Three California housing issues to watch in 2018

  Source: The Los Angeles Times Rising rents and home prices forced California’s housing crisis to the front of Gov. Jerry Brown’s and lawmakers’ agenda in 2017. Legislators passed the most comprehensive package of housing bills in recent memory designed to increase spending on low-income development and encourage more construction in general. But the bills, […]

Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available

  Book includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair   The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category […]

The Best Seasons to Sell a Home

    Spring is traditionally considered the best season to list a home, but it doesn’t inch out the other seasons by much, according to a new analysis by the real estate brokerage Redfin. Check out our last report from Redfin’s seasonality study Redfin’s research team analyzed 7 million homes listed from 2010 through 2014 to gauge […]

How the Shutdown is Affecting Real Estate

The government shutdown is starting to cripple the real estate business just as it was starting a comeback.  You might ask how this is happening, well,  here are just some of the reasons. FHA and VA loans are being delayed because of lack of staff USDA loans which are for low income borrowers, have ground […]

Home Buyers Grow Frustrated by Low Inventories

Low inventories of homes for-sale are becoming troubling to home buyers, Inman News reports. Almost every major market in the U.S. has posted double-digit decreases in for-sale listings. “The buyers tend to become a little frustrated as they are seeing homes that they want to ‘think about’ and before they can even get home to […]

As Home Rents Head Higher, Owning Regains its Appeal

Rising rents, coupled with slumping home prices and interest rates near record-lows, are boosting demand for homes at entry-level prices. Making sense of the story Increased buying activity from investors and second-home purchases may be factors behind the recent pickup in home sales, but real estate agents say they are fielding more calls from anxious […]

January’s Funniest Video 2012

httpv://youtu.be/h3bWsanTsps When I run out of things to write, I search the internet for something that is funny and fun to watch. This video has had about 4,200,000 views. I’m always looking for contributors to this website.  If you have something to share that’s not controversial, just drop me a line.   Thanks John J. […]

State Responsibility Area “Fire Prevention Fee” Now Law

The State of California will collect an annual “fire prevention fee” from property owners in wildland areas where the state has responsibility for providing fire protection. A fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) will be charged on each structure intended for human habitation in this State Responsibility Area (“SRA”), commencing with the 2011-2012 fiscal […]

Theo Jansen’s Sandbeest

This is just a great work of art! Incredible. Thinking of buying or selling? For all your real estate needs, call or email: John J. O’Dell Realtor® GRI Real Estate Broker O’Dell Realty (530) 263-1091 jodell@nevadacounty.com DRE# 00669941

A Patchwork to Celebrate the150th Anniversary of Italy

By Judy J. Pinegar In north eastern Italy, on the flat landscape of the Venito region, with the spectacular Dolomite mountains in the distance, sits the city on Vicenza. It is home to one of the premier art showcases around the world, called Abilmente, with a spring showing on March 3-6, 2011, and a fall […]