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By Doug Reynolds | Agent in Sacramento, CA
  • Brown lawns in Sacramento for a reason

    Posted Under: General Area in Sacramento, Quality of Life in Sacramento, Curb Appeal in Sacramento  |  June 24, 2014 11:42 AM  |  233 views  |  No comments

    As Sacramento is currently experiencing a drought, it's time to be conserving water.  The City of Sacramento has reduced water of lawns to only 2 days per week:

    Even numbered houses ( addresses ending in 0,2,4,6 or 8) can water their lawns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

    Odd numbered houses (addresses ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9) can water their lawns on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

    There is no watering allowed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
    Watering can only occur between 7pm at night and 10am in the morning. No watering during the day.

    You can wash your car on your specific watering days as long as you have a auto shut off nozzle on the end of your hose OR are using a bucket.

    You are encouraged to report water waste in the city of Sacramento via calling 311 or using the city's mobile app.

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    clear skies,

    Doug Reynolds



  • Oki Park pool to open June 16th

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in College / Glen, Parks & Recreation in College / Glen, In My Neighborhood in College / Glen  |  May 23, 2014 12:20 PM  |  279 views  |  No comments

    Yesterday, i was on my paper route for handing out the College-Glen Neighborhood Association newsletter (wooohooo route 12!!) and i noticed that there was actually work being done a the Oki Park Pool.  There was a crew doing clean-up and maintenance.  So i thought "When is the pool opening this year?"  Here's what i found out:

    The Pool will open on June 16th and then be closed on August 24th.
    The pool will be open for rec swim from 1 to 5 pm on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sundays.
    Swim lessons will be on Mon/Wed/Fri evenings
    The pool will be closed on Tues/Thurs/Saturdays

    Admission fee:
    $2.....kids 17 and under
    $4....adults 18 and over

    Happy swimming!!

     College-Glen Real Estate - Doug Reynolds
  • Sacramento Kings Arena Deal Finally approved (and it will happen this time)

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Sacramento, Entertainment & Nightlife in Sacramento, Shopping & Local Amenities in Sacramento  |  May 21, 2014 9:57 AM  |  316 views  |  No comments
    Last night the Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) for the Sacramento Kings and the entire community of Sacramento.

    This new arena puts an end to a issue that has been going on and talked about since 1996 as Arco arena was slowly fading into irrelevance.

    Below is an article from the Sacramento Bee and here's an interesting timeline of arena talks in Sacramento.

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    clear skies,

    Doug Reynolds





    Festive crowd lines up for Sacramento City Council vote on new Kings arena

    By Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak
    Published: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 - 5:18 pm
    Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 - 9:06 am
    Amid a festive atmosphere at City Hall, the Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the construction of a new downtown arena for the Kings, ending years of effort and angst.
    The 7-2 vote came after more than four hours of impassioned public testimony and deliberation by the City Council. An overflow crowd inside the Council chambers erupted into cheers of “Sacramento” when the vote was tallied.
    Mayor Kevin Johnson said the vote marked “the end of one era and the dawn of a new one.”
    “I’ve never been prouder of this community,” he said. “We had our backs against the wall and we defied the odds. We made a comeback for the ages and in doing so, I feel like we unleashed the very best that Sacramento has to offer. And for this I consider this Sacramento’s finest hour.”
    Johnson was joined by Council members Angelique Ashby, Allen Warren, Steve Cohn, Steve Hansen, Jay Schenirer and Bonnie Pannell in voting to approve the deal. Council members Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong voted against the plan.
    “After 16 years on this council, we finally have a project that will bring 4,000 jobs and change downtown Sacramento forever,” Pannell said.
    Kings chairman Vivek Ranadive addressed the crowd after the vote, saying “you have our promise that we’re going to be unrelenting in our pursuit of excellence in creating the world’s greatest arena.”
    “This is your team, and it’s here to stay,” he said to thundering applause.
    The council gave the green light to what City Manager John Shirey called “one of the largest, if not the largest, economic development projects ever brought before a City Council in Sacramento.”
    “We’ve not done anything like this in the city’s history,” said Councilman Allen Warren, a supporter of the plan. A [line] of business and political leaders also stepped to the lectern Tuesday evening to express their support.

    The $477 million arena will replace a mostly vacant Downtown Plaza that has languished for years. City officials say they’re hopeful the facility will spark development throughout the central city. The Kings are planning to build a hotel, office space, restaurants and apartments adjacent to the arena, although no time frame has been provided for that work.
    The arena’s financing plan includes a city contribution of $255 million and $222 million from the Kings. The city will issue revenue bonds that it will repay over 36 years, backed mostly by annual lease payments from the Kings and money from city-owned parking facilities.


    Posted Under: Quality of Life in College / Glen, Crime & Safety in College / Glen, In My Neighborhood in College / Glen  |  February 20, 2013 8:57 PM  |  672 views  |  No comments
    Thursday, February 21st
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    @ College Greens Swim & Racquet Club
    2707 Notre Dame Drive
    Please come share your thoughts with Councilmember McCarty.  City staff will be on hand to answer questions, as well as a representative from AT&T to discuss the on-going work in the neighborhood.
    For more information, please call 808-7006
    Doug Reynolds Real Estate - College Greens Glenbrook College Greens East - www.CollegeGlenRealEstate.com - Sacramento, Ca

    From the Desk of Councilmember Kevin McCarty

    Please join me for a College-Glen Town Hall meeting at theCollege Greens Swim and Racquet Club on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. As I begin my third term, I look forward to talking with you about neighborhood, District 6 and City issues. City staff will be on hand to answer questions, as well as an AT&T representative to discuss the on-going work being done in the neighborhood.
    With an economic recovery on the horizon and the implementation of our sales-tax measure (Measure U), I look forward to restoring vital city services for our residents. Measure U passed in November with Sacramentans voting 64% - 36% for a temporary 1/2-cent sales tax to restore City services. The sales tax will expire automatically in six years and includes an independent annual financial audit and a citizen oversight committee. Measure U will be used to restore police and fire services, park maintenance, gang and youth violence prevention, swimming pools, youth services, senior services, libraries, and other essential services that have been cut over the last five years. As it is estimated that the sales-tax measure will raise approximately $28 million per year, the City Council has already begun the process of analyzing all of its liabilities, capital investments and priorities. In January and February, the Council will be examining the Measure U principles and budget priorities. In May and June, the Council will hold a series of public budget hearings and finalize their spending plan. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or feedback regarding this process.

    clear skies,

    Doug Reynolds



  • Energy Efficiency: Pick Upgrades that (Actually) Drive Down Costs

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Sacramento County, How To... in Sacramento County  |  January 30, 2012 12:13 PM  |  939 views  |  No comments

     Lisa Kaplan Gordon                                                                   

    A new study says home owners won’t see their utility bills drop until they’ve conducted four or more energy upgrades. Here are projects that will give you the greatest bang for your energy buck.

    I’ve long suspected that saving energy is like saving calories: Small measures add up, until a Thanksgiving pecan pie — or a dazzling holiday light display — wrecks a year’s worth of small though consistent efforts. 

    Evidently I’m right, according to a
     new study claiming that doing a couple of small, energy-saving measures actually increase utility bills. And that a home owner must perform at least four energy upgrades before their utility bill drops.

    The 450-page
     study, conducted by the eco-curious Shelton Group, found that energy-efficient home owners think they should replace water heaters and install a higher-efficiency HVAC system, though they actually replace windows and add insulation.

    We think they’re half right:
     Adding insulation, especially in the attic, is a low-cost way to reduce utility bills. But replacing windows requires a huge upfront cost, which you probably won’t live long enough to earn back. 

    To see net-net savings — in your lifetime —
     select upgrades that reduce energy consumption by 5% and require modest initial investments. We suggest:

    ·         Seal and insulate ductwork through unfinished and unheated areas, such as the attic, garage, and crawl spaces.

    ·         Install a programmable thermostat so you don’t overheat your house when you’re away or asleep.

    ·         Seal air leaks around windows, doors, attic access, and recessed lights.

    How many energy-efficient improvements did you make last year? Did you see a drop or increase in your utility bills?

    clear skies,

    Doug Reynolds



  • Want a vacation home? Prices are falling

    Been dreaming of a vacation home? Somewhere warm to get away? Or maybe a cabin in the woods? Prices are right if you can afford it.

    The median price of a vacation home was $150,000 in 2010, down 11.2% from a year earlier, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. In contrast, the national median for primary residences fell only 4.5% in 2010, according to NAR. 

    clear skies,

    Doug Reynolds


    By Les Christie, CNNMoneyMarch 30, 2011

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Been dreaming of a vacation home? Somewhere warm to get away? Or maybe a cabin in the woods? Prices are right if you can afford it.

    The median price of a vacation home was $150,000 in 2010, down 11.2% from a year earlier, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. In contrast, the national median for primary residences fell only 4.5% in 2010, according to NAR.

    "The fall in prices has opened opportunities for more families to enter the second-home market," said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist.

    Still, vacation homes accounted for just 10% of all sales last year, and investment properties made up another 17%.

    Those percentages were little changed for 2010 as home sales declined across the board. There were 543,000 vacation homes sold, down from 553,000 in 2009; investment purchases fell to 867,000 from 940,000.

    One factor depressing sales was the difficulty in getting mortgages due to tight credit markets. Buyers often did an end-around this problem by paying cash. Nearly 40% of vacation home sales were cash deals, while nearly 60% of investment deals were handled that way.

    Those buyers who did get mortgages brought big down payments to the closing tables, according to Walter Molony, a NAR spokesman. For vacation homes, the average was 30%, far more than the standard 20% down. Investment buyers with financing paid an average of 32% down.

    Many of the second homebuyers targeted distressed properties. About 17% of investment purchases were foreclosures, while vacation homebuyers chose distressed prosperities 10% of the time, NAR said. Only 10% of families buying primary residences last year went with foreclosures

  • Dazzling Home Holiday Light Shows: They Cost HOW Much?!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Sacramento County, Entertainment & Nightlife in Sacramento County  |  December 7, 2010 3:45 PM  |  1,784 views  |  No comments

    Think your Christmas lights look good, check this house out:

    clear skies,

    Doug Reynolds



    HouseLogic calculates the electricity costs of four very ambitious home Christmas light displays—using conventional lights and then electricity-saving LEDs.

    Noel, times a million

    In Delaware, 1,000,000 twinkling lights signal the start of the holiday season. You read that right--one million! The Faucher family has been slowing traffic to a crawl with their home Christmas display for about 25 years with this ambitious and breathtaking endeavor.

    • Estimated cost: $686/hour; keeping them lit for 4 hours a night over 30 days (about a month) adds up to $82,320.
    • Estimated cost using only LEDs: $89/hour; $10,680/month
    • Possible electric bill savings: $597/hour; $71,640/month.
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