30321 Positas Rd closes!

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Positas Road, Winters, closed on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, two days ahead of time!  Positas Road is located West of town, just west of where Pleasants Valley Rd meets Highway 128.  It is a small private road with about 10 parcels and awesome views.  I am sure the new owner will love it up there.  The house was 1304 square feet with 3bedrooms and 2 baths and was built in 2001.  It sold for $392,000. with a $3000. credit to the Buyer in lieu of any repairs.     That is a very nice comparable sale for everyone. 

Hope to see you all tomorrow at Youth Day.

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New California Homebuyer Tax Credit

The following is an article that came to me via First American Title.  Always want to give credit where credit is due.  The one question everyone has is ” does this apply only to those people who go into contract after the Federal Tax Credit goes away on April 30, 2010?  In other words, non “double dipping”.  I need to call the CAR attorneys on this one as a lot of people are confused.  Anyway you look at it, it  is a good thing but the time constraint here is “when the money runs out”, not the dates.  Very important to remember, ie act quickly. 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new bill this week that would extend the $10,000 homebuyer tax credit to Californians. The state legislature on March 22 passed assembly bill (AB) 183, which gives the Franchise Tax Board authority to extend $200m in tax credits to homebuyers in the Golden State. Buyers of new, unoccupied homes are allocated $100m in credits, and first-time homebuyers of existing homes get another $100m. The credit is extended from May 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010. The credit is available to buyers on a first-come, first-serve basis, and it’s applied in equal amounts over a three-year period. According to the governor’s office, the initial $100m tax credit approved in February 2009 lasted just four months

Winters Real Estate Market

Well, this is going to be a great second quarter in the Winters real estate market.  There are over 20 listings that are pending and they will close in May and June.  There is hardly anything left on the market to look at.   Even the short sales have multiple offers.  Hopefully, the banks will start releasing some of those foreclosures they took back, we could sure use some more inventory.  There are lots of people out there wanting to buy.

Hot real estate market in Winters,CA

I just looked over the  list my assistant updates every week of the current listings in Winters.  She was off all last week as it was Easter vacation for her daughter ,who is a senior at Winters High School.  As she said, she was surprised at how much activity there had been.   Well, when I really had a chance to look at her list I had to cross off 8 more listings as I know they are pending.  So what does that mean?  Well, Winters has been averaging about 39 to 41 listings a week and now we are down to around 20 to 25.  When a new listing hits the MLS there is lots of activity to look at it.   Even short sales are getting multiple offers and sometimes they are selling for more than the list price.  It really pays to be working with an active real estate agent who knows the Winters market.   This is good news for sellers.  I see prices leveling out and may be on an upswing.   Give me call if you need more information.  Sandy  Vickrey 530-681-8939.



I took this picture when Iwas Christmas shopping with my daughter in San Francisco, CA  at the beginning of December.  I thought the quality was very good considering I took it with my cell phone!  It is a picture of the Macy’s window.   When I was a kid my parents used to take us to The City to see all the Christmas windows.  Gumps used to have the best.  One year they had animals from the SPCA featured in all their windows.  It was such a hit that they did it for many yeras after that.  Now that they have their new location they don’t do anything anymore.  Too bad.  Saks and Macy’s are just about the only ones who have lavish Christmas decorations.   Anyway, have a save and sane Christmas.    www.sandyvickrey.com

Hot New Listing in Winters, CA

I just listed 1030 Roosevelt Ave, Winters, CA.  This is really a good buy.  My owner is an investor and is very motivated to sell this property.  The home needs some TLC like new carpets, lino, paint and propabaly a new roof.  But, this is a nice home and I have seen it all fixed up and it is very cute.  If you are looking for a good starter home or an investment then call me to take a look.  


Loan help in Winters

I have talked to three different people this week who need help with their loans for different reasons.  The first people I talked to owe more than their house is worth.  They have a first and a second, both at pretty high interest rates.  We are going to try and get them set up with a program to lower these interest rates.  She had lost her job so was unemployed for a while and then he got hurt and is on disability at the moment.  Both situations they had no control over.   I am also finding people who relied on overtime to help pay the bills and are not getting it anymore.   The second person I spoke to is facing a rate adjustment in December.  That payment will go up over $500.  We are going to try and get an interest rate reduction.  The third client also owes more than the house is worth.  Again, not making as much money as he did when he got the loan.  If you need help or know someone who does, go to my  website, www.helpmesandy.com.  Give me a call and I can help you with the process.  Have a good weekend.


27830 State Highway 128, Winters, CA

New country listing
Winters, CA new country listing

I just listed this country home located West of Winters, California. It was designed as a college project by the owner and built in 1945 when she married her sweetheart.  They lived here and raised their family in this home.  I even took some 4-H cooking classes in the kitchen when i was a kid.  The home has 3 large bedrooms and two original bathrooms, one with a tub and one with a shower.  There is small basement which would make a great wine cellar or storage area.  A new roof is putting on this week.  All the windows have been upgraded to dual pane.  Come take a look and enjoy country living.


Winters Real Estate

Well, here we it is the last day of September and the third quarter, no, not football, the fiscal quarter.  I said that to one of my clients today and all he could think ?  Anyway, I explained it and he got it! 

I have been working hard on getting a purchase of a triplex closed this month.  It was supposed to close on September 10, then the 26, then the 30th.  Now, we are hoping for October !   Well, we will be glad to get this closed since it was extremely hard to get an appraisal on  a triplex in Winters since I can’t remember the last time a triplex was sold in Winters.  i think this will be a good sale for both the sellers and the buyers.  I’ll keep you posted.  www.sandyvickrey.com