sacramento real estate agent: The Only Woodside Oaks Condo for Sale Could be Yours - 01/13/18 09:46 AM
In our low inventory and high buyer demand housing market in Sacramento this spring, there is no better place to be as a seller than to own the only Woodside Oaks condo for sale. Especially an affordably priced condo. Especially a one-story unit in fabulous condition, turnkey, ready to move into.
This two bedroom, two bath unit features an updated kitchen with granite counters and glass inserts in the upper cabinet doors, plus stainless steel counters. You can read more about this condo in my personal blog today at this link: This Woodside Oaks Condo is Like Living at a Resort.
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sacramento real estate agent: Types of Common Home Inspection Repairs in Escrow - 01/11/18 09:41 AM
Cutting to the chase, in a seller's market in Sacramento, the types of common home inspection repairs are pretty much nil. Meaning they don't really exist. Sellers are not required to do any home inspection repairs in escrow. Not even lender-required repairs. Because you know whose fault that is for the lender-required repairs? It's the buyer's fault for obtaining a loan. Not the seller's problem the buyer can't pay cash.
Our California purchase contracts used to require the seller to do lender-required repairs, but not anymore. It is all negotiable. And we generally demand the buyer fix whatever the buyer's appraiser noted. … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Sacramento Market Update for December 2017 - 01/10/18 10:30 AM
Even with declining inventory and slower sales last month, our median price in the Sacramento market remains at $350,000. I've talked with sellers who told me other agents gave them reports that the market is softening and they should list at a lower price.
I don't know what to say except not every agent reads Trendgraphix or has access to the full version like Lyon agents. And not every agent has her finger on the pulse of the market. I urge my sellers to list at top of market and I get it for them. You can read more in my … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: You Always Remember the Last Sale of the Year - 12/30/17 09:23 AM
I might not always recall the first sale of the year but I always remember the last one. Especially when it closes just under the wire on the last day of the year. In the olden days, like 2010, often that last sale was a short sale that I battled for 4 to 6 months. It was often bitter sweet. Now, those kind of transactions are few and far between.
But this particular last sale involved a seller who prepared for almost 6 months to be ready to sell. When he was ready, he was ready now! The lucky buyer was a first-time … (17 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Tie Breaker Criteria for Picking the Best Offer - 12/28/17 09:46 AM
Many agents, if you ask them, do not like being involved in multiple offer situations. It can stress out some agents. They probably tend to prefer dealing with one buyer at a time, not juggling things, and not trying to maximize seller profit potential. Just slide the transaction into escrow.
On the other hand, I am pretty much the opposite of that sort of attitude. I love the challenges inherent in multiple offers. It's a way to analyze and strategize for the sellers. But sometimes it just comes down to the final straw, especially when two offers can be almost identical to … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Does the GOP Tax Bill Affect Selling Your Home? - 12/16/17 09:27 AM
Having faith that your government will not screw you over is a practice that has become somewhat foreign to me over the later decades of my life. It used to be that life was easier. You could avoid rhetoric and ignore the noise, muttering to yourself, oh, they would never do THAT. Until one day you wake up and realize an unqualified person you never expected to win an election is now in power.
I lived in Minnesota when I woke up to find Jesse Ventura as governor. Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor shortly after I moved to Sacramento. Then we had our … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: How Can a Purchase Offer Be a Time Waster? - 12/08/17 09:27 AM
Well, now that I typed that title to my blog, I can actually think of one way a purchase offer can be a time waster. Those are the offers that stand no chance in hell of acceptance. Usually from the so-called wanna-be cash investors. When they submit an extremely low offer, especially when we have a bunch of other offers over list price, it is a PITA.
It means I have to catalog the offer, and process it, fully realizing it is a piece of garbage. And that, yes, is a waste of my time. However, that is the only exception I … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Have You Popped Off Any Keyboard Keys Today? - 10/24/17 08:59 AM
It is becoming increasingly apparent that I have no concept of time passing. Things that I might think have happened only yesterday actually happened many years ago, and things that I think happened a long time ago occurred just last year or even yesterday. Supposedly children give a person that time reference, so perhaps that's why since I have none. No yardsticks.
When I started popping keys off my keyboard yesterday, I figured it had been years since I had cleaned my keyboard. You would not in a million years believe what I found inside. Must be all that dry air in … (16 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Who Makes Up the Majority of Your Friends Today? - 10/05/17 08:00 AM
Back in the day, we'd probably call them "work friends" but that seems so antiquated now. When I worked at First American Title in Lakewood, Colorado and then Boulder, most of my friends were not in the business. Searching the grantor and grantee books at the courthouse, drawing out metes and bounds descriptions, well, it was just a job back then to me. It was kinda boring, too.
When I got promoted into escrow in the mid-1970s and became a certified escrow officer, most of my friends were not in escrow, either. Again, it was a job, albeit a more interesting job … (14 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: No Stupid Questions in Sacramento Real Estate - 08/24/17 07:35 AM
There are no stupid questions in Sacramento real estate. Well, unless they all are. Because each person is entitled to answers and the ability to ask questions. It's not like people buy and sell a home every day. I don't care how much HGTV they watch or how many Zillow surveys they read -- all of which tend to confuse matters even more -- the mere fact they are not in the trenches every day means they don't know.
I care about serving my clients. If they have a question, I will answer it. Much of the time, I'm so focused on … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Sacramento Neighbors Cannot Believe Your Sales Price - 08/05/17 07:23 AM
 
Hands down the biggest objections to pricing that I often hear are from the neighbors. They can't believe the price of that home. We hear them talk at our open houses: "Whoa, that house is half the size of my house and it's selling for more than I paid for my house. That's too much."
Of course, when it comes time to sell their own home, all of a sudden the tune changes. Now, they figure that little house that sold for so much means their home's value has quadrupled. Actually, the truth is that little house probably has zero bearing on their … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Kathy Streib Downsizing Tip Motivated Sacramento Realtor - 07/29/17 08:14 AM
 
Don't you love it when you run across a little gem online that helps you to improve your life? I thank Kathy Streib for tipping me off to Huggable Hangers. Because I live and work pretty much in a vacuum -- ask anybody who knows me well, I spend almost all of my time working as a Sacramento Realtor -- I had never heard of these hangers.
 
Perhaps you're like me and need to save on space? If so, these hangers do improve the functionality and increases the size of smaller closets. Plus, they're on sale! You can read more in my personal … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Back on Market is Not Always the Kiss of Death - 07/25/17 07:21 AM
 
While back on market is not always the kiss of death, it's often close enough to it. It's like a week after the housekeeper has cleaned your house. It's not pristine but perhaps still presentable. The listing is not new and exciting, it's a second helping of buttery mashed potatoes, good enough to want more but probably not as tasty as the first bite.
 
For this reason, most of the time when I deal with a back on market listing, it makes sense to turn that into a brand new listing with a new MLS number. But not all of the time. … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Some Listing Agents Sell the Same Home Twice - 07/05/17 04:53 PM
Selling the same home twice is not high on my list of things to do, but generally the second time around it's a lot easier. You've already got all of your reports, the disclosures have been completed and the preliminary title report has been issued.
 
I don't mind it that much if I have to sell a home twice. Especially when it's in my sellers' best interests to find another set of buyers. That's the thing. There is always another buyer. Some agents will do anything to close a transaction. I've seen them in action. They are desperate for a sale. But … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: The Kiss of Death Defects in Sacramento Homes - 07/03/17 11:04 AM
When I say kiss of death defects, it is with tongue planted in cheek. But it surely seems that way when you've got buyers who search online for their answers. Because you're unlikely, for example, to find a lot of discussion about sewer line manufacturers. Speaking of which, some sewer lines should never have been built, like orangeburg. So yes, orangeburg is the kiss of death.
What else? Zinsco electrical panels. Although with those, it's only certain models, and not all of them are defective. Plus, what bothers one buyer doesn't upset another. I had a buyer walk away from a transaction after … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Smart Sellers Fare Better With Full Service Realtors - 05/21/17 07:28 AM
Sellers make two big mistakes when choosing a Realtor if they overlook the need for a full-service Realtor. The first is not realizing a full-service Realtor will negotiate a higher sales price. The second is not realizing a full-service Realtor will save them money. They make more. They save more. That's the bottom line, even though a full-service Realtor might charge 1% more than a discount agent. Sellers are still ahead.
 
Not only that, but my sellers will tell you the peace of mind my services bring is priceless. Meaning they can't begin to put a price tag on how good it … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: What Should a Buyer's Agent Do When the Buyer Cancels? - 04/22/17 09:02 AM
My basic plan is never deliver bad news without a solution that offers good news as an alternative. That principle has served me well over the years. It's reduced the emotions that can arise when an agent is placed in the position of delivering bad news. And emotions can run the gamut from anger and hostility, to downright depression and sobbing, to complete confusion. It's all over the map, depending on the recipient.
 
Everybody knows you can't control what buyers do except for sellers. Sellers have a hard time with that concept. They seem to believe that we listings agents should sneak … (14 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: How an Old Folk Song Relates to the Residential Purchase Agreement - 09/29/15 02:45 AM
One of my pet peeves is the way some Sacramento real estate agents fill out cancellation forms. On the one hand, it's not like many agents have clients canceling transactions, so they are probably not well versed in how to properly prepare the document, in their defense and all. But I find that often the agents who struggle with preparing legal real estate documents are also those who have not invested the time and energy to read them in the first place.
They either fill out the top and forget the bottom portion or they check the wrong boxes. If a buyer … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Why Don't You Hire the Sacramento Agent Who Sold You the House? - 08/11/15 01:08 AM
You can't help everybody in real estate, you know, even when you're completely sincere, for whatever reason, some people can take what you say the wrong way. Some dude on another website sent me an email this morning, probably a duplicate that he sent to many other agents on that site, asking for a sales price on a home his girlfriend owns, which she bought after it languished months on the market about half a year ago.
I suggested he go back to the Sacramento real estate agent who sold it to him and call it a day.
Whoa. That was NOT what … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Name Four Streets Six Blocks Away From Your Home - 06/11/15 02:04 AM
Nah, that's not a quick question, to name four streets 6 blocks from your home, because unless you're a real estate agent who has most likely memorized every street and in order from north to south and east to west in any given area of Sacramento, you probably don't know. I sell homes from Elk Grove into Midtown where my office is located, and all the way out to Roseville and Lincoln, and the answer when I ask sellers about the specifics of their neighborhood or a certain street is almost always the same. They don't know. This just baffles me.
I … (5 comments)

 
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