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.
The Mystery of the Old Coast Guard housing in Alameda CA   Alameda is such a small island, and has its share of mysteries such as what they’re going to do with  Alameda Point, a former naval base. That’s a big question mark.     One of our favorite walks is along the Coast Guard near Alameda Poin...
30 Photos in 30 Days -- my personal challenge   One of the challenges of blogging is that sometimes, writer’s block takes over, and when inspiration just isn’t there.   During our company meeting, one of the speakers said that to build one’s brand online, we should undertake various activities be...
Real estate disclosures.....must provide, must complete.Knowing what the required disclosures are is critically important in the process. We already know the rule: When in doubt, disclose, disclose, disclose!Review the article on Required Disclosures When Selling U.S. Real Estate. So wha...
Which program to use when preparing a CMA?When preparing CMAs (Comparable Market Analysis) for home buyers and home sellers, I have found that it’s good to check different resources because the outcome can be quite different. One needs to know how to make adjustments based on one’s local market k...
Which one is better for real estate: Ipad or Surface?The ads for Microsoft Surface are peppy, alluring, attractive and enticing. So much so that I considered giving up my Apple iPad and switch to Surface. Click on the photo to watch Microsoft's ad launching the Surface vs Ipad. This one is actual...
As the buyer’s agent, would you attend all the inspections? For this short sale listing, the Buyer’s Agent made the arrangement for the property inspection and made an appointment with the seller. When he and his first time home buyer arrived, he saw that the Seller was still in the house and was...
During a meeting with a potential seller, he asked: “Why are REALTORS paid so much?”Decades and generations of REALTORs have probably answered this question, but the answers don’t stick. So we have to keep reminding people what we do to earn their trust and to earn our keep. Our responsibilities ...
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...

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