Lyon Real Estate Hosts FRED Today at the Sacramento Hyatt and Bob Stewart to Speak

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sacramento short sale agentAgents these days are multi-tasking, and I am no exception. My days are often long and full. As a Sacramento short sale agent, my phone rarely stops ringing. I went to Macy's in the downtown Sacramento mall yesterday to buy a few things. "What do you want me to chase?" asked the sales clerk. I signaled that I was on the phone. "Oh," she says, "Chase Bank."

Chris Ann, you are so right about Macy's jewelry department. Many of the counters were empty, staffed by nobody. I had to chase down a clerk to inquire about a necklace. It was all tangled up in the display case. I asked the clerk to just read me the price tag before she spent minutes untangling the piece. A $1,000? I'm not paying a grand for semi-precious.

Then she knocked it down to 50% off. After that, she deducted another 15%. When I balked, she dropped another 10% with the caveat that I'd have to come back on Wednesday to get all those discounts. No way, Jose. I don't have that kind of time. I suggested she figure out a way that I could make a purchase right then. She managed to do it.

During the few hours I spent shopping, I received a dozen calls. One such caller, an agent, inquired about an active contingent short sale. I explained that the home was no longer available, that we were in escrow. "But it's an active listing!" Sorry, no, it's an active short contingent. He screamed at me that it was active and then slammed down the phone. He made me buy 3 pairs of shoes instead of two.

Today I am attending and participating in FRED: Fun Realtor Education Day. This is a day-long seminar filled with speakers, vendor showcases and special breakout sessions for Lyon Real Estate and invited guests. This is the 3rd year that Lyon Real Estate has offered FRED to its agents. I'm doing a panel in the afternoon with two other Lyon agents to talk about lead generation and why my phone rings all the time.

But in the morning, we will be treated to a special speaker, none other than our very own Bob Stewart from Active Rain. Bob will be talking about blogging. That's a not-to-miss session. I will certainly be there. I'd like to attend The Latest Twists and Turns of Short Sales but it conflicts with Bob Stewart's session. It's held a second time but that conflicts with my own session. The third session conflicts with an appointment I must keep at the title company to close another Sacramento short sale.

This evening, we have tickets for Steve Earle at the Crest Theatre downtown Sacramento. It will be another fun-filled and full day. Gosh, I hope I can stay awake tonight. The Steve Earle concert will run past my bedtime. I once slept through an entire Richard Thompson performance at the Fillmore. But I promise that if I get some great photos, I'll post them tomorrow.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Wow, sounds like some GREAT deals you found at Macy's Elizabeth! I've never heard of a FRED concept but think it's great. Would love to be a fly on the wall to listen to Bob speak. I'm sure he'll have a wealth of information to share.

 

Oct 05, 2009 02:14 AM #1
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I was trying to price a new energy efficient and stackable W/D today in the Sears Outlet store.  The phone rang three times.  I kept smiling at the person trying to help me and saying just a minute.  After the last call she said "I thought the real estate market was dead."  Guess she learned it isn't.  Now about FRED-sounds a bit like a REBAR camp?

Oct 05, 2009 05:28 AM #2
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Sounds like you got some bargains shopping and I can't wait to read your after FRED and Bob Stewart blog post.

Oct 05, 2009 06:12 AM #3
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Sounds like FRED will be very interesting. Also, I like the art you selected for this post!

Oct 05, 2009 09:26 AM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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You're a VERY busy gal Elizabeth. . .Now when did you say we were taking that road trip together. . .LOL

Oct 05, 2009 11:46 AM #5
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Colleen and Tammy: I was very bummed that Bob Stewart did not come. I don't know why; they didn't offer an excuse. I walked into the blogging room and saw Brad Hanks in front of the mike. Thought I was in the wrong room, but no. He was substituting for Bob. He gave a seminar but it wasn't the seminar that Bob would have given. :(

Cindy: Did you know that if you have a home warranty plan through AHS, you can give that model # of the Sears W&D to AHS and buy at wholesale?

Melissa: There are days that I totally feel like an octopus.

Myrl: Someday, I promise you. We will take a road trip! I can think of no better person to go on a road trip than with you. Well, except maybe my husband but I have to say that.

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Busy is some much better than sitting in the office doing the boring paperwork. Sounds like a productive day.

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Elizabeth,

You are a busy bee, and this is wonderful for as long as you enjoy it. I guess there are many agents out there who would be happy to have their phones ring

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Hey Elizabeth, am exhausted just from reading your post!! Hope your presentation went well. Maybe Bob was sick

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Elizabeth:  If you have a Jared jewelry store, go there.  Prices are the prices.  No sales, no haggling.  Good merchandise, prices are similiar, or better to Macy's sales.  Hate the whole "sale so you feel you're getting a great deal" thing.

This FRED thing sounds great.  I'm heading to my first REBar camp at the end of this month. 

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Elizabeth-Wow thanks for that tip.  We have Sears discounts as RE/MAX Agents as well.

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Elizabeth,

Wow, sounds like you got a terrific deal at Macy's! Good for you! Sounds like it was a fun day all around. FRED seems like a wonderful concept! Hope you enjoyed it.

Your friend in the Cosmic Cow Pie.

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