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.



Six feet tall, big pots...all twelve of them! CANNABIS!  They look like lovely plants. Certainly can be used as ornamental trees on the wide balcony. The fragrance is....well....quite intoxicating. But they don't belong in the house. And if the word got out, who knows who will want to break down ...
This is a remarkable woman..... I met with a client who is getting ready to put her father's house for sale as a short sale. House and hospice When we met, she introduced me to a woman whose husband is dying and will need hospice care. Because the woman needed help and had nowhere to go, my clien...
Showing a buyer the "what ifs" when thinking of how much to offer, etc. has never been easier once I got the hang of using Fidelity Agent software to do the estimates. Yesterday, I was showing my client a house....and he was wondering what his options are in terms of down payment, what his monthl...
WHAM! I must have had 70-80 groups of people who came through my open house this past Sunday. So I did an impromptu survey to ask them how they heard about the open house. ONLINE MARKETING RULES! The numbers validate why it's so important to get your listing online:  80-85% said they saw my listi...
"We are thinking of buying our first home. Can anyone recommend a local realtor? One who is knowledgeable, patient, experienced and does not have a car salesman attitude (no offense)"  This was asked on Trulia...and it raises another question: why are realtors and car salespeople often lumped to...
This is one of those times when I wish I have an assistant who can do all of these things....shoot pictures, create video tour, post on various websites. It's late at night, and while I'm watching TV, I'm posting this on as many sites as I can. What I am happy about, is that I know how to do thes...
If you're feeling blue, this video is sure to get you guffawing in no time. It's just so darned funny that I didn't want for Funny Friday to share this video in case you haven't seen it before.ENJOY! I am soooo enjoying having YouTube for entertainment. It's been a wonderful treasure chest of the...
After the government agreed to infuse more funding for the Cash for Clunkers program, auto dealers advertised heavily to get people to come to their dealerships. Gary and I decided it's now or never. We have a much beloved 1989 Grand Cherokee jeep with nearly 200,000 miles. Still runs, still prov...
Yesterday, I met with a buyer for the first time after he CONTACTED ME VIA EMAIL to help him buy his first house. Fortunately, he agreed to meet me at my office so that we can discuss his situation and what his requirements are. I couldn't help but ask him, "Why did you choose me as your REALTOR"...
I think we have reached a point where I CARE MORE ABOUT THE SELLER'S FINANCIAL WELL-BEING THAN SHE DOES. Short sale should also mean short fuse. No matter how many times we explain to people that short sale is anything but short, and that it will take time to get a response that will determine th...

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