sacramento real estate agent: Analyzing List Price to Sales Price Ratios Is Pretty Stupid - 04/15/14 08:51 AM
The REALTOR® magazine has an interesting story about the agent production fiasco and AgentMatch system that had so many agents up in arms. Agents who didn't want their production known because it was very low and agents who didn't want their production known because it was very high. I don't know if there very many objections in the middle.
I hesitate sometimes to tell people my production numbers for Sacramento even when they ask. The reason is I suspect they will not understand. They might conclude I am too busy for them, when that is the furthest thing from the truth. … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: The Art of Real Estate Counseling is Based on Listening and Questions - 04/12/14 08:29 AM
I thought of a person this morning whom I often think about, even though this real estate professional died many years ago; his legend lives on in my mind anyway. First, let me admit that I am not a big believer in real estate seminars, probably because I was intimately involved in that god awful business in the 1970s, but one instructor stands out among all of the others I have ever heard in my life, and that guy was Charles Chatham.
I loved what he taught so much that I took his seminar twice. And it was an intensive 3-day … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: If An Agent Can't Think of Anything Nice to Say Then Shut the Piehole - 04/08/14 04:56 PM
Certain agents must believe that what they say never will come back to haunt or that a seller won't remember exactly what they said or will even care to repeat it, but those agents would probably be wrong on those accounts. Sellers do remember what agents say and it often leaves a bad taste in their mouths. They repeat it. I've had sellers say they could not believe the stuff an agent has told them about their competition, and generally that competion is me, when there is nothing bad to say about me. OK, you can say I'm way too positive, … (7 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Rankings Cause Ruckus at Lyon But This Agent Plans Winter Holiday - 04/06/14 09:22 AM
Because I had to "take it easy" on doctor's orders after getting four dental implants screwed into my jaw on Friday, I spent a lot of time yesterday with my friend, the iPad. My other friends, the desktop computer and my laptop computer were resting comfortably on my office desk, but my iPad is the perfect companion when you're apt to fall asleep at any moment. It's easier to type on an iPad than my iPhone. My cats prefer the iPad, too, because they never know when angry tweeting birds might show up, which is why they feverishly paw the flat surface … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: If It's Inconvenient to Show a Home, It Could Be Inconvenient to Close - 04/03/14 03:12 PM
An agent from a small brokerage called to say she has a buyer who has expressed an interest in one of my super hot listings. He wants to buy a home in Elk Grove, but this particular buyer's agent is too busy to show him the home. She said she has many other buyers to show homes to; however, since this buyer wants to see only one home and "will most likely buy that one home," would I please do her job of a buyer's agent or ask some other agent on her behalf to do it?
Wha?
For starters, if … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Finding the Humor in Sacramento Real Estate: Was that a Gunshot? - 04/03/14 09:43 AM
If I can't find humor in my day as a Sacramento real estate agent, it only means I haven't looked hard enough. My car is in the shop, still, as some of you may recall. I banged the front spoiler several times, backed into a cement block and then carved out a nice groove by slipping sideways over a curb in an Elk Grove parking lot, so I took the car to the auto-body shop last week as I had only one more side left to damage. Picked it up during the torrential rainstorm a few days ago and drove home to … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Flipping Sacramento With Chief Denney to Profit Big From Real Estate - 04/02/14 07:10 AM
It's hard enough to flip homes in Sacramento and make a profit when you have a rich daddy who borrows on stock margins, like a couple of guys who are out in Natomas writing offers hand over fist and can't manage to perform on, but no money at all? That's what some dude named Chief Denney (who names their kid Chief?) wants aspiring flippers in Sacramento to believe. I swear, it's like staring at 1980 all over. It hurts my eyes. I want to shield them from the glare of that hell. Please, don't start playing Wham!'s greatest hits or I'll … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: 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 agent: Put Back the Chandelier and Leave the Plantation Shutters Alone - 03/31/14 08:06 AM
Everybody knows that this Sacramento real estate agent mostly works with sellers in the Sacramento region; as such, it means I help them to get their homes ready for sale, especially when those homes are cluttered. It takes a lot of patience, kindness and a sense of humor.
On a side note, it's also good that I don't know any women named Ruth. Do you? When I think of the name Ruth, the candy bar Baby Ruth, comes to mind, and I realize he was a famous baseball player and all, but I really dislike Baby Ruth candy bars. If I … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Do Agents Rely on Free Legal Advice From the CAR Hot Legal Hotline? - 03/30/14 09:24 AM
I think the CAR legal hotline is not really designed to dispense free legal advice an agent can depend upon but to direct a Sacramento real estate agent to obtain legal representation if required. Yet, when I talk to other real estate agents, it seems that they tend to believe the free advice they receive is a satisfactory substitute for paid advice.
I'm not sure they understand where the C.A.R. legal hotline lawyers come from, how they are paid, the liability involved and whether the agent will actually receive the correct advice -- because it probably won't be based on research. … (6 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Half Truths, Gut Instincts and Honesty in Sacramento Real Estate - 03/29/14 09:00 AM
Aside from treating all parties with honesty, part of my job as a Sacramento real estate agent is to examine purchase offers for red flags. I try not to be dishonest and I expect the same from others, even though I am sometimes disappointed. It's so much easier in life to tell the truth -- that's the wisdom of getting older. Not to mention, we don't have to remember a lie when we are honest.
When I spotted a purchase offer that asked for the buyer to split every single closing cost that a seller normally pays, it raised a red … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: How Many Purchase Offers Does it Take to Buy a Home in Sacramento? - 03/28/14 08:43 AM
I hear from my own highly experienced team members how difficult it is to get an offer accepted in today's Sacramento real estate market. We generally strategize and work together on purchase offers. It can take both of us concentrating and focusing on how to get that offer accepted in order to win the offer presentation because it's a really tough market in Sacramento. This strategy means our odds of offer acceptance are way up.
From my own listings, I see the types of offers we receive, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that some of these buyers … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: New Listings, New Sales, the Sacramento Spring Home Market Sizzles - 03/27/14 08:48 AM
First, I ran over a curb with the front spoiler on my car. It sticks so far out there, and my depth perception from wearing monovision contacts isn't the best. Next, I managed to back into a cement block and scrape a plastic piece on the back of my car while at the hairdresser in East Sacramento. That parking lot is so tight to get into and out of. Then, just to add another ding, I ran over a curb on the side of my car yakking with my team member while pulling into my dentist's office parking lot in Elk … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: How to Make It as a Sacramento Real Estate Agent - 03/23/14 09:40 AM
I am grateful every single day for my career as a top-producing Sacramento real estate agent and all that it entails. I take little for granted. When new real estate agents ask me what they can do to get started in real estate, I tell them to pay their dues. Because there are dues to be paid. Once those dues are paid, you can sit back and choose the clients and the business that you want. But ya gotta pay the dues.
Well, there are some people who are lucky and always in the right place at the right time. There … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: You Meet All Kinds of People in Real Estate as a Sacramento Agent - 03/21/14 08:19 AM
Part of being a responsible and successful Sacramento real estate agent in this day and age depends on one's ability to relate to a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life. I get the 1 percenters and the 99% percenters -- and I've been both so I know from whence they come. I also work with the somewhat sane (because let's face it, nobody, and I mean nobody is completely 100% all together, regardless of what they might believe), in addition to the ones who hear voices inside their heads and just don't tell me about it as they … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: 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 agent: How MLS Boards Don't Want Out of Area Agents Listing Homes - 03/18/14 01:41 PM
When I have to stop what I'm doing during the day to complain to my husband and wonder out loud why I am taking a listing that seems to be so much trouble, it makes sense to step back and look at the fact that maybe it's the universe's way of telling me not to bother with it.
For starters, you may not know this, but many MLS boards do not want an agent from another Board to take a listing in their board, and they go to great lengths to put a stop to that kind of behavior. They want … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: A Professional Opinion of Value Overshadows Zillow Website Estimates - 03/16/14 09:44 AM

I went out for a bike ride yesterday and ran into this mess o' bikes in Land Park. Apparently, they like my bike path, too, around the park. I'm not getting in their way. Do you know how fast these guys can blow on by -- they were going at least 40 MPH, enough that I felt a gust of wind. Not surprising, they are professionals with shaved legs, and I'm just a leisurely bicyclist with a basket on the front of my bike and a bell. I respect professionals.
Sometimes, though, we find sellers who don't respect our professional … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Are You Looking to Buy a Home in Roseville, Greenhaven or Fair Oaks? - 03/10/14 10:27 AM
There is no such thing as "free time" during business hours for a Sacramento real estate agent, especially one who sells homes in Roseville, Greenhaven and Fair Oaks, which is where my new upcoming listings are located. Sure, I have a condo in the Arden Park area coming on the market this Wednesday, and I'm putting a West Sacramento condo into escrow by this afternoon with any luck, but my days are not filled with closings, even though I tend to average over the years at least one closing every three days.
My days are primarily filled with doing all of … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: When Websites Scrape Leads and Sell Them Back to Top Producer Agents - 03/04/14 05:40 PM
Some agents get really ticked off when a website scrapes leads and sells them back, but it doesn't really bother me that much. It would be better if they somehow qualified those leads, but the people who answer the phone don't seem to know much about real estate. What they do know how to do is go into MLS and do a search for an agent in a certain ZIP or in a county to see which agents sell the most homes. They then market this information to the public, because they have this information and sellers and buyers do not. … (8 comments)

 
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Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate, midtown Sacramento office. Selling since 1974. Homebuying expert at About.com. Best short sale agent in Sacramento. Elizabeth sells homes from Galt to Lincoln.
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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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