Angel Tree

Angel Tree

Our Angel Tree This Christmas

A Wonderful opportunity to help our less fortunate neighbors!

Sierra Lifestyle Team loves to give back to our community and you can help

There are many reasons we love living in Nevada County. One of those is the opportunity to give back to our community. It’s a documented fact that we have more non-profits in Nevada County than in any other county in the state of California. We love to participate, in conjunction with Community Beyond Violence (you may know it by its older moniker, DVSAC), in the Angel Tree program. CBV assists women in crises, and their children, with medical care, housing assistance and a number of other needs. We will again host an Angel Tree this Christmas season. We invite you to participate with us. Beginning December 1, we will have our Angel Tree up in our office at 10015 Alta Sierra Drive, Suite #5. You can come into our office and pull tags from our tree that identify the ages and wants of women and children, buy and return gifts back to our office wrapped if possible. We will make sure the gifts are delivered to CBV to get them to the recipients in time for Christmas.

To Give Is Angelic!

Thinking Of A Remodeling Project?

Which Projects Make Sense In Terms of Recovering Your Costs?

Most remodel projects deliver a percentage of your cost at the sale of your house. Guess what project delivers MORE than 100%.  A new GARAGE DOOR. Who knew? The folks that put together the Cost vs Value report know. The site compares average costs for 22 projects with the value they retain at resale. Access the link below. It is structured by area of the country (look at Pacific for 2019 numbers in our area), and by type of project. We think you’ll find it useful.

https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2019/

HomeSmart ICARE Realty…who is that?

HomeSmart ICARE Realty…who is that?

HomeSmart ICARE Realty

Licensed real estate agents in California are required to “hang” our licenses with a Broker unless we have our own Broker License..  So does the brokerage that your agent sells with make a difference on buying and selling?  You could likely find many many different opinions on this topic. For me it was pretty simple.
I had been in Real Estate for just over 4 years and had a small team.  It was my partner Dennis Geare and I and our one team member Kendra Del Rio.  We had some issues arise and we knew it was time to change brokers.  Changing brokers is not easy. It is similar to a break up and a BIG move all in one.  So of course we wanted to make a move that would fit us for many many years to come.  After lot’s of research and conversations with brokers and agents, we made our choice.  That choice was HomeSmart ICARE Realty.
HomeSmart ICARE Realty was a newer name in the California market and its business model and plan for agents was like no other we had seen.  HomeSmart ICARE Realty is a veteran- owned company based in Phoenix, Arizona that operates franchise locations nationally.  The owner of the HomeSmart ICARE Realty unit we were joining had been in business for about 6 years and has about 100 agents in the Sacramento/Roseville area.
The HomeSmart ICARE Realty business model is what attracted us, unlike any other we had seen. HomeSmart ICARE Realty offers low flat rate fees to licensed real estate agents based on transactions, giving us the freedom to build our business based on our team, and our business ethics and morals. And, of significant importance to us, gives us the ability to better assist our clients buy and sell homes!  Finally, HomeSmart ICARE Realty are HUGE supporters of veterans and also of community events and groups.
We knew that a lot of people would not recognize the homeSmart ICARE Realty brand, but we had built our own team brand that would carry us through the change over.  Now 2+ years later I am looking back on that decision to join HomeSmart ICARE Realty Grass Valley and so thankful we did.  Making the change has allowed us to open our office located right where we want to be.  The broker and owners of HomeSmart ICARE Realty have been kind, supportive and so much fun to get to know and work with.  This change has also allowed us to do more for our community than we thought possible.  We support groups like Safe and Sober Grad Night at BRHS, local school events, “Giving Tree” at Christmas, ASPOA Yard Sale event and we have been on the front-end of helping with natural disasters to get items to those in need.
So as we kick off 2019 and I look back over the last few years I can honestly say that making the switch to HomeSmart ICARE Realty Grass Valley and helping to open the office located at 10015 Alta Sierra Dr 5B Grass Valley, CA 95949 has been one of the best decisions!
Nevada County Schools Rock!

Nevada County Schools Rock!

Nevada County Schools Rank High

The high quality of schools in Nevada County, and diversity of selection especially in Elementary Education, of is well known. Below we detail key grades given to our local schools in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, and surrounding communities as ranked by www.niche.com.

Elementary Schools in Nevada City, Grass Valley & Penn Valley.

Clear Creek Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley – K-8   Overall Grade A, 149 students, 19:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Nevada City Charter School, Public Charter, Nevada City – K-8   Overall Grade B+, 55 students, 21:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Alta Sierra Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley – K-5   Overall Grade B+, 289 students, 21:1 StudentTeacher ratio.

Cottage Hill Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley – K-5   Overall Grade B+, 474 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Deer Creek Elementary School, Public, Nevada City – K-4   Overall Grade B, 410 students, 21:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Yuba River Charter School, Public Charter, Nevada City – K-8   Overall  Grade B, 292 schools, 24:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Ready Springs Elementary School, Public, Penn Valley – K-8   Overall Grade B, 212 students, 24:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Grass Valley Charter School, Grass Valley, Public – K-8   Overall Grade B, 511 Students, 23:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Nevada City School Of the Arts, Public, Nevada City – K-8   Overall Grade B, 390 students, 23:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Bell Hill Academy, Public, Grass Valley – K-4   Overall Grade B, 201 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Sierra Montessori Academy, Public, Grass Valley, K-8   Overall Grade B, 100 students, 16:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Chicago Park Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley, K-8,  Overall Grade B, 121 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School, Public Charter, K-8,Nevada City, Overall Grade B, 118 students, 26:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Forest Charter School, Public Charter, Nevada City, K-12,  Overall Grade B-, 720 students, 19:1 students, 19:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School, Grass VAlley, Public, K-4,  Overall Grade C+, 500 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Union Hill Elementary School, Grass Valley, Public, K-6,  Overall Grade C+, 486 students, 26:1 Studnent/Teacher ratio.

Chicago Park Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley, K-8,  Overall Grade C, 52 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Grizzly Hill, Nevada City, Public, K-8   Overall Grade C, 91 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Union Hill Home Charter School, Grass Valley, K-8   Overall Grade B, 16 students, 7:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Williams Ranch Elementary School, Public,  Penn Valley, K-3   Overall Grade B, 218 students, 22:1 Student Teacher ratio.

High Schools

 

 

Nevada Union High School, Public, Grass Valley, 9-12   Overall Grade B-.

William & Marian Ghiddotti High School, Grass Valley, Public Alternative, Overall Grade A+. Ghiddotti High is a college prep high school component of Nevada Union High, considered by many to be one of the best High Schools in the state of California.

Bear River High School, Public, Grass Valley   Overall Grade B.

Niche.com has a wealth of information. Visit the site to view expanded grading categories and methodology the site uses to evaluate schools and assign grades. What is cool about this site is that it connects with Realtor.com to allow you to view houses in each vicinity and to gather neighborhood data.

Johnson & Geare’s Sierra Lifestyle team has personal experience with many of the local schools here and is happy to share experience and impressions with you. Please contact us with any questions.

 

 

 

Brakes On The Real Estate Market

Brakes On The Real Estate Market

Low Inventory Plagues The  Market

Inventory levels of existing homes continue to act as brakes on the Real Estate Market.  If you are a buyer looking for a home, you are likely abundantly aware of that reality.  You are not alone. Shortages of existing homes are common in most markets in the United States. In fact, in 4 of the past 5 months, sales of existing homes dropped. August saw increases in the Northeast and Midwest, offset by decreases in the south and West.

Existing home sales fell in August 1.7% to 5.35 million nationwide, the lowest levels in nearly a year. Demand among buyers remains high, fueled by employment gains, rising incomes and low mortgage rates…great news for those selling their house!  Low inventories put upward pressure on prices. Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and Irma in Florida will contribute to lower levels of deals closed in those area this year and likely into 2018.

Key Stats

Total housing inventory at the end of August dropped 2.1% to 1.88 million existing homes available for sale nationwide, 6.5% lower than a year ago. All-cash transactions were 20% of the market with 15% of those individual investors.

What’s Up In Nevada County Real Estate?

Third quarter Nevada County Real Estate sales are up 11.4%. Number of homes for sale average 420 per month. Number of homes sold average 135 per month. Average price per square foot in Nevada County is about $220 per square foot. Average days on market has been running at about 40 days. Average sales prices are in the mid $400,000s. Average prices FOR SALE are in the mid $600,000s.

Nevada County Real Estate And You

What does this mean for Sellers and Buyers in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Alta Sierra and South County?  If you are a seller with a well-priced home in good condition, you are likely to be doing a happy dance within two months of listing your property. If you are a buyer, do your due diligence and be ready to pull the trigger on an offer when that just-right house hits the market. Have a professional, well educated real-estate agent on your side to negotiate and advocate for your interests.  And… welcome to the best places in the world to live…in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Alta Sierra, Penn Valley and surrounding communities.

Source: Realtor Magazine & Nevada County Association Of Realtors Statistics

 

 

Selling your home in the Fall Season

Selling your home in the Fall Season

Nevada County real estate sales are still hot, even in the “off” season!

Autumn in Nevada County is pretty spectacular. From the gorgeous fall colors, to the many fun events, we have an awful lot to offer! Buyers know this, and are still looking to purchase homes during this time of year.

There are some things you can do to spice up your home for Fall showings. Who doesn’t like a warm and inviting home on a chilly day? Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. Coming into a warm home on a blustery day feels SO good. Your potential buyers will equate this to your home being comforting and welcoming. A nice and inviting food scent such as fresh cookies or apple pie can create a nice homey environment too. You don’t need to bake, there are plenty of “warmer” products on the market to help out with this.

Curb appeal is so important during Fall because the trees are shedding their leaves. Those glorious colors end up on our lawns and can make an exterior appear messy and unkempt. Be sure to bag up those leaves and tidy them away. Buyers don’t want a lot of maintenance and piles of leaves on the front lawn reminds them of having to rake them up each year.

Make sure that all windows and doors have weather stripping or are tightly fit. Cold breezes blowing through the home during a showing can be a deal killer! Drafty homes mean high heating and cooling bills. Make sure everything is nice and sealed up so this doesn’t happen to you.

With the Fall season, we see shorter days, and less light. Make sure all of your lights are turned on and at their highest setting. This includes side table lamps. Most buyers want a light and bright home. Make sure you show them that even in the darker seasons, your home is light, bright and inviting!

Early frost or snow? Be sure to have the driveway and front stoop cleared for easy access. The last thing you want to happen is to have someone slip and fall while viewing your home! Also be sure to have a nice mat for people to wipe their feet on. You want to keep those carpets and floors to stay sparkling so make it as easy as possible and offer a nice space for cleaning off shoes.

Try to look around your home with an eye for clutter. Holiday ornaments, personal photos and items, and any additional clutter should be tidied away. You want potential buyers to focus on how their possessions can fit in your home, and not be distracted by yours. This is very, very important. Give them an “open canvas” so they can see themselves and their friends and family in the space.

All of this will go a long way towards helping you sell your home in the Fall and Winter months. If you are looking to list your homes in Alta Sierra, or the surrounding communities, please contact us. We would love to help you achieve your real estate goals!

 

*JUST LISTED* Alta Sierra Home For Sale! 16492 Patricia Way

*JUST LISTED* Alta Sierra Home For Sale! 16492 Patricia Way

Gorgeous Alta Sierra Home For Sale!

 

As you pull in the driveway, the 2 story home greets you with a traditional feel. The breeze-way is extra large with space for dining or pets. Mud room offers kids and hobbyist access to a bathroom and laundry when they return from playing in the large back yard. Lots of room for gardening. Inside this updated home you will find the Master Bedroom off the living room on the main level. Two additional bedrooms, 1 bath and a bonus area upstairs. Large back deck great for grilling and entertaining. Home has recent paint and nice updates.

This Alta Sierra Home for sale is 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and sits on .57+/- Acres. Be sure to contact us if you would like to view this home, or any other Nevada County homes for sale.