Tracy, CA Real Estate News

By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
  Finally Friday - Honey Do List For The Weekend - Week 2 - Tracy CA Today is the day for this weekend's list of Honey Do's.  For some of you - you are the HONEY that gets to Do, for others, you're going to happily print this list out and post it in a predominate place for you Honey to see. Remember is you take care of your house in Tracy, your house will take care of you! Interior - This Honey Do when not done accounts for over 1 BILLION dollars annually and injuries to over 1000 people.  Electrical Fires, and guess what, electrical fires happen more often in the winter than the summer.  This makes sense since more electricity is used, more lights are on, more appliances, heaters, etc are used in the winter months than the summer.  How to prevent these fires, trip your circuit breaker ...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
You can see the rest of this online newsletter manually produced each Monday. The homes in the above newsletter are all the homes that went pending in Tracy, CA  last week.  Notice the color coding to make things easy. (green)=the number of stories (red)=garage size (*)= there is a pool (brown address color)=the house is Tracy country property. Noah's corner is the biggest hit in this one.  It is my 11 year olds version of his world summarized each week.  This last week he lost his IPOD touch.  He left it on my car & we never found it.  It was his only Christmas gift.  makes me sad.  He is bouncing back pretty well from it now.
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Mr. Buyer says, "Now that we are in contract, is there anything that will keep me from getting the house?" As their realtor I tell them, "There are many things I would love to spell out & here are some of the most common ones for you. Your lender might not approve you in the end, because they do have to verify everything & sometimes their rules change in the middle of escrow.  The appraisal might come in lower than our offer, then we will have to re-negotiate our deal. The city of Tracy not approving the down payment assistance that you qualified for in the beginning. You can change your mind, but after the loan/appraisal & inspection contingency removal, you will be walking away from your good faith deposit. Sorry to be so vague, but honestly it's never over till it's over." Mr. Buyer ...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Wordless Wednesday - I prefer to think of it as CLOUD 9! - CA Central Valley FOG There are days in the Central Valley of California that the fog rises up from the ground, causing Tule Fog.  This can be dense and spotty.  Today the fog wasn't so bad that you couldn't see at all... I figure i had about a 1/4 mile of visibility, not much when traveling at 40 -50 mph. (Or slower) There are a lot of trees in Lincoln Park in Tracy, CA However the only one you can clearly see through "Cloud 9" is this one.
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Are you a professional or a Hot Mess? I was in the Crown Key Realty office in Tracy, CA Saturday cleaning.  Painters were there painting.  (It's a new office so there is still a lot to be done.)  Anyway, I had on jeans, sweater, hair in a pony tail, minimal make up on... basically I had left the house quickly, knew I was going no where except the office to clean, and I'd fix myself up later. For those of you that know me, know that I wear skirts 95% of the time.  My makeup, well lets just say I don't go downstairs without it on.  My dogs would bark at the stranger in the house.  I usually have on heels, and my hair is usually down and curled.  Perhaps I'm a bit strange, but I always want to be appear professional and ready. So imagine my surprise when I hear the front door to the office...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Great Fun today Celebrating AR's 200K Member - As a Result I BLEW UP my followers phones.  OOPS If you haven't been on Active Rain today then you completely missed the big announcement. ACTIVE RAIN REACHED 200,000 MEMBERS IN HONOR  of they day there were Twitter Contest all day long.  If you aren't on Twitter, or don't follow Active Rain on Twitter @activerain you should. The last contest of the day - I think, was a chance to have a personal blogging training with none other than BOB STEWART.  @ActiveBob  "Enter as many times as you want for the next 10 mintues why you joined Active Rain." That's when the problem started.  I did, and I know others did,  cut and paste the reasons, with minor changes to our tweet. Such as: I Joined to learn bloggin. @activerain #AR200K I joined to meet gr...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
  250,000,000 million people are expected to watch the Golden Globes tonight, will you be one of them? The Golden Globes coverage of the awards starts at 5:00 p.m. in Tracy, CA.   I know my TV in Tracy, CA will be turned on to the Golden Globes, going to try to watch the "Red Carpet on E!" first.... starts at 3:00 PST. Award Season 'officially arrives' tonight with the Golden Globes. If you are an actor, actress, director, producer you're hoping that tonight is YOUR  party night.  The Golden Globes air tonight with the Hollywood Forgien Press Agency, HFPA, votiing on the best in entertainment, TV and Movies. The Golden Globes is more of a party atmosphere than the Oscars, with no assigned seat fillers, participants freely roam about during the show, mingling with their peirs. Why watch ...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
There she is .... Miss America- my dirtly little secret Tonight.... 6:00 in Las Vegas the Miss America Pageant will be on. Ever since I was a little tiny girl I've loved watching this contest. Now, don't get started on why this is explotation of women or not.  Whether you believe it or not there is a fundamental difference between the Miss America Pageant and Miss Universe Pageant. 1) Miss America gives no PRIZE MONEY, they only give scholarships.      Miss USA only gives prize money and is produced by the Trump organization. 2) Miss America contestants are judged also on TALENT.     Miss USA contestants are judged on looks and the illustrious question. 3)  Miss America stops at Miss America     Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant which has contestents from all ove...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Friday - Honey DO for the Weekend -- 52 weeks  -- Tracy CA Things to do this weekend to maintain your Tracy CA Home... Maintaining your Tracy CA property is KEY to getting top dollar when it's time to sell your Tracy, CA home.   If you take care of your house, your house will take care of you.   Every Friday I will have a list of little projects that should be done NOW. Some will print this and make it into a HONEY DO list, for some of you ---- YOU are the Honey that gets to do! 1) Clean your carpets.    Vacumming on a regular basis will help prolong the life of your carpet, cleaning it every 12 -1 8 months will do wonders.  I recommend Mark Irwin with Classic Carpet Care in Tracy, CA.  He's phenomenal.  The product he uses is DRY in less than 30 minutes.  I know I didn't believe it eit...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Random Buyer on Trulia posted this question, or should I say series of questions? "We are currently in So. Cali and are looking to buy a SFR in the Tracy / Mountain House area. We need someone with experience in these and surrounding areas. I need to pick an agent over the phone and have him/her show us homes while we visit for a few days at a time. Will need someone to figure out what we like after the initial visit and see the places for us before we can come up and view everything in batches. We are pre-approved and ready to start looking asap. In your response please note why I should call you to interview for the job and of course your contact info. Please avoid canned responses as this is the first test of your ability to give us personal attention. We need someone who we can real...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
    The A - B - C's of Real Estate by Susan Goulding, Tracy CA., REALTOR Once you start blogging a great deal, if you are like most Blog Addicts, your brain starts thinking ilke a blog. I have conversations with people all the time now and think "" OH I see a Blog Coming." The other day as I was talking on the phone, who isn't' on the phone any more while driving... I started thinking of the "DUH's" of what makes a great real estate agent. I was going to do all 27 letters at once, but that would be a waste of future blogs... so here we go.... the first in a series, to be posted every Wednesday. (Yes I know it's 27 weeks to hit the entire alphabet, but it will be worth it.) THE A - B - C'S OF REAL ESTATE by Susan Goulding, Tracy CA - Realtor A - ANSWER YOUR PHONE!  I know I recently had...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
1/11/11 and it's 1:11 Today is a day of ONE's. I know there are a lot of 1's running around this month, this year... As I'm sitting here watching the clock, I'm in CA which means on a 12 hour time clock in 25 minutes it will be 1.11.11 1:11p.m. That seems to me like a special number and something special should happen. One's are important.       We have: ONE dollar bills #1 Mom and #1 Dad #1 Realtor in Town First Place  We are number #1 One is the loneliest number One at a time First Born One Chance One Love Everything STARTS with ONE... so what are you going to start today a day FULL OF ONE's? Off to find something fabulous to do as a first in 20 minutes
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
  Are you willing to do it after 5:00?  I'm asking about answering the phone My new referred clients told me "The agent who referred us told us  "Don't call Susan after five, she doesn't answer her phone."   She is very responsive via email or text but she doesn't usually answer her phone after 5:00.  (Setting expectations - BTW this a great Active Rain Referral!)  At first I wasn't sure if I was offended or grateful.  The more I considered this the more I was certain it was a good thing.  WHY?   Last year, I was so consumed by my real estate business in Tracy CA,  when I was home I was constantly on the phone.  My friends, family and kids started to complain that "I was always on the phone."  When your friends say, "we didn't know if you'd want to come with us, as you're always on the ...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
  You can see the rest of this online newsletter manually produced each Monday. The homes in the above newsletter are all the homes that went pending in Tracy, CA  last week.  Notice the color coding to make things easy. (green)=the number of stories (red)=garage size (*)= there is a pool (brown address color)=the house is Tracy country property. Noah's corner is the biggest hit in this one.  It is my 11 year olds version of his world summarized each week.  This week he found out he is going to be Gaston in the Beauty & the Beast play at Ripon Christian on 3/4/11.  Also our new dog, Sugar, got a new collar & she walks so awesome now :)
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
E-Mail to Susan.....Why do you like living in Tracy, CA    I love living in Tracy CA!  Here is REASON #1 in a series of REASON As a 17 year resident of Tracy, CA.  I frequently get asked if I like living in Tracy.   The answer is an resounding YES! The next question is WHY do you like living in Tracy? To understand some of my reasons you have to understand Tracy. Tracy is located in Central CA.  When I say Central that is exactly what I mean. The San Francisco Bay Area is to the West, the Sierras are to the East, Sacramento, Redding and Mount Shasta to the North and Los Angeles, San Diego to the south. Tracy, CA is located between Highway 205 to the north which connects the San Francisco to Highway 5 to the North.  Highway 580 to the West which connects the Bay Area Highway 5 to the Sou...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
So my son & I are strolling thru the mall to check out what changes are happening there.  Macys was our ultimate destination, since everyone has talked about them finally going in the place of Gottschalks. We stumbled upon the cutest little animals (dogs, cats & kittens too).  There were so many people, volunteers & kids roaming around.  Everyone was smiley (my kind of place).  I didn't dare want to walk in.  The sign said Pet Adoptions Today.  We already have 2 dogs & 1 cat (1 dog we just rescued literally rescued a few months ago...well my husband did, thats another story)  Our cat was even rescued also by our brother-in-law (she was a sick little kitten that we nursed back to health & loved her...5 years ago).  With my allergies to cats & dogs, I just can't have another one. I know t...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
What's the housing market like in Tracy & Mountain House, CA?   The housing market in Tracy and Mountain house is currently dominated with distressed properties.  Short sale now make up 75% of our listings, with 40% of those being short sale continent.  20% of the Tracy housing market is REO properties, bank foreclosures.  The last 5% are either investor flips or equity sellers. These facts make a difference in the amount of time you will need to wait to move into your new home, and the type of offer you should write. Short sale - these will most likely take 3 - 9 months to get bank approval.  Once we have bank approval, normal escrow time periods exist.  Many sellers will not ask you to put money into escrow until the bank accepts your offer.  Short sale offers that are accepted by the...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
  Amy DiGuilio speaks to us (Tracy CA marketing meeting) & tells us how to put your goals down for the year of 2011. The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life, is the will to try it and the faith to believe it's possible. Write down your goals, take them with you, make them S.M.A.R.T. Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely Goals not written down are just WISHES :) by Top Achievement founder Gene Donohue. Inspirational quote by Henry Ford "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, You're Right!!"  
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
quick email to first time home buyers -- Frequently asked question.  Can I do any of these 4 things.... keep reading  Tracy CA Buyers Beware!    Don't do ANY of these 4 things before buying new home. 1)  Don't pay off bills.   You loan officer may need you to pay off some bills in order to qualify for your loan.  However, you may NOT need to pay these off, and may need the cash instead.  ASK FIRST 2) Don't change jobs.   Changing your job in the middle of the loan process can create major problems for your loan officer.  If a job change is necessary make sure to talk to you lender and explain when the change will take place, where you are going, who to contact, etc.  Sometimes changing in the same field is not nearly as severe as changing to a completely different line of work.  ASK FIR...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Come to the 3rd Annual Battle of the Badges Friday, January 21, 2011 9am to 2pm Tracy Community Center 950 East St, Tracy, CA  95376 Donate blood & vote for your favorite dept Tracy CA Fire Department or Tracy CA Police Department Breakfast or lunch will be provided by Tracy Fire for blood donors.  Tracy Police will be handing out t-shirts. Tracy Fire Department has won all three years, last year was a close one.  Things you will need to bring, your identification, medical history knowledge & drink plenty of fluids.  You have to weigh at least 100 lbs & be over 17 or if you are 16 years old, you can weigh 115 lbs.  Students are required to bring a permission slip & their ID. Last year, I tweeted it out & put it on Facebook & my home inspector, Jeff Bond, came but he didn't have is ID wi...
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