sacramento real estate: Supporting Community Events Like 2018 Taste of Land Park - 05/22/18 09:32 AM
The interesting thing about the 2018 Taste of Land Park is we have lived in Land Park now for 16 years, and we just attended the 17th Annual Taste of Land Park. Yup, never participated in the past. How lame is that? Well, in all fairness, I've been busy every single  Sunday for the past 16 years.
If I wasn't traveling somewhere exotic, I was either holding or managing open houses or finishing up my writing at About.com. Now that I quit my second job (finally, after much gut wrenching), I suddenly have more time available on Sunday. And we put … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate: What Exactly Constitutes Closing a Sacramento Escrow - 05/21/18 07:57 AM
Right after contract acceptance, my transaction coordinator sends out an estimated timeline for the transaction. Which I forward to the seller. And you can bet they keep an eagle eye on that timeline, LOL. The day before the first contingency release is due, often a seller is on the phone to me, asking for our next-step plan if we don't get it.
Clients truly keep us on the ball. Which means by sharing all of the details with our sellers, we had better perform on time. I imagine some agents don't share timelines because maybe they don't want to be held … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: What You Might Not Know About a Power of Attorney - 05/12/18 06:43 PM
Most agents just sell real estate and don't always pay a lot of attention to the specifics of legal documents. Paperwork is often the last thing an agent wants to deal with. That's why so many busy agents have full-time assistants to assist. But it's helpful to maintain a basic understanding of what you need to know to help your clients successfully close escrow.
When we sent documents to Alaska for a buyer to sign on her behalf and on behalf of her husband stationed overseas, we thought we had covered all of the bases. We made sure the power of attorney … (29 comments)

sacramento real estate: The Story of Closing Another Condo in Woodside Oaks - 05/12/18 08:24 AM

It can be a bit odd to meet a buyer after closing when you're the listing agent. Especially after having to serve the buyer with the seller's Notice to Buyer to Perform during escrow. An agent never knows for certain whether the buyer might accidentally turn on the garden hose and point it in the wrong direction.
But I got to meet the buyer of this condo in person yesterday when I went over to pick up my lockboxes. Nice person. She wondered how to get the remote for the gate. Well, the seller doesn't have a remote, LOL. She must … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate: The Apartment Building Boom in Sacramento - 05/10/18 06:30 PM
Just driving around town in Sacramento, you can't help but notice cranes and huge apartment buildings going up. Who wants their town to look like Miami, LOL? But it's happening in Sacramento. With average building costs running $150 to $200 a square foot, according to some websites, it doesn't seem to be really feasible to build entry-level homes for first-time home buyers.
Well, you could build homes like those at the Mill at Broadway, sandwiched between two freeways and low-income housing projects on the edge of Upper Land Park. Those homes are skinny structures with 3 levels, very close together. So … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate: Why Some Sacramento Agents Ignore Bay Area Agents - 05/08/18 07:47 AM
It seems like everybody wants to guard their own little niche. I've had agents call from southern California (usually San Diego) and ask if I would take a listing for them and then give them 50% (in some cases, 75%) of my commission. They say they want to use my company, my name and my photographer to set up their listing in MLS, and then they will take the phone calls and manage the transaction.
Excuse me? That's gonna happen over my dead body. Did you just get your real estate license?
But maybe they are thinking about themselves. Because that's the … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: After Moving Into Your New Home, Now What? - 05/07/18 07:53 AM
Yes, it can be difficult to imagine that a buyer spends so much time accumulating paperwork to satisfy lender demands that there's not a lot of time leftover to ponder new living arrangements. When I think back to the time I last moved, which was 16 years ago, holy moly, I was very much focused on not having valuables broken or lost while being transported across the country. More so than on my destination.
There was so much going on, it was pretty much dealing with whatever was at hand in any given moment. You can read more in my personal blog … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: Zillow Confuses Home Buyers Looking at Homes for Sale - 05/05/18 09:16 AM
My phone rings a lot from buyers asking questions about homes for sale on Zillow. Just because a home is listed in Zillow inventory, buyers think it is for sale. The home could be foreclosed upon years ago or just owned by an unhappy homeowner who fell behind a month of two on his mortgage payments, and there is his house, listed as a preforeclosure on a public website without his knowledge nor permission.
The home could also be for rent either legally or listed by crooks who want to take your money and run. Doesn't matter, I get phone calls on … (13 comments)

sacramento real estate: Having a Title and Escrow Background Paid Off Again - 05/01/18 06:57 PM
Many people try their hand at real estate after coming from title or escrow backgrounds, but not everybody makes it as a Realtor. In fact, it can be a bit of a drawback for people who think they know everything. I was once one of those people who thought she knew more than she did, and yet the older I get, the less I realize I know.
I thought having 5 years in title and escrow was enough to pass the real estate exam without studying for it. That's why I took the exam 5 times before I passed. The fifth time … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: Fixer Home Sold 3 Times in 30 Days in East Sacramento - 04/28/18 09:01 AM
No sooner did I put this fixer home in East Sacramento on the market than I had an offer. I told the agent I did not want to advise my seller to take it because I did not believe (for a valid reason) that her buyer would close escrow. Helps that of course I knew of her buyer, had spoken to him a few times. Recalled when he first started his flipping business or at least when I had become aware of it.
This person was better than some other flippers I've had the distinct displeasure of working with. So many of … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: What is an Escrow Timeline in Sacramento? - 04/24/18 06:16 PM
Ever since I can remember, my transaction coordinator generates an escrow timeline and sends it to me after I email her the ratified contract. It was only recently that I thought to ask her to name the file something different than the name her system assigns. Every time I got the timeline, I would change the name to timeline, followed by the property address.
A couple weeks back it dawned on me that I could ask my TC to change the name. That saves me time and effort. Because I operate completely from a digital file, nothing in writing, nothing on paper. … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Sacramento Realtor - 04/21/18 09:10 AM
This is the third time this month that a seller has told me they read a blog I wrote and decided to hire me. It makes me wonder how many other clients never say a thing. Many just say they found me online, and that could mean anything. They could have gone to one of those websites that lists top agents and found my name on it.
Or they could have read a blog. I guess I should ask more questions about where my clients come from so I can continue that process, but the fact is I do so many different … (24 comments)

sacramento real estate: What You Don't Know About Selling Fixer Homes - 04/20/18 08:04 AM
Some sellers cannot believe it when I share details about the huge market for fixer homes in Sacramento. They judge the home based on their own standards. They often apologize for the condition, even if it's a home they just inherited. Quitely, they wonder if anybody will buy it and, if they would, they imagine the price being rock bottom.
There is also a huge plethora of investors in Sacramento who want to buy fixer homes. They run the gamut as well. Some have a lot of experience and a strict formula for profit. Others have more leeway. Still others have found … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: What Does it Mean to Offer Full-Service in Real Estate? - 04/17/18 07:46 AM
For some agents, offering full-service in Sacramento real estate means picking up sellers at the airport. That's not an act that is a good use of my time. If a seller really asked me to do that, and not one has, I would arrange for a cab.
Notice I did not say "Uber" because that type of service is not what I consider professonal. Uber drivers do not know short cuts and rely solely on GPS. Half the time they don't know where they are going. They routinely get lost. They haven't passed safety classes nor received additional education about their … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: How Much Earnest Money is Too Little in Sacramento? - 04/16/18 08:27 AM
This topic comes up because the other day I received a purchase contract with a $1,000 earnest money deposit, which was less than 1% of the sales price. And I'm not saying 1% of the sales price is a decent earnest money deposit, either. Just pointing out how danged low that was. Like a throwback to the 1970s.
The first thing a listing agent like me thinks is the buyer doesn't have any money. Or, maybe the buyer is just not that committed. It could occur and probably should occur to me that maybe the agent doesn't know what he or she … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: Buying a Home Without First Listing in Land Park Sacramento - 04/15/18 09:40 AM
Just so you know, I always tell my sellers who also want to buy: you will have an easier time of it and you'll probably make more money if you sell your house first before buying. If you're worried about having no place to move, don't be, because we will make your sale contingent on finding a new home. This means if you can't find a home you absolutely love and want to buy, you are not required to follow through on the sale of your existing home.
Otherwise, if you buy a home first, the liklihood is a) a seller will … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate: One Look and Hooked On South Natomas Remodel - 04/13/18 01:18 PM
When I first toured this home, I knew I wanted to list and sell it. Some homes affect an agent that way. I also knew when I walked out of the home and spotted two more Realtors walking up the driveway that they didn't stand a chance. I glanced at them, and they probably noticed my car, since it was blocking the driveway, not to mention my name is on my back license plate.
The look that they gave me was priceless. Made me grin ear-to-ear. Because it didn't matter what they could possibly say or present to the sellers, they were … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Combining Entomology With Sacramento Open Houses - 04/09/18 10:34 AM
Is this not a weird looking insect? I spotted it land on my legal pad yesterday so I had to take a photo of it. It wasn't reacting like a normal kind of fly. It didn't fly away. What kind of fly is this? It seemed very interested in sniffing my legal pad. In particular, the page where I listed my seven open houses for Sunday, with confirmation marks and notes.
It is how I track which agent is holding open which home. Whether they have confirmed the opportunity. And it's a great system for me to follow up after the open … (1 comments)

sacramento real estate: Top Tips for Marketing Sacramento Homes - 03/20/18 06:34 PM
People often ask me where do I get all of my ideas for writing a daily blog, and it comes from working every day in Sacramento real estate. I have more ideas of things to write about than time to do it. Plus, some of it is unsuitable for the internet, LOL. Although that often doesn't stop me.
I field many questions from agents and clients. So many that usually I can pick at least one of those to write about, which is how I came to write my blog for today. My seller wanted to know what I would do to … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: Second Buyer Often Preferred in Sacramento AS IS Sales - 03/18/18 08:30 AM
Part of my strategy with AS IS sales in our Sacramento seller's market is not to put my listing into pending status right away if I don't have to. Our MLS gives listing agents 3 days to make changes. If the sale is contingent, I don't even have to put it pending, really, I can change the listing to active release clause. My goal is to obtain a backup offer.
That way we can let the first buyer pay for inspections and waste time parading about in due diligence before they show us their true colors. At that point, we can pass the paperwork … (11 comments)

 
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