Ripon, CA Real Estate News

By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Redbridge, Tracy, CA Community and Real Estate InformationOn the west side of Tracy, California, the Redbridge Community is a clean and environmentally friendly residential neighborhood. It is bordered on the north by Green Haven Drive, on the north by S Lammers Road, on the south by Western Pacific Way, and on the east by Kelly Elementary School. This region is quite recent, having only existed for the previous 20 years. It's a friendly neighborhood in the center of Kelly School and Lammers Road. It is regarded as one of Tracy's cleanest and wealthiest neighborhoods. Surland Companies is in charge of the Redbridge subdivision's construction. The company developed the community over a four-year period, culminating in one of the most sought-after residential submarkets in the area. The w...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Home Inspection Tracy CA   We very often get what we expect and frequently we receive a little extra. When your home inspection results were less than good, it might be because the home inspector skipped something.Being a niche contractor in finish woodworking along with a former service representative for Kolbe Windows, I've installed and maintained lots of home windows. Now that I'm a house inspector, explaining door and window problems and offering solutions could be a huge money saving idea to my clients searching in Tracy for houses available.San Joaquin County Home Inspections What's an imploded window?An imploded window develops when both panes of the dual pane glass window concave against one another, this is known as "hourglass". Maybe you have driven by a home or office and se...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
   Once in awhile I come across a salesman who reminds me of Mr. Haney from the show Green Acres. "Would you be interested in this genuine replica of a bronze colored plasticized Japanese coin"?    Are not required.. there's something missing to this statement when I hear certain salesmen (and women) mention to a potential home buyer that certain things are "not required". Carbon Monoxide, Seismic Straps, Smoke Alarms, it doesn't seem to matter to them the safety conditions as long as they don't have to provide any contingencies. That's OK, when I hear these words being mumbled by a salesman while I'm minding my own business inspecting a home, I already know how I'm going to report it.  Being a home inspector does'nt mean I'm the referee. It doesn't mean I am "the man" or the pass/fail ...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Inspecting HVAC for Real Estate in Modesto CA       The process for inspecting HVAC systems begins with a visual examination of the coolant and oil lines. It is imperative to ensure the coolant line is insulated completely.  On a split HVAC system, there are two pipes that run from the condenser to the air handler. One is large and is called the "suction" or "coolant" line and the other is smaller in diameter and is called the "pressure" or "oil" line. The basic fundamental design of the system is to turn a liquid to a gas, and then turn that same gas back into a liquid.    The insulation on the suction line serves two very important functions. It allows the coolant (Freon) to stay cool which directly affects your comfort level and the systems efficiency.   It prevents the line from "sw...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Modesto CA Foreclosures In Modesto CA, we experienced probably the largest foreclosure rate in California. I don't have the statistics but I know it's a fairly accurate statement to begin with. 2008 marked a change in real estate history all around the world bringing a new mass development of listed homes on the market. Modesto homes for sale were primarly foreclosures from then on. I'm a home inspector. I'm also a stay at home dad, a carpenter, a computer repair man, a writer, an auto mechanic and a licensed contractor. In this day and age, you need to be versatile with what you do in order to make a living. My wife almost lost her job a few years ago while we struggled (just like everyone else) during these last few years. My experience is in construction and you can only imagine the ...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Keyword Search Your Website   It's not always about me, this post is for other people and not publicized for my own benefit. Besides, there's only so many ways you can re-arrange "Home Inspector" in my arsenal of keywords..enjoy! Is your keyword or phrase even showing up on Google? What pages of my website are my keyword phrases showing up on?   I stumbled upon this myself and I'm sure it's probably very common for SEO specialists but I thought I would share because it helped me with my keyword placement.  If you don't know what keyword placement is, AR has some awesome webinars that give you the "gist" of what they are. Understanding how important keywords are to attract potential clients to your website is essential, no it's an absolute necessity!! If you even delve into this enough t...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Nails and nailing      It sounds so simple and small doesn't it?   I'm not only a home inspector, I'm also a finish carpenter. I hammered thousands of nails. Fat ones, skinny ones, tall and short. It's funny though how something so small can actually require a decent amount of skill to use. Back in the day before pneumatics became popular, a carpenter held a pouch full of nails and a trusty hammer. Now, you will only see nails in a carpenters pouch when he is doing pick-up or punch work (coming behind and fixing some minor errors).       Waffle head hammers are just what they sound like. A head that has the imprint of a waffle. These hammers are used primarily for pounding 16 penny nails for "rough framing" applications. It is intended to grip the nail head at different angles without r...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Where is Ripon CA   It's funny how people pronounce the name, it's even funnier when you're certain people are going to ask where it is. You can almost bet on it.  Ripon, California is nestled between two decent sized cities (Modesto and Manteca) located in the central valley of California. It's a "sleepy" little town that has grown and is known primarily for it's harvesting of almonds. It's the almond capitol of the world, and has held this title for many years. Another strong influence Ripon has on the economy is fuel. Truck stops in Ripon have acquired and maintained the stretch of real estate from the Milgeo exit to the popular road Jack Tone Road, allowing truckers to either rest for the night, get some dinner or fuel up their trucks as they pass on through to their destinations. T...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Merced Homes for Sale    Sometimes we get what we pay for and sometimes we get just a little bit more. If your home inspection results were not so good, it may be because the home inspector missed something.   As a specialty contractor in finish carpentry and a former service representative for a reputable window & door manufacturer, I have installed and serviced a lot of windows. Now that I am a home inspector, explaining window and door problems and offering solutions can be a huge money saver to my clients looking at Merced homes for sale.            What is an imploded window?  An imploded window is when both panes of a dual pane glass window concave against each other, this is also called "hourglass".  Have you ever driven by a home or business and seen the glass in a window distor...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Dear Active Rain consumers, I'm here now is all I can say.  I missed you while I was out.  My Dad got really sick and passed away.  My middle son moved back home & we struggled with that routine too.  Business has been wonderful.  I have been blessed with wonderful sellers & buyers thruout this past 6 months.  Christmas is upon us & I am so thankful to have my health (extra pounds, ughhh) but nevertheless I am thankful for all that is in my life.  Thank you for coming back.  I look forward to writing about these past short sales that have been approved, the buyers that I have gotten into houses & my wonderful family that I love to share with all of you.  Glad to be back. Love, Christina O'Neal  
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Stockton CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question about short sales. Here is the question. “What is your experience with Chase Heloc's? I have a HELOC that is a 2nd mortgage. Citi (the 1st) will give them 6% or approximately $3000. Chase's collection agency is saying that they want 30% ($30,000.) They won't budge. They want this in CASH, not as a promissory note (in case the seller does a bankruptcy.) They are telling me they will just let the house foreclose because that is Chase's policy now. What do you recommend that I do?” Get my Free, Step By Step Loan Modification Guide by clicking here. Here was our answer to the question. Most third party collection agencies are very tough to negotiate with. They are completely unreasonable. They are so trained to give ...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Now isn't this the coolest garage door.  I'm sure it's a one of a kind.  It so matches the yard.  They have this parklike front yard too.  If you want to see it in person, go to the community center in Ripon.  It's across the street from the tennis courts.  If it's a hot day, hopefully their kids are selling lemonade like yesterday morning. (176,-3)
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
I often get the question from new buyers to the Ripon, "What is the climate of Ripon CA like?". My response is usually the same.  It can be hot in the summertime (80 to 100 degrees or so) & then the winter (50 to 60 degrees).  That is because I live here.  I got to thinking that clients need the official response, because maybe I am skewed by my own experience. Here is what the City of Ripon officially puts out to everyone:  "The climate of Ripon is typical of the Central Valley, being hot & dry in the summer and cool & moist in the winter.  Average temperatures rage from 80 degrees Fahrenheit in July to about 45 degrees Fahrenheit in January, with extremes ranging from 110 degrees to about 26 degrees.  Precipitation averages about 13 inches per year with about 85% of the annual rainfal...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Welcome to Ralph's Weekly Feature: Two Truths and a Lie: Guess Which One Is The Lie? Each week, I'm going to feature one Active Rain Member, with their photo, and what they are going to do is tell you 2 Truths about them and 1 Lie. The object of the game is to guess which of the 3 bits of trivia about them is a lie! Each new game will be posted on Sunday, and then the answer will be revealed by the featured member a week later on the following Sunday. It's a great way to get to know your fellow ActiveRain members and staff. This week, we will be featuring: Christina ONeal   Christina is a realtor with Crown Key Realty, based out of Ripon, California. She loves her job & having fun & selling real estate...She has been an active realtor since 1999. She has a 20 point marketing plan for he...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Springtime means Ripon Police Dept puts their Powered Parachute (PPC) back into patrol. This is a unique Police tool that Ripon was one of the first to have one back in May 2009.  Everytime my dog sees them overhead, he barks.  I must say that I am always looking up when they are out patroling just because it's so neat to see.  It's like watching a police motorcycle in the air. Things I love about our local Ripon Police having this.  They can patrol areas that are hard to reach by car.  They can really see the bad guys in action.  I love that it only cost $30 an hour to operate (how cool is that one!!) I'm sure the criminals don't like it but that's why we live here.  It's a safe place to raise your children & enjoy life. "The aircraft does not need a traditional runway, and there is no...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Consumer wanted.  I'm looking for someone that has some money and wants to buy a house to live in. If you want to rent it out too (I'm ok with that).  I want you to be loyal & trustworthy.  I love believing everything you say.  Patience will be a wonderful thing too. Here's what I'll give to you in return.  I'll be your faithful & loyal realtor.  I'll preview homes on your behalf (even videotape or take pictures for you).  We can go together if you prefer shopping together.  I'm a great listener.  I'll be patient if you are not sure of exactly what you want.  Helping you do your due diligence is what I love doing.  I'll help you research neighborhood & your new possible home. Read further for the risks.  There are definite dangers of having me as your realtor.  You will find a home you ...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Veteran's Park in Ripon has tennis courts!! I'm not a tennis player but I got some funny idea in my head that my son & I should do something together (just him & I) during this Easter Break.  Since my hubby was out bonding with our older son at the Ripon Fire Academy. First Noah & I had to assess what tools we had to accomplish playing tennis together.  We found only 1 tennis racket (super old).  It was my mom's that Noah had managed to obtain from his Grandma at one of her garage sales last year.  We had slobbered on tennis balls that the dogs had loved on (that just wouldn't do). Off to Target we went.  They actually have tennis rackets for different age groups.  Funny, who invented that one?  We bought the 9 & over one (I fell for it).  We also got two 3 packs of tennis balls, one se...
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
Pay it Forward ~ picked up yucky trash at our local Veteran's Park in Ripon.  Today I just had to do it.  My son was so worried that I was going to get a disease from picking up garbage.  It was a small gesture to pick up the garbage.  Wads of toilet paper were in the baseball area of this park.  Not anymore.  I'm hopeing that my 11 year old son took a valuable lesson away today.  That it's good to throw away trash that is not your own.  (175,-4)
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By Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California
(At Home Real Estate Group)
What is this adorable puppy saying to you?  Help, get me out of this can.... hard to say really :) I was on my way taking Noah to school & just thought this was too cute to pass up.  I told my son I was going back after I dropped him off to take the picture.   I wonder if he has holes in him & his stuffing is falling out.  What do you think? (175,-4)
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