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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nevada City News and Events

Constitution Weekend in Nevada City Sept 8 & 9
The 46th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 8-9, 2012 in Nevada City!
The Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.
The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Civil War battle reenactments in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district.
The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and perennial crowd favorites such as the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.
Celebrants should plan to arrive about an hour before parade time to get a good vantage point along the parade route.
Members of the American Civil War Association offer living history and battle reenactments at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday in Pioneer Park. More than 200 military and settler reenactors are expected to take part.
For more information and a detailed schedule of the weekend activities Download Constitution Day Flyer  or go to

Abe Lincoln visits Nevada City Sept 8 & 9
Guess who’s coming to town on Nevada City’s Constitution Day Weekend?

On Saturday, September 8th,The sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, will step down from his carriage at Friar Tuck’s restaurant on Pine Street at 5:45 to dine with friends.  Afterwards, he may linger to listen to the music of the Nevada County Concert Band on North Pine Street before returning to his lodging at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast.
There, on the veranda, the President, a.k.a Maj.Wayne Scott ret., renowned Lincoln impersonator, will chat with passersby from 7:30 to 8:30p.m. Perhaps the Gettysburg Address will be included in the conversations!?
On Sunday, September 9th, President Lincoln will join the Constitution Day Parade by carriage at 2:00p.m. The Famous Marching Presidents, celebrating their 25th year, will be in the entourage.
A memorable 46th annual Constitution Day Weekend Celebration is in store on Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, 2012

“Antony and Cleopatra” Plays thru Sept 15
Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”
August 23-September 15
Nevada Theatre, 410 Broad St, Nevada City
Tickets $20

Synthetic Unlimited, Northern California’s only member-owned alternative theater company, has thrilled Nevada County audiences for two summers with impassioned modern interpretations of classic plays.
This summer SU presents a raw, sensual and action packed adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, featuring a groundbreaking and all original soundtrack by local recording artist Jay Tausig. The soundtrack features Jay on a number of traditional instruments, and was designed and produced in his studio. Jays original soundtrack – along with a cast of all local students and performance artists, promises to make this production of Shakespeare as you have never seen it before.
The story of Egypt’s last empress, and her brilliant and defiant resistance to the military might of an unstoppable Roman empire – and her love affair with General Marc Antony, who battles the Roman hordes in her name – is deftly spun in this powerful, hard-hitting adaptation. From the Shakespeare purist to the action film fan to the hopeless romantic, this show has something for everyone.
Featuring 20+ actors, with Jimmy McCammon as Marc Antony and Grace Fae as Cleopatra.
Visit or for show times, matinee dates and ticket prices.

A special Talking Heads Tribute concert to benefit Synthetic Unlimited at the Nevada Theatre on the evening of September 13th.

Nevada City Sidewalk Sale Sept 8
The sidewalks of Nevada City will once again be buzzing with bargain shoppers as the 6th Annual Sidewalk Sale begins Saturday, September 8th from 10am – 4pm.

Come for the bargains, come for the fun, come visit the charm of friendly Nevada City.

Gary Tippner is Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified
Relocation Specialist ~ Luxury Specialist ~ Investor Advisor

Call 1-877-311-GARY
"One Eight Seven Seven Three Eleven... Gary"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hot Nevada County Home Choices of the week

Nevada County Homes
Hot Deals

Mistakes Buyers Make in a Hot Market

Mistakes Buyers Make

While home prices are nowhere near their peak of 6 or 7 years ago, the nationwide data is clear: the housing market this summer has been hotter than at any time since the recession:
  • The Census Bureau just revealed that new home starts rose 6.9% in June to their highest level in four years - up 23.6% from a year earlier.
  • In April, home prices rose for the first time in seven months, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index.
  • The number of home sales pending rose 9.5 percent year-over-year from June 2011 to June 2012, as reported by the National Association of Realtors.

Given this rapid turn of the market, what’s a buyer to do? Maybe take a new approach to prepping for the hot market house hunt. To that effect, I submit that savvy buyers will find more pitfall-preventing power in learning what not to do. Inspired by the last time we had a market heated up by short times on market, low inventory and multiple offers, here are five hot market mistakes home buyers should avoid making:

1.  Acting out of desperation.  Deep inhale - aaaaaand exhale. It’s extremely easy to get caught up in the lightning-fast pace at which the great homes come on and off your local market, growing panicked and even desperate - especially when you see ‘just-right’ homes go from 'New' to 'Pending' status before you can even get an appointment to see them!

But know this: desperation has no place in a home buying transaction. Panic does nothing but cause people to make impulsive and otherwise unwise decisions, ranging from talking themselves into a home that isn’t quite what they really want, to paying way more than they can truly afford to spend (see #s 4 and 5, below).
If you’re in the market for a home, and your local market is so hot it’s causing you to feel freaked-out, panicked or overwhelmed, remind yourself that:

  • There are probably hundreds of homes in your neck of the woods that will meet your needs. When one goes off the market, another is on it's way on.
  • There is no ‘perfect’ home.  If you didn’t get that one that seems like ‘the one,’ then, by definition, it’s not ‘the one.’
  • Every home you see or make an offer on, and don’t get, equips you with a better understanding of the market, putting you in a better position to get the home that will eventually be yours. In life generally, I believe every experience is either a stunning success, or a successful education. Look at the homes you miss out on as an opportunity to get a successful education about the market.

Desperate is bad.  Urgent, however, is good. If you know, for example, that single family, 3+ bedroom homes, near downtown under $400,000 move very, very quickly, then act on that knowledge:
  • Ask your agent to notify you as soon as they hear of homes coming on the market that meet your needs - even before they are on the MLS, if possible.
  • Give your contact information to the listing agents at Open Houses similar to what you’re looking for and ask them to drop you a note if they get similar listings.* ( *once you've selected an agent, you should work with that agent unless and until you make an agent change AND communicate that to your agent. That said, there's nothing wrong with getting a heads up about new listings from listing agents in the area, in my opinion - though it's also fine to give Open House agents your own agent's contact information, if you already have an agent of your own. Once you have an agent, best practice is to loop your own agent in on any 'coming soon' property information you receive from other agents, and ask them to show these properties to you. More importantly, the very best practice is to be honest at all times with Open House/listing agents about the fact that you are represented by your own buyer's broker/agent, if that's the case.)
  • As soon as you see a new listing that seems like it might work for you, go see it - don’t wait for the weekend. And if you see a home and really like it, make an offer without further ado.  

2.  Hesitating. What’s worse than seeing great properties come and go before you can get out to see them?  Seeing them go into contract after you view them, but before you make your own offer. When the market is hot, often buyers who have been sitting on the fence or simply window-shopping for ages will stumble into a great Open House and decide that it’s time to make an offer, only to realize that their loan approval has expired and it will take a day or two to get a new one. At the other end of the spectrum, buyers who have just started house hunting can come across a home they love, but drag their feet in making an offer because (a) they’re used to a slower-paced market, so don't recognize the urgency and (b) they aren’t 100 percent sure something better won’t be coming right along.

On a hot real estate market, hesitation can be costly.  You can end up in a multiple offer situation where you would have been the only offer a few days prior, or can even end up losing out on a property entirely because another, more decisive buyer swoops the place right out from under your nose.

Morals of the story: Make sure you maintain a current loan approval in place at all times - in fact, I say you shouldn’t be out house hunting if you don’t have a current loan approval.  And, for those new to the house hunt, go Open House hunting even when you aren’t completely in love with the listings you’re seeing online. Once you’ve seen a good number of homes, you’ll have more material against which to compare every other home you see, making you less likely to dither before making an offer when you do find a good one.

3.  Ignoring the market entirely.  I’m not an advocate of making your decisions about whether and when to buy or sell based on what’s happening in the market. Rather, I recommend making your real estate decisions based on what’s happening (and what you forecast and envision will be happening in the next 5-10 years) in your family, your career and your life.  

That said, when it comes time to execute your decision to buy, it’s foolhardy not to take market dynamics into account.  I’ve seen many a buyer over the years decide to stick their heads in the sand and their ears in their fingers, tuning out all of the market ‘noise’ as though it doesn't apply to them.  Unfortunately, in a hot market, this usually results in them getting beat out for 5 or 10 different houses, then having the emotional kneejerk reaction of throwing every single dollar they have at the next house they fall in love with - whether it’s the right house or not, and whether they can truly afford it or not.

You don’t want to fall under the panic-inducing spell of the market, but neither do you want to ignore it. Rather, ask your local agent to help you pay attention to neighborhood-specific information, like:
  • which types of properties move quickly,
  • how many days they generally stay on the market,
  • whether multiple offers are a reality you need to face, and
  • how much over-asking homes like the one you want are selling for.

Then, use this information to make strategic decisions about your home buying process, covering everything from which properties and areas you’ll focus on, how quickly you’ll need to get out to see listings and - most importantly - what price range you should focus your search on.  If you know homes are selling for over-asking, engineer your search price range to be low enough that you can be successful, rather than exclusively looking at properties priced at the top of the range you can afford.

4.  Financial fogginess.  Don’t run the numbers in your head.  Don’t ballpark your income, the big bills and such on a notepad, stick your finger in the wind, and decide you can afford X number of thousands of dollars a month for a home. Home buying is the big leagues, financially speaking, so you need to be sparkling, crystal clear on precisely what you can afford. This universal truth of home buying is especially critical in a hot market, where you may be faced with the need to make decisions about whether to increase your price range or your offer price on relatively short notice.

Either keep an income/expense journal, use an online money app like Mint or Manilla or sit down and do a deep dive into your last few months’ checking and other account statements to get a complete picture of what you can afford and to get conscious about what sacrifices might want or need to make.   It is not overkill to bring your tax advisor or financial planner into this conversation, so they can help you understand how your tax situation as a home owner may change, freeing up some extra monthly budget room for your mortgage, property taxes, insurance and HOA Dues or Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), if applicable. Also, make sure you include line items for your savings, retirement investing, gifts, school tuition, travel and recreation - the sorts of things that lenders will not account for when they tell you what their guidelines say you can afford.

5.  Overpaying.  There are several ways to overpay for a home.  You could pay more than the place is worth, which is difficult to do if you are buying the place with a mortgage loan which requires an appraisal. You could pay more than you need to in order to get the property, which sometimes happens to buyers in multiple offer situations, and buyers who have experienced the trauma of losing out on home after home, and who just decide to make a high offer to get closure and secure a place they like. Whether any price meets this second definition of ‘overpaying’ is difficult to ascertain, as it would require us to know what would have happened in the hypothetical world in which they didn’t offer such a high price and so, might not actually have been the successful buyer.

The antidote to both these forms of overpaying is simple: pulling the comparables before you decide what to offer.  It only takes a minute, your agent will help you, and it’s just not prudent, in 2012, to decide on an offer price without a fresh pull of the sales data on the similar, nearby homes that have recently sold.  If your agent includes active and pending sales in their pull of the comparable data set, you may also find out useful information like whether several other competitive properties have just hit the market, or that all of the competition is now pending - things that might also inform your motivation levels or price strategy.

And there is a third, more insidious form of overpaying that haunts hot market buyers as well: paying more than you can truly afford for a home. It’s fine, even expected, that if you thought you were buying into a depressed market and instead end up buying in a hot one, you might have experienced some upward ‘creep’ in what you’re willing to spend for a home. But that doesn’t excuse letting that creep go beyond what you can truly afford, overextending yourself.  

This form of overspending is also more difficult to do now than it was before the housing market recession began, as lender guidelines a much tighter now than then. But it’s still possible - especially as lenders don’t account for what you should be putting aside for savings, for retirement, for your children’s education and other essential monthly budget items that impact what you can truly afford to pay for a home.  

The only cure for this form of overspending is for you to both know (see #4, above) and to set in stone what your actual, top-line maximum home purchase price is - even if you are the only one who knows this number, in your own head. Your mortgage professional can help you work backwards from the amount of cash you have to invest in the transaction and the maximum amount you can devote to your housing costs on a monthly basis, to arrive at your maximum home purchase price.

Long story short - if you’ve been pondering the prospect of buying a home for long, you might feel like you’ve been sitting in the economy section of an emotional rollercoaster. Prices fell so fast you might have doubted whether buying makes sense at all. Now, with barely a plateau, they’re on the upswing - and every other buyer in town seems to be dropping offers on the choice homes before you can even get out to see them.  Use these tools to avoid repeating the mistakes of the last generation of homeowners.

Gary Tippner is Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified 
Relocation Specialist ~ Luxury Specialist ~ Investor Advisor

Call 1-877-311-GARY
"One Eight Seven Seven Three Eleven... Gary"

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Where Did the Move-Up Home Buyers Go?

Housing has never been more affordable, and yet home ownership is still falling and more Americans are renting. The supply of homes for sale is down 24 percent from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors, but that still doesn’t explain why so few buyers are jumping in. The answer might lie in the immobile move-up buyer.

“At current mortgage interest rates, the monthly cost of the typical new mortgage – at about 12 percent of median income – is not much more than half normal levels,” notes Paul Diggle of Capital Economics. “In other words, housing is very affordable.”

Still, while mortgage refinances soar to a two-year high, weekly numbers from the Mortgage Bankers Association show that applications to purchase a home are down by 6 percent over the past year.

Jason and Pascale Royal would love to move up to a bigger home. With a new baby and a dual income, they are even willing to pay more for a bigger mortgage. The trouble is, the mortgage on their south Florida home is about $100,000 more than the home is currently worth. To add insult to injury, they can’t get any help from the bank or the government.

“Because we’ve been current on our payments and have never been late or missed one, we don’t qualify for any of these short sales or any of these special programs to help underwater borrowers,” says Jason Royal.

Jason and Royal are among 11.4 million borrowers, or nearly 24 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage, that are currently in a negative equity position, according to CoreLogic. In addition, 2.3 million borrowers have less than 5 percent equity, referred to as near negative equity.

But mortgage analyst Mark Hanson takes it one step further, adding that most move-up buyers need to just 6 percent extra to pay the Realtor, but 20 percent to put down on the next mortgage. He therefore puts real or “effective” negative equity at 80% loan to value; that is, you probably need about 20 percent equity in your current home to move up. He calculates about 25 million borrowers don’t meet that amount of equity. That’s twice as many underwater borrowers as most analysts and politicians purport.

“Investors and first-timers have come in and out of the market throughout history at various times for various reason, but underpinning housing has always been move-up/across/down buyers,” says Hanson. “Half of the repeat buyers have died. They are down for the count due to negative equity, "effective" negative equity, low quality credit, or legacy 2nd liens they can't extinguish. This is a huge problem for anybody betting on ‘escape velocity’ or a ‘durable recovery’ in housing.”

The Royals could just walk away, as many like them already have. The Obama administration has been pushing its program that pays lenders to slash mortgage balances, but this week the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said the two mortgage giants will not participate. The administration claims reducing principal will keep borrowers from walking away. Fannie and Freddie’s regulator, Edward DeMarco, claims offering principal reduction will cause current borrowers to miss payments just to qualify. The Royals appear to prove both of them wrong. They won’t walk away and they won’t stop paying.

“I bought this house, I sat down, I signed the paperwork, I knew the numbers, and so I've made my payments as committed, and I don't want to stop paying to create a situation where the bank wants to get me out of the house. I'd rather do it in a way that's fair to both parties,” says Jason.

But the Royals also won’t move, and therefore won’t be able to contribute to the housing recovery.

Gary Tippner is Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified 
Relocation Specialist ~ Luxury Specialist ~ Investor Advisor

Call 1-877-311-GARY
"One Eight Seven Seven Three Eleven... Gary"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nevada City Land for Sale Great Buy

 All usable Nevada City Land for Sale
1.4 acres with well, PG&E, pond site and older mobile home. Mini-ranch or farm close to stores, gas, and restaurants.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Obama Gets a Big NOPE On Slashing Mortgage Debt?

NEW YORK (CNBC) -- Despite strong pressure from the Obama administration, a federal regulator will not allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce mortgage principal. The Federal Housing Finance Agency's Ed DeMarco has previously opposed the program, which uses taxpayer money to pay lenders to reduce loan balances of severely troubled borrowers, but had not made the final decision until now.

"After much study, I have concluded that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's adoption of HAMP PRA [the government's Home Affordable Modification Program Principal Reduction Alternative] would not make a meaningful improvement in reducing foreclosures in a cost effective way for taxpayers," DeMarco wrote in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

DeMarco concludes that the program presents the risk of more losses to taxpayers, not to mention operational challenges to the GSE's. He cites moral hazard, suggesting that as many as 19,000 borrowers who are current on their mortgages could strategically default in order to qualify for debt forgiveness. Even more significant, he goes on, could be long-term consequences for mortgage credit availability.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner responded immediately in a letter to DeMarco:"Fundamentally, principal forgiveness rewrites a contract in a way that other loan modification programs do not. Forgiving debt owed pursuant to a lawful, valid contract risks creating a longer-term view by investors that the mortgage contract is less secure than ever before," writes DeMarco in the letter to lawmakers.

"I do not believe it is the best decision for the country, because, as we have discussed many times, the use of targeted principal reduction by the GSEs would provide much needed help to a significant number of troubled homeowners, help repair the nation's housing market, and result in a net benefit to taxpayers."

A study of the program by Treasury's Michael Stegman showed that mortgage modifications that included principal reduction had a far lower re-default rate than those without the debt forgiveness.

"Fannie Mae's analysis suggests that using principal reduction to reduce the loan-to-value- (LTV) ratio not only increases a borrower's ability to pay, but for these selected borrowers, it also increases the likelihood that they will continue to pay," writes Stegman in the analysis.

The FHFA estimates that up to 500,000 Fannie and Freddie borrowers could have been eligible for principal reduction. The Treasury's current program pays lenders large incentives to write down loan balances, using unspent money from the $700 billion TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program). But FHFA says despite a positive financial benefit to Fannie and Freddie, it is really just a transfer of taxpayer funds, adding "to the over $188 billion in taxpayer support the Enterprises have already received."

Some lawmakers, however, may not be done fighting yet. Several have been pushing for more action to help homeowners, and the heat is on with the election less than 100 days away.

"It is incomprehensible that Mr. DeMarco would reject the chance to save up to a billion dollars in taxpayer funds while helping nearly half a million homeowners stay in their homes," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a statement. "He should immediately withdraw this reckless and misguided letter and start following the law Congress passed."

Gary Tippner is Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified 
Relocation Specialist ~ Luxury Specialist ~ Investor Advisor

Call 1-877-311-GARY
"One Eight Seven Seven Three Eleven... Gary"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nevada County Housing Market

Only Thing Standing in Housing Market's Way Is Rest of Economy

NEW YORK (BankingMyWay) -- It's been a long time since the U.S. housing market was the bright spot for the economy, but the long decline in home values seems to be ending.
That's the conclusion of Fiserv-Case Shiller's most recent home index reading, which makes the compelling case that the housing crisis is abating after six years and home prices for millions of American homeowners are once again gaining in value.

Home prices increased in 40% of 384 metropolitan areas tracked by analysts, and by the first quarter of 2014, analysts expect U.S. home prices to rise, on average, by 5%.

If Fiserv-Case Shiller is correct, the long road to recovery for U.S. housing won't be straight up: Before that 5% rise in home values its analysts are predicting, home prices may depreciate by 1% within the next 12 months.
Rising home values should reignite the real estate market, as more buyers jump off the fence and make an offer for a home before home prices rise any further.

The rising cost of home and apartment rentals is also helping push up home prices. Fiserv says it is now often cheaper to buy a home than rent one, and that's causing first-time homebuyers to househunt and accelerate demand for homes with "for sale" signs planted in their lawns.

The number of homes on the market is beginning to decline, and lower volume creates greater demand among buyers, which boosts home values even more.

"Inventories of single-family homes have dropped below 2.5 million units, the lowest levels since 2004. This shrinking supply of unsold homes is nudging home prices upward in selected markets," explained David Stiff, chief economist at Fiserv, in a statement.

There' still plenty of work to be done before housing truly and comprehensively comes back: "Negative equity remains a factor constraining supply in some markets, since many underwater homeowners cannot come up with the cash to cover the difference between their outstanding mortgage balances and the current market value of their homes. Many positive equity homeowners are also keeping their houses off of the market, waiting for price increases to boost their selling profits," Stiff said.

Metro U.S. areas with the biggest real estate value gains include Detroit (8.6%) and Miami (6.4%), while areas still suffering big declines include Atlanta (-17.4%) and Las Vegas (-7.4%). Fiserv attributes these price declines to the large number of foreclosures.

In a reversal, it's no longer housing holding back the U.S. economy but quite possibly the U.S. economy holding back a resurgent housing market.

"The state of the overall economy presents the biggest risk to the housing market," Stiff says. "The economic recovery has stalled each spring/summer during the last three years, and last summer's economic stumble was accompanied by a sharp decline in consumer confidence, which cut into home sales activity and pushed home prices down a little further," he adds.

If confidence were to drop by similar amount this year, either because of the monetary crisis in Europe or the political impasse in Washington D.C., then another downward leg in home prices is possible, Fiserv concludes.
"However, given that owner-occupied housing is incredibly cheap historically and falling confidence would be accompanied by lower mortgage interest rates, we may be at a point where housing markets can finally withstand a weak economy," Stiff concludes.

That would be welcome news to millions of homeowners, if it comes to pass. But after wandering the desert, so to speak, for six years, a long, cool drink of water in the form of higher home values is refreshing.

Rising home values allow homeowners to breathe a sigh of relief, and that can in turn spur the uncertain economy, with many homeowners spending more money knowing their chief financial asset is on the mend, and others selling their homes for more cash, thus allowing them to downsize, which would presumably leave more money in their bank accounts, and more money to spend in the consumer economy.

It's been quite some time since home values were making Americans feel better about their spending power. Let's just hope they don't start mistaking their homes for ATMs again.

Gary Tippner is Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified 
Relocation Specialist ~ Luxury Specialist ~ Investor Advisor

Call 1-877-311-GARY
"One Eight Seven Seven Three Eleven... Gary"

Monday, August 6, 2012

Northern California Large Farms and Ranches for Sale

West Valley Ranch

$2,900,000 | 3342 +/- Acres | Modoc County, CA

West Valley Ranch, best described as a recreational wonderland. The ranch consists of 3,342+/- acres in Modoc and Lassen Counties at the base of the majestic Warner Mountain range and is mostly surrounded by FS and BLM lands. The West Valley Reservoir lays primarily with-in the ranch boundaries with 970 acres of surface water, 7 miles of shoreline ...More

Northern California Farm with Large Shop

$1,325,000 | 80 +/- Acres | Yolo County, CA

THIS ONE DOES HAVE IT ALL - 2 homes; 3065 sq ft built in 2002 and a 2000 sq ft second home. Main house is 4 bedroom, great room and game room. Large 80 x 100 (8,000 SQ FT) ag storage shop, solar for low electric cost, built in gunite pool, rental income from second home, rental income from farm land or grow your own crops. Plenty of land for animal...More

Dillon Lake Ranch

$1,100,000 | 720 +/- Acres | Lassen County, CA

Here is the mountain retreat you have been looking for.  720 acres of recreational bliss. Both Dillon Lake and Silva Flat Reservoir are seasonal lakes and lay within the property boundaries. All Surrounded by BLM and Hayden Hill-Silva Flat State Game Refuge. Located in the X3A deer zone, also antelope, quail, grouse, bear and abundan...More

Waters Hillside Estate

$629,500 | 39 +/- Acres | Lassen County, CA

Stunning setting for this private 39 acre country estate located in the Pittville area of the beautiful Fall River Valley. The custom home sits on a knoll with sweeping views of the valley and Mt. Shasta. Offering 3460+/- sf of living space with great room, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, an office, den, and family room with full bar and b...More

Eastman Lake

$595,000 | 10.6 +/- Acres | Shasta County, CA

Incredible 10.6 acres on Eastman Lake with over 700' of lake and river frontage. Located East of Lava Creek Lodge, this property is at the tail waters of the lake and the headwaters of Little Tule River. Several amazing building sites with Southern exposure, views of lake, river and mountains including Mt. Shasta. Just a short walk to Ahjumawi Lava...More

Delta River Front

$569,000 | 6 +/- Acres | Sacramento County, CA

BOATERS PARADISE - Have your own getaway and 60 foot boat dock on the Sacramento River. The acreage has mature trees for a park like setting with a nice home for year round living or use for that special getaway. Situated between San Francisco and Sacramento in the Delta Region....More

Lake Tahoe Vacation Home

$499,000 | 0.237 +/- Acres | El Dorado County, CA

Fully furnished 2042 sf vacation home on large lot in the world renowned South Lake Tahoe, California. South Lake Tahoe is known for its terrific ski resorts and Lake Tahoe summer recreation activities which include fishing, hiking, biking, boating and just about everything imaginable. There is a snow sled hill within walking distanc...More

Wolf Haven

$449,000 | 85 +/- Acres | Lassen County, CA

This property features a gingerbread cabin overlooking a pond and the Honey Lake Valley. The cabin is hand crafted from native logs. This is a stunning setting with huge pines shading the yard. There is an orchard, lawns, corrals and well built, huge barn. The house sits back from the road several hundred feet....More

Wildflower Lane

$387,000 | 27.5 +/- Acres | Siskiyou County, CA

Newer 3 bedroom home on 27+/- acres in the heart of beautiful Scott Valley. The home has hardwood, tile and carpeted floors, Oak cabinets with tile counter tops, Jennair range, central vac and more. There is a screened porch in the back of the house and a covered porch in front. ...More

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Little Sierra Valley Ranch

$4,099,000 | 1413 +/- Acres | Plumas County, CA

This historic Ranch remains one of the prize jewels of the Sierra Mountains with 1413 acres of varying terrain including large areas of pastures, private canyons, majestic cliffs & heavily forested timber land bordered by U.S. National Forest & alfalfa fields. The ranch is located just 45 miles northwest of Reno-Tahoe International Airport ...More

Little Sierra Valley Ranch West

$2,249,000 | 654 +/- Acres | Plumas County, CA

This historic Ranch remains one of the prize jewels of the Sierra Mountains with 654 acres of varying terrain including large areas of pastures, private canyons, majestic cliffs & heavily forested timber land bordered by U.S. National Forest & alfalfa fields. The ranch is located just 45 miles northwest of Reno-Tahoe International Airp...More

Napa Valley's Ink House

$1,650,000 | 1.25 +/- Acres | Napa County, CA

Historic Napa Valley Victorian estate on 1.25 acres located between Rutherford & St. Helena featuring aprox. 4000 sf home with 6 bedrooms & 8 baths. Meandering manicured grounds along with wrap-around verandas lead you to the cellar for wine tasting & billiards with the vintage grand old barn ripe with many memories awaiting your a...More

Lava Creek Lodge

$975,000 | 17 +/- Acres | Shasta County, CA

Lava Creek Lodge is located on spring fed Eastman Lake just down stream from the headwaters of Lava Creek and privately owned Lava Springs, on one of the largest fresh fresh water spring systems in the U.S. The Lodge boasts access to several miles of world class fly fishing and prime waterfowl habitat. Formally a well known hunting and fishing...More

Little Sierra Valley Ranch East

$899,000 | 282.61 +/- Acres | Plumas County, CA

Little Sierra Valley Ranch East is located in the Sierra Mountains consisting of 282 acres of varying terrain including large areas of pastures, private canyons and heavily forested timber land bordered by U.S. National Forest. The ranch is located just 45 miles northwest of Reno-Tahoe International Airport at the north end of the Si...More

Colimas Del Oro North

$895,000 | 167 +/- Acres | El Dorado County, CA

One of the few large parcels of land remaining over looking Lotus Valley highlighted by rolling pastures, oak trees and views of the Sierra Mountains! Absolutely beautiful! Many potential uses including vineyard, dream ranch, residential development or retreat. Utilities include Piped Potable El Dorado Irrigation District water to the property...More

Paddlepaw Ranch on Spanish Creek

$774,999 | 21.15 +/- Acres | Plumas County, CA

The Paddlepaw Ranch is located in it's own private valley with 800 +/- feet of Spanish Creek running through it. This is some of the best private trout fishing, swimming and gold mining in the entire Sierra's! You have to see this place to believe it. The beautiful, large and modern home compliments the property....More

La Casa de Casini

$695,000 | 0.19 +/- Acres | Napa County, CA

La Casa de Casini, luxurious fully furnished custom home at spectacular Lake Berryessa. Water-ski or fish all day, then take a scenic 30 minutes drive to nearby St. Helena and enjoy the wonders of Napa Valley....More

Vacaville Country Creek

$515,500 | 10 +/- Acres | Solano County, CA

Ten spectacular acres with hilltop panoramic views of the local hills and clear to the Sierras Mountains. Also, serene and peaceful creekside settings with mature oaks and wildlife. The 1914 square foot home sits along the creek bank with many decks and patios. County zoning allows the property to be divided into 2 - 5 acre parcels and/or you can b...More

Pine Meadows

$495,000 | 120 +/- Acres | El Dorado County, CA

Absolutely beautiful, rare find. 120 acres in Pollock Pines. Borders National Forest Service land with  a great trail system on the property and into the National Forest. Two creeks on the property and several hill top pads to build your dream house. Secluded but has a paved road going to the property. Potential development prop...More

Lotus Heights

$395,000 | 99 +/- Acres | El Dorado County, CA

This property offers amazing views from its ridges overlooking the South Fork of American River in Lotus Valley with Sierra crest views beyond! Great access to Lotus Road and the recreation areas of Coloma! Several potential building sites. Improvements include improved roads, Piped Potable El Dorado Irrigation District water to the property and el...More

Sacramento River Parcel

$299,000 | 20 +/- Acres | Tehama County, CA

This 20 acre parcel has it all.  1675' feet of frontage on the mighty Sacramento River. Just nine miles from the town of Red Bluff, CA.  Flat river frontage, rolling oak covered grass lands and part of Lookout Mountain.  It has beautiful views of Mt. Lassen.  Hunting, fishing, and horseback riding, what else would you want?&nbsp...More

Ridge View Ranch

$289,000 | 74 +/- Acres | Napa County, CA

74 acres overlooking Lake Berryessa secluded in the Eastern foothills of Napa Valley is beautiful Lake Berryessa with an abundance of recreational opportunities.  Wildlife galore such as turkey, deer, bald eagles, and more!...More

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