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.



I spotted an odd car yesterday on the 99 freeway while coming back from Elk Grove. It had a back window covered in lettering. I don't know how the driver could even see out of his window with all the writing on it. It was hard to make out, but it looked like the car belonged to an insurance agent...
People looking around in real estate for an opportunity to make money all seem to be gravitating toward short sales, especially in the short sale capital of the world in California. The REO home sales are pretty much down in markets everywhere and short sales have emerged as the distressed sale p...
I am not saying a home seller in Sacramento should ignore the bank. Especially not when the bank mails out documents. It's entirely possible that the seller will receive duplicate documents, especially if the seller is attempting to do a short sale. The bank will send documents not only to the sh...
Who would write about Nationstar Bank and Down Syndrome in the same article? You know who. Yup, you're reading her words as they fly off her fingertips to the keyboard this very minute. Nothing is too sacred to write about. It just depends how you do it. Trying to stay politically correct while s...
Although I have been doing short sales in Sacramento and Elk Grove for almost 8 years now, it is still exciting to get short sale approval. Especially for a HAFA short sale, because all that red tape tends to slow down the processing. It's like any time you get the government involved in somethin...
Sometimes, when I try to help Sacramento home buyers decipher listings in MLS, they get frustrated with MetroList and they take it out on me. Sometimes they yell. I understand how frustrating it can be when you want to buy a home in Sacramento and you can't figure out the information available to...
I hear horror stories from agents in Sacramento about first-time home buyers. Some agents tell me that their first-time home buyers -- and even some investors (who should know better because hopefully they've been around the block) -- are thinking they can still buy a home under market value in S...
At one time in 2006 the city of Elk Grove was named by Time magazine to be the fastest growing city in America. Then the downturn hit, and the bottom of the market not only fell out, it exploded. The aftermath left many short sales littered across the landscape. It wasn't just refinancing the cau...
Today I am writing about a webinar I have agreed to do for a Bay area REALTORĀ® association on how to get purchase offers accepted, with an emphasis on short sale offers. Getting offers accepted is the main problem we are experiencing in the Sacramento area markets and, by extension, the Bay area ...
There seems to be quite a few buyers who don't trust real estate agents and will believe that the listing agent simply didn't send their fabulous offer to the seller. That's the only reason they can possibly come up with why the seller didn't take their offer. The seller didn't take it because th...

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