Holiday Fire Facts

  • One out of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.

 

  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.  On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.

 

  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.

 

  • Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles.

 

  • One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.

 

*Facts provided by the U.S. Fire Administration

Where to Retire?

ARE YOU READY TO RETIRE BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO GO??

DO YOU WANT TO GET AWAY FROM TRAFFIC?  CONGESTION OF PEOPLE AND NOISE WHEREVER YOU GO?

THEN CONSIDER SUSANVILLE  IN LASSEN COUNTY WHERE THE AIR IS FRESH. ABUNDANT WITH NATURE AND TRANQUILITY BUT OFFERING  MODERN CONVENIENCES AND PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO.

My mother in law moved here when she was 86 years old and found friendly people wherever she went. She has quickly become a part of the community, involved in a local sorority, a scrap booking club and is delighted with our Susanville Symphony comprised of our talented musicians who work and play here.

Susanville and the surrounding areas has agolf course, many walking trails, hiking trails along the Susan River and bike trails. Is within 15 minutes from the Lassen National Forest and provides easy access for all.

IT IS WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF LAKES AND CAMPING AREAS, OFFERS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES, WITHIN MINUTES FROM HOME!

ENJOY PEACEFUL LIVING WITH WONDERFUL MOUNTAIN AND MEADOW VIEWS FROM YOUR OWN PROPERTY.

LUXURY HOMES ARE AVAILABLE HERE AT MUCH LOWER PRICES THAN IN METROPOLITAN AREAS. CUSTOM HOMES ON SMALL OR LARGE LAND PARCELS RANGE FROM $300,000. – $700,000. ON PARCELS RANGING FROM 3 ACRES TO 21 ACRES OR MORE.

CONTACT ME FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE WONDERFUL, SERENE LIFESTYLE OFFERED HERE WHERE NATURE ABOUNDS AND COMMUNITY WELCOMES YOU.

WHERE PEOPLE APPRECIATE THE MANY PLEASURES OF LIFE. HEARING BIRDS SING, CRICKETS CHIRPING AND SEEING THE EVENING SKY LIGHT UP WITH MORE STARS THAN YOU KNEW EXISTED. WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE MILKY WAY AND OTHER CONSTELLATIONS.

COME WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE THE QUIET NIGHTS AND GLORIOUS SUNRISES WITHOUT THE DRONE OF TRAFFIC AND CITY SOUNDS. IT WILL AMAZE YOU AS IT DID ME MANY YEARS AGO.

THE CLIMATE IS DRY. NO HUMIDITY HERE. BUT NOT EXTREMELY HOT OR COLD.

SOMETIMES WE GET SNOW, BUT NOT OFTEN. MOST OF OUR DAYS ARE SUNNY.

SUSANVILLE AND SURROUNDING AREAS IN THE PINES AND OAKS…A WONDERFUL PLACE TO EXPERIENCE LIFE AT ITS BEST.

Secluded Country Charmer

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This wonderful country setting is complete with rolling lawn, lush meadow, seasonal creek, mature pine and oak trees and gorgeous panoramic views on a secluded 5 acres. Owners have been making substantial improvements including new subfloor in the loft/bedroom, new plumbing fixtures and high-end faucets, new commercial grade kitchen sink and bathroom sink upstairs.  Interior and exterior of home has just been painted and new carpeting was installed this week.  The extra large kitchen has solid Hickory cabinets, plenty of counter space plus an island.  Beautiful arched windows above the kitchen sink provide light as well as nature’s beauty.  The super efficient wood stove keeps this home warm and toasty though there is electric heat also.  Large paddock and workshop garage.

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Fall is Here! Get your Home Ready

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We still have quite a few weeks left of warm weather, but those chilly months are right around the corner. I mean, it’s already mid-October! While the temperatures are still in the upper 80s, you can start prepping your house for the cooler season.
We’ve got six tips that will give your house some TLC before the crisp, fall months are here.

Cozy Bedding
It’s time to take out those down comforters, cotton sheets, knits and shake the dust off. Give them a good wash and store them in a convenient closet, so when the icy nights come, you’ll have your blankets ready to go. There’s nothing worse than roaming around at midnight, half asleep looking for your warmest blanket.

Fireplace & Chimney
Ah, the fireplace. The cornerstone of family hangouts during the chilly months. For my family, there was never a fall or winter month when we weren’t around the fire at least once a day. Now is the ideal time to schedule a chimney cleaning to avoid chimney fires. Give them the love they deserve, because they’ll be working around the clock come fall!

Stock Up on Firewood
Speaking of fireplaces, now is a great time to start your firewood pile. When the winter months roll around you’ll be glad you did. Make a firewood rack outside and a carrier to transport the wood inside. Look at all that DIY-ing.

Check the Furnace
Whether you have a furnace or a boiler, it’s good to make sure everything will run smoothly this fall when the temperatures drop. Get it inspected and make sure to change the filters on a furnace regularly throughout the fall and winter. This will help keep energy costs down and wallets happy.

Plant Bulbs for Spring
There are a variety of flowers to plant in the fall that will bloom in the spring, so get some fall gardening done before the ground freezes. Consider planting these bulbs during fall for spring flowers: tulip, iris, daffodil, hyacinth and lily.

Winter Tool Box
Now is a great time to rummage through your garage or shed and get all your fall and winter tools in one, easy accessible location. Nothing is worse than trekking through the snow in search for a
snow shovel.

For fall: leaf blower, broom, rake, gardening tools (bulb planting!)
For winter: ice scraper, ice salts, snow shovel, snow blower

Once you’ve rounded up all the essentials, clear out a space in the garage or shed and store them. You’ll be thankful you did when the next snowstorm hits!

Sources: Summit Funding, HouseLogic, hgtv.com, Real Simple

Perfect for Nature Lovers…

This 10 acre secluded property in Janesville offers magnificent panoramic views of the valley and Thompson Peak.  The peaceful solitude and spectacular sunrises and sunsets sets this property apart.  If you love birds and other wildlife this place has it in abundance with over 85 identified different bird species.

Home has a large sun room perfect for eating, reading or just watching the snow fall.  Several patio areas encourage you relax as you enjoy observing nature amidst the beautiful outdoors.

Custom split-level home with 1772 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  Also has a 2 car garage, 2 bay shop and 2 carports including an RV spot with full hook-ups perfect for having family and friends come for a visit.

$346,000

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Top 5 Reasons You Need A Realtor

Not sure if you really need to work with a realtor?  Check out these top 5 reasons why it’s a good idea.

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OOH LA LA!!

BON JOUR MES AMI !

Yes, that is French for Good Day My Friends!  I’m happily back at work and busy as ever after a wonderful two week trip to Paris, France in December.  I have such great memories and pictures to share if you’re interested!?  My friend, an art teacher, invited me to spend two weeks in a rented apartment she books there every year. It is located in the Latin quarter and was built in the 1600s and is 4 blocks from Notre Dame Cathedral and 2 blocks from the river Seine.  I was blessed to have my very own tour guide and art history teacher accompany me while exploring the art museums and Gothic structures there !  We had fun walking the cobblestone streets along the River Seine.  The city is so picturesque  and exciting.  There is too much to see in only 2 weeks and I look forward to a return visit someday.  The history is amazing and the bridges, streets, monuments, statues and original paintings are awesome to behold.  It was a dream come true for me. I spoke French and English at home for many years with family and it was a thrill to speak it again.

The currency is in Euros however,  which computes out these days to about $1.40 US dollars to their 1 Euro! Quel damage!!!  Real Estate prices are much higher comparatively speaking.  So is gasoline and pretty much everything else.

SPEAKING OF REAL ESTATE…..

Prices in Lassen County are still coming down because of the foreclosure market and this IS the time for investors who wish to buy rental properties to contact me for some very excellent buys!

If you are a seller, know that your property will have the best visibility on the internet, being syndicated to more than 800 websites, promoting and exposing your property nationwide, including the top 10 websites for online real estate search. Today, 90% of homebuyers use the internet to search for their new home. That is why Realty World spends a majority of the advertising dollars online-giving your property the most exposure possible.  Of course, I will provide you my expertise in marketing and contractual knowledge, stressing integrity first.

First time home buyers are able to take advantage of special, low down payment programs to help get into a home before prices and interest rates go up again. .  If you are a buyer who has lost a home due to the economy, call me, as there are loan programs available to assist you in a sooner purchase of another home in spite of your loss.

Please call me on my cell at 530-310-0727 if you are interested in having your own personal tour guide in the area. I can tell you from personal experience, it makes all the difference in the world!!

If you call me, we can get started with establishing what you are seeking and what price range you wish to stay in.  I’ll ask a few personal preference questions to help me zero in on what you are looking for and which areas would be amenable to that life style.  I’ll then become your professional researcher in the area and will send you a list of data sheets on a variety of properties that might suit your needs.  The next part is easy and fun.  Looking, comparing and choosing which property is right for you.

I’ve been in the real estate profession since 1968 and truly enjoy putting people and places together. I know how important it is to find an agent you can depend upon and trust.

The Right Agent makes all the difference in the World!!

 

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Fall is a Great Time to Buy because……

Many sellers wish to sell before the end of the year and are willing to negotiate more.  More properties are entering the marketplace and prices are still very, very low.  Interest rates are holding right around 4% which means lower payments allowing buyers to qualify for a higher priced home than anticipated.

Closing an escrow involving a loan process usually takes from 45 to 60 days  which would allow most buyers to be in before the holidays.

I’ve seen some fantastic sales this past year on properties located in Susanville and the Honey Lake Valley.

Remember, it’s still a buyer’s market and home prices have really come down.  It’s a great time to shop around and see what’s out there.  Who knows when the interest rates will start climbing!!!

Things are hopping in Lassen County!

Properties are selling and at great prices too!  I have specialized in bank owned properties for some time now as well as marketing properties for my client base.  I agree that it is a buyer’s market out there and everyone is looking for a “killer” deal.  Those deals are out there, believe me! 

However, in order to take advantage of those great buys, you have to be ready to make an offer on them as soon as they hit the market which means you either have to have all cash or be prequalified.  The banks won’t even consider your offer unless you provide a lender’s prequalification letter along with your bid.

 I recommend using our local lenders for the most part unless you opt to use the seller bank’s special financing . There are some programs that will allow you to purchase without a down payment or may ask for a small downpayment but then, once the seller bank agrees to pay some of your closing costs, the usual expenses  disappear.  I’ve seen buyers get into properties with no cash out of pocket. 

Of course, your credit score needs to be above a certain amount and your ratios have to be acceptable.  That is why getting together with a lender to obtain that prequaification letter is so very important.  It allows  everyone to work toward the same goal with a realistic approach.

Geocaching for survey pins and markers

We recently went out to take some pics of a fairly large parcel east of Sierra Army Depot. It is 160 acres between the eastern depot boundary and Duck Lake. So how does one go about locating the property on a map? You need a parcel map that shows the Township and Range information. In this example we are working on parcel 10 in the northwest corner of Section 21, Township 27 North and Range 17 East. Ok so how do I get that information loaded into my GPS? There are probably a few ways but I use a software program called Terrain Navigator Pro. It was originally owned by Maptech.com but now is under mytopo.com.

There aren’t any footages on this map but there are 640 acres in a Section and one Section is conveniently one square mile. 640 divided by four is 160. So this makes it easy to measure in the software. We don’t get the exact angle like we would in a surveyors map like 89.01 degrees but we can follow the township and range lines where possible and use the cardinal points of the compass to get us back to the starting point.

In our example the northwest corner of the northwest parcel, the corner with Sections 16,17 & 20 is where I start using routes and waypoints in the software. The distance in this example is east 2640 feet, south 2640 feet, west 2640 feet, then back north 2640 feet and toggle the route closed in software.

There is a learning curve to any new software and there’s a lot to learn about with TNP as well. One of the nice features of TNP is that with your paid annual subscription you get satellite views as well.

One important thing to remember is that you will need to set your GPS with the same DATUM as the map you are using. There might be small errors in your GPS coordinates but you will probably be closer than you might think. Our Range and Township maps use the North American 1927 Datum. In your GPS you will need to change your Datum to NAD27.
Due to copy write laws I’m not going to copy and paste what Garmin says but here is a link for what a DATUM is: http://www8.garmin.com/support/faqs/faq.jsp?faq=17

In my old Garmin Etrex Legend you change it by going to the main menu>setup>units>map datum and then scroll through all the choices until you see NAD27 and select it. Write down what your GPS is currently set at so you can change it back later if needed. WGS84 is the default datum in the older Garmin GPS units like ours.

The GPS unit we have came with a serial data cable but the newer ones use a USB connector and are much faster. You can upload and download any route, waypoint and track and the software lets you select which ones to load.

We were surprised when we found a well on the property and a cistern. Later it was found in the county records that there was a permit pulled for a well in 1990. That’s the same date we saw etched into the cement on the edge of the cistern. I “MARKED” the location in my GPS and named it “WELL” so I’d know what it was if I marked a lot of waypoints there.

When we returned I uploaded the waypoint to my software and could see it was clearly within the boundary of the property.

DUCK LAKE 160 ac. note the well

Cistern at the well

Using a GPS is not hard and using old topo maps you can see many interesting places to search out. I mainly use the Garmin for this kind of work but have a few others as well. One for the car and one for flying but we haven’t used that one in a while. If you have any questions or comments I’d be happy to respond.