Home Selling Sacramento
I sold my house and need to move out in a week happens more often than you might think. This happens to people we sell homes for when we receive a cash offer with a 10-day close of escrow. Many times sellers will say no as they believe it is impossible to move out in a week.
The question is can two people empty out a house, clean it, hand over the keys and exit in fewer than 7 days? Most people feel moving in a month’s time is difficult. What’s interesting is that my friends recently moved out: lock, stock and barrel in a week. They planned out what they were going to keep, what they were going to sell, and what they would donate.
Are home sellers generous to buyers? Well, it depends on many factors. Buyers often come in trying to negotiate a good deal. Of course, that is understandable, but it can sometimes backfire. Some sellers are very attached to their homes. The dreams of their lives are often wrapped up in the story of the house and what their dreams were.
I recently worked with a couple, and some buyers didn’t understand my sellers’ process. Some agents asked me if I was trying to talk buyers out of buying the home? I said no, but I am following my seller’s instructions. These sellers had their home on the market before, and often the reasons people did not buy it were evident as the features are listed on MLS. For example, three bedrooms and two baths. So when the buyer’s agents say they didn’t make an offer as they needed four bedrooms and three bathrooms, clearly the MLS says a three-bedroom. This is when a seller’s generosity often goes out of the window.
Cats, Covid19, and selling Sacramento real estate are where much of my time is spent during each waking hour. With cats, COVID19, and selling Sacramento real estate are now part of daily life for this Sacramento Realtor. It occurred to me these three things are where so much of my time is spent each day. When you have nine cats, they are part of every hour of every day.
Of course, all nine cats do not live inside. I do cat rescue and also have purebred Ragdoll cats. Whether inside or out, cats play a significant role in daily life. This picture is of Toby-Tyler on the cat tree. He is a 7-year-old male rescue, and his sister Gidget is on the lower shelf. These two orange tabby cats I rescued. They were abandoned, left inside a wall of a commercial building. As they were not quite two weeks old and I had to bottle feed them every 3 hours. They have been my cats ever since.
Closing escrows on homes in Sacramento lately has not been easy, but they are closing. Repairs have been complicated as have the requests for repairs. During Covid19, some buyers are asking for repairs. Depending on the property, some sellers with motivation to close are being more patient by offering to complete some repairs and / or offer credits.
Of course, credits are the preferred way for a seller; however, some things cannot be fully diagnosed without opening up the ground, such as a septic inspection and repair in Sacramento rural real estate. Also, pest inspections requiring further inspections can go on and on without fully definitive answers.
March 2020 housing statistics for Sacramento County is certainly welcome news, per Josh Amolsch, who wrote this blog. Josh is an exclusive buyer’s agent on our team. He really brings to light the numbers and how you can apply them to your situation if you are buying or selling. Enjoy, it’s a great read. — JaCi Wallace
The first thing I noticed about the new March 2020 Housing Statistics for Sacramento County was that the median sales price for single-family homes reached $400,000. This is a 9.6% increase over March 2019. Going back to 2004 shows that this is an all-time record. The last time we were this high, besides last month, was August 2005 when the median reached $395,000. But, $400,000 may seem like a bargain when you consider the median sales price for the four-county region in March 2020 reached $440,000. Wow.