READY TO RETIRE? LOOKING FOR A PEACEFUL LIFE SURROUNDED BY NATURE?

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 a golf 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.

 

SUSANVILLE IS ON THE MOVE!!!

Spring is in the air and we can sense the awakening all around! 

We’re  building up our inventory of beautiful homes and premium properties soon to be on the market.  The grass is growing, the hills are getting green and the birds are welcoming spring with their lovely songs.

Please take notice of our latest listing situated in Janesville, just minutes from town.  This custom Log Home sits a top a hill offering a Panoramic View of the valley floor as well as the majestic pine covered mountain range. Another real perk of this property is it’s solar panels that capture all the power they need and there’s a large workshop, garage, game room and pool off the wrap around deck.

Janesville, especially in the Elysian Valley area, offers beautiful settings with pines and oaks, meadows and creeks. There are custom built homes located there and most are on acreage allowing for outdoor entertainment as well as animal husbandry.  You will find horse corrals, barns, riding trails, and 5, 10 and 20 acre parcels of solitude.  Get to know your neighbors and they might show you private horse trails leading up to the National Forest close by.

Water sports and biking and hiking trails are abundant here and there is the very popular Honey Lake Motocross Park for those wishing to challenge the hillside! So much to do, so little time!

Although our area is considered a small town, country area, we even have our very own  Symphony!

The Susanville Symphony is hosting a Symphony Elegant Evening on Friday, March 21 at the Elk’s Lodge. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner at 7.  Our popular orchestra has hosted several talented musicians throughout the years. Please check it out on the internet. You will be pleasantly surprised at the versatility of entertainment this wonderful hometown orchestra provides.

GOLF SEASON IS HERE!  The Diamond Mountain  Golf Course is having their grand opening for the 2014 Season on Saturday, March 29. The Diamond Mountain Bar & Grill will be open for business too!

Veterans will be getting increased funding and services to Lassen County, thanks to the new assembly bill drafted in February of this year.  First District Senator Ted Gaines has signed on as a co-author of this bill AB 2703 which would restore 5.6 million in assistance funding passed in a 2013 budget bill, but not included in the Governor’s proposed budget. We are pleased to report that we have a VA clinic located in Susanville, ready to serve those who valiantly served our country.

Everyone is enjoying the Big Five Sporting Goods Store that opened here last November.  There will be a new Tractor Supply Store opening up soon as well as the Dollar General Store, that is now taking applications for various positions.

Interest rates are still low and more homes are coming on the market.  Financing is opening up with new programs to assist buyers in the purchase of a home.

So, you see, Spring and Susanville are on the move and if you’re thinking of making a move, please give me a call.  I’ll be Happy to Help!

 

 

 

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.

Greetings from Beautiful Lassen county where the bright blue skies and the northern end of the Sierras meet and Nature runs free!

If you like the great outdoors, you’ll love Lassen county!! 

 I live in Janesville, just 10 minutes from Susanville which is the county seat.  We’re so close to the Sierra Mountain range that we can be in the Lassen National Forest within 10 minutes from home!

We love it here and if you enjoy hiking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, boating, motor sports or just plain breathing fresh, clean air, you’ll love it too.

Have you heard about the famous Eagle Lake trout or the Bizz Johnson Trail? How about the Carribou Wilderness area or Lake Almanor

 One of my favorite lakes is Antelope Lake, just 30 minutes from Janesville.  Antelope Lake is a lovely secluded lake situated in the mountains where one can waterski, fish, camp or simply spend the day enjoying the scenery. Many locals have family gatherings there to spend the day or the weekend. 

 If you’re the more adventurous type, maybe you would like to attend the Honey Lake Motocross where they hold the ” Off Road Championship Events”   Or if you are into horsemastership, the Honey Lake Valley Riders sponsor Playdays/Gymkhanas and Horse Shows on certain weekends  at the Janesville park. Those who enjoy car racing, the Diamond Mt. Speedway races are held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds on most Saturday evenings. They also have the Demolition Derby which is very popular.

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