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Feb. 6, 2018

Prevent Wire Fraud During Your Real Estate Transaction

Prevent Wire Fraud During Your Real Estate Transaction


In most real estate transactions buyers and sellers will be asked to wire funds from their bank to escrow or from escrow to their bank. Scammers have decided to prey on those going through real estate transaction. Your REALTOR, should inform you of this possibility during your real estate transaction. If during your transaction you have received a request to wire funds whether it be in email or over the phone, make sure that this is a legitimate request. Call your title company and ask them if they sent out the request. Don't send out any bank information until you have received verbal confirmation from the title officer working your transaction that it is indeed needed.

Posted in 2018
Nov. 10, 2017

Fresno and Clovis Holiday Activities 2017

Fresno and Clovis Holiday Activities 2017Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

The Fresno Downtown Christmas Parade:

Dec 2, 2017: This year the city celebrates the 88th Annual Christmas Parade and to celebrate the re-opening of Fulton St the parade route returns to it's original location on Fulton St. On Dec 2, 2017 it will be a Funky Fulton Christmas, starts at 11am.


Old Town Clovis, Children's Electric Christmas Parade:

Dec 2, 2017: A Clovis tradition the Children's Electric Parade runs along Clovis Ave, and Pollasky Ave between 3rd and 9th Street. Get there early to claim a good seat, bring some hot cocoa and some warm blankets! Dec 2, 2017 at  6:30pm. 


City of Clovis Christmas Tree Lighting:

Dec 4, 2017: Santa comes to visit and lights up the tree in front of Clovis City Hall. Starts around 6:30, hang out afterwards and get a picture with Santa. At 1033 5th Street, 

Clovis Christmas Lights



Fresno Christmas Tree Lane:

Walk night Saturday, Dec 2 and Tuesday, Dec 12. A long standing Fresno tradition located along Van Ness Ave from Shields to Shaw Ave.many of the homes are lit up from 6pm to 10 pm. Most people park at Fig Garden.


Chaffee Zoo Lights:

Nov 24-26 Dec 1-3, 8-10, 15-23, 26-30. The zoo gets all decked out with lights and holiday themed decorations, hot cocoa and cookies are served, and Santa comes to visit. This is a paid event. 


Candy Cane Lane in Clovis

The Wawona Ranch Estates neighborhood in Clovis near Railroad Park on the corner of Peach Ave and Alluvial Ave get all dressed up for the season. Pedestrians should park along Peach Ave and walk in, drivers should dim their lights.

Ladera Ranch Christmas Tree Lane in Clovis

Santa Claus Lane in Ladera Ranch starts up on Friday Nov 24, 2017. This neighborhood has put together a high tech Christmas light show. Many homes all lit up and synchronized to Christmas music. Located on the southeast corner of Locan Ave and Gettysburg.

Posted in 2017
Oct. 24, 2017

November 2017 Local Races

November 2017 Fresno Local Races.

November is race time in the Valley. There are some amazing races coming up, better make your plans.

Fresno State Army ROTC Run: Nov 4, 2017. The race takes place on the dirt trail around Fresno State's vineyard and includes a 5k run/walk. The race is to benefit student veterans and support them after serving our country.

Two Cities Marathon/ Half: Nov 5, 2017. This is one Fresno's premier races, usually has a big turn out. The run takes you from N. Fresno at Woodward Park into Old Town Clovis and finishes bak in Woodward Park. Lots of distances to choose from including full and half marathon, Half Marathon relay, or 5k.

Feat to the Beach: Nov 10, 2017. This is a 200+ mile relay run that starts at River Park and finishes at Pismo Beach.

Fresno TurkeyTrot: Nov 23, 2017. Start your Thanksgiving off with a 5k run/walk to benefit the Fresno Community Food Bank. There is also a 2 mile walk available.


Posted in 2017
Oct. 21, 2017

Window Genie Fresno

Sugar Pine Realty Presents:
Window Genie of Fresno

Greg Pyles Window Genie of Fresno, we started this business about three years ago, actually just had our three year anniversary October 14th. Me and my son, it's a franchise out of Cincinnati, we purchased it in the spring of that year, we went to training in Cincinnati and started it up. Here is our little announcement in the (Fresno) Bee, that gave us a little startup. 

We have been going for three years, we have six employees now, three trucks. We do window cleaning, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, pretty much all home, small business exterior services.

We do a couple things inside, during the summer we concentrate on window tinting. We come in and tint the windows in your home to protect against the sun and fading. It is an alternative to solar screens. 

Right now we are going into holiday light season. We are expecting two pallets of lights, all professional grade LED lighting. Mostly two story roof line housing is our specialty. We cut them to fit your home, including timers. We set them up and then take them down in January and store them until next year. 

In the winter time we are also doing a lot of gutter cleaning, we also are doing some roof washing. It rained a lot last year, and the algae and moss are re-activating on the north side of homes especially if you are shaded. 

Pretty much our entry level service is the window cleaning. We clean you windows better than anyone else in town. Inside and out, we do the tracks, screens, detail it, and hard water removal. In the Valley we have a lot of hard water spots with sprinklers hitting the glass. We can get that off usually, if it's a 40 year old house that has never taken it off it might be worth taking replacing the glass. But we can come out and test it for you and give you a quote and tell you if it's worth doing. 

We are growing, my son is going to be running the business here for the next thirty years. He is 27 years old, he has 5 children so he is going to be raising them in this business. We wanted to find a business that we could both start together. I do more of the marketing he runs the operations team and eventually the goal is to spread it out throughout the Valley. 

Find us online at or call us at 559-475-6655


Oct. 19, 2017

Market Report: September 2017

The month of September 2017 ended with strong home sales. The average price of homes sold in Fresno was $272,000, up 3.4% from the previous month of August. The average sale price of a home in Clovis edged up 1% from August to $346,000. 

The low supply of homes remains a large factor in the rise of prices. At the end of September we only had a 1.9 month supply of inventory. 

Days on market remain low and properly priced homes don't last long. Which has been great for home sellers, but frustrating for home buyers. 

*(Information taken from the Fresno MLS 10-15-2017)*

Posted in 2017, market update
Oct. 19, 2017

Fulton Street Grand Re-Opening

Fulton Street Grand Re-Opening


It has taken quite a while, but after 53 years, Fulton Street is re-opening! On Sat, Oct 21st the City of Fresno wants everyone to head downtown and cruise the street. 

The city is starting the celebration at 4pm with Cruisin' on the Main; where classic cars will cruise up and down Fulton St just like they did before the mall was put in.

There will also be pop up restaurants and bars situated up and down the street, with live music and street are performances. 

In addition there will be food trucks and a couple beer gardens.

While you are there, you will want to view all the great art work decorating the street. While the city was putting the road back in, they also had an art restoration company come out to work on the many sculptures. I went down earlier this week, and they look great!

"The Visit""The Visit", by Clement Renzi, located off of Fulton And Toulumne Ave near CVS. Renzi's work can be seen throhout the Central Valley along with University of Virginia, Notre Dame University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.






The Visit close up









Talos"Talos", by James Lee Hansen, located near Fulton and Merced Ave. Hansen's work can be seen throughout the Pacific Northwest.







"Pipes""Pipes" by Stan Bitters, in a pool by Eckbo. "Pipes" are meant to resemble irrigation standpipes found on Valley farms. There are a couple different versions located along the street.







Ellipsoid VI"Ellipsoid VI" by Charles Owen Perry, located near Fulton and Kern St. 

His other works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Academy of Design, New York; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; DeYoung Museum, San Francisco; Contemporary Arts Society, London; Art Institute of Chicago, Oakland Museum of California Art, The American Academy in Rome, and the Smithsonian Institution.



"Rise of the Crane""Rise of the Crane", by Bruno Groth, located near Fulton and Merced. 

He has other pieces throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.






"Rise of the Crane"








Mosaic benchesMosaic benches by Joyce Aiken and Jean Ray Laury, many of these gorgeous mosaic benches can be found throughout Fulton St. Both artists are local to Fresno.

Posted in 2017
Oct. 9, 2017

La Arepa

La Arepa

601 E Olive Ave, Fresno Ca in the Tower District

I had a chance to try La Arepa, a Venezuelan restaurant located in Fresno's Tower District. The restaurant has a nice and cozy mom and pop shop feel with great tasting food. The new place is very clean, organized and has a fast casual dining setup.  


They menu is pretty simple offering Empanadas, Pastelitos, Arepas, Refritas, and Patacons. Each come with different meat and vegetarian options. They also have a variety of sauces to add including a garlic sauce and a parsley sauce. If you are not familiar with Venezuelan food the staff is very helpful and will give suggestions.

Overall the food was tasty, and the staff was very helpful. This is a fun addition to the Tower District. If you are tired of eating the same old, make the drive down to La Arepa and give them a try. 

Oct. 4, 2017

October 2017 Local Races

Looking to Run a Local Race in October 2017?

Fowler Fall Festival Fun Run: Sat Oct 7, 2017. Celebrate Fall in Fowler at Panzak Park for a 2 mile fun run or walk.

Show Me the Finish Line: Sun Oct 8, 2017. This is a 2 mile fun run/walk at Woodward Park with 1/4 mile option for youth runners.

3rd Central Community Fun Run and Walk: Sat, Oct 14, 2017. A 5k chip timed run taking place at Saroyan Elementary and Stallion Park. There is also a kids run/walk event.

 Rabobank Fiesta Walk/ Run: Sat, Oct 14, 2017. Run or walk in Downtown Reedley. 5 mile run or a 2mile run/walk and a kids race.

Striding Beyond Sight 5k: Sat Oct 14, 2017. Valley Center for the Blind sponsors this 5k run, 2 mile run/walk, 1/4 mile youth run/walk in Woodward Park.

Stomp it Out PDA: Sat, Oct 21, 2017. Help "stomp out" rescription drug abuse by taking part in this 5k run taking place at the Clovis Community College on 10309 N Willow Ave, Fresno CA 93720.

Monster Dash Halloween Run: Sat Oct,29, 2017. Dress up in your spookiest running attire for the 3rd Annual Monster Dash featuring a 5k run/walk for adults with a 1/4 mile youth option. Race takes place at Woodward Park.

Super Fun Super Run: Sat Oct 29, 2017. Put on your favorite superhero costume and support Fresno State's Sports Psychology Club and the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Club of Central California. Takes place at CSU- Fresno's South Gym and takes you on a 5k  course around the Fresno State campus.

Sept. 18, 2017

2017 Clovis Night Out

The 7th Annual Clovis Night Out, Sept 23, 2017

The 7th Annual Clovis Night Out will be taking place on Sept, 23, 2017 at Sierra Meadows Park near Sierra and Temperance Ave starting at 4pm and going until dark. 

A fun event for the kiddos with first responder and emergency vehicles for them to tour. There are also bounce houses, and lots of local vendors selling their crafts, and yummy food. Enjoy a band and end the evening with a fireworks show!


Posted in 2017
Sept. 12, 2017

Paso de Tiempo Park

Paso de Tiempo Park

Paso Tiempo Park is a regional park located in Clovis, CA. near the intersection of Barstow and DeWolf Ave.

This park has a couple of covered picnic tables, there are no reservations, so if you want to have a party get there early to stake your claim. There are multiple play structures for the kiddos to roam, some are for bigger kids, and some for the little ones.

There is five acres of green space to meet your buddies for a game of soccer or football.



Posted in 2017