The Third Time is a Charm for This Land Park Seller

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

top producing land park agentLooking through a list of Top 40 hits the other day, I came to the shocking realization that I haven't heard any of the songs on that list. So, you know right away that I don't have kids and, as such, have been spared the agony of some of that music. My husband says the number one song in the country is by some 16-year-old boy from Canada who sings like a girl. I guess my lack of knowledge about pop Top 40 hits slams me head first into the official old geezer pool. Ouch.

I pointed out to my husband that Michael Jackson used to sing like a girl. What about Radiohead and Smokey Robinson? But he says no, this kid doesn't just sing like a girl; you really think he's a girl.

I may be out of touch with Top 40, but at least I stay abreast of the latest technology. My clients love it when I immediately respond to their text messages and emails. What makes me feel better about losing touch with kid's music is the fact that in comparison to some of my clients, my technology is light years ahead. For example, I am working with a few sellers who don't use the computer. Personally, I don't know how anybody can get through the day, much less a few hours, without a computer, but somehow these guys have managed. This means I have to call or visit them in person.

You may recall a blog I wrote about my Land Park neighbor listing with another agent. I had her home listed a few years ago but after she made the improvements I had suggested, she liked it too much to sell it. So, she still had a few old flyers I had made. I bring this up because I listed her home again this week. She had put it on the market this spring with another agent for 3 or 4 months, and it didn't sell. Turned out her daughter had insisted that she list with this guy. Plus, he charged her less. She asked me if I would match his commission -- her daughter demanded the concession -- but I had to refuse. Her daughter backed down. After all, she already saw where that scenario got her.

I shot and created my own virtual tour of her home. Since this seller doesn't "do the computer," I invited her over to my home office to watch the video. She seemed impressed. Little did I know that she then made a beeline for another neighbor's house, made that neighbor boot up their computer and watched the video over and over and over. She confessed this yesterday. She also said that she had pulled out my old flyers when she listed with the previous agent and asked him why he couldn't reproduce a flyer like mine. I had no idea she had been trying to train him with my material. But she's very happy with me now, and you know what, that's all that really matters.

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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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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Elizabeth, your quality work really paid off; congratulations. Here's hoping you find a buyer quickly and easily.


Apr 23, 2010 02:29 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  Glad to hear that your neighbor came around to the best Land Park Listing Agent out there.  She'll be pleased with the result.

Apr 23, 2010 02:37 AM #2
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Elizabeth - Some people just take a little longer to learn what's best for them.  Go figure!

Apr 23, 2010 02:44 AM #3
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

P.S.  As for Justin Bieber, I'm sorry, I just DO NOT see the appeal.  If that makes me a geezer - so be it.

Apr 23, 2010 02:45 AM #4
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Really enjoyed reading interesting that she kept all that...trying to get someone else to do what really only YOU can do!  Hope you have a great day!

Apr 23, 2010 03:08 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

While I "do" computers, I don't "do pop music" anymore.  I think we get stuck in an era of music we love and stay there (at least that's how it works in my family).  Funny that your neighbor was trying to train her other agent.  Glad she wised up and listed with you, had she not... she might have been playing "the song remains the same".

Apr 23, 2010 04:35 AM #6
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Congratulations on winning back your old client.  Sometimes it takes them seeing how other agents operate to appreciate all you have done for them.

Apr 23, 2010 05:54 AM #7
Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

Give me the 80s any day - I don't understand my niece's music (she's 12) either! I'm glad your neighbor finally saw the light. It's difficult when someone in their family who has no experience in real estate is whispering in their ear.

Apr 23, 2010 06:51 AM #8
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Elizabeth, The neighbor finally got it right!  As for the top 40, I'm afraid I'm out of the loop, too. I'm sure the day will come when my grandkids marvel at how I can get along without the latest gizmo, but for now I'm trying to keep up with technology.

Apr 23, 2010 01:08 PM #9
Robert Earl -The Earl of St Pete
St Pete LUXE Living Group - Saint Petersburg, FL
The Earl of St. Pete

"I had no idea she had been trying to train him with my material."  This quote is a classic.  Way to go.

Apr 23, 2010 01:47 PM #10
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

I know about Michael Jackson voice haha, and also I have a friend that is radiohead fan, he has a basement with plenty of instruments like studio and he sings some of their songs.


Apr 23, 2010 04:32 PM #11
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I argue with my husband about the music from the 1980s all the time, telling him no good music came out of the 1980s except for U2, and I think they got their start in the 1970s, so maybe they don't count. I just say this to rile him up and because it's partly true. My husband graduated high school in the 1980s. It seems people get stuck with the music from their senior high school years.

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Apr 24, 2010 01:27 AM #12
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

I know who Hannah Montana is, does that count?  Congrats on getting your listing back.

Apr 24, 2010 04:06 AM #13
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