Sacramento homes for sale
Classic Land Park Tudor homes are unlike any other — in my book, anyway. The charm and original touches take you back in time. Today, I was working in Land Park on a new listing by the Tower Theater. Carol Crestelo, one of our exclusive buyers’ agents, was accompanying me as we had a lot of work in the area.
While driving along the tree-lined streets, we noticed an open house sign. It was an old friend from a previous brokerage, holding open a fabulous classic Land Park Tudor home. We stopped to say hello of course, after all, we are Realtors, we love looking at homes too, lol. This property did not disappoint; it was amazing. The front yard was massive, with a huge redwood tree and mature landscape. The pitched roof in the front was impressive.
Should a listing have a pending sale sign in the yard? It depends. We have a Sacramento listing that recently had five offers. We are pending sale and have two back up offers. One of these two buyers signed a back up addendum and a multiple counter offer form. This buyer is ready to go into a sales contract if the first offer fails for any reason. In this case, the seller wants a pending sale sign in the front yard as soon as possible. The home sold in 5 days, so sellers are thrilled and want the neighbors to know how fast it sold.
Do buyers visit open houses on Mother’s Day? Well, it is always on a Sunday and, that is the most popular day for open houses. Also, Mother’s Day is not a national holiday, though perhaps it should be. Many buyers visit or call their mothers on this day and possibly go to brunch. Driving to and from brunch provides a splendid opportunity for buyers to visit open houses on Mother’s Day.
There is less competition due to a decreased number of open houses. Therefore, Sacramento homes held open today will have a high demand and see an increased number of buyers visiting. Realtors who take the entire day off are only missing out on an opportunity to sell a home today. Buyers visit open houses on Mother’s Day for many reasons.
There are always second chances to sell a property, but one question a seller asked yesterday was interesting. He asked, can a counter offer on a Sacramento home come back to life? Last week, we received an offer on his Sacramento listing in Midtown. The offer needed a counter offer as there were some things that needed to be much improved. The good faith deposit, for instance, it was very low. I had not seen such a low offer of a deposit amount in many years. We write offers with three percent down as that is the liquidated damages amount. A generous good faith deposit tells the seller a buyer is serious.
Working for decades in selling Sacramento real estate, I learned the hard way early on to check for utilities in vacant homes for sale. I took a new listing in Natomas this week. I sent an agent from our Weintraub & Wallace team to do a security check on the home. I’m scheduling vendors this week, such as a pest inspector, gardener, and the house cleaners. Vendors, of course, need lights working and electricity for the power tools. Power and water in good working order are mission critical on the listing preparation checklist.