Heather's Home Life

Issue 14 | April 2021

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Feeling Spring

Hello to blooming flowers, buzzing bees, and sneezing people.

It's almost the end of April and we are awaiting that much-needed spring housing inventory to arrive. Rest assured - more properties go on the market every week. I am happy to report that I have clients in contract to buy, am working with three other families, and am taking frequent inquiries from people curious about their real estate options.

I'm not an economist, market analyst, or even a psychic. But, I do know that things feel like they're picking up and as far as I'm concerned my feelings are as good a metric as any to decipher what is going on in this nutty world. But if you're more into "facts" and "data" than feelings, then keep reading this newsletter, because I've got those, too.

My wish for you, dear reader, is you're feeling hopeful about whatever it is life is offering you these days. If that's a potential change of housing, let's talk. There's enormous opportunity for both buyers and sellers, so don't let any question or concern stand in the way of getting the knowledge and empowerment that you deserve.

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Thanks to my clients' trust and referrals in 2020 and continued support from my Broker and other industry partners, I was invited to join the Sacramento Association of Realtors Master's Club.

Being recognized as a top producing agent in the region was truly exciting, and I am looking forward to continued growth in leadership, service, and sales this year.

Thank you for making this recognition and its opportunities possible.

Welcome Home, New Homeowners!

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Emily & Rachel, Sacramento

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Beau & Tessa, Orangevale

"Heather did an outstanding job as our Realtor - she helped us buy our first house! As first-time homebuyers, the home buying process seemed complicated. Not only did Heather's warmth and wit put us at ease, she helped us to feel excited and empowered in our options. We greatly appreciated her insight and knowledgeable perspective in navigating complicated negotiations. Heather advocated for us throughout the process and strived at all times to make sure we found the RIGHT house for our family, and she did! We couldn't be happier! Cannot recommend her enough!"

Welcome Home, Boba!

We got a puppy!

Boba is a 4-month-old Standard Poodle who moved in nearly 2 months ago. He's everything we hoped a puppy would be for our family: a walking buddy for me (maybe one day a running companion!), and a friend for Ramona & Clark. We have adjusted quickly to him, and we work well together to make sure he's happy and getting the training, playtime, cuddles, and rest he deserves. The only Downey who isn't too thrilled? Our cat, Sky. Clark dreams of the day we discover the dog & cat snoozing together, but I'm not holding my breath.

We love Boba so much and it took exactly one day of being a dog owner for me to become one of THOSE people...you know, the kind who has an Instagram account for their pet! Follow this cutie @bobapett2021

Market Update

Calling all sellers! Join the party and list your house for sale. Buyers are ready!

Need convincing? Okay.

In Sacramento, housing prices are up 200% since 2012, and homes are tending to sit on the market for exactly one weekend before getting into contract. Buyers need to be fast, motivated, and pre-approved. Furthermore, 25% of homes in the region are selling for 5-10% above list price. So buyers, adjust that Redfin search accordingly. If you see a home for $450,000 go live online, don't plan to offer anything less than $480,000 or so.

Interest rates are still low, and some industry deep thinkers argue that they're TOO low and they need to come up already!

What do you think?

VIRTUAL Mother's Day Garden Tour

This year, the iconic East Sacramento Mother's Day Garden Tour is Virtual! Please check out all the FREE Garden Tour experiences and resources ONLINE May 8-9th. This popular event is a fundraiser for a local elementary school, raising funds for important S.T.E.A.M curriculum, an Artist in Residency Program, and field trips.

I am a proud sponsor of this event, and encourage you to check it out so you can shop the e-boutique for a perfect Mother's Day gift, purchase your wine tasting package (limited supplies on this one!), and DONATE! Thank you.

East Patio Mexicano

Welcome to the neighborhood to the new owners and staff at this fabulous Mexican restaurant at Folsom & 51st.

We have ordered take out once, and even chose to dine on the pet-friendly patio for our first meal out in public in over a year. Delicious food, great service, and plenty of space to spread out and enjoy dining al fresco. Highly recommend, will eat again, and again.

If you try East Patio Mexicano, be sure to take a photo and tag @heatherdowneyhomes for a chance to win a gift card. Thanks for supporting local eateries, and be sure to continue to tip generously when you do!

And, a special thank you to all of you who dined at Snug, Jr. over the last couple months on my recommendation. YUMMY! Melissa Jernigan shared a photo of her burger on social and won a gift card from me. You could be next!

Happy dining, friends.

Heather Downey, Your Newly Poodle-Obsessed Realtor

It's been fun catching up! I look forward to hearing your updates and thoughts.

Stay safe,