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What It’s Like to Be a Sacramento Home Buyer’s Realtor

to Be a Sacramento Home Buyer's Realtor

To be a successful Sacramento home buyer’s Realtor is a very important job. Because many agents sell homes, it does not mean they are excellent at their job. Selling homes takes two agents: a listing agent and a buyer’s agent. Often the stronger agent will get the job done for both sides. How can a seller’s agent help a buyer’s agent? Great question.  

As a listing agent, we make sure the time frames and contracts are completed, along with all the disclosures and reports. We can explain in detail how and why we are taking action. We make sure we have a 100% complete file and stellar record of all communications. Even if the buyer’s agent doesn’t know what she or he is doing, we will get the transaction completed, regardless. They can’t miss an important milestone, as we won’t let them.   read more

November 2019 Sacramento Fall Home Sales

Sacramento fall home sales

Our November 2019 Sacramento fall home sales is an interesting time. The article below in italics, “Welcome to the Sacramento Fall Home Selling Market,” was written in 2012 by my partner, Elizabeth Weintraub. So, let’s now look at current interpretation of current market trends in 2019 and you will see how similar they are to conditions in 2012. It’s uncanny. 

Our November weather has been many warm sunny days, high 70s and even a few 80 degree days. This has extended the fall selling season as it is busy right now and we are fast approaching Thanksgiving.  read more

Home Buyer Can Kiss His Earnest Money Deposit Goodbye

Home Buyer Can Kiss His Earnest Money Deposit Goodbye

A homebuyer can kiss his earnest money deposit goodbye. You may ask, How can a home buyer kiss her money goodbye?  The excerpt below in italics is from a blog Elizabeth wrote several years ago. It still holds today. It got me to thinking about a tricky technicality in this deposit forfeiture that you may find interesting.  

I represented two buyers on a short sale in Roseville. She and her fiance bought it together. The listing agent was someone who said he was the #1 short sale agent in Sacramento, but, of course, we all know that title was well deserved and earned by the one and only, Elizabeth Weintraub. Well, the couple broke up. Mister buyer went packing, and he had not been removed from the contract, nor did the listing agent ever request it. Should I have removed him, probably, but I knew these two, and they broke up and went back together regularly. read more

More About Getting the Edge When Buying Homes in Sacramento

A Tip for Getting the Edge When Buying Homes in Sacramento

A tip for getting the edge when buying homes in Sacramento. The italics below feature an excerpt from a blog Elizabeth wrote several years ago. It is the same thing happening today. Agents call and ask if we have offers. We say not yet, but expecting offers any moment. Offers are often sent in poorly written, missing information and without proof of funds. Why would an agent ever send in anything less than picture-perfect offers?

Sometimes the offers never even make it in to us. We follow up with every agent and help in any way we can. Make sure you have discussions about your offers before they are sent to the listing agent. This will help with some of the smaller issues. Enjoy. read more

List A House To Buy A Replacement Property

List A House To Buy A Replacement Property

List a house to buy a replacement property is common question sellers ask. In a seller’s market, buyers will buy a home and wait for a seller to find a replacement property. Now the trick is to find a home where the seller will take a contingency offer, meaning wait until the buyer’s home is in escrow.

There are factors that help in a contingent offer such as the buyers having a large degree of equity that translates to a large down payment like 20%. If the buyer has strong qualifications and motivation to buy replacement property, things are looking up. The time of year also can help. During holidays, the market can slow a bit. If the seller is moving up from an entry-level home, that is good news. Entry-level homes are in high demand, no matter what type of market. read more

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