We knew we wanted a green alternative vehicle for our Redding California real estate practice. Another important criteria for our new car purchase was that it be built in the USA. Which had also been true of the Cadillac that preceded it. Here is an interesting time lapse video of the Nissan Leaf as it is manufactured in Smyrna Tennessee:
Wind energy electrical generation in Shasta County. Image 2013 by Skip Murphy
Saturday, we took delivery of this all electric 2013 Nissan Leaf!
We retired our 13 year old Cadillac in favor of a new high tech all electric car in an effort to be more aligned with our mission statement of adhering to green business practices. Stay tuned to see how this new type of vehicle works out for our business.
A highlight from last week’s REALTOR Education Day at the Gaia in Anderson was the presentation by California Association of Realtors Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. I always like to see the latest California Median Home Price Chart from Leslie. Click to expand a bit. This is statewide. As we have long predicted, we have bounced along the bottom for while before turning up again. And turn up we have. Look at those last yellow bars on the right. Here’s one reason why: Low inventory! Coupled with low interest rates, demand is incredibly strong again.
Remarkably similar to conditions in 2005…
Everyday is education day when you’re in real estate. But Erin and I helped facilitate an event that took place last week at the GAIA Hotel in Anderson that saw 300+ Realtors from all around the northstate gather to learn from the most informative speakers we could find. The event was a big success, and everyone came away with new ideas and information. Here’s a brief video that gives some idea of the event.
Our Broker Erin Rader in her role as Education Committee Chairperson for the Shasta Association of Realtors made many trips to Chico on her own time to help coordinate this complicated event. I think that really demonstrates our commitment to educating Realtors and learning cutting edge skills.
As a Director of the Shasta Association of Realtors, I want to thank all the many, many people who helped bring this event to its successful fruition. Real estate is a lifetime of learning.
Wrapshell Alderson, Erin Rader, and Jane Lee at the Gaia.
Wow, that was quick. This is a really nice house, though.
We received 5 offers over the weekend.
We helped make it look fabulous online. We feel sure that online presence was a factor. Even after looking at it in person, a modern buyer goes back to the online images to consider if they want to offer and how much. So it needs to look great online. Watch the brief tour video, and be sure to select the Hi-Def setting for full effect.
We can’t guarantee the same results for your listing. But we have the proven sales skills to market your Redding area house in the best possible light.
Just a teaser, for now. This fantastic Redding Luxury Home with a Pebble Tec pool will hit the MLS in the next day or so. Click to slightly expand the image. It’s beautiful!
Pacific Heights is a truly lovely Redding neighborhood. It has its own pocket park. It’s a straight shot up Shasta View to Clover Creek walking trails, Lema Ranch walking trails, Redding School of the arts,and Simpson University.
We helped Bill and Susan find a nice condo in Redding. There aren’t all that many condos for sale in Shasta County, but we were able to help them find a great home. We think they got a terrific deal on it. We helped him change out the doorlock hardware, which we always recommend. You never know who has a key to the old locks! Our thanks to Bill and Susan for being such great clients.
We recommend to our sellers that they have a home inspection prior to listing. That’s not common in the Redding market.
Tim Reaves of TWR Home Inspections leaves no space un-examined.
Here’s why it makes sense:
1. You’ll know in advance what issues will probably come up later on, in Escrow.
2. Once in Escrow, any issues become MUCH more problematic and harder to manage.
3. You will have an opportunity to deal with problems before a buyer can see them.
4. Certified local inspector/vendors reports are valid no matter who paid for them.
5. Inspections become part of your Disclosure Package and reassure buyers.
6. Inspection reports can be posted in the MLS for further buyer reassurance.
7. You will look smarter and more meticulous, increasing the value of the house.
Tim is always very thorough. We have several different inspectors with whom we have had good results in the past and we’ll give you our list of vendors as part of the services we offer to sellers. You don’t know what you don’t know, as they say.
We had a residential appraiser, Diane Freibel, and a commercial appraiser, John Ryan at our General Membership meeting today at the Shasta Association of Realtors. It was riveting info.
One really interesting nugget that emerged was that Redding was 18th from the top in housing value appreciation in Q4 of 2012. For years we have been near the bottom 200 or so, but now at 4% we are just behind Sacramento, and ahead of Napa! http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/25010/2012Q4HPI.pdf