Pacita's Quick Bytes of Real Estate

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

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2009 

To be happy in these seas of raging discontent and dissension, let's build an ARK: Acts of Random Kindness. This is the moral story behind this light comedy, Evan Almighty that was one of the holiday movies playing today. It's a bit of play on a popular book and concept. It's been decades since t...
12/31/2009
Since I became a fan of the new TV show, Glee, I've been scouring the internet for clips from the show. There are quite a few on YouTube. But here are a couple of other clips that are truly delightful.This talented artist is Sam Tsui. And he sings the lead and all the harmonies. Simply wonderful/...
12/30/2009
Our fabulous island city of Alameda CA where we  have just just 70,000 residents, we like to think that properties here "hold their own" and that we are somewhat insulated from the economic upheavals that affected the surrounding cities the last couple of years. DISTRESSED PROPERTY. WHAT'S THAT? ...
12/30/2009
Distressed properties --- short sales and foreclosures --- constitute 60% of closed escrows for residential properties in San Leandro CA for the year 2009.  SOLD As a review of what happened in 2009, January 1 to today: 819 completed sales 134 were short sales or 16% of total sales 359 were bank-...
12/30/2009
Who knew I'd want to feel like a kindergartener again? As kids, every time we did something good, we were rewarded with stars. Bronze for good. Silver for better. and Gold for the best. On Active Rain, getting points and stars brings me back to my early childhood, where every star is a happy occa...
12/27/2009
Just because an agent has completed a few short sale listings doesn't necessarily make him a good one. That's why it's so refreshing and so wonderful to run across a short sale listing agent who not only knows what he's doing, but is also strategic about the process. I submitted an offer on behal...
12/27/2009
What a pleasant surprise to deal with a short sale listing agent who knows what he's doing. BE PREPARED I submitted an offer on a property that received multiple offers. The agent provided good information from the beginning (the property has two loans with Wells Fargo). Because he is well-versed...
12/27/2009
With all the challenges we face in showing properties and writing offer on REOs (real estate or bank-owned) and short sales, it is becoming increasingly refreshing to see an ad that says a listing is NOT and REO or NOT a short sale.  WHY? Because it's been so frustrating waiting for short sale ap...
12/26/2009
This year, my company decided not to have our usual holiday party. Instead, we held a Vendor/Affiliate Appreciation Party. We invited our vendors and affiliates to a party at our office to show our appreciation for their contributions.  We had inspectors, title company reps, escrow officers, insu...
12/25/2009
We should all be so lucky to have to deal with Wachovia on a short sale. The best short sale I've ever had has been with Wachovia, and I wish my short sales are with them instead of Bank of America. And even though Wachovia is now part of Wells Fargo, Wachovia team is handling their own accounts....
12/25/2009
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