Redding, CA Real Estate News

By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
For those of you who've never been to Redding, (or if it's been several years) I've put together this information with the help of the Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau and other local sources.  I hope this inspires some of you to stay and explore our area the next time you're driving through Redding or if you're in a place in life where you're looking for a change.  This is an excellent place to raise a family, open up a new business, live an abundant recreational lifestyle or simply retire and enjoy life.  Redding is place with big city ammenities but with a small-town feel!So with that said, here's the rest of MY BLOG about a place we're so proud of...We are located in the Northstate, at the north end of the central valley, just a short two hour drive north of Sacramento and three...
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By Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing
(Marketing with Kate)
Perhaps one of greatest marketing geniuses of our time is the marketing guru who came up with the names - Consumer Credit Bureaus and Fair Issac. The very names imply that the the information provided is fair and that the credit bureaus  are consumer friendly and ready to advocate on the side of consumers.  Many consumers believe that the Consumer Credit Bureaus (CRA's) were developed to protect consumers.  Reality is that the CRA's are paid by the Creditors or Furnishers of Information (FIO) to compile and report the information that the FIOs send them.  Therefore, the Credit Bureaus are more inclined to develop procedures that protect the person paying them, the creditor, over the consumer.  Ditto that with Fair Issac.  Fair Issac developed FICO scores and the very name implies that t...
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By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
Yesterday morning I get a call from a friend who asked "have you seen the paper this morning?" - I'm thinking "oh gosh, maybe I've made the headlines - for who knows what" well that wasn't it.  It turns out, our lovely town is getting a TRADER JOE's and the buzz around here is "FINALLY!", " Yippee!!!!!"OH YEA!" and "Two Buck Chuck, baby!" If you have a Trader Joe's in your area (or several), you know what we're talking about.I can't tell you the number of clients who've asked about Trader Joe's and are disappointed to find out we don't have one. But that's about to change.Mr. TJ...we welcome you to Redding, CA!
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By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
What an exciting time we're having here at Real Esate Professionals, GMAC!We were recently presented with the QE Award for our outstanding customer service.  Quality Service Certification, Inc. and Leading Research Corporation identified 20 companies and offices that, according to consumers, deliver the best service quality and customer satisfaction. The 2007 inaugural presentation of The "Quie"- Quality Excellence Award recognizes the Top 10 Companies and the Top 10 Offices in North America. "The QETM award recipients earned the highest levels of service excellence and customer satisfaction from among more than 500 participating companies and their 30,000 real estate agents," stated Larry Romito, President of Quality Service Certification, Inc. (QSC). Award WinnersTop 10 CompaniesHelen...
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By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
It's no surprise we are in a buyer's market. Inventories of existing homes are higher than they have been in years but staying pretty close to the numbers we saw in 2006. Prices have definitely stabilized and percentages of home sales have declined by about 3%. The average sales price is $311,696 for the first seven months of 2007compared to $330,274 in 2006 (a 6% decline).  Currently, the local Multiple Listing Service is showing an inventory of over 2,100 homes and an "average days on the market" of over 130 days. These levels of inventory are expected to continue through 2007 and well into 2008.  Tighter lending criteria has already put housing in a fundamentally healthier state. These housing adjustments are necessary to help keep housing affordable.
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By Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing
(Marketing with Kate)
If you keep hearing (or telling yourself) that you can't afford to buy a home, you may be listening to the wrong people.  Now is a perfect time to buy your first house.  Sellers are motivated and there are plenty of special financing programs available for first time home buyers. Before you let someone discourage you from trying to buy a home make sure that you are talking to someone who knows mortgage financing.  Today's down payments are a small percentalge of the selling price and with special programs designed for all income levels there are plenty of homes that you may be able to purchase.  As a loan officer I love working with first time home buyers.  It can be a scary decision and you want to make sure that you have the best advise available for you.  Don't let the current headli...
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By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
Redding has been a "hot-spot" for vacationers not just during the summer but year-round.  In fact, many come to visit and they end up moving here...we don't blame them.  Grand mountain peaks and a verdant landscape are the trademarks of this city with a balanced, superior quality of life.  We are surrounded by so much natural beauty, recreational activities and a diverse culture.  Redding's current population is about 95,000.  Our median home price is $280.000 compared to the State's median price at $580,000.  Our town combines the ambiance of a small town with the benefits of a large city.For things "To Do" and "Where to Stay", log on to www.shastaliving.com.Come and spend some time with us this summer or stay for a while! 
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By Rick Calkins
(Davis Wilson, Broker)
Kool April Nites is over, and Redding Rodeo Week is quickly approaching.  For those of you new to the greater Redding area, or those considering moving here, this is a busy time of year.   The Redding Rodeo is one of the events that always draws a big crowd.  The rodeo itself has been expanded to three days, with the finals on Saturday night.  But the entire week has rodeo-related events, from Kid Days, to a "bank robbery", pancake breakfast, parade and more. [For a list of events, go to my website, www.NetRedding.com, then click on the "Entertainment" page.  You will see a listing for the Redding Rodeo.]  Everything takes place rain or shine...and it looks like it might rain on our parade this year.Stay tuned for more info/R
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
The inventory or active available homes has been hovering around the 1850-1900 range now for many weeks. The buyers in the market place appear fickle with low offers being thrown out all over the board to see if some seller is truly DESPERATE. There are some motivated seller's out there and there are a ton that are trying to remember last years activity and prices! With summer just around the corner we should see the inventory climb a little higher as traditionally the people sitting on the fence in the winter now want to get into the game. The key is still the same as it has always been.......Price/Location/Condition.....Three little words to live by if you are a seller.....If you are a buyer then you have to know which properties you can actually get a deal on and which owners are tru...
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
I just came across a fixer in Redding today for $875,000. Yes you read it right a fixer. Now granted it does have 6 bedrooms and 5 baths and it is on the river but $875,000. Wow. From the pictures, and there were not many (wonder why) it looks like the home needs a remodel....or more appropriately a complete OVERHAUL. It appears to have been built in the 80's. I bet it even has some shag carpet in it somewhere...maybe in a back bedroom...Austin Powers eat your heart out! I will keep my eye on this one and if they get the $875,000 I am going to see if they want to come and work for me....I can always use some tips on how to get a home that is overpriced by 25% sold!I think this is going to rank up there in the top two most expensive fixers in Shasta County collumn.Ready to see the homes ...
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  Sharp Dressed Homes Observations of the Top 10 Most Common Mistakes Made by Home Sellers:#10 - Staying home when potential buyers come to look at your house.  They really don't want you there!#9 - Not paying attention to how your house smells... this includes cleaning solutions!#8 - Leaving too much "stuff" in every room... The more you have, the smaller your house feels!#7 - Whatever it is you "collect" needs to go in a box in the garage.  I once saw about 200 ceramic cows on top of the seller's kitchen cabinets. #6 - Your windows aren't clean enough... unless you keep slamming into them with your face. #5 - When you leave your animals in the house during showings, potential buyers worry your house is dirty.. and it probably is....#4 - No fresh flowers or homemade cookies set out dur...
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
I am constantly asked by consumers and clients why did you name your company Atlantis Realty? Well the answer is pretty simple. I wanted something different that stood out and was easy to remember. I think that by being different (from all the other companies) that,is a good thing. I pride myself on LISTENING to my clients and showing them homes that WILL work for them- not for me. One thing I have learned is that if you always put your clients first in the transaction everything else just falls into place.The second thing I am asked is why did I choose pyramids for my logo? Well have you ever looked at the back of an American dollar? What do you see on the back? That's right a Pyramid... and an eye. I SEE that taking care of my clients is number ONE....just like the dollar bill and the...
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
We hoped sooner or later that builders would start building some super effiecient homes in our area and that day has come. Redding now has a solar subdivision that has opened up. The city of Redding electrical rates are about 20-25% less than PG&E's but many buyers out there like the idea of little to no monthly electric bill!It only makes sense to add solar to homes in this area. Redding is in the top 5 sunniest places to produce solar power in the United States. Many solar systems pay back in less than 10 years on new construction. With energy prices going up and not down in the future I believe that solar is a great way to go for many reasons.Not only do we help the environment we can save $$.The pay back outside the city of Redding will be even quicker as the rates are much higher. ...
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
The world famous Sundial Bridge is located in Redding California. It is a real treasure to our community and it is fun to walk across and see all the wildlife on the Sacramento River below. The bridge has a clear decking that allows you to see people walk across when you at the bottom of the bridge looking up. This is a must see for anyone that comes to Redding.
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
The American Flag is located on North Bechelli lane in Redding California. God Bless america and our troops overseas! This was taken on a clear day and I caught jet plane at around 30,000 feet in the background. The plane was probably heading towards either Portland Oregon or to Seattle Wash. The flag can be seen from many area's of Redding.
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
I recently worked with a very nice couple that were interested in purchasing in a very desireable area of my county that I cover. They put in an offer on a home that was in the short sale phase and the bank never responded to their offer at ALL-Thanks WAMU. Now the home is going to auction. I am really interested in seeing what happens at this sale as the bank would not communicate with anyone including myself! I even called to talk with the president of Home loans and was transferred quickly to an extention and put on hold for 20 minutes! Hopefully you all have a different experience with WAMU than I and the listing agent for the seller did! The listing agent did her job and was as frustrated as I was on this transaction.Let's see if the lender gets more than my clients offered them pr...
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
There is something here for everyone in Shasta County! Inventory levels are hovering around the 1550-1600 mark with plenty of homes to choose from in most all price ranges. The hardest hit homes are in the upper price ranges. Certain area's are taking much longer to sell a home in and the entry level homes are still in demand and selling decent.To see all the active available homes right now with NO forms to fill out just go to http://inforedding.com/Here you can see the prices/pictures and virtual tours if there are any all from the comfort of your own home! Even in your pajamas!Regards,Rick Goates  
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By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
Yes, times have changed but not so for Shasta County.  While our market has seen high inventory of homes in the last few months, and slower sales, buyers are still flocking to this area from all over the place. Reason?  Affordability!  Everyone wants a piece of California - and they can have it in Shasta County.  Our Median Home price is still below $300,000 compared to the rest of the State (at well over $550,000)!!  Not to mention the quality of life we have to offer.  Best schools, low to almost no crime, country living within 15 minutes from the City (population of about 90,000) and no traffic (yes!).  What makes our area desirable is the abundance of outdoor activities.  We're surrounding by mountains, rivers and the world-famous Lake Shasta!
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By Richard Goates, Broker 01251781
(Apex California Realty)
The height of the buyers market may be over as the inventory of active available homes is heading down weekly. After a high of almost 2100 at one point in 2006, the available home inventory is hovering around 1840 and is trending down each week signaling the return of an even market in the near distant future.We still have many moving here from other metro area's and the holiday time usually has some sellers not listing or pulling their homes until the holidays are over.For access to the area's MOST ADVANCED MLS SEARCH just go to http://inforedding.comSearch the MLS in a different way and find your dream home today in Shasta County!
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