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.



It seems like the early 2000s all over again. You write offer after offer in multiple offer situations. You do your best to educate your buyers about how to make their offer better and stronger. Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't. You explain what a short sale is, why it takes so long to...
When I started using Visual Tour 5 years ago, we didn't have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Recently I was solicited to switch from VisualTour to Previsite --- but I can't bring myself to switch. Can we post Visualtour on Facebook? You are in luck! VisualTour recently added a way to share your...
Having some downtime reading blogs on Active Rain. BAM! It hit me. It's been over a year since I started blogging on Active Rain! I started in March 2008, and my first blog was about my Blackberry Curve. Ha! I have truly evolved. I have an iPhone now. And still evolving....made it as number 1 Act...
Like many other cities that have hummed along, Alameda seemed to, as many residents like to say "hold its value." But Alameda is hardly untouched by calamitous economic downturn. In 2008, the numbers were quite different than where they are today 2008 REO foreclosures: 35 homes, or 8% of 415 hom...
Learning how to dance the tango is on one of my things-to-do-before-I-get-too-old-and-before-I-die list. From time to time, I look for really good tango stories on that most entertaining venue, and found these two that are just fabulous to watch. This one is a beautiful performance And this one i...
My brother always shares some really cool stuff. Here's the latest: I'M A PSYCHIC I'm a Psychic and I can tell what your personality is even if you're not with me. I can feel your energy wherever you are. Let me give it a try.  You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you ...
So many people are blogging about the good news....but are we all getting the right answers? When I researched the $8000 tax credit for first time home buyers, I came across so many posts, that it became confusing. I would be concerned about interpreting, rephrasing, explaining without providing ...
Lots of good iPhone applications to browse through, and still more are coming. One of my favorite resources is a blog called iPhone Matters at On the index, where it shows Tutorials, there's a link to a post that PC Mag has a list of ten iPhone secret powers up  I ha...
Just received an email soliciting me to switch from Visualtour to Previsite Virtual Tour. The offer sounds too good to be true -- they will honor my monthly subscription and give me the special 7 mega pixel camera with fish eye lens. That means that if I switch, my subscription will be $19.99/mo,...
What do you do when you have a listing that just doesn't look good in pictures? We've all been there. We get a listing that has so much potential, but it poses a challenge on how to present it in a good light so that it attracts the right interest. Find something nice   I looked around the house,...

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