How Realtors Market Homes – Part 1

When it comes right down to it, two things sell real estate: price and exposure. The seller sets the price and the Realtor exposes the property to potential buyers. All the exposure in the world won’t sell a dumpy little house for twice its value and no matter how perfectly your house is priced, if … Read more


New Loan Limits Mean You Can Afford More House

Wouldn’t it be great if you could afford a bigger house without making any more money? Welcome to 2019! New loan limits for conforming and jumbo loans will make it easier to buy a house this year. For single family homes, there are two types of conventional loans: conforming and non-conforming (also called jumbo). Conforming … Read more


How the Government Shutdown Affects Real Estate

Buying a home is the biggest financial decision most of us ever make, so we want to be sure it’s a sound investment. With the partial government shutdown lasting for so long, many people’s confidence in the economy is, understandably, starting to falter. Although a January 7 survey by the National Association of Realtors® revealed … Read more


Closing – Signing the Contract is Only the Beginning

When you’re selling your house, it’s thrilling when the right buyer says, “I’ll take it!” and the two of you sign a purchase agreement with the agreed-upon price and all the details sorted out. Although this feels like the end of the road, it’s actually only the beginning of the end—and things can get a … Read more


Coming Soon

Lately, you may have seen real estate lawn signs with a “Coming Soon” rider, indicating the property isn’t for sale yet, but it soon will be. While most Realtors use this sign appropriately, some do not. If you’re thinking of selling your house and your agent suggests using such a sign, here’s what you need … Read more


Selling Your First Home

When you make a house your home, it becomes something special, so when it’s time to sell, you want the new owners to love it like you did—and to demonstrate their love by paying as much as possible. Good salespeople know that most people make decisions based on emotions rather than logic. When people are … Read more


A Look Back at 2018

It’s hard to believe another year’s gone by. From a real estate perspective, 2018 had some interesting developments. Here are a few facts, figures and observations to help you make good real estate decisions in the year to come. HOME PRICES While the median sales price for a single-family home in Ukiah remained flat at … Read more


How Real Estate Has Changed…a Walk Through Old-time Ukiah

I was talking with a friend whose husband grew up in Ukiah and often gives directions based on landmarks that don’t exist anymore. “Keep going past the old Green Barn,” he’ll say, or “You know, it’s next to where Wildbergers used to be.” Hearing the names of these old businesses brought back a flood of … Read more


All Kinds of Loans – Part IV

This is the fourth and final column in a series describing the various types of real estate loans. While you must have some way to repay the loan, you really do have a huge variety of options when it comes to buying real estate. CalVet – These are intended for active service members or military … Read more