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Cool and beautify your home - naturally

Cool and beautify your home - naturally

Not only do trees beautify your home and neighborhood, they can help to dramatically reduce cooling costs during the hot summer months. Sacramento County residents are eligible for up to 10 free trees through the Sacramento Shade tree program, a partnership between Sacramento Tree Foundations and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Businesses, parks and schools in the SMUD service area are also eligible for free SMUD shade trees.

Sacramento Shade customers can choose from over 30 deciduous trees (deciduous trees shed their leaves in the fall to allow the warm winter sun into your home).

Update on Broadway Remodeling

Update on Broadway Remodeling

Last Friday I wrote about the remodeling of a building on Broadway that revealed the old Ed Fries Body Shop sign.  Well, I went by today, and guess what, I was wrong.  More of the facade has been removed....the correct name of the old business is Parell & Fries Body Shop.  The Parell was still hidden Friday, and the & looked like "Ed" to me.   Still no reports of this long lost business that I can find.

Today, Making Way for Tomorrow, While Revealing Yesterday.

Today, Making Way for Tomorrow, While Revealing Yesterday.

Work is underway at the corner of 8th and Broadway to convert what had been most recently, “First Tabernacle Fellowship Church”, into medical offices.   Crews removing the old façade from the church at 801 Broadway uncovered a bit of history.   The sign on the building behind the façade says “Ed Fries Body Shop….Since 1933, 24 Hour Towing”.     I can find no record of Ed Fries Body Shop.    I don’t know  when they moved in or out of the building. And while the real estate listing says this building was built in 1982, I think it is much older.

Mutual Housing receives nearly $500,000 for housing development and upgrades

Mutual Housing receives nearly $500,000 for housing development and upgrades

Sacramento|Yolo Mutual Housing Association recently received $464,985 from NeighborWorks® America .

The grants will help support Mutual Housing’s healthy housing by developing new, sustainable communities for the Sacramento region’s diverse households as well as upgrading older multifamily housing to make it greener and more energy-efficient.

Of these funds, $329,485 was a capital grant for programs and services, real estate development and maintenance, $110,500 was for organizational underwriting and $25,000 for green initiatives and cash flow.  

“If you can show strong outcomes,” said Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing Executive Director, “NeighborWorks will let the organization use the funds as it sees fit.

“Because we have a strong business plan and strong strategic goals, these funds will help us continue developing healthy housing in the local region, maintain and upgrade our communities as well as  providing programs and services for o

Free real estate mobile app launched

Cheri Elliott, one of America’s most legendary cyclist and locally well known as “The Broker on a Bike,” announced the launch of her free real estate mobile app.

The app uses GPS, when available, to locate the user and instantly display real estate listings in the immediate area. No more having to pull flyers.  You can see and save all the listings details and photos on the spot. Users can also search by address, city or zip code to see property details for all homes for sale in a specified area, including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, features, maps, pictures and more. The “Refine Search” feature lets users select a price range, property type and the number of beds and baths to help them find just what they’re looking for. 

It works on standard cell phones, smartphones, and iPhones/iPads across all mobile carriers.   Cheri explains, “This tool is extremely powerful.