Selling Your Home During the Corona Virus

Were you ready to sell your home and then the Corona Virus happened and now you are unsure what to do? Selling your home during the corona virus is still possible – maybe even a good thing! We’re all working through this together and every scenario is different, so let’s walk through the goods, the bads, and the best practices.

The Goods:

  1. Thus far home buyers are still out in full force and wanting to buy a home. Between March 1st, 2020 and March 19th, 2020 (day of writing) 1,216 homes have gone up for sale in Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties and 1,508 homes have gone pending under contract. This means we still have a steep shortage of homes for sale compared to home buyers.
  2. The mortgage interest rates are remaining low. We did have an uptick in rates when the Covid-19 first came on the scene, but they have since dropped back under 4%. These are outstanding rates and save you so much money long term if you are thinking of selling your current home and buying a different home. This is exactly why the savvy home buyers are still on the hunt!
  3. We may see fewer home sellers put their house on the market over the next month or two. Why is this good? For the savvy home seller they will realize it means less competition. And less competition means selling quicker and for more money. Look at this as a great opportunity for you, as generally those who wait until April or May to list their home for sale are with all of the other people who think waiting until Spring is the best time to list…when in fact it means there is a flood of inventory and many more choices for home buyers.
Lower interest rates means more home buyers. Cautious home sellers means less competition. This is an opportunity to sell quickly and make more money.

The Bads:

Truthfully…none of these are all that bad!

  1. We need to be careful about allowing strangers into our houses. But don’t we always? Whether it’s the flu, a cold, or anything else, it’s always wise to take extra precautions when allowing strangers into your house. Caveat: if you or someone in your household are high risk then yes, it probably is wisest to wait until things have settled. For the rest of us, I’ll be outlining some best practices in a moment.
  2. There will be fewer showings. This could be true, but we don’t know yet exactly how this is going to pan out. Some agents are doing video walk-throughs for their buyer clients. Most agents are NOT holding open houses. And certainly, the looky-lous won’t be out casually calling agents to look at homes. So what does this mean for the home seller during the Corona Virus chaos? It means though you may have fewer showings they will be SERIOUS buyers. Doesn’t this mean it’s actually a good thing? 😉
  3. When the Covid-19 scare is done ALL the homes will come on the market at the same time. Once home sellers are more sure about the future they will be right back where they were before – ready to list! Beat them to it instead of waiting to be a part of the crowd. It’s harder to stand out in a crowd and thus generally means it takes longer to sell and you won’t have home buyers fighting to buy your house.
It’s ok that there are less showings – SERIOUS buyers still want to buy – looky-lous are the only ones not coming through your home.

Best Practices for Selling a Home during the Corona Virus

  1. Provide hand-sanitizer and shoe cover booties for showings. A top notch real estate agent will provide these for you. In addition, you may want to add a sign at your entrance that says something along the lines of “Please sanitize and put on booties before entering. We’d be grateful if you avoided touching surfaces.”
  2. Have your realtor pre-screen for sick home buyers. When an agent is scheduling a showing it’s a simple thing to ask that any exposed or ill people to please not enter the home.
  3. Take 5 minutes when you get home to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters. These are the most likely spots people will have touched (even if you asked them not to). It is a bit of a hassle but by focusing on the rewards I think it’s worth it.
  4. Skip the open houses. I love open houses! They are a wonderful way to market a home for sale. However, it is difficult to watch people’s every move and frankly most people walking through open houses aren’t serious unless it’s the first weekend the home is on the market. And the really serious buyers will schedule a showing with their real estate agent.
No open houses, hand-sanitizer, foot booties, pre-screen phone calls by the agent, and a quick wipe down after the guests have left will keep you and your family protected.

Wanting to sell your home? We are here to help you! We are a proactive team of agents who are always looking to provide such great service you can’t wait to tell your friends and family about your awesome moving experience. Learn more about selling a home with us.

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The Best Sacramento Local Events March 2020

Curious about what’s going on in Sacramento and surrounding areas next month? Here’s our list of the BEST Sacramento local events.

We’re always scoping for what’s going on in Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove, El Dorado Hills, and surrounding areas. Have an upcoming local event you’d like featured? Just let us know.

March 7: Spring Fairy Fair from 11am-5pm at 3101 Sunset Boulevard, Rocklin. Come join over 30 vendors, readers & healers in this wonderful healing fair! We will have many vendors, Aura pictures, crystal healers, hand wrapped jewelry, crystals and much more! First 50 people get FREE goodie bag! Raffles & live music! Only $5.00 admission. TICKETS

March 8: Daylight Savings Time -Spring Forward 1hr

March 8: Grange Monthly Community Breakfast at the Orangevale Grange (5807 Walnut Ave) from 8-10:30am. $6. We make everything from scratch, every 2nd Sunday, including our award-winning Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Grange Cinnamon French Toast and All you can eat regular Pancakes along with fresh juicy ham. Grange website

March 12: Food Truck Mania at Vernon Street Town Square from 5-9pm. Join us in Vernon Street Town Square for a delicious range of gourmet food trucks, live music and kids’ zone! Bring money for food and chairs and blankets so you can hang out and enjoy! MORE INFO

March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day

March 19: First Day of Spring

March 20: Ponderosa HS Green and Gray Gathering at Cameron Park CSD from 6-9pm. This event is a Bruin favorite attended by 200+ alumni, retired and current staff, and community members. It will be an evening of food, student performances, raffle, dessert dash, and more. This event has grown to be a much-loved tradition bringing together our community to celebrate Ponderosa High School and the impact the Foundation has had during this most recent school year. TICKETS

March 21: Third Saturday Art Walk on Main Street in Placerville from 5-9pm. Art galleries and merchants stay open late to host changing art shows and late-night shopping and dining.  Refreshments, demonstrations and entertainment. Facebook page

March 21: Family Sock Hop at the Cameron Park Community Center from 6:30-8:30pm. Shake, rattle and roll on over to the CSD’s first ever Family Sock Hop! So, go on… grab your poodle skirts and your leather jackets and bring the whole family to hop, bop, and twist the night away! Light refreshments, photo booth area, and group dances will round out this evening of 50’s themed FUN! Free for 50+ otherwise $5 per person. MORE INFO

March 28: 58th Roseville Gem, Jewelry, Fossil and Mineral Show at Johnson Hall (750 Event Center Drive, Roseville) from 10am-4pm. A fun family event with educational activities, over 60 vendors, and many exhibits, throughout the grounds.  A full day of fun and something intriguing for everyone! MORE INFO

March 28: 78th Annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Auburn Regional Park (3770 Richardson Drive, Auburn) from Sunrise until 10:30am. All Boys and Girls 15 years and younger.  There will be prizes. Free hot dogs and soft drinks. MORE INFO

March 31: Cesar Chavez Day

Local Events Calendar Sacramento and Surrounds – February 2020

Here’s this month’s roundup of awesome events in the Sacramento, Folsom, Elk Grove, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, and surrounding areas.

February 1: Bird and Bug Bonanza at Roseville Utility Exploration Center from 10am-2pm. This is a fun and FREE family event where you can see and talk to some live birds. Get to know some of the insects that help keep our ecosystem healthy. There will also be a game room to win prizes, get your face painted, and have some fun learning how to keep our creeks and streams hopping with life! No registration necessary!


February 2:Superbowl Sunday/Groundhog Day

February 5: Food Truck Mania at Old Town Plaza in Elk Grove from 5-8pm. A monthly food truck round-up that includes live entertainment. Presented by SacMoFo. Bring money so you can buy from your favorite food trucks!

February 7: Comedy Night at Roseville Theater (241 Vernon Street). Come to Downtown Roseville for a one of a kind comedy night. Featuring headliner Craig Shoemaker, from Comedy Central, Showtime and Netflix. Alcohol concessions available for purchase. Due

to the nature and content of the event, 18+. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm.

February 8: A Chocolate Affair at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds starting at 6pm. Wine and beer tasting from local wineries and breweries, delicious samples of food from local restaurants and caterers, auctions, and raffles are all part of this gala evening. For Tickets and more info visit https://chocolate-affair.com/

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 15: Third Saturday Art Walk on Main Street in Placerville from 5-9pm. Art galleries and merchants stay open late to host changing art shows and late night shopping and dining.  Refreshments, demonstrations and entertainment.

February 17: Presidents Day

February 22: 3rd Annual Battle of the Badges-Chili Cook-off at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds from 4-8pm. Watch as over 20 First Responders agencies “battle it out” to become the “Best Culinarian in EDC”! Taste test delectable chilies enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, and Anchor Brewing beer & local wine. We will also have many local vendors. This event does usually sell out. For tickets and more info visit https://www.newmorningyfs.org/battle-of-the-badges

February 25: Mardi Gras

February 26:Affair of the Heart at Cameron Park CSD from 4:30 to 7pm. Affair of the Heart is a public health focused event presented by Marshall Medical Center and the Cameron Park Community Services District. Activities include information sessions about heart health, health screenings and heart healthy refreshments.

January 2020 Events Calendar – Can You Believe it’s 2020?!

January 2020 Events Calendar

Here’s this month’s local events for Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties.

January 1: New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at the Orangevale Community Pool from 1-3pm. Either jump or slide into the 48 degree water! After the plunge enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or a warm bowl of soup. $5 per person after December 22nd or $2 before December 22nd. For registration and more info call 916-988-0175.

January 1: New Year’s Day Food Truck Mania at the Old Town Plaza in Elk Grove from 5-8pm. Come for some yummy Food Truck food and enjoy a night out with your family!

January 1-6: Christmas Tree Recycling at Johnson Springview Park and Twin Oaks Park (both in Rocklin), from 8-5pm.

Jan 1-20: Folsom Ice Skating Rink on Sutter Street in Folsom. Gather your kids, neighbors and friends and visit the Folsom Ice Rink! This beautiful circular ice rink was designed specifically for the plaza in Historic Folsom. The seasonal rink is a treat for the entire community to enjoy! Skating times vary. folsomicerink.com

Jan 6: Bingo at the Elks Lodge in Shingle Springs (3821 Quest Ct) from 1:45 to 4:30pm. Early Bird 1:45pm followed by regular Bingo at 2:00pm. For more info contact Barbara Dockter at paradocs2@comcast.net.

Jan 18: Art & Wine with Something MORE is not your average art & wine event.It’s one of a kind! Enjoy tastes from 20 local wineries, breweries & distilleries with 20 of El Dorado Counties best restaurants & caterers. Raffle, live and silent auctions, music and the best part …. unique, original art pieces created by our talented artists. Jan 18th from 6-9pm. Tickets and more info at morerehab.org.

Jan 18: El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Crab and Tri-Tip Feed at the El Dorado Hills CSD starting at 6pm. Join the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills for this annual fundraiser featuring greatfood, dancinh, a silent auction, raffle and much more. Event sells out so get your tickets early. For more info visit www.edhcrabfeed.org.

Jan 20: Martin Luther King JR. Day

Jan 21-25: 3rd Annual LEGO Building Contest for all ages at the Folsom Public Library. LEGO maniacs are invited to submit their best original creations for competition or visit the library to see the creations and vote for their favorites. Submissions are due Saturday Jan 25th by 11am; voting takes place 2-4pm, and winners are announced at 4pm. 

How The 4 Seasons Affect The Sale Of Your Home

When is the BEST time to sell my home?


Sellers often ask what’s the best time of year to sell their properties.  It’s a great question but the truth is we sell homes every month of the year.


There really isn’t much change in values from one season to the next unless the market is in an upward or downward spiral – which has more to do with economics than seasonality.


In fact we’ve seen changes from month to month in this type of market. That’s for another discussion though.  It’s crucial to speak with our team so you can make informed decisions regarding the current market.

It does take time to get your house ‘Sale’ ready.  If you want an optimum sales price for your home there are a few things you need to do. How your home is presented to buyers is very different than how you live in your home. Plan on a bit of time to get it ‘Sale’ ready. Discuss this with my team so you’ll learn the best way to get it sales ready and how you can maximize your ROI.   

BELOW ARE INSIGHTS REGARDING BUYERS AT DIFFERENT SEASONS 

SUMMER BUYERS 

SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE SUMMER

Summer buyers are often families with children. They’d like to make the move before school starts.


Curb appeal can be used here to entice buyers. Everyone loves a fresh cut lawn with vibrant flowers surrounding the landscape. Capitalize on this and get your home as curb appeal ready as you can.

Also, we see quite a few job transfer individuals during this time. Many people relocate during summer months.

FALL BUYERS 

SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE FALL


Fall can be a great time to sell your home. Many people don’t sell their homes in the fall and winter months so you’ll have less competition during these months. Sellers often take their homes off the market in the fall/winter so there is less inventory which means less competition for you.


Fall buyers are typically highly motivated. Many weren’t able to find a home in the Spring/Summer and at this point they are very ready.

WINTER BUYERS 

SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE WINTER


Winter buyers are usually highly motivated. They’re often new job transfers, divorce situations or a change in family situations and/or financial situations. They have less time to make a decision and are less concerned with all the details and are more concerned with having a few concrete parameters met. Did we mention they’re often very motivated?

SPRING BUYERS 

SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE SPRING


Spring buyers often start the home shopping process early so they can physically move in at the beginning of summer/mid-summer. They’re often families with school age children. Typically they want to get a jump on the market before the kids are out of school and summer plans begin. Many don’t want to deal with moving in the summer since vacations and events are planned.


We always say Spring selling season starts January 2nd!

Reach out anytime.  Our team is happy to discuss our real estate market with you, provide a cost estimate analysis and discuss how to get the most ROI for your home.  

Until next time!