Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Use a Realtor

1. They have turbocharged searching power
The Internet is awesome. You can find almost anything—anything! And with online real estate listing sites such as yours truly, you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? Realtors have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find those hidden gems.

Plus, a good local Realtor is going to know the search area way better than you ever could. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it’s just out of your price range? Your Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so they can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.

2. They’re connected to everyoneThe-Problems-We-Solve-for-Complete-Competitive-Intelligence
Realtors might not know everything, but they make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they’re all in your Realtor’s network. Use them.


3. They’re your sage parent/data analyst/therapist—all rolled into one
The thing about Realtors: They wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they’re salespeople, but they actually do a whole heck of a lot to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They spend their own money on marketing your home (if you’re selling). They’re researching comps to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

And, of course, they’re working for you at nearly all hours of the day and night—whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in. This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility Realtors take lightly.

Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess you up.



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Helpful Apps When Looking to Buy or Sell

Mobile Connect Program

mobile_connectWith NextHome’s Mobile Connect, you will enjoy a modern search experience when using the easy-to-share app. You can refine property searches by city or zip code, calculate commute times, use augmented reality to scan for properties, and review all listing details and neighborhood information in a user-friendly interface. Just another way we bring value to your clients, while staying top of mind!


Making upgrades or renovations can add value to your home. But sometimes it can be tough to gauge where you should invest your time and money.

The Houzz app lets you remodel your home virtually. The free app has over 10 million high resolution photos that you can skim through to see what your kitchen would look like after a facelift or what a new coat of paint would do to your living room.


The Zillow app lets buyers browse homes across the country. Users even get access to more than a million listings that aren’t featured in the Multiple Listing Service databases that are widely used by real estate professionals. 

There’s another perk that the Zillow app offers. You can easily create and upload a video walk through so that prospective buyers can see what your home looks like inside and out, without setting foot in the front door.

C.A.R. Releases its 2019 California Housing Market Forecast

C.A.R.’s “2019 California Housing Market Forecast” sees a modest decline in existing single-family home sales of 3.3 percent next year to reach 396,800 units, down from the projected 2018 sales figure of 410,460. The 2018 figure is 3.2 percent lower compared with the 424,100 pace of homes sold in 2017.CAR-Logo

“While home prices are predicted to temper next year, interest rates will likely rise and compound housing affordability issues,” said C.A.R. President Steve White. “Would-be buyers who are concerned that home prices may have peaked will wait on the sidelines until they have more clarity on where the housing market is headed. This could hold back housing demand and hamper home sales in 2019.”

The average for 30-year, fixed mortgage interest rates will rise to 5.2 percent in 2019, up from 4.7 percent in 2018 and 4.0 percent in 2017, but will still remain low by historical standards.

The California median home price is forecast to increase 3.1 percent to $593,450 in 2019, following a projected 7.0 percent increase in 2018 to $575,800.

“The surge in home prices over the past few years due to the housing supply shortage has finally taken a toll on the market,” said C.A.R. Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “Despite an improvement in supply conditions, there is a high level of uncertainty about the direction of the market that is affecting home buying decisions. This psychological effect is creating a mismatch in price expectations between buyers and sellers and will limit price growth in the upcoming year.”

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4 Real Estate Myths Debunked!

All Real Estate Agents are the Same
One of the most common real estate myths is that all real estate agents are the same.  This myth can lead to buyers and sellers making big mistakes when selecting a real estate agent to represent their interests.  Every agent has different skills, different experience levels, and different traits.

In our office we have agents who are working on completing their second year, and agents who have been in real estate for twenty years or more and each agent specializes in something different. Our key factors that we thinks makes a great real estate agent is familiarity and experience of the area;  with that, we can help give you our best knowledge and help you find the home you have always wanted.

Selling A Home “For Sale By Owner” Saves Lots of MoneyWhy-For-Sale-by-Owner-Sales-Fail
The main reason sellers believe that selling their home “for sale by owner” is a good idea is because it will save them lots of money.  This is a common real estate myth.  It would be great if selling homes was as simple as putting a for-sale sign in the front yard of a home, input the home into the MLS, and watch it sell, but it is not.

The expertise of a real estate agent can help you get your home sold quicker than if you attempt to do it on you own. We can help you adequately and fairly price your home so it gets sold as fast as we can. We are also there for you when handling the transaction to make the process go as smoothly as possible for your convenience.

Getting Pre-Approved Is Done After Finding Your Perfect Home
One of the hardest myth to break for real estate agents relates to financing.  Many home buyers believe that getting pre-approved doesn’t need to take place until they have found their perfect home. This is a huge mistake for many reasons.

A buyer should be and want to be pre-approved for a mortgage before they house hunt.  House hunting can be time consuming, exciting, frustrating, and many other things.  Before getting involved in a full out search for that perfect home, eliminate the chances of any disappointment down the road by getting a pre-approval from a mortgage lender.  A buyer can be devastated if they find a home they love, write an offer, and have it accepted only to find out in the future they have been declined for a mortgage.

Real Estate Agents Only Can Show Their Own Companies Listings
Real estate agents who belong to their local real estate board and MLS have access to any listing that is multiple listed. A common real estate myth is that real estate agents can only show their own listings or their own companies listings. This is false.

We can show you any house within the county, even ones you find off of Zillow, that is within your price range and desired accommodations. Whether that is our listing or it’s from another office, we do our best to make You happy first!

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Mobile Connect Makes Searching for Homes Simpler

With NextHome’s Mobile Connect, your will enjoy a modern search experience when using our branded, easy-to-share app. You can refine property searches by city or zip code, calculate commute times, use augmented reality to scan for properties, and review all listing details and neighborhood information in a user-friendly interface. Just another way we bring value to our clients, while staying top of mind!

A lot of home shopping happens online when you can peruse listings, neighborhoods and information. But we know that you still like to load up the car and drive around looking at homes and communities in person. Your self-guided tours happen at any time of day, any day of the week. Wouldn’t it be great if you could put the information of every property for sale right there in the car with you, instantaneously?

FACT: Today’s homebuyers start their property search online. And mobile traffic now accounts for 42% of the total traffic to real estate sites (Properties Online). At NextHome, our focus is to maximize your property’s exposure to the fastest growing segment: mobile. Yes, homebuyers do lots of research online. But they still insist and thrive on getting in their car at all hours of the day, any day of the week to personally check out homes and neighborhoods. Wouldn’t it be great to put your home’s information right in the car with them?

What’s the Real Estate market doing?

I get this question quite a lot.   The 2018 real estate market is starting off on a busy foot!  Great News and exciting times!

I’m happy to say our office is bustling with business!  Buyers and Sellers are keeping our phones ringing. We have 35 listings, 9 sales pending and more listings coming.   We are seeing  primary home buyers, vacation home buyers, move up buyers and retirees all looking for their perfect place.   From the lower elevations up to snow country Calaveras County is really a vibrant place to be!

Property values are back up to 80%-90% of 2007 values.  With inventory being on the low side in certain communities, sellers have a great opportunity to get their properties sold.   I’ve been working with buyers looking for properties with specific needs  for several months.  We will find what they need, it’s just a matter of time!

Butte Fire victims are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Either with selling their burned property or buying replacement property or rebuilding.  Progress toward a normal life again!  This is really great news for these people.

I’d love to help you find what you are looking for or help you sell your home to the perfect buyers.  Give me a call,  I’d love to chat with you!

Calaveras County Market Update