sacramento real estate: May is the Month for Sacramento Listing Agent - 05/17/16 06:05 PM
For buyers, it's the month of April, but our inventory was low in April, and it's still low now. A week ago we had 2,222 listings in Sacramento County, and that number dropped to 2,172 listings as of yesterday. For sellers, it's May. This past week, I think I've put 4 new listings into MLS and another quite possibly tomorrow, on top of looking at another home in Davis on Friday.
I love this activity. Even when I am interrupted by a contractor asking for payment, and I hand over a check, and he says it's too low. I give him another … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: Is an Agent Allowed to Talk with An Appraiser? - 05/09/16 11:06 AM
The people I am nicest to in the world, besides, say, a masseuse or maybe a mixologist, would be an appraiser. I'm probably even sweeter to appraisers than I am to my own family, even my own cats, if I were to guess. And there a lot of different types of people in the world who can irritate me, but appraisers are not one of them. I never treat their phone calls or emails as an irritation nor non-essential business, like some agents do.
I am more than happy to supply comparable sales, talk about the market, my listing, its particulars. Even … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: New Listing in South Land Park With a Pool - 05/03/16 05:32 PM
No matter how many listings I take -- and I've sold more than 500 homes over the past 5 years according to MLS -- I still get excited. You can imagine how many I've sold over the past 40 years! Especially when the home is simply over-the-top gorgeous.
I can get suckered in with my own advertising, though. In fact, I was telling the seller of this home in South Land Park that I loved the photos and virtual tour so much that it almost made me want to buy the home myself.
Not that I need a home because I have … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: The Dreaded Condo Mailbox Key in Sacramento - 04/30/16 09:44 AM
As a standard practice, whenever I am close to closing out a transaction, I always email the sellers to remind them to leave the all the keys to the house, the mailbox key, the remote controls and any manuals in possession in a kitchen drawer. I let them know the buyer's agent will retrieve the key from the lockbox to enter.
Some ask what they should do with the key they use to lock up with. Not everybody can run out quickly through the garage as the door closes. But I've never had a seller say they would not leave the mailbox … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: How to Hold Title as a Married Couple - 04/18/16 09:32 AM
When married couples ask how they should hold title to property when buying a home, it is a subject that Sacramento Realtors don't really want to answer directly for fear of being held liable for practicing law. We're not lawyers, even though we may appear to be.
Most people just pick joint tenants, but there are definite advantages to holding title as community property with rights of survivorship, which wasn't even an option back in the 1970s when I was an escrow officer in California.
Things have changed but not not enough to suit many of us. Some things are still kinda stuck … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: The Process of Making Decisions Involves Options - 04/17/16 09:35 AM
Everybody processes making a decision differently. Take my husband for example. We were discussing this morning on the phone that he left town without buying fresh vegetables. One of the choices I offered up is a choice he would never consider, so my options are different than his.
He is the kind of guy who, when he runs out of vegetables, will say to himself, hey, I should go to the store and pick up some vegetables. Whereas one of my options might be, you know, maybe I just won't eat any vegetables this week.
You can read more about this in … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: A Surprise May Await a HELOC After Closing - 04/08/16 10:15 AM
We have a lot of buyers in Sacramento right now who are overlooking repairs that need to be done to a home. They still pay over list price even if the walls were clawed to shreds by cats, as evidenced by a recent sale in Sacramento. They will do anything to buy a home because we have very few homes for sale.
Due to the flurry of buying homes that are in need of repair and not asking the sellers to fix them up, many buyers want to obtain a home equity line of credit after closing.
Not so fast. Few homebuyers realize … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate: A Fitting Welcome to Spring: the Sacramento Real Estate Market - 04/01/16 11:31 AM
The best time of the year to go on a diet, I figure, is when you're the busiest. For a Sacramento REALTOR®, that time is now, the next 12 weeks will be a flurry of activity before everything dies down again. Our manager at Lyon says what will happen is the newspaper will publish a story about the hot spring market in July, after the numbers come out for the end of June, and everybody will flock to their agents, crying to put their homes on the market, and the market will be over.
He may very well be right. I see … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: Going Back Into Escrow on the Same Home After Canceling - 03/26/16 10:30 AM
Like I had in mind yesterday, we did snag a reservation at Ella last night for dinner, and showed up for its famously delicious Ella Manhattan. Even when I try to make a Manhattan at home, using the exact same ingredients, it never turns out quite like the way Ella makes it. My husband says I primarily talk about real estate over dinner, and he would be right. He's such a saint to listen to me. A lot happened yesterday in Sacramento real estate.
One thing that popped up was a buyer who had previously canceled an escrow deciding that was a … (16 comments)

sacramento real estate: When You Can't Find Suitable Sacramento Listings - 03/24/16 12:43 PM
Last year at this time I was somewhere in Death Valley, marveling in awe at the absolute wonders of nature I never before believed were possible unfolding in front of my eyes, in between negotiating counter offers for a home in Elk Grove, in the Stonelake subdivision. Remember that like yesterday. I swear we went through 5 or 6 counter offers before coming to an agreement to sell that home, but I do whatever it takes for my sellers.
. . . Oh, look, this is a canyon made from smooth marble. Yes, I think we can ask for another $5,000 . … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate: How to Use the Notice to Buyer to Perform - 03/15/16 10:15 AM
The best way not to practice law in Sacramento real estate is to rely on the California Association of Realtor documents instead of making up your own stuff. As a member of C.A.R., we have access to a boatload of legal forms in the library. New forms are added every year and the language is consistently updated and revised to better reflect today's world of complicated real estate.
Real estate is so much more than signing a purchase contract. It's why listing agents need to be on their toes and ever vigilant in managing a transaction. Use the right document, and you … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate: The Twist in This Sacramento Real Estate Tale - 02/29/16 09:30 AM
I knew the minute the caller said he had written an offer for one of my listings last night that he had not. One listing had just come back on the market, another was in Foothill Farms and that's not where this guy would want to move, and yet another is located in Natomas and it's very difficult to show, plus a short sale in Elk Grove needs work, and let's just say out of all of my listings, I had not received any offers on Sunday.
Nope. He had not written an offer for any of my sellers.
Because I show up … (17 comments)

sacramento real estate: Goofy Diversions for a Sacramento Realtor to Enjoy - 02/07/16 09:25 AM
I sometimes see advice blogs about how to live a balanced life as a top producer Sacramento Realtor and, I hate to say this, but it's not really possible. And why would an agent want to anyway? There is no way to evenly divide up your time. There is simply taking time for yourself and family, while managing a busy career. Everybody does it differently; there is no wrong, no right. Balance is in the eye of the beholder.
What I have found to be very helpful though is diversions. Things that keep my spirits up, my attitude in check and positive, … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate: How Do You Break Bad News to Clients? - 02/05/16 11:31 AM
I've had conversations with other agents who say they prefer to represent buyers over sellers because it's easier to keep buyers happy. Buyers are excited to close and begin a new chapter. Sellers often are just moving on. I think it's easier to keep sellers happy, especially when the big deal is typically a fat check at closing, and managing problems before they occur.
But sometimes you can't manage things beyond your control. We've all been there when the buyer's sewer inspection reveals a need to replace the sewer lines or when the buyer's lender's appraiser turns in a low appraisal, or … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: Looking for a Sacramento Agent on Zillow? - 02/01/16 09:53 AM
Zillow has implemented a new system last year that I've yet to find the time to opt out of but probably should. It calls agents when an interested buyer or seller sends an email from Zillow to the agent. It's an automated system that calls, and when the agent answers, the system connects the agent with the person who generated the email. It's kind of clumsy but I can see why Zillow wants to do it because so many agents can't or won't pick up the phone and call themselves.
The old system used to call you when a client calls and … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: So You Think You Have No Patience for Real Estate? - 01/31/16 09:28 AM
OK, maybe it was my short sales from the last 10 years that taught me patience in Sacramento real estate, hard to say. When you've working on a transaction and it takes you 3 years to close it, you learn to roll with the punches. When you're told no time and time again yet you plunge forward, brimming with determination and optimism, that teaches patience. Or maybe it was a culmination of my 40 years in the real estate business?
Of course, maybe patience was there all along. I don't know how you can be an effective listing agent in Sacramento and … (15 comments)

sacramento real estate: Nifty Tip for Negotiating a Home in Sacramento - 01/18/16 11:43 AM
I could talk all day about buyer's agents and their buyers' offers but I won't bore you with all of my ramblings. Just know that sometimes I see buyers sabotage their own purchase contracts, so I have some included advice about that in my personal blog today.
Above all, I would add that buyers should not ask a buyer's agent to  send comparable sales to the listing agent to justify the buyer's offer position. The listing agent already has the comparable sales and has discussed them with the seller. Sending your list is insulting. Even if your numbers DO make some … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: Choosing a Real Estate Authority in Sacramento is Fairly Easy - 11/12/15 11:48 AM
For a Thursday, today has been very busy and not as quiet as most Thursdays can go for Sacramento real estate. Probably because yesterday was a holiday, so everybody is backlogged with even more work that didn't get finished yesterday or their to-do list just grew longer.
It was a good time yesterday for me to update the myriad of places online where I maintain internet profiles and participate in real estate discussions. As I polished a few profiles, it occurred to me that so many agents right now are fighting for space and positioning online, stuff that I set up … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate: Where Did All the Sacramento Listings Go? - 10/06/15 10:01 AM
The housing market in Sacramento has taken a swing in October that is very unusual for this time of year. Last October, we had 3,397 listings for sale and today it's down to 2,773, but the really unusual numbers are the sold homes to date as compared to this same period last month. There is a 75% difference.
I've never seen anything like it that I can recall offhand, and I've been in the real estate business since 1974, more than 41 years. I recall the super high interest rates of the late 1970s and then the market crash in 2006, but … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Contingent Offers Are Tough Enough in Sacramento Without This - 10/05/15 09:49 AM
Sometimes I ask sellers if they would like me to hold on to their accepted offer for a few hours just in case another offer comes in. Because once I send it to the buyer's agent, it is delivered and they are in contract. This can happen on a Sunday, for example, when we receive an offer before the open, because many buyers may come through open houses on that day, and they often tour without their agent in tow. Of course, we ask buyers if they are working with an agent because we're not about to tread on another agent's … (7 comments)

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