Quality at every turn, this home has it all

3908 W Oriole Ct Visalia, listed at $574,000.
Spectacular Custom 4 bedroom home on 1/2 acre lot near end of cul de sac.

Quality built into every square foot with 10' ceilings, crown moldings, surround sound, gourmet

Game room incl. pool table, entertainment built-ins and computer centers, Elegant owner's suite with granite & designer sinks and fixtures, jetted tub, walk-in shower and more, One of three bedrooms on opposite end of home offers another smaller owner/type suite.

Formal dining room off entry. 3-Car finished Garage with 9' high doors. RV parking with dump-electrical. Salt water pool has spillway from spa, waterfall, and lounging pad in water.

 Covered patio with stone pillars, recessed lighting and stamped concrete offers great enjoyment by family or entertaining.
kitchen with Granite Countertops, Bosch DW, 48 Sub-Zero , Wolf gas range + another electric oven, warming oven, wine refrigerator, Raised Panel Alderwood Cabinetry open to Great Room with step-up ceiling to 12', stone fireplace/mantel and wall of windows overlooking covered patio.

Call Darlene today! (559) 625-9364

Six tips to liven up your laundry room

(BPT) - With the average American family doing more than 400 loads of laundry each year, it's no wonder that the laundry room has become one of the most popular remodeling projects in the house.- Often out of sight and out of mind, most laundry rooms are designed like closets rather than efficient utility rooms. But according to Decorator Jenny Komenda, who blogs at The Little Green Notebook, with just a few inexpensive changes, you can brighten your clothes and your mood by transforming your dark and dingy laundry room into a bright, functional (and even enjoyable) place.


Check out these tips from Jenny, The Home Depot, Tide and Maytag for the Brilliant HE Clean campaign on how to create more efficient and enjoyable laundry rooms:

*Dealing with a dark, cave-like laundry room is a chore in and of itself. By taking off the doors on a few of your upper cabinets, you'll open up the space and create a place to store baskets. Assign baskets for every member of the house, which makes sorting a breeze.

*Why not decoupage or paint the insides of your cabinets for a fun pop of color? It's a guaranteed smile each and every time you reach for your detergent. Also don't ignore the door. Adhere some cork panels on the inside of the cabinet doors and create a space to pin all those stain removal tips.

*Don't like the cabinets, floors and countertops in your laundry room? Every surface can be painted or resurfaced. Update your laundry room with paint and a concrete overlay for less than $30 in materials. Say goodbye to the outdated linoleum, brick pavers and old, dark cabinets.

*A rolling laundry butler can be your best friend, doing triple duty with a hanging bar, a rolling basket and a drying rack. It's the perfect choice for smaller laundry rooms that haven't been updated in a few decades.

Renovation loans give homebuyers an edge in a competitive market

(BPT) - Just a year ago homebuyers could choose from a bounty of properties on the market. Today things are starkly different. In many locations throughout the United States, inventory of homes for sale is at historic lows, creating a seller's market where multiple buyers get into bidding wars over move-in-ready homes.

"Move-in-ready homes may be selling like hotcakes, but older homes or damaged properties are often passed over," says Margaret Kelly, CEO with RE/MAX. "This is a big opportunity for smart buyers who are willing to overlook cosmetic or other imperfections."


If buyers can look beyond aesthetic characteristics like paint color, hardware and floor coverings, they may discover a diamond in the rough, especially if the home is in the neighborhood where they prefer to live. For example, if they like the overall design of a particular home, but the kitchen is straight out of the '70s and the deck needs major repairs, a renovation loan can help them purchase the property while upgrading the kitchen and outdoor space exactly how they want them.

"Many homebuyers are surprised you don't need a ton of money in the bank to fund improvements," explains Kelly. "A special type of loan called a renovation loan is ideal for these types of homes because it covers both the cost of the mortgage and repairs."

Renovation loans can also help buyers who want to purchase in a particular neighborhood where most home prices exceed their budget. Properties that need work are typically listed at a lower cost and often go unsold, creating an opportunity for people willing to make improvements. Buyers can use a renovation loan to get into the neighborhood of their dreams, quickly build equity and customize a home to their personal preferences.

Several variations of renovation loans are available. FHA renovation loans are called 203(k) loans. How much money you want to borrow and the kinds of improvements you plan to make will determine which of the two 203(k) types you need. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have their own specific types of renovation loans.

Requirements for the borrower, the amount you can borrow, and the overall structure of the loan are different for each program. Typically, the loan is based on the estimated home value after improvements, and buyers will need to get bids from licensed contractors to help determine the total loan amount as well as a timeline for the work to be completed.

Because finding a home and getting approval of a renovation loan can be complicated, it's wise for buyers to work with a real estate specialist who has experience in these types of sales. For example, RE/MAX agents lead the industry in professional designations and many have experience working with buyers who want a renovation loan. Visit www.remax.com to find an agent in your area.

"A renovation loan really does give homebuyers an edge in today's competitive market," says Kelly. "It's definitely something to research and determine whether it's right for you."

Spectacular, custom home built with quality

Spectacular Custom 4 bedroom home on 1/2 acre lot near end of cul de sac.

Quality built into every square foot with 10' ceilings, crown moldings, surround sound, gourmet kitchen with Granite Countertops, Bosch DW, 48 Sub-Zero , Wolf gas range + another electric oven, warming oven, wine refrigerator, Raised Panel Alderwood Cabinetry open to Great Room with step-up ceiling to 12', stone fireplace/mantel and wall of windows overlooking covered patio.

Game room incl. pool table, entertainment built-ins and computer centers, Elegant owner's suite with granite & designer sinks and fixtures, jetted tub, walk-in shower and more, One of three bedrooms on opposite end of home offers another smaller owner/type suite.

Formal dining room off entry. 3-Car finished Garage with 9' high doors. RV parking with dump-electrical. Salt water pool has spillway from spa, waterfall, and lounging pad in water.

 Covered patio with stone pillars, recessed lighting and stamped concrete offers great enjoyment by family or entertaining.

Tranquil living in custom Marseille home

Live in MARSEILLE!

Custom home by Bogard Construction on huge corner lot-room for pool. Split bedroom plan with spacious office with double french doors off entrance. Formal dining room open to living room with magnificent windows overlooking lush landscaping.

1848  N Salierno Ct,  Visalia, listed at $354,900.
Corner fireplace and entertainment center (not built-in so not a problem to accomodate a larger tv, etc.) Gourmet kitchen with island and overlooks breakfast nook with bay windows to back yard. Owner's suite has huge walk-in closet, jetted tub and french door opens to arbor and path to tranquility.

Owner is intending to paint the exterior trim and arbor to freshen up home. Also Carpet Allowance.

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