Are You Mortgage Ready?

The Home Buyer’s Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home.

If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers in the Lake Oroville or Paradise or Chico real estate makets, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.

The requirements to secure a mortgage may seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. But I’ve outlined three simple steps to get you started on your path to homeownership.

Even current homeowners with a homes for sale in Oroville, Paradise or Chico,  it’s a good idea to prepare in advance so you don’t encounter any surprises along the way. Lending requirements have become more rigorous in recent years, and changes to your credit history, debt levels, job type and other factors could impact your chances of approval.

It’s never too early to start preparing to buy a home. Follow these three steps to begin laying the foundation for your future home purchase today!


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Design Trends To Watch in 2018


We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.

Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?

So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road. Continue reading

Looming Deadline Could Doom Your Loan

Take heed Lake Oroville area home buyers.  You may be about to have your home buying plans moved to the sidelines.

This information is also valuable to  Oroville home sellers as it is entirely possible that the pool of potential home buyer could be shrinking.

Watch this latest video for a brief explanation for why this may happen to you.

FHA And The Partial Shutdown

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Fed Watch

By: Mark Wisterman


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Tomorrow is being heralded as a big day on Wall Street as the Federal Reserve is widely expected to announce that they will begin pulling back from their policy of artificially suppressing interest rates at the current level.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke achieved exactly what he set out to do when he rattled the markets in May with talk of tapering. Here’s how:

1. He got the market’s attention that it was not going to go on forever, as some seemed to think, and …

2. He set the stage for very little to happen tomorrow if they do indeed announce the pull back.

Although about the only surprise will be if the Fed continues the current levels of bond purchasing, there are going to be oodles of second guessers, complainers, and Monday morning quarterbacks who will be offering one of following Goldilock’s style complaints:

1. The reduction in bond purchases is too large.

2. The reduction in bond purchases is too small.

3. The reduction should not happen at all because not everything in the economy is “just right.”

Since everyone will have an opinion on this I guess I get to tell you mine:

From a real estate standpoint it is time to end this program, and the sooner the better. Thanks to this program and, the cruddy economy that has also forced interest rates down, the populace has become spoiled and thinks that interest rates above 4.5% are high. The free market must be allowed to function FREELY. That is the ONLYway to have long term health in the housing market.

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Video for Real Estate is Getting Easier To Do!

OK, I know that this is not the most well produced real estate video that any of you in the Oroville real estate markets, or the real estate markets of Paradise and Chico, CA. have ever seen.

Quite frankly I hadn’t even intended for this video to go beyond the eyes of my client. But, then I thought, “Aw, what the heck,”  I might as well let all of you see the how cool some of my latest and greatest technology is helping me help my customers. This video was shot and entirely produced entirely on my iPhone5 with a really awesome app that is actually still being beta tested.  The amazing thing is that it only took about 10 minutes to put it all together once the images were recorded on the phone.

I would be happy to provide this service to any of you out there in the real estate markets that I serve including the market for Oroville homes, Paradise homes and homes in Chico and Sutter and Yuba Counties.

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Sellers On The Fence

It seems that the tide is beginning to turn in the national real estate market. I invite all of you in the Lake Oroville real estate markets as well as the housing markets of Chico homes and properties of the Town of Paradise to check it out.


Buyers Struggle with Low Inventory

Sellers on the Fence

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Keep Your Perspective

It has been far too long since we last had some quality time together.  When I first started this blog it seemed I was blogging 3 or 4 times per week. Lately, though it has been more like 3 or 4 times per year.

Don’t ask me why I had lost my enthusiasm for commenting on the real estate markets of Lake Oroville, Chico, Paradise and the surrounding areas. I guess it just seemed like that I could not muster up an effort to comment on what seemed to be a dismally depressed real estate market.

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Or maybe I was just dismally depressed.  Whatever the reason, I have been feeling for a while now that it is time to get this blog up and moving forward again. Market conditions both locally and nationally have been changing lately and it seems a good time to get back into the swing of things.

Let’s get restarted by taking a look at this article that I found at Inman News. While reading this “gloom and doom” titled column I want you to tell me what is missing from this article that discusses the state of the foreclosure market on a national level. I think what you do not see in this article is why I have told all of you since the beginning of this blog to keep your perspective on things.  We’ll pick up on our discussion when you get done reading.


So what did you NOT see in this article about the number of foreclosures on the market?

You get a gold star if you said that the word CALIFORNIA did not appear in the article. That’s right, the state that was hit as hard or harder by the foreclosure mess than any other state in the Union does not even get a mention in a report that says the number of foreclosures in this country is still at an all time high.
This is why I keep updated links on this site showing the latest foreclosure filings in, not only the Lake Oroville real estate market, but also the real estate markets of Chico, Paradise, Yuba City and Marysville areas. As they say, all real estate is local. It is ok to keep yourself abreast of the national real estate market, because quite frankly, and I am sorry to say, it seems to be the national numbers that set the mood of the country. But it is your job to set the mood of this state and this local Oroville real estate market by staying informed on the local markets.  Only time will tell, but it seems that the light at the end of the tunnel is no longer a gigantic freight train.

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Latest Foreclosure Stats Just Released

For all of you interested in the foreclosure trends in the areas that I service, which includes the real estate markets of Lake Oroville, Paradise, Chico, Yuba City, Marysville, and Tehama and Glenn counties, here are the latest stats as compiled by

These one year charts show that an interesting long term trend has begun to develop that we have not heard too much about in the media.  These charts are beginning to show significant reductions in the number of foreclosures filings taking  place.  Although the charts are a little roller-coaster-like when looking at the monthly numbers, the overall trend is slowly working its way down.

To be sure, we are certainly not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination when it comse to the impact foreclosures are having on the overall value of the home across the state.  It is encouraging to see that the long term trend is beginning to head south ever so slightly. Will it stay down? That is hard to say given the recent events with the foolishness surrounding the debt ceiling, stock market gyrations, and the fact that consumers have a general feeling of despair when it comes to the current economic climate in which we find ourselves. What I do know is that with the media so focused on the incompetence in Washington, D.C. there is a good chance that this news will not be considered important enough to share, simply because it is not “dramatic” enough.

On this blog site we take the drama out of the market and replace it with just the facts so you can decide for yourself what is happening.

I have placed links at the bottom of this posting for each area of the real estate market I service. Click on whichever area in which you are interested in seeing.

Oroville Foreclosure Report      Chico Foreclosure Report

Paradise Forclosure Report      Marysville Foreclosure Report

Yuba City Foreclosure Report     Glenn County & Tehama County Foreclosure Report

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