El Dorado County Local Events, Area Info, News & Real Estate Tips

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Sept. 2, 2021

Just Listed - 2500 Morrene Dr, Placerville, CA 95667

Fantastic single-story ranch home close to amenities, yet has all the rural charm. 4 beds, 3 full baths, and 1984sf. Freshly painted inside and out this home features an open floor plan and tons of natural light. New luxury vinyl plank flooring is beautiful, durable and flows throughout the main living areas and bathrooms. Oversized master retreat offers 2 walk-in closets and a huge ensuite bathroom with double sinks, shower stall, and soaking tub. No lack of storage on this property - attached oversized garage, large garden shed, and 24' x 33' detached RV garage/workshop with roll up door and 30 amp service! Other amenities include laundry room, private backyard, tons of parking, new carpet in bedrooms.

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Posted in Just Listed
Sept. 2, 2021

JUST LISTED - 104 BARNHILL DR, FOLSOM, CA

Fabulous home awaiting it's new owners! With 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 1930sf, this home features an open floorplan and tons of natural light! This end-of-street, corner lot property offers privacy, quiet and a large backyard. Kitchen has no lack of storage, a breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances. Master retreat offers 2 closets, soaking tub, oversized shower stall, and dual sinks. Close to trails, parks, Intel, and all that Folsom offers!

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Posted in Just Listed
Aug. 15, 2021

Landscape Ideas for Fire Mitigation

Wildfire season is here for many around the country. Once confined to the Western US, sadly wildfires can affect homeowners all over the country. Hot temperatures and drought conditions have combined to create fire danger in areas once thought safe. If your property is in a fire zone, now is the time to apply fire mitigation tips to prepare and protect your home.

The goal of fire mitigation is to alter the way a fire burns through the property. Slowing the spread of a wildfire on your property gives firefighters the best chance to save your home from major damage.

  • Create Defensible Space – The first and most important step to take is creating defensible space around your home. Eliminate anything that can burn quickly or fuel a fire. Dry brush, stacked firewood, pine needles, dried leaves, etc. can all ignite quickly and move to structures.
  • Landscape Carefully – Choose native plants in landscaping whenever possible. These plants can weather the drought conditions which allows them to withstand fires as well. Watch for trees and brush near the home which can catch fire and spread quickly to the home.

Finally, work with your neighbors to create a fire mitigation scheme for your area. Most homes catch fire because their neighbor’s home was aflame. By working together, the whole community can better face fire season without loss of property or life.

Aug. 12, 2021

3 Pricing Strategies in a Seller’s Market

 

Real estate markets across the country are experiencing a strong seller’s market right now. For potential sellers, this may be a golden opportunity to get top value for their property. While it may be tempting to aim for the sky when setting the listing price, that may not be your best option. Here are 3 pricing strategies to consider before deciding on your asking price.

1. Listing at Market Value
Buyer’s love “realistic sellers.” After considering the market data for your area, choosing to list at the current market value can attract the right buyer and encourage a solid offer or two. Typically, this results in a full-price offer with straightforward terms.

2. Listing High
It is always tempting to list ahead of the market, especially in a seller’s market. This strategy is risky and can mean you waste valuable time by sitting on the market with little interest. Even in a strong sellers’ market, buyers will shy away from overpriced listings. If listing above market value, experts suggest not higher than 5-7% higher.

3. Listing Low
Listing below market value will attract attention. The goal of this strategy is to encourage a bidding war that results in a sales price over market value. This works best for homes in turnkey condition and can backfire if the home is unappealing and you receive low or no offers and must adjust the price again.

A seller’s market presents opportunities. Working with your agent, discuss the options and trends in your local market to get the best offer and terms.

Posted in Home Selling Tips
July 19, 2021

ADVICE FOR ALL OUR NEW HOMEOWNERS

Settling into a brand new neighborhood can be pretty overwhelming. After all, you just spent months or years getting to know the neighborhood you lived in previously, so it can feel like a daunting task to start that process all over again.That’s why we put together a list of 5 ways to settle into a neighborhood with ease:

Get to know your neighbors – this is one of the most efficient ways to get to know your neighborhood! They can give you tips, you can get to know the personalities of the area, and you’ll more likely get invited to events and establish relationships.

Host a house-warming party – another super efficient way of getting to know your neighborhood because you’ll get to know your neighbors on a more intimate level.

Find your local favorites – finding your local favorite spots is going to be crucial, especially at the beginning when you’re missing home. Find places in your new neighborhood that make you feel truly at home.

Explore your surroundings – there’s nothing like having a little “explore sesh” to get familiar with your new surroundings. We encourage you to have a map on you but to have no agenda and just take in all the sights.

Get involved in the community – again, whenever you can involve yourself in the community and talk to your neighbors, you’re going to feel more like you’re at home.

Posted in Home Buying Tips
June 21, 2021

Buyers and Sellers – Stay Focused on Your Goal

Buying or selling a home can be stressful, even in normal times. Right now, when the housing market is moving at a frenetic pace, both buyers and sellers are making quick decisions and are feeling extreme pressure. As the tension rises, it can be easy to overlook the end goal; right-sized home, relocation, dream home, etc. Try not to lose focus!

Buyer Challenges
Facing a very tight inventory of available properties, buyers have limited time to arrange to tour homes and knowing they must make a quick decision once they have. Buyers do not have the luxury of a second look or hesitation and often are competing against multiple offers, adding to the pressure.

Seller Challenges
Sellers are also feeling the challenge of the frantic pace. While it is nice to have multiple offers from which to choose, the fact that the offers are at times being made sight-unseen means that some of the offers may not be the buyer’s first choice and they could lose a “real” offer by choosing to work with the wrong one. In addition, if the seller intends to buy another home, then they will be in the same position as the buyers once they enter that side of the competitive market.

The bottom line in each case, however, is to stay focused on the end goal. Why are you looking to buy or sell? Working with your Bliss agent, and relying on their experience, keep your eye on the prize and recognize that the goal will be worth the effort.

Posted in Market Updates
June 21, 2021

Top Trends for Your Outdoor Living Space

Summer is here and you’re spending more time outdoors. For most of us, this still means primarily in our own backyards. Personal outdoor space has never been more popular and if yours could use a little sprucing up, here are the hottest trends for 2021.

  • Outdoor Kitchens –This trend is going nowhere. Ever since the first built-in BBQ showed up, homeowners have loved cooking outdoors. Choose from a simple pizza oven to a full chef’s set-up with multiple ovens, refrigerators, cooking spaces, and bar. 

  • Edible Gardens –While home gardeners have enjoyed seasonal tomatoes and herb pots for decades, the rise of sustainability trends have increased the attention on home-grown, organic fruits and vegetables. Any small space can be transformed to grow your favorites.

  • Privacy Structures – Creating some private outdoor space is relatively easy. Simple strategies, such as a large, well-placed umbrella or planter containing tall grasses, can carve out some private outdoor space. Another trend is using larger furniture, such as covered daybeds or gazebos have made a strong return to the pages of design magazines. 

  • Front Yards – With the lockdowns and restrictions of the past year, front yards have made a comeback. As people have enjoyed the ability to socialize with neighbors and friends as they pass by, not only have front porches become more popular but adding a patio or sitting area in the front yard has topped the garden trends this year. 


The warm weather is back. This is a great time to explore the many ways to enjoy your outdoor space. From simple weekend projects to large-scale remodels, the trend toward using the outdoors to supplement indoor living space is here to stay.

Posted in family
June 18, 2021

EP 10: Finding Bliss In Real Estate - Prop 19: Are you eligible?

 

Today on Finding Bliss in Real Estate Morgan explains the in and outs of Prop 19. Proposition 19 is the Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act. Prop 19 can help a lot of eligible Californians take their tax basis to any county in California when they are looking to move. Watch as Morgan guides you through Prop 19 to find out if you are eligible!

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Show produced by:

Morgan Larson, Broker and Realtor

530-503-5225

Bliss Real Estate Team

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Proposition 19: https://www.boe.ca.gov/prop19/

Posted in YouTube Videos
June 11, 2021

EP 9: Finding Bliss in Real Estate - El Dorado County Real Estate Market Update

 

On today's episode of Finding Bliss in Real Estate, Morgan discusses the current real estate market in El Dorado County compared to the market last year. She also discusses an article by Ryan Lundquist, a Certified Residential Appraiser in the Sacramento area, about "Is the real estate market slowing down?"

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Show produced by:
Morgan Larson, Broker and Realtor
530-503-5225
Bliss Real Estate Team
Powered by Keller Williams Realty
DRE # 01884981 / 01406150

Article:
http://sacramentoappraisalblog.com/2021/06/08/is-the-housing-market-starting-to-slow/

 

Posted in YouTube Videos
June 4, 2021

Ep. 8: Finding Bliss In Real Estate - Title Insurance is Exciting!

On today's episode we meet with Erin Barton of Chicago Title to discuss the ins-and-outs of escrow and title insurance. Escrow services and title insurance are very rarely discussed and often misunderstood. We clarify what each service is, how it helps you mitigate liability during a property sale or purchase, and what to consider during these processes when you are either buying or selling a home. Packed with real life adventures in escrow (haha, yes that's some bad real estate humor right there!) that shed light on how real estate isn't as straightforward as a Google search makes it seem.
 
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Guest:
Erin Barton
AVP | Product Manager | Regional Sales Executive
Chicago Title Company
M: 916.798.4115
2600 E. Bidwell, Suite 100, Folsom, CA 95630
Erin.Barton@ctt.com | www.ErinChicagoTitle.com
 
Show produced by:
Morgan Larson, Broker and Realtor
530-503-5225
Bliss Real Estate Team
Powered by Keller Williams Realty
DRE # 01884981 / 01406150
 
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Posted in YouTube Videos