You've Got to See Sacramento Short Sale: The Musical -- You Keep Me Hanging On

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

4046 Vittoria Lane, Sacramento, CA 95834You know how I said a while back that I never dream about real estate? Well, scratch that. Last night dreamed about a couple of my Sacramento short sales, complete with a soundtrack. I woke up and thought, hey, Sacramento Short Sale -- The Musical! It starts out with You Keep Me Hanging On. I could still hear the drums pounding in my head as I crawled out of bed.

Not the sappy Supreme's version -- because we all know that only Vanilla Fudge did it justice. There wasn't a kid alive back in 1967 that didn't sing along with the lyrics: "Set me free, why don't you, babe," and who wouldn't stop what she was doing, lean forward to shake her head and growl when they got to: "And there ain't nothing I can do about it."

That's what happens when you're buying a short sale and the listing agent doesn't have any experience with short sales.

It's the perfect opening number for a disgruntled Sacramento short sale buyer to belt out in Sacramento Short Sale, The Musical. I try to prepare buyer's agents and their buyers for the wait on my short sales. Having done so many, I can do a pretty good estimate of time for short sale approval based on my experiences with the lenders.

My new listing in Natomas has a loan held by Chase, and it's only one loan, so I am negotiating this one myself instead of letting my law-school graduate associate agent do it. That's because I've got Chase short sales down to a science. And Chase has actually been a lot more cooperative lately. I managed to get approval last month on two hard-money loans held by Chase sans the right to a deficiency judgment. I was pretty excited over that triumph. This is the part in the musical where we go to a bubbly song, maybe something like the Dave Clark Five, "Glad All Over." And the sellers rejoice with a victory dance.

Flashback -- naw, naw, not one of those free flashbacks we've been promised that have never happened. A real flashback in the musical. The buyer is walking around the corner of the K Hovnanian subdivison: Cottages at Westshore in Natomas. This delightful community is located just the other side of I-5 heading west on Arena, past El Centro. Cue in: the Monkees, I'm a Believer. I thought love was only true in fairy tales . . .

This is a home only two years new! It has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and about 1,576 square feet. It's affordable. An open floor plan on the first level with a tiled entry. Carpet in the living room, and there is a ceiling fan, plus lots of windows. The dining area is located off the kitchen and features a storage closet, plus ample space for a dining room table.

This lucky buyer can also enjoy guest seating at the breakfast bar, and marvel at the white ceramic counters, a black built-in microwave, with matching dishwasher, free-standing gas range and a bonus -- the refrigerator with an ice maker in the door. The sink is double wide and a single sink, which is hard to find these days in newer construction. There is also a half bath on the first level.

Upstairs, we find 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The guest bath has a tub with a shower over it and a window. All 3 of the bedrooms are good-sized but the master is very generous and features a big walk-in closet. The master bath has a walk-in shower and a ceramic floor, plus double sinks.

The buyer will spring out of this home excited and enthusiastic, grab his buyer's agent's shoulders and bounce around in circles to the strains of Jumpin' Jack flash, it's a gas, gas, gas. The buyer loves the partial city view from the second floor and is thrilled to get a 2-car detached garage. Maybe the thought of buying a home with a tankless water heater pushed the buyer over the edge. Hard to say. The buyer will write an offer. And the offer will be accepted. And this short sale will close. Then, all the actors will come out on stage, hold hands and sing Yellow Submarine. In the town where I was born . . .

4046 Vittoria Lane, Sacramento, CA 95834, is offered exclusively as a short sale by Lyon Real Estate at $170,000. For more information, call or text your Sacramento Short Sale agent, Elizabeth Weintraub, at 916 233 6759.

Photos: Elizabeth Weintraub

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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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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I hope that Short Sale - the musical becomes a BIG success!  So far, I have seen very little improvement... Good luck!

Jul 27, 2010 03:47 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

You crack me up.  Short Sale--The Musical.  I love it.  You can throw in my latest BOA issue where they countered $45K above their payoff amount.  Clearly, I was not the list agent, but the buyer's agent along for the ride.  This Natomas Short Sale Seller is lucky to have you for an agent.

Jul 27, 2010 04:38 AM #2
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Elizabeth - First and foremost, LOVE your musical selections and videos and all the analogies.  Even though I was just a mere toddler during the Summer of Love, as number 8 or 9 kids, I had siblings who were absolutely entrenched in the music of the sixties and I literally grew up with that music.  Even today, I still listen to K-EARTH (the oldies station here in LA county).

On another note, there is no one that can sell a short sale in Sacramento like you and I bet you are an absolute trip to work with.  :)


Jul 27, 2010 06:00 AM #3
Janet Sebile
Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors - Rowlett, TX

I think you are on to something with the musical.  I can envision Holland Taylor (She plays the Realtor mother Evelyn Harper on the show Two and a half men) as the lead.  I'm lol and the plays not even written yet.

Jul 27, 2010 06:44 AM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I love it... and you need as the best short sale listing agent Carly's Nobody Does it Better!

What a fun blog post today.

Jul 27, 2010 06:52 AM #5
Robert Earl -The Earl of St Pete
St Pete LUXE Living Group - Saint Petersburg, FL
The Earl of St. Pete

Off broadway smash hit.  Delayed opening and closing and a lot of dialog back and forth, but the short sale musical is worth sitting all the way through.

Northern Virginia

Jul 27, 2010 06:58 AM #6
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Elizabeth - What a great way of selling short sales. Being a past singer my self I now have a bunch of tunes in my head. And I remember some of your tunes. I am old enough.

Jul 27, 2010 04:29 PM #7
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Elizabeth... Great listing and great soundtrack.  I love it.  I may dream myself tonight!  

Jul 27, 2010 04:40 PM #8
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