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creekside-place-homeTiming is important in every aspect of someones life, never more so than the optimum time to sell their home. There’s probably fewer landmines when selling a home in Davis than other areas and timing is not as important here than maybe some other communities. Even now as the inventory increases, well priced homes are selling rapidly and in some cases, above asking price.

Even as the year started, home buyers were out in mass visiting open houses and making offers. As home values continue to increase, up 20% since 2012, there are a few concerns that might reverse the current trend. Mortgage rates are expected to rise between now and the Fall season. This will affect how much home a buyer can purchase and possibly put a dent in the surplus of buyers that are currently on the market.

The other obstacle is the new Cannery Subdivision that is now laying the ground work for a Summer grand opening. The expected price of these new homes will be in the neighborhood of $600,000 and up. They will also have some of the highest taxes in Davis, but families looking for a new home will certainly wait for this opportunity. Beware of the first phase of any new subdivision, they always offer the least desired location.

Enough of the negative. We currently have 85 properties for sale in Davis at an average listed price of $694,685 and a price per square foot of $346. There are 77 homes in pending status that average $593,195 and a price per sq ft of $334. As of May 11th this year, there have been 158 properties sold at an average sales price $556,608 and a price per sq ft of $330.

Through the same period in 2014, there wer 139 Davis homes sold at an average sales price $551,372 and a price per sq ft of $306. In 2013 we had 163 sold properties at an avg. sales price of $483,344 and a price per sq ft of $273. The early signs are obvious that property values are up, but those numbers would also suggest that home values in Davis will continue to rise for the immediate future.

The pending home sales will increase the overall sales price over the next few months. Timing is vital when selling a home in Davis, California and the time is perfect for home sellers in the current housing environment. Please visit my website JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying and selling a home or to view any property on the market in Davis or our surrounding communities.




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beautiful-kitchens-01A kitchen has always been the heartbeat of a home. The average family spends as much time in that space as any other room in the house. A kitchen makeover can also be a very expensive excursion. There are alternatives that can be done to enhance the appeal at a fraction of the cost that a complete remodel would command.

Cabinet Doors  Damaged or dirty cabinet doors are a big turn-off for buyers. But that’s easy to fix. Most cabinetry can be re-painted after cleaning it and applying a coat of primer. Just check that the materials can take paint or whether you need to give any special preparation to the doors first. Alternatively, you can just replace the doors.There are companies that provide doors to fit existing kitchen cabinets.

Hardware Another way to fix up cabinets is to replace the hardware, perhaps changing out-of-date fixtures for sleek, modern ones. This is a very cheap and easy way to update your kitchen. Sinks and faucets Try trading your faucets for more modern designs and replacing a damaged or very dirty sink. Appliances People love modern stainless steel appliances.

It could be a good investment to upgrade your appliances to the most modern designs to give your kitchen the ‘wow’ factor. Backsplash An easy way to update your kitchen is to replace the backsplash. Subway or mosaic tiles or a sheet of stainless steel are very popular right now, and this quick change can really lift the feel of the room. Tired linoleum floors will turn off buyers.

Try updating with tough laminate flooring or some tiles that tie into the rest of the kitchen. Paint Change the décor easily by repainting in fresh, modern, neutral colors. A coat of paint can be a very cheap way to refresh the look of your kitchen. Clutter Just by simply removing the clutter that accumulates on your countertops, you can freshen up your kitchen. Throw out things you don’t need; put away others you use only occasionally.

Nothing amplifies a homes worth like an adorable kitchen remodel. A complete update might not be the best decision monetarily. Seek out advice from family, friends or your realtor before making that decision. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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Buying a home is similar to fishing, if you don’t have the right bait, fish won’t bite. If your landscaping is inadequate, buyers probably won’t look. Sellers should put as much effort in the front and backyards as they do the home itself. Creating an inviting landscape not only ensures a positive first impression with buyers but may also increase your home’s value and lead to a quicker sale.

You don’t have to spend a lot to make big improvements in your home’s curb appeal. Keeping your lawn manicured – mowed and edged – and trimming bushes and trees is an inexpensive way to make a positive impression on buyers. You’ll also want to remove any dead or diseased plants and ensure beds are weeded and freshly mulched.

Before beginning any landscape project, make a plan. And if you live in a neighborhood with restrictive covenants requiring approval by a landscape committee, be sure to follow proper procedures to avoid spending money on projects that you may be forced to undo later. A project plan will also help ensure that you make wise choices and stay within your budget.

Use color and depth to create visual interest, and select a variety of plants that bloom or change color throughout the year so your yard will be attractive regardless of the season. If your yard is open to neighbors’ yards, a street or public areas, consider screening to create a more private space. This can be accomplished with evergreen trees and bushes or with an attractive fence.

Sometimes what you remove from a yard can be as important as what you put in. If the front of your home is obscured by overgrown trees or bushes, remove them or trim them back to help buyers get a clear view of your home. Remember that the goal is to create a welcoming first impression that says, “Come in!”

Trends in landscaping

  • Low maintenance vegetation: less lawn to mow, helps keep weeds in check.
  • More trees: enhance beauty and provide shade.
  • Decks, patios and terraces: offer outdoor living space for dining, entertaining and relaxation.
  • Outdoor lighting: provides enticing views of your home and landscaping at night.
  • Irrigation system: costs more but simplifies lawn care and is attractive to buyers.

Follow these simple rules of landscaping and enhance your chances of getting peak value for your property. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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Every town in the United States has their quirky ordinances and by laws. Our small college town has it’s fair share, none more than the gem that is set to begin in the next few months. That’s when the ban of plastic bags starts at our local grocery stores. No other business in Davis will have to abide by this ordinance except the grocery stores. That would require the use of only paper bags at all of our grocery outlets at a charge of 10 cents a bag. Thanks a lot City Council, there goes my doggie scooper. I’m also afraid some Davis residents will start using Target or stores outside of Davis for their grocery shopping.

The City of Davis is still debating which clean water project will be on the ballot in the spring of 2013. Two new members have been added to the Woodland-Davis clean water agency. The city has a choice of staying with the Woodland-Davis project or partnering with West Sacramento. The Davis City Council is scheduled to make a final decision on October 23rd regarding which project will be voted on by Davis residents. You can visit www.daviswoodlandwatersupply.org for the latest agendas and project documents.

The only thing hotter than the weather in Davis for the month of August was the real estate market. We had a total of 57 homes sold for the month with an average listed price of $434,003 and a sales price of $428,210. Days on the market averaged 45 days. Breaking these numbers by area are as followed. Central Davis had 8 homes that sold with an average listed price of $509,375 and sales price of $513,875. Those 8 homes took 74 days on average to sell. North Davis saw 11 homes that sold for the month of August with an average listed price of $312,255 and sales price of $308,355 and an average 33 days on the market. East Davis had 14 homes sold with an average listed price of $412,595 and $406,183 sales price. The days on the market averaged 25 days. West Davis had 13 homes sold with a $395,846 listed price and a sales price of $392,023 and averaged 23 days on the market. South Davis had 11 sold properties with an average listed price of $573,278 and a sales price of $556,564 and averaged 87 days on the market. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling real estate, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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As we move closer to having a recommendation from the Water Advisory Committee regarding the proposed water surface project, one theme rings loud and clear, water bills will hurt, no matter what. The options are many and the cost estimates are exorbitant. Which ever option the committee chooses, it’s going to greatly affect ratepayers. One proposal has Davis and Woodland jointly paying to have water siphoned from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it into both communities. The next two options would delay the city of Davis participation with Woodland until 2020. The second proposal would have Davis delay financing, but participate immediately. I bet that option goes over well with Woodland residents.

The last and least expensive option for Davis residents is the West Sacramento alternative where Davis would buy into West Sacramento’s existing intake facility on the Sacramento River and pay to pipe treated water into Davis, all for an astounding $142 million. Not being sly, but I suggest installing a water filtration system into every Davis residence for half the cost. This would also include the yearly service fees that are recommended for each filtration system. See how quickly issues can be resolved with logical thinking. As I have stated before, each of these proposed options would affect residents on fixed incomes. With the economy swirling, this is not an optimum time to increase rates of any sort.

Davis ratepayers are billed bi-monthly for water, sewer and garbage fees. The city intends to switch to a monthly schedule beginning in the spring of 2013. Each of the projected water projects are estimates only and that is certainly a frightening proposition based on the likelihood the true cost could exceed the initial estimate. It’s a proven fact that Davis water is hard, but it’s also a proven fact that Davis is one of the healthiest communities in the nation. There’s been no known illnesses from drinking our well supplied water. The Davis City Council will soon make a recommendation on which project will be placed on the 2013 ballot. Thankfully, the citizens of Davis will then make the final decision if the reward is worth the risk. Democracy at work. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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Living in the Sacramento Valley during the spring can be burdensome on allergy sufferers. The sniffling, sneezing and the general lethargic feeling that comes with allergies can be treated by medication. Spring is when many families decide to sell their home. Imagine a buyer getting hit with an allergy attack during a showing. Make your home more pleasant for everyone, including your own family by following a few easy allergy preventive steps.

Air Filters: Choose a filter and make sure it has a small particle or HEPA filter. These filters might cost a bit more, but well worth the relief we can experience in our own castle. Keeping the humidity low and temperatures at 70 degrees will help fight mold and dust mites.

Clean Carpets: Having hardwood or laminate floors can stamp out the possibilities of insects, fleas or dust mites that are common with carpets. If replacing the carpet is too expensive, then have your carpet professionally cleaned with an extractor. Wash area rugs.

Kitchen And Bath: There’s no substitute for elbow grease. Scrub with bleach to clean mold from fixtures, tub and shower. Clean or replace moldy shower curtains and bath mats.

Most every buyer I have ever worked with wants an idea on energy bills associated with the property they intend to purchase. It’s an extra bonus when they find out the home is loaded with energy efficiency features. Shaving energy bill expenses increases the long-term value of their home.

Automated HVAC System: Programmable thermostats can save consumers plenty of money per year on energy cost. These systems can be set to reduce consumption when residents are out and create heating and cooling zones in a home. This can eliminate the necessity to heat or cool a room not in use and there by decreasing electric bills.

Tankless Water Heaters: Conserve water usage by going with a tankless water heater. It’s instant hot water when in use, which can reduce water heating cost by 35 percent annually.

Lighting: An automatic dimmer will adjust lighting based on the time of day which is acutely beneficial for exterior lighting. More home buyers are consciencely focusing on homes that can offer energy-efficient features. Dual pane windows and additional insulation are two other effective measures that catch the eye of the buyer. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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There are many features of a home that factor into a buyers decision in what home they buy. None of those characteristics rate at the same level as the kitchen remodel. It’s human nature for individuals to focus on the quality of a kitchen above any other room in the house. As long as the kitchen has been redone, most families can overlook other defects. The kitchen is the heart of a home and no other room has the same level of importance in the selection of a property. Owners can go out and spend $1,000’s of dollars for a major overhaul, this is more for those families that are limited in revenue. Let’s look at a few affordable kitchen additions that can make a difference.

Kitchen Counters: Yes, granite is now in vogue, but the cost can be enormous. Laminate can resemble the traditional look of granite, for about half the price. Fourty feet of laminate counters would run about $2000, compared to approximately $4000 for granite counters.

More Lighting: The more, the better when it comes to light. Adding an LED under cabinet light can have a striking effect for under fifty dollars.

Cabinet Hardware: When money is tight and replacing cabinets are out of the question, why not just replace handles and knobs. The average kitchen has approximately forty handles and knobs. The price difference can be significant and range from two dollars per, up to twenty dollars for each handle and knob. The after effect is dramatic and will certainly enhance those dull cabinets.

Kitchen Organization: Buyers today wants a feel of spaciousness in their kitchen. A functional kitchen is more important than elaborate decorations and designs. Practical storage is the way to go. Over-the-door hooks, baskets in the pantry, drawer organizers, wall hooks for pots and pans and stackable shelves for cabinets will add appeal. Clear the clutter for less than two hundred dollars.

Floor Appearance: There are many choices in floors, but understanding cost is essential. Tile floors can be rather pricey. There are gorgeous linoleum floors that can be deceptive to the eye and unless you look closely, would appear to be tile. The cost for linoleum can be more than half the cost compared to tile, hardwood or laminate flooring. These low-cost improvements are appealing, affordable and helps create a selling amenity. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home and easy access to view all local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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