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HEARD ABOUT I-5 CLOSING: Ugh! - 05/31/08 12:58 AM
Well, if you live in Sacramento and you haven't , you live in a cabin with no power. This has been hyped more than Star Wars was in it's day!Interstate 5, going from southern California and ending at the Canadian border is closing down for 6 weeks (intermittent openings and one lane openings). Can you imagine?!!! Where is it closing down? Downtown Sacramento! From May 30th and for the next 6 weeks, avoid our freeways..at any cost! I know I will be. Our surface streets aren't going to be pretty either! I'll avoid those too. Okay...I'll just pull the covers over (8 comments)
READ TO THE END...IT'S ABOUT MY DAUGHTER! - 05/31/08 12:18 AM
My mother has been in the business since 1969. She bought out the owner in the 1990 and opened a second office in 1991. My husband got his license in 1980 as an agent and is now the General Manager. I got both my license and brokers license in 1995. My youngest daughter is pregnant with her 2nd daughter and works in our office internally until her children are old enough for her to start her career...she is an amazing mom! Now, I only tell you this to give some perspective on my story. I hope that all of you can experience your child (12 comments)
TWO FOR ONE SALE! - 05/29/08 11:27 PM
I was watching TV and was astounded to learn of the latest gimmic to sell a home! I believe this was happening in Florida. The buyers had two choices of ways to save money. One was a 10 day sale. For 10 days only, one broker drastically reduced the list price of homes. After 10 days, they would go back up to their original list price. The property they showed was listed for something like $599,000 and they dropped it to $549,000. The other was was a two for one sale! Buy one house for something like $900,000 and get a (0 comments)
SACRAMENTO VOTED 8TH BEST CITY TO LIVE IN THE U.S.! - 05/29/08 11:10 PM
After an earlier blog that said Sacramento is the 5th worst market in the nation, this is GREAT news! Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine based their decision by weighting the "size and growth prospects of a citys "creative class" - people working in technology, the arts, education, business and a range of professional fields." To get to a final 10, the magazine also looked at each region's "cost of living, as well as recreation, arts and dining scenes." Houston topped the list and was followed by Raleigh, N.C. What they didn't say is what is within 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento - (0 comments)
TO AUCTION OR NOT TO AUCTION..THAT IS THE QUESTION! - 05/25/08 12:58 AM
I have heard good and bad about auctioning your property. Most of what I hear is that there certainly is no guarantee that there is an accepted offer at the end of the bidding...it still has to go back to the lender for approval. I have heard that they end up usually going quite a bit over the bidding minimum. I have heard that they are fairly expensive for the buyer. What I haven't heard is how they work out for the seller...especially if it is a private seller...not an institution. Being a Realtor, it really goes against the grain to handle (2 comments)
WOW...KINDA SAVED A LIFE! - 05/15/08 10:58 PM
I just wanted to share a story that even I find amazing. I ordered a whole bunch of those refridgerator thingies that list information like measurement conversions, how to fold an American flag, and other stuff. On the back were instructions on how to do the Heimlick maneuver. I mailed them to my farm and a few days later received the following call: "I received your refridgerator hanger...thank you. I read the instructions on how to do the Heimlick maneuver and only a day later was out in my front yard when a gentleman was walking by. He started acting oddly so I went over to see (3 comments)
BANK'S STRATEGY - 05/14/08 11:47 PM
Some banks have a new strategy to sell their REO's...and it's working! They get their BPO, price the property 10% below the estimated value and wait for the bidding war. They usually get their price and then some because most become a multiple offer situation. To add to this, if they get a better offer than the accepted offer, they simply kick out the accepted offer and take the new one. And if anyone hasn't notice, there is an increase in sales from last year to this year, mainly due to the volume of REO's being sold. Is it a bad (5 comments)
OPTIMISTS UNITE! - 05/13/08 03:32 PM
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. (William Feather) Is the market bad? Nope - we just hit bottom and it's going to start improving soon. Are loans difficult? Nope - we are just requiring that borrowers will be able to keep their home for the foreseeable future. Do we have some really unprofessional agents out there? Not as many as we use to have! Is gas outrageously expensive? Yes - and won't that be good for the environment in the long run? And lastly, but ever so much more importantly - are (2 comments)
Vacations and Full Moons - 05/10/08 10:36 PM
Okay, is it just our imagination, or does it seem that every time a vacation is planned, that's when we get the busiest...new buyers call and want to view property, you finally get an offer on a property you have had for 2 months, a home inspection goes haywire...well, you get the idea! I think I should start planning more vacations! Then, do you find that you have one of those days, where people become irrational, drivers try their best to drive you off the road, your kids decide to drive you nuts, a walk-in at your office turns out to (5 comments)
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