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April 30th, 2018 2:56 PM

We are real estate agents in California. Since we are both in the business and our lives seem to be work 24-7, it's really difficult to get time off together.  So we purchased this beautiful Class C, 31 foot RV.  It has 3 slides and 3 TV's.  So simple now, when we get a couple of days free, in go the slides, up go the automatic levelers/jacks and off we go.

We have modified the RV with energy saving systems. Going solar for our RV was a great move. We watch our 32" tv (led) at night, use lights (LEDs). brew coffee in the morning and our battery bank is recharged by 2pm in the afternoon. We have two 165 watt solar panels with a 2500 watt inverter and four 6-volt deep cycle batteries. Great for our dry camping adventures which gives us flexibility in our camping styles.

                                                


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April 30th, 2018 2:37 PM

 Christ

mas and New Years 2017-18 at Sandy Beach with Larry and Kitty Powers


We bought our Motorhome about 6 months ago Class C Thor Four Winds Siesta 29b.  We have spent that time taking short trips for a few days and getting to know the systems.  We have found that there have been numerous modifications necessary since our intent is, when we retire, we will go full time RV. Since we purchased it, we have removed the convertible sofa/bed to 2 much more comfortable recliners, aftermarket, We have installed 2 165 amp solar panels, removed the 2 12 volt batteries and replaced with 4 6volt batteries which will give our solar more storage....

 Sandy Beach works really well for us since its only about an hour from home but oh, so different.  The campground is located on the Sacramento River and is really the fisherman's destination.  We see a lot of boats coming in with trailers and motorhomes.  Every year Rio Vista and Sandy Beach sponsor a huge Bass Tournament and any time of the year you come out here you will see lots of fishing boats coming and going. Fish commonly caught here are bass, salmon, crappie, striper, ....

 The camp sites are spacious with all grass and concrete pads, picnic tables and fire rings.  Also the complex has public restrooms, showers and, of course boat launch.  Most of the sites are either hill/pasture or water view.  The area is very clean and well maintained by the Solano County Park Service.  The rangers are so nice and helpful.  We spend a lot of time fishing off the beach, hiking and golfing at Trilogy, very nice golf course.  Yesterday, we went into town and toured the Rio Vista Museum, hosted by Beverly Bellows.  She really gave us a wonderful tour.  Foodwise, restaurants that we have tried are quite good.  The Pizza Factory, Raul's Striper Café and The Point are different from one another but food is very good in all of them.  The picture of the Rio Vista Bridge was when we happened to catch them raising the ,.... to let a boat go thru.  Fun to watch.  Tonight is the last night of this vacation, New Year's Eve 2017.  We are having a fire, some treats and of course champagne to bring in the new year. 


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May 14th, 2016 10:01 AM

 Ruins of the old rock crusher

In 1902 a new town called Cement was constructed between the area of our district and Fairfield.  By 1907, the Pacific Portland plant was producing 6,000 barrels of cement a day and was one of the largest cement plants in the western United States.  Much of the cement was shipped through Suisun’s embarcadero.  Suisun Slough was deepened in the 1900’s to accommodate shipments from the plant.

Adjacent to its factory, Pacific Portland erected a town for the 500 people regularly employed at the plant.  The town, known as Cement, contained 50 cottages for married employees, dormitories for single workers, a large hotel, a company store, a hospital, a school called Cement School, and a recreation hall

 Cement School House 1912    

In the early years of the 20th century, the importance of the plant was reflected by the popular Cement Ball, one of the most important social functions in our area, which was held at Cement Hill.  People came from as far away as San Francisco.  For $5, a couple could have a multi-course dinner with dancing to a full orchestra.

                         

   Ball Participants                  Tickets in the shape of cement bags   


 Cement Hotel

 

One of the Streets in the City of Cement




Special thanks to Joe Neitzel for providing so much wonderful information to us about Cement City.  Joe is President of the Solano History Exploration Center located at 718 Main Street, Suite 100-4 in Suisun.  His email is shecfriends@yahoo.com

For LOTS more information of the history of our area THIS is a MUST VISIT Web Site.  http://www.solanohistorycenter.org/features/cement-city/

 

 Cement School House

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June 18th, 2015 1:00 PM

19th ANNUAL GLASHOFF ART FESTIVAL

Wind Up Car Sculpture

 Saturday June 6th was the most amazing art festival held at the Suisun Valley ranch of Phillip and Chad Glashoff. Invited by a good friend, we arrived early and were delighted and amazed at all the sculptures thru-out the ranch property.  There must be hundreds of them all created by Phillip Glashoff and also his son Chad who has become a renowned artist in his own rite. Phillip, besides being a rancher and after several years of agricultural studies, Phillip realized his true passion for art thru sculpting. With a wealth of materials at hand at his ranch, he generated the whimsical sculptures that have brought Phillip attention from around the world.  Art appreciators find there is good will and humor in each piece.

Golfer sculpture

Besides Phillip's and Chad's artwork, there were 26 other very talented exhibitors of water color, acrylic and oil paintings, jewelry, beautiful ceramics, a jade artist, watercolor fused glass, painted woods.  There was so much to see.

Elinor Herford sculpture

Elinor Herford Sculpture 2

Elinor Herford Sculpture 3

One of our favorites was Elinor Herford.  Elinor has worked as a commercial welder for much of her career and is currently a metal art sculptress.  Her considerable expertise as a welder and metal fabricator have found new expression in her personal metal sculptures and artwork which she creates in her studio in Fairfield. Elinor says, "I love creating organic forms from materials that are more often employed as matrices and grids.  I love creating textures and patinas that make each piece unique".   Her creations are absolutely beautiful and, in fact, we have commissioned her to make us a custom piece for our home. We are so excited.

Lunch was available by Buckhorn Catering which offered a farm fresh menu of delicious Char Roasted Tri Tip, Pull Pork, Charbroiled Chicken, Granny Smith Apple Coleslaw, Ranch Beans. Delicious!

Wines tastings were from Mangles Vineyards and Wooden Valley Winery.  All of the art, food and wine/beer blended so beautifully with music by Boca do Rio, Brazilian Space Funk music. Boca do Rio has evolved into a multi-layered electro-fund party boat with a sound that is fluid and edgy, adaptable and free.

 The art works, the food, the wine, and the music were all fantastic!  And, with the event happening in early June, we were so fortunate that the weather was not too hot and we were cooled by a gentle early summer breeze. 


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EXPLORING SOLANO

PLEASANTS VALLEY IRIS FARM

The farm is open to visitors Fridays through Sundays during the bloom season.  Opening day was April 11, 2015 and final day will be May 16th.  There are 5 picnic tables, garden benches and chairs available for your enjoyment so you might want to bring a picnic lunch.  Oh, and don't forget your camera.  The address is 7317 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville 95688.  Phone is 707.451.3367 email: irisfarmer2006@yahoo.com.       

Good friends came up last week.  We prepared a very nice picnic lunch, packed a bottle of Cabernet, enjoyed the lunch and spent time walking among the beautiful flowers and taking pictures.  From there, we drove over to Lake Solano County Park to visit the campground and check out the fishing .


We purchased and planted some iris's in our yard.  We bought 4 "rebloomers" which bloom in the spring and then again in the summer.  They are beautiful flowers. 

If you miss the opening this year, mark your calendars for next year.  We will be going out again next year also.  We want to purchase a Mesmeriser which is the white iris..spectacular flower.   Enjoy!



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January 3rd, 2015 1:50 PM

Bodega Bay Day Trip

What a great one day trip from home!  This gorgeous spot, on the water, is located in Northern California on the coast. Besides spectacular scenery, there are plenty of very good restaurants, camping, accommodations, fishing including sport fishing for salmon, rock fish, crab, kayaking, hiking and biking trails. We live in Vacaville in Solano County and it only took us 1.5 hours to get to Bodega Bay.  We took Highway 12 to Highway 29, through Petaluma into Bodega Bay.  The Visitor's Center is at 1275 Hwy 1. The center was closed for the holiday but they leave every map and brochure you could want in little racks outside the front door.  From the Visitors's Center we drove down the road to Eiekmann's Bay Store, just 1/2 mile north of the Visitors Center on the other side of the road.  They even sell fishing poles (and tackle) in case you are so inclined, small pole for $20 and larger for $50.                  

                                                                                        

We love Clam Chowder so since we had checked to see who won 2014 Best Clam Chowder award and it was Spud Point Crab Company at 1860 Westshore Road (on the far side of the bay) almost to Bodega Head, about a 10 minute trip.  We purchased some clam chowder and crab sandwiches at Spud Point Crab Company and continued on to Campbell's Cove at the fork in the road to Bodega Head. 

Campbell's Cove had very nice picnic table where we had our lunch overlooking the cove and the bay.  It's just a very short easy walk down to the cove, beach with a little fresh water stream flowing across.  Very picturesque spot!

Up to Bodega Head!  The road goes all the way up and ends in a huge parking lot where you walk a very short little walk in a choice of 3 directions overlooking south coastline, straight out to sea or north on the Northern California coastline and The Spot for Whale Watching!  No whales that day but since the weather was only about 65 degrees with blue skies, no wind or even hardly a breeze, we didn't really need to see whales, just enjoy the views and great weather in December! 


We next stopped and toured Doran Park, right on the bay with really nice camp spots.  Pull your trailer or motor home in, park, they have big fire pits and, if you get a camp spot on the outer edge on the water, we assume you can throw your fishing line right in from camp and catch dinner. Fishing license is probably required. The camp ground was very nice, clean and well monitored by the Park Rangers. 


 On our way out we stopped and took pictures of two of our favorite holes on Bodega Bay Golf Course which is right off to the side of the road.  This is one of our favorite golf courses and we come up often to play golf, but not today, we were on an exploring quest.

Time to head for home but not before we stopped at The Tides to pick up some Clam Chowder and fresh Crab meat to take home.  We were pleasantly surprised at how good the chowder was, for dinner that night. It was very good, lots of clams and great flavor.  I wonder who will win the Chowder competition this year .. serious competition. 

Our plans for our next trip to Bodega is with our trailer and stay a couple of days .. golf, fish, take more pictures and Larry will fly his drone with the GoPro camera for video and still pics.

Below we have included information about Accommodations, Restaurants, Hiking and Biking Trails.  Hope the information is helpful.

Larry and Kitty Powers

Bodega Bay Area Accommodations 2014.pdf

Bodega Bay Area Restaurants.pdf

Bodega Bay Parks Hikes and Bike Trails.pdf


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June 14th, 2014 3:07 PM


About the Months of Inventory Report
 
 

  1. Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales (MOI based on Closed Sales)
    MOI based on Closed Sales = the number of properties for sale divided by the number of properties sold.

How to Use Months of Inventory Report?

Refer to
For Sale vs. Sold Report for the number of properties for sale, pended and sold that are used to calculate the Months of Inventory report. As a rule of thumb, an inventory level of less than three indicates a strong seller market while an inventory level greater than six indicates a buyer's market.

Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville CA Single Family Homes Under $450,000
1.1 Months of Inventory as of 05/14/14

 Over $450,000 - $900,000
2.9 Months of Inventory as of 05/14/2014

 
  

 

Absorption Rate

About Absorption Rate Report
 
 

  1. Absorption Rate based on Closed Sales (%)
    Absorption Rate based on Closed Sales (%) = the number of properties sold divided by the number of properties for sale (in percentage).
    For instance, if there are 1,000 active listings and 100 of them sold in a given month, the rate of absorption would be 10%. 10% of the market is being sold in that given month.

The Rate of Absorption measures the inverse of Months of Inventory and represents how much of the current active listings (as a percentage) are being absorbed (sold or pended) each month. The Absorption Rate is presented as a percentage (%) of the current inventory.

How to Use Months of Inventory Report?

Refer to For Sale vs. Sold Report for the number of properties for sale, pended and sold that are used to calculate the Months of Inventory report. As a rule of thumb, an absorption rate of less than 16.67% indicates a strong buyer market while an absorption rate level greater than 33.33% indicates a seller's market.


Absorption Rate Fairfield, Vacaville, Suisun. Single Family Homes Under $450,000
87.5% Absorption rate as of 05/14/2014


Over $450,000 - $900,000
34% Absorption Rate as of 05/14/2014


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May 18th, 2013 7:19 PM
Open House 5/19/2013 from 2-4 pm Green Valley Fairfield Ca click link below for info


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April 28th, 2012 3:19 PM

INVENTORY IS LOW DEMAND IS HIGH
PRICES ARE ON THE RISE

With inventory at less than a one month supply here in Solano County and a high demand for the few homes available, prices are up 2% over the last 15 months and over 7% since February of this year. Sellers we are coming into the summer selling season and this may be a great time to sell and move up. 


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March 21st, 2012 2:36 PM

IS THIS A GOOD TIME TO SELL?

YES IT IS! Solano County has an inventory shortage right now the chart below shows that we have approximately 1.6 months supply of listings for sale, a 72% drop over the last year.

Solano County Months of real estate inventory

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? With less than a 3 month supply of inventory, Its a SELLERS market. Listings that are priced right are generating multipal offers. 

I OWE MORE ON MY HOME THAN IT WILL SELL FOR! You Might be eligable to do a SHORT SALE on your home.

If you would like more information on market conditions in your area and a free no obligation market analysis on your home call Kitty and Larry powers at(707) 446-2285, email us your questions larryandkitty@hotmail.com or sign up for our Nosy Neighbor Club 

  


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June 9th, 2011 3:50 PM
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July 18th, 2010 4:00 PM

Ready to short sell your home?

Don't know what a short sale is? A short sale occurs when the amount of the outstanding loans are greater than the value of the home. This situation is usually the result of values in a market rapidly declining.

For many homeowners, a short sale is preferential to foreclosure or bankruptcy when they can negotiate with the lender to write off the difference.


How to do a short sale:

First, get an idea of the true market value of your home. Since hiring a licensed appraiser may not work with your already tight budget, a qualified local real estate agent that knows the current conditions of the Solano, Yolo & Sacramento Counties real estate market is a sound way to get a realistic idea of what your home could sell for.

Need real estate advice? Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Next, don't forget about your closing costs. We will take into account fees like title report, appraisal, escrow, property taxes, and real estate commissions to calculate your final costs at closing.

Finally, have us call your lender and make them aware of the situation. They may even have a dedicated team that deals with short sales. We will ask about their particular process. Some lenders will be more willing to work with you than others. They may be able to decrease your loan principal or make other arrangements. Your lender will have to agree to the final sale.

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WHAT ABOUT A PERFECT BIRTHDAY? It's so special when you get everything you want for your birthday! For my birthday this year, we went with 8 great friends to play golf in Pacifica at Sharp Park Golf Course. The picture is the view from the 16th tee, just one of the many beautiful views this course has to offer .. beautiful old cyprus trees, protected marsh wetlands, and, with a little effort, the ocean. The course is long and very walkable, not hilly at all. Greens were a little slow but very puttable. And I played really good .. my putter and chipper were awesome.

Kitty's Long Drive

After golf, we all went for cocktails and dinner at Nick's At Rockaway Beach. This is Larry's and my favorite spot in the Bay Area. Nick's is right on the beach and the Pacific Ocean is right there. So we had dinner with a view! The food was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed their meals from deep fried prawns, clam chowder, shrimp salads, grilled crab salad sandwiches, fish tacos, pasta, shrimp louie. 

The weather at the beach could not have been better. It was gorgeous! I always have to put my feet in the water .. gotta do it! We spent a lot of time playing in the surf. At first the water seems really cold but you get used to it quickly enough. What was fun was, as the surf goes back out, it pulls the sand out from under your feet. If you just stand there, eventually your feet get bured in sand up to the ankles.

So, I got everything I wanted for my birthday. I got to play golf at one of my favorite golf courses, eat deep fried prawns at Nick's and put my feet into my ocean.  All of this with the love of my life and my great friends. Thanks so much to all of you for such a fabulous day. Thank you Larry, Margie, Mike, Ilene, Gene, Elle, Lyle, Marge and Frank!

Shapilla The PlumperP.S. On a lighter side. Thanks ya all for the cute gift. This is Shapilla The Plumper. She stuck close to me all day, through the golf, dinner, the beach and now home with us. We would like to apologize for her behavior on the golf course, she has a tendency to drink in excess and talk like a tramp but now she's family, so, what can we say  ... lol








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July 13th, 2010 6:03 PM


We love to grow fruits and vegetables in our garden, but, Sweet Basil is our favorite!

A few years ago, our friend George introduced us to pesto.  We were hooked. Now we grow our own basil, make our pesto and freeze containers of it for use all year.  Our friend Judi loves it too but she lives in Albany and the weather is too cold to get it started. We start Judi's basil each year and deliver her a fully grown pot of basil which she enjoys the rest of the summer. What is pesto? And, what do you do with it? Pesto, our recipe, is basil, almonds, lots of garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.  When we serve it, we add parmessan cheese. What do you do with it? Lots of things. Make a warm turkey or chicken sandwich on great bread, spread pesto, a little mayo, fresh tomato and lettuce. The bread or roll can also be warmed or toasted lightly. Killer Sandwich!! Stay tuned. A cute little Greek lady told us about Pesto with Orzo or Zitti Pasta ... YUMM!! See ya next time .. from Kitty & Larry


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January 20th, 2010 11:57 AM
Larry & Kitty Powers http://www.realestatenorcal.com  FHA tightens lending standards. A couple of these changes are if an FHA borrower has FICO scores less than 580 they will need 10% down, above 580 they only need 3.5% down. Seller consetions are lowered to 3% instead of 6% and they are increasing MIP (mortgage insurance premium) read more here http://bit.ly/6ndtdV

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