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.



Local Alameda and Oakland magazines are treasure chests of fantastic informationI remember when we first moved to Alameda, I picked up a copy of the maiden issue of Alameda Magazine. I was so happy to read stories and reviews on several events, restaurants, and life in general in my adopted islan...
HOA restrictions must be known up front or it’s a deal breaker.Our local MLS has a section where listing agent can include information on whether or not the HOA allows pets, how many, and size. This was not completed on the MLS and was overlooked in the multiple offer situation listing of a townh...
Lender about Buyer in Oakland CA: “He takes too much of my time.”The buyer expressed his aggravation that his lender --- whom the buyer selected, and not someone I recommended --- had not contacted him to answer his questions. When I followed up with the lender to see if he had responded to his b...
“We should have bought then...”  heard from home buyers in Berkeley CADuring last Sunday’s open house in Berkeley CA, I had a chance to talk with some buyers with pained looks on their faces.After a while, one of them said “We should have bought then...” They started looking six months ago, even ...
Can you send/show me some listings? My agent is on vacation.Last Sunday, I held an open house. One of the buyers asked a lot of questions about the neighborhood comps. Just to give him an idea of what else is listed in the vicinity, I used my APR (Alain Pinel Realtors) app  on my phone to show wh...
Bay Area CA home sales surprise buyers and sellers first half of 2012Because 2011 seemed to be a bit sluggish, we started 2012 with a pricing strategy to price homes ahead of the market in order to stimulate interest. The result surprised us all. Buoyed by low interest rates and low prices, buyer...
What mobile device and application allow me to be on the go?I like to travel light that all I usually bring with me is a wallet-on-a-string and my smartphone (iPhone). Occasionally, I’ll bring my MacAir. I rarely bring my iPad since the MacAir is just as light and I can do a heck of a ...
“CURTAILMENT” short sale payment not on HUD is still fraudOn a short sale contract in Oakland, CA, I was told about payment out of escrow as “CURTAILMENT” which is defined as: The act or process of reducing a company's operations in order to bring stability to the company. Curtailment usually occ...
Be aggressive, not reckless when writing an offer on a short sale in Alameda CAIt’s surprising to hear about some bad information and advice (if true) that this short sale buyer received from his agent in Alameda, Alameda County, CA. This buyer shared what may be a sad sob story if things don’t g...
Do you know the basics of a short sale? If you think you do, then you should have no trouble passing this quiz, straight from REALTOR  magazine onlineQUIZ: The Ins and Outs of Short Sales. Ready to take the quiz? Click HERESample question: When is a short sale offer accepted? a. When the seller a...

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