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)

sacramento real estate: Here's What Punxsutawny Phil Has to Say About Sacramento Real Estate - 02/03/14 09:28 AM
Everybody was probably so busy with the Super Bowl parties yesterday that they mostly forgot about poor old Punxsutawny Phil. We turned on the TV, and I saw the Seahawks were 2 to zero in the first 12 seconds of the game, and went back to working on my book about my home improvement memoir. But Phil was present in my mind. I began to let my thoughts drift when Bruno Mars did that peculiar number with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and thought, yeah, this is terrible, but I bet Phil would have something to say about Sacramento real estate … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Will You Go to An Open House in Sacramento on Super Bowl Sunday? - 01/27/14 09:44 AM
Ask any real estate agent in Sacramento, and he or she will offer conflicting opinions about an open house -- whether it's effective as a sales tool. I am in the camp that says if a home for sale is located in high traffic area, it is a good prospect for an open house providing that it shows well, of course, and is completely presentable. Because homes sell in Sacramento through open houses. Just had two of them sell this weekend, and the third was shown personally by an agent.
What about next Sunday? Super Bowl Sunday 2014? Do you think … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate: Presenting a Sacramento Home for Sale By Targeting the Home Buyer - 01/09/14 08:33 AM
Lots of sellers have been calling this week to find out how much their home is worth and how this Sacramento real estate agent might go about selling it. They seem amazed that I have time to talk with them, but they don't understand that selling Sacramento real estate is pretty much all that I do. One seller even asked me how I find time to sleep. I am productive because I am organized and I focus on the task at hand. This means I can do a large volume of work while still giving my clients individual attention.
I am … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Slim Pickings in Sacramento Means It's a Good Time to List a Home - 01/08/14 07:06 AM
I finally finished my thoughts that were gathering yesterday when I examined the state of the real estate market in Sacramento and then got sidetracked by my own success story. Woooo, look at what I did in 2013, and then I completely became absorbed in the day's activities, talking to sellers who want to list a home in Sacramento. I'm not that different than anybody else. Shiny objects and big awards can distract.
But unlike some, I get back to business fairly quickly. You can read about the Sacramento real estate market and its utterly peculiar nuances in my personal blog … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Dealing With the Consequences From a Florida Vacation - 01/07/14 08:10 AM
After complaining to my husband yesterday about how much weight I have gained during our Florida Keys vacation, we went to lunch at the all-you-can-eat China Buffet in Land Park on Broadway. You know, somewhere along the line, a woman has to pull the plug and hop back on the elliptical machine. Otherwise, things could get out of hand. If things get out of hand, that would change my focus from selling Sacramento real estate to becoming a vegan like former President Clinton, and I don't want to munch raw veggies for the rest of my life.
Read more in my … (13 comments)

sacramento real estate: A Christmas Vacation for a Sacramento Real Estate Agent - 12/16/13 10:31 AM
I say this a lot because it is true -- to get a sudden flush of business, all a Sacramento real estate agent has to do is go on vacation. Just got off the phone with a seller who needs to list her home today, so I will do it.
Some people take vacations, and they turn off the cell and never look at their computer. I don't know who those people are. Maybe they work at the Department of Motor Vehicles, but here in Sacramento, real estate agents are almost always eager to talk about selling real estate. I know … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: 2014 Real Estate Forecast and a Hilarious Movie - 12/02/13 08:34 AM
Like I mentioned to my Twit Peeps yesterday, my husband and I decided on Sunday to go see Nebraska, but we didn't drive there. This was right after I finished putting the tweaks on my real estate forecast for 2014. Nebraska is a movie playing at Tower Theatre in Land Park, and I would not be astonished to see it nominated in many categories for an Oscar this year. It's one of the few movies that made me laugh outloud, mostly unexpectedly, which made the movie just that much more hilarious.
I wish I could say my real estate forecast was … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate: Kindess is the Soup of the Day, Even When Reading Linda Ronstadt's Book - 11/07/13 08:34 AM
I know the woman is suffering and dying and therefore I shouldn't say anything disrespectful, but when has that stopped me in the past, I ask you? OK, maybe I didn't say anything horrible, but it seems like just mentioning the fact that something was a disappointment is not A-OK in this PC world made up of people eager to jump on you and ring your pathetic little neck if you get out of line. It's all in how you're perceived. But I will always say what I think. I try to do it in a way that doesn't hurt anybody … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate: Using Your Noggin and Applying Common Sense to Sacramento Real Estate - 10/23/13 06:52 AM
I'm not sure what happened with my old Samsung, because I never had this feature, but my new iPhone now tells me when I am receiving multiple phone calls -- meaning, when I am on the phone talking to a person, and another call comes in, followed by a third call, my phone tells me this.
This feature gives me permission to end my conversation with the dude who is looking for free advice, answer the second call, disconnect when I discover it's the dreaded Homes.com or some other horrid telemarketer, and then I can actually weed through the crap calls … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate: Just When You Think You've Heard it All in Sacramento Real Estate - 10/12/13 08:02 AM
You know what -- you never "hear it all" in Sacramento real estate because there is always something much worse than you could have possibly imagined right around the corner. This doesn't make me paranoid, but being cautious and wary can help to soften the blow when a person does something incredibly stupid and against the law. Yeah, I might make a huge deal out of it by yapping, but I generally don't snitch on them, even though I probably should. Even if I don't particularly like the person, I am not a backstabber. At my age, it would probably throw … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate: Promoting Features Over Benefits When Buying a Sacramento Home - 10/05/13 09:28 AM
Sellers have received a few offers lately from Sacramento home buyers who cannot provide any reason why a seller should accept an undesirable offer. They say things like: sellers need to sell to an American buyer. Or, they send us comps from some other neighborhood, implying that we made a mistake in pricing. I wonder to myself why people's brains stop working just when they need them the most.
In real estate, the rule is one doesn't push features, one promotes benefits. It's always the benefits that will make the sale and help a seller to understand the reasons to sell … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate: Sacramento Real Estate, Technology and People Management - 10/02/13 07:05 AM
It's amazing that this Sacramento real estate agent gets any work done during the day since I spend most of my time talking on the phone or emailing, and much of that activity involves putting out fires or helping people come to a conclusion that they would have eventually reached by themselves if they had any precious time available in their own days to ponder.
We are all in such a rush all of the time, even though we are surrounded by all of this technology that is supposed to save us time. Don't let anybody kid you, technology just lets … (3 comments)

 
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