sacramento real estate: Sacramento's Secret Homes for Sale and Ring.Com - 04/23/19 08:42 PM
In our days of limited inventory this spring, it is not unusual for homes to sell that are not listed in MLS. We all need to be creative to continue to prosper in challenging times. I thought of this today as I struggled speaking with customer service reps. Dealing with CSR anywhere is pretty much a PITA because you've got some guy either working in a boiler room or across the globe. Not a person who works inside the company and knows what's going on.
Turns out because I had bought two Ring Doorbells, the original (which was a piece of crap and … (15 comments)

sacramento real estate: How to Communicate With Non-English Speaking Clients - 04/14/19 09:52 AM
With JaCi out working hard yesterday (and today, she's taking two more listings for the team), I set aside time to finish reading Becoming, by Michelle Obama. She writes in part about how difficult it was for her husband to work in a Congress where bi-partisan efforts were constantly shut down. I can relate that to real estate and having to work with agents who openly dislike talking to top listing agents because the property is not their own listing. Similar. Not identical but similar.
Everybody has their own agenda.
As JaCi was driving to a listing appointment yesterday, she also received a … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: Should You Try to Find and Buy Your Own House? - 04/08/19 12:20 PM
Do you need a real estate agent to help you to find a house or can you find your own? Well, the truth, odd as it may sound, is you need an agent but yes, you can probably find your own house. Maybe. But maybe not. However, finding the house is only a tiny part of the process. It's a huge part to the buyer, but in the overall scheme of real estate, the fun is just starting.
To actually BUY that house, you will undoubtedly do better with the services of an experienced buyer's agent than trying to do it … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: Should You Wait to Write a Purchase Offer? - 03/31/19 09:27 AM
One of the super fun things about merging my business with another agent in Sacramento (we are forming a Super Team!) is the fact we can trade war stories along the way. We share many of the same puzzlements but at least we can laugh about it. Like how come buyer's agents tend to advise their buyers to "wait" on writing an offer. They wrongly believe that the number of offers makes a difference in what a seller will accept.
Rather than be assertive, they take the opposite approach. They say, oh, let's wait until after the open house to make an … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: Becoming Immune to Telemarketers and Time Wasters - 03/30/19 09:05 AM
In the olden days, like a dozen years ago, my demeanor was a lot more polite than it is now. When I answered my phone, I would engage in a conversation with whomever was on the other end of the phone. If I received a telemarketing call, I asked nicely to be removed. Explained I had no interest in their product or I was being better served elsewhere. Probably my Midwestern upbringing.
Today, however, I have no patience for that crap. The people who irritate me most are usually mortgage brokers, just calling to congratulate me on my remarkable success as though I … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: Home on Davini Lane Beats the Competition Price-Wise - 03/16/19 09:13 AM
One of my buyer's agents reported that a few open house guests said they did not like three levels. My response to him was take a look at Mill at Broadway. Mostly all 3 flights of stairs (and selling) despite being under two freeways, with HOA dues and slammed together in tight quarters.
In addition, what else can you buy in 95818 for less than half a million? Well, there is a small 1 bath home in Upper Land Park for sale. Or, you can buy a two bedroom, 1 bath with less than 1,000 square feet. Or how about a … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate: How Important is a Sales Background to Real Estate? - 02/22/19 09:30 AM
When I see people in sales professions working so hard to make a few sales that probably pay pittances, I can't help but wonder why they aren't in real estate. Maybe that's why, though. Because they are not confident enough in their own abilities to make it in a 100%-based commisson world. Maybe that's why some other agents prefer to join a discount brokerage where they still make peanuts but receive a salary.
It's a bit scary to work on your own without a safety net, basing your success on your own abilities. By the way, it was Chris Ann Cleland who … (16 comments)

sacramento real estate: Condition vs Location in Sacramento Real Estate - 02/20/19 10:04 AM
Every time I sell a home facing the freeway in Sacramento, I am amazed. It is difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that buyers tend to prefer homes that are either newer or remodeled and don't seem to pay much mind to where they are located. Suppose it's because so many people go to work, come home, drive into the garage, lock the door.
I am amazed that the sellers bought the home in the first place, and amazed another buyer wants it as well. A seller whose home backed directly to railroad tracks and within reach … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: Check: Is That Canceled Sacramento Listing Re-Listed? - 02/11/19 10:57 AM
When I withdraw a listing from MLS and re-enter it as a new listing, that is done for one purpose and one purpose only. To reset the days on market. I am not the only Sacramento Realtor who realizes how buyers tend to gravitate toward new listings and ignore older listings. A home can be on the market for 6 months, come back as a new listing at the RIGHT TIME and bingo, it sells in one day.
However, with that comes a downside. First, we have the agents who call sellers to drill them about what did their lousy no-good agent … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate: Who Made Top Agent at Lyon Real Estate Sacramento? - 02/02/19 10:37 AM
OK, this is the only photograph of I have of Lyon Real Estate's Midtown Sacramento office, and no, I do not think that person is dead. It's just how Midtown is. But I started my blog by talking about what happened when I woke up in Hawaii yesterday, and to find a photo of Lyon Real Estate with somebody sleeping on the front sidewalk was just an added bonus.
My sister was horrified but that's probably part of why she lives in Minnesota and I live in California and Hawaii. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate: Beware of Doorbell Cameras When Showing Homes - 02/01/19 10:00 AM
You know how it is, the client and family leaps out of your vehicle to see a home and dashes to the door. They are chatting among themselves, excited to view inside. You're probably fumbling in your bag or pocket for the device that will open the lockbox, which means as an agent, you might not be paying attention to the conversation. We are always so focused on the task at hand.
Then, after the viewing, everybody returns to the front steps, and while the agent is locking the door and returning the key to the lockbox, the buyers are still chatting. … (13 comments)

sacramento real estate: Home Buyers Benefit from Services of a Buyer's Agent - 01/13/19 09:19 AM
Back in the days when I bought homes to fix up and flip, I thought I knew everything about real estate. In retrospect, I knew the bare basics because I lived in a state where I knew little about local real estate, much less statewide, and because I wasn't actively practicing representation during those flipper years. Not at all like my crazy life as a listing agent today.
I shudder to imagine how many buyers think they know what they are doing because they've done it once or twice or they watched somebody else do it. How hard can it be, they … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: Many Revisions to Sacramento MLS in 2019 - 01/11/19 09:33 AM
The last time I checked, our MLS is owned at least 50% by a handful of brokers in Sacramento. You would think that MLS might reach out to its membership through a survey to determine which features are useful or to gather opinions on types of improvements members would like to see, but that idea not materialize.
In any case, MetroList did a pretty good job improving Prospector and the profile sheets. Prospector is still a bit clunky. I would like to see a way to perform a secondary search while in the midst of the results of a primary, and that … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: When Confidence is Authentic and Not Walk Like a Duck - 01/03/19 10:06 AM
This topic makes me think about a former and now deceased husband who liked the phrase, if you walk like a duck, talk like a duck, then you are a duck. He was a seminar speaker, one of the early pioneers in real estate. His focus was turning ordinary people into rockstars or at least making these agents believe they could become a rockstar. He taught them a way to gain confidence by "faking it until they make it." Not a concept I truly endorse but it worked for a handful.
You know what else can build confidence in real estate? Closing … (13 comments)

sacramento real estate: Why Doofus Agents Give Our Profession a Bad Name - 12/31/18 12:00 PM
Here is my cheery New Year's Eve message today. As Hella Rothwell and I gaze from our balcony at the ocean and Diamond Head from our top floor room at the Halekulani.
It constantly astonishes me when agents display such stupid behavior in the name of building business for themselves and that they could do so without any regard for consequences as well. My question to myself is typically what were they thinking? To which your answer is they were not thinking or they would not have done it. And my response to that is they would do it anyway because they … (1 comments)

sacramento real estate: A Perfect Window of Opportunity Gets Blown - 12/26/18 08:25 PM
When a listing agent deals with enough buyer's agents, the same story often pops up over and over. It is this crazy talk of commitment, dedication, and unrelenting love for the property, when much of it is puffery. Some buyer's agents will say anything to get into contract. Even when presented with a perfect window of opportunity to get their client a house, they can still come up a day late and a dollar short.
True, some make promises without talking to their buyers, thinking they can talk them into whatever the deal is. They don't realize or perhaps they don't care … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: Who is Buying Homes at Christmas in Sacramento? - 12/25/18 10:14 AM
One of the perks of being in Hawaii around Christmas-time is my phone rarely rings. But not this year, for some reason. Why aren't people with their families celebrating? Why are they calling real estate agents? Well, maybe it's the eggnog. Or, maybe it's a sheer desire to buy a home, which can hit at any moment in a person's life, but especially around the holidays.
Everybody seems happy and snug as a bug in their own homes, so maybe that's part of what drives new home buyers in December? You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: Ten Days Left in 2018 to Buy a Sacramento Home - 12/21/18 09:24 AM
This time of year is generally a bit slower than it's been this week before Christmas. You'd think people would be off enjoying time with their families, wrapping presents, attending parties, but instead they are out looking at homes in Sacramento to buy. One set of buyers were boarding a plane when they stopped to sign homebuying papers.
It's been super hectic. Another set of buyers canceled because they suddenly realized, I guess, that they didn't know what they were doing, but then two more went into escrow. That seems to be how it goes. One escrow blows up and two more … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: First-Time Sellers in Sacramento Have Questions - 12/15/18 01:27 PM

Buying real estate is similar to having a baby. You tend to forget how painful it can be because the rewards are so great. If you could remember, you might not want to do it again. In my opinion, selling is much easier than buying but it can also be stressful.
One of the ways that I help my sellers avoid stress is by always being available for them, as much as I can be. And answering their questions, no matter what they ask as it is important to them and they deserve an adequate and informative answer. You can read more … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate: How Agents Act When They Are Buyers or Sellers - 12/13/18 10:35 AM
Nobody is really immune from normal human emotions. I don't care who you are or how insulated you might think you are. Once you are emotionally invested in a situation -- and notice I say situation, not property, even though it may be property-related -- those emotions can conflict with normal conscious thought processes. Common sense can flit out the window.
Agents might very well behave more like a client than an agent. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: When the Shoe is on the Other Foot in Real Estate.

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Author Bio: Elizabeth Weintraub is a Sacramento real estate broker, author, home buying expert for The Balance, a Land Park resident, who specializes not only in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento but sells extensively from Elk Grove to Lincoln. Weintraub is prominently known as the #1 Sacramento Short Sale agent throughout the Sacramento four-county area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40+ years of real estate experience to work for you.




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