sacramento real estate: Selling Mortgages in a Vacuum at a Credit Union - 01/21/17 08:52 AM
While it's always great fun to complain -- well, it is for me anyway -- my main purpose is not really to complain. I would like to see credit unions get a little bit more involved in the real estate business they hope to serve. It is beyond comprehension that they tend to work in a vacuum, with little regard to the way real estate works.
I witness this odd way of doing business with credit union mortgages more, perhaps, in Sacramento, but you might also see this practice in other states in the country. Doesn't much seem to matter which … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Your Opinion of Me is None of My Business - 01/19/17 09:10 AM
My sunglasses have pretty cool powers. They reflect the world back to the viewer. I might be looking at the same image that is reflected in my sunglasses, or I could be staring elsewhere. You certainly don't know what I'm thinking because thoughts are unique to each, based on our own experiences, knowledge, and methods of processing.
I'm not wearing any makeup. My hair is a complete mess, and I don't care what others think of me as their opinions are their own. They're not mine. I don't take ownership of that. Never much have. So, it's not an age thing, … (22 comments)

sacramento real estate: Agents Have IRS Extension for Estimated Taxes in 2016 - 01/17/17 08:21 AM
You might not know that you can pay your estimated taxes online these days and agents don't have to rush to the post office to get in before the deadline. Further, our deadline for 2016 is extended to today.  I took a look at the Franchise Tax Board website on December 30th, and it was down for maintenance. Seems like a bad time of the year to be done for maintenance. Right when people might want to make a last-minute tax payment.
But it was just as well because I didn't want to interact on a website filled with sensitive information … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: What Will You Do With the Last Business Day in 2016? - 12/30/16 09:21 AM
Yes, this Sacramento Realtor is still engaged in her wor-cation in Hawaii, as you can tell by the above photograph. Every day I get out of our vacation house and go somewhere fun. Yesterday, I stopped at a few furniture stores because sometime this year I will be furnishing the house after the sellers / tenants move.
I could not peruse bedroom furniture because a woman from Elk Grove called in the midst of my hunt and I answered my phone from the second floor of Kohala Furniture. This is a seller whom I must have contacted many times as a referral … (13 comments)

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 … (5 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)

 
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