Real Estate Agent with Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 CalBRE # 01188158

It was a remarkable revelation.  I was on my way to a Sacramento Association of Realtors Professional Standards hearing to learn about the process.  It was a Wednesday afternoon...normally not a particularly busy day at our building.  Yet as I turned the corner into the parking lot, I was met with a sea of parked cars.  For those of you who have not visited this building, it may be hard to visualize.  Let it be said, I had to park in the "back forty".

Of course I was caught off-guard.  What event was taking place that I wasn't aware of?  Had someone rented the building for their own special cause?  Did someone plan their wedding on a Wednesday afternoon (okay...far fetched, but you never know). 

The reason for the onslaught was simple, but said so much about our industry and the real estate market.  The Sacramento Association of Realtors hosted 2 all day classes for Realtors to learn about short sales and foreclosures.  Realtors had their choice of either Wednesday or Thursday to attend.  Both classes had sold out - about 150 Realtors attended each day.  The review was positive - the classes informative and helpful.  These Realtors recognized the need to increase their knowledge regarding these types of real estate transactions, and took the time to gain continued education.

In a market fraught with pitfalls, here is another reason to use a Realtor.  A smooth and easy escrow is a rarity in our present climate.  The best way for the seller and buyer to "hedge their bet" is to use a Realtor with the knowledge and expertise needed to navigate the way through all of the nuances this market presents.

I am very proud of my fellow Realtors and the qualities of integrity and expertise they bring to our profession. (I just wish they had allowed me to park a little closer!)


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Lupe Soto-Realtor
StanflesRealty - Los Angeles, CA
Listing, Selling Burbank Palmdale & more

Hi Paula, Happy Friday. 

Mar 25, 2010 06:10 PM #1
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Attended one yesterday myself here in Maryland and the attendance was high. Got 6 CE credits out of it too.


Mar 25, 2010 11:56 PM #2
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

Paula, we cannot avoid short sales and many are flocking to the seminars about them here too!

Mar 26, 2010 12:12 AM #3
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Richard!
I think this one is a nationwide issue!

Hi Caren!
I've missed you! (my bad)  I fear that short sales have become the norm more than the exception in many areas!

Mar 27, 2010 04:44 PM #4
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA

Really hoping that someone would host one here in PA. I would attend for sure.

Mar 28, 2010 07:28 AM #5
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