The olden days of selling short sales can change an agent. Why, I know some agents who would not step foot into a short sale property, especially if it wasn't maintained. They did not want to climb over piles of toys, clothes, papers strewn all over the floors. And the attitude hasn't much changed.
Buyers aren't any better with their expectations. They would look at a house like that and typically spin around and leave. Today's Sacramento home buyers don't want home improvement projects. If they look at a home without updates, it's like being buying a new car with flat tires and no steering wheel. They don't want to replace the tires and buy a steering wheel. Better to simply buy a different car with all the parts working.
And real estate in Sacramento is no different. You can read more in my personal blog today at about this topic at this link: Home Buyers Not Looking for Home Improvement Projects.