Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

OKAY, SOMETIMES CALIFORNIA REALLY IS STRANGE!

OKAY, SOMETIMES CALIFORNIA REALLY IS STRANGE!

OKAY, SOMETIMES CALIFORNIA REALLY IS STRANGE!

Being a native, third generation Californian, I am usually a staunch defender of my homeland. There are great things about California…weather, beaches, snow, desert, smoke-free cities and much more. However, in the interest of fair play, we do have our quirks. Just to start out the weekend on a giggle, here are a few: Carmel sounds like a fun place for a family to visit. Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk in Carmel and it is against the law for women to wear high heel shoes. It’s also unlawful for a lady to take a bath in a business office (in case you ever have the urge). A Los Angeles law forbids you from licking a toad. We can only assume that there must have been a rash of public toad licking going on at some time in the past. It is against the law to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool in Baldwin Park, unless you’re in some kind of unusual triathlon. In Walnut, California, if you fly a kite more than 10 feet above the ground you are in violation of the law. So, what’s the point? At least Charlie Brown is in no danger. A Belvedere City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.” Well at least they got the pecking order right. And San Francisco prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash. In Palm Springs it’s illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m....
LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

I had written a post letting the Land Park neighborhood know of last night’s Land Park Community Associations annual membership meeting. This is a follow up to that post. After reporting of events of the past year, we had a very informational presentation from 4 principals of our local schools (Sutterville Elementary, Crocker/Riverside Elementary, California Middle School and C.K. McClatchy High School). The economy has hit our local public schools in a big way. As one principal put it, “Our budget last year was $57,000. Our budget for the upcoming year is $23,000. This means we do not have enough money for basic school supplies such as paper.” They are relying heavily on donations and fundraisers. It is their hope that the community will support their fundraisers and possibly donate some time in the classroom. Councilman Rob Fong gave a presentation regarding the state of the district. Most of the news was not new…the bridge from West Sacramento to Sacramento at Broadway, the Sacramento Zoo expansion, improvement of the Freeport corridor and the new curbside green waste cans. Lastly, we had a presentation of the candidates running for the board, myself included. We have a wonderful slate of candidates representing a wide range of ages, residency in Land Park, careers and interests. I hope to have the opportunity to get to know these new board members and continue to help on the...
DYI IS NOT FOR REAL ESTATE!

DYI IS NOT FOR REAL ESTATE!

The conversation started something like this:”Hi! I met you at an event last year. I had been considering buying investment property and decided that I could save money by getting my real estate license. I just received my license from the Department of Real Estate and wondered what do I need to do now? I know that I have to pay $245 to the Department of Real Estate, but I wondered if there is a way to not have to to that.” It was such an overwelming, under-informed question that I didn’t know where to start.”If you have not hung it with a broker, you need to do that. You can’t sell or purchase real estate as an agent expecting to receive a commission unless you are a broker or have your license hung with a broker. And no, you can’t get out of paying the Department of Real Estate licensing fees.” His response was, “But if I hang my license with a broker, won’t I have to give him a percentage of my commission? Is there a way that I can do this without having to give up commission?”“Yes, you will have to give up a portion of your commission and no, every brokerage will get their pound of flesh, one way or another.” (I didn’t quite say it that crudely, but there it is.) “Not only will you have to pay DRE fees and give up some of your commission, but most brokerages are members of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, whose fees include belonging to the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtor....
WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU NOT BUYING A HOME NOW????

WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU NOT BUYING A HOME NOW????

If there was ever a real estate’s perfect storm in California, this is it! Here is the simple “down and dirty”:Be in contract by April 30th, 2010Close escrow between May 1st and June 30th, 2010You can get overlapping checks from the Federal government and from the State of California What do you get?Up to $6500 from our Federal government for existing home owner…a check…that’s it.Up to $8000 from our Federal government for new home buyer…a check…that’s it.Up to $10,000 from the State of California over 3 years…a credit towards your taxes…that’s it. The caveat?For the $8,000 Federal check, you must be a first time home buyer For the $6500 Federal check, you can be an existing home buyerFor the $10,000, you must have lived in your present home 5 out of the last 8 years. Now, as with all good things, don’t take this on face value…check with your CPA to be certain that you qualify before you commit. So, as I said, why in the world are you not buying a home...