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We Buy Houses in Sacramento & Surrounding Areas!

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // February 1, 2019

NorCal Homes has been buying houses in the greater Sacramento area years! In 2018 we purchased nearly 20 different properties! In August 2018 a seller came to us, overwhelmed with the condition of her rental property. The renters were hoarders and had let the home go, to say the least. The seller was relieved to […]


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2018 Kitchen Trends According to Houzz

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // January 29, 2019

Transitional is the No. 1 kitchen style and Shaker leads for cabinets, the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study finds If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, perhaps the idea of white cabinets has crossed your mind — specifically, white Shaker-style cabinets. If so, you wouldn’t be alone.  The 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study gathered information from […]


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Cocktails & Deals: Potrero Edition

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // January 23, 2019

It’s that time again… Cocktails & Deals! It’s our first episode of 2019 and tonight we’re going to be focusing on several different topics. To kick things off, we’re going to go around the (kitchen) island and quickly review 2018. Once we conclude our brief recap, we’ll dive into Potrero. Let’s start from the VERY […]


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9 Reasons Moving to Sacramento is The Right Choice

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // January 15, 2019

California is packed with desirable places to live. While other destinations might be more popular, moving to Sacramento is actually an ideal choice for folks looking to move out west. The city of Sacramento is home to approximately 500,000 residents. Although the city limits may be on the smaller side, there are an additional 1 million […]


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Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // December 28, 2018

It’s Official – You’ve just purchased a NorCal Homes property and you’re getting ready to move! The paperwork was straightforward and simple, and everything’s going as planned. Now all that’s left is figuring out how to physically move your entire life from your old property into your new home… a task that can sometimes be […]


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Top 10 10 Low-Effort Ways to Transform a Tired Space

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // December 11, 2018

It’s not too late to update! Quick story – I have a good friend who became obsessed with contemporary and modern designs when the trend first started making a comeback. She took pictures off the walls, put her KitchenAid mixer in a cabinet (say what?!), removed pillows from couches and made sure most of her […]


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5 Last-Minute Halloween Decor Essentials

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // October 26, 2018

For many, Fall is the best time of the year. It’s so cool, crisp and all-around wonderful that it flies by and, before you know it, Halloween has come and gone. Don’t worry! These last-minute decor ideas will ensure that this Halloween gets the spooked-out attention it deserves. Eye See You Ditch the lights, lamps […]


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HGTV Approved Kitchen Pendants

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // October 23, 2018

Pendant Lights are Becoming the “Art” of The Kitchen … and they’re perfect for adding a little flair to this very important room. If you’re looking to freshen up the vibe in your kitchen without doing a major overhaul, switching up the lighting is a great way refresh the space without the price tag. HGTV […]


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Trendy Tile

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // October 18, 2018

Contrasting Colors and an eye-catching Patterns makes this Tile the Talking Point of the Room! This eye-caching geometric tile design, by clé, is grabbing the attention of interior designers. With a classic black and white color palette and sensational pattern, it’s easy to see why designers are loving the look of this tile. Continue reading […]


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Reading Trend Reports – A Quick Guide

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // October 2, 2018

WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?! … Well let me tell you. 😉 Nearly every Tuesday we use stats pulled directly from MLS to provide insight on how the Real Estate Market preformed the month before. While these numbers and figures are interesting, they’re not always easy to fully understand. Heck, I had been posting about […]


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DIY Lantern…

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // September 20, 2018

… for $4.00!! I was just looking for chic and rustic lanterns to decorate my fireplace mantle and front porch. Little did I know, you can spend $100+ on a trendy, boho-chic lantern. HARD PASS. This super simple #DIY can be done literally in just a few minutes, and it’s so easy that it’s nearly impossible […]


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Free Up Counter Space With These Simple Tricks

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // September 19, 2018

13 Storage Ideas That Will Free Up Your Counter Space Counter space is kind of like a purse… The bigger your purse gets, the more stuff you cram into it. It seems that no matter how much surface space – or purse space – you have, you seem to “grow into it”. That’s why, when […]


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Why Fall Real Estate Isn’t So Gloomy

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // September 13, 2018

Fall Real Estate is Looking Bright!   It’s pretty widely accepted that Real Estate sales slow down in the Fall. The weather can be unpleasant to get out and “house shop” in, and even when buyers decide to, the rain-enhanced grime left on floors leaves homes showing more poorly than they would otherwise. We won’t […]


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Placer County Market Update – August 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // September 11, 2018

It’s a Seller’s Market in Placer County The number of for sale listings was up 10.6% from one year earlier and up 5.9% from the previous month. The number of sold listings decreased 17.2% year over year and increased 1.5% month over month. The number of under contract listings was up 4.3% compared to previous […]


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The “How-To” That Let’s You Customize Your DIY

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // September 7, 2018

#DIY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How To Add Graphics With This EASY Wax Paper Transfer This […]


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The Art of The Counteroffer

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // September 5, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade Negotiating is a science. There’s entire seminars dedicated solely to teaching the art of how to negotiate and close a deal. There’s people who support their families just by teaching Real Estate Investors how to negotiate. Needless to say, it’s a skill you want to have and a lot of people know it.  Zillow […]


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Sacramento County Market Update – August 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // September 4, 2018

Sacramento County Continues To Benefit Sellers! August 2018 is a Seller’s market! The number of for sale listings was up 25.7% from one year earlier and up 10.1% from the previous month. The number of sold listings decreased 8.5% year over year and decreased 2.2% month over month. The number of under contract listings was […]


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DIY Wooden Arrows

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 31, 2018

#DIY You Saw It Here First!! Or Maybe you didn’t… … because these Wooden Arrow designs are gaining popularity faster than I can say “pumpkin spice”. Ever since NorCal Homes had the privilege of participating in a Habitat For Humanity Build Day, I am convinced that I was put on this earth to create things […]


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Decorating With Color Like The Pro’s

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 29, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade / #ThingsWeLove A Fun Twist on Decorating With Color Neutrals are a safe bet. Whether you’re decorating your own home or you’re designing a place to rent/sell, painting the walls and furnishings (cabinets, mantels, etc.) natural or soft colors will appeal to a wider audience. Pink tile around the fireplace will really narrow down […]


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El Dorado County Market Update – July 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 28, 2018

July 2018 was a Seller’s market in El Dorado County! The number of for sale listings was down 3.3% from one year earlier and up 5.3% from the previous month. The number of sold listings increased 12.9% year over year and increased 6.3% month over month. The number of under contract listings was down 6.8% […]


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DIY Pressed Plant Frame

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 23, 2018

#ThursdayDIY Rustic-Chic Wall Decor That Won’t Break The Bank!   Things I love: Plants Things I don’t love: Maintenance This project is the perfect marriage of both of those things (or lack there of). Not only is the finished project a beautiful addition to any room, it’s SUPER easy to create and 100% customizable. You […]


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Faking Square Footage Hacks

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 22, 2018

#ThingsWereObsessedWith #TricksOfTheTrade   Using Mirrors to Create the Illusion of More Space It’s no secret that at NorCal Homes we’re big fans of bright, open spaces but sometimes knocking down walls isn’t in the cards. Using neutral colors to finish a room definitely helps make a room seem big and bright, but what about when […]


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Placer County Market Update – July 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 21, 2018

July 2018 was a Seller’s market in Placer County! NorCal Note: Even though July was a Seller’s Market, some of these numbers and figures should be read carefully because they’re pretty significant. We’re seeing some major changes in the market! All of these figures are pulled directly from MLS. The number of for sale listings […]


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Sacramento County Market Update – July 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 14, 2018

#TuesadyTrend Sacramento County is still going strong… July 2018 was a Seller’s market! Let’s take a look at what July 2018 brought to Sacramento County’s Real Estate market! As always, all of these figures and images come directly from MLS and offer a comparison to what the market looked like this time last year. The […]


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One of America’s Most Famous Homes SOLD for $3.1 MILLION …

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 10, 2018

… And they’re going to renovate it.   Deep in the heart of La-La Land, or Studio City to be exact, is a home that has been a fixture on TV screens across the country for decades. Here’s a story, of a lovely… residence? Ring any bell (bottoms)? The Brady Bunch House Not too long […]


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Be A Better Negotiator With These 5 Simple Tips

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 8, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade 5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Negotiation Skills While perusing the CT Homes website (as I do often) I stumbled across an article that provides some seriously beneficial suggestions to anyone in any aspect of the Real Estate game. Heck, even if you’ve read the article before, I bet 8 months down the line you […]


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Yolo County Market Update – June 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 7, 2018

#TuesdayTrend June 2018 is a Seller’s market!   Let’s take a look at what June 2018 brought to Yolo County’s Real Estate market! As always, all of these figures and images come directly from MLS and offer a comparison to what the market looked like this time last year. The number of for sale listings […]


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Upcycle Is The New Recycle

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 2, 2018

#DIYThursday                                                             Paint Chip Calendar… Without The Mess!   I don’t know about you, but hanging a fun calendar in my office or mud room makes […]


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5 Tips For New Homeowners

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // August 1, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade   5 Things to Do After You Buy a Home Millennials… we’ve wrecked the diamond industry, are bankrupting department stores, and now we’re single-handedly killing the housing market. “Home ownership? PSH! Why would I do that when I can rent FOREVER?!” – Probably a Millennial Okay, whether or not that is true, one thing […]


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ElDorado County Market Update – June 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 31, 2018

#TuesdayTrend   June 2018 is a Seller’s market!   It’s time to dive into El Dorado County. Look below for more information! As always, all of these figures and images come directly from MLS and offer a comparison to what the market looked like this time last year. The number of for sale listings was […]


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Built-In Buffets Are An Entertainers Dream!

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 27, 2018

#ThingsWereOBsessedWith Buffets: Versatile. Efficient. Chic.   With the Summer season in full swing, it seems I’m spending as much time searching for appetizers and cocktails as I am cleaning my kitchen after I make them. With the constant snack-and-go as children (and adults) run in and out of the house, from the pool to the […]


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Unconventional Additions You Can Take To The Bank

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 25, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade The Right Improvements Mean Bigger Profits Much like in life, in Real Estate, everyone wants to find that unique “thing” that is going to set them apart from their competition but also has proven positive payoff. This type of topic is the kind you don’t trust from the mouth(s) of just anybody. However, it’s […]


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Placer County Market Update – June 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 24, 2018

#TuesdayTrend Placer County Market Update   The market held pretty steady in Placer County last month. We saw a slight increase in inventory with an even more subtle decrease in the number of homes closed. That being said, the number of homes put into contract changed by less than 1%. The price per square foot decreased […]


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DIY Wooden Planter

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 19, 2018

#DIYThursday DIY Planter So Easy, Even I Can Do It! I’ve been on a HomeGoods kick lately. Can I get an “Amen”?! I have to admit, I’ve been going to different locations, trying to score new and unique product. One thing that keeps popping up at every location… beautiful wooden bowls. They first caught my […]


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Orangevale Acquisition- New Project Walk

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 19, 2018

Click the link below to check out the full project walk:   Orangevale Walk-Thru with Kevan  


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Sacramento County Market Trends – June 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 17, 2018

#TuesdayTrend Sacramento County Market Update Last month we broke down the market trends for May 2018 and now we’re heading into June! It’s always super interesting to see how the market changes from month to month. Taking a look at June’s data juxtaposed with May’s, we’re seeing a very subtle slow down in the market. […]


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Swimming Pool Envy, No More!

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 13, 2018

#ThingsWereObsessedWith You don’t need an in-ground pool to be cool! Like novelty grape stomping during an over-priced Napa getaway, the price of avocado’s and an affinity for bi-weekly mani/pedis are crushing some of our chances at ever having a built-in pool. I know, life can be rough. Just when we were about to lose all […]


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DIY Drop-Cloth TeePee

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 12, 2018

#DIYThursday Kid-Friendly Playtime TeePee It seems that more and more every chic playroom and child’s bedroom has an over-priced teepee prominently displayed in the corner of the room. Both whimsical and inviting, these little cloth huts are becoming the go-to reading/coloring/hangout space for children of all ages. So naturally… I want one. Not for me, […]


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5 Decor Formulas, Courtesy of Joanna Gaines

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 11, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade 5 ‘Fixer Upper’ Decor Formulas That Are So Easy to Re-create There are few things more rewarding than decorating a new remodeled room. Whether it’s something as minor as hanging new pictures in a freshly painted entry or finding the perfect paper towel holder for your fully renovated kitchen, the excitement of the task […]


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El Dorado County Market Trends- May 2018

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 5, 2018

#TuesdayTrend El Dorado County Market Update We’re kicking off our first Blog Post of July by rounding out our May 2018 Real Estate Market analysis with El Dorado County. Much like the other 4 counties we’ve already talked about, El Dorado County continued into May in the Seller’s favor. Take a look below to dive […]


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Tips & Tricks: Brightening Your Dark Space

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 4, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade 9 Simple Ways To Bring Light Into A Dark Space At NorCal Homes, we love using neutrals to keep spaces open and bright. While we often include big, clear windows in our projects, not everyone’s homes are flooded with natural light. Luckily, these decorating tricks can make a huge difference. No demolition necessary — […]


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DIY Mason Jar American Flag Candle Holders

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // July 3, 2018

#DIYThursday Mason Jar Madness: For The Love of Country This week we’re switching up our Tuesday Market Trend with our Thursday DIY and here’s why… It’s all about AMERICA!! We’re all ramping up for our 4th of July Freedom Festivities and putting the final touches on our menus and decor. Last week we talked about […]


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Things We’re Obsessed With: FREEDOM EDITION

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 29, 2018

#ThingsWereObsessedWith Let Your Freedom Flag Fly 4th of July is next week and this office could not be more excited! Sunshine, good friends and yummy food compliment the predestined adult beverage consumption, perfectly. The same pride we take in each of our projects, we also take in our country. You’ll notice we put a flag […]


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#DIY Ikea Hacks

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 28, 2018

#DIYThursday Custom Furniture at Ikea Prices: Designed by You, Built by You! Them: “I love your bookshelf!” Me: “Thank you, it’s imported from Europe.” My Boyfriend: “… It’s from Ikea.” He may have stolen my thunder, but only temporarily because I’m taking charge! He may not be impressed with my Ikea bookshelf, but after this […]


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7 Ingredients for a well-styled kitchen

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 27, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade How to create a kitchen that makes it look like you know what you’re doing… … even if you don’t. 😉 The kitchen is one of the key gathering spaces in a home. You want it to feel welcoming, warm and clean… because after all, you do eat there. Creating a space that is […]


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Yolo County Market Trends

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 26, 2018

#TuesdayTrend Yolo County Market Trend: May 2018 Placer County, sit down! Yolo County… you’re up! It’s that time again, the Tuesday Market Update. As always, all of these figures and images come directly from MLS and offer a comparison to what the market looked like this time last year. Next week, we’ll wrap up things up […]


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#MotivationMonday

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 25, 2018

#MotivationMonday Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction. Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your to-do list? Do you sometimes feel like you’re struggling to manage everything that’s on your plate? My mom has a saying and the older I get, the more it makes sense… “You have to get on top of […]


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Tile Walls Beyond The Shower

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 22, 2018

#ThingsWereObsessedWith Tile That Just Don’t Quit We’re currently working on an awesome bungalow in Oak Park. Everything from the raised front porch to the wainscoting in the living room give this 1915’s-era home a ton of charm. Along with the coo, old-school layout came some “smaller-than-we’re-accustomed-to” features… or to put it bluntly, the bathroom’s pretty […]


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DIY Vertical Garden

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 21, 2018

#DIYThursday Little Space, Big Garden As the days are getting longer and the weather is staying warm into the evenings, I’m finding myself spending a lot more time outside after work. Whether it’s hanging out by the pool, BBQing or just watering the yard, it’s kind of therapeutic to wind down outdoors after a long […]


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Small Updates, Big Return: 5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Posted by Taylor DeBerry // June 20, 2018

#TricksOfTheTrade Little Changes, Huge Difference At NorCal Homes, more often than not when we step foot on a property, it looks dramatically different when we walk away. We’re not as much in the business of making minor changes as we are in facilitating complete property makeovers. That being said, every once in a while we […]


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