Elizabeth Weintraub: Sacramento Real Estate

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Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX Gold - DRE #00697006
Sacramento real estate and housing market, from Galt to Lincoln. Local observations about Sacramento restaurants, special events, music concerts and the Sacramento lifestyle, including great places to vacation around the world.

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2008 

With all the urgent matters happening around us, foreclosures, short sales, bank failures, the economic and housing crisis, fires, terrorists, crazy Wal-Mart shoppers, I'd like to take a break and ask the question that some of you may not have even realized is an important factor in your day-to-d...
11/30/2008
I'd say that 9 out of 10 questions received by Lyon Real Estate's lawyer could be answered by reading the purchase contract. Yet, very few real estate agents have ever read the purchase contract. They know which blanks to fill in (most of them, anyway), but I'm betting 9 out of 10 agents couldn't...
11/29/2008
Anybody who calls me while I'm at my home office knows exactly where I am. That's because birds are consistently singing in the background. I have cockatiels and parakeets -- and let me tell you, those parakeets chatter in 50 languages. It's not like I can say, "Hey, I'm driving down the freeway ...
11/28/2008
The hottest buzz word in the industry right now is not short sales nor foreclosures. It's all about loan modifications. Lots of unscrupulous businesses are springing up that offer consumers help with their loan modifications, and they are charging home owners $3,000 and more to do what home owner...
11/27/2008
I remember what it feels like to search for a home to buy. Although, it's been six years since I bought my last home -- before that I routinely moved every couple years or so. (Buying homes, fixing them up and reselling them paid off well enough that I didn't mind moving so often.)But the point ...
11/26/2008
I'm feeling a little bit like Lewis Black this morning. As I read about the government rescue of Citigroup, I feel the hairs on the back of my neck tingling. It's injecting $20 billion into Citigroup, after already giving it $25 billion, which resulted in an ownership stake. But that's not what r...
11/25/2008
Sometimes that's what I feel like saying to listing agents who go hog wild writing counter offers: Who died and made you ruler of counter offers? You know, in my book, a good counter offer should address essential elements of the purchase offer that require further negotiation. End of story. But...
11/24/2008
Whew. The edited version of my book has been completed -- not that I have had time to proof it yet. Yesterday, I put 3 transactions into escrow, so I've been a bit overwhelmed and unable to allocate time for reading the final copy. (I was supposed to be taking off work from Wednesday through Sund...
11/23/2008
For the most part, prequal letters from a lender or mortgage broker are useless, but sellers' agents in Sacramento insist that the buyer's agent include a prequal letter with a purchase offer. They want to see that the buyer is qualified to purchase the property and has at least taken the step to...
11/22/2008
If you're looking to buy a short sale home in Citrus Heights, look no further. This home is ready to sell. The short-sale package has been prepared, and we're ready to submit to the lender a qualified buyer's offer.                             This is a turnkey 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch-style home...
11/21/2008
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