About Bumblebees and Sacramento Short Sale Agents

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

bumblebeeNobody ever believes me when I say I don't like to work too hard. I think that's because they look at what I accomplish and naturally assume that I work very hard to get there. But the truth is I am always looking for ways to work less hard and get more done. I'm lazy that way. I'll take the path of least resistance if it gets me to the same destination.

As real estate agents, we can't be bumblebees all the time, zipping from one flower to the next, one short sale listing to the next. Sometimes, we need to kick back and take in a little sun. Relax a little. You might not know this, but bumblebees rarely make it through a winter. Like some spiders, as soon as the males mate, they bite the dust. An average worker bumblebee's life span is about four weeks.

I think about this when I attend my closings. I went to 2 short sale closings yesterday and I have another today. It's the last time I will see some of my sellers because maybe they live out of the area or are moving away. The closings are bittersweet. On the one hand, I'd say my sellers are grateful that I have performed a service for them that not every agent can do. My short sale closings are not like regular real estate closings. Those of us who call ourselves a Sacramento short sale agent recognize that fact.

On the other hand, I tell my sellers that even though they might be soured on home ownership at the moment and possibly believe that they will never ever buy another home, they will probably change their minds in 2 to 3 years. Because in 2 to 3 years, the nastiness from their bank will dissipate in memory and the warm feelings of owning a home will probably return. That's the good thing about a short sale. Sellers can qualify to buy another home in 2 years.

So, my sellers' names go into my database at closing. I stay in touch. I'll help them to buy a home in 2 years. They're such nice people, too. Short sale sellers are typically responsible and smart people. I like them. I can't say that about everybody in this business, but I can say that about my clients.

Today I am working on my holiday cards. I work on them for 30 minutes or so every day starting around Halloween and finishing by Thanksgiving. Yup, I may not have time to write a personal note on each card -- and can't do it on this year's holiday cards because they are black and gold -- but I do print out my labels, affix them to the envelopes, place the card inside, seal the envelope, attach a stamp, and I will take them to the post office on Broadway in Land Park. That counts as a personal touch, I'd say, even though I'm the only one who knows it. I could hire somebody to do this for me, but I like to do this job myself. It's my break from buzzing about, from one short sale to the next.

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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.

Photo: Unless otherwise noted in this blog, the photo is copyrighted by Big Stock Photo and used with permission.The views expressed herein are Weintraub's personal views and do not reflect the views of RE/MAX Gold. Disclaimer: If this post contains a listing, information is deemed reliable as of the date it was written. After that date, the listing may be sold, listed by another brokerage, canceled, pending or taken temporarily off the market, and the price could change without notice; it could blow up, explode or vanish. To find out the present status of any listing, please go to elizabethweintraub.com.


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Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Emotions tend to run high through the Short Sale process (both buyer and seller), so I'm sure your clients are not just relieved, but extremely appreciative for your patience, guiding hand and expertise negotiating their Sacramento Short sale.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Elizabeth!

Nov 23, 2010 03:16 AM #1
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Elizabeth - I, too, prefer to be the flower and let the bees come to me--my database is ground zero for sending out lots of good "pollen" and when my clients have real estate needs I've positioned myself to be top of mind. 

My Thanksgiving cards to clients are in the mail and like you I've learned to do a few each day (most with personal notes).  It's a great way to manage the task and reduce the holiday rush.

Nov 23, 2010 04:14 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You're ahead of me, Elizabeth!  I haven't began my holiday cards yet!  I'm still too focused on Thanksgiving.  Once my family herd clears out, I can switch gears and look to Christmass.  I have finished nearly all my gift shopping however.  Just have one or two more things to pick up.

Nov 23, 2010 05:49 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Colleen: Some of my clients cry at closing because they've been stressed out for so long that they can't believe their hell is over.

Hi Norma: I used to do Thanksgiving cards, but my list has grown so big that now the only thing I have time for is holiday cards. I also can't write personal notes anymore, but I think most people just hang up the card. Trying to choose an appropriate card is always difficult for me. I agonize over the design, style and verbiage every year. I want something different, unique but still professional and non-offending.

Hi Myrl: Hey, you know me, Ms. super organized. I ordered my cards in September.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

Nov 23, 2010 10:50 AM #4
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

This is a good holiday and business plan.  You are much more disciplined than most of us.


BTW:   Did you know that Queen Elizabeth has friends who actually get away with calling her Lillibet?

She even signs her notes to them using that name.

Better than Lizzy I guess.

Nov 23, 2010 10:51 PM #5
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Elizabeth - I replaced my holiday cards with Thanksgiving cards,  I send them around the middle of November with a year-end thank yous and holiday wishes.  I design, write the verbiage and print them---everything is completed before Thanksgiving--I now enjoy December much more without the added stress of 300+ cards to send. 



Nov 24, 2010 02:32 AM #6
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Elizabeth,  Thanks for the inspiration. Because of your  post, I just wrote  Some Settlements are Bittersweet! 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nov 24, 2010 03:34 AM #7
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