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New Carmichael Listing On Hillgrove Way

New Carmichael Listing On Hillgrove Way

Here is a new Carmichael listing on Hillgrove Way, which is a classic 1956 ranch-style home. This property is located in a fabulous established area on a quaint dead-end street off of Fair Oaks Blvd. You will love that the lot sits up a hill on a large one quarter-acre lot, and the tree-lined street gives the feeling of a park-like custom area with mature trees.

The exterior has brick and vinyl siding for a timeless appeal with low maintenance. The off-street parking has room for 6 vehicles and measures 41 feet to accommodate an RV or boat. There is an additional 40 x 10 RV space behind the fence, so an 81-foot length in all. read more

How to Decide Which House to Buy

how to decide which house to buy

My intentions yesterday were to list homes and not to necessarily encounter a great method for home buyers to decide which house to buy. As I sat in the kitchen of a home in Carmichael, I explained to the owners how buyers often make impulse decisions and purchase a home based on emotions. Which is why I do my darnedest to evoke an emotional attachment. My goal in marketing is to make buyers fall in love with the home.

Now, in the past, whenever I showed homes, I would ask buyers to rate the home on a scale of 1 to 10. With 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. This helps buyers remember which homes they viewed and whether they were good candidates. One of the sellers I spoke with yesterday mentioned she bought a home a few years back and came up with her own idea of rating. It was so clever and smart that I have to share this with you. In fact, I don’t know why every home buyer would not want to use this method.

If I understand her correctly, I believe the first thing a buyer would do is make a list of things that are not negotiable in the purchase of a new home. Starting with the most important item at the top and working your way down to the lesser items. Then, assign a rating number to each issue. For example, say you have 7 things on your list that describe the type of home you hope to buy. If you gave location the highest rating of 10, you are on the right track. Next to location might be number of bedrooms. Assign a value to that. And so on.

Then, when you believe you have found your dream home, you need to decide which house to buy. There might be another home on the list that fits all of your parameters. What you would do is add together all of your assigned values and divide by the number of non-negotiable items. This will give you a weighted average.

If you cannot decide which house to buy because you are madly in love with the first house, this method will show you which is a better choice for you. Because if the weighted averages of non-negotiable items is considerably larger for the second-choice house than the averages of the home that tugs on your heart strings, this is a way to see through the emotional pull. Who can argue with logic? OK, don’t answer. Because we all know who that person is.

Elizabeth Weintraub

Sacramento Appraiser Sends Unprofessional Tweets, Raises Ruckus

sacramento appraiser sends unprofessional tweetsYou would think if you were a Sacramento appraiser trying to get noticed online, that a guy like that would be more careful about what he says and how he says it. It started last spring over a home in Carmichael I had briefly listed, which had been the unintentional topic of many alt-right news reports. The Tweets from the Sacramento appraiser eventually made it to the Sac Bee online news. Due to the orchestrating of bringing proprietary information not meant for public consumption to the public by the appraiser. In other words, look as though this Sacramento appraiser made it his business to Tweet about a member-only status in MLS with the intention of purposely igniting the alt-right.

And ignite the alt-right he did. Whether he is an official Trump supporter is only a hypothesis mentioned by others, but this person seems to show a lot of empathy for that group. Yet it seems that his ability to poke his nose into situations that are not his business know no bounds. He obviously flagged the property in question in MLS and when a status change showed up, he Tweeted about it in such a manner that the seller says he caused her mental anguish and physical pain. The status change was to Temporary Off Market, which is only available to members of MLS.

It means this seemingly right-leaning Sacramento appraiser crafted a Tweet about a property he had no right to Tweet. His intention was self promotion. This was not his listing. He did not appraise this property. The seller believes he abused his MLS membership by taking private information and making it public without permission. At the time, I had the property listed and put it into TOM status for a number of reasons. For starters, the seller, her agent and her agent’s company began to receive vile threats and emails from all over the country, thanks to this appraiser. This guy’s effort to make a buck off somebody else’s distress is frightening. He jumped right in and added fuel to the burning fire. People threatened to literally burn down the house because of this Sacramento appraiser’s Tweet.

When I originally listed the property, it was a bit high. The seller based her price on another property on the same street in the same vintage condition that sold a couple of years ago. Sometimes, vintage homes fetch prices you won’t believe. My method of operation is to always try to get the amount the seller would like, within reason. And with the understanding that if we can’t get it, the price will be adjusted. After we placed the property in TOM status, I had several discussions with the seller about reducing the price. Based on her reaction, I could see this would be a long process. Months.

At this point, the seller also wanted me to file a complaint against the Sacramento appraiser at the California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers for unprofessional conduct. For putting his own personal profit ahead of decency. I could understand the seller wanting to report him, but my part in this was not required. His participation in the false supposition that the seller lost $130,000 because she refused to sell to a Trump supporter was way off base. She dropped that stipulation months earlier. But perhaps the seller should pursue her $130K loss in court? If it’s on Twitter, it must be true.

I guess a case could be made by an astute lawyer that the Sacramento appraiser caused her to lose that money. I’m not a lawyer so I wouldn’t know. Instead I suggested the seller contact a lawyer, and I sent her several referrals.

In any case, this was the seller’s obligation to object to and file. She was the most damaged from the Sacramento appraiser’s careless, stupid and thoughtless actions. The agents are not really a party to the transaction or to her grief. Although, the situation had caused me to more thoroughly examine the facts at hand:

  • Alt-righters and White supremacists were threatening to burn down the house, among other distasteful actions.
  • A Sacramento appraiser who won’t stop tweeting, regardless of how much damage he causes, about matters that are not his concern.
  • A seller who needed a lot more encouragement to reduce her price to where it needed to be, and the fact that this high maintenance issue was eating up all of my available time and then some.
  • The seller didn’t use a computer and lived out-of-town.
  • Every conversation lasted at least an hour, almost daily.
  • Listing was too high publicity. The seller deserved a fresh start because my marketing and branding were too easily recognizable. It was best for the seller to let a new agent at a different company handle this.
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    Not Quite the Fourth of July Open Houses for 2018

    not quite the fourth of july open houses

    Before I talk about our not quite the fourth of July open houses for this year, please note the lovely photo of Compass Box The Circus Blended Scotch Whiskey. This was my dessert after dinner at Canon in East Sacramento on Thursday for my non-retirement birthday. I imagine it wasn’t cheap but I wouldn’t know since my husband treated. This is a limited edition, fewer than 2,500 bottles released in 2016.

    He also gave me a Series 3 Apple Watch, which means I can now wander away from my phone, far, far away, because the new watches run on cell coverage. I suppose you have to be careful if you wear one of those into a medical marijuana dispensary because you’re probably not supposed to. Not that I have any first hand experience, mind you, just putting out my public notice to everybody.

    Today we have three not quite the fourth of July open houses. I imagine next weekend many people will go out of town this year. Take Wednesday off, throw in a Thursday and Friday and call it 5-day weekend. It was a toss  up to figure out which weekend was better for our not quite the fourth of July open houses.

    16 Lake Katerina Ct, Sacramento, CA 95834 offered at $485,000. Built in 2017, only a transfer makes this beautiful home available. Hickory floors, plenty of premium upgrades, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Great Natomas Central location, Westshore. Hosted by the invincible Josh Amolsch from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

    3804 Los Cerros Place, Davis, CA 95618, offered at $1,145,000 in Lake Alhambra Estates. Over $200K invested in the yard with an outdoor kitchen, flagstone perimeter, custom benches, waterfalls and a gorgeous pool. Wood floors throughout, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, over 3,500 sq. ft. Hosted by the amazing Amy McMullan from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

    1661 Del Dayo Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608, offered at $1,250,000. Exclusive neighborhood in Del Dayo. Tri-level with 5 to 6 bedrooms, 5 baths and over 5,000 square feet. Hardwood, ceramic and luxury vinyl plank flooring. Beautiful terraced yard with lush gardens and pool. Outdoor kitchen. Hosted by the Incredible Barbara Dow from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

    Elizabeth Weintraub


    Luxury Home on Del Dayo Drive in Del Dayo Estates, Carmichael

    luxury home on del dayo drive

    To say I connected with this luxury home on Del Dayo Drive in Del Dayo Estates is an understatement. This was a case of mad love at first sight. It will happen that way for a buyer as well. The home spoke volumes to me before I ever set foot inside. It was the end of March when the seller contacted me about fixing up her home in Carmichael, and I happened to be physically in Hawaii when that call came in. Just like I am now, btw, when this home hit the Sacramento market last night.

    Full circle. Definitely in the zone in Hawaii. Feeling the Aloha. Nothing touches me here like real estate in Sacramento and delivers such joy. OK, maybe paddle boarding. Point is, no suffering of fools in the islands. It’s a place to kick jackasses to the curb. Such a wonderful state of mind, and I am so damn lucky to have perfected being a listing specialist. And, I should mention, to marry that fortune with the good sense to buy a house in Hawaii.

    While I had the seller on the phone, I quickly pulled up the old photographs in MLS, and from those offered a guide to renovation suggestions. The old carpeting had to go, and the seller installed beautiful planked flooring in the baths and lower level. The main level captures your immediate attention with its random hardwood flooring pattern.

    luxury home on del dayo drive

    You really need to see this in person to truly appreciate the aesthetics.  Past the double door entry, you immediately absorb the open floor plan, featuring a family room with a raised custom wood fireplace. Angles and light everywhere your eye travels. In the distance, you can see the formal dining area and the fantastic kitchen.

    luxury home on del dayo drive

    Truly casual elegance at its finest, this gourmet kitchen is understated yet surprising. Behind the custom cabinets you will find 3 separate dishwashers, a wine refrigeration system, a built-in Sub Zero refrigerator and more storage than most people, except my chef of a husband, could possibly need. The granite island features a sink and also offers social seating.

    luxury home on del dayo drive

    All together, the luxury home on Del Dayo Drive features 6 bedrooms and 5 baths. The lower level has its own entrance for multigenerational families as well. There is a bedroom, bath, family room, and two smaller rooms downstairs.

    Above is the master suite wing on the main level. The carpeting is plush and just installed. Soak in that fabulous view of the resort-like grounds through the windows. In the hallway, you will find an abundance of closets, storage and a skylight. The master suite bath has been updated with planked flooring and light neutral colors.

    luxury home on del dayo drive

    This luxury home on Del Dayo Drive boasts over 5,000 square feet of carefully designed space spanning three levels. Just under a half acre. The third level has three bedrooms and 2 baths, but it’s the beautiful yard that will blow you away. Flagstone walkways and patios. In-ground pool heated by solar. Separate spa. It feels private, like you’re vacationing at the Four Seasons in Hualalai. There is even a custom tree house.

    Come to our open house on Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and appreciate for yourself the beauty of this brilliantly designed home. This open house is hosted by the incredible Barbara Dow from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team. Barbara brings more than 25 years of real estate experience to the team, and everybody loves her to pieces. She is a practically a national treasure.

    You know, I cannot believe that I actually get paid to fall in love with homes like this and bring them to market. I have the best job in the world. After 44 years in real estate, I am fortunate to still say that.

    It is truly a pleasure to present to you 1661 Del Dayo Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608, which is offered exclusively by Elizabeth Weintraub and Lyon Real Estate at $1,250,000. Check out the virtual tour, too.

    The information in this advertisement, including, but not limited to, square footage and/or acreage, has been provided by various sources which may include the Seller, the Multiple Listing Service or other sources. Lyon Real Estate has not and will not investigate or verify the accuracy of this information. Prospective buyers are advised to conduct their own investigation of the Property and this advertised information utilizing appropriate professionals before purchasing this Property.

    Elizabeth Weintraub

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