6 Home Selling Turn Offs To Avoid

6 Home Selling Turn Offs To Avoid

 

Selling your home in Nevada County can feel like a daunting task. With the right agents, and by following a few “rules” it can be not only easy, but pleasant as well! The info graphic to the right is an excellentstarting point for what some turn-offs for sellers are.

Stained and/or damp patches on ceilings and walls.

Painting is one of the most affordable updates you can do for your home. Clean walls in neutral colors can not only make the home feel new, but it helps buyers envision their possessions in this space.

It’s important to resolve any leaks prior to painting. If you need a referral for a repair service, let us know.

Odors

Odors can also be mitigated by painting. Cleaning or replacing carpets may be necessary as well depending on the strength and source of the odors. While this seems like an expense, it can not only be the difference on if your home sells, but how quickly, and for how much.

Dull Lighting

Dull or dim lighting can be a huge turn off for buyers. Even a dark house can be well-lit with the right wattage of bulbs. The new LED style bulbs are excellent as they save money while providing the same, or even more light than a standard incandescent bulb. Also, make sure drapes and blinds are open in all areas to bring in more natural lighting as well.

Outdated Bathrooms

Out dated bathrooms with stained sinks, bathtubs, showers and floors are a huge turn off. Sometimes something as simple as new faucets and a new light fixture can be all that is needed to update and beautify this space. Also, make sure there is plenty of light in the bathroom as well. Also, install a nice smelling scent dispenser like a plugin or essential oil diffuser to help with unpleasant odors.

Cluttered Rooms

Cluttered rooms can kill a sale very quickly. A potential buyers needs to be able to not only comfortably walk through your home, but also not be distracted by too many photos, knickknacks and decor. If they can’t see the floors and the walls because of too much stuff, they cannot envision how they would use the space. Counters and tables should be cleared, art work should be kept neutral, and to a minimum, and corners need to be cleared. Put the shoes in the closet, and keep throw blankets out of sight as well. Less is more!

Over The Top Decor

This also falls in with clutter. Even if orange is your favorite color, cover the walls with a more neutral shade of paint. Keep the cheetah prints, furry rugs and pillows and things of that nature tidied away. Too many distractions will chase a potential buyer out the door very quickly!

Thinking of selling your home  in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley or the surrounding areas?

Give us a call and we will be happy to not only meet with you, but share more secrets on a quick sale! We have buyers waiting for homes to come on the market, so give us a call today! We would love to show you what our Sierra Lifestyle Team can do!

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day at Empire Mine

Mother’s Day at Empire Mine

Empire Mine State Park

50 countries around the world celebrate Mothers Day each year.  I think you’d be hard pressed to find a more lovely way to spend the day celebrating mothers than right here in Grass Valley at the historic Empire Mine State Park.

Gold Rush History

The Empire Mine is the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mine in the state of California, producing 8.5 million ounces of gold from its opening in 1850 until closed to operations in 1956. Hard rock miners, brought in from Cornwall, England to work the mines settled in Grass Valley. You can still purchase Pasties in Grass Valley, a lunch item well suited to work in mines.  Mine owners and managers settled in Nevada City and gave the town it’s Victorian character that still abounds.

Mother’s Day in Nevada County

When I first moved to the area we stumbled on this amazing Mothers Day event while trying to find a California historical site for my daughter’s 4th grade school project.  Wow, did we hit a jack-pot right here in Nevada County!  The stunning grounds are nature at their finest, historical buildings and characters in full dress eager to share the gold rush history, live jazz musicians play and local vendors sell tasty treats.  Bonus – it’s one of only two days a year you can bring food into the park.  My family can’t imagine a better way to spend Mother’s Day…we go back every year with family of all ages.  Bring a blanket, picnic and your favorite mom(s)

Activities at Empire Mine State Park

The Empire Mine State Park is located at 10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley, CA 95949. it is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. Miles of trails are open to hiking, biking and horseback exploration on its 853 acres. Most visitors plan a two hour visit to see the mines grounds, buildings and sights. Docent tours are available.

Call 916-653-6995 for more information. See you there!
Visit http://www.empiremine.org/events/spring-open-house

An incredible Opportunity!

An incredible Opportunity!

This is home that has something for everyone. This Grass Valley home features 4 bedrooms, one of which is attached to the garage with privacy and it own bath. This is perfect for hosting guests with privacy or to use as  space for office, hobby room or more (Includes murphy bed).

This home offers a 2 car attached garage plus an additional garage/shop in the back that was set up complete with piped air compressor, wood stove and more!

RV parking and a circular drive leaves lots of parking options for entertaining and family gatherings.

A huge back deck great for grilling, relaxing outdoors and entertaining. The back deck offers easy no stair access into the homes main living and dining area. Relax on the large covered front deck and enjoy tree top Nevada County views.

This is a rare opportunity to own a Nevada County home at a great price! This listing is sure to go quickly. If you are looking to vacation where you live, Grass Valley is the place to be!

To view this home, or any other homes for sale in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley or surrounding areas, please contact us. We look forward to helping with all of your real estate needs!

Reducing the price of your home.

Reducing the price of your home.

Selling a home in Nevada County

Your home has been listed for some time, but no offers yet.  How do you know when to reduce your list price, or not?

Is today the right time to reduce the price?  This is a question we commonly come across when a home has not sold.  There are several things to look at before reducing the list price of your home.

#1 How long has the home been on the market?
#2 What is the condition of the home?
#3 What have touring conditions been like (weather, etc)?
#4 What features or challenges does the home present?  Driveway, landscaping, neighborhood, dated, in need of cleaning/painting etc.
#5 What are other homes in the immediate area, competitively priced, that are either sold or pending?

We walk our sellers through all above information and more.

Some items that can only be fixed with a lower price are location, neighborhood and conditions due to significant deferred maintenance.

We recently reduced a home that has a driveway that can be a challenge for some and yard that needs a creative eye to make it something special.  However the home has a lot of square footage and could be used as 2 units to create rental income.  The new price reduction brings an attractive price to the current market to get the home sold for the sellers.

Check out this listing #20163079, now the BEST priced property in Alta Sierra.

If living in Nevada County with beautiful tree top views is something you are looking for, you will for sure want to tour this home.  This home offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 kitchens and more. There are two separate livable units perfect for in-laws or additional income.
Afraid of selling because you may not find another home?

Afraid of selling because you may not find another home?

Selling Your Home in a “Low Inventory Market”

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid of selling their homes in Nevada County because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell-whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood-there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to buy first!

In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on Zillow, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home. We have a lot of properties for sale in Grass valley, Penn Valley, Nevada City, Rough and Ready and Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines. There is a mistake I’ve seen time and time again, where people make a statement of wanting to live in Nevada City, and only searching there, not realising their “perfect home” is right on line between Nevada City and Grass Valley, so they miss out on buying their dream property in Nevada County. Expand those searches!

Think outside the box!

Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid of not finding another wonderful home in Nevada County as well. Let us know the area you would love to live, be it Cascade Shores, Peardale Chicago Park, Morgan Ranch, The Cedars or any of the other fantastic neighborhoods we have here in the gold country! We can canvas the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live, and sometimes find homes that may not be quite listed yet, giving you a first look! We could find a home for you to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

What if you can’t find the perfect home?

It’s rare, but from time to time, you just simply can’t find the perfect home for you. Have you considered building? There are some AMAZING lots available for sale in Nevada County. Perhaps it’s time to create your own home? Building can be an excellent way to get just what you are looking for. There are lots of different styles of loans available, and many options for those looking to build. It should definitely be a consideration as there is nothing quite like planning and creating your brand new home.

You should always have a REALTOR®!

Not only do REALTORS® have access to tools and listings that the general public doesn’t have access to, but we have a vast network of colleagues, past clients, brokers, and others to put the word out to as well. Not only that, but we know the ins and outs of real estate laws. It’s important to make sure everything is done correctly to ensure your transactions are completed correctly. This can save you from costly mistakes with years of repercussions.

The Sierra Lifestyle Team

We make YOU our top priority and will always go the extra mile for you. Even if you are just thinking of selling or buying, give us a call with any questions you may have. We’re here to help! In the meantime, be sure to search for property here, and sign up for new listing notifications so when a new property comes on the market, matching your parameters, you’ll be emailed the details automatically!

Best Place To Live 2017 – Nevada City

Best Place To Live 2017 – Nevada City

OMG…Nevada City Picked As #1 Best Place To Live!

Check out the February 2017 issue of SUNSET MAGAZINE http://sunset.com. Nevada City’s NATIONAL HOTEL has never looked better than it’s full cover bleed on Sunset’s Front Cover.  Denizens of Nevada City, Grass Valley, Alta Sierra, Southern Nevada County and Penn Valley have long known it to be true that our wonderful little slice of these great United States (already great despite naysayers to the contrary) tops the list of best place to live!

The Sierra Lifestyle Team has worked with many clients who have looked for homes all over the United States, and in some cases abroad, and settle on Western Nevada County as best. Why? Close proximity to outdoor activities: Hiking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Fishing, Biking, Birding, Astronomy, Gardening…An hour and a half away from the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe that offer a plethora of outdoor activity opportunities for active families. Coupled those with entertainment options at area Casinos (including shows by top headliners such as Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder) and dining from outdoor stands to sophisticated restaurants and you have a recipe for exceptional lifestyle choices that makes our area the best place to live.

From the High Sierra to the Pacific Ocean in hours!

Three hours drive to the San Francisco Bay Area affords access to the constellation of shopping, dining and cultural activities well known to just about all. And of course to the Pacific Ocean and it’s communities South to Santa Cruz and Monterey or north to Fort Bragg.

But we digress.  Back to the best place to live. Sunset’s article emphasizes Nevada City and it’s roots in the back to the land movement of the 60s and 70s. But that doesn’t begin to touch the depth of character of those of us who live here in Nevada City or Grass Valley or Alta Sierra or Penn Valley or Southern Nevada County. People from all walks of life, socio-economic levels, backgrounds, and interests mingle happily and consider all those areas as parts of the greater good. Nevada City and Grass Valley host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival as Well as the Nevada City Film Festival, both recognized nationally and internationally. Some quote us as the Sundance of the West. The Center Of The Arts is a cultural jewel we have written about several times, bringing a wide range of music and dance shows to town, attended by patrons who often come to town from Truckee/Tahoe, Sacramento and as far as the SF Bay. We were hugely entertained last evening by Robert Earl Keen and his phenominal band in the 250 seat venue in town and will look forward to cast members from Jersey Boys entertaining us with song and dance from the Do Wop days next week.

Come join the party!

Warm up with Alisa’s Taco Soup recipe!

Warm up with Alisa’s Taco Soup recipe!

Alisa’s Taco Soup

One of my favorite things to do is bake and cook for others.  taco soup

My saying is if you feed them they will come.

So for broker open house this week I decided to make Taco Soup.  The weather outside was really chilly so I thought it might be a hit and boy, was it!

Although pretty simple the hot hearty bowl of soup was just perfect.
We had 30 agents come through the open house and all but maybe 4 or 5 ate including some buyers who came through as well.  Over half asked for my recipe including the buyers.  So I will share the following recipe.

Alisa’s Taco Soup

1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 16 oz bag frozen corn
1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning
1 Package Taco seasoning
Place in large pot or crock pot with 4 cups water.  Do NOT drain the beans add whole can.

1.5 lb Ground Beef( I used grass fed but have also used ground turkey)
Add cooked meet to above pot and bring to boil.
Saute Onion and brown ground meat with some sea salt, pepper, season salt.
1 chopped white or yellow onion
Cilantro chopped up

Serve with below toppings
Shredded cheese, sour cream and crumbled tortilla chips to top your soup.

I hope you enjoy this soup.
Fall Colors Open Studios – Nevada County Arts

Fall Colors Open Studios – Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts – Artists Studios are open October 8 & 9, and 15 & 16 from 10am to 5pm! #fallcoloropenstudios 

Nevada County Arts scene is one of the great delights for those of us living, working, or just plain visiting here in Nevada County is the fall celebration of many talented artists, sculptors and artisans who generously open their studios to us art lovers. Visit more than 75 local artists in 47 studios to see how and where art is made and purchase directly from the artists themselves. The tour includes painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, woodworkers, and sculptors.

The Art Tour is sponsored by our fabulous CENTER FOR THE ARTS! (openstudiostour.org) Of the numerous Nevada County events, this is a favorite of many art lovers in Northern California.

Nevada County Arts In GRASS VALLEY: Check out Katie Wolf’s Oil and Acrylic works, Jay Gordin’s Custom Knives, Carin Brook’s Fine Art Gourds, Karel Vendee’s Textile/Fiber Art, Martha Jones’ Mosaic & Fine Paper Collage Reuse Art, Candy Ekstrom’s Functional Ceramics, Rosemary Stokes Jewelry, and Dori Greenbaum’s Watercolors. Also in Grass Valley discover Johathan Lyerly’s Photography, Adrian Hyman’s Digital Photography, Tamara Unger’s Ceramics, Len Moles’ works in Graphite and Color Pencils, Chantelle Goldwaithe’s Mixed Media, Valerie Messervy Birkhoff’s Oil Painting’s and Sculpture, Brett Schrieber’s Wood Burl Tables and Sculptures, Dugan Essick’s elegant Wood Furniture and Mindy Osborne’s Ceramics, Photography & Purses. More Grass Valley studio’s show Caroline Courtright’s Acrylic Paintings & Jewelry, Della Heywood’s Watercolor, Pastel, and Oil Paintings, Chic Lotz’s Ceramics, David King’s Collage, Drawing & Painting, Rebecca Bleau’s Printmaking, Thomas daddy’s Stone Vessels, Kathryn Wronski’s Oil Painting, Michael Larson’s Sculpture, Virginia Ray’s Assemblage’s of Vintage Objects, Linda Galosh’s Acrylic, Watercolor and Drawings, Jude Bischoff’s Painting. Grass Valley’s riches include Mixed Media by Marylou Falstrou, 2D & #D Fine Art at ART WORKS GALLERY on Mill Street downtown, Mixed Media at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, Mixed Media Fiber Art by Spencer McClay, Rustic Sculpture and Earrings by Tim Wilson, and at the Curios Forge check out Metal, up cycled Art, Jewelry, painting & Wood works. Just when you think you’re done in Grass Valley you are not. Barrocult Ceramics for Sacred Spaces, Tony Machado Oil Paintings David Wong Photography, Jan Pellizer Mixed Media, Eileen Blodgett Mixed Media, Jill mahana Oil Painting, Mark Wilcox Oil Painting, Denise Wey Acrylic River Pinting and THE ENCAUSTIC ARTISTS GUILD OF NEVADA COUNTY offers Encaustic painting.

Art Tour In Nevada City

Not to be outdone,  NEVADA CITY offers open studios by Ron Kenedi Oil Painting, John Bridge Photography, Katy Hight Watercolor & Mixed Media, Kris Johnson Silk Abstracts, Lucy Galbraith Fine Art and Photography, Lil McGill Acrylic Painting, Delo Rio Fine Art, Illustration & Mixed Media, David Mckay Photography, Kitkitdizzi Mixed Media, The Alexander Gallery Mixed Media, Bill Juhl Wooden Bows & Vessels, Leeann Brook Fine Art, Ron Jermyn Painting & Sculpture, Judi Robison Mixed Media, Juliette Morris Williams Mixed Media & Jewelry, Thomas Devine Graphite, Oil & Mixed Media, Miriam Morris Ceramic Sculpture, Alex Henderson Acrylic Painting, Martin Arkenstone Stone Sculpture, Susan Lobb Porter Contemporary Landscapes & Abstract Painting, Liz Collins Mixed Media Painting, Betsy Lombard Oil & Watercolor, Catherine Allen Mixed Media & Collage. Continuing your adventure in Nevada City are Nadine Enderlin Exotic Wooden Salad Bowls, Gail Lipson Photography, Ante Dormeyer Jewelry, Jane Markham Tibetan Style Incense Boxed and Treasuer Boxes!

Don’t miss ARTIST’S LIVE DEMOS in both Nevada City and Grass Valley or the NEVADA CITY CRAFT FAIR Sunday, December 11 at the the historic Miners Foundry (miners foundry.org)!

Johnson & Geare’s SIERRA LIFESTYLE TEAM celebrates the vibrant arts and culture of Nevada County! Contact us for any information about Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Rough & Ready and South Nevada County living.

 

 

 

Teaching the Kids to Help With the Chores

Teaching the Kids to Help With the Chores

If they can manipulate a game controller, they can manipulate the laundry! 20160918_152639

Teaching the Kids to Help With the Chores

My husband and I have decided that this is the year (school year) we are going to really get our 6 and 8 year old boys involved with the workings of our home.

Last year we felt so over-scheduled with all the kids’ activities on top of both of our work schedules, kids homework and other outside commitments. We felt we were neglecting our responsibility to teach the boys life skills because we were all so busy.

Last weekend we set aside time for teaching the kids to help with the chores and we began with teaching them how to do laundry from start to finish. It turned out to be a great experience.

20160918_152853We started by having the boys collect their clothes in laundry baskets, lined with a mesh laundry bag. Because the boys are small, their clothes don’t fill up the washing machine by themselves so we are not sorting them yet. They closed up the mesh laundry bag and put them in the washing machine. We showed them how to measure the soap (and helped with this part so no one gets overzealous) then showed them how to turn the machine on.

Next we had them transfer their clothes from the washer to the dryer and showed them how to turn the dryer on.

Then we had them empty the dryer into a laundry basket and bring it into the living room.

Finally, we taught them how to fold pants, shirts, underwear, socks and pajamas. We also showed them how to put them away. It was important, while they were folding laundry that there were no distractions of 20160918_152857the TV being on.

This takes so much pressure off of my husband and I as well as teaches them a valuable life skill. It also teaches them to maybe think twice before trying on a shirt and then just throwing it on the floor if they decide not to wear it. It’s not perfect but it is done. I am so happy that we took the time to work on this with them.

A Fall Tradition

A Fall Tradition

Living in Nevada County

Fall is one of my favorite times to be living in Nevada County!  If you are one of the lucky ones that live near Grass Valley or Nevada City, you get to experience the fall color changes on a daily basis.  From green, Apple Hillto yellow, to orange and even sometimes a deep red our beautiful area offers a wide variety of colors this time of year.  In addition to all the colors there is so much to do during fall.

From fall leaf color walks, to hiking to exploring pumpkin patches, apple orchards or even a quick trip to Apple Hill.  Looking for the perfect pumpkin for Halloween?  Grass Valley, Nevada City and Penn Valley offer tons of options from parking-lot pumpkin patches to family owned and operated farms.  We have hay rides, petting zoos and more.

For a nice day trip you can head over to Apple Hill.  What an experience this is; an entire hill side of apple orchards.  Each offering it’s own apples and other unique items from crafts to candy to donuts and more.

Getting There

Directions from Highway 50 to the Apple Hill® Ranches

The ranches are located just northeast of Placerville, CA … about half-way between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. https://www.facebook.com/applehillca/

East on Highway 50 from Sacramento: Recommended exits are Exits 48, 49 and 54. There are signs on Highway 50 to direct you.

West on Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe: Recommended exits are 54, 49 and 48. There are signs on Highway 50 to direct you.

From Highway 80 in Auburn: Take Highway 49 South to Highway 50 East. There are signs on Highway 50 to direct you.

So this fall take the time to enjoy the great outdoors and all that Nevada County and surrounding communities have to offer. There is so much to see and do!