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’s Christmas week...I’m here on vacation...can you show me some houses?This woman breezed into town during the Christmas holidays to visit her sons, and decided she wants to help her sons buy a house. So she calls an agent to show her around. And because she doesn’t have a car, the agent would ...
At a condo complex directly across from a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station, I planned to show a property to may clients. I was dismayed when I saw this entrance to a secure condominium complex. What’s wrong with this picture? None----and I mean --- NONE of the lockboxes here had the realtor’...
“Are you asking older people to sell their home to make room for the young?”Occasionally, I send prospecting letters to folks whose properties match the criteria of clients looking to buy in a certain area. In the letter, I ask if the are considering selling their property, and if so, may we disc...
Why do people let properties foreclose when they could have sold as a short sale instead?Perhaps we should revisit this article from Choosing a Short Sale Over a Foreclosure Alameda CA remains as a very popular and sought-after place to live. Although the property values also suffered...
A year ago, I blogged about this fabulous new app called MagicPlan Take pictures with your smartphone and create a floor plan. Seriously? It's the Magic Plan I hadn’t used the app because I have been using Planomatics for photo shoots for my listings, and they provide floor plans. Get a floor pla...
One open house led to.....3 escrows and 1 referralDuring my first year as a newbie in Alameda CA,  I often offered to hold open house for our seasoned agents. Because this was during the time when open house meant mad house in terms of the number of prospective buyers  (sometimes over 100!) who c...
Pre-emptive offers. Are they ever good for anyone? Typically, we would wait until the property is exposed on the MLS before looking at offers. And if it is a very robust seller’s market, we set offer dates.But lately, we’re seeing listings that were listed and marked pending the same day or “zero...
A very persuasive buyer during a seller’s marketYears ago, I represented home buyers who, like the others, were constantly encountering multiple bidding situations, and then getting outbid.My clients were relocating to Alameda CA and needed to be near a marina where they planned to dock their boa...
"My friend said use only the listing agent on a short sale to make sure I get it."These “friends” can give the most inane advice.A buyer was told by his friend to “use only the listing agent to make sure that he can get his offer accepted and the short sale approved.”When asked how can this frien...

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