myrl jeffcoat: Turkey Trot Along the American River Parkway - 08/14/14 11:46 AM
Because of the drought in our vicinity, the new California Gold is the color of our grasses and shrubbery.  This picture, taken along The American River Parkway, finds a family of wild turkeys doing the Turkey Trot while foraging for food.
The deer, the turkeys, the rabbits, the coyotes, and I, are all hoping for an early winter with plenty of rain!

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on this photo, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate … (19 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: When We Lose The Great Ones! - 08/12/14 10:35 AM
This morning I was going through old photos taken in the 1960s, when I came across this one below.  I snapped this picture back in summer of 1967.  We had taken a vacation, in the pictured GMC pickup, with a camper shell.  The destination was Yosemite National Park.  The famous Wawona Tree was one of main attractions in the Mariposa Grove at Yosemite.  Sadly it fell over in early 1969.
In earlier generations, the Giant Sequoia trees weren’t as cared for.  Outrageous things would sometimes happen to them.  For example, this tunnel through this tree was cut in 1881 as a … (41 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Home Listing and Sales Data for Sacramento – July 2013 vs. July 2014 - 08/09/14 11:07 AM
Homes listed For Sale in Sacramento County this June, logged a 41.2% increase in numbers over home listings in July of 2013.  The improvement in home inventory numbers has been continuing for several months. 
SOLD homes declined –0.2%, while homes moving to PENDING status were 9.3% above numbers for July 2013.  
We continue to experience a more balanced buyer-seller market, in comparison to a year and a half ago.
The following chart provides sales statistics for the month of July 2013 vs. July 2014.

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myrl jeffcoat: Americana in Old Sacramento - This Labor Day Weekend - 08/08/14 01:05 AM
For those Greater Sacramento residents, who were disappointed about news that Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento was cancelled this year due to the drought, GOOD NEWS was announced yesterday. 
Americana in Old Sacramento will be celebrated in Old Town on Labor Day Weekend.  Public outcry emanating from the loss of this year’s Gold Rush Day event, acted as catalyst for this latest development.
Old Sacramento’s cobblestone streets will not be covered in dirt as they have in the past.  It was the dirt, which required large amounts of water for dust control, followed with a hundred thousand gallons of water for … (13 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: New Developments About Fannie Mae and Mortgages - 08/07/14 09:05 AM
I just heard some great news about mortgages!  Later this month Fannie Mae will reduce dramatically, the waiting periods for former homeowners, who were foreclosed upon.  According to a message I received today from one of my favored lenders, Scott Filby of Comstock Mortgage, “IF the home foreclosed on was part of a bankruptcy process, AND listed in the BK as “surrendered” then, regardless of when the former home was actually foreclosed upon, the waiting period now follows the BK waiting period of FOUR years.  Up to this point, it was SEVEN from the date the bank got around to actually … (11 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Absorption Rate - What Is It? - 08/05/14 02:02 PM
 

The general public sometimes hears the label used via the media, but they don’t often have the data to translate it into meaningful information.  The real estate absorption rate helps the public more accurately determine whether it is a buyer’s or seller’s housing market.
In a “Normal Market” the absorption rate is between 5 and 6 months.  In a “Buyer’s Market” the absorption rate is higher (7+ months).  But in a “Seller’s Market” the absorption rate is lower (1-4 months).
A clearer definition of real estate absorption rate is to ascertain the number of months it will take to sell all homes currently on the market.  If the inventory of homes … (18 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Recipe: Moroccan Meatball Tangine - 08/04/14 10:54 AM

Yesterday evening when I posted about my family’s “Rockin’ Moroccan Pirate Party,”  I promised I’d provide the recipe for a dish enjoyed.  The Moroccan Meatball Tagine seemed to be enjoyed by most everyone present, including the picky eaters of the family.  
In traditional Moroccan cooking, a tagine is a cooking vessel with a conical shaped dome lid, which allows steam to roll back down inside the dome, and to create amazingly delicious dishes.
There are several recipes for traditional Moroccan tagine dishes.  They often use dried apricots, golden raisins, carrots, slivered or sliced almonds, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, … (21 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: A Rockin' Moroccan Pirate Party - 08/03/14 12:36 PM
There is no doubt most any self-respecting pirate, who has battled a bilge rat, knows International Pirate Day is September 19th each year!  But, a family of pirates who gathered at my house last evening apparently didn’t get the message.
My grandson will be going back to college next week, and one of my granddaughters treasured the idea of having a pirate party on her birthday, so we decided to celebrate early this year!
This year’s theme was “The Rockin’ Moroccan Pirate Party.”
There were games, a traditional treasure hunt.  And, much food and cheer!   It has swiftly become tradition that we cook up … (28 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: You Want to Buy That House But Need to Determine What to Offer - 08/01/14 03:41 PM
Real estate professionals are often asked by their home buying clients, “How much do we need to offer?”
There are certain factors home buyers likely wonder about, and need to consider before writing an offer. 
The following factors may help influence any decisions about property value:
(1) Asking your agent to provide a valuation of properties for the neighborhood is an important consideration.  Your agent can provide data about the average price for homes recently sold in that area. 
(2) The price per square foot is also an important component.  Learn the price per square foot of homes recently sold in the vicinity.  … (21 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: TBT: Old Train Yard in Solano County - 07/31/14 12:52 PM
About 14 years ago, I acquired my first digital camera.  It was a 1 megapixel Kodak, that cost about $1,000. That's a hefty price when you stop to think how prices for cameras have gone down, while the amount of megapixels has dramatically increased over the years.  
One of my first outings with the digital Kodak was to Napa Sonoma Wine Country.  Along the way, in Solano County, I came across this old train yard.  A perfect place to take a few pictures.




I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright … (21 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevadas in a Dry Year - 07/30/14 12:10 PM
The scene pictured below is along the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas, not far from the little town of Genoa, Nevada in beautiful Carson Valley.  The Sierras look quite different in late summer, or a dry year, than in winter when they are snow-capped or covered.
Genoa, is the oldest settlement in Nevada.  It's about 45 miles south of Reno.  David Walley's Resort and Hot Springs is located not far from where this picture was taken.   
For more information about historic Genoa, you can click on "Genoa History."


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myrl jeffcoat: What Factors Can Have Effect on Home Values? - 07/29/14 01:16 PM
Home sellers and home buyers sometimes wonder if there are certain factors which drive down neighborhood home values. 
The answer to the question is YES, several factors can have significant value killing effect.  They are as follows:
·         Foreclosed Homes or Short-Sales – One study by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) concluded that value of homes within 250 feet of a foreclosed property will decrease by 1% per foreclosure, on average.  The good news is the housing market has improved significantly in the last year or so, and fewer foreclosures, and short-sales are on the market, in many areas of the country.
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myrl jeffcoat: Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days Cancelled Because of Drought - 07/28/14 08:31 AM
I want to thank my friend, San Diego Realtor, William Johnson for sending word that Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days, held annually over Labor Day weekend will be cancelled this year due to the drought!
This event is a real crowd pleaser for residents in the Greater Sacramento Region, and visitors alike.  During Gold Rush Days, Old Sacramento is transformed to the raucous days of the mid-1800s.  The cobblestone streets are covered with hundreds of tons of dirt, while stage coaches, gun fights, and other characteristic Early Sacramento activity is featured.  It is the thousands of gallons of water used to … (9 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: How Do You Find Your Nirvana? - 07/26/14 01:13 PM
The music in the pool area is rather varied.  On some days, it can be hip-hop, or more modern.  But on this Sunday morning it was country western. 
The thing that’s interesting about the pool is you swim in a microcosm of mankind.  While I swam my way through laps, thoughts and plans for this coming week were freestyling in my head.
From the speakers overhead, played the lyrics from “Mr. Goodtime” - “I got two shot glasses and a bottle of tequila with nothing but time on my hands. I got my boots on tight and some money for the … (9 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can escape us! - 07/25/14 12:57 PM

 
Recently, I hit a wall with Facebook.  Even though I hadn't realized the wall was of my own making.  
At one time I had 350 Facebook "Friends" or so. I found my Facebook Newsfeed so clogged with activity, that sorting through postings to find the more important ones, was time consuming.   So, just before the last Presidential election, I did the unthinkable.  I deleted a whole lot of my “friends.”  I had become completely exasperated by numerous postings from beloved friends, who were also on the lunatic fringes of every political conspiracy theory known to mankind.  
Life has been mostly pleasant since … (15 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: TBT: Not Exactly a Luxury Liner - But It Get's The Job Done! - 07/24/14 01:56 PM
Twenty years ago, my son, who was serving in the United States Navy, invited me to go along as a guest for 4 days on the Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk.  We were to travel from Seattle to San Diego.  It was the very first, and the very last cruise I’ve been on. 
 
What many may not know is that the length of an aircraft carrier is approximately three football fields.  They are about 18 stories tall.  You don’t realize how many stories there are, because half are below water.  What they don’t tell you before you board is the only elevator between floors is … (22 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: A Delightfully Cool Spot in Greater Sacramento - 07/23/14 11:40 AM
This morning when I stepped out into my garage, I looked over at my lonely bicycle which has been neglected lately.  So, after a bit of dusting off, and a little air put into the tires, the bike and I rolled down my driveway, for a little togetherness time. 
The American River Parkway, a few blocks from home, always provides delightful eye candy and a break from mundane reality.
While we have been blessed with cooler days this past week, we are headed once again for a warming trend, which will transport us to more seasonal temperatures.  BUT, some on the … (7 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: California State Fair 2014 - 07/22/14 01:30 PM
Usually in summertime, when temps are at their hottest in Sacramento, is when CalExpo comes alive for its annual run of The California State Fair. 
We have been enjoying several days of cooler temperatures in the region.  And though it’s not our traditional fair going weather, it makes for a more pleasant experience.
The fair began on July 11th, and will continue through July 27th.  So, there’s still time to take in the exhibits, competitions, concerts, animal programs, carnival, and especially the FOOD!
 
For more information about the 2014 run of the California State Fair, you can visit: http://www.castatefair.org
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myrl jeffcoat: You’re making a Summer Move – How to Find the Best Schools - 07/21/14 02:34 PM
Summer is the time of year homebuyers with families often like making their moves.  They find it less disruptive to the school activities of the kids.
Many of these homebuyers also believe it is essential to move to a high-income neighborhood in order to facilitate having great schools for children. However, that isn’t always true.  Many of the very best schools in this country are located in communities within moderate home prices.  The key is to find a community where parents and residents put high value on the education of children. 
If a top priority on your home buying list is to find … (7 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Cavern Tours in California Gold Country - 07/20/14 03:24 AM
I often think California Gold Country offers an endless array of amazing experiences for both locals and visitors alike.  This Saturday morning, I rose early, packed a picnic lunch, and gathered up my son, Randy, and his family.  We loaded up the car, and ventured the 65 miles south east, to California Caverns in Calaveras County.
Calaveras County lays claim to a variety of exciting cave and mine tour activities.  In addition to California Caverns, there is Moaning Cavern, Black Chasm Cavern and Mercer Caverns. 
I’m fond of California Caverns because there is so much to see.  And, on a … (16 comments)

 
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