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.

ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS

2011 

My first time buyers bought this delightful Victorian whose sellers seemed wonderful as well. The sellers told us they hated to leave their home, most especially because they will miss their "wonderful" neighbors. My buyers got to work in beautifying their home. And the husband started turning th...
08/30/2011
ForeclosureRadar.com provides a Short Sale Report on banks and how they are rated on how difficult or easy it is to deal with on short sales. The report states: "Be sure you work smart, not hard by focusing on lenders who actually get the deals done." Here's how some of our favorite big mortgage ...
08/28/2011
Two weeks ago, this question was asked on another site. And my answer was "I did once, but probably won't do it again...It was so harrowing, and took so much fight out of me and the sellers." I may have spoken too soon. I received a call from a man who has hired more than one professional to help...
08/28/2011
DEVIL IN THE DETAILS Why are closings frequently derailed or delayed? Here are some real life situations. Closing Cost credits. Buyers want sellers to take responsibility for compliance with government regulations. And for good measure, Buyers request $2,000 in credits on a $620,000 purchase. The...
08/27/2011
Whenever the weight of short sales bear down so much, sometimes I feel like throwing in the towel. Working short sales requires so much time and energy that I have to ask myself why I do short sales. Two years ago, I blogged Thank Goodness for Short Sales! Reading this again reminded me why I do ...
08/27/2011
Bank of America -- misery or miserable? If their own employees are miserable, maybe that explains the miserable service we are getting? Is anyone happy to be dealing with Bank of America besides Warren Buffet? Wall street Journal article "Bank of America Countrywide: Worst Deal in History" Counry...
08/26/2011
A young woman who moved to San Francisco about a month ago was hit and killed by a San Francisco Muni bus while in a crosswalk at an intersection in the City's Castro district. She had crossed 95% of the way when she was hit by a bus that was making a turn. The driver was unfamiliar with the rout...
08/25/2011
Tim illustrates that the effect of a 1% drop in interest rate is akin to home price dropping by 10%. That's got to make buyers sit up and take notice. I also like how he presents the case to "Buy now, no need to wait any longer" which conveys the message a little more effectively than the ubiquit...
08/24/2011
In kindergarten, all kids could do anything and be anyone they wanted to be. Ever hear of the book "All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten".... My big brother and I are just one year apart. When it was time for him to go to school, my mom asked the school -- St. Mary's Academy in Pas...
08/24/2011
As I was watching the news last night, looking at videos of people in Washington DC scamper, looking terrified after experiencing a rare earthquake in their city.... I felt a hard thud, and rolling tremors. Gee, we're having an earthquake right now, and I felt it in Alameda CA. It was a 3.8.  A l...
08/24/2011
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