We May All Be Connected But There is Nothing Fair Nor Equal About Life

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

jackson flamepoint ragdollI went to Tower Theatre in Land Park yesterday to see The Tree of Life so you don't have to. This is not a bad movie and, in fact, I liked it, but I would not give it a 4-star rating. Primarily because it's not really a movie as movies go. I'm not sure what you would call it. In the beginning, it made me think about how cool it would probably be to watch this movie stoned on acid, you know, LSD. I haven't had a thought like that roll through my head since I was 17.

But that's what all my friends said when 2001: A Space Odyssey came out. I'm living proof that it didn't make any difference. I slept through that movie. Twice. One of these days I might actually watch the whole thing past the part about the monkeys.

There were parts in The Tree of Life that looked very much like Yellowstone National Park and probably was. It stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Much of the movie resonated with me because it was mostly about growing up in the 1950s and the innocence of that time. As a kid, we played kick the can in the street, went to Mass, ate Sunday dinners together and left our doors unlocked.sacramento natural foods coop

Nowadays, my Sundays are spent with my husband, going to the Farmer's Market before it gets terribly hot in Land Park. Stopping at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op to watch him shop for groceries. Gardening. Reading. Sleeping. Going for hikes. Taking in movies. And taking care of my short sales, of course. I try to take Sundays off but it doesn't always work out that way completely.

I sent an offer to sellers on Saturday. It was a great offer at list price and met most of the terms of the short sale. There were a few mistakes, as usual, which I was able to correct through a counter offer. However, the sellers were out of town at a wedding. They promised to sign the purchase offer on Sunday.

Lo and behold, as these things tend to happen, soon as one person wants a home, so does another buyer. I know that buyers think that agents make up these multiple offer situations, but we don't. A home can sit on the market for 475 days, but as soon as one buyer makes an offer, another is right behind. It's a fact of life. And buyers often want to sleep on it. They ask: How do you know when you found the right house?

On Sunday, I received a second offer for this Sacramento short sale. Much stronger. Bigger earnest money deposit. Longer term to wait for approval. Dedicated and committed appearing buyers. No mistakes. Hence, no need for a counter offer. This was a no-brainer as to which offer the sellers should take. The sellers chose offer #2. It didn't even make sense to rewrite the counter for offer #1. The agent for offer #1 says this morning, "Hey, I thought we had a deal." This Sacramento short sale agent doesn't make deals. I can't. Only my sellers can make a deal. Even my dingleberry ragdoll cat Jackson knows that.

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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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Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Good Morning Elizabeth,

Boy you have said it all here today in your blog about not life not being equal or fair.  With that said, we have to "live the life" as they say and press forward no matter what.  Unpleasant things happen us everyone, it's how we cope with life and stay positive when life deals a nasty blow.


Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME

Jun 20, 2011 02:35 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Elizabeth, sounds like a good Sunday.

Jun 20, 2011 02:38 AM #2
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sellers DO make the deals Elizabeth. The other agent should know that. Weird films are why they win the Cannes awards. For such a MAJOR film it has such limited release around THIS country. Not the Americans cup of tea I guess even with major stars in it.

Jun 20, 2011 03:07 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Patricia: I try to stay positive by not getting too caught up in my thoughts. What we think is what we feel.

Hi Sheila: It was a great Sunday!! I love a little time off. It makes me feel totally refreshed, renewed and ready to tackle whatever Monday shoves in my face. Why, I get out of bed and wonder with a smirk: "What fresh new hell awaits me today?"

Hi Gary: There are parts of The Tree of Life that are simply excellent and work very well. There are other parts that seem a bit drawn out and scattered. It's a personal preference, probably.


Jun 20, 2011 05:29 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Gotta love the picture of Jackson!  His expression says, "Help, I'm a type B personality, in a household of other cats and 2 humans that are all type As."  He looks like the most misunderstood cat in the county. . .LOL  I think he needs to come live over on the north east side of things:-)  Does Pia love him more yet?

Jun 20, 2011 01:22 PM #5
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Elizabeth, I haven't seen the movie, maybe I'll get it on Netflix- that way it doesn't cost too much to be confused or disappointed! LOL  I can't believe how Jackson has grown and turned into such a handsome fellow and I don't know why that multiple offer situation happens on a house that's been sitting there for a long time.... but it does.

Jun 21, 2011 03:35 AM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Myrl: His expression says "If you don't stop taking pictures of me and flashing that crap in my eyes, I'm gonna poop in your shoes!" He has much sweeter expressions, and this ain't one of 'em.

Hi Mary: Yes, he's really BIG, and he's gonna get even bigger!! I suspect that I know why the multiple offer situation happens on a home that's been on the market for a long time. It's because on that particular day, competing inventory is down.

Jun 21, 2011 04:31 AM #7
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