Posts Tagged ‘Rocklin Real Estate’

More Water Saving Landscaping Ideas

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Is synthetic lawn the answer to the water crisis? I hope not.  While high20150511_105918 (640x480) quality artificial grass has come a long ways, it is very expensive and I have been told that it will absorb pet odors.  I do not know if this information is reliable, so do your own research if you are considering adding it to your yard.  I prefer to see it used in back yards, where is is ideal around pools and for putting greens.  It still looks too artificial in my opinion to be used in front yard landscaping.  It could limit your curb appeal to future buyers.

Enough on fake lawn.  Yards are only of practical value if they have a reason to be used.  Your back yard needs a drawn or it will sit idol 99% of the time.  Instead of pools that are a huge monetary investment,  use a tremendous amount of water and require a lot of maintenance, consider adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit instead.   It will cost you a fraction of the price of a built in pool.  It requires virtually no maintenance and it looks good 12 months out of the year.  There are many models available at home improvement stores that are portable and look great.


Water Saving Real Estate Tips

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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Front Yard Landscaping

I recently read a quote “if the only one who walks on the lawn is the person mowing it, you don’t need it”.  I don’t remember where I read this, but it has stuck with me ever sense.  In Rocklin, we are being ordered to reduce our water consumption by 32%.  Lawns are the number one water consumers.  I’ve also read that a lawn will consume for water than a pool of the same size.  So the question is, can we eliminate our lawns without hurting our real estate values.   Yes, it takes some money; but good design can be achieved on budgets big and small.  It takes more imagination and elbow grease on a small budget, but it can be done.

If you are going to talk the talk, then it is important to walk the walk, so I am including pictures of my lawn free home.  I will do more blog posts on home remodeling.  After all, it does fit into my theme of eco-friendly real estate.  Remodeling is a form of recycling and reusing what you already have.  It uses fewer resources than new construction.  The same principle applies to purchasing re-sale homes.  Think of it as the highest form second hand shopping:  reuse.


New Listing: 830 Spur Ct, Rocklin CA, 95765

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

I’m happy to present out newest office listing below. Click the “View Details” button to see the complete listing information.

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Sunset Magazine Green Remodeling Tips

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014


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The above link will take you to lots of good tips and fun photos to look at.  January is a great time to rethink space and plan your projects for the upcoming year.  Hope you find this helpful.

A Positive Start to a New Year

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

I wanted to start the New Year off on a positive note!

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun explains: “We may have reached a cyclical low because the positive fundamentals of job creation and household formation are likely to foster a fairly stable level of contract activity in 2014. Although the final months of 2013 are finishing on a soft note, the year as a whole will end with the best sales total in seven years.”

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Fun Facts

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

10/16/ 13 California Association of Realtors-Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the new National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). The index’s nationwide score of .85 indicates that, based on current permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide housing market is running at 85 percent of normal activity.Puzzle and $

Green Real Estate Sacramento

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

green homeNatural Lighting and what to do about it.  The EcoBroker web site listing the following values of good natural lighting.

Both obvious and hidden economic savings come from building designs that rely on natural lighting. Throughout much of the day, owners and occupants can easily benefit from natural lighting and avoid electrical consumption otherwise required by artificial indoor lamps. Not so obviously, considerable economic gain may be achieved through increased productivity of workers and occupants. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that natural illumination is the “gold standard” by which the efficacy of artificial lighting technologies is gauged. Further, studies show that workers with access to windows and natural light are happier, more productive, and suffer fewer health problems than workers resigned to artificial lighting.” (more…)

The Original Eco Friendly Home In Sacramento: Streng

Monday, August 12th, 2013

original strengExcerpts from an article by Ryan Lundquist from the Sacramento Appraisal Blog ,The Roof Guy Web site and comments by Valerie Romans

The Streng Brothers, Jim and Bill, built just under 4,000 homes in the Sacramento Valley between 1959 and about 1989. The majority are Carter Sparks designed mid-century modern enclaves dotting the valley: Davis, Woodland, Elk Grove, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Natomas, etc. Several of the more well known include River City Commons, Evergreen Commons, Shelfield Oaks, Willhagin Estates, Williamson Ranch, and South Overbrook.

You may be wondering what in the world a “Streng” home is, so let me break it down in a nutshell. A Streng home is a mid-century modern (MCM) home built by the Streng Brothers and designed by Carter Sparks. Strengs have a modern feel to them, lower pitched roofs, high windows, few windows in front, skylights in many cases, and they often have terrariums too. Strengs were influenced by Bay Area builder Joe Eichler.

Although categorized as mid-century modern (a.k.a. MCM, Postwar Modern, or California Modern), deserving of historic note and preservation, these homes truly were forward looking. They fit today’s “modern” lifestyle seamlessly. The Streng Bros. worked with Carter Sparks to create a home, uniquely suited to the hot Sacramento valley: interior atriums domed with tinted acrylic to block heat, exposed aggregate flooring enhances cooling, open living areas allow free flowing AC, and lots of natural sunlight without the “hotbox” effect. Moreover, these homes provide a private retreat from the hectic 21st century world, with front exteriors that are setback and substantially closed-off from the road, and back exteriors with lots of windows and sliders that tend to open into beautifully landscaped backyards and patios.

While the model with interior atriums with their exposed aggregate flooring might not appeal to everybody’s lifestyle, these homes are great investments for the Mid-Century Modern and contemporary home enthusiasts. Since they do not have as broad an appeal as traditional and Mediterranean homes, you can sometimes find deals out there. I have found that many of them suffer from poorly thought out updating and remodeling. I prefer the homes that have been updated with contemporary/modern finishes where the inside matches the outside. There are plenty of homes in the “original” condition still out there, just waiting for the right owner to put their own personal design esthetic mark on them. I have recently seen some flipped homes where traditional cabinets, trendy tile and flooring finishes have been selected that would complement traditional homes but are ill suited to the Streng homes original design. While I am not a big fan of the models with the interior atriums, (I like rocks and exposed aggregate to be on the outside of the house, not the inside), my husband had a point when he told me, if you don’t like it, then leave it for someone who would appreciate it: point well taken. There are many models without the interior atriums, that feature the sleek contemporary design and beautiful natural lighting that the Streng homes are known for. Contact me for more information on Streng and other eco-friendly homes.

New Homes = Green Homes

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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Let’s get you started on the road to energy efficient living.  Contact me today for a free market analysis of your current home at