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FOR SALE: Over 5 Acres in Valley Springs, CA

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

If you like what you see, call today for a viewing appointment! Helen Coppage (209) 640-8708.

This gorgeous spacious home sits on over 5 acres of land, complete w/ a pond & stream.

Main home is 3,341 sq. ft. w/ 1,200 sq. ft. fully finished carpeted bonus room above garage, and 350 sq. ft. attic storage.

Includes beautiful Master Suite with double doors, separate sleeping area & sliding door to outside.

Large open kitchen is a cooker’s delight, w/ built-in fridge, center island, double oven, pantry closet and more!

Words don’t do this home justice – it truly is a MUST SEE!!

Acerage For Sale in Valley Springs CA 9888 Questo Road

If you like what you see, call today for a viewing appointment! Helen Coppage (209) 640-8708.

4th Of July Fun! Uncle Sam Hat Treat Holders!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

By: Amanda Formaro via Kaboose.com

What you’ll need:
-Styrofoam cup
-Red and blue felt
-Red paint
-Paintbrush
-Silver chenille stem
-Scissors
-White craft glue
-Black marker

How to make it:
Place cup, open end down, on top of the red felt and trace with a marker.
Cut around the traced circle leaving a ¾” border around it.

Fold the circle and cut a slit in the center of the circle to allow your scissors to get in. Cut out the inside circle, leaving about a ¼” border around the inside of the trace line. Set felt circle aside.

Paint red stripes all the way around the outside of the cup, stripes should run up and down. Let dry completely.

Cut a strip of blue felt about 1.5” wide. It should be long enough to wrap around the brim of the cup.

Glue felt strip around the outside of the top of the cup.

Lay red felt circle on to work surface, black trace line should be facing up.

Line the lip of the cup with white glue and press down onto black trace line. Let dry.
Turn cup over and place on work surface.

Use silver chenille to bend into star shapes, trim where needed. Glue onto the blue hat band.

When everything is dry, fill with treats.

Tips:
To make our treat cups sturdier, especially if using outside, glue a heavy washer to the bottom of the cup.

You can add handles to your cup by twisting to chenille stems together and poking through the sides of the cup and running over the top. This step should be done before adding the blue brim.

You may also use white paper or plastic cups for this project.

Uncle Sam Hat Treat Holders

Evaluating the Schools in Your New Neighborhood

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

If your family includes kids and you’re thinking about moving to a new area, the schools are be among your first considerations. Does the neighborhood have good schools? Are the teachers and staff well-equipped to teach your children? Is there a good PTA that addresses the concerns of parents? These are pertinent questions you might need to look into before you commit to a decision on a new home.

Graduation Rate

Especially for families that have children who are in high school, the school’s graduation percentage may have a bearing on the decision. Schools that do not have good graduation rates have a bad reputation are categorically coming up short in their most basic job. For this reason, many parents want to live in neighborhoods where the high schools have a good graduation percentage that shows a dedication to a good education.

Standardized Test Scores

When you are checking out an area’s schools, one of the primary things to look into is the overall test score rankings. While these are not the only thing you should consider in judging the quality of a school, as some parents appear to believe, they can be a good indicator of how good the teachers are at the overall charter of providing their students a relevant education. Some high schools may even disclose the average ACT or SAT scores achieved by their students to be an indication of their competitive success rate.

Per Capita Expenditures

Some websites will disclose how much a school district budgets and spends to educate each student each year. This is the amount they provide to ensure that each student has everything they need for success in their academic career. The per-capita figure includes teacher salary, books, supplies and other equipment and classroom materials that are involved in the education process.

Location

Finding a neighborhood in which schools are located close by is the ideal situation for parents with young children. When your home is situated close to the schools, you can walk with your small children to and from school each day. If you have a busy schedule, your kids can walk to and from school by themselves as they get older. It’s a terrific way for them (and you!) to get fresh air and good exercise besides.

Ratio of Students to Teachers

How many students there are for each teacher is often thought of as playing a big role in the successful outcome of the education process. The national average is between 16 and 17 students for each classroom, though as school districts are experiencing budget pressures that may be on the increase. In a school that goes over those numbers by too much of a margin, your child may not get the individualized attention they need if and when it is needed.

Enrichment Activities and Clubs

Have you looked into whether the schools in your new home’s district offer extracurricular activities? Do the schools have interesting groups and enrichment classes that will keep your young students involved in learning? This could be a major factor when you are making a decision about a new area to live.

Schools are one of the biggest factors of your decision when you are deciding on a new home. You want to find a place where your kids are comfortable and a place where you feel comfortable as well. By carefully researching schools in the different areas where you’re considering a next home, you can find the best place for you and your entire family in one spot.

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For Rent in Tracy, CA – 4 to 5 bed, 3 bath $1,895/month

Monday, April 19th, 2010

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

Beautiful 2,051 square foot home in Tracy, CA for rent at $1,895 per month.

4 – 5 bedrooms
3 full bathrooms
Built 2002
Carpet and Hardwood Flooring
Bonus Room
Inside Laundry Area
Covered Patio
Easy Freeway Access
Close to schools and shopping

homes for rent in tracy 2518 gaines lane

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

For Rent in Tracy, CA – 2 bed, 2 bath $1,050/month

Friday, March 5th, 2010

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

Cute 1,100 square foot home in Tracy, CA for rent at $1,050 per month.

2 bedrooms
2 bathroom
2-car oversized garage
large kitchen
spacious family room
new paint
new floors

Close to schools and shopping.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

Tips for Keeping Tenants in Your Rental Property

Friday, March 5th, 2010

If you are an investor who rents homes, having tenants is important to make sure that you make a profit. They pay your mortgage and put money in your bank account. It is important to show them that you appreciate them, so they stay in your property and continue keeping your investment worthwhile. Here are some ways you can show your tenants that you appreciate them.

Probably one of the least productive things you can do as a property owner in maintaining your relationship with your tenants is to constantly remind them that you own the property. They know you are the owner; if you make too big a point of it or frequently bring it up, they could start feeling a little defensive or possibly take it as an insult. If you show respect understanding of their position, they will be more likely to respect you and your property by being good renters.

Make it a practice not to make unexpected visits or enter the property when the tenants are not at home. In some states, this isn’t just a violation of the tenants’ privacy, it’s also a violation of the law. Enter the house when the tenants are not home only if you have an understanding with them, or if it’s a real emergency.

You have the opportunity to be a teacher or mentor when it comes to inexperienced tenants. You have the opportunity of showing them, by taking the lead and giving a good example, how to engage in a successful association. You can show them around the house and give them detailed information about the various appliances and fixtures so they can see how things work. Also, let them know about any quirks or oddities that the house has, for example if you have to avoid taking a shower while running the clothes washer. Make sure they also know how to get in touch with you in case they have any problems about the property. One good way to make them feel welcome is to bring sandwiches or a pizza on the day they move in. Even though something like that is such a small gesture it can do a lot toward creating a sense of mutual respect.

A good, reliable tenant is hard to find. When it happens that you have a good one who wants to renew the lease, it benefits both you and them. From your side, you save a lot of turnover time and expense. When it’s time to renew, come up with something to offer, even something of just a small value, that makes the unit better for the next six months or a year. Ask if any of the appliances need to be replaced or if they could use new curtains or maybe some landscaping work. Think of one thing you can throw in to improve the deal if you can afford it. There’s a good chance you can deduct this on your taxes as a business expense. The suggestion of a caring approach to the situation goes farther than you might think.

A good tenant, in short, is worth keeping. That’s why it is important to make the good ones know that you appreciate them. If you had no tenants providing your income, you wouldn’t have a working investment at all. By putting in a bit more and spending some extra money, you can reap some good benefits from your rentals.

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Understanding The Loan Process

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The loan process is probably the most important part of buying a home, and yet it can be the most difficult to understand.

There are four main steps involved when obtaining a loan.

First: Determine how much you can actually borrow.
How much of a monthly payment can you afford? Given your unique credit and employment history, income and debt, how much will a lender loan you?

Second: Pre-quality for your loan.
After a review of such things as your credit, employment history, assets, and residence history, your Realtor will work with a lender in obtaining a pre-qual letter. The letter is used when making offers to show the seller you are able to afford the house.

Third: Apply for your loan.
When your offer is accepted it’s time for you to apply for your loan.

Fourth: Funding your loan.
Working with the lender and an escrow/ title company, your Realtor completes the home purchase process by making sure all the paperwork is complete and all deadlines are met.

When funding is achieved, the sale of the home can be recorded – making you the official owner.

As with all other parts of the home buying process, be sure to ask your Realtor plenty of questions, and don’t move forward unless you fully understand everything that is going on.

understanding the loan process