Why Wall Street Isn't in Jail and the Lyon Real Estate Awards Banquet

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

elizabeth weintraubPeople can be real jerks. I was driving down Howe Avenue the other day when all of a sudden the road narrowed. Orange cones popped up on the right. I couldn't see this because there were giant SUVs ahead of me, and I drive a small roadster. So, drivers began cutting in and merging, one by one. First, one car merges, then the car already in the lane goes by, then another car merges. The way it's supposed to. I waited my turn, let a car go by and then merged.

The yo-yo behind me leaned on his horn. My first impulse was to flip him. But I caught his eye in my rear view mirror. He looked unstable, like a Tea Party member, and this was a dicey area of Howe. I didn't want a bullet in my head. I kept my fingers on the wheel. My mouth, however, was another story, and I blame it on Cee Lo Green. The driver might have read my lips. But, fortunately, he turned into the driveway of a shopping center 3 blocks away. He needed that horn? To go 3 blocks? He was in that big of a rush to get to McDonald's?

Of course, it's possible that guy was a rejected short sale client of some other Sacramento real estate agent. He might have felt a strong need to express his anger.

If you want to be mad about something, why don't you get mad at Wall Street? Why isn't Wall Street in jail? That's the topic of my blog on my homebuying website at About.com this morning. I imagine I'll get a few comments on that one.

In the meanwhile, above is a photo of me that my husband shot on my front porch in Land Park after the Awards Banquet, put on yesterday by Lyon Real Estate. I throw this into today's blog because I've been getting a bunch of emails asking what I won. So, I'll tell you. I got this nifty plaque for being the Top Agent for Outbound Relocation. I also ranked as the #10 agent at Lyon Real Estate (out of 800-some), which means I won an award. I'll probably get something for being the #2 agent at our downtown office out of 80-some agents.

It's nice to be recognized. But it's not that important, really. I'm not #1; I'm not a rock star. I'm just a Sacramento short sale agent who closed more than $15 million last year, and who probably should buy a bigger, meaner-looking car but is unlikely to.

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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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Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
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I will be going right over to that little blog of yours. This has always been my biggest question. The investors, through Wall Street, held the recipe to the Kool Aid. They seem to be marching on with no little consequences and the American middle class has been taking the biggest hit for the debacle. In the meantime... congratulations on the award. Good Job!
Mar 04, 2011 03:14 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Congrats on the award.  Our annual Awards Breakfast is next week.  For the past few years, I've received my share of Short Sale awards.  The one you featured in your book, The Short Sale Saviour that took 18 months, was one that garnered me the Longest Successful Short Sale Award.  Wonder what this year will bring.  Last year was busy, but pretty tame.

Mar 04, 2011 04:01 AM #2
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Thanks, Cathy. Hey, we should get together for lunch soon. Call me.

Hi Chris Ann: Wow, we don't have any such animal as short sale awards but we should. I think 18 months was my longest, too. And people wonder why I take one-year listings . . . My shortest to approval was 2 days. My shortest Bank of America short sale was 23 days.

Mar 04, 2011 04:10 AM #3
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C Tann-Starr
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LMAO!!! Cee Lo Green, eh? Hahahahahaaaaaa! Kudos and congrats on the award, sweetie pie. ;-)

Mar 04, 2011 04:33 AM #4
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Kathleen Daniels
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Elizabeth, Wall Street is not in jail because the deep pockets feed our law makers. The fox is guarding the hen house … or maybe not. The jerks people that are supposed to be helping us are screwing us. Congratulations on your award!

Mar 04, 2011 04:53 AM #5
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Elizabeth - Sounds like some of our LA drivers moved to your neck of the woods...I guess they guy was really hungry or had a bathroom emergency.

Love the photo of you--looks very contemporary and hip!

Mar 04, 2011 06:30 AM #6
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Hey C: I love Cee Lo Green, even if he does look like a little black hobbit, as my husband has observed. That song could have been recorded by The Temptations or even Stevie Wonder. It's got bounce, jazz, spark, a timeless beat. And it's so apropos of short sale banks, too.

Hi Kathleen: Be careful what you say about Wall Street, Kathleen, or you could have the FBI investigating you.

Hi Norma: That guy was self-centered and a jerk. I'm lucky he didn't rear end me because I cut in anyway.

Mar 04, 2011 06:35 AM #7
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Mary Douglas
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Congratulations on the awards and on not giving the guy the salute, Cee Lo Elizabeth.  I like your photo, too but would not have recognized you with the new color - looks nice!

Mar 04, 2011 11:55 AM #8
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Elizabeth, congratulations on the awards and keeping your temper under control. :-)

Mar 04, 2011 02:38 PM #10
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
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Elizabeth - I missed the big event for Lyon yesterday but want to congratulate you.  You work hard and you deserve it!!!! Love the red hair, didn't recognize you at first!

Mar 04, 2011 04:17 PM #11
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all of us tea party members aren't unstable Elizabeth, LOL  Congratulations on the awards, you DO rock at your job!  And I have to chime in with the others about your hair, love it.  Very Sassy.

Mar 05, 2011 05:30 AM #12
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Melissa Zavala
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COngrats on the big coup. Maybe you should by a mean looking car. 

Mar 05, 2011 09:10 AM #13
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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I'm just ribbin' ya, Tammy. I throw things in so somebody will go Whoa --

Hi Melissa: I've been looking at new cars, actually. I'm considering another hardtop convertible because I like my present car and trying to decide whether I should get another Mercedes SLK or go for a competitor. Which is meaner looking? A Lexus, Porsche, Infiniti, Mercedes or BMW Z4? Those are my top 5 choices.

Mar 05, 2011 10:03 AM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Elizabeth - I gotta tell you that picture of you is wonderful!  You need to part it out and use it as your new avatar here on ActiveRain.  You look so rested:-)

Seriously however, I ask myself everyday - Why isn't half of Wall Street in jail.  It gotta be the great connections they have in Congress.  Those special interest and lobbyist dollars pay big dividends.

Mar 05, 2011 11:14 AM #15
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You are singing to this choir, sista! Congrats on your award - $15 mil - that's awesome!

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