sacramento real estate: Major Bath Remodel Mistake You Should Never Make With Granite Counters - 07/18/14 09:07 AM
Living with small irritations is how many of us plunge forward through our daily activities, day after day, but it's not how I am wired. If I repeatedly run into the same stupid irritation, I want to fix it. It's the little things that can drive a person mad. Especially if they never go away and continually poke at you. If left to their own devices, they can mushroom and get worse over time.
This means sometimes you've got to stop what you're doing and pay attention to that little irritation and take care of it. Besides, when you're focused on … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: How to Make Everything is Awesome Your Favorite New Tune (no, no) - 07/17/14 08:50 AM
Our Ocicat Tessa thought her food dish was Everything is Awesome this morning because we found a can of her favorite cat food at Target this weekend, which I opened and dumped into her food dish for breakfast. The kind with the pull tab and slivers of actual meat. It's not like her usual canned cat food made up of wet pellets and gravy. Her little world is dependent on the kindness of strangers, which is how she treats my husband and me sometimes. Who are you and what are you doing in my house?
You can read more about my … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate: Where the Business Comes From a Sacramento Listing Agent - 07/14/14 08:47 AM
It's beyond me how agents can find time to post and giggle about stuff over at Facebook but I suppose those same people wonder how the rest of us can find time to write daily blogs. Some agents probably do both, on top of which, they're over at Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and the like. You know, somebody tried to hack my Pinterest account to no avail last week. How crazy is that? But I really spend very little to zero time on social media because I'm too darned busy selling Sacramento real estate. We all have our own ways, none of … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: Closing an Escrow That Refuses to Close in Sacramento - 06/29/14 11:28 AM
It seems like this month I've had more than my fair share of challenges with closing an escrow that doesn't want to close. There are many moving parts in an escrow, and the easiest place for all parties to focus on when an escrow can't close is the seller. Their initial solution is to ask the seller to extend. If only the seller would extend, then all of their problem -- which they created all by themselves -- would be solved.
The thing is when I am representing the seller, I see the seller's side of things, and sellers often do … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: A Massage at the Spa in Land Park is More of a Hassle Than It's Worth - 06/01/14 09:32 AM
When you've spent weeks taking care of your clients in Sacramento real estate like the precious little gems that they are, you can sometimes feel the ache building between your shoulder blades, and that's when I know it's time to get a massage. Whenever I travel, I tend to book a massage at the resort or hotel spa. In fact, if a hotel doesn't offer a spa service, I probably won't go there.
But I also like to get a great massage when I'm at home in Land Park. My husband is useless in that area, and he has no training … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: What To Think About While You're at UC Davis Hospital Getting an MRI - 05/30/14 08:00 AM
UC Davis Med Center in Sacramento used to lease its MRI equipment, and they were set up to receive patients in the parking lot, inside a manufactured home, of all things. But the hospital has come a long way since then, and it now owns the MRI equipement, which you would hope brings down the cost somewhat of an MRI. It seems like every time I visit the doctor with some new complaint about an ache or pain, the first thing they do is send me for an MRI. I've had so many MRIs that they should already have an image … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: Buyers Who Ask for Repairs After a Home Inspection Are Taking a Risk - 05/29/14 12:29 PM
After 40 years in the real estate industry, I have learned that there is no way in hell a buyer should ever let a seller make a repair on a home in Sacramento. I mean, think about it. You've got a seller who is moving out of that home, never coming back, who no longer has any interest in the home and has emotionally cut all ties, and you want to ask the seller to fix something because you're unhappy that your home is not picture perfect like you imagined in some drunken stooper?
Moreover, you want the seller to pluck … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: The Homeless Person Syndrome and Sacramento Real Estate - 05/27/14 09:23 AM
I think they call it they call it the Homeless Person Syndrome when real estate agents worry that the market could drop out of the market and they'd end up living under a bridge in a cardboard box. Since I have basically done that in my life, back in the free-wheelin' '60s, I'm not worried about much. Anything else is a step up over sleeping in your car or in the park.
Besides, as time moves on, it becomes pretty clear to a person that the market is not about to fall apart and a Sacramento real estate agent is likely … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate: A Character Trait that Pays Off in Sacramento Real Estate - 05/22/14 08:49 AM
My mother used to dress me like Shirley Temple singing the Good Ship Lollipop when I was a kid. I had dimples and long hair spun with rags into ringlets. But no sooner did she put me into a dress than I managed to tear it or get it filthy doing something I was probably not allowed to do. Not only did I do things I was not supposed to do, but I often hauled along others with me.
Yup, it wasn't enough to do this stuff on my own, I invited company as well. Gave my mission credibility in numbers. … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: What Kind of Housing Market is the 2014 Spring Sacramento Real Estate? - 05/02/14 07:59 AM
There are generally three ways to build a case for what's happening in the Sacramento real estate market. There is the method favored by most real estate agents and brokerages, which is pick a fact and blow the crap out of it, like, whoa, pending sales are up over last month, this means you can make a bazillion dollars in Sacramento real estate or it could mean you better buy before all of the inventory shrivels up and dies, leaving you nothing to buy. Because, hey, pending sales are up. Media is often all over that news.
Or, you can choose … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: How to Capitalize on Sacramento's Spring Home Sales Market - 04/28/14 09:32 AM
I screen a lot of Sacramento home buyers who call me when they are starting to look for a home, so I know what kinds of things are running through their heads. Some home buyers feel uneasy in today's market but realize they need to buy a home regardless. They know that prices are going up but they worry that prices might come down again and crash -- the latter is unlikely. They don't really understand what caused the market crash to start with, and they just want a home.
They are frightened. Unsure. Yet, many remain very committed. Steadfast. At … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: Thinking Ahead Will Help with the WX Freeway and Fix50 in Sacramento - 04/22/14 08:55 AM
A charming seller called yesterday from the Monterey Bay area to talk about selling a duplex in Fair Oaks next month. We tentatively scheduled a day to meet at the property so I can shoot photos when it dawned on me that the seller will be traveling over Business 80, right through the WX Freeway mess and smack dab into the Fix50 project. It didn't seem right to not help with this, so I pulled up Google maps and gave the seller directions through Sacramento and explained why an alternate route was so important.
As a Sacramento real estate agent, I … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: How Real Estate Printing Fell Out of Favor Over the Last 10 Years - 04/15/14 03:51 PM
How many things do I do differently as a real estate agent today versus the way I used to sell real estate in 2004? I mean, let's not talk about the last 40 years because I don't have all day here; let's just go back 5 or 10 years. Times have certainly changed over the past few years and, in looking back, I see a significant difference in my real estate practice. There are some things that just faded away and I no longer do them. Other things took their place. It wasn't anything conscious, it just evolved; technology took over.
Of … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate: When 3 Home Buyers Cancel at Once and it's not an April Fool's Joke - 04/01/14 09:40 AM
If it were up to this Sacramento listing agent -- and it's probably a good thing it's not -- I would consider asking certain buyers to take a lie detection test and pass a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Test before the whack jobs are allowed to buy a home in Sacramento. I swear, it makes no sense sometimes what buyers do.
Sure, you might wonder about the ones who ask for a 7-day escrow because that's pretty uncommon. It's like a throw-back to the 1970s when a 7-day escrow was very common. But today buyers tend to want to do thorough … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: Why Property Condition is One of the Top 3 Elements of Home Selling - 03/20/14 10:21 AM
Lately, I've been struggling with "location issues" for a few homes in Sacramento. Sellers just don't see the reason to price their home according to the location. They might have lived in that house for 40 years, so they don't see why the location might be bad. Sure there are people in Chicago who live right on the El and it doesn't bother them, but the noise and the shaking would drive another person insane. They say you get used to it.
Well, you know what? A buyer isn't going to "get used to it" when she's standing inside your home … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate: Where to Ride Your Bicycle in Land Park - 03/17/14 01:29 PM
Apart from a couple of clients who bought a home over on Muir Way in Land Park, I don't see very many people riding bikes in Land Park. Those homeowners ride their bikes to work and back at the Department of Motor Vehicles on Broadway. Well, there was the bike race last Saturday with the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association that pretty much took over the road around the golf course, but most people seem to walk around Land Park. Of course, when I walk somewhere, I might go downtown to the Crest Theatre or over to Midtown for brunch, and … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate: Changes Already Underway at the Sacramento Downtown Mall - 03/11/14 07:09 PM
The thing about working in real estate in Sacramento is we get to pick our own hours, more or less. Sure, we still answer the phone, at least I do, when I'm doing other things, but it's rare that I'm doing something else during the week apart from working. Every so often, though, I have to perform a task during the week that I'd rather not fight weekend crowds to do, so that makes it doubly nice that I can choose my own hours. If I need to play a little hooky, I can do it.
As the new stadium for … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Whom Do You Hope Will Win an Oscar Tonight? - 03/02/14 08:43 AM
The Academy Awards has been trying to appeal to a younger audience for a long time because it seems like only us old farts are watching the show. I don't know why, because millennials go to the movies, too. I realize some people think millennials do nothing all day but sit with their noses stuck into their cell phones, but that's not true. I can tell you that they aren't texting in the movie theater because they would be yelled at or kicked out. Or maybe that's where they hang out during the day, at a Sacramento cineplex, just roaming the … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: Small Irritations Overshadowed by Night of Music at the Crest Theatre - 02/14/14 09:35 AM
There are so many small irritations in a day's work in Sacramento real estate that you can't let them all get to you or you'd go nuts. A short sale negotiator this morning demanded a full-blown appraisal dispute from me because there were no active listings contained in the CMA. There were no active listings in the CMA because -- wait for it -- there are no active listings within those parameters. But since we have almost no buyers, what difference does it make, (I wanted to say, but did not). Oh, wait, yes I did.
A buyer cannot close escrow … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate: Days on Market Return to Normal in Sacramento - 02/11/14 08:58 AM
I found a really interesting chart in Trendgraphix this morning that I posted on my personal website. It pretty much verified everything I've been yapping about to complete strangers on the street. You can't pass by me on the sidewalk without me thinking about grabbing you by the shoulders to talk your head off about days on market in Sacramento. That's how passionate I am about the topic! Everybody seems to be getting nervous about the days on market, when the days on market are pretty much back to normal. Do you remember what normal is like?
Read more in my … (7 comments)

 
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Author Bio: Elizabeth Weintraub is a Sacramento real estate broker, author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, who specializes not only in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento but sells extensively from Elk Grove to Lincoln. Weintraub is prominently known as the #1 Sacramento Short Sale agent throughout the Sacramento four-county area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you.



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