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.
Seller was not in a hurry...but buyers were For this short sale listing, the seller was not quite in a hurry, but decided to go ahead and put her house on the market. She hoped she'd have a lot of time to prepare to move out. Buyers wanted to submit their offers right away. Activated the listing ...
Discount? What discount? Yes, you really do get what you pay for. Note to self: Never again book a flight on Spirit Airlines.  Our flight was delayed for 4 hours, without a reasonable or believable explanation. Instead of getting in at a decent hour, we arrived home at an ungodly time --- tired, ...
People still have no concept of how we get paid as Realtors, and what value we add to the process. After meeting with my seller today to discuss the offers we received on her property, she said I should be happy with my commission. I reminded her that the commission is actually split 4 ways Betwe...
Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it ...
Some of you who work with relocation companies know that the sellers are usually given three choices of realtors to interview prior to listing. It can be an extensive and exhaustive process, especially when completing the mandated Worldwide ERC (Employment Relocation Council) Broker Market Analys...
Alameda CA has the highest number of Victorians per capita in the world, so it's always a delight driving around looking at some of this island's Victorian treasures. We do have an Alameda Historical Society. And we even have a Guide to Residential Design. But I am not sure what can be done to en...
Our offer on a bank-owned property in our fabulous island city of Alameda CA was accepted.  In the course of our buyer investigation period, we discovered that there was extensive work done, but the only permit pulled was for the roof. So what was done and by whom? We were surprised at how much w...
In our market where over-bidding is common place, one of the challenges we face is having the property appraise for less than offer price. As a listing agent, I tell agents and their buyers that if they are going to write an offer for significantly over list price, that they should prepare to wai...
Just listed, a hillside home in Montclair (Oakland CA).  Fabulous bay views. 2-story contemporary home with rustic flair. 3 bedrooms/2 baths/formal areas/kitchen and breakfast nook on main level; expansive multi-purpose room and 4th bathroom on lower level. Hot diggity dawg -- a hot tub! Terraced...
In any social setting once people find out you're a REALTOR, invariably the question asked is always "How's the real estate market doing?" Fortunately for us who work for Alain Pinel Realtors, our hard-working Marketing Department provide us with such excellent resources to answer such questions....

Pacita Dimacali

Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
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