Elizabeth Weintraub: Sacramento Real Estate

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.



By the time many of you read this, I will be on a plane and headed for Seoul, South Korea, where, with any luck, I will stumble onto a connecting flight for Hanoi. Yup, we're off for a two-week trip to Vietnam, with a side tour to Ankgor Wat in Cambodia. Bye-bye Sacramento.I have a feeling this i...
Two interesting bits of information this morning. First, take a look at this chart from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It shows the appreciation scale for housing in California from 1991 to present. Although we are not out of the slump by any stretch, it indicates the bottom happened in lat...
Almost every agent in Sacramento specializes in certain neighborhoods. Generally, at least one of those neighborhoods is where the agent resides. I suspect that human nature makes agents more curious about their own surroundings, and they typically enjoy intimate knowledge about those areas due t...
As compared to the rest of Sacramento, the number of foreclosure homes in 95818 is tiny. In October, we had 557 bank-owned homes for sale in Sacramento. The bank-owned pending sales numbered 674, and 689 bank-owned homes closed escrow. That's almost an 80% drop in inventory over the past 15 month...
I get a ton of phone calls from prospective short sale buyers, primarily due to my short sale article published by The New York Times-owned About.com, asking me if Lyon Real Estate has very many homes in Land Park or Curtis Park that are available as a short sale. (This article ranks #2 nationwid...
Your first instinct is not always reliable. I've learned that over the years. While I often rely on my intuition, I don't always grab the first instinct that pops up. For example, when I put on my reading glasses this morning to peer at my monitor, my vision was blurred. My first thought was perh...
Ah, the day before Thanksgiving. When I was considerably younger, this used to be one of my favorite days of the year. Because it's not a school night. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the one day out of the year I could stay out late without any consequences. Dance the night away if I wante...
When I list a short sale in Sacramento, I often qualify the sellers partly on instinct. That's why my short sales get approved. Of course, I examine the usual qualifiers such as whether the seller has a hardship and whether the list price is reasonable. But some of my short sales that I thought w...
My husband laughs at Sacramento drivers who, upon leaving the vehicle, turn around and point the key remote at the car to lock it. That's because some people think it works like a TV remote, which emits infrared signals to the TV, but it doesn't. It sends its signal by radio, through the air. So,...
One of the things I really enjoy about Golden Gate Park is that you see stuff in San Francisco that you'll rarely come across in, say, Land Park in Sacramento. For example, during our six-block stroll from the N Line to the de Young Museum at Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, I spotted guys like those P...

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