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Homes For Sale In The Central Valley: 2016 By The Numbers

Jan9-2017
Trying to understand how the real estate market works can be a daunting task. Things as unrelated as the California economy, interest rates, and the local job market make the housing market rise and fall. One way to get a handle on what happens to homes for sale in the Central Valley is to look at some of the numbers for 2016. 4.124 Percent Mortgage interest rates showed a jump from 3.5 to 4.124 percent in the week ending December 9, according to the Visalia Times-Delta. This is the highest level that 30-year fixed-rate loans have been in over a year and could mean a $50 increase in monthly payments. While such a difference may not affect those with good jobs, it may prevent some buyers from qualifying for the strict debt-to-income rations that are now required by lenders. In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank is expected to raise the lending rate further this year. Your best defense against all these potential rate increases is to get pre-qualified for a specific loan as soon as possible, so you can lock in a lower rate. The $275,665 floor In the Southern San Joaquin Valley, the Federal Housing Administration will be increasing its floor on home loans from $271,050 to $275,665. This is mostly due to increases in area housing prices. This increase helps to balance out the increase in mortgage rates since it allows buyers to obtain loans on slightly more expensive homes. Contact your lender and see how this increase affects your pre-qualification or pre-approval price.

Tips On Returning Gifts From San Joaquin Valley Homes

Jan2-17
The holidays make you grateful for the family and friends who have supported you, especially when they get you presents that celebrate your new abode. You can use many of the gifts in the coming year. But you may have also gotten more than one coffee maker or toaster. And then there are the items that make you wonder what the giver was thinking, like the weird scarf or Elvis nick-knack. Fortunately, you can return stuff you don’t want if you follow these tips. Find the gift receipt. The more thoughtful of your friends will have included a gift receipt in what they’ve given you. This small piece of paper proves that the item came from a specific store but does not document the price. Many retailers require a receipt before they’ll process a return. More practical givers include this piece of paper in the envelope outside the gift. Others may have put the receipt inside the box itself. If the receipt is missing, you can always ask the giver if they have one lying around or if they can scan a copy and email it to you. But exercise care in the request. Your closest bro probably won’t have a problem doing this but your fussy aunt may feel insulted that you’re returning her present.

Visalia Times-Delta: "Construction Permits Up In Visalia, CA

Construction permits for 2016 in the county’s two largest cities will likely be up compared to 2015 totals. With December totals yet to be added, the number of permits on most key categories issued in 2016 has matched or increased those from 2015. In Visalia, the number of permits for multi-family residential projects, additions or alterations, commercial building and miscellaneous is up. The lone key statistic down is for new single-family homes. However, when the December numbers are added, the single-family permits are expected to rise past 2015’s total. “It was good, strong development,” said Adam Peck, chairman of the Visalia Planning Commission. “We have had good, steady development that’s sustainable for a city our size. It’s definitely steady.” In Tulare, permits for single-family homes and multi-family projects are up as well as commercial additions, repairs, and alterations. Permits for new commercial and demolitions are lower in 2016, but missing the December request.

Celebrate The New New Year Around San Joaquin Valley Homes

Dec26-2016
As much fun as it would be to celebrate the New Year in your San Joaquin Valley home, you want to leave the prep work to somebody else this year, so you can enjoy the fun. You have a lot to choose from in the area when it comes to midnight fun. Here are some of the more interesting options for the evening of December 31st. Revisit the Legend of Steppenwolf: Born To Be Wild New Year’s Eve Celebrate the upcoming year with a trip into the past by rocking to the original member of Steppenwolf, Goldy McJohn with Glen Bui plus an all-star lineup. If you remember such hits as “Hey Lawdy Mama,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” and the signature hit, “Born to be Wild,” then head on down for a night of good music at the Fox Theater in Visalia. Come midnight, you can toast the New Year with free champagne. Want to say “hi” to the band members? Then go for the Special VIP Package, which includes a pre-show Meet ‘n Greet plus Reserved Premium Seating. New Year’s Eve Extravaganza If you think there’s nothing better than dancing the night away during New Year’s Eve, then you’ll get twice the thrills because this annual event features two live bands. The Ray Moore Band opens the festivities and paves the way for The New Monsanto Band with Rene Emilio and Elena Betancourt, a Tejano Music Award Nominee. In between sets, professional comedian and radio DJ Andre Covington will tickle your funny bone as MC. Aside from the music, your ticket gives you a buffet style menu, party favors, raffles, unlimited drinks, and free champagne. Get a group of 10 together and you can buy a VIP table. This is all taking place at the Fall Event Center in Fresno

Managing Your Weight Amid Holiday Parties

Dec16-17
Eggnog, Red Velvet Cheesecake, Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge, Mexican Chocolate Cookies: the list of delicious delights that appear during the holidays is endless. So, there’s really no point in maintaining a weight-loss diet when you face a deluge of Christmas confections, right? But there are a few out there who manage to maintain their figures throughout the entire season. Some would attribute this to luck or enormous willpower. But they also rely the following strategies to ensure that they don’t overindulge. Keep it out of sight. It’s easy enough to eat something sweet when you receive it as a gift or if it’s attractively displayed on a plate at the coffee table or in a bowl by the front door. Make it less convenient for you to grab a confection by keeping what’s delicious out of sight. If you receive sweets as a gift, don’t even unwrap them. Change the card, so you can re-gift them to someone else. If you don’t want to re-gift the sweets for fear of offending the giver, bring them to work and put them away from your desk, so others can enjoy them.

Picking A Christmas Tree For Your San Joaquin Valley Home

Dec12-17
If you grew up with the smell of fresh pine wafting through your house on Christmas morning, then you’ll probably want a fresh tree to decorate for your San Joaquin Valley home. Check out these tips for finding the best holiday stock to grace your celebration. Measure the space. Arguably the most important part of selecting the right tree, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, is to make sure you have the right space for it. So carefully measure the area in which you want to set the pine, starting with the height. Try to leave a minimum of six inches between the ceiling and the top of the tree whether you leave the tip bare or add a topper. Don’t forget to account for the height of the tree stand as well. Just as important is the width of the tree. Most offerings on tree farms are trimmed to an 80 percent taper, which makes a 10-foot tall tree about eight feet wide. A tree with the perfect height may turn out to be too wide

How To Turn Your New Home Into A Sleep Friendly Zone For Your Family

Studies on sleep all point to the same thing: the majority of people need from six to eight hours of sleep every night, and kids need even more. (See here for a WebMD list of how much sleep children need at various ages.) THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP TO YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH Sleep does some pretty crucial stuff to your brain:

The Business Journal: "San Joaquin Valley Homes Models To Open In Visalia Dec. 17"

Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) has announced its model homes at Visalia’s Pine River Estates are set to open Dec. 17. Pine River Estates is a 37-acre community offering 144 single-family homes located on Virmargo Street between St. John’s Parkway and Houston Avenue. The development is located with quick access to Rawhide Stadium, downtown Visalia and major employers, including Kaweah Delta District Hospital, College of the Sequoias and CIGNA Healthcare. St. John’s River Trail is also right across the street from the community.

A Guest Room To Make Overnight Guests Enjoy Your San Joaquin Valley Home

Dec5-16
During the holidays, many families will be hosting overnight guests, sometimes for multiple days. Make their stay memorable by creating a guest room using the following tips. Welcome them before they arrive. Send your visitors a welcome email the day before they arrive so they can start their stay early. In it, put links to useful websites, such as a Google map of the area around your home, area traffic maps and weather reports, shopping areas, and tourist attractions. Take your cue from hotel rooms. After a hard day of hitting the theme parks, shopping, or enjoying the beach, your guests want a nice place to sleep. So spend your time and energy making the bed comfortable and inviting. Forget thick patterned comforters. Hotel rooms have dispensed with that type of heavy cover. Instead, they use luxurious white pillowcases and a white bed sheet with color added through a warm blanket. If you must add a pattern, use a decorative throw pillow as an accent.

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.