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.



The first step in getting ready to do a short sale is to realize that you are selling your home. This may sound like a no-brainer to you but many people do not realize that. They're not really sure what's involved with doing a short sale except that it's a solution for many people, so they want t...
I could talk all day long about short sales, and I often do. There's so much going on in my life as a Sacramento short sale agent. It's hard to pick just one thing to talk about. For example, a few weeks ago I was contacted by a Bank of America third-party vendor, which I won't name. It asked me ...
Honestly, I don't know why things don't work right at Fannie Mae. I know simply that no matter what kind of short sale bank I'm working with on a short sale, if the investor is Fannie Mae, it means problems. Problems for me, problems for the seller and, by extension, problems for the poor buyer. ...
This August, I should have a lot of short sales closing. But few are likely to be as rewarding as this particular Sacramento short sale. It wasn't a big sale, and it had its unusual share of problems. The least of which was a low appraisal. I think the lessons learned in this short sale were for ...
Some people are very uncomfortable being fawned over. My husband is one of those. He especially dislikes being fawned over by insincere people in roles of servitude. I first noticed his distaste for this many years ago when we checked in to stay a night at Adare Manor, a castle in Ireland, County...
Despite the fact that I am opposed to war, I hold the utmost respect for our military. All military -- active or retired or no longer among us. Many of my clients serve in the military, so while I have no children and none of my relatives speak to me, I feel a special connection to my clients who...
I once committed what some people consider to be a sacrilegious act. This unforgivable thing happened in 1976. I was living in a cramped apartment across the street from the ocean on Balboa Boulevard in Newport Beach, California. Many Friday nights were party nights. You younger kids might not be...
In this Sacramento real estate market, it doesn't matter how many offers the seller has received. Yet, agents continue to call and ask that question. Why doesn't it matter? Because any well priced home will be sold within hours if not within days of hitting the market. If a listing agent doesn't ...
How many Sacramento real estate agents does it take to change a light bulb? None. They are confident the electricity will be restored soon. There is a lot of hoopla going on in the industry at the moment as home buyers fight over what little inventory we have left. I try to prepare my sellers for...
Funny how we readily adapt to technology. With a bluetooth device stuck in my ear, I rarely look at my phone anymore when it rings. That's because my bluetooth device tells me who is calling. However, if I am on the phone already when a call comes in, generally that phone call goes to my voice ma...

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