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.



Unmotivated tenants can be difficult  When I was looking to buy my duplex, I encountered tenants who were visibly upset that they had to show their place to prospective buyers, and who were obviously unmotivated to move. They looked sullen and impatient. And when I looked at the lower unit, I cou...
Attention, Referring Agents: Want to refer a friend to another agent out of state? Then trust the Relocation Department that your brokerage finds who can help your referral. I was given a referral from an out of state brokerage. The referral said to call the agent first, and so I did. The referri...
Travel the country...the! I saw this image that I thought was rather hilarious, but it sort of slaps me in the face and tells me to wake up.  This is also found on   I went roaring through the first two stages...and now that I am at the last stage with some a...
On a Facebook group, I posted a story about tenants from hell who are now squatting in a Daly City house. These squatters have been evicted 8 times in 6 years, so it makes one wonder how they could have even been allowed to rent anywhere with that record. I opined that perhaps a property manageme...
On the news last night and today is about squatters in an upscale part of Oakland, in the hills. The headline said “Squatters bring crime wave to Oakland Hills”. The squatters took over a home going through foreclosure. The owner had taken a reverse mortgage on it, and when her husband passed awa...
We survived the real estate market crash when property values dipped more than 50% from where they were in the peak of the market. But then, the values came roaring back in many places.As the economy improved, and interest rates remained low, many home buyers emerged in their pursuit of owning th...
Real estate is local. Repeat: real estate is local.What is happening in our neck of the woods in the Bay area of California may not happen in other cities or states. And our language may also differ because we encounter different scenarios, different challenges.When I mentioned to a realtor in an...
Recently, I came across information about Unclaimed Money (in California). At first, I was wary, because social security number is requested to verify one's identity. I googled the information, checked the site, looked at the phone numbers, the logo, etc. and determined that this is legit. Unclai...
When I was studying to take the test to become a realtor, one of the topics that truly interested (and shocked) me was Adverse Possession. According to Nolo: Legal Requirements for an Adverse Possession Claim to LandWhen courts look at adverse possession claims, they apply a four-factor test. To ...
Squatters are a problem.One of my friends is the buyer's agent for a beautiful home in  Bayport community in  Alameda CA. The home was vacant and beautifully staged. Because the buyer is about to close escrow on the property, the stager went back to the house and encountered people living in it. ...

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