Category Archives: Culture and Local Happenings

Cheap Foreclosures in Sacramento

I do business with a colleague that employs “sign shakers” – at least that’s what I call them.  You know the guys who dance on the corners twirling signs, spinning and shaking to whatever they are listing to on their iPod.  There is a guy in Sacramento that dresses up like Spiderman.  I saw a Mr. Pickles dancer the other day – that kind of freaked me out.  My friend’s sign says “Cheap Foreclosures” – that’s it.  In Sacramento, a cheap foreclosure might start at $40,000 (yes, this type of home is a dump in need of much work).

Check out this video about a sign shaker.  I kept thinking it was a Saturday night live video spoof, but it is legit.  Sign Shaker Video.  I love the quote, …what are you feeding that boy?

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen

Real Estate Broker

Chalk It Up – Sacramento (photos)

As promised… some pics from our time with friends and their families, as well as some of my favorite “art squares”

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ciu.2I like this kid’s spikes

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ciu.6The boys making some art!

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ciu.9Shout out to Darby

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Chalk It Up – Sacramento Happenings Over Labor Day

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Chalk It Up has been a local favorite over Labor Day Weekend (if you are in town) for years n0w.  Even if you’ve just come back from a dusty camping trip and your face is sunburned from hanging out at the lake, it’s a must to head down to Fremont Park and peruse the local artwork.

We’ll be there – pics to come.

http://www.chalkitup.org/festival.html

Wine Tasting at my Cousin’s

Okay, not related to real estate…. but I had to show the massive amounts of wine on the table!  I did have many conversations with folks about the Sacramento Real Estate market and how it’s “blowing up” (that’s a good term).  Who doesn’t want $300-800 cash flow on a $100K investment?

Here’s the story… My cousin helps run the San Francisco International Wine Competion and as “payment” she gets to take home a boat-laod of wine (opened and unopened).  As a result, she has a wine tasting party every year after the last day of the competition.  Here are some of the spoils.

wine.SF.2 This was before the white wines made table.

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2nd Saturday Art Walk 6/13/09 – Sacramento Fun

As promised, here are some pictures from 2nd Saturday Art Walk  This week we decided to hang out on the periphery.  We heard of a great gallery in the same complex where the Fox and Goose is located.

As we strolled through the galleries and met some of the artist… jackpot!  We found the place where they let kids (and grown ups) make art.  The medium is a plastic tile and oil base paint.  Using cotton swabs, paper towels, and whatever else you can find, paint is smeared, blotted, and drawn onto the tile.  Then the tile is ran through a press that transfers the paint onto paper.

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Finished product-

Drew's art

luke's art

We then scurried downstairs to the main event.  Perfect timing!  They bronze pour demonstration had just begun.  I highly recommend this!

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2nd Saturday Art Walk in Midtown Sacramento

Most of the locals have check out the 2nd Saturday art scene.  We use to live in Boulevard Park and would walk down to J Street before our kids came on the scene (I say that because with little ones, many things in life get shelved for a while).  Five to seven years ago this event was pretty minimal.  It seemed to be a seasonal secret to the die-hard locals who enjoyed art and free, cheap wine.  You might see a group of 5-6 friends walking from gallery to gallery, store to store, but never the throng of people seen out today.  The idea definitely had shallow roots and buy-in.  Who would have thought that this event would mushroom into what it is today?

Now, especially when the weather is not too hot or cold, there are hords of people how flock to the streets just to be in the middle of Sacramento’s burgeoning cultural scene.  Last time we participated I saw bike taxis carting people around the streets… I thought to myself, “Huh, there must be some permanence to this thing – bike taxis are a sure sign, cause these guys would not be out here pedaling people around in heat if there wasn’t enough biz and money to be made…”

I’ll post some more pics soon so those who are not local can see the craze.

art walk.may 09 Here’s our 3 year old running and dancing inside an art exhibit on top of 1000’s of envelops.

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One artist in an alley-art-show made a bunch of kid-sized robots out of junk and car parts.

drew posingOur 5 yr. old is posing on the wall of Capital Dawg (our favorite Midtown hotdog spot – the owner is an east coast transplant [maybe Boston?] who is crazy about his hotdogs)