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2017 California Market Forecast And Homes For Sale In The Central Valley

Nov28-16
With the new year just around the corner, now would be a good time to take stock of what the housing market might be like in 2017. The California Association of Realtors has done exactly that with the release of their 2017 Housing Market Forecast, which takes into account multiple economic factors. Affordability Association President Path “Ziggy” Zicarelli sees the lowest housing affordability in years, driven by tight housing supplies. But this might work in your favor if you’re looking for a new home in the Central Valley. • Urban coastal areas, such as the San Francisco Bay Area, will see sales decline as home buyers migrate to more affordable areas, such as the Central Valley, which is predicted to outperform the more expensive markets. • Kings County is considered the most affordable county in California, where 56 percent of the population is able to buy a median priced home. This compares to the 57 percent nationwide. • Tulare County is the 7th most affordable county, with 50 percent affordability. • Compare these amounts to San Francisco, the least affordable county, where only 13 percent can buy a home.

Is Remodeling Your Old House Better Than Buying A New San Joaquin Valley Home

Nov28-16
Sedona at Palo Verde in Tulare When you’ve outgrown your current home, or simply want a design that’s more efficient and useful, one of the options to consider is remodeling. Theoretically, redoing your spaces saves you money over buying a new home and avoids having to move. The reality, however, can be far more costly, especially if you value your time as much as you do money. Costs Renovating your home costs far more than those estimates you see from contractor ads in the local paper. Remodeling Magazine reveals the following averages for California’s Central Valley in its “Cost vs Value 2016” report.

The Business Journal: "Tulare County Economic Forecast: Construction, Manufacturing In Full Swing"

Anticipation is high in Tulare County after a year of steady growth in the economy. Perhaps the most telling indicator lies in the housing market. By September, home sales were up 8.5 percent in Tulare County compared to the year before, according to the California Association of Realtors, while home prices jumped nearly 11 percent. The organization also forecasts existing home sales to increase 2.2 percent throughout the Central Valley next year. While new homes are still in short supply, there is reason to believe residential construction is coming around. San Joaquin Valley Homes, for instance, recently cut the ribbon on its 84-home Viscaya development in Dinuba and is also working on another 144-home subdivision in Visalia called Pine River Estates. The city is on track to award 650 residential building permits in 2016 compared to 615 the year before.

Celebrate 100 Years Of National Parks Near Your New San Joaquin Valley Home

Nov14-16
The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Get into the spirit by visiting one of these special places. Depending on which of our San Joaquin Valley homes you buy, some of the best of our national heritage are located within one to five hours from you, allowing you and your family to get in touch with nature on breaks ranging from a quick afternoon to a week getaway. Sequoia National Park Sometimes called the Land of the Giants, Sequoia National Park is home to giant sequoias, which only grow on the Sierra Nevada’s western slope. These evergreens grow as high as a 26-story building and are as wide as 35 feet with branches up to eight feet in diameter. Some live up to 3,000 years. You’ll find the most spectacular examples at the Giant Sequoia National Monument an area spanning over six groves across 328,315 acres. Among the more famous examples you’ll find: • General Sherman, the biggest tree in the world at 274.9 feet tall and with a girth of 102.6 feet near the ground. • Washington, one of the most beautiful sequoias and one of the oldest at 2,850 years. Unfortunately, a lightning strike in 2005 made the tree collapse from over 250 feet to about 101 feet. • General Grant, the second biggest tree on earth at 270 feet and 107 feet around its base.

San Joaquin Valley Homebuilders Explain Whos Buying Homes

Nov20-16
Real estate authority Zillow just released their Consumer Housing Trends report, which details who is buying homes in the USA. These are all averages but you can check out the statistics to see how many of them apply to your home purchase situation. Basics According to the report, the typical home buyer is in their mid 30s to early 40s with 65 percent being male, 67 percent being married, 75 percent college educated, and 83 percent actively looking for a home. • Their median annual household income runs $87,500. (Note that the Sacramento Bee says the typical annual income needed to buy a median-priced home in Visalia is $38,000, and for Tulare it’s $27,000.) • About 75 percent of the buyers are Caucasian, 11 percent Latino, 7 percent African-American, and 5 percent Asian/Pacific islander. • About 47 percent are first-time buyers who spend a median of $200,000 on a home. Repeat buyers are typically older at a median 42 years. They typically spend $235,000. • About 82 percent of West Coast buyers are looking for a single-family home compared to 83 percent throughout the USA. Only 23 percent in the West want townhouses and 13 percent look for condos or co-ops.

San Joaquin Valley Homes To Hold Grand Opening At Viscaya, Offering 84 Single-Family Homes In Dinuba

DINUBA, Calif. – Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) will hold a grand opening at the last parcel in Viscaya, a master-planned community offering 84 single-family homes at affordable prices. Model homes will be open for viewing at Saginaw Avenue and Euclid Avenue in Dinuba, on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Safari Restaurant will provide lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and drawings will be held to win a 50-inch flat-screen television and an Xbox One. Special financial incentives that can be applied to design options and closing costs also will be available to buyers. Viscaya offers four floor plans with Mediterranean, Tuscan and Craftsman exteriors ranging in size from 1,443 to 1,872 square feet. The diverse open floor plans are filled with popular amenities and designed to fit a variety of lifestyles and families with both three- and four-bedrooms available. The homes are on spacious lots averaging 7,000 square feet, with some as large as 11,877 square feet.

YAHOO! Finance: “San Joaquin Valley Homes To Hold Grand Opening At Viscaya, Offering 84 Single-Family Homes In Dinuba, On Nov 12”

DINUBA, CA–Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) will hold a grand opening at the last parcel in Viscaya, a master-planned community offering 84 single-family homes at affordable prices. Model homes will be open for viewing at Saginaw Avenue and Euclid Avenue in Dinuba, on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Safari Restaurant will provide lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and drawings will be held to win a 50-inch flat-screen television and an Xbox One. Special financial incentives that can be applied to design options and closing costs also will be available to buyers. Viscaya offers four floor plans with Mediterranean, Tuscan and Craftsman exteriors ranging in size from 1,443 to 1,872 square feet. The diverse open floor plans are filled with popular amenities and designed to fit a variety of lifestyles and families with both three- and four-bedrooms available. The homes are on spacious lots averaging 7,000 square feet, with some as large as 11,877 square feet.

Hanford Sentinel:

Latest almond nursery sales report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows no slowdown in plantings with 108,000 acres of almond trees planted in the Valley from June 2015 through May 2016. Of that 71 percent were new orchards with the rest replaced existing almond orchards. These latest numbers are up from last year at 96,000 acres and 67,000 acres between 2013-2014. The report also details that almond prices fell in 2015 to an average of $2.84 per pound from $4 the year before. In another report USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts that California’s 900,000 acres of bearing almond trees will produce 2.05 billion pounds of nuts this year. That’s a 7.9 percent jump from the year before. Walnut prices: Meanwhile a USDA report says walnut prices fell to 84 cents a pound in 2015 compared to $1.62 a pound the year before and $1.82 the year before that. Expansion in the walnut industry here continues as seen by construction of a new $1.2 million walnut dehydrator building by John Hamar Farms.

Decorating Your Table With Wine Glasses In Your New Tulare Home

Nov7-16
Wine glasses are so much more than just the things we sip from in the evenings. Sure, their long handles and wide bases are perfect for holding that delicious dinner beverage. But wine glasses can go further than you ever imagined. Next time you’re holding a dinner party, grab some extra wine glasses from your pantry and use these tips to include them in your table decorations. • First, turn the glasses upside down, then fill the bowl with almost anything. Flowers, beads, lights, and ornaments, or even a handful of tulle or lace can make an eye-catching design.

San Joaquin Valley Homes Closes On 28.75 Acres In Hanford, CA

HANFORD, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) has closed on 28.75 acres at 12th Avenue and Hume Avenue in Hanford. The developer is planning on breaking ground on Chandler Park, a new neighborhood offering 115 single-family homes, in November 2016. The retail value of this development is expected to exceed $28 million. “San Joaquin Valley Homes is thrilled to provide homes for families in Hanford, a growing community with one of California’s most thriving downtowns,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes.

Top-Rated Eats You Have To Try Around Your New Visalia Home

Oct 30-16
When you’re asked to name California cities with great food, you’d probably mention San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego. But you don’t have to give up good eats just because you’re buying one of our Visalia new homes. The following are some food havens to try nearby, as voted by the users of TripAdvisor. Check them out and let us know what you think. The Vintage Press Providing an elegant experience among stained-glass lamps and wood paneling, The Vintage Press has been serving deliciousness downtown since 1966. Its wine list is one of the best in the world, says the Wine Spectator, while Fodor’s calls this institution “the best restaurant in the Central Valley. Go with a hearty standard like Grilled Rib Eye Steak with herb butter, something more exotic like Crispy Veal Sweetbread in port wine and jalapeño, or pistachio-crusted King Salmon. For a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into each dish, visit the monthly Recipe Club events for lunch or dinner. Chef David Vartanian demonstrates how he prepares a special dish and takes your questions as you dine on the results.

Tips For Moving With Older Adults To A San Joaquin Valley Home

Oct24-16
Many older adults embrace the changes that mark the different stages of life. This can include moving in with younger family members or downsizing to one of our convenient San Joaquin Valley homes. We’re diplomatically not assigning an age to an “older adult,” but perhaps you have one or more in your family or are part of that demographic yourself. For this segment of the population, moving can be particularly stressful, especially from an area that has been home for decades. The following are a few tips to minimize issues while upping the excitement that new digs can bring. Choices Nobody likes to lose control by being told what to do. Bring your parents into the home-buying and moving process as soon as you can, so they become willing team members. Ask their opinion on potential housing choices, what bedroom in the new homes they would prefer, or what decor to put in their new room. Ask them what it was like when they moved into their first home and whether they have any advice.

The Business Journal: "Amid Slow-But-Steady Recovery, Valley Builders Waiting To Shift Into Higher Gear"

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That seems to be the sentiment lately among Valley homebuilders as many appear hesitant to shift into a higher gear construction-wise, especially after getting burned holding neighborhoods of excess inventory less than a decade ago during the Great Recession. After the Valley’s housing market peaked in 2005 — and then was hit by the fallout caused by the financial crisis, the median sales price of residential real estate fell by nearly 50 percent. A slow, but steady recovery that took hold beginning in 2012 has re-inflated the market to some degree, but as of the beginning of Q4 2016, Valley housing prices remain about 21 percent below their pre-recession peak.

Upcoming Events You Must Attend In The Central Valley

Oct17-16
Whether you’re just thinking about buying a house or are already moved in, you and your family will find a lot to do once you step outside one of our homes for sale in the Central Valley. Here are just a few of the top upcoming events near our communities: Dinuba Dog Days/Bark For Life (Oct. 22) Celebrate our four-legged friends at the Dinuba Dog Days/Bark for Life at Nebraska Park in Dinuba. The event is sponsored by the Lion’s Club and the American Cancer Society, among others. Register the family pet for only $10 and you can participate in obedience lessons, the dog parade, a raffle, and such contests as Dog/Owner Look Alike, Doggie Musical Chairs, and Best Costume. Hot dogs and a drink are included. Make sure your pooch is on a leash and wear purple to support cancer awareness. Vaccinations, micro chips, and licensing are available at extra cost.

The best Of Times For San Joaquin Valley Homes

Oct10-16
You’re part of an active and busy family and that’s one of the reasons you bought one of our San Joaquin Valley homes. You want a home that’s designed for modern life with an easy layout, 21st-century construction, and the best technology. Your structure is just one component on getting the most out of your day. The other is when you divide the hours of your day and the seasons of your year. Here are the best times to perform your life’s chores. Grocery Shopping If you’re after the best sale products, go at the start of your grocery’s sales week. The day will vary by chain, although Wednesday is typical with the discounts lasting all week. It’s best to ask the store manager when their sale week starts. If you’re after the freshest produce, go around mid-morning when groceries typically stock perishables. The best times during the weekday to go, according to Wise Bread, is after dinner, starting at 7 PM. Most shoppers will have settled in for the night after the evening meal. If you can only shop on the weekends, go early in the morning when everyone else is asleep. The worst time to go is right after work on weekdays when harried commuters are trying to pick up ingredients for dinner.

How Fewer California Foreclosures Affect Homes For Sale In The Central Valley

Oct10-16
There was a time in California when foreclosures were so plentiful that patient home buyers could snag big bargains when purchasing used homes for sale in the Central Valley. Many so-called home buying gurus offered seminars on how to snag such properties for little or no money down. The normally lengthy waits to own foreclosures were considerably shortened as banks tried to get rid of large inventories of distressed homes. Foreclosures Such times are long gone, according to the July 2016 National Foreclosure Report by CoreLogic, a real-estate industry tracker. In California, only 0.3 percent of all homes are in some kind of foreclosure, which represents a drop of 30.4 percent from the previous year. We’re tied for the lowest percentage with such states as Michigan, Colorado, Nebraska, and Nevada. The worst foreclosure rate was in New Jersey at 3.3 percent. Even then, that represents a 31.2 percent drop over a year. Nationwide, the rate runs 0.91 percent, a yearly drop of 29 percent. This number follows 57 months of consecutive annual declines. The inventory of foreclosure properties in California also went down by 30 percent. Completed foreclosures went from 26,509 to 21,343 over the year, according to the Pasadena Star-News. A completed foreclosure is when a property is bought at auction by either the lender or a third-party, such as a flipper.

Rev U Your Kids' Education At SJV Homes

Sept26-16
The well-being of your kids is the most important part of your life. So you moved into one of our SJV homes because it offered more space and better facilities for them. You even picked the development based on its surrounding school district. Now that fall has started, you’ve sent your little ones to school with the hope that they get a good education. Rev up their chances of academic success with these tips. Set up a study center. Laying out a place just for your kids to study in elevates their efforts to something special. A logical location would be their bedrooms but only if your children are disciplined students. Otherwise, their bedrooms contain too many distractions, such as toys and video games. You want to put the study center in an area that’s free from distraction and where you can keep an eye on them. A spare room that doubles as your office would be ideal. Another possibility is a corner of the great room where you can watch them even while you’re cooking or tending to household chores. Include the right furniture and supplies. At minimum, the study center should have an expansive desk to set out homework or projects, a straight-backed chair to encourage good posture, and a bright light that is either overhead or attached to a wall to maximize the desk surface. Include plenty of well-organized materials, such as pens, pencils, rulers, paper, rulers, and scissors, so you kids don’t waste time looking for supplies. A black board or dry erase board is helpful for jotting down ideas and notes while a bulletin board can hold calendars and notices. A computer and printer are also necessities.

Selling Your Unneeded Stuff Before Moving Into Your New Central Valley Home

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You can’t wait to move into one of our homes for sale in the Central Valley. You’re eager to start anew in your modern home. You’ve already sold your current house and need to start packing. Do you really want to keep all the furniture, clothes, household goods and children’s toys you’ve collected along the way? You could hold countless garage sales, sell through eBay auctions, and donate the remainder to charity. But you don’t have the time and energy to go through these efforts. A more convenient option that could potentially net you more income is to hold an estate sale.

HANFORD SENTINEL: “KINGS COUNTY: TAKING THE BUSINESS PULSE”

Kings County home builders have taken out permits for 259 new single-family homes so through Sept. 1. That compares to 199 permits for the same period last year, according to Construction Monitor. That is around a 30 percent increase year-over-year. Value of the single-family home permits are also up – to $59 million from $43 million. The value of all commercial projects in the county over the same period has also climbed in 2016. So far this year, commercial building projects are valued at $71 million compared to $22.6 million through the first 8 months of 2015. Home builders permit valuation ranked by top five are Lennar with 44 units, San Joaquin Valley Homes with 57 permits, Woodside Homes with 23, Blue Mountain Construction with 16 homes and Wathen Castanos with 25. Most of the new homes are being built in Hanford. John Lindt is an independent business reporter. He can be reached at Sierra2thesea@gmail.com