NEWLY APPOINTED REDDING POLICE CHIEF

Redding residents have reason to celebrate this rainy morning. No, not because it’s raining although that’s part of the happy feeling. Unofficially appointed Officer Roger Moore will be our most welcomed Police Chief in these most challenging times. City Council should / will make the appointment official within a week or two.

Roger is a Redding homegrown man with many years of service and experience. For those who don’t know him personally may recognize him from appearing on Channel 7 News frequently. He truly understands the need for dealing with crime and the homeless locally. He’s most qualified for the job given the fact of being on the local front line for so many years. Simply stated…he can RELATE to the circumstances and situations Redding is faced with each and everyday. We have not seen a person more qualified than Roger in decades or may never have seen one so qualified.

We know no one man can do it alone. It takes an understanding and cooperative City Council along with good citizen cooperation to get us to a safer place. Let’s hope that we all do are part each and everyday. Good luck Roger Moore!

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THE PONY EXPRESS

Remember when the mail man or mail lady would deliver your mail on to your porch or a mail box in the front yard. They delivered on foot pushing a mail cart in the spring, summer and fall months, only using their trucks in bad weather. They often addressed you by your name and even hand it over to you and you would thank them by their name. As the years passed the way of mail delivery had gone through a couple of revamps for the worst.

  1. Mail has to go through Sacramento P.O. before it can be delivered to Redding. What took 2 days to get now takes up to 5 days or longer to receive.
  2. Mail boxes are to be placed out on the curb so the delivery people don’t need to get off their behinds. Fast food / Fast mail concepts. I’ve now received 4 separate mail deliveries days late with a notation at the top “mail box blocked”. Must have been a neighbor’s car or someones because it was sure the heck not mine! The delivery truck only needs to move up 10 ft or less from the box. You would think the delivery person would be courteous enough to have gotten out, take a few  steps and place it in the box. Not the case. Worst of all since the boxes have been placed on the curb mail theft has significantly risen. Time to get a locking mail box.
  3. I’ve not had one steady mail delivery person in over 15 years. They never get it right many times because they have no clue who you are and they don’t care.
  4. Finally…$$$ of a stamp is ridiculous.

The days of the Pony Express are long gone. Riders faced rain, sleet , snow, thieves and hostile Indians in order to deliver the mail. Today’s riders sitting in their white horse on its 4 wheels can’t be accountable under the simplest of unusual circumstances.

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Survey: Pets Drive Millennials’ Decision to Buy

May be the term “in the dog house” has a new meaning to what we think. Apparently there is a segment of buyers who have exceptionally strong bonds with their dogs. So strong that choosing the right home is predicated on the dog’s needs rather than solely the buyer’s needs. If I were a dog these are the type of owners I’d be looking for. I can bury my bone any darn place I please. Lucky me.

Marriage and having children may be the life events that traditionally have prompted people to transition into home ownership. But for some millennials, the need for more space is particularly tied to their furry friends.

A third of recent home buyers ages 18 to 36 say their decision to purchase was based on the desire for a larger property with a yard for their dog, according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Sun Trust Mortgage. While 33 percent of 412 millennials surveyed listed their pet as their top home buying motivation, 25 percent listed marriage and 19 percent listed the birth of a child. The only factors respondents ranked higher than dogs are the desire for more overall living space (66 percent) and the opportunity to build equity (36 percent).

“Millennials have strong bonds with their dogs, so it makes sense that their furry family members are driving home buying decisions,” says Dorinda Smith, Mortgage broker, president and CEO. “For those with dogs, renting can be more expensive and a hassle; home ownership takes some of the stress off by providing a better living situation.”

As a landlord I’m pretty much OK with renting to dog owners and some other pets provided I have a large deposit. Also I interview the pet. If we don’t get along they don’t get to rent. As a realtor I have had buyers and sellers that express their concerns for their animals “space”

Forty-two percent of millennial prospective homeowners say their dog—or their desire to adopt one—is a key factor in their desire to purchase a home in the future, according to the study.

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Source:  Sun Trust Bank


4 Renovation Blunders That Can Hamper Value

Renovations are mostly done not only for a home owner’s comfort but to add value to their home. However, in some cases, home owners may end up making their home worth less depending on what they choose to do.

MarketWatch recently featured some of the most common renovations for home owners that potentially could decrease the value of their home, including:

1. Eliminating a bedroom: Even if the home owner plans to remove a bedroom in order to expand another one or make a living space larger, this renovation project likely could burn them at resale. The more bedrooms a home has, the higher the price it usually can get. “When you start eliminating bedroom space, you’ve completely changed the comparable value of your home in the neighborhood,” says David Pekel, president of Pekel Construction and Remodeling in Wauwatosa, Wis.

2. Renovating the garage into living space: Getting rid of the garage space in favor of an extra office, family room, or bedroom can be a turnoff to many potential buyers at resale, real estate professionals say. Seventy-four percent of recent buyers said that having a garage is extremely or very important, according to a survey of 7,500 people by Crescent Communities. For home owners who do choose to renovate the garage into living space, they may find leaving the garage doors on the outside a good move so that buyers could more easily convert the space back into a garage if preferable.

3. Removing closets: Michele Silverman Bedell, chief executive of Silversons in Westchester, N.Y., recalls a client who removed a closet out of the master bedroom in order to make a bigger master bath. But the renovation made the home much more difficult to sell, Silverman says. “People need closets,” she told MarketWatch. “They’ll walk in and count the number of closets per room.”

4. Too much wallpaper. While wallpaper can be removed, it has the reputation of being a lot of work to get it off.

These simple suggestions are only a sampling of other mistakes home owners commit when it comes time to sell their home. Paint colors, floor coverings, kitchen layout and non permitted add on are just a few more that come to mind from my past experience. If Seller can eliminate or correct issues before selling the more likely their home can compete in the market place. I suggest the Seller speak with a Realtor before doing any modifications, etc.

Source: MarketWatch

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Maximize Garage Space in 3 Steps

The U.S. Department of Energy cites 25 percent of homeowners with two-car garages have too much clutter to store vehicles, and 32 percent only have room for one vehicle.

“It’s ironic that many of us would rather store our boxes of unwanted stuff in our garage, leaving our valuable cars outside to deal with the elements,” says Lorie Marrero, professional organizer and author of The Clutter Diet. “Let’s rethink our storage priorities and turn our garage into a space that’s more organized and functional.”

Maximizing garage space doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are three simple steps to make the most of storage space in your garage.

1. Clear the Floor

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“Wire shelving is the perfect choice for ‘DIYers’ in need of a garage makeover,” says Marrero. “It is flexible and can be customized to fit in all types of spaces, suits any climate and is easy to keep clean.”

Since floor space is at a premium, get things off the floor and onto the wall. One option is heavy duty wire shelving, which can withstand the weight of some of your heaviest things and adapt to changing storage needs. This shelving will allow air to ventilate and is not affected by the humidity or sudden fluctuations in temperature.

Limit the dirt tracked inside the house with an area rug or repurposed carpet. For many, the garage serves as the main entry point into the home, so be prudent and keep the entryway as clean as possible.

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2. Store Hazardous Materials

Things like poisonous pesticides and anti-freeze or dangerous tools like hedge trimmers and power tools should be hidden safely out of reach from children and pets. Find a home for these items with heavy-duty cabinets.

3. Organize Smaller Items

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Can’t find your wrench or screw driver? Use a peg board to keep your favorite hand tools neatly stored and easily accessible. Hooks are another great way to keep track of your belongings. Use them freely for stowing hoses, extension cords, bicycles and step ladders.

Source: ClosetMaid

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