cathy mcalister: New Listing - 9246 Champagne Court Sacramento 95829 - 10/17/12 03:35 AM
New Listing - 9246 Champagne Court Sacramento 95829

Super home.   Great two story home on quiet Cul-du-sac lot near Waterman & Vintage Park.  Formal living & dining, family room kitchen combo, four bedroom, 2.5 baths, fireplace, inside laundry, extra wide garage.  Very spacious back yard with fruit trees, garden areas large patio and refreshing built in pool. Traditional Sale! Seller re-locating!  $237,000!
For more information on this and other fine properties contact Cathy McAlister at 916-708-6995 or 916-456-3885.


cathy mcalister: NO Late Payments Short Sale! Can it be done? YES! - 01/09/12 03:45 AM
NO LATE Payments Short Sale!  Can it be done?  YES!
For one of our seller's - it was a wish come true.    They had done their homework and believed they could complete a short sale on their home without missing a single payment.  They had gone online and wanted an agent who would understand their view and help them successfully work a NO-Late Short Sale.  They found this Realtor online and knew we specialized in short sales.
In this transaction, the sellers had already attempted to work through a modification scenario and were declined.  It was helpful that … (12 comments)

cathy mcalister: Another Successful Short Sale Just Closed! 6260 3rd Avenue, Sacramento TAHOE PARK! - 01/08/12 04:50 PM
Another Successful Short Sale Just Closed!  6260 3rd Avenue, Sacramento in Tahoe Park!
Sales Price:  $170,000.00   
Listing date to Offer:  5 days
Accepted offer to short sale approval: 47 days
Approval to closing:  22 days
Short Sale Lender - Bank of America - One Loan.

Total transaction time - 74 days.  Start to finish.  Best part - Seller was NOT delinquent on payments at close of escrow and had kept every single payment current, including December. 

Seller represented by Cathy McAlister at California Living Real Estate.  DRE#00648507.    Serving River City Homeowners since … (8 comments)

cathy mcalister: Are you a fan of contemporary houses? Even if you aren't, I bet our recent flip could change your mind! Check out the before & afters shots of this MILLION DOLLAR Seattle home we completely rehabbed!!! - 01/03/12 03:40 PM
Sacramento or Seattle.  It does not matter.  When you have good "contemporary" bones in a home, many things can be possible.   Take a look at this wonderful rehab in Seattle with loads of design and finish ideas. 
If you are looking for something in unique and different in Sacramento, give me a call.  We are here to help.  Serving River City Homeowners since 1981! 

So Heaton Dainard found an investor this property to flip, assisted with all financing (hard money loan), assisted our investor in creating an exit strategy and rehab plan, used our trusted … (10 comments)

cathy mcalister: Our Christmas Moment with Bob Hope - 12/23/11 08:26 PM
Our Christmas Moment with Bob Hope.

Many years ago, we lived in the Lake Tahoe area for a few years. Having been originally from Southern California, the chance to live in Lake Tahoe and experience snow for Christmas certainly was a real treat.
The first winter we were there, my husband invited a friend to come and spend the Christmas Holiday with us. Chris was in the Navy and stationed in California at that time. He was from Boston and it was long way and financially out of reach for him to go home for Christmas that year. We … (5 comments)

cathy mcalister: JUST CLOSED 4800 TRONA WAY, FAIR OAKS, CA 95628 - 12/21/11 05:55 PM

Just closed 4800 TRONA WAY, FAIR OAKS, CA  95628.  This was an all cash transaction with a buyer relocating from Washington state.    Driven by a need to live in a better climate with a proximity to all things great and small in California.  The buyers researched long and hard for just the right place in California and set their sights on Sacramento.  It is a great place to live.  
This lovely little home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath located on an elevated lot near the Bird Tract in Fair Oaks.   The perfect setting and new place to call … (6 comments)

cathy mcalister: THE SANTA SLEIGH CAR ....Traveling Joy for the Holidays! - 12/21/11 05:37 PM

THE SANTA SLEIGH CAR .... Traveling Joy for the Holidays!

We have a special group of friends that have been meeting for food, comraderie and Monday Night Football with roots going back 25 years.  One of our members has a son with Autism and his communication with the outside is difficult.  His dad is an Architect and just the greatest guy.  He designed this special holiday topper for their car, inspired by their son.  
This is his second year of automotive Holiday display and we were so tickled when he pulled up with the … (6 comments)

cathy mcalister: Sacramento Sunset - Wordless Wednesday - 12/13/11 05:46 PM
Tonight as I crossed Highway 50 on the Pioneer Memorial Bridge we caught this picture of the waning sunset.    Sacramento's location in the great central valley creates some wonderful views.  This is looking southwest over the Sacramento River with the coastal range in the distance.    A great way to end the day.



cathy mcalister: Short Sale Approved and Seller just made their December payment! - 12/11/11 03:14 PM
Short Sale Approved and Seller just made their December payment!

I am absolutely tickled about my seller's approval.  We received the short sale approval last week.  One loan, HAFA program, valid hardship PLUS  the seller keep the payments current throughout the entire process.  In fact, she just paid her December payment.
  Whether right or wrong, this seller wanted to be absolutely current until the month the short sale was closed.  Who Says you have to be delinquent?  Seller's; please do not believe everything the lender's tell you.... not everyone has to be delinquent … (9 comments)

cathy mcalister: When selling your Home, don't forget about the Garage!! - 12/05/11 05:40 AM
Great points and some easy ideas from Carmen Abella, a home stager from New York.  She provides great suggestions and photos about also staging your garage when selling your home.
When looking for advice on home selling in Sacramento, contact Cathy McAlister at California Living Real Estate.  Serving RiverCity Homeowners since 1981.  916-708-6995 or 916-456-3885.
When selling your home, don’t forget about the garage. Most seller are concerned with the interior of their homes, as they should be. But don’t forget to stage your garage as well. As a home stager and redesigner of Abella Home Staging & Redesign, I will always … (8 comments)

cathy mcalister: What Seller's Love. One of my favorite things about Real Estate. - 12/04/11 05:06 AM
What Seller's Love.    One of my favorite things about Real Estate.


For everything we do in Real Estate,  one of things I enjoy the most is discovering my seller's loves.   In our swirled world of Real Estate, our clients have whole other lives outside of real estate and we find evidence of those in their homes.  Yesterday, as I met one of my seller's to go over disclosures, she was also going through an inventory of her home and preparing things for storage.

cathy mcalister: Short Sales are NO place for Dainty Agents! - 12/02/11 06:39 AM

Short Sales are NO place for Dainty Agents!
When it comes to short sales, seller's need to make sure that you are using an agent who is willing to roll their sleeves up and get the job done.   It is a bit of high-wire performance and this is NO place for dainty agents.   A Short Sale transaction is going to require a tremendous amount of knowledge, energy and patience over what could be months in order to close the transaction.  Seller's need their Short Sale Realtor to be their advocate and their guide along the short sale road.

cathy mcalister: SHORT SALES WITH TENANT - WHAT'S A SELLER TO DO? - 11/29/11 07:39 PM

When it comes to short sales, the issue of a tenant in the home can be either be a challenge or a help. Many sellers find peace of mind in knowing the home is occupied and someone is taking care of the property but there are considerations short selling with a tenant occupied property. How the seller sets the stage for the short sale can go a long way toward a successful transaction.
Here are some items to consider:
1. TERMS OF TENANCY: Is the Tenant on month to … (4 comments)

cathy mcalister: TAHOE PARK LISTING 2985 64th Street, Sacramento CA 95817 - 11/29/11 06:09 PM

TAHOE PARK LISTING  2985 64TH Street, Sacramento, CA  95817.  

Short sale is offered at $158,000.00.  Spacious 2 bedroom in Tahoe Park located on one the nicest tree line streets.  In area of much smaller homes, this little cutie has a large permitted family room with the perfect fireplace to warm yourself on our cold winter nights.    Large backyard, patio and super location.  Minutes to the Med Center, Highway 50, light rail or downtown.   Needs a little TLC, and just waiting for its new owner.   Only one loan on the property and we are already in process.

cathy mcalister: Happy Thanksgiving - A year in the life of a Sacramento Realtor 2011 - 11/20/11 03:34 PM
As another year is poised to slip away, I wanted to find another way to express my heartfelt "Thank You" to each and every client who counted on me to provide quality service during 2011.   I always say Thank you and show my appreciation in other ways, but I wanted to try something a little different.   This is my first go using Windows Movie Player via YouTube.  I hope I have it right. 

All photos and music by Cathy Ashley McAlister and cannot be used without permission.

cathy mcalister: Before Fall gives way to Winter ..... my favorite time of year. - 11/08/11 09:47 AM
Before Fall gives way to Winter ....   my favorite time of year.

Along Highway 49 between Colfax and Grass Valley.  The heart of the Gold Country in Northern California.

From our Garden.  We grow a few pumpkins every year.  This one weighed over 50 pounds!

And a scene from our Lovely LandPark.   Best Park in Sacramento!


cathy mcalister: JUST SOLD! CREEKSIDE PROPERTY 5631 CHRIS ANN COURT, SACRAMENTO $ 169,000.00 - 10/27/11 08:48 PM

Creekside Property on almost 1/2 acre.  Loads of privacy and natural atmosphere.  Over 1580 square feet, this unique 1954 home takes you back in time with spacious design elements of Frank Lloyd Wright. Vintage kitchen with Chambers Stove, deco-style bathrooms and slate faced fireplace.   The all glass west wall overlooks 150' of wooded creek.    One of a kind property near the heart of city.


cathy mcalister: IT'S NOT SOUP UNTIL IT RECORDS! - 11/07/10 06:47 AM

Many years ago, when I was a very young escrow secretary, a seasoned escrow manager said this to me over some challenge on a closing.  I do not remember the specific transaction but I have never forgotten the lesson.  Things come up in transactions ALL the time. 
Over the years, I have used the line many times in escrow training classes and to assist our current agent's and clients understanding of the closing process.  Transactions can take a sideways step/leap for a multitude of reasons.   That blip at the end can be … (9 comments)

cathy mcalister: 9724 GREAT EGRET COURT, ELK GROVE. Quality Features abound in this Cresleigh Ranch Short Sale! - 11/07/10 05:37 AM
Quality features abound in this Cresleigh Ranch Short Sale.  Single story, three Bedrooms plus office, 1850 square feet (according to county records) of living space.   Great room, formal dining, granite counter tops, separate master bedroom wing, generous sized backyard with large patio.   Plus 3 car tandem garage, cul-de-sac location, 2 minute walk to the local park located in popular Cresleigh Ranch.   Offered at $230,000. MLS #10087175.
For more information about this or other properties contact:
Cathy McAlister at California Living Real Estate
Broker-Owner  DRE #00648507
916-708-6995 / Email

cathy mcalister: The Realtor Sleigh. - 12/23/09 03:49 AM
The Realtor Sleigh - Coming to a Home Near You.  Every year we put together a nice little basket of Holiday Cheer and we spend the day delivering to our local clients.   We always have a great time from start to finish but most importantly want our clients to know how much we appreciate them placing their trust in handling such an important event in their lives.   As a short sale realtor, this year has been more poignant than most. 
Most Realtors have some program to acknowledge the importance of our buyers and sellers at this time of year.  For us, we love to send the … (4 comments)

Cathy McAlister, Sacramento DRE#00648507 (Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE  -  Broker / Sacramento )

Cathy McAlister

Sacramento DRE#00648507

Sacramento, CA

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Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento

Address: Sacramento, South Land Park, Greenhaven, Freeport, Hollywood Park, Tahoe Park

Office: (916) 456-3885

Mobile: (916) 708-6995

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