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News about Accessory Dwelling Units (Granny Flats)

by Diane Broussard

The Granny Flat - a Win-Win Housing Solution Right In Your Backyard?
California’s housing crisis is caused by a historic divergence between the demand for homes in California and the supply of available apartments and homes. We are still far from building enough units to satisfy general demand and it may take a long time for the state to build enough housing to reduce rental prices. In the mean-time there is something that regular homeowners can do to supplement their incomes, increase the value of their homes, provide housing to neighbors, prepare for their own retirements, and partially relieve the housing pressure on their communities: the ADU!
 
Accessory Dwelling Units - ADUS or granny flats are a relatively affordable type of home to create because they do not require the purchase of land, new infrastructure, or parking; they can either provide income for homeowners or private space for extended friends and family, allowing intergenerational homes, or even helping older owners to age in place. They are well suited for young families, students, aging parents, nannies, or even regular renters, and can be a win-win solution for homeowners and renters. 
Ok you may be asking: if ADUs are so good, why aren't they more available or abundant? Why aren’t they everywhere?
Well, for many years, a thicket of local agency regulations, approvals and fees created substantial financial and time requirements before homeowners could even start on building a secondary unit. For example, a 2015 Berkley study  found  that  many  Bay  Area  homeowners
 
were interested in building an ADU, most were deterred by regulations that existed to keep them from getting built.
But! The state of California passed legislation in 2016 aimed at reducing many of the worst barriers, fees and red tape that homeowners faced when trying to get approved locally to build their own granny flats. So hopefully, as contractors, builders, and owners learn more about the viability of ADUs in their communities they will start to be built in substantial numbers.
 
While the demand is certainly there for all types of housing in California, before you invest substantial money converting your garage or making a new ADU, you may want to know who is interested in renting out your new unit. It turns out many people across age groups think that ADUs would make a good affordable home. A 2017 C.A.R. survey of 1700 Californian renters found that 70% of renters in total were either moderately or very interested in ADUs. But older people were especially amenable to downsizing and renting small affordable units in their communities.
While ADUs and granny flats won't be the only solution to the state's housing issues, they can certainly be one of many solutions.
 
 
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Fall back and enjoy and extra hour of sleep

by Diane Broussard

Hello,

Enjoy the extra hour sleep; This Sunday, November 5th (at 2am) don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

After the Move: 5 Fast and Easy Ways to Feel at Home

by Diane Broussard

You’re done buying your new home and, at last, the moving truck’s been unloaded. Now it’s time to unpack and make the new place your own – a labor-intensive process that will go a lot easier when you follow these five quick tips. 

1. Divvy Up the Work

Give everyone in the family a list of jobs to do, with the big items – like furniture placement – to be done first. Focus on making the living room comfortable so the entire family can take a much-needed break at the end of the day. Crossing tasks off the list together will make everyone feel accomplished and more at home. 

2. Ensure Safety First

Being in a new home can feel strange for a while. Taking time early on to address any safety concerns can help. Check all entrances and windows to ensure that they lock properly. Make sure you have enough keys for all the family members. Do the locks need changing? Schedule a locksmith and someone to help with any coded entries, such as a garage-door opener or security systems. Also, know where the circuit breaker is and how to operate it.

3. Do the Paperwork

It’s tempting, but do not put off the paperwork. Transfer all utilities, complete a change of address form for the post office, and update your address with your credit card companies, bank and insurance providers. Remember to make the time to change the address on your driver’s license, too. It’s not necessary to complete all these projects in one sitting, but the sooner they’re done, the better you will feel.

4. Make It Personal

Think about painting some walls and rooms with colors that are uniquely you. Or put up a treasured photograph or decorative item, and encourage your family members to do the same. This simple act will make you feel at home and can make the rest of the unpacking a much more pleasant experience.

5. Don’t Forget To Breathe

Remember, everything doesn’t have to be done at once. Schedule time out for a family dinner, movie or neighborhood outing. Or just relax, step outside to meet the neighbors and take time to enjoy your new surroundings.

Are you thinking of moving? Wondering how to sell your home? Contact a local RE/MAX agent for guidance and maybe a moving tip or two.

El Dorado County Housing Market

by Diane Broussard

Home prices are rising -- time to buy land

by Diane Broussard

Hello All,

 

Latest real estate update in El Dorado County.

When homes prices start to climb, buyers start looking at building their own. The time is now and land is starting to sell. Please check out my web site and start your own land search

The Sun is here--Time to go shopping for a new home

by Diane Broussard

ranchandvines.com

The temp should be in the 80"s this weekend, time to come up to the foothills and go house shopping. WE have some great buys. Check out country homes on acreage with tall trees, and room for all your critters--maybe dirt bikes --whatever. Time to leave the hustle and bustle of the computer city and get some Mother Nature. Your Mother will take good care of you and heal your frazzled nerves. Worth the drive home.

Homes range from the $300's to the $600's.

El Dorado County Market Update

by Diane Broussard

Wow, the inventory in El Dorado County is at a very low place. As soon as a home hits the market it is sold. The problem is, that when a seller decides to sell, he needs to move someone else. With nothing to buy –we are at a state mate, unless sellers start moving out of area or out of state. What usually happens right now is land sales increase as buyers decide to build their own homes. There are only a few flips left so the time is ripe for spec builders to start new homes. El Dorado County has reduced permit fees, that should start a trend of new homes being built in the rural parts of the County. If you own land, now is time to sell and if you want to build, now is time to buy.  

Thoughts by Diane Broussard

Realtor since 1990

Happy New Year from Diane Broussard...your Horse Property Guru!

by Diane Broussard

Tips to Declutter Your El Dorado County Home in 2017!

by Diane Broussard

This weekend marks the start of the New Year. It's time to set your New Year's resolutions for 2017. While many people set health goals for themselves as part of their resolutions, we recommend putting your home on a diet! The easiest way to do so....Declutter! All of our homes could use some trimming this year. Follow these great New Year’s Resolutions to get your El Dorado County home in tip top shape for 2017.

 

Start with simple daily steps. You can start the process with easy tasks that will help keep the accumulation of stuff to a minimum as the New Year progresses. For example, avoid allowing your mail to accumulate in the kitchen. Everyday when it is delivered, toss the junk mail and put the letters and bills that you need to keep in a single place. Simple, daily steps such as this will ensure that excess waste is not being kept in your home.

 

Find Creative Storage Solutions. We all have problems finding the perfect spot for some of our things. For items that you want to keep in your house but have run out of space for, try to find smart storage solutions for them. For example, this DIY project turns your books into shelves, freeing up space on your bookshelves and creating a cool decorative element within your home.

 

Be objective. We all are guilty of attaching value to our things. This is part of the reason why we accumulate so much stuff within our homes. It is time to accurately assess what we truly need and use. Try to set a goal for the amount of items you would like to get rid of in the New Year. Once you have gone through your home and gathered the items, determine what can be donated and what needs to be tossed. For donations, check out Oprah's list Where to Get Rid of Your Stuff to find places in California that accept all different kinds of donations. For items to be tossed, Waste Management offers a Residential Bagster, which works as a dumpster but is lightweight and portable. Once you have filled it, you can schedule a pickup and watch the items disappear.

 

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!


Source: HouseLogic.com

Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

by Diane Broussard

 

Christmas has finally arrived! Amidst the final preparations for all of the festivities this weekend, I would like to take the time to THANK all of my clients for giving me the opportunity to assist them with all of their real estate needs in El Dorado County!

 

 

It is truly a blessing to be able to work with all of you. I love working and living in El Dorado County and helping my clients find their dream home in the area. 

 

 

If you are interested in buying and selling your home in the new year, work with an experienced realtor that can help you every step of the way. I am here to answer any questions and assist you in every way I can along the process.

 

 

I hope your holiday weekend is filled with lots of love and laughter as you celebrate with your family in your El Dorado County home. We all have much to be thankful for this year and Christmas is the perfect time to let everyone in our lives know how much we appreciate them.

 

 

Wishing you and yours lots of festive cheer and prosperity this Christmas and New Year!

 

 

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Diamond Springs CA 95619
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