Living in Sacramento

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New homes in Sacramento are a great living option for a number of different homebuyers. There are many advantages to buying new including updated interiors, solid construction, and custom finishes.

Sacramento Offers Variety

From fully loaded low-maintenance condos to upscale executive homes, the options are plentiful and vary with every neighborhood. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a family looking to upgrade, or in your golden years and looking for a nice place to retire, with a range of new Sacramento homes to choose from, there's something to suit every lifestyle and budget.

New Homes Are More Affordable

New Sacramento homes are also more affordable as they require less money up front when it comes to repairs and maintenance.

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folsom-real-estateFolsom, CA is a beautiful community just about 20 miles northeast from Sacramento in Sacramento County.  With its proximity to downtown Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco, with its abundance of outdoor activities year round, Folsom is great place to live and call home. In fact it was recently named the #1 place to raise a family in California, according to a recent WalletHub study, beating out the likes of Palo Alto, El Dorado Hills and Roseville.

Need a little more convincing? Here are 5 reasons why Folsom is such a great place to live:

Folsom is Affordable

One of the main drawbacks in living in a highly desirable area is the cost of living, which in most cases is quite high. Not the case in Folsom. In fact, in that same WalletHub study,

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With Summer in full swing, many families are looking to plan activities to entertain their kids and to spend some quality time. However, economic times are tough, which means a big family trip to Disney Land may not be in the cards. Instead of traveling, why not have a staycation and spend some time locally at William Land Park in Sacramento? Here's our updated guide with everything you need to know about this local gem

About William Land Park

William Land Regional Park, most often just referred to as “Land Park”, sits on 160 acres in Sacramento, located between Interstate 5 and State Route 160.  Land Park is named after its donor, William Land, who left behind $250,000 for Sacramento “to purchase a public park within a suitable distance of

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home staging tipsIf you are thinking of selling your house, you have probably heard of home staging.  Many real estate professionals highly recommend staging your house before showing to potential buyers in order to sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time. 

Why Should You Stage Your Home?

Although many real estate professionals recommend staging your home, many times they do not explain how staging can help sell your home for top dollar.

As with selling your house, buying a home is a very emotional process.  Many times people buy a house they feel an emotional connection to.  The purpose of staging and de-cluttering allows potential buyers to disconnect the house with the previous owners and allow them to see themselves in your home.

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Rental rates in Sacramento continue to increase, which is a boon for property owners and real estate investors earning passive income from renting out their homes or condos.

According to new reports from two condo rental data companies, over the past 12 months Sacramento's rents went up by almost 12% from May 2015 to May 2016 - higher than any other city in the U.S., according to Yardi Matrix.

Sacramento's rental growth is ahead of cities like Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles which are places with a healthy increase in the number of jobs.

Another rental data firm, RealPage, found Sacramento's went up 9.7% over the previous year up to the second quarter of 2016.

You can check out the rate increases in our previous post from May.

The new

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Looks like home prices in the Sacramento area are pacing ahead of wages earned.

According to RealtyTrac, a real estate information company out of Irivine, Calif., Sacramento's home prices are 9% higher than they were last year at this time, but the growth of the wages and earnings is up 5%.

Home prices Sacramento and the Tri-County region have steadily been on the rise since bottoming out in early 2012, however earnings haven't been able to keep pace with the rapid rise of homes.

RealtyTrac reports the least affordable region in the area is El Dorado County, where an average wage earner living there must spend 67% of their earnings to purchased a home worth $430,000.

The most affordable area to live in the region remains Sacramento County,

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There's a good chance online retail giant Amazon will be setting up shop in Metro Air Park, a move that will provide many new jobs and a boost to the Sacramento-area economy, while also having an effect on the Sacramento real estate market.

With Sacramento County receiving an application for an 855,000 sq. ft. building/warehouse at the Air Park, many believe the application is on behalf of Amazon, though this is not confirmed yet.

"The rumor is pretty solid, but it’s not a done deal yet,” said Joshua Wood, CEO of Region Business, a Sacramento area business advocacy organization, to the Sacramento Bee.

County officials have so far only confirmed the got the application last month for the property, which is situated east of Sacramento International

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Looks like it's going to be another successful Sacramento Music Festival this Memorial Day long weekend.

With artists like Big Bad Voodoo, Lee Rocker from the Stray Cats and Pablo Cruise, advance ticket sales are up 4% from last year's event.

Last year's event in Old Sacramento drew some 22,000 music fans, which was up a bit from 2014, so organizers are hoping to see more than 23,000 fans this year, which is still a far cry from the festival's glory days of the 1990s, when it drew more than 100,000 people for what was then the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.

This year's event promises 100 unique performances, street dancing, animated parades, instruments booming, and great food and drink in an energetic atmosphere that will carry over four days (Friday,

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Lawn Watering SacramentoWith summer just around the corner, here are some tips to help conserve water in Sacramento, while maintaining a beautiful lawn and garden.

Keep in mind that in Sacramento, lawns can only get watered twice a week during daylight savings time (March 13-November 6, 2016), and only before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Odd numbered homes water on Tuesday and/or Saturday, while even numbered homes are scheduled for Wednesday and/or Sunday.

Now when it comes to keeping your lawn lush and green, you don't need that much water. In fact, turf grasses need only about 3/4" - 1" of water a week to stay green and keep growing. An inch of water will soak down through about 6 inches of soil. In terms of how long to keep the sprinkler or irrigation turned on, get tuna

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Looks like rental rates for housing continue to climb in Sacramento, which means it's a good time for real estate investors.

According to Zumper, which is an apartment rental site, the monthly rate for a one-bedroom apartment in Sacramento is $960, which is a 10.3% increase from a year ago, and puts Sacramento's rents among the 25 highest in the United States.

In fact, Sacramento came in at No. 23 for cities tracked by Zumper.

Experts say the reasons for the rental increases include more people moving out of the suburbs and into more dense urban areas with condos and apartments. Additionally it looks like people are choosing to rent for longer periods of time than they were before.

Additionally in Sacramento, a lag in construction to keep pace

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