Chico, CA Real Estate News

By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
Chico Real Estate - 2010 - Governor Proposes $10K Home Buyer Tax Credit - Chico Houses Today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the California legislature.   The Governor made it clear that his number one priority in 2010 is fostering a business-friendly economy and creating jobs. He proposed a $10K Home Buyer Credit as well as a jobs initiative to be presented to the legislature.                                                   source: gov.ca.gov/press-release Buyers And Sellers Seeking Good News About Chico Real Estate Contact: Phone 530-370-1818                                                                   Email: steve@chainrealestate SEARCH CHICO REAL ESTATE                                                   ...
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By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
Words are not always necessary...                            Cal Park Neighborhood in Chico, CA at sunset   One of the best features (in my opinion) of the California Park neighborhood?  The beautiful walking trails.  No where else in Chico can you enjoy the reflection of the sun in the late afternoon!   Subscribe to this Blog Listing Updates and Chico MLS Search Ask Me Anything
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By Brandi Laffins
(Century 21 Jeffries Lydon)
    Brandi Laffins | Century 21 Jeffries Lydon | brandi@laffins.com | 530-321-9562 4 Glenoak Ct., Chico, CA Close to Bidwell Park 3BR/2BA Single Family House   offered at $309,000 Year Built 1987 Sq Footage 1,429 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors Unspecified Parking Unspecified Lot Size 4,791 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION AMAZING CUL-DE-SAC LOCATION. CLOSE TO BIDWELL PARK & SIERRA VIEW SCHOOL. DELIGHTFUL 3 BEDROOM HOME WITH SPANISH STYLE FLAIR. WARM DECORATOR COLORS, TILE FLOORS, VAULTED CEILING, WOOD STOVE, SKYLIGHT & SPACIOUS DINING ROOM. UNBELIEVABLE GARDEN RETREAT WITH FOUNTAINS, TROPICAL PLANTS AND DOG RUN. DON'T MISS THIS RARE LOCATION.   see additional photos below PROPERTY FEATURES - Central A/C - Central heat - Fireplace - High/Vaulted ceiling - Tile floor...
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By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
  CHICO REAL ESTATE, (BUYERS ONLY) Strategic  Tax Credit Success 2010, CHICO HOUSES   Is one of your resolutions for 2010 to own a new home in Chico? What do you do now? You're probably aware of the new HABA Act of 2009. Perhaps you're also aware: The 1st deadline to capture the credit requires that the  Buyer  sign the contract by April 30, 2010. But entering into contract doesn't insure receiving the Tax Credit. This+ is the potential weak link in the process. If the contract date requirement is met, but the contract later fails to close escrow the window of opportunity for capturing the Tax Credit will have been missed. Buyers should time the contract and the closing of escrow on their new home to insure successfully qualifying for the Tax Credit. 2nd deadline requires the Buyer must...
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By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
CHICO REAL ESTATE, S&P Case Shiller National Housing Market Report 2009 Market Still Improving   Home Prices Still Improving but at a Moderating Pace Entering the Fourth Quarter of 2009 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices New York, December 29, 2009 – Data through October 2009, released today by Standard & Poor’s for its S&P/Case-Shiller1 Home Price Indices, The leading measure of U.S. home prices, show that the annual rate of decline of the 10-City and 20-City Composites improved compared to last month’s reading.  This marks approximately nine months of improved readings in these statistics, beginning in early 2009.  The annual returns of the 10-City and 20-City Composite Home Price Indices, reflect declines of 6.4% and 7.3%, respectively, in October compared to the sa...
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By Jackson Stieb, eXp Reality
(eXp Reality)
If Billy Madison can do it you can too.  One thing I like about education no matter what you do in life as a way to earn $$ an education can never be taken away from you.  I have my masters degree and have taught at all levels.  The thing that education does for me is it gives me choices on what I want to do.  Anyone can do it.  I am not book smart I am street smart and very good at street smarts.  Education is not about being smart it is about sticking with something and finding a way to get it done.  Period... Get your education for free!   Obama will give you $2,500 a year to go to school (ARA) - By now, everyone knows that the Obama administration's stimulus bill is designed to get the economy moving again. However, you may not know that most of the bill's $70 billion for education ...
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By Jackson Stieb, eXp Reality
(eXp Reality)
The Test That Guys Still Need (Not an I.Q.!) YOU Docs Daily Home Three Soothers for Tired Eyes Posted in: The Truth About Good-for-You Foods May 29, 2009 5:44 PM by Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD | 6 comments Q: So many restaurants are serving catfish, and people keep telling me it's healthy. I thought it was considered a dirty bottom-feeder, and that you had to be careful with it. Which is it -- healthy, or not? -- Julie, New York City If you're ordering it at a reputable restaurant or buying it at the store rather than catching it out on a lazy river somewhere, the humble catfish is A-OK to eat. In fact, U.S. farm-raised catfish is a good fish choice: It's flavorful and inexpensive, it's considered eco-friendly and sustainable, and one 3-ounce serving has about 25% of you...
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By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
Chico Real Estate- How To Miss Market Opportunity 2009-2010 - Chico Houses   Anyone who's paying attention knows the present real estate market is a unique Buyer's market.  What are the primary factors that create this buyers market? Reasonably priced inventory Historically low interest rates Federal Tax Credits of $6,500 to $8,000 The purpose of this article is to explain in 3 simple steps how to miss the opportunity to capitalize on this unique Buyer's Real Estate Market in Chico Real Estate                                                    MISS THE TAX CREDITS: Don't take steps now to insure you are in contract on your home by April 30, 2010.  This has to be the home you move into by June 30, 2010. Note: It won't pay to fall out of contract after  April 30, 2010 and expect to captur...
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By Jackson Stieb, eXp Reality
(eXp Reality)
Came across this off yahoo news from Michelle Crouch, Readers Digest magazine.  There are some really good points to remember which helps you practice being nice or your food could pay the price, ha,ha.  I disagree with a couple points ordering water that isn't drank, calling a person to refill my drink,  and staying longer after you eat.  1st off if we order water for everyone that is just a redundancy of what should already be ordered by our table person.  i personally do not like to see waisted water because there are a lot of starving plants in the world.  If I'm getting your attention to fill my drink well your not doing your job.  One of the top jobs is to make sure all drinks are NEVER empty and should be topped off before that is even the case.  When we come in and are paying we...
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By Jackson Stieb, eXp Reality
(eXp Reality)
I received an email with an update to save money on energy for the winter time.  This is something most people already know but have forgotten.  It is also new for some.  Just wanted to pass it on. 4 Essential Steps to Conserve Energy and Save Money Through the Winter (ARA) Now that winter has arrived, it's important to take these four steps to improve your home's energy efficiency - they'll save you money and keep you warm, all season long. 1. Insulate Insulating areas such as attics, basements and crawlspaces can make your home more comfortable and lower your energy bills. 2. Seal your windows Use silicone caulk to seal air leaks or place shrink wrap film over drafty windows to help reduce energy loss. 3. Have your furnace inspected and clean your HVAC system "Having your HVAC system ...
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By Jackson Stieb, eXp Reality
(eXp Reality)
Here is some great info for hooking up facebook with your web sites.. enjoy. If you belong to Facebook you will want to increase your networking power by letting people know you're there and by giving them a link to your Facebook page. One way to do this is to make a Facebook badge and display it on your blog or website. Here is how. Things You'll Need: A Facebook account A place to display your Facebook badge Step 1 Become a member of Facebook if you are not already registered (see link in Resources below). Step 2 Sign in to your Facebook account. Step 3   Facebook Menu Find the Profile link in the menu at the top of the page. Click Profile. Step 4 On the Profile page, scroll down. Watch the column on the left until you see a link saying, "Create a Profile Badge." Click Create a Profil...
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By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
CHICO REAL ESTATE - California Housing Market Report- CHICO HOUSES There are numerous factors driving California's real estate market.  CAR (california association of realtors)    reports the following:                                                             GOING DOWN: Sales volume bottomed out over 24 months ago. Median home prices bottomed out February 2009. GOING UP: California remains ahead of the nation in market recovery (source CAR VP/ Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young). Median home prices are $60,000 higher than 2 years ago. Median home prices are up 5.8% over 1 year ago and presently stands at $304,520. Sale volume has increased 26.3% in November relative to 1 year ago. MARKET MOMENTUM MATTERS: There are 3 factors that fuel the present market: Interest rates are histor...
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By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
This home in Chico, CA only had 27 days on the market, from list to close.  Thanks to a well-coordinated effort, both buyer and seller accomplished their goals.  The key ingredients to a successful transaction? 1.  Seller lists property at or near market value in a declining market. 2.  Buyer comes to the table prepared with a current prequalification letter. 3.  Both Buying and Selling agents swiftly address concerns in the negotiation stage. 4.  The lender is expedient and professional.  (Special thanks to Corina Lemmus, Bank of America) 5.  Realtors, lender, and title company work in concert to meet the needs of their clients.   Chico CA real estate does sell during the holidays!    Some happy new homeowners were just handed keys only 2 days before Christmas!  Sandi Bauman Chico Rea...
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By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
It is our goal to provide you with the highest standard of excellence and professionalism in the greater Chico, California real estate market. Our business is based on integrity, top performance, and honesty in every aspect of each transaction. To meet the goals of our clients, The Sandi Bauman Team! utilizes the latest advances in the industry to yield the highest rate of return and greatest satisfaction. Ongoing education and networking with respected professionals nationwide are cornerstones to providing the best service possible. It is my pleasure to present to you our team of highly efficient, talented individuals. We would consider it a distinct privilege to assist you in your real estate endeavors. Our service areas are Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties including: Chico, Paradise...
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By Brandi Laffins
(Century 21 Jeffries Lydon)
One of the easiest and most important things to do when selling your home is to deee-clutter, or simplify.  This may seem like a daunting task, but once you start is moves along quickly. Begin with one room and work your way through your home.  I usually recommend starting with the closet and work your way out.  Make a pile of things you no longer need. You can either donate to your local Salvation Army or have a garage sale.  This chore will make packing much easier. What else should you remove?  Start with personal photos, stacks of books, and nick knacks.  You want your buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.  Your personal items will make that harder . Your kitchen counters should be sparse with only a few decorative items. Need more space?  Look around and see if you have ...
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By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
FANNIE, FREDDIE & CITIGROUP Cease Foreclosure Evictions for Holidays   Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Halt Evictions: From Dec. 19, 2009 to January 3, 2009 All 1 to 4 unit properties Citigroup, Inc. suspends foreclosure sales & evictions: 30 Day Hold Through Jan. 17,2010 Does not apply to investor contracts citation:  California Association of Realtors   MERRY CHRISTMAS        
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December 17, 2009Here are some more simple ways to make your house look its best for showings without spending much money.  If you missed last week's blog, check it out to see how to add curb appeal to your house for sale. 1. A Nice Entryway Impress buyers right off the bat with a beautiful entrance. Think about things such as adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door.  Door handles are also a first impression.  When we went through our house before we bought it the first thing I noticed was the chipped and weathered door handle on the front door.  It didn't stop us from buying the house but I could see how many potential buyers could see a door handle in poor repair as a bad first impression.  And, of course, the day we bought the house was the day that door handle was replaced.  ...
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By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
Chico Real Estate, 2010 Forecast by Alan Greenspan, Lower Unemployment and Business Recovery Former Federal Reserve Chairman Greenspan speaks on why unemployment numbers will be lower in 2010. He also addresses short term interest rates and the economy.    Stock Market: Former Chairman Greenspan states 401k's have recovered .5 trillion dollars.  He also states the stock market has recovered 5 trillion dollars in equity.This is assumed to be the reason banks are posting high profits and some are considering the repayment of TARP (toxic asset recovery program) funds to tax payers. Jobs: He notes businesses have been squeezing out the last of their inventories which will force them to rehire.  Based on his calculations the economy will require creation of 100,000 jobs per month just to tak...
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By Brandi Laffins
(Century 21 Jeffries Lydon)
I learned of the Esplanade House last year when I interviewed their Program Operations Director Gloria Rodgers and Resource Specialist Lexi Grier for a potential donation from Omega Nu (which I am a member).  Not only did we select them to be a recipient of our Spring Luncheon 2010, we made them our only recipient of that event.  Last I read, the Esplanade House was housing over 60 families with nearly 100 children.  They need our help.  I am including an article from the Enterprise Record below. CHICO ENTERPRISE RECORD By STAFF REPORTS Posted: 12/13/2009 12:26:31 AM PST CHICO — The impact of the recession has brought more families than ever to Esplanade House, a transitional housing program designed to provide shelter and essential services for homeless families. Federal and state budg...
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By Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
(Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain)
 Redding CA Caltrans Eagle Cam, Nesting Eagle Pair Live Cam  In 2004 a pair of California Bald Eagles made a nest in Redding CA.  In 2007 CalTrans in pursuit of Highway work at Hiway 44 and 5 placed a safety cone in the nest in an attempt to relocate the nesting pair.  The attempts were to no avail and after public "input" the cone was removed. The Eagle pair have nested ever since.  A Live Cam to monitor the pair of eagles has been streaming live video. The pair were dubbed "Patriot and Liberty" This year the pair are are raising 3 eaglets.           Here is the link to the LIVE version of Caltrans Eagle Cam. It is only operable during daylight hours so check back.
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