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Open House Sunday: Four Bedroom Pool Home in Greenhaven

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Pool home in Greenhaven at 6461 Greenhaven Drive, Sacramento, CA

Are you looking for an affordable four bedroom pool home in Greenhaven? It seems so many buyers are getting priced out of the market, which makes this new listing is an excellent opportunity for those who are ready to act. It’s not every day you find a home ready to move into and with a pool under $400,000 in Sacramento. You might say, what’s the catch?

No catch. This pool home in Greenhaven features an updated kitchen, glass doors in some of the upper cabinets and beautiful slab granite counters. So much storage. Built-in buffet in the dining room offers more places to store family heirloom china and precious crystal. Newer electric cooktop. Space for a microwave. Ceramic floors.

Step down from the dining room into the living room and enjoy the focal point, the floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. Directly off the living room is an enclosed sunroom, which you can use for an office, a workout room, hobby-and-craft room or playroom. Through the sunroom you’ll reach the covered patio where you can relax and breathe in the space. The yard is a quarter acre, per the Sacramento County Assessor, and of course, there is a pool, plus a pond area.

The home itself features four bedrooms and two full baths, one of which is updated. The first bedroom is step-down, which could be utilized as a second office or a bedroom, your choice. A refreshing surprise is the master suite is much larger than you might expect, and there is a built-in vanity. If there is a downside it is you might not appreciate the hunter green tile in the master suite bath, but that can be changed in a flash to suit your own personal taste and who knows, it might grow on you.

I can’t tell you how many times a buyer has said to me, OK, soon as this escrow closes, I am going to (insert your project here). And 10 years later when I come back to list the home for sale because the family is moving up (insert your project here) is still not completed.

Why not come to our open house on Sunday between 2 and 4 PM to see this pool home in Greenhaven and decide for yourself? 6461 Greenhaven Drive, Sacramento, CA 95831 is offered exclusively by Elizabeth Weintraub and Lyon Real Estate at $399K. See the virtual tour here. For more information, please call Elizabeth at 916.233.6759.

Why Sellers Should Leave During an Open House

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Standard protocol is sellers should leave during an open house.

Sellers need to leave the house, not only for showings when selling but they should leave during an open house. This is difficult for some people to understand. They feel like we are kicking them out of the house, and in a way we are. We want buyers to see the home among the excitement of other buyers desiring the home.  Sacramento Realtors also don’t want buyers forming any sort of opinions about the sellers or even talking to the sellers. It just makes sense.

Of course, we can’t force the sellers to leave if they refuse. I had one seller very worried about his cat. He was concerned the cat would escape or runaway or be stolen. I can understand that. When I sold my own home, I put my cat into a carrier and stuck a note on it. It read: don’t pet me and don’t talk to me. Primarily I was concerned about the open house guests’ safety because that cat might lunge and bite them. He hated everybody but me and my husband.

I left him alone in the house once when an agent showed. I had been talking to my neighbors at the fence line when one of the neighbors pointed out, hey, the agent and buyers are banging on your windows. I looked up, thinking, oh, they are appreciating the fact the windows are dual pane. Then I noticed the panicked look on their faces, so I raced upstairs. My cat had them cornered, growling.

When my seller asked me if he could stay, I told him I preferred that he leave during the open house. He refused. OK, then, you sit in the corner like a stuffed animal and don’t move and don’t talk to anybody. Knowing my sense of humor, he thought I was kidding at first but then realized, no, I am serious.

He shouldn’t be there because it makes buyers uncomfortable. All sellers should leave during the open house. Buyers think it’s creepy to have the seller present. Plus, he could say something to a buyer’s agent or buyers that they could use against him. He’s not in Sacramento real estate and doesn’t know the trouble he can get into. Buyers need to look at the home in their own pace and leisure, soaking in the feeling they could claim the home as their own.

Are Open Houses in Sacramento a Good Idea When Selling a Home?

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Open houses tend to attract buyers in Sacramento.

Is it worth it to hold an open house when you’re selling a home in Sacramento? If you watch HGTV, the answer there will be yes, because without an open house, how can they kill time between rehabbing a junk pile and shoving it down?the throat of some unsuspecting buyer? Open houses in Sacramento are something agents do generally as part of the Sacramento real estate services offered, but if a home was never held open, it would still sell.

Out of many of the studies that have been focused on open houses in Sacramento and the results, the acceptable percentage of homes that sell at an open house are less than 5%. However, it doesn’t take into consideration the number of buyers who might have viewed the home at an open house and a few days later wrote an offer. I suspect if that number was included, the percentage might jump to 10 or 15%. Which is still a decent enough number to continue holding open houses.

I have a client who does not want us to host any open houses in Sacramento. He straight out said he doesn’t believe in them, and he implied that its sole purpose is to bring the open house agent a bunch of buyers to whom the agent can sell a different home. Yet, it doesn’t hurt, either, I pointed out. Why throw away that 5% or 10% chance of finding a buyer? It just might happen. Turns out he is not diametrically opposed to open houses after all.

Buyers often buy a home on impulse. You would think they would buy a home the way you or I might do it — by agonizing over every single detail, filling out mounds of paperwork to obtain preapproval, sifting through homes online, one photo after another until our eyes bulge out of our heads, watching video after boring video of four walls and a roof, but no. Some people will be out driving to an errand on a Sunday afternoon, pass an open house and say to themselves, hey, it’s a roadside attraction, let’s stop and take a peek.

Next thing you know, they are salivating and asking if they press hard whether the third copy is theirs. This is absolutely true. They can’t whip out that checkbook fast enough to write an earnest money deposit. It can happen to anybody. It could happen to you.

Open House Sunday at Home in Laguna West

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9138 Bearint Way in Laguna West

This part of Elk Grove features meticulously spaced trees, growing inside rectangular borders in the streets, which lends a nice flavor to these particular homes in Laguna West, and many of the streets are wider than normal. A bonus perk to many of these homes is alley access through double gates to the RV parking available in the back yard. Or, you can simply pull through the 3-car tandem garage and park your boat or camper on the slab out back. Few homes in Laguna West offer the RV option, but you’re in luck today.

Open today is a home in Laguna West with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and all of the bedrooms are located on the second floor, freeing the lower level for entertainment and dining. The sellers installed an expensive double door to the exterior and removed the ugly sliding door prevalent in so many other homes from the kitchen. They also laid custom pavers in the kitchen and bath, and coordinated the complementary backsplash in tile, including the fireplace surround.

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Updated kitchen at 9138 Bearint Way in Laguna West

This home in Laguna West is situated up a hill. The kitchen and family room are open and visible from the front door as you enter the living room. There is an island in the kitchen, offering a dining bar option, and a breakfast nook. Appliances feature a built-in gas cooktop, double-racked oven, built-in microwave and a dishwasher.

Upstairs you’ll find a bonus room at the top of the second floor, which has a door (as opposed to many bonus rooms that are open) and the open walls have been closed in with materials lending an Asian flair. In fact, it could be a 5th bedroom if one so desires. The master suite is located at the back of the home and it overlooks the patios below, featuring double walk-in closets. Of course, there are double vanities in the master suite bath, a full-sized tub and separate shower.

9138 Bearint Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758. Open Sunday, June 14, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00. This home in Laguna West is offered exclusively by your Elk Grove agent Elizabeth Weintraub at Lyon Real Estate as a short sale at $389K.

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