Pacita's Quick Bytes of Real Estate

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Real Estate Agent - Alain Pinel - BRE 01367196
A REALTOR's perspective on events that shape and affect the real estate market.

ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS

2010 

Hearing about the new tax credits that was just passed in California sounds exciting for qualified folks looking for a boost. But heed this: it's FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED! Not wanting to rely on what other people write (or how they interpret) this information, I visited the State of Californi...
03/30/2010
Still having ongoing discussions (and sometimes disagreements) with other realtors about where to focus efforts that get results. For two years or longer, I've been building up a presence on online sites like Zillow, Trulia, Active Rain and Facebook. Back then, some folks sniffed (and smirked...
03/23/2010
At the peak of the market, many buyers "qualified" through stated income. And many opted for adjustable rate mortgages which are now re-setting or have already re-set. The difference between what the buyers paid monthly and what the new payment will be are going to drive many of them to...
03/23/2010
$299,000 - A true LIVE/WORK Loft with large work space and spacious living areasLocation: West OaklandLargest live/work loft among four units in the complex. First floor work space is spacious, has high ceiling, lots of windows and its own full bath with shower stall. Built in shelves. There is e...
03/22/2010
Here's a headline that caught my eye: NAR Defends Brokers Price Opinions BPO) for Short Sale Program Had I not run into bad BPOs done by agents who are absolutely NOT familiar with the area, or who did not bother getting additional information from the listing agent, I may agree with NAR'...
03/17/2010
Having worked on several successful short sales, it's necessary to evaluate which projects went smoothly and which ones hit a brick wall. We can't control or manage certain bank processes, but we can certainly ask the sellers to cooperate better The ones that took longer and were painful ...
03/16/2010
In the past few months, I received many inquiries from sellers who want to know more about short sales. What is it? What is involved? How do we go about it? What is its effect on the credit score? So I started providing my version of a PRIMER ON SHORT SALES  which I tweaked as I went along, picki...
03/11/2010
REALTORs are a good source of clients for service companies like electricians, plumbers, handymen, cleaners, roofers.... If the service personnel perform well, they will receive steady referrals from the realtors and their clients. And in most businesses, repeat clients and referrals are their br...
03/11/2010
I've been using Fidelity Agent (loaded on my computer as well as my smartphone iphone) for a while now. It's been a terrific tool.See: Fidelity Agent: a WOW tool for answers for quick answers and calculations for real estate and First Time Buyers need CMA and PITI calculations ---and good...
03/11/2010
REALTORS: if you haven't learned how to manage a short sale, not only as a buyer's agent but as a listing agent as well, then you're way, way behind the learning curve. Fire sale? With the number of people facing preforeclosures, we are surely going to hear from property owners seekin...
03/10/2010
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