Today is National Puppy Day! And as most of us at House Real Estate are dog owners ourselves, we wanted to extend love to all of our canine besties today. 

National Puppy Day actually began in 2006 to encourage people to adopt dogs (and to honor all the dogs that provide us with their unconditional love.) So in light of today and all the paw-fect doggos in the House Real Estate family (pictured here), we wanted to share five of our team’s favorite Sacramento dog destinations for you and your family to explore.

1.  Sacramento SPCA

Given that National Puppy Day was originally created to encourage dog adoptions, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start with Sacramento’s local SPCA. Whether you’re looking for a playmate for your current pup or new addition to your family all together, we can’t emphasize enough the amazing job the Sacramento SPCA does with helping people throughout the Sacramento Region (East Sacramento, Land Park, Arden Park, McKinley Park, Carmichael, etc.) to adopt a rescue dog that fits their family dynamic best. Given COVID protocols, adoptions are by appointment only so visit this page to learn more about the process.

2. Healthy Hounds

Co-founded by local chef Billy Ngo (Kru and Fish Face Poke Bar), Healthy Hounds serves freshly cooked meals for canines in McKinley Park and the entire East Sacramento, Midtown, Downtown, and Land Park neighborhoods. With dishes such as chicken & russet potatoes, turkey and brown rice, and venison with lentils, Healthy Hounds (3608 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento) uses only human-grade meat and produce to create the best dog food possible.

3. SacYard Community Tap House

A dog-friendly, family-friendly gathering space in Sacramento that serves some of the best beers the West region has to offer? Clearly there’s no question why this destination makes the House Real Estate list. The yard is always filled with families and furry friends ready to enjoy some great food and drink while they enjoy the beautiful Sacramento weather. Centrally located between East Sacramento, Curtis Park, Midtown Sacramento, and Elmhurst, SacYard Community Tap House is an accessible location for you and your pup no matter where you live in Sacramento. Follow them on Instagram or grab your pup and head over.

4. Partner Dog Park

With over 30 dog parks in the greater Sacramento area, we’re happy to say that Sacramento is a very dog-friendly place to live. And although there are a lot of great dog parks throughout the region (Sierra 2 Dog Park in Curtis Park, University Dog Park in East Sacramento, Howe Ave Park Off Leash Dog Park in Arden Park, University Park Dog Park near Sierra Oaks, etc.) one of our favs is Partner Dog Park in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento. All breeds and sizes, from Pomeranians to St. Bernards can frolic about at this two-acre, fully fenced park. Although there isn’t a separated area for big and small pups, Partner Park’s rolling hills and shady trees provide ample space for off-leash play. (5699 S. Land Park Dr., Sacramento)

5. Grateful Dog

Spa days aren’t just for humans. At Sacramento’s Grateful Dog you can pamper your pup with a Dead Sea Mineral Bath, a Dog-Friendly Facial, or a Deluxe Pawdicure. Every dog is groomed one at a time to assure their stay is short and sweet. Whether you go with standard grooming or specialty grooming packages, your dog is bound to emerge feeling like a million bucks. Catering to dogs from throughout the Sacramento Region (East Sacramento, Curtis Park, Land Park, Midtown, Downtown, and more) Grateful Dog also offers cageless boarding and in-home dog walking services. (430 17th Street, Sacramento)

Why was Sacramento named the #1 housing market in the country in 2021 and what does it mean for you?

You may have been hearing a lot of buzz around town that Sacramento has been ranked as the hottest 2021 housing market in the U.S. by Realtor.com. Your next two questions were probably, “How did Sac end up being on top of the list,” and perhaps more important, “What does that mean for me?” In this blog we hope to give you some of that background as well as a few perspectives on the impact this will have on you as a buyer or seller in this market.

The ground rules behind being ranked #1

To start, it’s helpful to know how Realtor.com approaches their ranking. First, they factored in past sale prices and number of sales. They then look at the rate of new construction along with previous and anticipated economic, household, and income growth in the 100 largest metropolitan areas. (Metros include Sacramento proper, as well as nearby smaller towns and urban areas.)

On average in the U.S., all the cities that made the top of the list were expected to experience higher price growth and more sales than the rest of the country. Median home list prices were anticipated to rise 6.9% in these metropolitan areas, compared with 5.7% for the rest of the nation. And, sales were expected to increase 13.1% annually versus 7% nationally.

For Sacramento to top the list, we had a median home price of $554,000, an anticipated home price change of 7.4% (1.7% higher than the rest of the nation), and an increase in home sales of 17.2% — which was an impressive 10.2% higher than the national average.

Clearly this is due in large part to Sacramento feeling the fallout of the Bay Area exodus. Buyers have been flooding the Sacramento market to flee the ultra-expensive Bay Area in search of more reasonably priced homes with land, yards, and more. In Sacramento, buyers can lock up homes at roughly $284 per square foot — compared with $679 in San Francisco. (That’s 139% cheaper if you’re wondering.) Given the heavily tech-based workforce these new buyers also tend to be white-collar workers who are now able to work remotely and don’t want to move too far from their offices in the Bay Area.

Ok, got it. So what’s a hot housing market mean for me?

For starters, it depends on whether you’re a buyer or seller. So, let’s break things down from both perspectives:

I’m a buyer

If you’ve been looking to buy in the Sacramento region, this won’t be a surprise to most of you. Inventory is in short supply and when great homes go on the market it’s an overwhelming competition to come out as the buyer of choice. Put simply, Sacramento has weeks of listings but months of buyers. You can do the math.

To accentuate the state of the current market, think about this: Almost half of the sales in 2020 got into contract in 10 days or less. What this means for buyers is that you have to be ready to move fast in this aggressive climate. Anyone not ready to move immediately after a home is listed is practically out before it begins. At House Real Estate, we’ve been fortunate to have helped our clients win the vast majority of their offers. Whether it’s pre-approvals, limiting contingencies, or helping our clients close quickly — buying in Sacramento requires a thoughtful strategy in order to come out with the win.

I’m a seller

If you’re looking to sell, obviously you’re looking to maximize your take during this unique time. In order to do that correctly, you have to start by making sure you know the true value of your home in this market. Although there are dozens of online calculators, the most accurate way is to work with a realtor to prepare a comparative market analysis. Every client at House starts with an evaluation of similar homes that have recently sold in their area in addition to factors such as their property’s age, condition, features, lot size and so on. Through this data we can provide a more accurate fair market value.

And although Sacramento’s hot market does mean a faster sale at or above asking price, don’t think there aren’t pitfalls to avoid. If you want to maximize your profit, you’re going to need (and want) multiple offers on the table. So don’t overlook the importance of home-staging and leveraging virtual home tour technology that really brings your home to life.

Given that you can anticipate selling quickly with short contract deadlines, you also should be prepared to have documentation prepped and ready for your potential buyers. Have disclosure documents prepared and ready to go before the house goes on the market. Ideally, line everything up so it appears you’re ready to sell immediately — helping to usher a buyer to make a quick closing offer.

Last, don’t undervalue working with professionals to help you market your house. To attract the right buyers and as noted before, quite a few competitive offers to breed some healthy competition, you still need to maximize your home’s exposure. The best way to do so is to hire an agent who is seasoned at doing just this. At House, our marketing program includes layers of digital search, advanced CRM platforms, outbound digital marketing, personal referrals and outreach, and much more.

Conclusion

Whether you’re buying or selling in Sacramento these times are unique. (Maybe even never-seen-before.) Like any unique situation, there’s a lot to be excited about as well as worthy of your consideration. It’s impossible to simply know it all on your own, even with hours of online research. Half of finding success in these crazy markets are the nuances that fall outside of standard practices — familiarity with neighborhoods, networks of referrals and buyers, true assessments of home values based on a deep understanding of the neighborhoods, etc. The Sacramento marketplace is now moving at light speed, you need professional partners who live, breathe, and study the changes that are occurring on a daily basis. It’s the only way to allow you to fully take advantage of these opportunities.

About House Real Estate

Tim Collom and his group of agents have built House Real Estate on the foundation of client relationships and their extensive knowledge of Sacramento. The group’s leadership, drive, astute negotiation skills, top-tier creativity, social media prowess, and superior marketing have earned them a stellar reputation. But it’s the simplicity and ease of working with this team that clients remember most. The door is open at House Real Estate. To learn more, visit houserealestate.com.

While people all over the country hunker down to avoid winter’s frigid temps, those of us in Sac are usually able to spend a good amount of this time outside enjoying, for the most part, relatively mild weather and sunny skies. We’re going to need that good weather more than ever right now, since almost everything fun to do for (at least) the next couple of months will either take place outdoors or in our homes.

We’re asked all the time what we’re doing to keep ourselves from going stir crazy. Given that, the House team put our heads together to create a list of our go-to spots in Sacramento during the stay-at-home order. From food, to artistic viewing, there’s a place in Sacramento for everyone.

  1. The first and most popular place, for good reason, is McKinley Park. With a little bit for everyone, this is our go-to family day outing — tennis and basketball courts, a rose garden, duck pond, and a great jogging trail makes this a perfect escape from cabin fever. Whether you’re getting fit or just looking to relax, this gem never disappoints.

2. To get your body moving, we highly recommend the American River Trail. Extending from downtown Sacramento up to Folsom lake, the multi-use trail is great for walkers, runners, and cyclists of all skill levels.

3. We believe art should be a part of everyone’s daily life. One of the best upsides to living in a town like Sacramento is that you get to watch the maturity of the art grow right in front of your eyes. This quarantine provides a perfect opportunity to see some of the art that’s transforming our city, literally. So, take a day and tour Sacramento’s mural art scene. From pieces like the one pictured here in East Sacramento (on Folsom Boulevard right at Canon and Fitness Rangers) or a Wide Open Walls self-guided tour of downtown Sacramento, you can get a taste of renowned artists like Shepard Fairy and Shamsia Hassani in addition to powerful new up-and-comers.

4. If endless nights of  home cooking have become painfully dull. Take a masked venture outside and check out the pandemic food truck scene at SacYard Community Tap House. SacYard hosts a variety of different and delicious food truck vendors almost every night of the week. See their calendar here or follow them on Instagram (@sacyard.beer) to receive daily updates.

5. Last, but certainly not least, the quarantine has engrained the idea of takeout food and beverages as a part of regular life. Whenever possible, we encourage folks to buy direct from the restaurants and hit up their curbside pick-up offerings. Now, more than ever, Sacramento’s restaurants need our help. The top takeout options the team at House Real Estate Group has been frequenting are Kru Sushi, Selland’s Market andNaked Coffee. You can’t go wrong. Another great way to help is Downtown Sac’s “Dine Downtown 2021” program going through January 24th. However you choose to indulge, every dollar helps our beloved food scene.

– House Real Estate

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