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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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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

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

Tips for Finding Your El Dorado County Dream Home!

by Andy Hall

Looking for your dream home in El Dorado County? It is no surprise why! With amazing communities to choose from, beautiful natural areas, incredible ranch homes, and excellent amenities, this county in California is the perfect place to settle down. Finding the perfect home can be an overwhelming process. You want to choose a home that will fit all of your family’s lifestyle and needs now and into the future. Follow these tips for finding your El Dorado County Dream Home!

 

Prioritize your must haves!

There are all different kinds of homes available in El Dorado County. In order to help you navigate through all the options, you need to first determine what features are most important to you. Decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need. Prioritize what additional features and amenities that you must have or can live without. Are you looking for a horse property or one in a quiet suburban neighborhood? Does your family want a more natural setting or metropolitan one? Determining all of these “must-haves” will help you narrow your home search. Be cognizant of what you desire in a home as well as what features are deal breakers. Always stay flexible with your expectations though! You might find your dream home has features that you were not expecting that you wanted!

 

Establish your price range.

Before you start actively searching for your home, it is advisable to secure Financing  first. This allows you to know what you can actually afford. Once you know your real price range, you will avoid wasting time looking at homes that are outside of your budget.

 

Begin your search online.

The internet is a helpful tool in today’s real estate market. You are able to browse through home listings on your own time. This process can be overwhelming, though, as you try to navigate through all of the online pages. Our MLS Listings helps you narrow down your search by choosing unique options. Search by specific community, property type, school district, location, amenities, and so much more!

 

If you cannot find your dream home during your own search or simply do not have the time to look on your own, sign up for our Email Home Search! Once you select your search criteria, you will receive an initial email that lists all homes currently for sale that match it. Every morning thereafter you will be emailed an updated list with price changes or new listings. This allows you to be the first to know when the El Dorado County home you’ve been waiting for hits the market!

 

Select a knowledgeable realtor.

Working with an Experienced Realtor can make a huge difference when looking for your dream home. A knowledgeable realtor knows all about the local area, market trends, financing regulations, and more. They are experienced in handling the negotiations and paperwork that come along with the home buying process, eliminating potential stress and confusion for you every step of the way. We will listen to all of your desires for your El Dorado County home and make sure to show you the homes that meet your expectations.  

 

Schedule Home Showings.

Now that you have narrowed down your search, ask your realtor to set up showings with each of the homes you are interested in. Home viewings are your opportunity to see the house itself as well as the neighborhood that it is located in. As you search the home, make sure to thoroughly inspect its exterior and interior and ask questions! You want to be fully informed in your decision. It can be helpful to bring a notepad to jot down anything you notice about the house to assist you as you continue the process. You are about to make a major investment so you want to make sure that you love the home and do not have any concerns about it.

 
 

Be patient.

Finding your dream home is a process. You might be lucky and find it immediately or you might have to search many homes before you finally find it. Work with your realtor throughout the process to help you along the way. We will keep searching for you until all of your needs are met. And once you find it! We will help you secure your El Dorado County dream home for you and your family to enjoy for years to come!

 

Your dream home is waiting for you in El Dorado County! Follow these tips to help put the keys to your new home in your hand in no time. Diane Broussard will use her years of experience in the area to help you find and Buy your dream home. Give her a call today or visit her website at http://www.ranchandvines.com/ so she can help you get started!

 

Low Inventory means prcies will rise--time to buy is now

by Diane Broussard

Hello All,

  I have been watching the new listings, compared to the pending for the last few months ----Inventory is getting tight again, and we should be in that time, (Spring) , when new listings  , are increasing.

 

                                   If this keeps up, buyers will not be able to find the right house, and prices will creep up!!

Dec. 2015 Housing Trends Newsletter by Diane Broussard

by Diane Broiussard

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. 

Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends December 2015 Newsletterhttp://dianebroussard.housingtrendsenewsletter.com 

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, and REALTOR.com local community reports. 

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report: 

http://dianebroussard.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/dispContent.cfm?loadid=2&loadtype=0 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future. 

Sincerely yours, 

DIANE BROUSSARD
Hall and Associates Real Estate, Diamond Springs, Cal. 95619
851 pleasant valley road diamond springs CA 95669 530-295-8440 | --diane@ThinkDiane.com 
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River Ranch on 22 Private Acres

by Diane Broussard

I have to tell you about this amazing home on this amazing property because it is one of a kind. This custom Lindal Cedar home is located on 22 private secluded acres with 1/4 mile of river front. The property has lush pastures and

 sandy beaches and wait there's more--it butts up to 600 acres of private nature preserve land that will never be developed. The home boasts three master suites, chef's kitchen and wall of glass . Never worry about power as the home has solar panels and a back up tesla battery system. Perfect property for a corporate retreat, vacation get away, or family fun.  Offered at $995,000

New owner of 2281 Apache Pass Road , Somerset Cal.

by Diane Broussard

Welcome to the neighborhood Jeff Windham.!!  New owner of a stupendous horse ranch in Somerset, cal. complete with guest house, barn and arena. Jeff hope to raise dogs and horses in his spare time. I am sure he will find the people of El Dorado County just as charming as I do.

Tax base attracting Bay area buyers

by Diane Broussard

Since El Dorado County has extended its transfer of tax base , many buyers are selling homes in high priced areas and moving to El Dorado County. This is especially true of older people that want to retire and move to a less crowed area. El Dorado County offers nice homes on acreage at a reasonable price. With the improved freeway system and many stores moving into the area people are attracted to the beautiful foothills. Check out my web site to stay up to date on the many buys in El Dorado County

 

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Diane Broussard
Diane Broussard Real Estate with Hall and Associates
851 Pleasant Valley Road
Diamond Springs CA 95619
Cell: (209)337-8172
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