JUST SOLD ! 107 East H Street multi unit $400,000

Just want to say Thank You to everyone!  It has been a pleasure to work with you all on a very smooooth transaction.  Buyers, sellers, agents, everyone’s staff and all of the tenants for all you did to contribute.  It takes a team and we DID IT !!!  Thanks again !

http://weselloakdale.com/homes-for-sale-sold-details/107-EAST-H-STREET-OAKDALE-CA-95361/18055506/6/

551 Winterbrook, Oakdale OPEN HOUSE $340,000

CHECK IT OUT !!! 

Saturday November 10  1pm to 4pm – See You There !!!

551 Winterbrook, Oakdale $340,000 JUST LISTED

Open plan with spacious feel. Formal Entry with large Great Room, formal or informal Dining with Kitchen overlooking all the action. Living areas and Master Suite feature cathedral ceilings & lots of windows to make the most of the backyard eastern sunlight. 3 car garage with RV access. Great patio area for play or entertaining. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths. New appliances, new sinks, new light fixtures.

551 Winterbrook, Oakdale details 

Scott Abell  WeSellOakdale.com  dre01064059

1724 Vintage Circle SOLD !!!!!!!!!!!

A BIG Congratulations to the buyers of 1724 Vintage Circle, Oakdale .  Terrific home and I hope you will be happy there for many years to come!  Thank You Albert Martinez for introducing the buyers to their new home.  It was great working with you, it’s always nice to have a great working relationship!  Congrats to Joey & Grace Maddox, for always being a terrific clients to work with, excited to see how your next project progresses.  Thanks also to all the peeps who always work behind the scene to make it happen!!!.  Scott dre 01064059

1724 Vintage Circle 

 

 

617 Smithwood OPEN HOUSE !

Open House:  Saturday Oct 20 1pm to 4pm

617 Smithwood Oakdale  $297,500  dre: 01064059

Terrific open floor plan, no wasted space in this home – inside or out! Formal Entry Great Room & Formal or Family Dining with backyard views. Galley Kitchen open to the Great Room with Dining Bar. Indoor Laundry. 3 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths. Wide side yards + Storage unit for the stuff AND a large covered patio and PLENTY of backyard space! See You There !!!!!!!!!!

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Staging Your Home Exterior

If you’re selling your home, chances are good you’re familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar.

Did You Know? You never get a 2nd chance to make a great first impression?

Did You Know? If a potential buyer doesn’t even get out of their car, they won’t see the inside of your house?

Curb appeal is a wonderful way to attract buyers to your home, whether your audience is luxury home buyers or you are selling your starter home. If you want to put exterior home staging to work, here are five elements you should consider.

Clean Your Exterior Windows and Screens
  Nothing says poor maintenance like dirty windows and window screens. Put on a set of ‘Buyer Eye Glasses’ and take a look at your windows, screens and doors.  Are they clean and dust free or they are caked with dust or muck from the last rainstorm or our valley agricultural dust? Any open house visitors are going to wonder what other maintenance jobs you haven’t attended to. Don’t give visitors the opportunity to question whether your home has been properly maintained.

Refresh Your Gardens and Walkways
  Just like dirty windows are a real estate faux pas, so are unkempt flower beds. Weeds and overgrown bushes tell visitors you can’t be bothered with the small stuff. Spend a day removing weeds and trimming flowers, or hire a professional landscaper to refresh your gardens. It is amazing what a refreshed garden can do to your home’s curb appeal.

Refresh Your Home’s Siding  
No, you don’t have to replace your home’s siding. A quick power wash could be all it takes to remove years of dust and grime. You can attempt this task yourself, but it might be worth your while to hire a professional. Some homeowners have been known to damage their home’s siding by using too forceful a water stream. This is one task that is often best left to experienced professionals. The last thing you want to deal with is replacing siding before an open house.

Update/Clean Door Fixtures and House Address Signage  
Something as simple as a new doorknob or address signage can give your home a refreshed look. You needn’t spring for a new door; just update the face-plate and/or doorknob. Purchase new address numbers from the local hardware store and you’ll have tweaked the look of your home’s exterior in just a few minutes.

Clean Patio Furniture
  Whether you have chairs on your front veranda or a dining set on your back deck, tired patio furniture can cost you big dollars when it comes time to negotiate with a potential home buyer. Dilapidated patio furniture instantly gives a bad impression. Spruce up your existing furniture with a quick power wash, replace it or simply get rid of it if it is beyond cleaning.

Simple tweaks to the exterior of your home can have a big impact on your home’s final selling price. By spending just a few days improving the look of the outside of your home, you can increase the amount buyers are willing to offer and make your home the cleanest real estate listing in the area.

Did You Know? I’ll cover all of these topics with you when we list your home. With 25+ years of real estate experience, not only will I help you prioritize, I also have a long list of reasonably priced professionals that can help you if you need it.

As Always Keep Your Castle In Great Shape!

Scott’s Easy Exit Listing Agreement

You can cancel your listing anytime. You can relax, knowing you won’t be locked into any lengthy or binding contract. Enjoy a caliber of service confident enough to make this offer to you.

What’s your biggest fear when you list your home with a real estate agent? It’s simple. You worry about being locked into a lengthy listing agreement with a less than a competent real estate agent, costing your home valuable time and exposure on the market. Well, Worry no more. Scott Abell takes the risk and fears out of listing your home with a real estate agent. How?

                                                                  Through his EASY EXIT Listing Agreement.

When you list your home through Scott’s EASY EXIT Listing Agreement, you can cancel your listing agreement with him at any time. No hassles. It’s easy.

Scott Abell has strong opinions about real estate service. He believes that if you are unhappy with the service you receive, you should have the power to fire your agent.

It takes a strong belief in the quality of one’s service to make this kind of stand, but Scott Abell never settles for less than the highest professional standards for himself and his staff. He is confident you will be happy with his service and results.

That’s a simple truth. Scott Abell always stands behind his service. Call him today to find out more about how his unique service can make all the difference in the sale of your home.

Let Market Alert Do The Hunting For You

So what is Market Alert? It’s Scott’s Sign up for free emails with homes that match YOUR search criteria. There is NO need to keep doing a search every day for new homes for sale.  Let WeSellOakdale do the work for you.   Stay informed immediately, via email, of any new homes that come on the market, any price changes and what has sold. You can set up as many Searches as you like.  By city, zip, # of bedrooms, baths, pool, square footage – you choose whatever parameters YOU want or need with NO Spam. I DO NOT sell your data to anyone and you can cancel your searches at any time.

My favorite search feature is the “Map It” tab – it’s a great way to really narrow your search by subdivision, even by street.  Go LIVE your life and let Market Alert do the research for you.

In addition, I preview these listings and talk with the other realtors constantly. I’ll know all about its condition, the floor plan, if the seller may be VERY motivated – all the info that could affect your bargaining position. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a call. 209-765-7929

What’s It Like To List Your Home With Scott?

Let Scott work for you.

Scott often shares one of his favorite analogies:
“If you ever watch an eagle fishing over a lake or river,” he says, “you’ll notice they may make 30 or 40 passes until they catch a fish. That’s the formula for success!   Sharp vision and sheer determination.”

That’s the work ethic I put into place with every client I work for.  My job is to help you prepare to get the very best price for your home.  Then sort through our competition and the buyers and bring you the right buyer while you live your life.

Save Water Save $$$

Well, are we out of the drought?
 Will we continue to focus on water conservation?

The truth is: ‘THEY’ are going to charge us more money for the water we use,
 WHATEVER  we do!

Here are some steps we implemented at our place and it saved us 27-35% in water consumption per month. Our lawns, flower beds and trees are thriving, even in the 100 + degree summer weather and we remain in compliance with all of the 2014 drought regulations.

Step #1:  Make a decision, commit to a course of action.
  Do I like my landscaping or not?

Step #2: What kind, California lawn, trees and plants or Arizona 
cactus with rock and gravel?
  If you choose or chose Arizona rock and gravel/bark with no lawn, trees or shrubs – that’s as drought friendly as you can go & still have landscaping. For most of us, we already have the California look – lawn, trees, plants, flowers & maybe a little garden area. Assuming that we will be either be on a 2 or 3 days per week lawn watering rotation, here are some of the tips on how we got more results with less water.

LAWNS

 Do a little sprinkler maintenance: Check your pop up sprinklers, make sure that grass is not blocking the water spray, you may need to cut away grass in the spray zone (dig them out a little) or raise the pop-up head by adding a small riser. Clean them up so they are 100% efficient.

Get a good multi-station timer:  (the Orbits brand is a good one, there are others) with a minimum of 10 stations. Identify your individual water circuits, most homes have 3 lawn circuits in front and 2 in the backyard.

For each day that you are allowed to water your lawn:
  Set each circuit for 8-10 minutes, for 2 or 3 times per day early in the morning with at least a 45-minute break in between. The short watering times (8 – 10 minutes) with at least a 45-minute pause in between allows the water to seep into the roots. This reduces runoff and maximizes the effectiveness of the water used. The early morning watering times provides the lawns with a deep root quenching to start the hot, dry days ahead.

Here’s an example of how to set up your water time circuits:

Circuit 1. Front Lawn – Area 1. 1st Start Time 2:00 am for 8 minutes. 2nd Start Time 2:45 am for 8 minutes. If your lawn requires the 3 times per day, limit the last cycle to 4-5 minutes to avoid water runoff on the sidewalk.

Circuit 2. Front Lawn. Area 2. 1st Start Time 2:30 am for 8 minutes.  
2nd  Start Time 3:15 am for 8 minutes. 
If your lawn requires the 3 times per day, limit the last cycle to 4-5 minutes to avoid water runoff on the sidewalk.

FLOWER BEDS   GARDENS  &  TREES

DRIP THEM. There are NO daily restrictions on a drip system. 
They make a ‘pop up sprinkler head to drip’ conversion KIT that comes with all the pieces you will need. If you have ridged pipes with spray heads they have KITS that convert each of them to 6 feeder lines. It’s really slick and means you can start laying out the drip lines without having to dig. Just use your existing spray pop-ups and modify them for drip according to the kit’s instructions, choosing as many sprinkler heads as you need to provide a drip line to each of your plants and trees.

To decommission the unnecessary pop-up heads, take a small screwdriver and tighten down the screw in the center of the pop-up spray head, they will pop up but they won’t spray. For those with ridged pipes, just remove old unused spray heads and cap them with ½” PVC threaded caps.

SPECIAL NOTE: Drip systems work best when you use filters or membranes to keep out the seeds and dirt that is in our clean water. Installing a filter on a drip line circuit at the valve is a great way to protect against plugged up emitters.

How to decide what size emitters to use for your plants and trees:

Here’s a quick visualization exercise that will help you determine the best emitter size for each plant and the amount of time the water circuit should be on.

Get a ½ gallon milk jug and fill it. So, a 1 gallon per hour emitter, on for 30 minutes will fill that milk jug just as you did. Not all the plants need that much water so you can adjust the duration time down or lower the emitter volume, using a ¼ or ½ gallon per hour emitter. Just a little bit of math and you are a professional.

Setting the drip system circuit time:

We water our plants at night every other day, 30 minutes in duration, during the summer.

In my travels around Oakdale,  I see evidence of homes being hit by misdirected or broken spray sprinklers. The stucco discolors and cracks, the wood trim and siding fade, crack and get dry rot, all of these conditions diminish the look and value of your home and will ultimately cost you $$.   Therefore, a weekend ‘Water Project’ could save you monthly on your water bill and save you the cost of repairs.

As Always Keep You Castle In Great Shape !