yolo county: Buying in Yolo County - What Comes With The House? Part 3 - 09/05/10 02:46 PM
When an agent is working on getting a seller's home ready for market one of the things we ask our clients to consider is if they wish to keep any of the attached items. Sometimes a seller is determined to take their drapes or blinds, one buyer in Davis discovered that the seller had removed all of the custom light switch plates in the house. Adding insult to injury they didn't bother to replace the light switch plates! But the most common horror story involves chandeliers. A chandelier is attached to the house and will be sold with the house, unless … (0 comments)

yolo county: Buying in Yolo County - What Comes With The House? Part 2 - 09/04/10 04:10 PM
When the revised California Residential Purchase Agreement was released by the California Association of Realtors this spring there was a change that reflected technological progress and the resulting conflicts.
The previous contract and the current contract specify that fixtures and fittings that are attached to the property are included in the sale. However that became part of the California Residential Purchase Agreement *before* wall mounted flat screen TVs! Now imagine that a buyer makes an offer on a house, with the contract stating that fixtures and fittings that are attached to the property are included. Does the buyer have a right … (0 comments)

yolo county: Buying in Yolo County - What Comes With The House? Part 1 - 09/03/10 12:52 PM
A common area of dispute in a home sale is what stays with the house and what can the seller take with them when they move. The California Residential Purchase Agreement from the California Association of Realtors (used in most home sales in Yolo County) is quite specific about that in an attempt to prevent disputes.
The level of detail can seem absurd but I'm sure that for every item mentioned in the list of items that are to stay there has been at least one serious dispute. (Ask any agent in Yolo County and I'm sure they have their own … (1 comments)

yolo county: Economic Development Workshop in Davis, Yolo County on Sept. 23 - 09/02/10 03:06 PM
Interesting workshop in Davis coming up on Sept. 23, on creating an economic development strategy and action plan for the city. It's sponsored jointly by the Davis Chamber of Commerce, the City of Davis and UC Davis. These are groups that don't always play well together so it's encouraging to see the groups co-sponsoring the conference.
It's a public workshop from 8 am to 3 pm at the UC Davis Conference and Visitors Center. UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will be the workshop's keynote speaker.
As an agent I have mixed feelings about attending - it's a topic I'm interested in … (0 comments)

yolo county: Wine and Jazz in Davis, CA at Rominger West Winery - 09/01/10 01:26 PM
Thursday Sept 2nd I hope to break free from showing real estate and get a chance to drop by Rominger West Winery in Davis to listen to jazz vocalist Natalie Armstrong, performing with her guitarist Nahum Dyzbel. Rominger West "Happy Thursdays", from 4-7 pm, are a chance to listen to music and taste wine from grapes grown in the Winters area of western Yolo County.
Appetizers are provided, the music is free and the special by the glass prices on the wine make it possible to inexpensively taste some of Yolo County's own wines. Check out Rominger West's event calendar or … (0 comments)

yolo county: Woodland Chili Throwdown & Brew-off in Yolo County, California - 08/30/10 04:02 PM
Friendly competition is on the menu September 18th at the Woodland Chili Throwdown & Brew-off at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. Businesses and civic organizations sponsor teams for the chili, salsa and beer competitions. Our team - Coldwell Banker Doug Arnold Real Estate Woodland office - is entering for the first time in the chili and salsa contests.
I volunteered for the grunt labor subteam - since I'm 8 inches taller and 100 pounds heavier than most of our office that seemed appropriate.
The event starts at 11 am, with winners announced at 3:15 pm. Should be fun!

yolo county: Finding a Property Tax Bill in Yolo County, California - 08/29/10 02:45 AM
When working with clients in Woodland and Davis in Yolo County I have to point out to them that their property tax bills are going to vary greatly depending on where they choose to buy a house. California's prop. 13 limited the actual property tax rate on real estate but Mello Roos assessments are common on newer homes. Especially in some of the newer areas in Woodland Mello Roos assessments can nearly double the property tax bill on a house.
Fortunately property tax info is on line in Yolo County. If you go to this website you can enter an house … (0 comments)

yolo county: Tour of the Gable Mansion in Woodland, CA benefits Red Cross - 08/28/10 04:12 PM

One of the most photographed houses in Woodland, California is the Gable Mansion. Central Woodland is known for it's lovingly restored Victorians and the Gable Mansion is perhaps the best example. Usually we can just admire these beautiful homes from the street but on Sept. 11 the home will be open for a tour, benefiting the American Red Cross of Yolo County.
The house will be open from 11-3, tickets are $20 and can be purchased here or by calling Yolo County Red Cross at 530-662-4669.
The home, at the corner of Cross Street and First Street in Woodland, … (1 comments)

yolo county: Tomato Season in Yolo County - 08/27/10 03:47 AM

It is tomato season in Yolo County - the Pacific Coast Producer's cannery on East Main Street in Woodland is in full production with clouds of steam billowing out early this morning. Tomato trucks rumble down the highway and there are piles of tomatos where a loaded truck took a corner just a bit too quickly. Yolo County has some of the best farmland in the world and ag is still a major player in our economy.

yolo county: Short Sales in the Davis, CA Housing Market - 08/26/10 10:26 AM
I recently wrote about the Woodland, CA housing market and the role of short sales in that market. Homes in Active Short Sale or Contingent Short Sale status make up more than half of the Woodland housing market. Now let's look at Davis, 10 miles to the south. What a difference 10 miles makes!
In Woodland well over 50 percent of the homes on the market are short sales. In Davis less than 12 percent are short sales, 25 homes out of 212 total. Of those 25 short sales, 20 are Active Short Sales and 5 are Contingent Short Sales. That's … (2 comments)

yolo county: New Homes Coming to Woodland, CA - 08/25/10 07:57 AM
When the bubble burst new home building in Yolo County just about disappeared. Of course there have not been many new homes built in Davis for sometime (although the Willowbank Park project under way will bring some new and highly energy efficient homes to the market) but Woodland boomed with many new homes built up through 2007.
But for the last three years the only new homes built in Woodland had buyers already lined up - builders couldn't get the financing otherwise. Now though we have two projects underway. Pulte Homes is doing ground work on their recently acquired property on … (0 comments)

yolo county: Checking out Davis, CA schools - 08/25/10 06:31 AM
The quality of the public schools in Davis in Yolo County, Ca are a lure to parents concerned about the education of their children, and one of the factors keeping Davis home prices much higher than surrounding communities. A useful tool for those considering buying a home and wondering about the local schools is the school performance map, a useful example of what can be done with Google Maps and a bit of creativity. Public schools show up on the maps as color coded pins with the colors indicating recent API scores. Click on the pin and more detailed information about … (0 comments)

yolo county: How much to offer - East Davis in Yolo County - 08/23/10 02:32 PM
Several times in the past few months people coming through an open house have mentioned that their agents are not willing to make offers for less than about 2 percent below list price. Last week one of these people said her agent made her feel like an idiot for wanting to make an offer 7 percent below list price.
This isn't surprising - Davis is a desirable community and our agents generally do an excellent job of pricing their listings. But is it true that making an offer more than 2 percent below list is a waste of time?
The buyers … (0 comments)

yolo county: Yolo County is not "stereotypical" California - 08/23/10 12:50 PM

Sometimes I meet people who expect all of California to be like San Francisco or Los Angeles. It ain't so - Yolo County is mostly farmland and Woodland, the county seat, is still in many ways a farm town at heart. There are families who have been here a century and more, and sometimes it still feels like you know everyone in town, or at least you know their cousin.  Part of that small town feel is knowing where your family is buried - I appreciate that my parents are buried in the Woodland Cemetery, in the Mitchell family plot. … (0 comments)

yolo county: The joys of a long distance escrow - 08/17/10 02:47 PM
Just closing a deal - bank owned house in Esparto (little country town that had a mini building boom at the height of the bubble.) My buyer and I had been through some stressful negotiations with the bank but now everything seemed to be going smoothly. However - my buyer opted to use the title company preferred by the bank because if we used a local company the bank would not pay for title insurance. OK, not thrilled because our local title companies in Davis and Woodland are fantastic but I can live with this.
What a mistake. The title company … (2 comments)

yolo county: 30 photos per day for 30 days - 02/17/10 10:48 AM
Blogs are better with images - a statement that's hard to argue with. And sometimes when I want to blog about a local topic I find myself hestitating because I don't have a good image. I know I should be taking photos - lots of photos - but don't get around to it. There is always an excuse, - isn't there?
So for the next 30 days I've vowed to take 30 photos per day here in Yolo County. This is the time of year when it should be easy - spring is here and trees are starting to bloom, the … (4 comments)

yolo county: The difference between Woodland and Davis home prices - 01/23/10 01:49 AM
Home prices in Davis and Woodland have been linked for decades, with Woodland homes historically being valued at 20% less than comparable Davis homes. The attractions of Davis (university town with a public school system as good as any in the state) and the intentional slow growth policies of Davis have led to this price gap. Recently this gap has widened to something more like 40% - the house that sells for $500,000 in Davis would sell for $300,000 if in Woodland.
It's no mystery why this is happening. The market in Woodland is currently dominated by short sales and to … (0 comments)

yolo county: Open Houses This Weekend in Woodland, CA - 01/08/10 12:02 PM
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Woodland Open Houses
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                                              DRE Lic. #01873017

yolo county: Open Houses This Weekend in Davis, CA - 01/08/10 11:00 AM
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Open Houses in Davis, California
                                 Presented by Gordon Lane, Realtor
                                                         DRE Lic. #01873017


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