sacramento real estate: One of the Best Sac Homes for First-Time Home Buyers - 12/09/16 08:56 AM
This is the kind of home that if I was just starting out as a first-time home buyer, I would jump on the minute I spied it hit MLS. And be thankful homes are online today. When I bought my first home, I used tear sheets from MLS, in addition to huge books, and I had to go into the office to pick them up or look at homes for sale in the newspaper, back in the Miocene epoch.
My first "single-life" home was much smaller than this one, and it had two bedrooms that lead into each other. This beauty, by … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate: This Realtor Extends Fast Service from Introduction to Closing - 12/06/16 08:02 AM
Consistency. It's such a hard habit for some agents to develop, but it's a trait I have embedded into my Sacramento real estate business. I've heard clients talk about other experiences with various agents, and the one thing they complain about the most is how attentive some people are until they get your business.
I am very fast to respond to new inquiries. So fast I ace out competitors and leave them in the dust. But I respond to questions during the escrow just as rapidly. I learned a long time ago that when immediacy is not a priority you will … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: You Can Sell Real Estate in Your Town From Anywhere - 11/30/16 07:04 PM
My good friend Hella Rothwell is a perfect example of a busy Realtor who sells real estate from all over. Doesn't matter if she's up in northern California, she can sell a home in Hawaii. If she's in Hawaii, she can sell a home in Carmel by the Sea. If she's in Carmel by the Sea, she can sell a home in Northern California. The thing is it doesn't matter where you are.
She's one of the few agents I know who gets it. I have another agent friend who lives along the river near the coast of California and drives into … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: This Thanksgiving Blog is Not About My Gratefulness - 11/23/16 06:57 PM
Sure I could write about the things I am grateful for on Thanksgiving but who really gives a crap about what I think or care about? That doesn't mean I don't enjoy reading about things other people are grateful for because I sorta like being granted access to people's innermost thoughts and feelings. It's like peeking in a window. Or watching a trainwreck without guilt. I just don't want to do it myself because it's not that important.
I'd rather write about what other people are grateful about. And it just so happens I have a doozy of a tale about retired … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate: Compounding the Difficulties with California Home Inspectors - 11/13/16 09:34 AM
I promised you a continued a blog from yesterday about California home inspectors and here it is. It is not solely the home inspector's fault in Sacramento when home inspections wreak havoc in a transaction. There are other people who contribute to the complexity of the situation.
Agents who aren't very active in real estate, which is the bulk of licensees in Sacramento, might never notice this; however, due to my experience, I'd say the odds of encountering what I call the trio of death during a home inspection are fairly high. How can all 3 forces come together in one … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: Can Part-Time Sacramento Agents Do a Full-Time Job? - 11/11/16 01:42 AM
I have been trying for the past 10 days to contact an agent who has been non-responsive. This is not a new situation, but fortunately it doesn't happen very often in Sacramento real estate. The agent finally confessed that the agent works full-time elsewhere and also volunteers after work. If the agent had been upfront with that disclosure in the beginning, would we have treated this transaction and the agent differently? Most likely.
Are part-time agents required to disclose this to other agents? Probably not, especially if they are not asked. Does it make a difference in a transaction? I know part-time … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate: Meeting With Clients in Sacramento to Pick an Asking Price - 11/06/16 01:48 AM
It is odd for me to go into the office on the weekend. I typically work from my home office on Saturdays, or wherever I may be when my phone dings. That's the nice thing about selling Sacramento real estate. I can be at the grocery store, no, scratch that, I would rarely be at the grocery store, but I could be walking out of a dim sum restaurant when I receive, say, a purchase offer. I can read that offer on my cellphone, download it, and forward the offer to the seller, all while walking across the parking lot.
However, … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate: Surprising Results About the Request for Repair in Sacramento - 10/30/16 05:10 AM
Sometimes I wonder if buyers' agents are looking for the easy way out when they suggest that buyers submit a request for repair. Maybe they don't want to take the time to explain how real estate works in Sacramento and, perhaps, they've been successful in the past with getting a seller to agree to make repairs or renegotiate the contract. They also don't want to upset the buyer. Emotional upheaveals cause too much anxiety. It's easy to just create a Request for Repair, try to lower expectations, and then ship it off to the listing agent.
They say, there, there, don't worry … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: A Weird Happening at Taylor's Market in Land Park - 10/29/16 03:25 AM
When I shared with my sister yesterday what happened at Taylor's Market in Land Park, she texted back: Ha, You're too honest. You know, I don't think there is anyway a person can be too honest. Well, in retrospect, I guess not using discretion would be one way to be too honest. Like when a woman fishing for compliments asks how she looks, you're not supposed to say she looks like a nightmare on Elm Street.
I'm talking more about honesty when it comes down to doing the right thing. Not getting away with something that would be dishonest because you know … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: How This Seller Chose Among Citrus Heights Realtors - 10/18/16 11:24 AM
When I first spotted this home in Citrus Heights, I knew it had curb appeal. You can just tell which homes will make hearts go all aflutter and which will not. Having curb appeal is a big part of attracting buyers. Plus, once they drive by the home and see it is situated up a slight hill with a view below of woodsy area, a nature preserve, it will solidify the lust.
But first I had to persuade the seller to choose me as his Citrus Heights Realtor above the others he interviewed. You can read more in my personal blog today at … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate: The Real Estate Profession and Honesty - 10/01/16 02:47 AM
Just when you think you can never go wrong being honest in the real estate business in Sacramento, an agent may disagree or draw upon a different experience. Listening to those comments a few days ago was interesting for me because I never stop to consider the effect that raising awareness of honesty and ethics can bring.
I stick to the premise that most agents I know practice Sacramento real estate in an honest fashion. You can read more about this in my personal blog today at this link: Is the Sacramento Real Estate Profession Countercultural?
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sacramento real estate: Will Buyers Just Make an Offer if a Home is Overpriced? - 09/21/16 10:38 AM
There are times that it's not worth it to fight with Sacramento home sellers who want to argue. I know it's hard to believe that a home seller might think he or she has more experience and knows the industry better than a professional who's out in the trenches day in and day out, but it happens.
I am on the seller's side. Even if they mistrust all Realtors and think we're all money-grubbing idiots who don't give a crap about them, I am still on the seller's side. Plus, I have more patience than they do. I will wait it out. … (0 comments)

sacramento real estate: What Turns a Buyer Into a Real Estate Client? - 09/20/16 10:49 AM
I advise my team members who work with buyers to establish relationships with these people. Don't just run out with your lockbox key in hand to show a home in Sacramento without engaging in a conversation, preferably person-to-person in the office. This is a potential buyer with whom you'll be in constant contact for 45 to 60 days, and you can't call that person a client until they become a client.
Invite them to the office. Discuss the market. Talk about the specific home buying process. Give them the purchase contract to read. Show them the information you can retrive from … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: How to Deal With Crazy Real Estate Clients - 08/11/16 12:55 AM
Now, I am not talking about your regular, run-of-the-mill screwballs who often pop up in Sacramento real estate transactions; oh, no, I am talking about the viscious and subdued furious, the hateful people you can't easily recognize. It's one thing if a guy comes to you and admits: look, I've got PSTD and I'm very unstable, and yet you choose to work with the guy anyway, and it's another thing if a lunatic appears perfectly sane and normal until it's too late for you.
You can read more in my personal blog today about these peculiar situations -- which often exist behind closed … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Selling in Sacramento and Buying in Another State - 08/09/16 11:11 AM
This seller I met with yesterday has lived in the same home for the past 25 years. It was immaculate. I looked at his stove and asked why he doesn't cook. He says he cooks all the time. There was nothing that needed work in this house. No chips in the ceramic tile, no scratches on the walls, no spots on the carpeting, no dings in the sinks.
Did he have children? Nope. Pets? Nope. I can't say I've seen many homes in this great of shape. Granted, many times I'm traipsing over toys scattered about, bumping into drawers that are overspilling, wondering … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: Unusual Finds During a Sacramento Pest Inspection - 08/09/16 02:40 AM
Probably the worst pest inspection I've ever attended in Sacramento was about 10 years ago when the inspector opened the attic door and rat droppings fell on the heads below. Note to self: do not look up when you watch a pest inspector open the attic. You never know what might fall out.
The inspector found several buckets of dead rats, the insulation was soaked with urine and, surprisingly, rat poison tossed about, which meant the seller knew of the activity and did not disclose. The listing agent in this transaction suggested we "shake out" the insulation. Such an idiot. You can … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: Does the Refrigerator Stay in that Sacramento Home? - 08/04/16 02:42 AM
Is your refrigerator running? As a kid, I used to love to make prank phone calls and ask random people that question, just so I could say: well, you better go catch it, hang up and erupt into fits of laughter. How long ago was that? OK, I did that again just last week. Maybe not. Maybe I thought about it.
Because that question of whether the refrigerators stay with the home continues to pop up in Sacramento real estate. Sometimes agents routinely include that item in the purchase contract when the seller has no intention of leaving certain kitchen appliances, and … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: What's Happening in Sacramento Real Estate? - 08/02/16 11:38 AM
I've been super busy lining up new listings for our fall Sacramento real estate market. Plus I'm preparing for an upcoming vacation in the Mediterranean. We're spending a few days in Lisbon, cruising to Morocco (hello Casablanca), on to the Rock of Gibraltor, then party-time at Ibiza, relaxing on Mallorca, ending with 5 days in Barcelona.
My laptop is my buddy, and WiFi is abundant for Facetime and email. I always stay in touch. I can't help myself. Doesn't matter how much fun I'm having on vacation, I still can't stop working.
But before I go, let's take a look at the … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: Buying a Home in Sacramento Means Negotiating Your Offer - 07/31/16 03:09 AM
With some homes in Sacramento, it's very easy to manipulate the situation in order to sell a home for more than list price. Of course, an obvious way to do that is to price the home low, below market value, and try to stir up a feeding frenzy, but that kind of strategy can also backfire. Many homes sell with some sort of negotiation.
I might advise buyers if they definitely want the home, to offer list price, providing it's a fair price. There is nothing wrong with offering a fair price. If it's an 80% desire, maybe offer 5% less. If … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: Where are the Sacramento Sunday Open Houses? - 07/17/16 02:24 AM
In some parts of Sacramento, it's not a good idea to hold open houses on Sunday because there is no traffic nor excessive interest in certain neighborhoods. However, the Capitol Corridor area always pulls in visitors, and we see good results from our Sunday open houses.
It doesn't necessarily mean that a buyer will sit down at the kitchen table to sign an offer, but it does happen. It generally means a Sunday open house is the buyer's first exposure to the property or perhaps a second visit, and that's enough to bring an offer the following week.
You can read more … (6 comments)

 
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