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.



  Columnist Michael Malone said, in his column about Media's Presidential Bias and Decline: The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I've found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at th...
For halloween, a homeowner in West Hollywood CA put up an effigy of a mannequin dressed as Sarah Palin. The display caught nationwide attention. In spite of how one feels about Palin, it was really offensive and distasteful.  The news article said the homeowners still maintained it was a harmless...
Typically, when we encounter problems with an escrow, it's because there is a problem with the loan for different reasons. It's like running a gauntlet.   SHOCKING NEWS ABOUT A LOAN My clients are buying a duplex, contingent on selling their current house. At that time, they were preapproved by t...
The number of foreclosures is increasing. And so are the REO agents. Concurrently, the lack of professionalism among some REO agents is galling. Yesterday, Sunday, I called an REO agent to let him know I'm submitting an offer. Today, I sent the offer, again checking to make sure the property was ...
The former editor in chief of Ms. magazine (and a Democrat), Elaine Lafferty, on what she learned on a campaign plane with the would-be VP. She writes that "Palin is a Brainiac". In her article, she writes: For all those old enough to remember Senator Sam Ervin, the brilliant strict constitutiona...
Could this be? Another columnist lamenting bias? From (gasp! ABC News): Media's Presidential Bias and Decline He writes: "The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I've found myself slowly mov...
  While browsing through REO listings in Oakland CA, I came across a duplex that is listed at $37,500. Yes, you read that right. The MLS confidential remarks said "Go see 1st, then call." Before taking my clients to see the property, I checked the history, and saw how many times it was listed unt...
I received and email that made me think about the basic premise of redistribution of wealth. It read: Yesterday on my way to lunch at Ole's Restaurant, I passed one of the homeless guys in that area, with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money."Once in Ole's, my waiter had on a "Obama 08"...
Lately, it's been puzzling and stressful in getting loans processed, especially for properties that are considered fixers. Here's what's confusing to me: supposedly, both loans are approved, but there are conditions per the underwriters. "HOLD BACK "ON Property 1 is in bad shape, with cracked pla...
While reading this column, I could almost sense the pain and outrage this columnist felt. He wrote this as "An open letter to the local daily paper - almost every local daily paper in America" This was written by Orson Card Scott. Editor's note: Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper colu...

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