elk grove agent
Although we had sold this lot for sale in Elk Grove to our client, for some reason, the client initially listed the lot with an agent who was a friend of the family. I think the agent worked for a builder, but I don’t really recall. All I know is she had it on the market for almost 4 months and no bites. So the seller finally called me and asked if I would take a lot for sale in Elk Grove and sell it for her.
Sure. Just because I rarely sell lots is no reason not to take the listing. The principle of selling is the same. I have great marketing tools. First I pulled up a list of all of the lots that are for sale in Elk Grove and the sold lots. Not just the lots within a 1/2 mile, but every lot for sale in Elk Grove. Those are some long days on market, let me tell you. Which means the market is softer than residential.
When an Elk Grove seller called me about selling a newer home in Elk Grove, she thought it would be a piece of cake. Apparently the seller interviewed a bunch of Elk Grove Realtors and rejected them all until she met me. She wanted to hire me because she heard I sold the house on the corner in one day at a record price. I did do that. But I simply lucked out by selling to a buyer from the Bay Area for all cash. The price I sold it at would not have appraised. No comps to support it.
I pointed this out to the seller and suggested we start the list price at the same price. It was the same square footage. Similar condition. This seller was leaving for Europe shortly but I assured her once we had an offer, she could sign the deed at title and be done with that part. Everything else could be handled via email and web.
Agents in Sacramento tend to ask a lot of questions about why I reset the days on market for my listings. My listings confuse them. But that’s because it can be complicated to ensure the seller receives the highest price, and I do whatever it takes to make it happen. I realize it looks screwy to them, but Sacramento agents are not my target. My target is homebuyers who receive listings from MLS.
Homebuyers put a lot of credence into how long a property has been for sale. Much more than that aspect probably deserves, but they don’t know how else to analyze a listing. The perception homebuyers latch onto is a home must be worth less if it’s been on the market for a while. Sometimes it is true and sometimes it is not. It is not a true statement in all cases.
Any agent who would tell a buyer that Elk Grove is unsafe because the owner has a security system needs to have his head examined. When I hear things like that, the first thing I do is take a peek at the agent’s Cal BRE license number. If it’s a really high number, say, near or over 2 million, it means the agent has been licensed for less than a year. To be fair, new agents are not always a problem if they are supervised and trained. Those who work for small brokerages, though, sometimes are not. Only thing worse are those who think they know everything simply because they have a license.
Do you need a four bedroom home in Elk Grove? How about a four bedroom with three full baths? Those are hard to come by. I sold the same model last spring, and that home was a couple doors down on Donson Court on the corner, with the same square footage at the same price as this listing. That other home did not have a fourth bedroom, it had a loft instead. And that other home was only a 2 1/2 bath. This home features more upgrades and has a nicer flow to it. Further, it is located on a court. No through traffic.