Buying Sacramento Home
The seller of this Del Paso Manor home has lived there for 22 years. This is a 1950 Lusk home, and you can see the small detailing that builders no longer do. Things like an angled corner in the hallway to make it easier to navigate mattresses around the corner, and slightly angled walls near the entrances to the bedrooms.
There is great pride of ownership evident. This is not a flipper. When a person loves his Del Paso Manor home, it shows. Sellers like this tend to take impeccable care and stick to maintenance schedules like clockwork.
To give you an idea of the beauty of this home in South Land Park Estates: it’s the type of home that even if you weren’t thinking about selling your home and moving, you might consider buying this home. Not only is this home a mid-century home, but it was built by the modernist architect Yamasaki. This home has been in the family for decades. As such, it is simply impeccable. Very well maintained.
The neighborhood is South Land Park Estates, and the home sits about two blocks from William Land Park. It is almost kitty corner from the Sacramento Zoo, tucked away and sequestered near Capri and Sutterville. Sometimes at night, if you open the windows on a hot summer day, you might hear the distant sounds of lions roaring, the trumping of elephants and monkeys chattering in a quiet evening breeze.
Hey, all you Sacramento home buyers, are you ready for the spring market? This is going to be a tougher market than you’ve ever seen in your life to buy a house in Sacramento, but don’t let that little thought discourage you. Unless you’ve been working in real estate full-time with a ton of transactions under your belt, you probably are not prepared to meet the demands that this market is putting forth for you. It is not impossible to buy a house, but you better be working with an experienced buyer’s agent or you might not buy anything at all.
The one thing all Sacramento agents should try to avoid have happen with their buyer’s purchase offer is to give the seller’s agent and seller a reason to issue a counter offer. A few weeks ago, a seller had a counter offer out, and while we waited for the response, another buyer swooped in and submitted an offer that the seller accepted. After pulling the counter offer, of course. If one can avoid the counter-offer situation all together, a Sacramento agent can increase the odds her buyer won’t lose the house.
First off, a Sacramento Realtor cannot predict a solid purchase offer. No way, no how. Yet that does not stop eager buyer’s agents from calling about pending sales to ask: how firm is that purchase offer? It’s not a question I can really answer. Do I know the buyer personally? No, I do not. Do I represent the buyer? No, I do not. Much of the time, I don’t know the buyer’s agent, either. We have 5,000 agents in our Board. Turnover is high. Many agents aren’t in the business long enough to renew their licenses, which is at the four-year mark.