real estate

Door slams shut on dream home

Editor’s note: This is the first in a six-part series on the housing crisis. The headlines were never mine. Educated, middle-class, suburban: I was privileged and boring. I foll ...

Stunning vistas highlight Empire Ranch home

Folsom’s Empire Ranch is known for its private hillside setting and its close proximity to shopping and dining. But not all the homes in this affluent community have a backyard v ...

Market Matters: Is a ‘Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure’ the right option?

Homeowners facing a loss of their home sometimes think that just handing the keys back and walking away will solve their mortgage problem. They’re wrong. Knowing the facts will h ...

Market Matters: Starter homes harder to find

Buyers already need the patience of Job to close a short sale, which currently represents anywhere from 45-65 percent of all home purchases in our area. The statistics show that ...

The Real McCoy: Couple seeks guidance after losing their dream home

Dear Kari, My wife and I made an offer on our dream home and this is our second time buying a home. Of course we must sell our current home to qualify for the new house. As soon ...

Taking a look back and ahead in real estate

As we jump headlong into 2010, I can’t help but look back on all the real estate industry has been through over the past year. After three years of a declining real estate market ...

What does the term 'dual agency' mean?

Dear Kari, The agent selling our house has a buyer who wants to make an offer. How do we know the agent is not going to clue-in the potential buyers to let them know we would to ...

First-time buyers are healing the market

Real estate is like a campfire. It needs good kindling in order to work up to a solid burn. The latest 2009 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers wa ...

Feel like royalty in Highland Hills

One of the larger and more charming homes on the market in El Dorado Hills is 3101 Lennox Drive, a newer property in the gated Highland Hills community. The 5,500-square-foot hom ...

Appraisers phones have stopped ringing

Last week, I asked what happened to the $24 million dollar Watchdog that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae had to kennel cough as a result of New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against ...

Heads up: Home appraisals are about to drastically change

The one held recently at the White House looked canned, but, hey, it’s now fashionable to have a “teachable moment.” So maybe a “Beer Summit” might take the edge off th ...

Looks like things are getting feisty in El Dorado Hills

This column has it all from a sex offender living off the fat of the land, a Realtor calling another Realtor’s words “shameful” and a neighbor who happens to be a home squatt ...

State tries to help home buyers

After years of declining real estate prices in California, families who have been waiting for the right time to purchase their first home are faced with the question: Is now the ti ...

Blinded by neighborhood foreclosure signs

Dear Miki: I have a lot of real estate friends who are good people and hard working. I believe none of them are guilty of acting like the stereotypical dreaded “used car” sale ...

Cheating hubby should be exposed before home sale

Dear Miki: I saw my best friend’s husband kissing another woman in a restaurant parking lot. There is no room for mistaken identity, because he was leaning against his car. I th ...