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Landlords beware, California law that Protects Tenants’ Political Signage.

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2016 is a presidential election year and the political arena is heating up rapidly just about everywhere across the country.  Demonstrations, pseudo riots, threats, destruction of property, you name and it is happening right now in Plainville, USA.  All one has to do is turn on the television and watch the nightly news to see how divided our wonderful country is right now.  I recently saw a Youtube video that showed a guy running over a political sign with his off-road Jeep simply because he disagreed with the candidate.  You can watch that video here if you like but I am not promoting that video and don’t worry, I am not going to pitch my candidate or denigrate any that are out there.  I want to protect my clients and would be clients; that is the sole purpose of this blog post pure and simple.  As a landlord or a tenant you need to know what you can and cannot legally do in regards to free speech and your property.   In California there is a law that spells this out clearly for all to know, it is SB 337, which was passed a few years ago.  I think that this particular year it may be important to be familiar with what it says and what it means.

The first question you might ask is, “this is a matter of free speech protected under the 1st Amendment”.  Well in that case you would be wrong.  1st Amendment rights are to protect you from the Government not from your tenant or landlord.  So, the aim of this Bill is to protect the tenant from landlords who would try to prevent a tenant from placing a sign.  This bill would also protect the landlord from a tenant that would put up any old sign and display it on-going without ceasing.  Since the 1st Amendment does not prohibit private enterprises from restricting freedom of expression, including landlords, California decided it needed additional legislation, SB 337.  Can’t have enough laws now can we.

California already had legislation that addressed places like Condos, Townhomes and Mobile Home Parks from prohibiting unit owners from posting non-commercial signs or posters on their individual properties subject to limitations on size and material, but there was nothing that regarding tenants/landlords.  SB 337 was introduced to specifically address the ability of tenants to display such signs.  Initially SB 337 gave the right for tenants to display non-commercial signs, then after some rewording it now only addresses “political signs”.  So, under this new law as a tenant I could post a political sign for my favorite green party candidate but not a sign encouraging the eating of vegetables over meat.  And as a landlord, I could not prohibit my tenants posting of a sign for his candidate even if I did not agree with candidate.  SB 337 does contain limitations for the sign, such as, no more than six square feet nor may it violate any law.  The sign must relate to a specific election, referendum, recall or other issue that is up for public vote and cannot be just generally political in nature.  Thus, a sign that says “Tax Reform Now” or “Free Tibet” would not be protected and the landlord may remove it.  Signs can be displayed no more than 90 days in advance and no longer than 15 days after an election or vote.

So if you are a tenant or a landlord and you don’t like a candidate that your tenant or landlord is in favor of that is protected speech under California SB 337.  That said; keep your Jeep off the grass and let’s all keep a level head this election season.  Please feel free to share this with anyone you know who is a tenant or a landlord.  It may be something that they are unaware of and could save them a major headache.

John Conca


Non-compliant plumbing fixtures & SB 407

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faucetNon-compliant plumbing fixtures & SB407

Have you updated your faucets and showerheads???   Are you getting ready to sell your home???  Well guess what?  According to a new piece of legislation called SB 407, you going to need to do just that.

As you are well aware California has been suffering from a long time drought, lakes are at an all-time low and I mean low.  Did you see the pictures of exposed buildings, bridges and other things that surfaced due to low water levels in our lakes and reservoirs?  People were walking out to the middle of Folsom Lake on dry land, now that is low.  Thank goodness for Senor El Nino, matter of fact it is raining heavily at the time I am writing this and lake levels are beginning to rise but we are not out of the woods yet.  We need much more rain and more snow pack in the Sierra’s to help us out of this drought.  The water aquafers need to be filled as well, so come on rain and snow, not that I like to shovel or anything.

The state of California also passed some new legislation, SB 407 requires that on or before January 1, 2017, noncompliant plumbing fixtures in any single-family residential real property shall be replaced by the property owner with water-conserving plumbing fixtures.  The fixtures that the bill is targeting are the faucets, showerheads and toilets.  I guess they could have wanted the water dispenser on my refrigerator to dispense water at a slower rate as well.  Maybe that would be a good thing so water doesn’t shoot out of the glass when you go to fill it.  Now that’s a waste!

The bill goes on to say that on or before January 1, 2017 any non-compliant plumbing fixtures need to be replaced by the home owner with water conserving plumbing fixtures.  Also, by the same date a Seller or Transferor of a single family home shall disclose in writing to the potential purchaser of SB 407 and whether the property has any non-compliant plumbing fixtures.  Those doing additions or modifications to their home may also be subject to this new law.  Read SB 407 for more info on that.

Non-compliant plumbing fixtures would include toilets, if they have a flush rate of greater than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.  Faucets are non-compliant if the flow rate is more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute and showerheads are non-compliant if the flow rate is more than 2.5 gallons per minute.

So, if you are thinking of buying or selling a home this year be sure to look for these items to be corrected before you buy or sell.  If you don’t you may get stuck with a headache and a potential delay of the escrow process.  Call, text, Facebook, email, visit my website or whatever works best if you need help Buying or Selling a home or if you have questions regarding this information, I can help.


Thanks for listening and don’t forget to share this information to your Facebook page.


John Conca

Broker Associate

Century 21 Select Real Estate

Number of homes for sale is crazy low.

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Hi everyone,


I wanted to talk a little about the crazy low number of homes for sale in the area. Commonly referred to as “inventory” by Realtors. I was curious the other day about how many homes were for sale in the Placerville area and in the MLS system. What I found was astonishing. In all of Placerville there were only 120 homes on the market in the MLS. Now this chart refers to only the 95667 zip code and is for January of 2016, (See graphic).

So, I ran those same numbers and here is what it is as of this post…..112. This is very low inventory historically. Now would be the time to list your property for sale and not to wait until everyone else lists their homes for sale. Again see the chart and notice that the inventory increases dramatically in the months of May, Jun, July, etc. Don’t be caught up in the trend but rather set the trend.

If your home is not within the 95667 zip code and you would like this information for your specific area call me and I would be happy to get that information for you.

John Conca

Here’s why 2016 will bring good news for potential homebuyers

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Article By Brena Swanson

Next year isn’t predicted to bring any giant hoopla to set off the market. However, moderate growth is more sustainable, and better for buyers.

According to Redfin’s forecast for 2016, “Most economists agree that housing prices and sales will continue to grow in 2016, just at a slower pace. Call it a slowdown, but not bad news.”

The New Year doesn’t bring all good news, with some bad tossed in the mixed. Overall, Redfin said, “All things considered, we see a fairly uneventful housing market next year.”

Here are Redfin’s five housing market predictions for 2016:

1. Prices and sales will grow half as fast

As price growth ebbs and mortgage rates rise, more homeowners will stay put. Sales will grow about half as fast as they did this year and prices will rise at a more normal 3.5% to 4.5%, down from almost 6% this year.

According to a recent report from RealtyTrac, for more than a third of the nation’s major metro areas, home prices have reached all-time highs in 2015.

2. Easier Credit

Americans for whom a mortgage has been just out of reach will have a better shot at qualifying for one in 2016.

Lenders will embrace new ways to measure creditworthiness and mortgages will evolve to serve a changing American household. For example, credit scores will better evaluate a person’s rental history and utility bill payments. More loans will allow buyers to include income from room rentals, live-in parents and extended-family members.

In a significant move for housing regulation, last week a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to consider alternative credit-scoring models beyond the FICO credit score the government-sponsored enterprises currently use when determining what loans to purchase.

3. More (and older) first-time buyers

We expect first-timers to make up a bigger portion of the market than they did this year. The reason is simple: The market will be more welcoming to them thanks to the aforementioned slowing price growth and easier access to loans. This year’s market dropouts have saved for bigger down payments and will be ready to give the market another shot early next year. And more of those millennials who had been holding off on buying for various reasons will finally be ready and able to in 2016.

In the Mortgage Bankers Association’s housing report that looks at the future decade, Lynn Fisher, MBA’s vice president of Research and Economics, said, “Improving employment markets will build on major demographic trends – including maturing of Baby Boomers, Hispanics and Millennials – to create strong growth in both owner and rental housing markets over the next decade.”

4. Slower market, slowing closings

The 2015 housing market was the fastest we’ve seen at Redfin. From January to October, the typical home was on the market for 36 days, four days faster than the same period in 2014. We expect the market to slow in 2016 as government-backed loans become more common and cash sales become less so. Because of low inventory, bidding wars will still be in force next year, but there will be a lower ceiling on price escalation as 2016 buyers won’t be willing or able to go as high as buyers have in recent years.

To help, here are a few tips from Minnesota Realtor Craig Kamman to help win a bidding war. On example he listed is to offer full price or more. Money is a major factor in a seller’s decision, but not the only one.

5. Continuing inventory shortage

The biggest risk to the 2016 market will be the continuation of inventory shortage, especially in the affordable segment of the market. The number of homes for sale shrank from 2014 to 2015 in 45 of the 60 metro tracked by Redfin. Inventory across all 60 metros is down 4 percent from a year ago.

The most recent pending home sales report from the National Association of Realtors said that sales have plateaued this fall as buyers struggle to overcome a scant number of available homes for sale and prices that are rising too fast in some markets.

Brena Swanson is the Digital Reporter for, providing expert coverage on Millennials, lending and housing. Brena joined the HousingWire news team in February 2013, also serving in the roles of Reporter and Content Specialist. Brena graduated Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

3-5 Bedroom & 2 Bath Diamond Springs Home

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Listing Details

3 to 5 Bedroom Home On Over A Quarter Acre

  • 4418 Cash Boy Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619
  • MLS# 15058172
  • Bedrooms: 3 in the square footage, 2 in the converted 2-car garage.
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Square Footage: 1289, not including the converted garage.
  • Lot in acres: .28

Please call John Conca at 530-306-3494 for more information and to arrange a home tour. View more pictures of this 3-5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Diamond Springs.

Meet All Your Needs With 5 John Conca's Cash Boy Rd Listing

There are families and situations that require more than what the typical 3-bed, 2-bath home provides and this house fulfills those needs. The original house holds the 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but the original 2-car garage has been converted into 2 bonus rooms. One of those rooms is sound-proofed and was used as a music recording studio. Bring in a wardrobe or add in some closets and they’d make perfect bedrooms.

If you need the space to work from home or if you desire a separate movie room or man cave, then you’ve found your next home, here in Diamond Springs. The other homes nearby that reach 5 bedrooms start at nearly double the price! Schedule a home tour so you can start planning how you’ll arrange your furniture in so much space.

Updated For Comfort So Make It Your HomeJohn Conca's Cash Boy Rd Listing

Not only was ample living space provided with the garage conversion; the bathrooms were updated too. The bathrooms now feature elegant custom tile work-the master bathroom has a walk-in shower and the guest bath has a jetted tub with a tile enclosure. The home has newer counters, newer kitchen floors, and a newer roof, so you won’t have to worry about doing those yourself.

This home is on one of the largest lots in Deer Park. It’s flat back yard is perfect for a pool and you can add a gazebo for entertaining or a swing set for the kids. There is a nice shed in the back for storing off-season items or yard tools, and don’t worry about leaving the RV or boat-there’s a storage area for it too. There is a lot you can do on over a quarter acre!

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Newer House On Over 2 Acres Near Placerville

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Listing Details

2/3 Bedroom Newer House on Over 2 Acres Near Placerville

  • 5837 Outingdale Rd, Somorset, CA 98684
  • MLS number: 15053254
  • Bedrooms: 2 in the main house and 1 built into the garage.
  • Bathrooms: 2 full bathrooms in the main house and 1 full bathroom connected to the separate bedroom.
  • Square footage:1593
  • Lot in acres: 2.15 flat and usable.

Please call John Conca at 530-306-3494 for more information and to arrange a home tour. View more pictures on this newer house on over 2 acres near Placerville.

Rest Easy In A Low-Maintenance Newer Homeliving room

This is your chance to own a newer home in an established and quiet neighborhood. The seller completely rebuilt this home after a fire in 2007. The rebuild is ideal with a large and beautiful kitchen, a nice laundry room that can double as a mud room, a total of 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, and a large living room and dining room.

A unique extra is the living room or bedroom area is attached to the one car garage, just a few steps out the front door. That room has a full bathroom attached to it, so you can use it as a guest room, maybe a separate apartment, or even a man cave; whatever you can dream up! Many amenities await you outdoors for whatever hobbies and needs you may have.

Details Everywhere!

Ceiling fans in the dining room, living room, and bedrooms keep the air moving, but the house boasts central heating and air as well as a gorgeous wood stove sitting on beautiful tile work and screen doors to let the fresh air through. The tiled laundry room has a large, deep sink to make special treatment a breeze. There is plenty of extra storage in this house and it’s obvious in the kitchen with a large wall lined in nice wood cabinetry. The spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining; there’s space for additional helpers or talkers; it’s hidden from the living room, but open enough to be inviting; and it’s easy to clean with the flat cooktop.

Head Home To Relax On Usable Acreage In A Quiet Area Not Too Close Tokitchen Town

Bring your horse to live with you on the acreage, build it up for entertaining, or just have it for a pretty view and extra space between you and the neighbors-it’s very flexible acreage. The area around the home has low-maintenance landscaping with water features and gates. There’s enough room for kids to play, and I don’t think the deer families who appreciate strolling through the meadows of the area would mind. The greenhouse helps your green thumb all year long and the shed provides even more storage to keep your yard looking nice.

Outingdale is about 30 minutes from Placerville, but there are a couple of grocery stores within 5 miles and the closest gas station is 8 miles away, so won’t have to drive far for the necessities. The local school districts for elementary and middle school is Gold Oak Union and senior high school district is El Dorado Union High. There are many private schools, charter options, and a robust homeschooling community around in case you’re looking for those. Escape the noise and hurry of town when you drive home to your Outingdale home.

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Thinking Of Remodeling Your Victorian Style Home?

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Are You Ready To Remodel Your Victorian?

Your Victorian style home was a beautiful adventure when you toured it with your Realtor. You signed papers, moved in, laughed over fitting your furniture into the odd-shaped spaces, and learned to duck on your way downstairs so you would stop bumping your head on that beam. Over time you got rid of some of your ill-fitting furniture, added some extra lamps, resigned yourself to using the kitchen table to prep your meals while cooking, and pinned countless hacks on making your space look bigger. It might be time for a remodel.

But, Where To Start?

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Flickr photo credit: john.schultz

This is a good time to make some lists. You’ll need to evaluate your highest priorities and figure out what areas are the most troublesome to you. Are there inefficient spaces that make daily tasks take longer than they should? Are there dangerous areas you have to warn guests to stay away from? Is there a room that won’t fit your standard-sized furniture no matter what crazy configuration you try out?

Stick a list to your refrigerator for a week and as you go about your days make notes about anything you’re reminded of in your home that you wish were different. It might take the whole week to remember you’ve been subconsciously avoiding the left side of the stairs or that you have to duck to get in and out of your claw-foot tub. Number these annoyances in order of priority and you have a good starting point.

What To Keep?

Flickr photo credit: Orin Zebest
Flickr photo credit: Orin Zebest

The biggest fears when remodeling a Victorian style home is that you might remove some of its historical significance and/or charm. To retain as much of the historic significance and charm as possible, work closely with your contractors and try to reuse existing materials.

Keep the intricately designed medallions and brackets; bring them to a woodworker, like The Gingerbread Man in Placerville, to replicate pieces that are falling apart. Try to keep or replicate distinctive wood carvings and stencil-work unique to your home as well. If you have an original claw foot bathtub with crumbling porcelain, instead of throwing it out, have it reglazed.

If you’re going to add-on to your Victorian home, keep the original structure intact whenever possible. You want to try to be sure that any future traditionalist homebuyers would be able to restore the home back to its original glory.

Some Ideas For Updating Your Victorian Home

Create More Space

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Flickr photo credit: emdot

Some things to keep in mind when remodeling your Victorian home is the original layout. If you have a kitchen that is cramped with minimal counter space, you might try to keep the original layout of the kitchen (i.e.: typical and useful inward-oriented kitchen) and just expand it by moving a doorway or changing/adding hanging cabinets.

Often the rooms in Victorian style homes are so inconveniently odd-shaped and small that it’s hard to find spots for furniture that makes sense. When this is the case you might consider opening up your floor plan. Be aware though-the builders of the 19th and early 20th centuries didn’t have the capacity to build long expanses of building on upper levels without utilizing load-bearing walls. Because of this, many inner walls in Victorian style houses cannot be removed without causing the floor above to sag. Luckily there are some ways you can still open up a load-bearing wall:

  • You can remove just a door and frame in the doorway for a more open feel.
  • You can have a contractor cut an opening in the wall for a pass-through.
  • Usually the contractor can remove the wall and support the floor above with an archway or decorative columns.
  • Just remove a partial wall.

If you feel like you don’t have enough space for storage you can add storage by converting an under-the-stairs area into a closet. Gain square footage by building shelves and bookcases into the wall around windows and doors instead of using standing shelving units.

Click to learn how to paint your ceilings taller.
Click to learn how to paint your ceilings taller.

Create The Illusion Of More Space

Along the same lines of opening up a room, there are some tricks you can use to make the room feel lighter and brighter and thus larger and open. Painting a small dark space with whites and lighter neutral paints will help, as will decorating vertically, furnishing with daintier pieces, and painting your lighter ceiling color several inches lower onto the top of the walls so the ceiling feels bigger.

Work With What You’ve Got

If your Victorian Style Home was already added on to and the new addition is jarringly different from the rest of the house, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remodel it. Sometimes you can get away with just continuing the same flooring as the rest of the house into the room, keep the décor and paint colors similar, and add some similar pieces as are throughout the rest of the house where possible such as molding, brackets, and stenciling motifs.

Preserve The Exterior

Flickr photo credit: David Sawyer
Flickr photo credit: David Sawyer

Victorian style homes were usually built with fanciful spindle work, gingerbread, brackets…etc… If yours is still intact, see what can be done to preserve it while you remodel and to restore it to its original beauty. If the façade of your home has been damaged or removed over the years and you don’t have enough of it to determine the original look, you can always take cues from neighboring homes. Chances are they are styled similarly.

Talk To A Contractor

A good contractor will be able to guide you toward the wisest changes for your home. Discuss your needs, wishes, and worries with them and bring your list along so that you get the most out of your remodel. Abby Palmer, at (530) 391-3268, is a great local Contractor for El Dorado County. Tell him I said “Hi!”

Stay tuned and follow along for more information and inspiration from this Victorian Style Home blog series! Give me, John Conca, a call at (530) 306-3494, to discuss your real estate options.

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