Pacita's Quick Bytes of Real Estate

Real Estate Agent - Alain Pinel - BRE 01367196
A REALTOR's perspective on events that shape and affect the real estate market.



Until I became a REALTOR, I didn't realize just how hard being a REALTOR can be ---- and I don't mean physical work, either. It's grueling mentally, emotionally, and yes, physically. I've always used realtors when I bought and sold my own properties, and now that I am a realtor myself, I have a b...
Time and time again, some folks think that buying a foreclosure would be a breeze, and that they can submit a lowball offer. They must have seen, read, heard that they can get foreclosures for 30-50% less than list price. Remember, REO or bank owned listings are at, or nearly at the bottom price ...
Yesterday, I did what I haven't done in a very long time:present an offer to a seller in a formal setting, and by appointment. I was the eighth to submit an offer on a 3 bedroom/2 bath detached family home by a lagoon in Alameda. And this is a regular sale listed at $750,000. Although my beautifu...
AGAIN! Gosh, why is it that some listing agents, upon acceptance by the seller of an offer on a short sale listing, they sound so discouraging when another agent calls about the listing! Today, I called an agent to get information about his short sale listing. He hemmed and hawed, and said there'...
I guess the answer will always be "It depends" A couple of my clients are truly struggling to keep up with their monthly mortgage payments and are finding themselves deeper and deeper in the hole (charging daily expenses to their credit cards because they want to reserve their cash to make the mo...
There are so many short sales today that they now consist most of my business, both at the listing and selling side. Educating clients is a priority. It is an absolute must to set expectations. Since short sale listings take a lot more energy and time than regular listings, I wanted to make sure ...
Have to vent. So frustrated. FEBRUARY  There's a short sale listing, waterview, that came on the market back in February. Within a week, it went pending (per our MLS, if offer is accepted by the seller, they have to post it as pending within 24 hours). At the same time, the listing agent put in r...
Interesting article from New York Times. Thought this would be cause for thought and amusement. BUSINESS / YOUR MONEY   | May 31, 2008 Your Money:  Negotiating for a House? Start W...
Hi, all. This is a question we are asked so many times that I'd really like to offer positive answers with links to articles/videos that say it is a good time. There was a great articel in a February 14 2008 issue of Time Magazine,9171,1713483,00.html B...

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