real estate: Goal Setting For a Happy New Year 2014 - 01/02/14 10:39 AM

It is a New Year and a new chance to make those resolutions for the upcoming year of all the things we’d LIKE to do with good intentions, but sometimes we don’t follow through with them.  (present company included)
In 2013 the Top 5 New Year’s resolutions were…
Eat healthy and exercise regularly Learn something new Better work/life balance Get organized (My main one this year) Save money I’m sure that most, if not all, of these were on all of our lists for last year as well as even this year.  These resolutions seem to be the most popular year after … (2 comments)

real estate: Nicest 5bdrm Home For Sale in Lodi, CA Under $500k - 08/15/13 06:49 PM
Nicest 5bd Home in Lodi Under $500k


real estate: Closing Costs...What Are They, and What Are They For? - 06/24/13 01:36 PM
I’ve been a REALTOR® in the Central Valley for over eight years now, and I’ve sold a lot of homes in my career.   I have been able to work with many amazing people that are both buying and selling homes in Lodi, Stockton, and surrounding areas.  As you would expect I get asked a LOT of questions about all aspects of real estate and what’s involved with buying or selling a home, but one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “What are closing costs?”
I thought about writing a long, detailed blog explaining all of the ins … (3 comments)

real estate: 5 Reasons There Are Fewer Homes For Sale in Lodi & Stockton Areas - 03/02/13 02:39 PM
Home prices are increasing across the country as the number of homes for-sale continues to fall. But at a time when buyer demand is picking up, why is inventory still so low?
Inventories fell to 1.82 million at the end of last year, a 21.6 percent drop from one year earlier, the National Association of REALTORS® reports.
The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted several reasons behind the dropping inventories, including:
Sellers hesitant to sell: About 22 percent of home owners with a mortgage are still underwater, owing more than their home is currently worth. Home owners don’t tend to sell unless a … (2 comments)

real estate: Become a Preferred Buyer - 11/02/12 07:52 AM
Become a Preferred Buyer When you begin house-hunting in Lodi and Stockton, CA areas, it will help you narrow down the homes that you consider if you know how much you can afford to pay. You can do that by getting pre-qualified, or you can take the process one step further by getting pre-approved.
Many people get confused by these terms and think they mean the same thing, when actually they are quite different. Being pre-qualified doesn't mean that you have a commitment from a lender; it's merely an indication of how much home you can afford. The pre-approval process, on … (5 comments)

real estate: Calculating Your Home's Square Footage - 05/03/12 07:36 PM
Question and Answer
Q: I’m thinking of putting my home on the market and need to know its square footage. How do I calculate my home’s square footage?
A: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) offers these suggestions for measuring your home’s square footage:
Always start by measuring the outside of the house. Begin measuring from any corner and work your way around the house. Move counter-clockwise so the numbers on your tape will be right-side-up. Measure from the exterior face of the walls. Include any features that are on the same level as the floor, such as chimneys and bay windows. If there … (0 comments)

real estate: 2-Story Condo For Sale in Lodi, CA - Practically Retro Pricing! - 01/02/12 06:50 PM
Townhouse Condo in Great Location! … (4 comments)

real estate: Are There REALLY Less Past Due Mortgages? - 11/25/11 02:37 AM
According to Lender Processing Services (LPS), there were 6,298,000 mortgagesgoing unpaid  in the United States as of the end of October.
Although that sounds like an incredibly HIGH number of delinquent mortgages, that total is actually less than the previous months.
At the beginning of this year, there were 6,870,000 delinquent mortgages.  Compare that to the beginning of 2010 that showed 8,118,000 and you can clearly see how there’s been a major decline in the total numbers of past due mortgages.
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Does all this mean that we’re nearing the end of the housing problems?  I wouldn’t go so … (4 comments)

real estate: Beautiful North Stockton, CA Home For Sale - I Wish All My Listings Were This Nice! - 06/04/11 12:17 AM
Immaculate Home in North Stockton … (2 comments)

real estate: Housing Recovery Is Here Overnight? - 04/01/11 09:19 AM

real estate: Where Are All The Real Estate Investors When You Need One? - 03/30/11 08:35 AM
It's not that often I get to list what I feel is a "GEM"  of an investor's delight, but now that I have an REO listed and I feel pretty darn sure that any investor would be lucky to find this deal, I can't seem to find the right investor with any interest at all in the Yuba City, CA area.
Here's a photo and here's a link to this already mostly rehabbed single family residence that offers an over-sized .21 acre lot, 2 bed & 1 bath with detached 2-car garage.
The home was already mostly rehabbed by someone else … (3 comments)

real estate: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Loan? - 02/24/11 02:33 PM
Back in the "old days", it was the 'American Dream' to not only buy a home, but also to actually pay off that debt.
There were actually "Note-burning" parties.  You would gather all your friends and family around so they could watch you burn your mortgage note papers once you paid off your loan.  I've heard from many people over the years that attended those parties and how exciting it was for the host.
It seems that no one ever pays off their mortgage these days.  Is it because of the amount of the loan, or the fact that no one … (6 comments)

real estate: It's Time For Wine & Chocolate This Weekend! - 02/11/11 09:17 AM
So what exactly do you have planned for this Valentine’s Day weekend that would not only be fun, but tasty and romantic?
Well, how about visiting the 14th Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend event going on in Lodi, CA that’ll be going on this coming weekend at over 40 participating local wineries. Tickets are only $45 in advance or $55 at the door.  You’ll receive an event wine glass, commemorative chocolate tin, an event map and guide, wine tasting and admission to the 40 plus participating wineries.  And if that wasn’t enough, be sure to check out your tins for a … (4 comments)

real estate: New Year's in Paris? I Don't Think So! - 12/31/10 10:55 AM
It would be So awesome to be able to spend New Year's Eve in Paris under the Eiffel Tower one year. 
I've also wanted to even drudge through Times Square on this eventful night, but that might be a nightmare in the making.
But since we found out our daughter has Uveitis, which is an inflammation of the inner eye, it looks like we'll be spending the evening at home putting in special eye drops every waking hour as prescribed by the ophthalmologist this week.  It was pretty painful for her at first as well as sensitivity to light, which … (3 comments)

real estate: 6 Tips For Moving Day - 09/24/10 08:40 PM
Moving day is stressful — you’re uprooting your family’s life and moving it to an entirely new house, and perhaps an entirely new city.
There are ways you can make the moving day itself less grueling with just a little planning. Here are a few:
If you’re using movers, they will go through your entire house and draw up an inventory of your things to be moved. Tag along with the driver who’s tallying this inventory and make sure everything gets on it, and then use the inventory at your new home to make sure that everything gets unloaded. The … (7 comments)

Randy Elliott, REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA (RE/MAX Gold)

Randy Elliott

REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA

Lodi, CA

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Address: 115 S. School St. Ste 11, Lodi, CA, 95240

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