 15 days notice that they are indeed lowering your credit limit but after that it is fair game. What does this mean if you are (0 comments)
Bio Diversity the key to a healthy Redding California garden.... - 06/27/08 04:37 PM
It's that time of year again when I get questions on gardening. Some of my clients know I love to garden and some say do a pretty decent job at it. Not all bugs are bad...I had to teach my son-5 that bugs are an important part of the garden.He of course wanted to step on all the "Little Guys' as he calls them but once we went through the reasons for leaving them he was ok with letting them live.... live and let live right? Most of the insects in the garden are actually helping keep the balance and should (0 comments)
Soup in all pots and a solar roof on every roof top! Do I sound like a politician? - 06/27/08 10:50 AM
I just found a company that installs solar on people's roof tops and leases the panels to them! Wow, now there is an idea. Lets see here for example sake...you live outside the city of redding ca. You currently pay PG&E $300-$400 a month on average. Many people are paying much more than that right now! Lease a 3.2Kw system installed for $80 per month? Wow...not too shabby! The following is an example of a cash purchase vs. a SolarLease: For a typical home with a monthly electricity bill of $200, we would recommend installing a 3.2kW solar power system. This (0 comments)
New California State Hands Free Cell law goes into effect July 1st 2008 - 06/26/08 11:27 AM
Don't get caught with a cell phone to your ear in less than a week! The first ticket I understand is $50 and the next ones are much higher! If an officer sees you with a cell phone up to your ear after July 1st 2008 that is reason enough to pull you over and check EVERYTHING out...Well mam I see that you are getting a $50 fine today for the cell phone but I also noticed that your registration is out of date and is that.......Well you get the hint. Here is info on one product that looks pretty cool. (0 comments)
Redding Ca deals in real estate - 06/25/08 05:27 PM
Everyone is looking for a deal...in fact over 25 people were shopping for a steal in the last fiasco that happened when a home was priced EXCEPTIONLY well by an agent that knew what he was doing...trying to generate some INTEREST AND OFFERS... so much so that he had to clear out his cell phone messages as it was full! There are some deals...you just have to know where to find them and be ready to pounce on them...being ready to pull the trigger with either a cash offer or a short close period is a must in this market. If (0 comments)
Shorts,short sales,short pays,short this and that.You have probably heard about short sales but what exactly are they and WHY do they take SO long you might be wondering? Short sales are simply where the owners of the property owe more on the loans than the property is worth and are trying to sell the property short of what is owed. It takes willing lenders/note holders to make this happen. Sometimes they are willing to work with you and sometimes they are are not.One thing is for sure...it will take a while to learn if they will (0 comments)
Brand New Energy Star quality homes in Redding now only $144 a foot? What..... - 06/25/08 01:14 PM
I have to give credit where credit is due...There is one builder in Redding that "Gets it".They sold tons of homes when the market was hot and now that the market is not they are still selling homes! What magic bullet do they have that other developers and builders don't? Well they build a great home for one...sure they have one here and there that has problems but when they can build a New home of high Quality in This market and sell them..this tells me one thing...they are doing what it takes to sell in a down market.. What they (0 comments)
Redding California buyers do exist and here is what they want...Sellers here's what YOU need to do to sell.... - 06/25/08 12:47 PM
The market chugs along.The Developers and home sellers are wondering why nothing is sellling and wondering what is selling. I can tell you two things....yes there are buyers out there! And they are purchasing. What they all want is a DEAL. If you are selling a new home whether you be a developer or a home seller the advice is pretty simple right now...PRICE IT RIGHT TO START WITH... Does this mean that you may lose money if you have a new home subdivision? Well it may but if you want to SELL some homes, the home better be priced right (0 comments)
This Bud's for you Warren Buffett...how he made a half BILLION on Budweiser.... - 06/25/08 09:21 AM
Warren Buffett...what can I say, this man is a genius! When others are buying he is selling and when others are running scared his is buying...Here is one of just another example of his brilliant stock picks...Budweiser back about 3 years ago was just a run of the mill beer company right??-Wrong...Buffett studyed this stock and started accumulating it...buying when others were worried about the mico brews and all that other stuff. Fast forward 3 years...someone wants to purchase Bud....well now...look at that stock head on up!! And who do you think is making a KILLING on it...yes that is right (0 comments)
California Wildfire update map and info... - 06/23/08 07:50 PM
The smoke is thick and my eyes are burning as I type this. We have over 150 active fires in our immediate area.With the smoke and heat in the mid to high 90's residents with respitory problems are advised to stay inside with the windows CLOSED! Don't venture out unless it is necessary as the problem is Redding is so bad that ash is falling out of the sky this evening! Here is the map that shows where the fires currently are in California right now...
Rick Goates ECO Broker Redding Ca 5430-248-5627 (0 comments)
Eco Friendly baby diapers? Wow...diapers go Green.... - 06/23/08 06:28 PM
With all the talk about "Green" I came across this product that is interesting if you have a baby or two in the home.While they might not be considered truly "Green" these diapers appear to be a much better choice for parents everywhere! Instead of using plastic in the diapers (like traditional ones) they use something different. Supposedly these things break down fairly quickly and you can even compost them...well the ones that don't have a little present in them so to say!! They say the garden will love them...not too sure about that but tolerate probably yes! Here is the (0 comments)
Sen. Barack Obama likes Ethanol.......what about the other alternatives? - 06/23/08 12:58 PM
I just read where Senator Obama is sweet on Ethanol....But has he looked closely at all the NON food based alternatives? Using food based crops to produce fuel is not too smart in my opinion! There are so many alternatives like cane/switch grass/Jatropha Curcas and many others. Yes the corn farmers are loving the current prices but lets look at all the alternatives. I am hoping that whom ever gets elected will look at the big picture and not just the special interest groups! Regards,
Rick Goates ECO Broker Redding Ca 530-248-5627 http://rickgoates.com
How green are you? Test your green knowledge here right now....let's just see what you know... - 06/21/08 08:08 PM
We hear it every week...green this and green that...If fact there is one local builder here in my city that toughts a green home...problem is they might be building an energy star home or a super effiecient home but their homes are FAR from "Green". That's the problem...people jump on the bandwagon and start preaching green when they don't even know the difference between an efficient home and a true "Green" home.. Here is a link if you want to see where you fall into the spectrum?
Rick Goates ECO Broker Keller Williams Realty Redding CA 530-248-5627
Save a tree take yourself off the mailing lists of hundreds of catalog companies.... - 06/21/08 08:03 PM
Millions of people every week receive literally tons of junk mail in the good old mailbox. I have provided a link so that you can take yourself OFF these lists and will hopefully get your junk mail down to a reasonable pile!! Most companies will not send you any more junk mail once you register because sending out catalogs is fairly expensive and if they know for a fact it will be thrown out then they would rather not even send it. I have noticed a huge drop after signing up and hope that you do too!! Here is the link (0 comments)
This home is located in the city of Shasta Lake and is close to the Dam and lake itself.There is handicap access via a concrete ramp up to the front door. Many upgrades and the sellers are movtivated. Contact me today for more details or info Rick Goates Atlantis Realty Group Keller Williams Realty Redding CA 96001 530-248-5627 (0 comments)
Why it's a good time to buy Redding California Real Estate right now... - 06/20/08 03:35 PM
Interest is heading up...at least that is what Yahoo had on their site today. I have heard that it would be going up and couldn't stay super low for ever.This is just one of many good reasons to think at least about buying a home now and not waiting until the "Bottom" occurs. No one can time the bottom...if they could they would all be millioniares! One thing is for sure though if you wait too long to purchase waiting for the bottom then you will be paying more each month..How that you ask? Well if interest goes up 1% in (0 comments)
Redding California Real Estate - 06/20/08 03:06 PM
This update on Redding California Real Estate shows that homes in the lower price ranges are certainly in DEMAND. There was a nice little home in south Redding that was recently listed. The price was and excellent price for the home,even in it's current conditon.There were 25 offers on it!! Thats 25 not 2 or 5....25...WOW! What does that prove or show us? Well for one, there are many buyers out there....the misnomer that there are NO buyers out there is really not true...as evidenced by this home. But what the buyers all want is a DEAL...Yes a deal...a steal in (0 comments)
Benefits to using a licensed real estate person in California... - 06/20/08 12:54 PM
With all the foreclosures and short sales etc I thought it very important to stress the benefits of using a licensed california agent or Broker.People that are licensed and that are Realtor's MUST act in a very high manner when helping you...They simply have to as there are repercussions if they don't. I remember back about 6 months ago I had a client interested in a home on a couple acres and came in contact with a lady that claimed to be an "Expert at short sales".She did not currently have her Real Estate License but mentioned she was a seasoned (0 comments)
What to do when you owe more on your home than it is worth and you need to sell.... - 06/20/08 12:26 PM
I am seeing it every week now. There are hundreds of people that are getting ready to lose their homes because they can not make anymore payments.One of the most important things to remember if you owe more on your home than it is currently worth is that once you get your notice of default in the mail or posted on your door then the time clock is ticking! What that means is that the problem is NOT going to go away! It is IMPERATIVE THAT YOU TAKE ACTION and contact a Realtor that is an expert in doing short sales.Not (0 comments)
Rick Goates ECO Broker Keller Williams Realty Redding Ca 96001 530-248-5627
Bank owned homes in Redding Ca is 224 today according to foreclosure site.... - 06/17/08 12:08 PM
Are you looking for a bank owned home? Many people are and there are some deals out there.There are also plenty that are overpriced for the current market...just like the regular homes. The key is knowing which homes are a real deal and which are just ok.When you come across a deal you have to be ready to pull the trigger! Having just a pre qual might not get you invited to the party.A pre approval or cash is what is needed to win in this competitive game! Yes it is a buyers market still...but on properties that are priced "Right" (0 comments)
Redding Ca Bank owned home generates so many offers agent has to turn phone off.... - 06/17/08 11:49 AM
Are we back? That is a common question I hear...is the market coming back? Are we at the bottom? Well I don't know if we are at the bottom or not but if this example doesn't show that things are indeed alive and well in the lower price ranges I don't know what will. I showed a home yesterday...a common everyday home that was a 4/2 with over 1500 sq.ft. The home needs some cosmetic fixing and work but compared to some of the bank owned homes this one was a "Cream puff". I have seen homes that the owners stripped (0 comments)
Redding California Foreclosure market blazing hot, one home has 11 offers on it!! - 06/17/08 11:40 AM
Wow, to all those that say there is no activity in our local real estate market they haven't seen what is happening to homes that are priced very agressively! The latest example is a nice 4/2 that needs cosmetic fixing here in Redding. It was priced to sell and at last update it had 11 offers on it...That's 11 not one! I have not seen activity like this for about 3 years! 3 years ago it was every week where you would go to show a nice home and there was an agent coming out with clients and two waiting to (1 comments)
Homebuilding resources to save you money in Shasta County.... - 06/16/08 06:51 PM
Thinking of building a home? Now may be a good time for many reasons. One reason is that interest is very good right now. The choice of lots is INCREDIBLE. I know of lots that were $142k a year ago and are now around $85k!! There are plenty of hungry contractors out there and I am happy to assist you with some that will do a great job for you! Here are some products to consider if you are going to build-
#1 Tankless water heaters...they save money are are a great investment.Check out Takagi tankless water heaters. #2.Cosider solar (0 comments)
California Renewable Energy Resources.... - 06/12/08 10:17 PM
Here is some info that you may find interesting courtesy of www.energyatlas.org I was suprised to see that we have so much wind and geo power in California. I know that solar is gaining steam in the Golden state. Let's hope they keep the rebates for a while on solar installation! Regards, Rick (0 comments)
Redding California Lawncare tips to help keep that grass green...even when it's a 100! - 06/12/08 02:37 PM
Summer is upon us.This year has brought some unusually windy weather also. The wind along with the increase in temps makes most lawns stress...Yes stress, kind of like the stress when you are at the grocery store and have forgotten your check book! Lawns needs water to survive. When you water and fertilize will determine if your grass is the green or brown grass in the neighborhood! Start with a good watering early in the morning. Even if it is windy water early and plenty. Then when it gets above 90 add a second watering in the early afternoon for about (0 comments)
8 tips to help the environment and to help stop global warming.... - 06/11/08 08:41 PM
#1. Drive less....sounds simple but how many people have been on a bus lately instead of using their cars? Plan your trips so that you best utilize your mileage and avoid unneccessary miles-thus contributing to pollution etc. #2.Change some light bulbs! Replacing just 1 regular light buld with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save about 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year!! Wow imagine if you change them all out!! #3.Recycle more...ok what do you mean with that? Well you can actually recycle many if not all consumer containers such as detergent,cans,bottles etc. Many people recycle but they only recycle (0 comments)
Precision Time - Mt. Shasta Mall poor service was experienced recently.... - 06/11/08 06:51 PM
Precision Time-Mt Shasta Mall Redding Ca- I get lessons all the time being in real estate. When I experience poor customer service I feel its fair to share it so that none of my clients or potential clients have to endure the pain also. Precision Time in the Mt Shasta Mall is one place that I will not be going back to! From the top down it quite obvious that this company really doesn't intend to make the customer feel good about any problems that come up. Now granted they did give me my money back on an extended watch program (0 comments)
Precision Time watch repair in Redding Cal not too precise!!Treats me very poorly!!! - 06/11/08 06:26 PM
Update on my watch situation. I took my watch into precision time to have the battery replaced.They sold me on the lifetime battery watch replacement insurance ( a rip off). I got my watch back and the back in the watch kept coming off and would not stay on. It was a BRAND new watch so I know it had nothing to do with the watch at this point. I asked to have it fixed and they took almost 30 minutes to get to the conclusion that it had to be sent out. It would take 6 weeks to get my (0 comments)
Trader Joe's breaking ground in Redding California... - 06/10/08 12:14 PM
I see where they are starting on the dirt work/underground for the new Trader Joe's...this will be a welcome addition to the Redding shopping mecca! I know many people currently drive all the way to Chico to go to TJ's.With gas at $4.59 a gallon I am sure they are going to be very happy when Trader Joe's opens here in Redding. I bet they are open for Thanksgiving... Like the Commercial says "Open/open/open...oh sorry that was for another store! But the same applies here...Yes there WILL be a rush on the opening day!! It's Redding after all...Redding is BIG on (0 comments)
A prius in every other driveway...a garden in every backyard! - 06/09/08 06:15 PM
I was out driving around today to locate those For Sale by Owners that may need my help and noticed something pretty interesting. I noticed about 10 Toyota Prius's in driveways around town. Now on a regular day I have to admit I really don't look for these cars but on this particular day they stood out. It might have something to do with the $4.49 a gallon I just paid when I refueled my car!! With gas going up to $5 a gallon soon and Diesel going up to $6 a gallon I have a sinking feeling that prices at (2 comments)
Redding California Loan officer Aimee Adams goes the extra mile-saves this Realtor! - 06/06/08 06:15 PM
With all the problems in the financial arena it's great to see and experience what TRUE customer satisfaction and service are ALL about. The story starts with me using a local lender that has done a good job in the past.Then the story gets pretty graphic! The mortgage Broker's lender down south starts with some pretty usual conditions...then adds some pretty unusual conditions and starts making me dance. I signed loan documents with company and thought everything was a go...I mean when you sign loan doc's you had better be getting the loan right? Well in this case that didn't matter...they (0 comments)
Redding California Short Sales...what you need to know as a seller owing more on your home than it is worth! - 06/04/08 12:49 PM
The short sales are still popping up but what do you do as a seller if you owe more than your home is worth AND need to sell?? Short sales are simply a situation where you owe more for your home than it is worth and need to sell AND the bank is willing to take LESS than what is owed as payment.Most people have a first and a second on their homes when they short it. The Second note holder MUST ok the deal for you to stand a chance! If the second won't play ball then the sale can (2 comments)
4/3 with 2578 Sq.ft and 1.5 acres Assessed value $525k Bank might take $375-$380k!! Located in popular subdivision Surrounded by nice homes ------------------------------------------ 3/2 in the country outside Redding 2700+ sq.ft Needs a little work 8 LEVEL acres!!! $264k Shouldn't last at this ridiculous price!
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