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.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
Why do people let properties foreclose when they could have sold as a short sale instead?Perhaps we should revisit this article from REALTOR.com 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...
01/18/2013
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...
01/18/2013
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...
01/11/2013
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...
01/07/2013
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...
01/06/2013
"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...
01/06/2013
  There are so many of these beautiful Christmas lights....but it takes technology to take it to a new high. This is one man's collection of what he thought were amazing displays. There are so many more. This is my favorite. God bless America and to our defenders. May we find peace and goodwill ...
12/25/2012
The best presents during the holiday season --- the gift of heart and timeDuring this time of the year, it can be nerve-wracking to come up with ideas for the perfect gifts for people.Some of us don’t like the hustle-bustle of going to the malls or don’t relish going out in inclement weather just...
12/23/2012
“Home staging is a racket.”During a party, and among people who know that I am a REALTOR, I was asked how’s the market. Typical and most-often asked question. I responded that the market is picking up, and that we’re encountering multiple offers at over list price. However, that success still dep...
12/17/2012
Alameda Civic Ballet Presents the Nutcracker Suite on December 15 and 16, 2012 Alameda CA is not a big island. Heck, we barely have 80,000 residents. But our town is rich with cultural events, the most recent being Alameda Civic Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker at the Kofman Theater on 2200...
12/11/2012
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