Marty Swingle's Blog

Real Estate Broker/Owner - Capital West Realty, Inc - BRE# 01717774
Removing the Appraisal Contingency on purchase contracts is becoming more popular as a way of getting the seller's attention and getting your offer accepted. As we wait for appraisers to cease calling this a "declining Market", when we have very low inventory, multiple buyers and bids that are we...
Many markets are now seeing reduced inventories and West Sacramento is no exception, but how do you get your buyer's offer accepted when multiple offers are being submitted? In these times of multiple offers, most are above the listing price, but there is a low chance that these high offers will ...
How things have changed in the West Sacramento real estate market! We are now training buyers on the realities of how to purchase a home with very limited inventory. .6 months of homes available now and Low-ball offers are not even considered, as the discussion is now "How much over the asking pr...
When I was starting out in this business, it seemed that every weekend there was a littany of Open House signs all over town. My signs were often part of that mix and that is where I would get some really good buyer leads! I've only actually sold the house I was holding open to buyers that walked...
This weekend, we staffed our own booth at the Sacramento Boat and RV show and we found some great home buyers there! We did receive some comments wondering why there was a Real Estate company at a boat/RV show, but we were focusing on homes that had lake access, boat docs, and/or RV Access and pa...
The National Association of Realtors has posted that last month housing sales increased nationwide, but since I don't sell homes across the country, I just focus on my region here in Sacramento, CA and that's what is important to me. Our inventory levels have been down for several months which ha...
I just took a class on how to utilize the iPad for Real Estate transactions and go completely paperless in creating contracts, getting signatures, emailing contracts to the other party and getting a fully executed contract on file. Yes, without any paper and without digital signatures! Many banks...
2011 was a good year for my office, but many of our listings were hit with appraisals that required the purchase price to be reduced. This is great, if you are a buyer, but really hurts if you are seller just trying to get what little equity you have left out of your home. It hurts more and is re...
As an agent, I know it feels good to be affiliated with a well known company, but the clients I work with are there because of my relationship with them and what I can do for them, not what my company is known for. Or are they?   I work hard at staying in contact with my sphere of influence, who ...
Some of the buyers that I work with naturally look around at homes online and they will send me a list of homes to schedule viewings for. When I go over these lists, I often find that several of the homes are already Pending sale or Short Sale Contingent. If they are Pending and they don't specif...

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