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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Sometimes, you just can't win by trying, but it does help to keep your priorities in focus. I do this by looking at the big picture and reassessing situations, especially when encountering out of area agents. It can be tough when that agent is representing the buyer because the agent does not know our local customs, might not know how to refer the best inspectors and, worse, has no MLS access to the house.Not to mention, a little tidbit not every agent knows is our Sacramento MLS requires commission payment only to other members. So technically, we aren't even required to pay them, but we tend to allow it anyway. It's where priorities are set. The sellers. My priorities are the sellers.Further, imagine for a moment how an agent buyer can have a fool for a client. However, even given tho...
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By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
1130 Brownwyk Drive, Sacramento, CA Get Directions Click Here   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score   Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS (2 full) 2205 Square Feet   PRICED TO SELL! South Land Park huge corner lot!! This Ranch style home sits on a 1/4 acre, filled with mature fruit trees. Living room with brick fp with built in's, hard wood floors in beds! Master bath has double sinks and soaking tub! Large kitchen with newer vinyl flooring. Large family room off huge kitchen, and extra room that could be additional bedroom, office, game room, home gym! Classic ranch style picture window for the window in the living room! Quiet street with manicured yards!   Sacramento Homes for Sale Free Guide For Sellers Home Equity Check-Up Free Home Values The Mode & Durha...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Being a Sacramento Realtor, I cannot stop looking at houses. Which is a good thing given my profession. Doesn't matter where I am in the world, I can't walk past a real estate brokerage without stopping to look at homes in the window. It's kind of like an obsession. Even while I am in Hawaii and in the midst of remodeling my house there, I look at other homes in Hawaii online. That's because I get the paper, West Hawaii Today, and Friday's edition contains a real estate section . . .I find when I'm looking at the homes, I become highly critical, even though I am not in the market for a home. Suppose that could be one of the signs that I am not really a home buyer. My opinions run from that bath is too small, to the back yard is not big enough or the view is not quite spectacular to I ha...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
One of the drawbacks for me with the way Zillow imports data from MLS is my name needs to be first on the listing. I really prefer my team member's name to be first so he or she can directly manage the buyer calls. However, with my name first in MLS, I get hit with all the drama, spammers, can-I-rent-this-house types of calls, texts and emails; just comes with the territory and is the trade-off.What tends to throw me off is how so many buyer's agents could benefit from guidance and supervision from their brokers. It is eye opening.Some agents simply access lockboxes and walk into occupied homes without permission and without looking up the house in MLS to read showing instructions. Because they are out with "clients" maybe their cousin, who knows, and that cousin says, "Hey, look over t...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
One of the perks of being a frequent flyer between Sacramento and Kona is the opportunity to watch movies. Only because there is no WIFI on Hawaiian Airlines. Heck, this trip, Hawaiian Airlines didn't even send me an email to check in for my flight in Sacramento. Halfway through my day yesterday I realized, whoa, I have not obtained a boarding pass nor checked in because I did not get an email. This is the strategy Hawaiian Airlines employs on return trips but not originating. I mean, who forgets to GO to Hawaii? (Besides me.) Because the corporate suits in charge of profit are probably hoping people have so much fun in Hawaii, they will forget to leave. If you don't think that is true, I have news for ya. And when that happens, that $200 change fee doesn't work in Hawaii for next-day f...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
This is a bird I rarely see in Sacramento. Maybe because they don't much hang out in Land Park. Or maybe just not my yard. But yesterday I was very excited to have discovered a Northern Flicker prancing around my back yard. I could not get a better photo than the one I'm showing you here because I was on the phone, like usual.Ha, like a client asked me today where is my office. I told him it's in the sky. He wanted to know physically which office do I frequent or do I simply work out of my house. Yes, like any other agent, I work out of my house. It became apparent I was facing a struggle dealing with an important phone conversation and my urge to shoot a photo of this bird, both happening simulataneously.You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Spotted a Red Shafted No...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
You can just hear how it must have happened. Dude, look, we can go over to Zillow and scrape off their list of agents. These agents are like gold, man, because they pay Zillow. We'll put them all together on a list for each metropolitan city, and then create a separate web page for each city listing those agents . . . They make it sound like you'll get enhanced SEO, like there are no places to get a list of top agents in every city. And not all of these are necessarily as they appear, either. That data is not verified. But if they manage to put together a list of 100 cities and tap the top 15 agents in each, they could earn a nice annual income of $375,000. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Noted on List of Top 15 Agents in Sacramento.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Sometime back in February I recall asking my husband if he felt like checking out the spot where the old Rubicon Brewing Company used to occupy for many decades in Midtown. It's on Capitol Avenue by 20th Street. Nice location for walking around Midtown Sacramento. But they weren't quite ready, and we had another trip to make out-of-town, so we didn't get around to it, even this last June when we received an invitation to Alaro.So, here we are, now in October and it takes a story in the Sacramento Bee to get my husband off his duff to go there. The lure of Spanish tapas was too great. Not to mention, we can easily pack in 3 to 4 miles walking Midtown. Which we desperately need to supplement our non-working-out exercise program that doesn't exist. I laugh when my Apple Watch notices I am ...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Don't get me wrong, there are times when a lowball is called for. Like, when the property is grossly overpriced. I recall maybe 15 years ago writing an offer for a buyer on a home in Land Park. It was listed around a million and my buyers got the place for about $600K. Today it is easily worth more than a million bucks. Thing was it wasn't worth it then. Those buyers didn't get a stupendous deal. They got a fair deal. The listing agent said to me, "How come no other Land Park agents told me it was overpriced?" I don't know, can only surmise agents just don't want to stick their nose in where they don't feel it belongs. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: How to Say No to Lowball Offers from Home Buyers.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
In Sacramento, our hot seller's market has existed for almost 7 years. That has been a long stretch. And during that stretch of time, interest rates have been historically low. They've been low for at least 10 years now, so of course buyers want to know when they will go lower.Usually, those who feel a direct impact of rising rates as a measuring stick are stretching it some to buy a home. For those home buyers, a normal reduction in rates, like, say, 1/2 of a percent, would be welcome news. That would let a $300,000 buyer, for example, buy a $325,000 home for the same payment. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: When Will Mortgage Interest Rates Go Down?
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
A month or so back, I recall reading something in the Sacramento Bee about the Oriental fruit fly invasion into Sacramento. Apparently, over by Stockton and Elder Creek, authorities found a handful of Oriental fruit flies. They put up 600-some bait stations to kill off the males and stop breeding. What I did not realize was this quarantine affects almost everybody. You can't even give away your own fruit. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sacramento Fruit Trees Under Quarantine for Oriental Fruit Fly.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Everybody holds the power to be truly authentic in their work, family and personal relationships. Yet, I am continually amazed at all of the excuses I hear for not employing that power. In fact, some real estate agents go so far as to hide their own personality behind a mask. A mask that they think others want to see.They study scripts and memorize words, trying to become a "salesperson." Because as agents we continually show up for a new job every single day, some fear competition. Agents can spend endless hours watching what other people do and they try to emulate those agents, when the best thing they could possibly ever do is be themselves. Still, they refuse. They are holding that winning ticket and they want to burn it. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Aut...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
The unsung tale in the September housing report in Sacramento is the bulk of inventory in the upper end range. Looking at August numbers, in the $800+ range, we had 5 to 7 months of inventory, which is not reflected in this chart. Our September inventory overall, in the chart above, shows 2.4 months of residential homes for sale in the county, which is twice the number from January.I like to think we could have used that inventory in March when buyers were clamoring for more choices. But it might have turned out the same way anyhow. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sacramento Housing Trends for September 2018: Twice the Homes.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Yesterday an email came through targeting 50 agents in Sacramento. They seem to all be top producers but hard to say how that list was pulled. The agent who created the list did not even take the time to group all the names into one contact list, so he exposed every recipient's email address.The email started like this:After 28 years of working with RE/MAX Gold I came over to Better Homes and Garden. They were able to show me a value added proposition that would grow my business, if you are looking to increase your business, we would like to show you how we can help.A few ways we can help you grow your business.And, then he listed a whole bunch of bullet points, one of which included cookbooks. Not sure from the way it was worded as to whether the Better Homes and Garden cookbooks were ...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
How many neighborhood associations throw you a free BBQ picnic? In addition to offering volunteer opportunities for residents to become involved in the neighborhood, the Land Park Community Association holds fundraisers like a Taste of Land Park as well. The LPCA keeps us informed about community projects and when we might be able to expect that long-awaited bridge over Broadway to cross the river from West Sacramento. You can read more and view more photos in my personal blog today at this link: Land Park Community Association Membership BBQ a Real Sunday Treat.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Remember when Dorothy of Oz found the Tin Woodman all rusted out in the forest? She grabbed an oil can and started oiling his joints, slowly restoring speech and movement. Well, when you reach the age of 65, you know what I'm talking about. All of these pesty little aches and pains begin to appear. Little shot there, little shot here, all better.For some people, it's severe pain. For others, like me, most of the aging process is simply bothersome so far. This journey makes you wonder what else can go haywire with your body and then something does. Fortunately, my health insurance is through UC Davis, so many specialists on staff. Cutting-edge medical care. Although most of my blog today is about this very common procedure that was prescribed for me, even though I did not suffer from any...
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By David Vandermyden, Real Estate Professionals working for you
(Pacific Coast Group)
3334 Luna Nuevo, Sacramento, CA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE October 05, Friday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM October 06, Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1765 SQUARE FEET Classy yet Homey! This east facing home offers 4 Bedrooms, 2-1/2 Baths, and is move-in ready. Neutralcolors allow you to add your own personal preferences. Hardwood flooring downstairs is easy to keepup and upstairs carpet brings warmth and comfort. The kitchen is u-shaped and opens to the family room. An eating bar can also serve as a homeworkarea. The half-bath is downstairs, while the 2 others serve the upstairs bedrooms. The master bath hasdouble sinks. The inside laundry area is upstairs. The backy...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Working in the real estate business since the 1970s has given me a unique perspective on homebuying that few agents possess. I've witnessed first-hand so many different markets and have survived the dips, ebbs and tides of real estate. There is always a way to buy a home in any given market. We are not limited by our choices, in fact, we are enpowered.I'd like to share a few homebuying tips I have learned over the years for a market just like our present market. If you have hired an excellent exclusive buyer's agent to help you along your journey of home ownership, you might not need these tips. Because your agent should be able to guide you. Maybe you should ask how many homes the agent has sold before you commit to Cousin Sue who lives one county over. Or, just take these tips with yo...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Every 3 cubic yards of extra trash costs only $143.20 in Sacramento, apart from a base rate of $179 for the first 3 cubic yards of rubbish. The container itself is a bag and measures 30 inches high, 48 inches deep and 96 inches wide. That can hold a lot of stuff. Like up to 3,300 pounds of crap or 606 gallons. You can thank Jeff Dowler in San Diego for first reporting on this low cost trash removal that is available in California. So I checked it out for my area in northern California. You may also read more in my personal blog today at this link: How to Order Small Dumpster Junk Removal in Sacramento.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
My husband is not a guy who likes change. As we get older and more set in our ways, change is difficult for many people. Then there are the people who like changes simply because it shakes up things, makes life different, offers variety, a chance to explore, learn, grow. And you can bet which direction I lean, LOL.So you can imagine the shock my husband lives with day after day, never knowing when I might pronounce the death of something and the arrival of something new. Hopefully this new thing will make our lives better by increasing the amount of time we can walk by the cactus garden and not feel guilty that we have not weeded, pruned nor babied our creation.Ignored, the cactus garden over 10 years grew into massive proportions. Succulents reaching over the concrete. Cacti growing in...
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