Fair Oaks, CA Real Estate News

By Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale
(Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area))
"If the chocolate sauce won't squirt, try this..", said Ryan (FNTPTS - fake name to protect the stupid).  With that, he held the bottle and spun his arm like a propeller, in giant circles... the pressure of the chocolate sauce building. It worked the last time he tried it with ketsup. It squeezed right up to the neck of the bottle, and BINGO.. his hot dog was adorned.  No muss, no fuss. Easy peazy.... ...but not this time.  It was the night before my buyer's final walk-through.  The new carpet was spotless, and the stiple texture of the acoustic ceiling was pristine. The black goo had settled into the bottle for way too long.  With a few more rotations, it was sure to break free.  Then SPLOOOOOOOSH!  The chocolate stream gave way in an impressive explosion.  A solid brown stripe was imp...
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By Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale
(Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area))
This gorgeous home on Lemon Street in Fair Oaks has been in and out of my life many times.  The first time I sold it, was for the family that built it.  I was so moved by the stories of their life there. Like the Easter egg hunts in the garden... the slip and slide parties down the hill side... the bonfires in the pasture... and prom night dinners in the gazebo. It was built to house their gigantic family, with amazing thought to detail. Like the deep closet by the garage door, so sports paraphernalia didn't turn into household decoration.  And the 7 cubbies lined up just beyond the pantry, so backpacks would have a home somewhere other than, well, everywhere.  This was built as a HOME, not for speculation. I remember sitting in the living room during one open house, a quiet lull in buy...
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By Laura Miller
(Century 21 Noel David Realty)
I have managed and transacted on many short sales this years, for both buyers and sellers.  I also utilize the services of a professional negotiator to expedite the process.  As some may already know, there is nothing "short" about the process of a short sale.  The term truthfully relates to the "short payoff" that the bank must approve in order to complete the sale of a home that is "underwater" and "upside down."   Generally speaking, the approval process can take anywhere from 2 months to 6 months, potentially longer.  In the meanwhile, buyers are lost, sellers become extraordinarily impatient, and time continues to drag on with days on market for the home desperate for a new owner.  There is definitely no immediate gratification; no immediate approval; just wait.  Well Wachovia, for...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
I just read a news story about an office worker who is suing a co-worker for wearing a strong perfume to which she is having allergic reactions.  The offending gal also uses plug-in scented air fresheners at her desk.  The allergic gal has been suffering from terrible headaches, and the other gal will not give up her perfume.  I can identify, because I too have allergic reactions to some perfumes. The reason I bring this up is because this time of year, especially, many people fill their homes with scented candles and sprays, and they spray perfumes and colognes on themselves and their clothing when they prepare to go out for holiday parties.  Some of those folks are trying to sell their homes, and potential buyers (as well as agents who may have an interest in showing the property to t...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
Have you been to Christmas in Fair Oaks Village? First Saturday in December every yearHere comes the annual Christmas in the Village!  Sponsored by the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce, this special holiday community event will be held Saturday, December 6, 2008. There will be arts and crafts sold during the day. Santa will be at the American River Bank, the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival will sponsor a special free "Winnie-the-Pooh" show at the amphitheater, and an "Old Fashioned" Christmas parade will begin at 4:00 pm, followed by Christmas caroling and the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. This is always a fun event, and you can get some of your holiday shopping done, get into the Christmas spirit, and enjoy some good food with your friends and neighbors. The Fair Oaks Veterans Memo...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
  Celebrating the Chickens If you are at all familiar with Fair Oaks Village, you know about our chickens.  Hundreds of wild and beautiful chickens roam the Village, and they have been part of the character of our town for many years.  They have even been the subject of national magazine articles.  Families come to the Plaza Park in the heart of the Village to watch them, and children of all ages laugh and enjoy their antics.  Some folks bring birdseed to feed them (please no junk food). Finally, a few years ago, Fair Oaks decided it was time to celebrate the chickens that have brought us so much pleasure and so many visitors.  Thus was born the Fair Oaks Chicken Festival!  This is the third annual festival, and it is shaping up to be the best yet.  And there is no admission charge.  Th...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
Despite all the doom and gloom reported in the media, and some anecdotal evidence of some real hardships experienced by a relatively small number of people, the true picture of the market can only be determined by looking at the actual sales figures maintained by the local Multiple Listing Service.  These numbers are reported as-is, and are not colored by any so-called expert opinions or biases. It is also important to remember that real estate is a long term investment, so comparing prices one month to the next or even from one year to the next may give a false picture of whether you have made a good investment.  Most people stay in their home for several years before considering selling, and no matter how volatile the day-to day market may seem, over time the values always increase. T...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
Come to the Fair Oaks Dog Walk - a fun day for all:  adults, kids and pets.  This year it will be on October 4.  It is held every year on the first Saturday in October and features a beautiful two mile walk along the American River.  There will be a live band, dog contests and games, free doggie treats and there will be water for the dogs and their people, and some food booths with yummy people food. The walk begins at the Fair Oaks Village Park, crosses the old historic Fair Oaks Bridge, then follows the horse trail along the river, and ends up back at the Village Park - a truly beautiful route. The Village Park is just east of Sunrise Blvd and just south of Winding Way.  There is street parking, and a number of spaces at the Community Center on the east side of the park. The event fin...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
San Juan School District Fair Oaks Schools Harry Dewey Fundamental School7025 Falcon Road 867-2020 Fair Oaks Elementary School10700 Fair Oaks Blvd. 867-2029 John Holst School4501 Bannister Ave. 867-2035 Earl LeGette School4623 Kenneth Ave. 867-2056 Leighton Littlejohn School6838 Kermit Lane 867-2059 Northridge School5150 Cocoa Palm Way 867-2066 Roberts School5630 Illinois Ave. 867-2082 Will Rogers Middle School4924 Dewey Drive 971-7889 Bella Vista High School8301 Madison Ave. 971-5052 Del Campo High School4925 Dewey Drive 971-5664 Adult Continuation High School8301 Madison Ave. 971-5049 Local Colleges and Universities American River College4700 College Oak Dr. Sacramento CA 95841 484-8011 National University9320 Tech Center Dr. Sacramento CA 855-4100 Sierra College5000 Rocklin Rd. Rock...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
  Below are some facts about Fair Oaks for your information.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our beautiful Fair Oaks and what it is like to live here.  I think I can answer your questions and make some suggestions about what to see and do here.  Elevation: Low 70 - High 147 Average Rain Fall: 18 to 20 inches Prevailing Winds: Southwest at 8 mph Temperature: 115o high to 25o low Coldest Months: December to February Hottest Months: August to September Most Rain: December to March Population: 41,000 Sales Tax: 7.75% Sacramento County Services& Districts: Refuse, sewer, law enforcementand fire protection Utilities: Gas: PG & E   Electricity: SMUD   Water: Fair Oaks Water District   Please know that I treat all of my clients with kindness and respect.  I under...
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By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
Every Summer you can enjoy Concerts in the Park in Fair Oaks CA on Thursday nights!A great way to enjoy the hot summer evenings in Fair Oaks is to spread a blanket at the Village Park, have a nice picnic, and listen to the wonderful concerts in the park.  You can bring your own food or buy pizza or ice cream (or both!) at the park. It's free, it's fun, and enjoyable for the whole family! There is a different band each week. Every Thursday night beginning at 7 pm, from June 12 to August 28, 2008. The full schedule is at www.fairoakschamber.com, but a few of the bands include: Lightning Hand (classic and original blues and rock) North Market Street Jazz Band (Dixieland jazz) Sister Swing (1940s Andrews Sisters) Polly's Hot Paupers (Hot Chicago style jazz) Past Due and Playable (Acoustic b...
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By Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
(Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792)
This weekend I showed homes in Fair Oaks, CA which is in Sacramento County, to a home buyer.We've had some pretty amazing storms which left quite a mess throughout the Sacramento Valley. With winds gusting over 60-70 miles per hour, this left trees uprooted and broken branches everywhere.I was amazed at how the home owners quickly managed to clean up their properties for the showings. It was obvious from looking at the neighborhoods that everyone had suffered some type of damage.So, a big "thank you to all of the Sellers in Fair Oaks, CA for working like the dickens to get your yards cleaned up and your homes sparkling. It was truly a pleasure to show your homes."If you are showing homes for sale do you ever thank the Sellers? Have you experienced some terrific storms where it is obviou...
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(Credit, Wealth & Success Coaching)
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By Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
(Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792)
Fair Oaks, California is located in Sacramento County and is fully built-out.  Utterly charming in its quaint appeal, it is hard to believe that Old Fair Oaks village is located so close to so much.  Visitors to the village can park their cars and stroll amid antique shops and cafes, taking in the ambiance of days gone by. Fair Oaks homes have large lots with winding streets that are narrow and mansions that overlook the American River on a bluff. Winter festivities include Santa Parade and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Other festivities are the Summer Fiesta Days with its circus, frog jump and arts and crafts as well as the Summer Shakespeare in the amphitheater in Plaza Park. The magnificent homes located on the bluffs of the American River are lovely while smaller well...
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