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Thursday, April 1, 2010 @ 8:53:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
You can now search by REO/Bank owned status, foreclosures and short sales. All listings are updated several times a day for accuracy.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:28:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Here are some more simple ways to make your house look its best for showings without spending much money. If you missed last week's blog, check it out to see how to add curb appeal to your house for sale....1. A Nice Entryway
Monday, December 7, 2009 @ 4:17:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Over the next two weeks I will be sharing some ideas for sellers for how to make your house more appealing to buyers. These are simple but effective tips. Lets start with the basics-

Create some curb appeal!

Thursday, November 5, 2009 @ 2:11:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Good news for home buyers who haven't owned a home in the last 3 years and for current home owners who have lived in their home at least 5 years and want to buy a new principal residence. The $8,000 tax credit has been extended for FTHB (first time home buyers) and a new tax credit of $6,500 will be given to buyers who buy a new principal residence and have lived in their current property for at least the past 5 years.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 @ 4:42:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Finally! We've made it to the #1 home buyers mistake that can cost you:Waiting for the market to improve or not buying at all.

No one can can read the future and knows exactly where the market is going, so trying to time your home purchase...
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 9:01:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught via NAR - 0 comments
We are not out of the woods yet, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Senate has approved the extention, so we shall see if it makes it's way up the tree. Senate leaders of both parties and key Senate Finance Committee members and staff, and tax credit sponsors Dodd-Lieberman-Isakson have agreed on extending and expanding the housing tax credit.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 4:23:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Having a back-out plan is a must for smart home buying. If the home has an irresolvable flaw, it doesn't appraise for the purchase price, or your lender refuses to fund your loan, having contingencies on your contract gives you the right to cancel the transaction. Think about it this way: would you spend $100...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 10:09:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
You like food, right? Free food even better, especially the Chico favorite Tres Hombres? Then enter my drawing for a free dinner for two! It’s simple-all you need to do to enter the drawing is...
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 1:11:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
A client bought a new home and the broker wanted to send flowers for the occasion.
They arrived at the home and the owner read the card; it said "Rest in Peace"...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 10:02:00 AM - Written by Front Door.com - 0 comments
300 pages. A pen. A table. And you. Thus starts the surreal experience of signing your closing papers to get the keys, possession and mortgage payments that go with your new home. Most homebuyers know they should read these papers, but have no clue what to look for and wonder if they should be...
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 @ 4:00:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Let's face it -- you won't have time to read that six-inch stack of legal documents at the closing table. Fortunately, there are a select few documents and items that are truly critical, and you can request a copy of these in advance...
Thursday, October 1, 2009 @ 4:08:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Even if a home looks flawless, it's a mistake to assume that it's actually problem-free. All homes have defects -- even fairly new ones and brand new ones. So even though home inspections fall on the buyers list of things to pay for, getting a professional inspection before making the commitment to buy is...Here's a glance at how home inspections are supposed to work
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 8:50:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
I wanted to write today about a more sober topic we have all witnessed recently. There is no question that there are a lot of foreclosures and distressed owners in Chico. As of September 1st, my associates and I started a foreclosure prevention division in Chico. We are the first division of this type in Chico. We focus on providing options and advice to those in default.
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 3:02:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
A little funny for your Friday. Happy Weekend! Next week I will be back on track with mistake #4 of the top ten home buying mistakes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:06:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
First time buyers have up to November 30th to close on the house in order to collect their tax credit. This means if you are on the fence, get something in escrow in the next 30 days! For more questions on this credit call or send us an email. More details on the credit is below. Read the full post for more information on this credit.

Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 2:03:00 PM - Written by Front Door.com - 0 comments
Buying the first house you look at it is kind of like marrying the first person you go on a date with -- not necessarily a good idea. The average homebuyer looks at least...
Thursday, September 10, 2009 @ 8:20:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Make sure to read the blog and see how you can be entered in a give away for dinner for two at Tres Hombres!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 @ 1:38:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
In all your excitement about the prospect of buying a house, you'll be tempted to twist your financial numbers so you appear more desirable to a potential lender. Instead of admitting the balance on your Visa is $7,000, you give the more rosy figure...
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 @ 11:52:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
We have rolled out a new map feature to make searching easier! Please let us know what you think, or if you have any other suggestions for our sites, let us know!

You will now see a map of all properties above the search results!
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 1:36:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Onto mistake #6 of home buying mistakes. Make sure to read the blog and see how you can be entered in a give away for dinner for two at Tres Hombres!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:29:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Ambitious first time buyer? Want a custom home but can't afford to buy new? Not afraid of spending some cash and possibly getting your hands dirty and doing some work yourself? Like the neighborhood and the price but not the condition? If you answered yes to these questions then...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 @ 3:16:00 PM - Written by Front Door.com - 0 comments
On to mistake #7 of the 10 mistakes home owners make that can cost them. Make sure to check out the past 3 weeks of blogs for mistakes #8, 9 & 10 if you missed them...Also, make sure to check back at the end of the week to get the chance to be entered in a free give-away!



Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 4:29:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Here are the last two steps, #4 & 5 to choosing a neighborhood. If you missed the others, check out my blogs from earlier this week. Hope these tips have helped you in your home search.

STEP 4 -- Find the Clues

Once you've done the background research, visit neighborhoods that made the preliminary...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 3:18:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
5 steps to finding a place where you belong

Steps #2 & #3. Check Monday's blog for step #1 on how to choose a neighborhood.

STEP 2 -- Zero In on the Area
If you're moving within the same city, you probably already know the various neighborhoods. Choose the ones that best match your list of wants. If you're moving to a new city, you'll have to do more research. This is where...
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 3:32:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Week 3 of my 10 week series on home buying mistakes that can cost you. This week we're looking at mistake #8, "Not Researching the Neighborhood".

Here's the scenario: You've just moved into your dream home but you didn't have time or didn't even think to research the neighborhood and now, due to not liking the neighborhood, you are thinking your dream home might be your nightmare home...
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 4:48:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Boost your odds for a successful resale down the road with these four essentials

As promised from Wednesday here are #3 & #4 In-Demand Amenities to look for in your next house...#3: Modern Musts
Many buyers, 46% to be exact, are looking for a home with...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 2:33:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
If you're buying an investment property, buying your first home or buying your dream house it's important to think about the amenities. If you plan wisely and purchase a property with these following "in-demand" amenities then when you go to sell...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 2:19:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
You want to think about purchasing a home that is a place that you and your family feel comfortable in, but don't forget the other side of it-home buying is probably the largest purchase you will ever make. When shopping for a home it is a good idea to consider...
Friday, August 7, 2009 @ 3:26:00 PM - Written by ryan vaught - 0 comments
Know Your Terms Before Looking for a Home

Before you begin house-hunting, it's best to know from your lender if you pre-qualify or are pre-approved for a loan. The distinction between the two is that...
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 @ 4:02:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vuaght - 0 comments
Get ready to learn a lot! For the next 10 weeks I will be blogging on some detrimental home buying mistakes that can really cost you. Some of them may seem obvious, but there is more to them than...Starting it off with #10, here they are:#10:Not getting pre-approved before house hunting

Thursday, July 30, 2009 @ 3:21:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
As a follow-up from yesterday's post here are some more questions to ask yourself when you are searching for your next home...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 @ 4:22:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Answering the following questions may assist you in determining the most important features you would like in your next home. It is important to prioritize your needs in housing and...
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 3:37:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Have your housing needs expanded along with your income? Are you are thinking about selling your property and looking for a new home? The transition can be accomplished smoothly by using a systematic approach.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 3:30:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
If you are selling your home and it has been on the market for several months, you might start to wonder why it just isn't moving. How can you introduce some extra energy into the sale?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 4:36:00 PM - Written by Frontdoor.com, Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
#6. Ask questions to unearth hidden moving costs...
Monday, July 13, 2009 @ 4:01:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught, www.frontdoor.com - 0 comments
Everyone knows if they have moved that moving is not only tedious but it can be quite pricey. Especially if you are moving a good distance. Here are some great tips I found from ...Tip # 1: If you don't need it, don't pay to move it.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 @ 3:21:00 PM - Written by HGTV - 0 comments
Here are the top 5 secrets of 10 (check last weeks blog for #6-#10) to selling your home.

They are from a recent article I found on HGTV's website under the Real Estate section: http://www.hgtv.com/real-estate/10-best-kept-secrets-for-selling-your-home/index.htmlThey are some great, practical tips. Take one idea, take a couple, take them all if you really want to make your house a "hot item"!


Selling Secret #5: Don't over-upgrade...
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 @ 2:58:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
This is a recent article I found on HGTV's website under the Real Estate section. Take one idea, take a couple, take them all if you really want to make your house a "hot item"!
Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is ...
Monday, June 29, 2009 @ 4:30:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Your agent calls to say he is bringing prospective buyers to see your home at 2:00 p.m. You quickly straighten up the house and run the dishwasher. What should you do then? If you have to let them into the house--then take a drive or walk the dog!

Many owners think they...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 12:42:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Sometimes the need for a move is obvious. For example, if your work requires you to transfer to a new city, you know it is time to relocate to a new home. The impact of other life changes, such as having twins, your last child leaving home, or a big salary increase, may not be so obvious...
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 3:27:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
There's no doubt about it--the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the whole house for many prospective buyers. Smart sellers will take a close look at how they can make their kitchen a real asset when it is time to sell...
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 10:28:00 AM - Written by Ari Gagne - 0 comments
The short answer is no! Many lenders, thus realtors, interpreted the new FHA guideline to allow borrowers to monetize their future $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit for their 3.5% minimum down payment. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! The new guideline allows them to use their $8,000 tax credit for FURTHER down payment (on top of the 3.5% down payment) or for closing costs. Thus making the new guideline worthless in my opinion. Why worthless?
Monday, June 8, 2009 @ 11:27:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Details on the tax credit available to first time homebuyers, and their eligibility.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 @ 6:36:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Follow up to the value of your house, part 1. A little late but here it is!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @ 6:06:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
How can sellers arrive at the maximum "fair" price that buyers are willing to pay? Buyers (and appraisers) make their decision based on...Sellers must determine the value that their home offers in order to arrive at the right price...
Thursday, May 21, 2009 @ 3:04:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Thinking about buying a home in Chico? If you are familiar with the area or not, here are some more good things to consider when house hunting. Check yesterdays blog for more things to consider.

3. Type of Housing...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 2:00:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Thinking about buying a home in Chico? If you are familiar with the area or not, here are some good things to consider when house hunting:

1. Location, Location, Location...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 @ 2:58:00 PM - 0 comments
Many people have questions about how the federal housing tax credit for first time homebuyers works. Here is an answer from http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/2009/faq.php#2 to a popluar question:

Thursday, May 7, 2009 @ 2:46:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught, www.frontdoor.com - 0 comments
Check out this comprehensive list I found from www.frontdoor.com to get a better idea on how much it will really cost you to sell your house.

When selling your home, it pays to look at the complete financial picture so you are ready to deal. Make a list of the costs of selling your house including:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 @ 1:58:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Getting yourself prepared to purchase a new home takes planning. When you currently own a home and need to sell the current home as well as purchase, the planning of the sale and purchase can be best managed with diligent consideration of the following items:

Friday, May 1, 2009 @ 2:48:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Buyers can be a little cranky on closing day if things go wrong during the walk-through inspection. For example, the sellers' dependable...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 @ 3:02:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Here's a funny for your Wednesday and also some tips to go along with it for first time home buyers...
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 @ 3:45:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Do you want to live on an acre, have a large house on a cul de sac and a lovely built in pool-for under $350,000?...Then check out this new listing!
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:34:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
We hear a lot of talk about which months are the most lively ones for getting our listings sold. Many people think the ideal time to put a house on the market is when...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 1:51:00 PM - 0 comments
I found this joke on http://realestatejokes.nationalrealtorsdirectory.com/ and it made me laugh-but also sit back a minute and think; hey-there is some truth to this!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @ 3:59:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Very Cute Craftsman Style 1913 Home- Close to Campus! Very Cute-Very Clean-A Must See!

Know any students looking for housing next year that go to Chico State-are you that student? Tell them to check out this affordable house very close to campus!
Thursday, April 16, 2009 @ 2:13:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Part 2 of: Successfully selecting a contractor for home remodels. If you didn't get a chance to read part 1, "8 Ingredients to Successfully Selecting A Contractor for Home Remodels", then check this past Monday's blog.

Before You sign the contract with any contractor that you are going to have work on your home, read this list below to make sure that the contract contains some very important points.

Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 3:00:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Maybe you just found that house thatís in the perfect location for you but you arenít thrilled about the kitchen. Maybe it is a good enough price and location that you decide to buy it. Then, a year or so later you decide to go ahead and remodel the kitchen. Make sure if you find yourself in a similar place to read on and follow these tips for selecting a good contractor to complete the job.

Thursday, April 9, 2009 @ 11:44:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
As promised yesterday, here are some more things you will need to know if you are considering buying a foreclosure. Make sure to check yesterdays points to condsider if you have not already read them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 @ 10:42:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
HLN money expert Clark Howard says, "The key to saving money is you don't look for a house that looks perfect, you look for a house that's a perfect deal that you can fix up for not too much money. You do that and you are going to save yourself a ton."

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 @ 10:29:00 AM - Written by INMAN NEWS - 0 comments
Loan servicers approved nearly three times as many short sales in the last three months of 2008 as they did in the first quarter of the year, but still completed close to six foreclosures for every short sale, according to a report issued by bank regulators today.
Monday, April 6, 2009 @ 4:16:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
thought it was only appropriate to start out with a laugh at the beginning of the week...
Friday, April 3, 2009 @ 4:35:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Check out a new listing I have that would be great for someone who loves their privacy and having space. Close to Chico but feels far away...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @ 2:49:00 PM - Written by www.frontdoor.com - 0 comments
These are some good idease from www.frontdoor.com on the dos and don'ts of home selling. Mistakes to avoid: #1 trying to make the hard sell...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 1:37:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
I want to share with you a good real estate glossary on the web. It has an extensive list of terms with easy to understand definiteons. If you are a fellow realtor it might serve as a good resource for your clients that are wanting to understand some more real estate "jargon" on their own. It also works as a good...
Monday, March 23, 2009 @ 11:47:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Most real estate advice tells you to work on the outside of the house first, but unless there is a major project involved, we believe it is best to do it last. There are two main reasons for this. First, the first steps in preparing the interior of the house are easier. They also help develop the proper mind set required for selling - beginning to think of your "home" as a marketable commodity. Second, the exterior is the most important.
Friday, March 20, 2009 @ 5:28:00 PM - Written by Trent - The Simple Dollar - 0 comments
Obviously, from the perspective of personal finance success, you're far better off being in the first group than in the other two. The people in that first group are the ones that get the raises, the promotions, and the opportunities. Why? Because they're the ones that actually provide significant value for their employers. This phenomenon is true no matter what the job is, from a computer programming shop to a research lab or a fast food restaurant.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 @ 1:52:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Check Out This Video from WWW.CNN.com to hear some good advice from a Real Estate expert on the mortgage crisis and three ways you could potentially save your house...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 @ 6:38:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 1 comments
We have just launched a new property display page to make your home search a bit easier. Please tell us what you think, what features you would like to see etc etc. We value your opinion.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 @ 2:13:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
I wanted to share with you a very nice home that I just listed today. It's a great price at $177/square foot and is in a charming newer neighborhood. If it looks good from the outside, then you will love what it has to offer on the inside as well! To see a virtual tour of the house please visit my website: http://www.ryanvaught.com/mls/details/200902109/5-keystone-court-chico-ca

Monday, March 16, 2009 @ 7:29:00 PM - Written by Kevin Purdy @ Lifehacker - 1 comments
Outlook is such a fixture of office and computer life, its potential as a central life-organizing inbox is easily taken for granted. Empower your Outlook with these add-ons, link-ups, and data management techniques.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @ 3:18:00 PM - Written by Kevin at LifeHacker - 1 comments
A former FICO executive, now head of VideoCreditScore, knocks down 10 common misconceptions and myths of the seemingly monolithic, impenetrable credit score. Learn the real deal on credit cards, frequent checking, and the 50-point "swings."Here's Andy Jolls dishing out 10 answers in 60 seconds:If you're at work or otherwise unable to watch video, follow the link below to the full post from I Will Teach You To Be Rich, where Jolls' 10 truths are outlined in good ol' text.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @ 9:36:00 AM - Written by JOSH GARSKOF - 1 comments
Remember when the tightfistedness of relatives raised during the Depression was amusing? Our grandparents' certificates of deposit and plastic couch protectors seemed downright quaint when our own home-equity and retirement portfolios were ballooning. Suddenly, though, the pot-roast-and-potatoes ethic doesn't seem quite so kooky. We'd even say it's worthy of a salute.
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 3:37:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Check out some more interesting and possibly helpful facts as you search for your next home or consider things such as remodeling your existing home:
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @ 3:37:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Here are a couple miscellaneous helpful tips for buyers on the search for their next home. These are just some good things to keep in mind as you make probably the biggest purchase you ever will.
Friday, March 6, 2009 @ 4:11:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Here is a little trivia for Friday. You never know, you may actually find one of these tidbits of information to be helpful in your next home search:
Thursday, March 5, 2009 @ 2:47:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Too many people who consider home ownership leave out the most important fact- what the mortgage will cost them...Home ownership is not for everyone. But if you think itís for you consider these following questions to decide if now is a good time for you to buy or if you should wait:

Thursday, March 5, 2009 @ 9:43:00 AM - Written by RIS Media - 0 comments
Keller Williams Realty Inc., announced last week at its annual convention in Orlando, Fla. that it is now the third-largest real estate franchise in the United States, surpassing RE/MAX International. According to Steve Murray of REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information in the residential real estate industry, the Austin, Texas-based company claimed the number three spot with 72,794 U.S. associates at the end of 2008.
Monday, March 2, 2009 @ 8:33:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught, CAR Legal Alert - 0 comments
A condo seller who discloses a defect in the property may nevertheless be required to also disclose previous lawsuits regarding that defect. That was the decision recently rendered on February 17, 2009 in the California appellate court case of Calemine v. Samuelson (2009 WL 368648).
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 3:30:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
As promised earlier in the week, here are some more ideas on how to inexpensively add more curb appeal to your home. Just to recap from earlier this week:
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 3:08:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Of course we are not in real estate for the money. But eventually we need to get paid, so we can continue to help our clients. Here is some great news on short sales commissions.

Fannie Mae loan servicers can no longer require real estate brokers to reduce their commissions as a condition to a short sale approval. This new Fannie Mae policy takes effect on March 1, 2009.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 1:50:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
What is curb appeal? It's that something extra special about a home that makes you smile when you see it. It's a house that is pleasing to the eye and well groomed. It shows a sense of pride and ownership in your home. If you are considering selling your home consider this fact:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 @ 2:03:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught/RIS Media - 0 comments
I found this interesting article from a Real Estate Website I read. I think it's an interesting read. I hope it helps you understand part of the Presidents stimulus plan that will affect the housing market a little better.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 1:59:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Most buyers rate an attractive kitchen very high on their priority list when they are looking for a new home. It is, after all, a place in your house you use every day and usually several times throughout the day.Read on to find out more about how to make your kitchen more appealing before you sell your home.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 2:29:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
I want to share some more features of the home search on my website. Using these features will help make your home search more productive. Please follow along with the steps I explain to see what each feature entails. I will be sharing how to use the street map feature and advanced search feature. Read on to learn how to use these features...

Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 9:43:00 AM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
This article explains some of the useful features my website has to offer when searching for a home in the Chico area. I will share two of the features I find to be very helpful- comparing favorites and the map feature. Later in the week I will share some more features and how you use them.
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 2:19:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
The final walk-thru is your final opportunity as the home buyers for you to be certain that the home you purchased is in the same or similar condition as it was on the date of the initial contract. Read this blog to see my suggestions for what to look for and consider during the final walk-thru.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 1:58:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
As I promised yesterday, here are the steps to avoid the "5 Big Mistakes Home Buyers Make" that I shared with you yesterday. You could end up saving thousands by avoiding these common mistakes. Step # 1: Ask mortgage bankers & lenders the right question to get the best loan for you based upon your needs & your financial goals...read on to find out more!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 @ 6:34:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Review these mistake that are common to home buyers alike and then check back tomorrow when I will share how you can avaid making these mistakes.
Thursday, February 5, 2009 @ 2:14:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Check out my new condo listing. Know anyone, including yourself, 55+ looking for a great condo in a beautiful setting? Come see this great property and see if you could call it home. It one of the most desirable 55 and over communities in the Chico area.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 @ 2:23:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Looking to hear some interesting but concise real estate news? Read on to find out my website of choice to get news from. It's a great easy site where you can just watch invididual news video clips like the ones seen on the nightly news but without all of the long commercials and fluff stories. Want to know what the site is? Read on...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 @ 4:08:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 1 comments
I wanted to share with you two free websites I have been introduced to that can help to make your life as a realtor, home owner, home buyer or just random looker of my blog a little easier. I have started implementing some tools from them such as converting my voicemail into text and it is a great way to be even more efficient! Here they are:
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Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 2:06:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
As a follow up from yesterdays blog, here are four more smart reasons to use a professional real estate agent for your transaction. #1 A real estate agent can help educate you regarding the purchase agreement. If you have ever seen a purchase agreement then you know well what I am talking about! There is a lot of technical and legal garb to sort through and understand...click to read more...
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 2:15:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Reasons For Using A Professional Real Estate Agent in Chico are numerous. Here I give four compelling reasons why your real estate transaction will go smoother and more worry-free when using a good real estate agent. The first one is...They will work with you to find properties that meet your specific requirements such as location, price and amenities.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 2:35:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Having your house on the market involves a certain invasion of your privacy. This bothers some people more than it does others. Many real estate agents use a handy little tool of the trade called a "lock box". Many home sellers wish to leave directions for use of the lock box such as;"Please allow the owner at least an hour notice for a pristine showing and to allow time to remove pets"...want to hear more common directions and lock box tips? Read on by clicking on the title above...
Monday, January 26, 2009 @ 1:00:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Taking a look at 6 Characteristics Of An Economically Healthy Neighborhood. This information is important to consider when purchasing your home or property.

Friday, January 23, 2009 @ 4:02:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
As promised from yesterdays blog, here are some more home buying issues to consider. If you didn�t read yesterdays blog check it out to see the complete list of home buying issues to consider.
Thursday, January 22, 2009 @ 2:20:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
These are some important issuses you may want to consider and prioritize as you look into buying a home in no specific order. Consider the issues that suit your needs and it will make the home buying process less overwhelming.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 @ 4:22:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Here is the old location of my blog. If you are looking for older posts click below. Thanks!
Thursday, January 15, 2009 @ 2:22:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
A 3 Step Approach To Selecting The Right Property In Chico?Step #3

Your judgement as an educated/informed buyer.
Following steps one and two (see the last two blogs) and also doing your homework and knowing the market helps you to be an educated and informed buyer.

A local market report prepared by your agent.
For the Chico area please check out my daily market report on my website: http://www.ryanvaught.com/chicomarketreport

A whole house inspection.
This is something that is ty
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 1:51:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Step #2 in the three step approach to selecting the right property.

After Viewing Each Property Ask Yourself These Important Questions...

What did I like about the property?
Write down all of the things you really liked about the property, I.E. a good location, in a good school district (if you have kids), close to work, a big backyard, a big walk in closet, etc.

What, if anything, would I want or need to change?
I, personally, would make this two lists- one of things that really nee
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 2:53:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
Step #1 of three practical steps that I will share on how to apprach selecting the right preperty.

There is no such thing as a perfect house. Use the 85% rule- make sure you are finding most everything you want (85%) in a house you purchase. Write a list of "must haves" such as a dishwasher, 2 car garage, and three bedrooms. Then write a list of "would like to have" items such as a pool, a hallway bathroom and walk in closet in the master bedroom. It may sound wierd but it is also a goo
Friday, January 9, 2009 @ 2:32:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
How to Pick a Qualified Realtor to Help Sell Your House

The best real estate agents in today's Chico marketplace are becoming even better about marketing the homes they list to the public, and to other agents who have potential buyers.
Thursday, January 1, 2009 @ 8:05:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught - 0 comments
So here it is as promised in yesterday's blog- the total market overview for the Chico area as of 12/19/08. Please leave me a comment to let me know if you find this market overview helpful and if you would like me to post it periodically (once or twice a month).