NorCal Real Estate Blog

Catta Verdera is Lincoln CA's exclusive and gated, golf-course community that consists of about 900 total acres and 501 home sites as large as 1/2 an acre. The Catta Verdera Country Club is an integral part of this master-planned community, and features a 30,000 square foot, Santa-Barbara-inspired clubhouse that features full-service restaurants and a bar. Residents here enjoy many outdoor activities and open-space views, and there are miles of trails, wetlands and wildlife that belie the community's convenient location within minutes of nearby Roseville and Rocklin.

Catta Verdera Lincoln Homes

The Catta Verdera real estate market features homes that currently range in price from just over $700,000, with estate-sized properties as high as $1.6M. As of this

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California real estate withholding rules have changed - again. Effective January 1, 2020, every real-estate-sale transaction will trigger the need for a new FTB Form 593 to be filed with the Franchise Tax Board, even if the seller qualifies for one of several exemptions. It's not a new tax, but a new reporting requirement. Whether you are buying or selling a home in California, this change will come into effect with the closing of your escrow. Here's a good summary of all the changes that came into effect with this recent change, from our friends at Fidelity Title - just click the pic below to see the flyer:

California Real Estate Withholding Form 593

In a nutshell, this new form impacts sellers to the extent that they have to fill out a new form, and buyers to the extent that they are

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Buying a new home is one of those things that potential home buyers sometimes have a love-hate relationship with - they love thinking about it, and hate the logistics of actually doing it! There can be a lot of moving parts involved with buying a home, and there are also quite a few myths that, believe it or not, actually keep some of today's home buyers from even trying. One of the most pervasive myths that we hear is the down-payment myth, i.e. in order to buy a home today, you have to have at least 20% down.

home buying myths

It's true, having a 20% down payment is a great thing, and it can certainly give you some options like avoiding private mortgage insurance (PMI). However, there are a number of mortgage-loan options out there that do not require anything

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California wildfires have been devastating in recent years, and homeowners have been hit from all directions from the consequences. Many have lost their homes, some their lives, and home-insurance companies have cancelled or refused to renew over 300,000 policies in high-fire-prone areas of California. When wildfires are burning, it's too late to try and protect your home and property, you may only have minutes to evacuate. It can pay to be proactive in protecting your California home from wildfire, so the following tips are way you can improve your odds of protecting yourself and your property (click on the pic to see the full report from The California Association of Realtors®).

Protect Your California Home From Wildfires

From the full report above, there are a few common areas of concern

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Granite Bay homes for sale include some very interesting properties, price points, and locations here at the end of 2019. Based on MetroList® data as of 12/24/2019, homes for sale in Granite Bay range in price from $482,000 to $6,960,000, with an average list price of $1,657,020. To see some recent demographics on the Granite Bay real estate market, click here.

Granite Bay Homes For Sale

Throughout Granite Bay, there are a number of popular neighborhoods that offer a variety of home styles, amenities, and price ranges. Some of the more popular Granite Bay neighborhoods include:

Ashley Woods Homes
Douglas Ranch Homes
Folsom Lake Estates Homes
Los Lagos Homes
Shelborne Homes
Treelake Homes

If you're considering buying a Granite Bay home in 2020, you can see from the data and

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The real estate markets in both Placer and Sacramento Counties have been relatively active in 2019, but sales volume has continued to be impacted by relatively low inventory levels. Based on year-over-year data from The California Association of Realtors for November, 2019, the Placer County real estate market experienced a decline in active inventory of 11.5%, while the Sacramento County real estate market was down 35.3%. Click on the pics below to see the full report on both counties.

Placer County Real Estate Market Stats

Looking at the respective stats for Placer and Sacramento Counties over the past year, median home prices have continued to increase in both counties, while respective sales volume has been mixed. Other meaningful stats included the median days on market, the

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Jason Ott has joined our NorCal Home team at RE/MAX Gold, and we couldn't be happier to have him! Jason is a long-time NorCal resident and coach at Granite Bay High School, and has over 10 years experience helping his clients buy and sell homes.

Jason Ott at RE/MAX Gold

If you or anyone you know is interested in talking to an experienced real estate professional about buying or selling a NorCal home, Jason Ott can be reached at 916-613-5880, or on his website, JasonOttHomes.com.

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925 Wilderness Way is located in the desirable master planned community of  Whitney Ranch in  Rocklin.  Offered at $789,900, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with downstairs office and upstairs loft is situated on a premium, over-sized and private corner lot.  The home is well suited as a multi-generational home or to welcome guests as one of the 5 bedrooms is downstairs with an en-suite bathroom.  Built in 2015, better than new is the only way to describe the $200k worth of upgrades some of which include owned solar, recently re-surfaced pool and spa plumbed for solar, whole-house fan and exterior Nest® cameras. 

To learn more about this home, or to schedule your private showing, call Jeanine Schulz at 916-367-1393 or visit jeanineschulz.com.

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8315 Dover Drive, Granite Bay, CA has just been SOLD! This was a rare opportunity on an executive home with incredible potential, featuring 4-bedrooms, 3-baths in the prestigious Stratford Downs neighborhood in Granite Bay. The 0.41-acre lot is a rare find that provides separation from neighbors, and also affords you the unique opportunity to have outdoor entertaining space, a sparkling pool, and still have plenty of room to roam. Click the previous link for more listing details, maps, etc., and for more neighborhood and school information, click here. To download a flyer, click on the last pic below.

8315 Dover Drive, Granite Bay, CA

Additional custom features include the newer 4th-car garage/workshop addition with A/C and storage that the current owners

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108 Tatiana Court, Roseville, CA 95747 is SOLD! Located in highly-desirable West Roseville on a cul-de-sac off of Junction Blvd., near several neighborhood parks and award-winning schools, this updated single-story home is in move-in condition. Click the previous link for full listing details, photos, maps, etc.; For more neighborhood and school information, click here.

108 Tatiana Court, Roseville, CA

This updated home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, a separate office area, open floor plan, lots of natural light, 2-car garage, tile roof, new paint and carpet throughout, stainless-steel appliances in the open kitchen, family room with fireplace, Plantation-style shutters in the main living areas, a covered rear patio, 2 big side yards, and a generous back yard. This

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