Transforming an ugly yard and house into a sanctuary.

  All it takes is a shovel, some pots, fruit trees, long weekends, lots of love for the work and voila! You have taken a hideous yard and made it lovely and productive. I was searching frantically for homes in 2017. We watched housing prices double in the Sacramento area and rents were skyrocketing (as they are to this day). I have two children and two dogs and I’ll tell you this…do not have dogs if you plan to rent cheap. It is very hard to find a rental that will allow dogs, especially big dogs and you have to … Continue reading Transforming an ugly yard and house into a sanctuary.

Buying a house under $200K in Californias housing market.

Oh my, is this even possible?  We will see.  We have just been preapproved for a home loan.  I was told by one ambitious lender that we qualified for $250K and in Sacramento, it is sort of still possible to get a nice house that isn’t in a dilapidated neighborhood in that price range….but barely.  However, that lender was fired for many reasons.  One being that it took him 2 weeks to preapprove us and he was so hard to get a hold of.  Lack of communication makes me nervous.  Not being clear when it comes to money and our … Continue reading Buying a house under $200K in Californias housing market.