PRICE REDUCED: Spectacular move-in ready home

3742  W Orchard Ct,  Visalia, listed at $229,000.
Enjoy many holidays with this one-owner, 4 bedroom home on a cul-de-sac lot, built by Jack Evans!

Featuring newer carpet and laminate flooring in 2004, this 2,117-square-foot home features updated bath and kitchen hardware and microwave in 2010. Newer roof (2009) and garage door openers (2011).

See more here.

This home has an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. The 4th bedroom and bath is separated from the other wing, which could be used for an in-law quarters with bathroom.

The house is in the high-demand Crestwood  school district, near shopping, churches and school.

Take a look at the nice lawn area in back with patios off dining area and owner's suite. There is concrete on the sides with fruit trees and a storage building!

Call Darlene Loose for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364

Green Acres beauty offers unbeatable features

2046  W Sunset Dr,  Visalia, listed at $575,000.
With a new, lower price, it's easier than ever to imagine living in this spectacular Green Acres home along Mill Creek.

Imagine the holiday spread in this fabulous kitchen!

The beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home sits on .6 acres and has 3,208 square feet of living space.

The formal dining room just off the entry flows into a gourmet kitchen with a span of windows overlooking the gazebo, patio and fenced pool and a spacious lawn area.

The kitchen features an island, newer 2-drawer dishwasher, double ovens, 5 burner gas range & cabinets in nook area. Beyond the nook is the living room with full wall of windows to back yard.

The fireplace is nestled in a full brick wall. Beyond is what could be an in-law suite with its own living room, bedroom with walk-in closet, and full bath with its own access.

The bedroom wing has hand textured walls and crown molding. The new owner's suite bath has dual vessel sinks, beautiful tile re-model and spacious walk-in closet. There are French doors leading to the yard.

Two guest bedrooms have a Jack-n-Jill bathroom set-up.

A breezeway leads to an over sized garage with 220v, new roll-up garage doors, textured walls and cabinetry.

The pool is updated, newer dual paks (3) and water heater. The home features mostly dual pane windows.

This well maintained home is a must see. Call Darlene Loose for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364.

Country home for the holidays - PRICE REDUCED

37385  Millwood Dr,  Woodlake, listed at $369,000.
Sitting on 2.44 acres, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home features Hardi Plank siding, solar panels (PGE aver. $100 mo), a generator for emergencies, a whole-house fan, Solar Tube, tile floors throughout most of the home (carpet in bedrooms) and an over sized garage.

The custom, open floor-plan home built by RUPP with views of the valley and the Sierras in the distance.

The home is 1,898 square feet. The kitchen has granite counter tops, Jenn-Aire Appliances, an island/vegetable sink, roll-out shelving in raised panel Alderwood cabinets and a corner window to catch views of Sierras. 

The interior features vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows to the patio and fenced yard for pets. There is a corner floor-to-ceiling Heatolator fireplace. 

The formal dining room has buffet and bay window facing the west hills. The spacious laundry room has cabinets, including a washer/dryer. 

The insulated, over sized garage has more cabinets and a pull-down ladder to overhead storage. 

The air conditioning was replaced 2011! 

The owner's suite has a walk in closet, French doors to patio, bay window sitting area and walk in shower. 

The circular drive invites your guests to meander up stepping stones to cozy front porch.

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364. 

Holiday entertaining at its best with this custom home

1048  W Victor Ave,  Visalia, listed at $359,000.
Take a look at this exceptional custom home with vaulted ceilings, raised panel cabinets in gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar with 6 suspended seats.

There's 20 inch tile flooring extending into dining room and hall. Triple slider from exquisite living room to covered patio and pool.

Enjoy 3,550 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

The loft is open to living room and has bedroom/personal bath and huge office/gameroom. Curved wall in entry to hall leading to 2 bedrooms and elegant owner's suite and bath with Jetted tub/tile surround, designer sinks and french door to patio. Huge walk-in closet. Hall bath has new shower enclosure, cast iron tub with corian surround and designer sinks.

Bedrooms have mirrored closet doors and l-year-old neutral carpet.

Pool has aggregate interior, stained concrete decking starting at patio, waterfall, rock affect and slide. Basement is additional family room with storage area and a 7' X 10.5' walk-in safe.

Exterior walls are 6', R19 and ceilings are R50, commercial footings, shear panels. plumbed for central vac and more.

Call Darlene Loose for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364

Large estate with gardens, cherry orchard

10606  Avenue 272,  Visalia, listed at $1.55 million
An exquisite estate on two parcels totaling 27.6 acres with about 17 acres in cherries.

This 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home features the finest quality from windows, appliances, Cabinetry, lighting and finished touches offer a French Country feel.

Each bedroom has its own bathroom, the 812 sq. ft owner's suite in upper level has 3 walk-in closets, window seats with storage and two desk areas.

The remarkable grounds offer garden areas, zen garden, a children's playground, rose gardens. Imagine capturing lazy walks along the creek and large entertaining lawn areas where owner has opened grounds to Wish Upon a Star and Visalia Art events and more.

Call Darlene Loose for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364.

See listing # for the cherry information on both parcels!

PRICE REDUCED: Beautiful Green Acres home with features galore

2046 W Sunset Dr, Visalia, listed at $575,000.
With a new, lower price, it's easier than ever to imagine living in this spectacular Green Acres home along Mill Creek.

The beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home sits on .6 acres and has 3,208 square feet of living space.

The formal dining room just off the entry flows into a gourmet kitchen with a span of windows overlooking the gazebo, patio and fenced pool and a spacious lawn area.

The kitchen features an island, newer 2-drawer dishwasher, double ovens, 5 burner gas range & cabinets in nook area. Beyond the nook is the living room with full wall of windows to back yard.

The fireplace is nestled in a full brick wall. Beyond is what could be an in-law suite with its own living room, bedroom with walk-in closet, and full bath with its own access.

The bedroom wing has hand textured walls and crown molding. The new owner's suite bath has dual vessel sinks, beautiful tile re-model and spacious walk-in closet. There are French doors leading to the yard.

Two guest bedrooms have a Jack-n-Jill bathroom set-up. 

A breezeway leads to an over sized garage with 220v, new roll-up garage doors, textured walls and cabinetry.

The pool is updated, newer dual paks (3) and water heater. The home features mostly dual pane windows.

This well maintained home is a must see. Call Darlene Loose for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364.

Premium features define this Visalia home

3200  W Iris Ave,  Visalia, listed at $375,000.
Look closer at this well-maintained home on over 2/3 acre (almost two lots) with lush landscaping.

This 2,870-square-foot home features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Take a look at the list of premium features:
  • Pool
  • Detached oversized garage attached through breezeway
  • A 20' Porte Cochere PLUS a 24' RV barn 
  • Beautiful re-model in 2002/03 with new raised panel cabinets
  • Corian countertops, 
  • Dual ovens and appliances, 
  • Solar tubes and 
  • Recessed lighting in kitchen. 
In addition, the hall bath and owner's bath were also fully re-modeled, as well as the roof (2002), whole house fan (2004),rear patio (2003), 2 heating and cooling units (2007) Pool Re-surface/equipment (2003)

The dual pane windows maintained the charm of Mariposite Rock exterior, exposed wood oak flooring in office and dining room, wide oak mantel on wood burning fireplace, crown molding, french doors and a rotunda off the owner's suite.

Bathrooms have electric heaters, a jetted tub in owner's bath. Huge walk-in closet in owner's suite.

NOT IN FLOOD ZONE!

Even has carriage lamps at circular driveway. Home warranty included.

Call Darlene Loose today! (559) 625-9364

Country living at its best

37385  Millwood Dr,  Woodlake, listed at $385,000.
Sitting on 2.44 acres, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home features Hardi Plank siding, solar panels (PGE aver. $100 mo), a generator for emergencies, a whole-house fan, Solar Tube, tile floors throughout most of the home (carpet in bedrooms) and an over sized garage.

The custom, open floor-plan home built by RUPP with views of the valley and the Sierras in the distance.

The home is 1,898 square feet. The kitchen has granite counter tops, Jenn-Aire Appliances, an island/vegetable sink, roll-out shelving in raised panel Alderwood cabinets and a corner window to catch views of Sierras. 

The interior features vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows to the patio and fenced yard for pets. There is a corner floor-to-ceiling Heatolator fireplace. 

The formal dining room has buffet and bay window facing the west hills. The spacious laundry room has cabinets, including a washer/dryer. 

The insulated, over sized garage has more cabinets and a pull-down ladder to overhead storage. 

The air conditioning was replaced 2011! 

The owner's suite has a walk in closet, French doors to patio, bay window sitting area and walk in shower. 

The circular drive invites your guests to meander up stepping stones to cozy front porch.

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364. 

Boost your home's curb appeal for a quicker sale


(ARA) - Selling a home in today's market requires a bit of marketing, some sweat and elbow grease, and a touch of luck. But even in a competitive selling market, it is possible to turn the sign in your front yard from "For Sale" to "Sold" so you can move on to your next residence.

First, look at your home as if you were a potential buyer. Drive up to the driveway or the front curb and park, carefully looking at the home as if for the first time. Make note of the beautiful aspects of your home, and also areas that could deter potential buyers. The outside of your home is the first image they will see, both in person, and while pre-shopping online.

One maintenance project to tackle that will really spruce up the exterior of your home is refurbishing the outside woodwork that has been weathered by the sun, rain and snow. If you have a front porch, wooden window edgings or even a back deck, chances are these areas could benefit from new stain for a refreshed and clean look.

PRICE REDUCED: Visalia home with lots of extras

940  W Paradise Ave,  Visalia, listed at $189,900.
The price was recently reduced on this wonderful and spacious Visalia home.

The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home has 2,859 square feet of living space in an established neighborhood.  The spacious home offers a variety of uses.

The entire upstairs has been remodeled with Knotty Alderwood trim, doors and designer fixtures in the bathrooms.

The family room doors are also replaced downstairs. You will find dual pane, Low E windows throughout.

The family room is separated from bonus room with exterior insulated french doors-15 X 20'

A bonus room can be day care, private office, play room, etc.

Off the owner's suite is another 12 X 18.5' room for crafts, exercise equipment, office where the laundry equipment has been moved and it opens to 22' Deck with stairs to back yard.

The owner's suite has claw-foot tub, huge shower, and dual sinks, plus large walk-in closet.

The Interior/Ext was repainted 2010/11. Double ovens, gas cooktop in kitchen.

Enjoy a low maintenance back yard. Close to shopping and schools! PLUMBED FOR SOLAR!!!!

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364.

Considering air duct cleaning? What homeowners must know


(ARA) - Imagine 40 pounds of dust spread throughout your home, pushed into the air for you and your family to breathe up to seven times a day, via your heating and cooling system. Pretty gross thought, right? Well, unfortunately there is a high possibility that this is the exact situation in your house right now.

Through normal occupation in a home, a sizeable amount of contaminants, such as dander, dust and chemicals, are generated. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living, according to NADCA: The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated five to seven times per day, on average.

Your heating and cooling system can be considered the lungs of your home, taking in air and breathing it out. Generally, the cleaner the lungs, the cleaner the air in your home. That's why it's important to get a quality HVAC cleaning done on a regular basis. But beware, not everyone claiming to be an HVAC cleaning professional can do the job the right way.

There are some important things you need to consider so you avoid companies with unethical business practices or bad cleaning techniques:

* Beware of fly-by-night companies who use scare tactics. Instead of actually cleaning a customer's HVAC system, these scam companies squeeze money out of their clients by causing them anxiety and worry. Homeowners are told they have mold and other toxic substances in their systems - claims which are most likely false and used merely to extort money.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY: Come see this spacious Visalia home

940  W Paradise Ave,  Visalia, listed at $199,500.
Bring the whole family to see this wonderful and spacious Visalia home Sunday, Aug. 26 from noon to 3 p.m.

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home has 2,859 square feet of living space in an established neighborhood.  The spacious home offers a variety of uses.

The entire upstairs has been remodeled with Knotty Alderwood trim, doors and designer fixtures in the bathrooms.

The family room doors are also replaced downstairs. You will find dual pane, Low E windows throughout.

The family room is separated from bonus room with exterior insulated french doors-15 X 20'

A bonus room can be day care, private office, play room, etc.

Off the owner's suite is another 12 X 18.5' room for crafts, exercise equipment, office where the laundry equipment has been moved and it opens to 22' Deck with stairs to back yard.

The owner's suite has claw-foot tub, huge shower, and dual sinks, plus large walk-in closet.

The Interior/Ext was repainted 2010/11. Double ovens, gas cooktop in kitchen.

Enjoy a low maintenance back yard. Close to shopping and schools! PLUMBED FOR SOLAR!!!!

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364.

Stress-free closing in 7 steps


By: G. M. Filisko - By doing homework in advance, you'll understand what you're asked to sign when you close the sale of your home.

You've already cleared several hurdles by finding the right home, negotiating the best price, and securing favorable financing. The last obstacle on your home buying track is the closing, which can be both tedious and tense.

By knowing what to expect and doing some legwork, you can put your closing behind you. These seven steps will guide you through a smooth closing.

1. Set a closing date
Your real estate agent will work with the seller's agent and title company to schedule your closing date. Be sure it meshes with the end of your lease or the sale of your existing home and a time when you'll able to play hooky from work. If you're tight on cash, schedule your closing for the end of the month because that's when you'll have to pay the least amount of interest at the closing table.

Escape to country living

37385  Millwood Dr,  Woodlake, listed at $390,000.
Take a look at this custom, open floor-plan home built by RUPP with views of the valley and the Sierras in the distance. 

Sitting on 2.44 acres, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home features Hardi Plank siding, solar panels (PGE aver. $100 mo), a generator for emergencies, a whole-house fan, Solar Tube, tile floors throughout most of the home (carpet in bedrooms) and an over sized garage. 

The home is 1,898 square feet. The kitchen has granite counter tops, Jenn-Aire Appliances, an island/vegetable sink, roll-out shelving in raised panel Alderwood cabinets and a corner window to catch views of Sierras. 

The interior features vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows to the patio and fenced yard for pets. There is a corner floor-to-ceiling Heatolator fireplace. 

The formal dining room has buffet and bay window facing the west hills. The spacious laundry room has cabinets, including a washer/dryer. 

The insulated, over sized garage has more cabinets and a pull-down ladder to overhead storage. 

The air conditioning was replaced 2011! 

The owner's suite has a walk in closet, French doors to patio, bay window sitting area and walk in shower. 

The circular drive invites your guests to meander up stepping stones to cozy front porch.

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364. 

Time to sell your home in Visalia and Tulare County is now

Visalia home buyers bid against each other for homes

 Now is the best time in more than a year to sell your home.

The number of homes flooding the market in recent years - both traditional sale and distressed mortgages - have declined significantly over the past 14 months. Multiple Listing Service statistics show that the number of homes for sale have dropped in Tulare County by nearly 25%.

With fewer homes to choose from sellers recently have been known to bid against each other for the best homes.
MLS data show decline in number of homes on the market in Tulare County

Call Darlene Loose in Visalia if you are ready to sell your home in this competitive market. (559) 625-9364

PRICE REDUCED: Spacious Visalia home

940  W Paradise Ave,  Visalia, listed at $199,500.
This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home has 2,859 square feet of living space in an established neighborhood.  The spacious home offers a variety of uses.

The entire upstairs has been remodeled with Knotty Alderwood trim, doors and designer fixtures in the bathrooms.

The family room doors are also replaced downstairs. You will find dual pane, Low E windows throughout.

The family room is separated from bonus room with exterior insulated french doors-15 X 20'

A bonus room can be day care, private office, play room, etc.

Off the owner's suite is another 12 X 18.5' room for crafts, exercise equipment, office where the laundry equipment has been moved and it opens to 22' Deck with stairs to back yard.

The owner's suite has claw-foot tub, huge shower, and dual sinks, plus large walk-in closet.

The Interior/Ext was repainted 2010/11. Double ovens, gas cooktop in kitchen.

Enjoy a low maintenance back yard. Close to shopping and schools! PLUMBED FOR SOLAR!!!!

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364.

Don't miss this home full of newer features

3312  W Hillsdale Ave,  Visalia, listed at $169,900
Make an appointment to see this updated 1,777-square-foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

This home is move-in condition with many improvements:
  • 2009-Carpet, tile floor, kitchen appliances and sink, countertop and backsplash and Owner's suite shower. 
  • 2010-Pool pump and water heater, 
  • 2011-Air Conditioning. 
Interior door hardware, light fixtures, bathroom faucets and cabinet knobs are brushed nickel.

Kitchen/dining is open to family room. Living room is off entry.

Owner just installed new bathroom counter tops and sinks. Spacious bedrooms. Roof is approx. 6-8 years old. Sparkling pool for these hot summer days.

Variety of fruit trees. PLUS room for RV. Alarm System also. Solar screens are stored in garage. TRADITIONAL SALE AND OWNER WOULD LOVE QUICK CLOSING!!!!

Call me for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364

PODCAST: Home Remodeling by the Numbers


Are you trying to decide between moving and remodeling, or whether you can afford home improvements or repairs?

First, ask yourself whether the improvement is a want or a need. Repairing a leaky roof is a need. New kitchen cabinets and swimming pools are wants—cosmetic improvements whose cost may not be justified.

PRICE REDUCED: A great deal on a home with Sierra views

37385  Millwood Dr,  Woodlake, listed at $390,000.
Take a look at this custom, open floor-plan home built by RUPP with views of the valley and the Sierras in the distance. 

Sitting on 2.44 acres, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home features Hardi Plank siding, solar panels (PGE aver. $100 mo), a generator for emergencies, a whole-house fan, Solar Tube, tile floors throughout most of the home (carpet in bedrooms) and an over sized garage. 

The home is 1,898 square feet. The kitchen has granite counter tops, Jenn-Aire Appliances, an island/vegetable sink, roll-out shelving in raised panel Alderwood cabinets and a corner window to catch views of Sierras. 

The interior features vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows to the patio and fenced yard for pets. There is a corner floor-to-ceiling Heatolator fireplace. 

The formal dining room has buffet and bay window facing the west hills. The spacious laundry room has cabinets, including a washer/dryer. 

The insulated, over sized garage has more cabinets and a pull-down ladder to overhead storage. 

The air conditioning was replaced 2011! 

The owner's suite has a walk in closet, French doors to patio, bay window sitting area and walk in shower. 

The circular drive invites your guests to meander up stepping stones to cozy front porch.

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364. 

Avoiding five mistakes that even good homeowners make


(ARA) - Have you ever accidentally left a candle burning unattended? Or left home without turning on the security system? You probably made a mental note to yourself to not do it again, but otherwise didn't think much about it.

But next time, you might not get so lucky. A simple "uh oh" could lead to thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

"We recommend homeowners adopt a mindset of thinking about the consequences of things, of what could go wrong," says Dr. Tim Reinhold, senior vice president of research and chief engineer for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Here are five tips to avoid common homeowner mistakes:

Tip 1: Clean out the filter on your clothes dryer

Why? Fire. Those wads of lint that get caught in your dryer's filter can pose a major fire hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that dryers cause more than 15,000 fires a year.

Your strategy: Be sure to completely empty the lint trap every time you use your dryer. Also, make sure your dryer ducts are metal, since they're less likely to sag and allow lint to build up.

Tips for refreshing your home with paint color


(ARA) - For many people, the onset of spring and summer is the ideal time to take on a home improvement project. Paint is a popular choice for those looking to freshen up their space, given that it is an easy, economical activity and a fun way to make a dramatic difference.

In fact, painting tops spring home improvement wish lists, according to the 2012 Spring Home Improvement Survey by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

With seven of 10 homeowners planning home improvement projects, nearly half (49 percent) cite painting as the most-desired need. They say that bedrooms and bathrooms are the first targets for fresh paint (both at 29 percent), followed by living or family rooms (28 percent).

To help people jump start spring endeavors with low-cost project ideas and tips, NARI and Sherwin-Williams are launching National Painting Week on April 16. "People are looking for more cost-saving ways to enhance their spaces," says NARI chairman Paul Zuch, certified remodeler. "Some of the most dramatic transformations are projects like resurfacing cabinets or changing kitchen or bathroom hardware, as well as painting the interior or exterior of your home."

Great curb appeal for Crestwood-area home

2934 S Linda Vista St Visalia, listed at $134,900.
This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home can be found in an  excellent neighborhood near shopping and across County Center to Crestwood School (and part of La Joya and El Diamante school district).

Well maintained over all with newer kitchen appliances, heating and cooling, dual pane windows (except bedrooms and bathrooms) and composition roof.

The 1,549-square-foot home features a formal living and family rooms, breakfast bar, plus dining area. There is a nice back yard-deck, with a spa and storage building as is.

Call Darlene for an appointment to see this home today! (559) 625-9364.

Southwest Visalia home offers comfort and large lot

3349  W Country Ave,  Visalia, listed at $184,900.
This southwest Visalia home offers a large, 1/3 acre lot near good schools - Crestwood Elementary, LaJoya Middle School and El Diamante High School.

There are 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,954-square-feet of living space.

There is access to a tiled patio from the family room and an owner's suite, while a the 4th bedroom brings all that green inside.

The re-modeled bathrooms (jetted tub in hall bath) and updated fixtures and fans throughout give it a modern feel.

There is laminate wood flooring but carpet in bedrooms (except 1) and some tile flooring.

Outside you will find an efficient gardening set-up, and beside the house is a greenhouse.

The spacious backyard features a Doughboy Pool for the hot days coming.

Kitchen Appliances have been replaced.

ALREADY HAS A HOME WARRANTY AND TRADITIONAL SALE!!

Don't miss this one. Call Darlene for an appointment today. (559) 625-9364

Review: RE/MAX Mobile App is powerful tool


As real estate apps go, you won't find one easier to use or more powerful than the newly released RE/MAX Mobile App.

Easy and free to download, this new mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android allows users to easily find and research properties anywhere.

Here are just a few of the features you will like:

  1. Download and enjoy it free of charge
  2. Instantly search nearby homes for sale based on their current location
  3. Customize their searches using advanced search filters
  4. View properties using the dynamic map search
  5. Quickly zoom and navigate neighborhoods with interactive "balloon view" maps
  6. Generate turn-by-turn driving directions from their current location to properties that interest them
  7. Save their searches and favorite listings to their smartphone or tablet
  8. Easily share properties for sale with friends and family via email
  9. Determine the best financial options, loan amounts and monthly payments with the integrated mortgage calculator
 If you are buying or selling a house, this app is a must download. It will help you make smarter, more informed decisions faster, keep you up to speed with the market, and in touch with your agent along the way.

Find it in the App Store, or read more about it online at http://www.remax.com/mobile-apps/index.aspx

If I can assist you in anyway, please don't hesitate to call. (559) 625-9364.

Oak Ranch home offers a little bit of country

15042  El Rancho Ave,  Visalia, listed at $199,000.
Enjoy some distance from your neighbors with this Oak Ranch home on a 1/3 acre lot.

Listed at $199,000, this immaculate and well-maintained home is a great value with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,173 square feet.

Step into a tiled entry and on to a formal living room/dining room or go straight into vaulted family room with corner brick fireplace, skylight and built-in cabinets.

The ceiling is open beam tongue-in-groove with painted wood.

It features a spacious breakfast nook, a huge kitchen with dual pane windows overlooking the lush back yard, fruit trees and patios (with new roofs).

Owner upgraded the home in '07 with fresh paint, new carpeting and window coverings as Plantation Shutters,

Other upgrades include dual pane windows -except sliders- ceiling fans in most rooms, newer faucets in kitchen/baths, newer 50 Gallon water heater, dry walled garage.

The vaulted owner's suite has dual closets and sinks, privacy garden off bath area, plus a private patio area. The side yard is gated.

Owner already has two year roof cert and clearance coming on termite report (NO termites).

Call Darlene for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364

Small-scale renovation projects continue to provide the best return for homeowners


(ARA) - Even as spring approaches, the residential real estate market continues to be rough on American homeowners more than three years after the start of the nationwide housing crisis.

Although sales of existing homes are up slightly from 2010 levels, the median home price is still down throughout most of the country, according to the National Association of Realtors.

This means that many homeowners are continuing to sit tight and are looking for ways to make their current houses work for them just a little bit longer, until the real estate market improves.

But even when it comes to home renovations, it is important to be smart about how you spend your money, as the value of many large-scale home improvement projects is also questionable in today's economy. Homeowners who made improvements in 2011 picked up only 58 cents in home equity on their remodeling dollar (on average), according to the Cost versus Value report released by Remodeling Magazine. Compared to figures in 2005, when home improvement projects provided a 76 percent cost return, the current data is hardly a motivator to proceed with that long-dreamed total kitchen renovation.

Small, quick repairs have a big impact on your home's curb appeal - and value


(ARA) - As the weather continues to warm, you might be thinking about some of the home improvement projects you put on the back burner during the winter. As you once again consult your to-do list, it's the perfect time to think about a few small projects that can greatly enhance your home's curb appeal.

Where does a smart homeowner start? The answer: Begin with a few small projects that are guaranteed to greatly enhance your home's curb appeal. Whether you're preparing to sell your home, or are simply trying to protect your investment and make it easier on the eyes, there are a few common improvements that can give the exterior of your home a quick and easy facelift.

Start with the driveway
Repaving or reconstructing your driveway entirely can be a time consuming and expensive task, but for most homeowners, this can be avoided with some annual maintenance. If you neglect your driveway, cracks can quickly grow into potholes, which can cause it to lose its aesthetic appeal and pose a safety concern. A few hours work each year can greatly extend the life of your driveway.

This Visalia home has its own fitness center

3030  W Iris Ave,  Visalia, listed at $399,000.
This elegant in-town estate has a new price: $399,000.

This Royal Oaks home has it all. Enjoy a sparkling pool and spa with a waterfall. It also has a fitness center that includes a steam shower and sauna (335 square feet).

Inside this 3,108-square-foot home are floor-to-ceiling windows at the front and rear of the house, creating lots of natural light in the open living area and offering great views of a lush park-like yard.

There are tile floors in the entry, hall, living room, kitchen, laundry and owner's suite. There is a fourth bedroom/office with full bath, offering lots of privacy.

The remodeled kitchen has raised-panel cabinets, a center island with vegetable sink, roll-out shelving, pantry, and a SubZero refrigerator.

There are skylights in the vaulted wood ceiling, extending into the dining room with oak floors and another skylight - all electronically controlled.

The spacious guest bedroom wing has full bath and a 11'X16' family/computer room.

The owner's suite has a wall of windows overlooking the patio and yard with vaulted a ceiling. The three-sided fireplace splits the elegant, remodeled bath area with top-set sinks, jetted tub with leaded glass backdrop, a huge shower and a walk-in closet.

This unique property is a must see. For more information and pictures, click here.

Call Darlene Loose for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364

Tax credit and deduction tips for home improvement in 2012


(ARA) - With the new year under way, you may be thinking about needed home improvements and how you'll use your credit to fund them. While it's important to understand your credit before making major home improvement decisions, you should also consider another kind of credit - tax credits for energy efficient home improvements.

For the past few years, the federal government has offered tax credits for certain home improvements aimed at increasing a home's energy efficiency. While the most popular and generous tax credits, such as the one that allowed you to claim up to 30 percent of improvements such as a new roof or hot water heater, have expired, you can still get credit for other significant energy-efficient improvements.

According to EnergyStar.gov, you can claim a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of installing a geothermal heat pump, small wind turbine or solar energy system in your home. The credit has no upper limit and applies to both existing homes and new construction, but not to rental properties. This credit is good until Dec. 31, 2016.

Find this home and be amazed!

3030 W. Iris Ave., Visalia - listed at $399,000.
This elegant in-town estate has a new price: $399,000.

This Royal Oaks home has it all. Enjoy a sparkling pool and spa with a waterfall. It also has a fitness center that includes a steam shower and sauna (335 square feet).

Inside this 3,108-square-foot home are floor-to-ceiling windows at the front and rear of the house, creating lots of natural light in the open living area and offering great views of a lush park-like yard.

There are tile floors in the entry, hall, living room, kitchen, laundry and owner's suite. There is a fourth bedroom/office with full bath, offering lots of privacy.

The remodeled kitchen has raised-panel cabinets, a center island with vegetable sink, roll-out shelving, pantry, and a SubZero refrigerator.

There are skylights in the vaulted wood ceiling, extending into the dining room with oak floors and another skylight - all electronically controlled.

The spacious guest bedroom wing has full bath and a 11'X16' family/computer room.

The owner's suite has a wall of windows overlooking the patio and yard with vaulted a ceiling. The three-sided fireplace splits the elegant, remodeled bath area with top-set sinks, jetted tub with leaded glass backdrop, a huge shower and a walk-in closet.

This unique property is a must see. For more information and pictures, click here.

Call Darlene Loose for an appointment today! (559) 625-9364

How to have easy-blooming flower power for any size garden

(ARA) - We've had an unseasonably warm - and dry - winter. Chances are you're itching to dig in the soil and fill your garden with plants and flowers bursting with rich color and fragrance.

"Designing with colorful, low-maintenance plants that bloom year round is one of my greatest pleasures," says Susan Olinger, president of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

For the average person that's not as simple as it sounds, but coming this spring, it will be easy to add plenty of "flower power" to any garden, patio or balcony with new Bloomtastic! flowers and plants from Hines Growers.

These easy, low-maintenance flowers have been handpicked to provide rich color and gorgeous blooms that turn ordinary yards into show-stopping gardens from spring to late fall.

Check out these tips from garden pros for eye-popping color and abundant blooms spring through fall.

1. The right plant for the right spot. Too often we're seduced by pretty plants at a garden center, only to find it withers and dies when we plant it in our garden.

"You'll have greater success if you know what plants work best in your yard's conditions," says Justin Hancock, garden editor for Better Homes and Gardens online. "Know how much sun, soil and water the plant needs and make sure it can handle the heat and cold in your area before you buy it."