sacramento real estate agent: Why You Oughta Turn Off Cellphones at a Funeral - 09/16/14 09:31 AM
There are basically 3 times in my life when I turn off my cellphone, which is really kinda odd when I stop to think about it. I leave it on while in restaurants or with clients -- so I can always hit a fast reply text message to callers so they get some kind of response from me even if I'm not picking up. But there are some situations in which you just can't be wired 24 / 7, no matter what:
In an Aircraft At a Movie Theater Attending a Funeral I went to the funeral of an associate who … (13 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: How Does Sacramento Home Staging Work? - 09/14/14 09:01 AM
Now that the real estate market in the Sacramento metro area has cooled a bit and the days on market are becoming longer -- which is normal for our present market -- Sacramento home staging is coming to the front and center of most transactions. More sellers are searching for answers about Sacramento home staging and considering hiring a professional stager; whereas a few years ago, this had not been the norm. But in today's market, depending on the home, location and amenities, it's almost a necessity. Not only that, but home staging pays for itself and then some.
You might … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Retribution for Home Sellers if Tenants Damage a Rental - 09/11/14 07:48 AM
Working with tenants when my clients are selling a home usually goes pretty smoothly. I respect tenants' rights and give them a lot of leeway when making appointments to show homes. I realize that from a tenant's perspective, there is nothing in it for them, and it is an intrusion plus an inconvenience. We are treading on their privacy, and they don't like it.
But there are also the hostile tenants we Sacramento real estate agents have to contend with, and they aren't likeable in the least. You can read more in my personal blog today about what happens when Tenant Damage … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: This Sacramento Realtor is on the Zillow Agent Panel - 09/09/14 08:37 AM
Sacramento real estate agents might have heard about the Zillow Select Summit Conference coming to Sacramento on Thursday. It will be held at the Courtyards by Marriot over by Cal Expo at 10 AM. What you might not realize is I been invited to speak on the agent panel.
Since I'm going to the event regardless to hear market updates and peruse vendor-wares, it seems like a fun thing to participate in, plus, I've been working with Zillow leads for years, quite successfully, I may add. I could very well be Zillow's top Sacramento real estate agent at the moment.
You … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Can Apps Do Everything a Sacramento Real Estate Agent Needs? - 09/06/14 08:34 AM
I've always said I needed somebody to follow me around and pick up the stray leads I let fall through the cracks, and now I have that solution. No, it's not an app. Yeah, I've examined many of the lead follow-up programs that are available and none do exactly what I need. I'd rather not pay a monthly fee to a robot that doesn't conform and is not custom-tailored to suit my purposes.
Many people, and that includes real estate agents, use apps for just about everything. In fact, nobody has assistants or secretaries anymore, which is how we've come to … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Which Home Buyer in Sacramento Loses Out the Most? - 08/27/14 07:09 AM
People think because I talk so much about my love for VA buyers and how much I enjoy receiving purchase offers from VA buyers that I am this extremely patriotic person, and that's not really the entire picture. Well, I do feel patriotism, but it's not due to VA buyers, LOL, any more so than an agent might feel working with an FHA buyer, since those loans are guaranteed by the United States government.
One of the reasons most agents I know in Sacramento truly appreciate VA buyers is because once they commit to a transaction, they stick with it. They … (3 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Accepting an Offer Just as a Buyer's Agent Arrives - 08/26/14 08:51 AM
No matter how hard I try to quickly respond to agents, there are always buyer's agents who think a Sacramento listing agent should do more. Even if it's outside of our scope of practicality and possibility. Like this guy yesterday who called my seller to make an appointment, and she did not recall who he was except that he would show up at her home at a certain time in the afternoon. She was about to accept an offer in DocuSign and asked whether she should let the agent inside after she signs the offer.
My response to her was yes. … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Are You Looking for a Pet Friendly House to Rent in Sacramento? - 08/24/14 10:09 AM
I have clients who are looking to rent a home in the Sacramento area, possibly as far as Auburn or in the foothills of Placer County, because they want to be closer to Roseville and Folsom. They are presently waiting for short sale approval, which we already received once before the buyer bailed on these poor people. They have big dogs, and the dogs are old, which makes it even more difficult to find a rental.
It doesn't have to be a huge house or a glorious home with tons of square footage; it can be small as long as there … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: As a Woman I am Thrilled Mo'ne Davis Inspires Us to Throw Like a Girl - 08/20/14 07:40 AM
I imagine every young girl in America right now wants to grow up to be like Mo'ne Davis. And what pressure that's got to put on that thirteen-year-old superstar from Philadelphia. That sudden fame appearing overnight and adoration of fans has got to be horribly jarring. I've always said that if I had to choose between being rich or famous, you know that game you play with your friends when you're a kid, which would you choose -- well, I would not choose fame.
It's bad enough that I can't go out to lunch in Sacramento wearing no makeup, a torn … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: No Lip Service About the Time to Buy or Sell a Home in Sacramento - 08/15/14 09:11 AM
It seems like lately every seller I've ever talked to in Sacramento is on the phone calling or on the computer sending me an email. I know that's not possible, but it's what it feels like to me, which is OK. I truly thrive when I am busy. They are asking if now is a good time to buy or sell a home in Sacramento, and that's an excellent question. If you read the Sacramento Bee this morning, you'll see the view that the market is somewhat stable, and I agree with that assessment.
What is implied but not discussed is … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Tips for Marketing Homes in Sacramento - 08/09/14 08:55 AM
I contribute to a lot of nonprofits because I believe it's important for people to support causes we believe in and to give what we can. What is not really appreciated by me is when I make a contribution and the next thing I know my name is sold to a bazillion other nonprofits and I get flooded with requests. I also don't much like the marketing techniques that rely on the two-punch principle of persuading a donor to a) contribute more often and b) to make higher contributions.
Although I can't help but admire the techniques. I study what makes … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Why Real Estate Agents Have Nothing to Fear But Their Own Shadows - 08/08/14 09:08 AM
This is not Montezuma Valley, and we real estate agents are not meeting up with Zillow and Trulia at high noon in the middle of a dusty street to shoot it out. Dogs are not whimpering and running for cover. Kids are not timidly peeking out from behind lace curtains. There is absolutely nothing going on but a big ol' tumbleweed rolling by as the stagecoach clatters on headed for another destination.
You wouldn't know it to see the real estate websites filled with chatter and the clinking of bar glasses over the ZT merger. Agents tend to worry about the … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: What's at the Bottom of Finding Foreclosures in Sacramento? - 08/05/14 04:37 PM
The same guy who once told me that controlling real estate was all that mattered, closing on the deal, even if it's above market value, is still a tremendous step in the right direction because you own it, is the same guy who earned fame through no-money-down seminars and urged buyers to search high and low for foreclosures. How can one guy be so right in one sense of the word and so wrong in the other? Well, he's dead now, so it doesn't matter.
The fallacy lives on, and you can find lots of books, online articles, seminars, videos about … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Selling Fixer Probate Homes Require Fiduciary Just Like Any Other Sale - 08/03/14 09:06 AM
Without really focusing on distressed sales, I seem to have become rather proficient at extracting top dollar for fixer homes in Sacramento, in particular by selling probate homes and short sales that need work. In a short sale, you can pretty much be guaranteed the bank will run it's own BPO and not pay a whole lot of attention to condition, so that can require a bit of finesse when pricing. But in a probate sale, as a listing agent, I am generally communicating with and directly working for a representative of the estate.
This individual, while she or he may … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: When Selling a Home for an Elderly Seller Turns Into Elder Abuse - 08/02/14 08:56 AM
Oh, I know that the real estate seminar business is brimming with courses, classes and designations for real estate agents about how to work with elderly home sellers and buyers. The elderly is a targeted class for many reasons, just like GenYers are a hot topic. But I don't think you need a class to teach an agent how to show compassion, respect and to employ a little bit more patience. This is something that comes naturally to most of us, I want to believe.
An agent in my office described an incidence to me last week about a scam being … (15 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: What is the Criteria for an Agent to Accept a Sacramento Listing? - 07/25/14 09:21 AM
Every agent operates differently under his or her own way of doing business, but this Sacramento real estate agent takes her listings under defined criteria that some will find odd. Not every listing has to sell if the seller isn't eager to sell it, and not every seller wants to sell a listing. Seller motivation is not always a key ingredient, although I'm sure that's precisely what agents are taught in agent real estate school.
But let's say a seller does want to sell a home, for whatever reason. That opens another can o' worms. Then I need to examine whether … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: A Sacramento Agent Daily Justifies a Real Estate Commission - 07/24/14 08:51 AM
There are a lot of sellers who never blink twice when I tell them my real estate commission fee, because it's the same fee I've charged for the last 40 years. But there are also those who read articles online stating that agents will negotiate and so they try it with me. I don't blame them for trying. If I were in their shoes, I'd probably do the same thing.
I look at it as an opportunity to explain what I do and how I do it, because if they knew, they wouldn't ask. They just don't know, and it's up … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: The Scourge of Sacramento Real Estate is Paperwork - 07/21/14 08:40 AM
There are times I get a lot of pushback from home sellers or home buyers in Sacramento who don't want to fill out paperwork or don't understand when we ask for paperwork that we're not dinging around. There are valid reasons we need paperwork completed and signed. It's not just to keep ourselves amused, far from it.
I don't know a real estate agent alive who likes paperwork. Like agents everywhere in the country, Sacramento real estate agents like to sell homes and talk to people -- they don't want to fill out paperwork anymore than a client wants to deal … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Should You Worry if That Sacramento Home Sold in One Day? - 07/20/14 09:23 AM
People think that 15-day closings are fast, but hey, 7-day closings in Sacramento are even faster. There was a time in my life as a real estate agent, back in the 1970s, when almost all of my real estate transactions closed within 7 days. Put it into escrow on a Friday and close the following Friday. It was the 7 / 7 real estate transaction, meaning 7% down (to pay commissions and closing costs) and 7 days to close escrow.
No time left to worry and fret. Not like today. Today, 15 days is plenty of time for a buyer to … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Trulia Will Toot Your Sacramento Agent Horn if You Don't Want To Do It - 07/15/14 10:29 AM
I figured something was amiss last week when all of a sudden I received an email from Trulia telling me that its affiliation with my brokerage caused them to set up a free account for me and begging me to activate it. It was in the name of my team, which I found really strange.
At first I thought it was because the system Trulia uses does not allow me to feature my own listings because, like many top Sacramento listing agents, I put my buyer's agent's name first on the listings through a co-list so my agents will get calls … (4 comments)

 
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