Raymond Henson's Blog Posts

Laguna West Listing-3412 Babson Drive

I will be listing this home on 4/29/2022.  It is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1,686 square foot house and there is a gorgeous  pool.   In the video below, you will see there are a

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Elk Grove Real Estate Market Update, March 2022

Elk Grove continues to experience solid price growth.  The median home price is up 20.9%, year over year, and has risen 2.2% from February's $650,000 number.  Interest rates have not

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from Elk Grove!

St. Patrick's Day has always been celebrated in out household.  We have a bit of Irish heritage in our background.  My great grandmother had a great Irish name, Olive Williams.  Yes,

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The Tree Lined Streets of Laguna West-Lakeside

Our Lakeside Community's main streets are lined with fruitless pear trees.  They have had a few issues over the years.  About three years many were damaged by fire blight and we even lost

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Birds and the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge at Sunset

We are lucky to have plenty of wonderful sunsets here in Elk Grove, CA. Every once in a while, we are blessed with something really special at the same time, thousands of migrating geese enjoying

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The Best Pickleball Courts in Elk Grove, California

Pickleball, it is not just your father's sport any more!Oasis Park-Elk Grove's Best Pickleball CourtsWe have been blessed with some very nice venues in Elk Grove to play pickleball, but the best

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Elk Grove Real Estate Market Update, January 2022

Elk Grove Market Update for January 2022Elk Grove Median Value     The median price of homes in Elk Grove did go up about $36,000 from November to December so I was very

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Just Sold-2441 Gwen Drive-1031 Exchange

How much is your home worth? (free report)We recently sold this wonderful investment property in Sacramento, California.  It had been a rental for the last few years and there was a lot of work

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Living on the Edge and a Recommendation! ! !

     When everything goes right, selling a home is pretty easy.  This one was a challenge in a few ways.  This one almost did not happen.  We had an 18 acre fire

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Elk Grove Real Estate Market Review for 2021

Elk Grove Market Update for Elk GroveYear in ReviewIt turned out to be a very good year for homeowners and home sellers in Elk Grove this last year.  Median prices went up 30%, year over year.

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Rainbows and Waterfalls-Fun Things to do Near Sacramento

We are so close to so many wonderful places to hike near Sacramento.  We love to hike and even run the trails near us.  The trails are surrounded by so much beauty.One of our favorite

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Elk Grove Market Update, 2021 Year in Review

Elk Grove Market Update for Elk GroveYear in ReviewIt turned out to be a very good year for homeowners and home sellers in Elk Grove this last year.  Median prices went up 30%, year over year.

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Elk Grove Market Update for December, 2021

Elk Grove Market Update, November 2021     The November statistics showed strong price appreciation year over year in Elk Grove, once again.  In October, we saw the median

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Alternative Investments-A Book Review

"Work Hard at your job, and you can make a living.  Work hard on yourself, and you can make a fortune."  Jim Rhone About ten years ago, I was at a note investing seminar in Seattle.

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Cork Tree Lane Home on 5 Acres...SOLD! ! !

My listing on Cork Tree Lane closed yesterday.  When we first put the home on the market, we thought a developer might end up purchasing the home.  The land to the South of it and to the

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Apple Hill, Porcelain, and 31 Years Together

Thirty one years of marriage bliss and my wife wanted celebrate with a trip to Apple Hill and a new toilet.  I did not know that porcelain was the preferred gift for thirty one years of,

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Elk Grove Real Estate Market Update, September 2021

Elk Grove Real Estate Market UpdateSeptember prices are up over 20% year over year, but a steady new trend has emerged over the last five months.  The median price has not changed much at all.

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Laguna West, Lakeside and Stonelake Real Estate Market Update, September 2021

Real Estate Market Update for Laguna West, Lakeside and StonelakeLaguna West, Lakeside and Stonelake are each distinct neighborhoods in Elk Grove.  They are each similar enough that my clients

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California's New Law, SB 9

ReportSB-9 was recently passed in CA.  The Press Enterprise says, "It allows property owners to split a single-family lot into two lots and place up to two units on each, creating the potential

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The Best Reward in Real Estate, A Recommendation!

Real estate can be a real challenge, but when you get a chance to help friends purchase their first home for their new family, it is certaily the best reward in real estate.  I hope Tom and

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Real Estate's Best Reward. A Recommendation!

Real estate can be a challenge, but when you get a chance to help friends purchase their first home for their new family, it is really the best reward in real estate.  I hope Tom and Megan have

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Krista Mashore and Her Story

     A few weeks ago, I visited Dallas for the Build Conference.  It was put on not by eXp Realty, but by Brent Gove, which I find pretty remarkable.  He invited many

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Elk Grove Market Update, August 2021-Seasonal Slowing?

Elk Grove Market Update, August 2021-Seasonal Slowing?     Elk Grove is showing strong price growth year over year, but look at the median price over the last few months;April

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Best Places to Live in the Sacramento Area-Laguna West

We have lived in the Laguna West area of Elk Grove since 2000 and have loved it.  Below is a short video highlighting the area. ;

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How to get your House Ready to SELL FAST (BEST TIPS)

  Click on Picture to watch videoVideo Transcrip Below:     Today I thought i'd give you a few ideas on  how to get your house ready for the market so  when the

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Large Price Reduction-7535 Cork Tree Lane-5 acres

     My clients have reduced the price on this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2,274 square foot home sitting on 4.99 acres of land.  It is just off Gerber Rd.  a short distance

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Do You Want to Run a 5k, 10 miler or a Half Marathon? Train with Runnin for Rhett

     Have you ever wanted to run in a 5k or even a half marathon?  The time is now.  It is just about time to start Runnin for Rhett's fall training season.  Our fall

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Elk Grove Market Update for June 2021

                      Elk Grove Real Estate Market Update for June 2021From June 2020 until June of 2021, Elk Grove has had quite a year. 

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New Listing with 5 Acres, 7535 Cork Tree Lane, 95829

 7535 Cork Tree Lane could be perfect for a contractor to develop into several units or for a homeowner looking for a few acres and a house to make their own.     The

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The Best Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Ever!

We have been going to the same Independence Day Party in our Laguna West-Lakeside neighborhood for years.  The day starts with a neighborhood softball game with tasty treats, then moves to our

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We Were Lucky, But What If?

We were lucky, but what if...What if my photographer was not going to Hawaii and had not scheduled a few days earlier than I wanted him?What if we had scheduled the photography session for later in

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Is Elk Grove a Good Place to Live? Yes!

    Is Elk Grove, California a good place to live?  Yes! Our family has lived in the Laguna West-Lakeside area of Elk Grove since 2000 and have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. 

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You Need Me More Than I Need You, Elk Grove Market Update for May, 2021

A California builder I know was negotiating with his painter when the painter said, "You need me more than I need you!"  This same builder sent me  an itemized list of over 22 items that

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Elk Grove Market Update for April 2021

     April was much like March in the Elk Grove market so I am tempted to just say, "ditto," but I will do my best to add something new and intriguing.  Home prices are up%

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Sacramento's Big Day of Giving!

May 06, 2021 01:46 PM     Sacramento's Big Day of Giving was a succesful event.   It was a recent one day event to benefit local charities in the area.  It brought

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Elk Grove Market Update for March, 2021

(Pictured above-a meadow at Cosumes River Preserve, minutes South of Elk Grove)Elk Grove is a wonderful community just South of Sacramento.  It is a diverse area with distinctive neighborhoods

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New Listing-South Hills Manor Condominium

                           This South Hills Manor condominium is an 800 sf, two bedroom, one bathroom single story home with

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Elk Grove Market Update for February 2021

March 09, 2021 05:38 PM     Elk Grove is a wonderful community just South of Sacramento.  It is a diverse area with distinctive neighborhoods ranging from older

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The Gift of Groceries in South Sacramento

                        The New Hope Community Church, a congregation of 100 members, saw a need to feed their surrounding South

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New Sacramento Listing, 95829 Area

              Welcome to 8349 Delicato Way! This house is sure to make you happy with its open kitchen looking into the dining room and family room

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Elk Grove, Someplace Special

What Makes Elk Grove Someplace Special?What makes Elk Grove, CA special and attractive as a place to live?  I thought I would ask some of our long term residents for their collective.

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Elk Grove Market Update for January 2021

                                Elk Grove, January 2021        Buyers    

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Elk Grove....Someplace Special

Why Elk Grove?What makes Elk Grove, CA special and attractive as a place to live?  I thought I would ask some of our long term residents for their collective wisdom.  Here is what

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Oasis Park is OPEN!

     Oasis Park in Elk Grove is now open.  It is a wonderful park and has something for just about everyone.     Six Pickleball courts and two tennis courts with

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Painting Baseboards After the New Floors are Installed

         My next listing will be on the market in about two weeks.  It is a three bedroom, two bathroom,  1525 square foot home.  It is in good

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Jerusalem Artichoke and Arugula Soup-Delicious

This is a good one and very easy to make.  Enjoy! ! !Jerusalem Artichoke and Arugula SoupMy wife discovered this recipe in Ottolenghi, a cookbook written by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.

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Market Update, Stonelake, Laguna West and Lakeside, Dec. 2020

      Laguna West, Lakeside and Stonelake, Dec. 2020          I include the neighborhoods of Laguna West, Lakeside and Stonelake

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Elk Grove Market Update, Dec 2020

Elk Grove is a diverse city of over 170,000 residents just South of Sacramento. It has neighborhoods that vary in age with most of the older neighborhoods East of Highway 99.  Many of the newer

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The Power of a Great Network

   Over the past few years we have been fortunate to be a part of a few great networks.  We have needed help in several areas of the country; Ohio, Tennessee, Arizona, Southern

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Elk Grove's New PIckleball Courts are Open!

We have some great Pickleball courts that recently opened at the new Oasis Park.  It is located at 8015 Poppy Ridge Rd., East of Bruceville road, just off Whitelock parkway. 

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Appraisal Waivers

     A couple years ago, we were buying a house in Reno.  The market was hot and when the lender tried to schedule an appraiser, the first day an appraiser could be at the

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Consider Seller Inspections

It is generally the buyer who orders their own inspections after the seller has accepted their offer. Here are a few reasons sellers might consider doing their own inspections prior to listing their

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Our Favorite Elk Grove Breakfast Destination

  We moved to the Parkway in South Sacramento in 1987 and soon found an awesome restaurant with an outstanding breakfast selection, the Stagecoach in Sacramento.  Ten years later we moved

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7465 Pocket Road Open Houses, Sat and Sun

Open Houses, Sat 3/14 and Sun 3/15, from 1 to 4pm                                         

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Elk Grove Best of Business, 2020

Elk Grove's Best of Business, 2020     It is time for this year's Elk Grove's Best of Business competition.  It is amazing the transformation Elk Grove has gone through since I

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Featured Elk Grove 55+ Community, Glenbrooke

Glenbrooke by Del Webb Glenbrooke by Del Webb is a 55+ senior community centrally located in the Laguna Ridge neighborhood of Elk Grove. There are only two 55+ communities in Elk,

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Featured Elk Grove 55+ Community, Heritage Lakeside

Heritage Lakeside is a 55+, gated community in Elk Grove, CA, with easy access to Interstate 5.  The community features 269 single story homes.  Some bordering our man made lake, Heron.

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How To Get Rid of Mildew on Exterior Surfaces

  The Problem-Mildew     Many times, my past Henson Painting clients assumed that their mildew covered house needed to be painted.  It was quite common to clean their

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How to Sleep at Night After Applying For Your First Mortgage

The time comes when you realize that buying a home is a better option than renting for you. However, the process can be extremely stressful and still very worthwhile in the end.David Reed, writing

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