I drove 68 miles round-trip yesterday to remove a lockbox, and I learned something new. I finally figured out why I sometimes get communication error messages on my Supra display key. It's not because the display key malfunctions. It's because the lockbox is in the sun. That little red rectangle communicates with the display key via infrared. If it's sitting directly in the sun for a long period of time, the infrared rays from the sun knock out communication with the display key. Who knew? Makes perfect sense, though.
So, the thing to do is block the light to the lockbox by shading it, wait a few minutes. Voila, the display key will communicate. Well, it also helps if an agent doesn't press enter on the display key until the antenna is pointing directly at the infrared spot. Just a tip for you in case you're out with your Sacramento short sale agent and the darned lockbox won't open. It's not Supra's fault nor the agent's fault. It's the sun.
We have plenty of sun in Sacramento. As my clients say, it's why our real estate in Sacramento isn't priced like the homes in Mendocino. Our market is affordable. And it's becoming even more affordable with the rapid rise in inventory and the gigantic proportions of short sales coming on the market. My stack of potential short sales is growing, too. I tell all my callers to let me know when they are ready to sell, and I will get that home sold for them. I don't pressure them. Then, I put their paperwork into a stack.
I just hope they don't all call at the same time, which is why I am hiring an experienced real estate agent to help me with some of my other business. I'll introduce you to her tomorrow. Like me, she is also a veteran real estate broker and not just a salesperson. It's important to me that I continue to provide superior service to my clients, regardless of how busy I get. Let's just say I'm plenty busy. You can look at my Lyon website to see Elizabeth Weintraub's short sale listings and closings for 2010, and that should give you an idea of just how many I personally close. I've been selling short sales for 5 years, and I've been in real estate, oh, since Eric Clapton shot the sheriff.
However, I am always ready to focus on closing that next Sacramento short sale. I am never too busy to answer my phone. And that's the way I will continue to run my short sale business. My clients will always get personal attention from me.
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