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.



For this 3-day Memorial Day weekend, we had three families call us at the last minute to care for their pets. When Gary and I prepared to go on vacation, we researched online for the kennels to take care of our dog. We not only checked out the website, we insisted on visiting the actual kennels t...
A local blogger, whose blog generated a lot of interest and excitement, has decided to close down. She had provided a ton of good information and market analysis. Agree or disagree with her comments, most of which were delivered with rapier-sharp wit and acerbic tongue, she ...
Last Sunday was going to be a busy open house day. My listing is on a corner lot. So put up colorful flags on one side, and another set of coloful flags on the other side to form a "V" to lead people straight to the front door. THE NERVE! Imagine my consternation when another agent whom I will no...
Folks, please don't try this at home. As we age, there is a reason why we should be careful. Sticks and stones will break our bones. It's a harsh reality to accept that we're no longer as limber, as quick, as agile. And we're no longer as quick to recuperate. So be careful out there!.
Understanding diversity was always a challenge. But with so many cultures and religions and practices, how do we navigate this maze when it comes to doing business? CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY I have a couple of clients --- one from Syria and another from Egypt --- from whom I learned some t...
I Every time I have a broker's tour in my island city, I always (ALWAYS!) serve Chinese dim sum appetizers and bottled water. It's become sort of a "signature" refreshment, and people who know me, know I will always serve dim sum. Today, I held a broker's tour for my newest listing at a very desi...
MARINA/FERNSIDE contemporary home with detached multi-purpose roomLocation: Marina/FernsideDelightful one-story contemporary home on sunny corner lot in desirable Marina/Fernside neighborhood. Clean and bright with abundant natural light. Two bedrooms, two baths, two fireplaces and a detached mul...
Dear Homeowner If it appears that the only available option to you is to sell your property as a short sale, here are things you should know: Short sale is a type of pre-foreclosure sale in which the lender allows the property securing a mortgage or deed of trust loan to be sold for less than the...
This woman called me, clearly in distress. She's losing her house that she felt she shouldn't have bought in the first place. She saw me on HGTV's "What's my house worth" and was reminded that she wanted to talk to me. NEGATIVE AMORTIZATION (Mistake #1) When she was looking to buy a house, using ...
TRUE AND RECENT STORY in East Bay, CA: There is an agent we will call Agent 1 who submitted an offer on a $1.2 property. The problem was, the agent didn't provide a preapproval letter or some form of proof of funds. It isn't just the price that dictates who wins. The best and highest offer can me...

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