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Real estate work during Covid19 requires patience as everyone is impacted on some level. Though real estate has been named as an essential service along with construction, don’t kid yourself it is not back to normal by a long shot. The scheduling of repairs is often booked weeks out. In many cases, as there have been layoffs in various businesses, a shortage of the workforce can mean delays. This week has been about working longer days. Whatever it takes we are putting in the extra time and effort.
Identity theft in Sacramento real estate is not something I have given much thought to until recently. It happens to other people but not to me or so I thought. Saturday, I received a few emails from agents out of state in Pennsylvania who said they received offers from me and were they real? I said, please forward it to me. The identity theft imposter was using an email very closely resembling my email, with just a few extra letters. Here the rub, I can only sell real estate in California as I don’t have a license in another state.
Chairmans Club is a RE/MAX milestone award for a top Sacramento Realtor Team. This award was accepted for our team, Weintraub & Wallace, by Josh Amolsch. This was a year of hard work for all of us and, of course, change. At our international conference this week, the message clearly heard was to “embrace change.” Our team lives that message in all we do, each day.
Everyone contributed to our success over the last year. Without our group of dedicated agents, our wonderful assistant Adina, and our fantastic service providers, this award would not have been possible. It means so much to receive an award celebrating our teamwork. We are a group that helps each other in all we do. It is equally important to us that our clients are always very well taken care of. Our fiduciary duty is to put our client’s needs before our own.
What do Groundhog Day and Superbowl share in 2020? Groundhog Day this year also coincides with the Superbowl. This is only the second time Super Bowl Sunday has fallen on Feb. 2. The last time was in 2014. On that day, Phil saw his shadow, and the Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Phil’s prediction for six more weeks of winter that year was spot on, as brutally cold and snowy weather lasted well into March.
— The Washington Post
Groundhog day always reminds me of Punxsutawney Phil and the movie with Bill Murray. Waking up with the same thing happening to you each day might sound fun at first as you could live out any scenario and never hurt yourself permanently. The limitation is, of course, how do you build longstanding relationships or make a difference in your world?
Often, buyers ask home sellers for personal property such as washers and dryers, refrigerators, lawn equipment, you name it. I have had several issues with personal property in 2019. So much so that I now suggest the buyers just do a bill of sale for $1. When things go wrong take a wild guess who has to fix it much of the time?
I had a seller who had said from the start to leave the fridge as it was an odd size. We put it in the listing agreement. His daughter had packed up the house and the movers took the refrigerator. We always write in the contract that any personal property is left in as-is condition with no warranty, expressed or implied. Of course, the buyers forget all this. The seller could not get to the stored refrigerator and it was packed away in storage for a month. The sellers agreed to pay a sum of money to the buyers to make them stop calling. The sellers decided they needed the refrigerator after all.