Jan. 2, 2017

Stop Thief

Here are some tips to help keep your home from being burglarized - particularly when your home is listed for sale.

Avoiding burglary


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Dec. 31, 2016

Homes for Sale in Corona CA - December 2016 Real Estate Market Report

Corona CA residential real estate - market report

 Houses for sale and houses sold in Corona CA

Residential real estate trends in Corona are almost the same as Riverside.  The number of sold listings ticked up in December.  But the number of active listings and the those in escrow (pending) continued downward.  With the recent increase in interest rates, we'll probably see a continued downward trend into early 2017. 

Let us know if you have any questions or if you'd like to get a market report for your city.  Search for Corona CA homes for sale.


Dec. 31, 2016

Homes for Sale in Riverside CA - 12/2016 Market Report

Riverside CA residential real estate - market report

Houses for sale in Riverside CA - market report

The number of sold listings ticked up in December.  But the number of active listings and the those in escrow (pending) continued downward.  With the recent increase in interest rates, we'll probably see a continued downward trend into early 2017. 

Let us know if you have any questions or if you'd like to get a market report for your city. Search for homes for sale in Riverside.


Dec. 15, 2016

Victoria Grove, Riverside CA, Real Estate Update

Victoria Grove Real Estate Market Update

Victoria Grove is one of my favorite neighborhoods and I’m not alone in that.  A long-time resident of Victoria Grove who is a good friend says that she likes that it is nestled away from things to be peaceful.  She also loves the community involvement, the community amenities and the sense of unity here. 

Here’s an update on the current real estate activity in Victoria Grove Riverside CA as of December 15, 2016. Victoria Grove is a beautiful gated community in the Southwest part of Riverside California - near Lake Mathews.  It is about about three miles south of the 91 freeway just off La Sierra Ave.  It is a very terrific community with nice houses and great community amenities - and it is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Riverside

Victoria Grove - Riverside CA - houses for saleActive Listings

There are 19 houses currently for sale (active listings on the multiple listing service) in Victoria Grove in Riverside California.  Of the houses currently for sale, there are two short sales and one foreclosure.  The least expensive house currently for sale is a short sale listed at $400,000.  The highest price listing is a 4800 sq ft home listed for $999,900.  The average list price in the community is $578,048 (including the almost $1M home) and $554,611 (not including that home).

Houses in Escrow
There are only four houses in escrow right now.

Closed Homes

There were a total of 16 houses close (sold) in the last 100 days in Victoria Grove.  The most expensive house sold for $620,000 (a 4078 sq ft house) and the least expensive was a 2642 sq ft house that sold for $410,000.

Click here to learn more about the wonderful community of Victoria Grove.  Contact us if you are thinking of selling your Victoria Grove house or if you are interested in learning more or buying in Victoria Grove.

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Nov. 30, 2016

November Market Report for Riverside and Corona CA

November 2016 Real Estate Market Report  -- Riverside and Corona

Here ae the latest numbers of sales in Riverside and Corona for single family houses.  The market is slowing  - including the number of listings and the number of sales.  Check out the graphs here.  If you would like us to create a market report for a different Inland Empire City, let us know. 

Riverside CA real estate market - homes for sale

Corona CA real estate market - homes for sale

The latest report from Inland Valley Association of Realtors just came out for all residential sales in Riverside and Corona.  For Riverside, the number of sales for the first 10 months in 2016 is 22% over November of 2015 and the median sales price increased in that same time period 6%.  For Corona, the number of sales in the first 10 months stayed the same as a year ago and the median sale price increased only 2%. 

Let us know if you would like to receive a market report for your city or zip code. Search for Corona and Riverside houses for sale.

Nov. 7, 2016

Corona CA Real Estate Market Report - Oct 2016

Real Estate Market Report - Corona CA

Corona CA real estate report

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Nov. 7, 2016

Riverside CA Real Estate Market Report

Riverside CA Real Estate Market Report - October 2016

Here's a snapshot of the real estate market in Riverside.  Let us know if you are interested in receiving this information for any other area or zip code.

RIverside CA real estate - houses for sale

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Oct. 8, 2016

Riverside CA Real Estate Market Report

Market Report for Single Family Residences in Riverside California

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Sept. 17, 2016

Sierra Heights - Riverside CA

Riverside California Real Estate

Sierra Heights and Sierra Estates  - Riverside CASierra Heights & Sierra Estates - Riverside CA houses


Sierra Heights is a development of beautiful homes in the southwestern part of Riverside, California in zip code 92503. It is located just off La Sierra Avenue south of the 91 freeway on McAllister Parkway. The builder is Standard Pacific.  There are about 100 single family homes in Sierra Heights. It is the sister community to Sierra Estates (Lennar Homes). The homes were built between 2008 and 2011.

Sierra Heights & Sierra Estates, Riverside CA houses

The home sizes range from about 3,100 sq feet to over 4700 sq ft  with the minimum lot size of 15,000 sq ft - but averaging over 20,000 sq ft.  There are no Mello-Roos taxes here and the tax rate for this development is about 1.2%. The HOA fees are about $155 per month.

Sierra Heights, Sierra Estates - Riverside CA - walking trail There is a lovely community park with a playground structure, shaded picnic tables, walking trails and a sports court.

Sierra Heights is in the Riverside Unified School District. 

As of the date of writing this blog post (9/17/16), the real estate activity for this neighborhood is very good.  There are five houses for sale currently, with the highest priced one being listed at $714,888 (a 4753 sq ft home).  Nine of homes in these two communities have sold in the last six months ranging from $575,000 for a 3300 sq ft house to $710,000 for a 3737 sq ft house. 

Take a drive through this neighborhood sometime.  It is really a gorgeous community.  I know you'll love it!


Sierra Heights & Sierra Estates - community park

Call or text us at 951-840-5212 if you'd like to get more information about buying or selling a Sierra Heights or Sierra Estates home.

July 29, 2016

Orchard View - in Riverside CA

Orchard View - A Very Unique and Terrific Neighborhood in Riverside

by Don Pedersen

View from Orchard View - Riverside CA-- View from Canyonwind Road in Orchard View--


One of the best kept secrets in Riverside and Corona is the neighborhood of Orchard View, a community of 97 homes built between 2000 and 2002.  There are four floor plans that range in size from 2765 sq ft to 4112 sq ft.  This secluded development is adjacent to The Orchard (to the south) enter at La Sierra Ave and Orchard View Ln.  There is also access into the neighborhood from McAllister Parkway.

Orchard View aerial shot - Riverside CAThis community is very unique in several aspects:  first, the lots are large.  They are a minimum of one-half an acre up to almost three acres.   These homes are on public sewer unlike their neighbor, The Orchard, where all the homes are on septic systems.  The tax rate is a low – just 1.0636% plus about $500 in annual special assessments for street lighting and sewer. There are no Mello-Roos taxes and no HOA – which are both generally found in similar neighborhoods. 

The public schools include: Lake Mathews Elementary (See Rebecca’s blog about Lake Mathews Elementary - A National Blue Ribbon School), Miller Middle School, and a choice of either Arlington High School or King High School, all in the Riverside Unified School District.Orchard View homes for sale Riverside CA

The neighborhood is conveniently located by the Riverside City amenities of the Tyler Mall, Riverside Plaza, La Sierra University, and California Baptist University.  Not quite as close are University of California Riverside and Riverside City College.   There is quick access to the shopping centers in Corona of Corona Crossings and Dos Lagos. It is also just across the street from the new development on McAllister called Citrus Heights.  Read about the community here. Orchard View - in Riverside CA -homes for sale

We found this neighborhood when my family and I were moving from Columbus, Ohio to California in 2001.  We looked at several homes in eastern Orange County, Corona, Ontario, and Rancho Cucamonga, and were frustrated even way back then at the high prices of the homes and their small home and lot sizes.  Then we found Orchard View just before we were to catch a flight back to Ohio.  It was everything we were looking for as far as location, lots of elbow room (large lot sizes), great floor plans and it seemed to be perfect for our family.  Shortly afterward, we were in contract and moved in a few months later when the house was completed.Orchard Views homes - Riverside CA

We lived in the neighborhood for 13 years and loved it. After all of our children moved out, we needed to downsize and moved about a mile away.  But those 13 years in Orchard View were wonderful, with great neighbors and schools (our youngest son got accepted to West Point in New York (USMA) and plenty of peace and quiet.

Don and his running buddiesAnother great feature of this neighborhood is the nearby hills near Lake Mathews where I run and bike.  There are lots of hills - some are quite challenging, but the variety of different running and biking venues really make this area one of the most enjoyable and challenging areas to exercise in.  There is great running within the neighborhood or along the nearby Gage Canal or in the nearby hills where there are several miles of non-paved trails.  It is also close to the bike trails along Victoria Avenue and dirt bike trails in the back country.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this wonderful neighborhood or if you are interested in buying or selling in Orchard View.  Click here to check out this AMAZING listing we have in the Orchard View  - this house is gorgeous and completely turnkey. 


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