West Sacramento, CA Real Estate News

By Allan Sanchez, Rocklin & Roseville, Short Sale Agent
(Roseville CA & Rocklin CA Short Sale Agent)
Sell My Home West Sacramento CA-Interview Three Real Estate Agents You need to sell your home in West Sacramento.  Now what?  Interview at least three real estate agents.  Interview more if you don't find "The One." Interview Questions for your West Sacramento Real Estate Agent: 1. How long have you been selling real estate?  I have been selling real estate full time for 12 years.  I can honestly say that no two sales are alike.  With each home I sell, I learn more and more and I put that knowledge to work for me with my future sales.  Want to look up your agents?  Experience counts! 2. How many homes have you sold in your career? The majority of West Sacramento real estate agents are part time agents with another full time job.  Maybe they have had their license for 20 years but sell j...
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By Allan Sanchez, Rocklin & Roseville, Short Sale Agent
(Roseville CA & Rocklin CA Short Sale Agent)
Short Sale Expert West Sacramento CA-Short Sale FAQs If you are considering selling your home as a short sale in West Sacramento, no doubt you have more questions than answers.  What is the short sale process?  Can I live in my home while it's on the market?  How long will the short take? Do I qualify for the HAFA program? These are just some of the many questions that will arise. I am Allan Sanchez and I have sold many homes and short sales in West Sacramento.  I will assist you in getting your short sale sold in the most discreet, professional manner possible.  Short Sales are relieving financial stress from hundreds of West Sacramento families.  Unfortunatly, there are a number of short sale myths that have been developed.  I will help you understand if the short sale process is righ...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
As a Sacramento short sale agent, I often receive lowball offers from pretend buyers or guys who want to flip, but these offers can be used to a seller's advantage. Instead of advising sellers to toss them into the circular bin, I say counter them. Yup, issue a counter offer. With a lengthy acceptance period. That way, while your counter offer is in the buyer's hands, more often than not, another offer will arrive. When this offer comes in, it gives the seller the opportunity to issue a multiple counter offer to the second buyer. Because you know what? Nothing makes a buyer want to buy your short sale more than knowing somebody else wants it. OK, maybe the first buyer doesn't really want it, but the second buyer doesn't know that. It's human nature for people to covet what other people ...
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By Cari Hendricks, Broker Associate
(RE/MAX Gold - Midtown)
So, I'm perusing through the MLS listings in my area of expertise, West Sacramento, and getting a little frustrated. I see listings that are grossly overpriced or underpriced. By that I mean $30k or more off the mark in either direction. I'll give agents $20k +or- leeway just to be generous. Since I'm very familiar with the West Sac housing market, it's really obvious to me when the price doesn't fit. SELLERS: This is a mistake I've seen made all too often: sellers choose an agent who doesn't specialize in the area. If you are a seller who NEEDS to sell, like a short sale listing, for goodness sake, you cannot afford to make this mistake. What normally happens, if a home is priced too low, is it goes pending immediately. Then, months later, it's withdrawn and becomes a foreclosure. Why?...
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By Cari Hendricks, Broker Associate
(RE/MAX Gold - Midtown)
I send out the following list to all my buyers in West Sacramento and I thought, "Why not share it with everyone?" This is a list that represents only my humble opinions, but it may be helpful to you if you're new to the West Sacramento area. Here goes: Best of West Sacramento Best Gourmet Grocery Store                       Nugget Market in Southport Best Cheap Groceries                                Safeway (get a savings card for buy 1 get 1 free stuff) Best Dry Cleaner's                                    Han's in Southport Best Place for affordable furniture               IKEA at Sacramento Ave and Harbor Best Coffee Beans & Frappaccino                 Starbuck's in Southport Best Mexican Food & Waiter (Jose)              Emma's on Sacramento Avenue (North end of Harbor) Best Plac...
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By Cari Hendricks, Broker Associate
(RE/MAX Gold - Midtown)
Is it a good time to "Buy Up" in West Sacramento? This question has been discussed a lot recently, and my answer is absolutely! There are small pockets comprised of mainly 2bd/1ba homes under 1500sqft-- namely The State Streets, Woodmore Oaks, and occassionally Linden Acres where homes are selling between $175k and $200k. The competition is fierce because of a lot of interest from mainly first time homebuyers who qualify for $200k or less. One of the great things about these neighborhoods (besides being beautiful, tree lined, established areas) is there are no Mello Roos assessments, which keeps the monthly payment lower when impounding taxes. At this time, sellers in The State Streets and Woodmore Oaks have a lot of competition to purchase their homes. At the same time, they can get in...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Hey, sometimes it happens. You get locked out of your house. I've done it twice and have put a system in place so it never happens again. The first time I tried to crawl in my second-story window. Except my ladder wasn't high enough, and I had to jump from the top rung. Not to mention, tear out my screen. I could have killed myself. The second time I was taking out the trash late at night. The trash can was in my attached garage. I wasn't appropriately dressed to seek help, either, because I was wearing a nightgown. Opened the side door to the garage, and when I heard it click behind me, my heart sank. I knew it was locked. Did I want to sleep in the cold garage? Or did I want to knock on my neighbor's door and ask him to kick in my back door? I suppose it could have been worse; I could...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
As I was driving to West Sacramento yesterday to take a listing in Bridgeway Island, a buyer's agent called. Just for the record, I wasn't pulling a Maria Shriver, I was wearing my Jawbone. He asked about a Sacramento short sale home that I have listed and wanted to know how much his buyer would have to offer to buy it. I explained that his buyer would have a running chance if the agent ran the comparable sales and based the purchase offer on the comps. This is the same procedure an agent would use for a listing that is not a short sale. The agent got huffy with me. "I'm an old man," he said, "and I've been in the business for 46 years. I don't have time for this." His poor buyer. He's apparently working with an agent who doesn't have time to do the job the buyer hired him to perform. T...
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By Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
(Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792)
Are you thinking of buying a condo? Have you ever considered a loft? This is the new up-in-coming way of living Downtown Sacramento and in West Sacramento. Recently, I helped a buyer buy a new loft from a builder in West Sacramento at Ironworks. The reason why you want to make sure and have representation by a Realtor and not the builder is that you can get more frankly, when you are represented. My recent home buyer got a heck of a deal and loves living in his new loft. Currently, I have a second home buyer who was interested in purchasing a condo Downtown Sacramento but when I showed him these great looking lofts in West Sacramento he decided to have me negotiate the best deal for him at Ironworks.  Smart idea...he too is getting one heck of a deal.  You can see a video by clicking Ev...
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By Erin Stumpf (Attardi), 916-342-1372 / DRE# 01706589 Sacramento, CA
(Coldwell Banker)
I suppose one of the reasons I am such a prolific blogger is that I spend so much time on hold working on short sales. I am currently negotiating six of them (with a total of 10 loans between them), so several times a week I spend a couple hours listening to hold music trying to get through to Loss Mitigation. I try to be as productive as possible, and often times in the absense of emails to respond to, listings to look up, home evaluations to do, Trulia Questions to answer, news to read, and websites to play on, I do a brain dump into my blog. It is almost theraputic.Last week, I closed another one of my short sale listings after a very tumultuous time on the market. We were in contract a total of 3 times with 3 different buyers before one stuck. I had approval from both lenders withi...
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By Alexandra Goldthwaite, CPM
(HomePointe)
West Sacramento Rental Survey I have collected current rental rates for the West Sacramento area. The chart below shows rental averages for 1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom duplexes and/or condos, 3 bedroom homes, and lastly 4 to 5 bedroom homes. Rent rates will vary based on current condition of the property, property features, and location.  The rental averages below for 95691 can help place your rental in the competitive market.  West Sac/Yolo Co. 95691 Apt 1 Bdr $   673.33   Apt 2 Bdr $   756.67   Dup/Condo 2 Bdr $900   Hse 3 Bdr $1,250   Hse 4-5 Bdr $1,744.89     Alexandra Machado Property Manager 916.429.1205x700 www.HomePointe.com amachado@HomePointe.com
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By Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis, Ca Real Estate
(Lyon Real Estate)
West Sacramento seems to get a rough deal many times when people are discussing the Sacramento region. With much of the city located next to downtown Sacramento it is a growing community that has a lot to offer. One way the community is changing is to continue to build then connection between the two cities. Early in 2009 the City of West Sacramento will take over a set of abandoned rail lines and plans are to build a path that connects the two communities. Anything that promotes walking and bike riding should be supported. KCRA recently ran a story about this project. Contributed by Carolyn Gjerde-Tu, Sacramento Real Estate
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By Cari Hendricks, Broker Associate
(RE/MAX Gold - Midtown)
I sell my share of homes in West Sacramento and often have buyers ask me about the various neighborhoods. Rather than continue to repeat myself, here is a partial summary of the neighborhoods. I'll add a little here and there, but I'll start with the area most popular with today's buyers. This list doesn't include all the neighborhoods, but it's my goal to eventually include them all. Southport: Southport is at the south end of West Sacramento. Head south on Jefferson Blvd, over the deep water channel lockes and viola- you are there. The southern border of West Sac is farm and vineyard country and the lovely town of Clarksburg. It's comprised of mostly newer homes (built since 2000), but there are a few older subdivisions as well. Southport enjoys a pretty constant Delta breeze, so temp...
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By Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis, Ca Real Estate
(Lyon Real Estate)
News of foreclosed homes and sellers in financial trouble continue to dominate the media, but look at this chart, provided by Trendgraphix, for the southern portion of West Sacramento.   The dramatic reduction in months of inventory is being seen in many different parts of the Sacramento region.  Last year only select areas like parts of East Sacramento, Land Park and Davis had this low level of inventory.  The reduction in inventory corresponds to dramatic price decreases in bank owned homes.  New homes that have entered the market since this time have been priced competitively and have sold quickly.  Time will tell if prices continue to fall, however for the most part at least at the lower end of the price spectrum for this neighborhood prices have been relatively stable for the calen...
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By Lori Prizmich, Real Estate Elevated
(ReMax Gold)
So you've been standing around the water cooler and are hearing about these crazy deals in the beautiful community of Southport in West Sacramento. Many brand new homes were sold during the boom years in southerly section of West Sacramento. Like other areas, there is a steady flow of bank owned homes to that market. However, an interesting thing has happened in the past few months. The number of bank owned homes coming on the market is not keeping up with those going pending/sold. For investors, the numbers are starting "to pencil" as they say. Practically new homes are selling for around $130 a square foot (for homes over 3000sf). In most cases, you can't build for that price let alone purchase a lot. Unfortunately, owner occupied buyers are now having to compete with investors (who h...
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By Rob McQuade, Sacramento CA Real Estate
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate)
"March 29th: Test drive a fuel-cell vehicle with CaFCP"by Rob McQuade, ABR, Sacramento REALTOR®West Sacramento Real Estate Ever wonder what driving a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle is like? This weekend you'll have a chance to take one for a test drive at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) open house in West Sacramento. The CaFCP will be giving tours of their West Sac operations—a global partnership of more than 30 car makers, energy providers, fuel-cell technology companies, and government agencies—and... View the rest of the post here.
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By Erin Stumpf (Attardi), 916-342-1372 / DRE# 01706589 Sacramento, CA
(Coldwell Banker)
For those of you who like stimulating films, documentaries, lectures, and workshops - I highly recommend paying a visit to the Fools Foundation. My husband and I stumbled across the Fools Foundation almost two years ago...we have watched everything from older films, wide-release documentaries, local documentaries (pretty good ones too!), etc. Every Friday night at 7pm (and occasionally Sundays), you can find some sort of thought-provoking event. They just relocated their events to a new place...Location: 600 4th St in West Sacramento. Corner of 4th & F (in WEST Sacramento, not Sacramento). This is *just* over the river near the Pyramid Building. Parking lot (which is lit) is just off of F St between 4th & 5th. It's a huge gray building taking up about half the block. Admission is $5 and...
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By Stephanie Baker
(Coldwell Banker)
We toured a property in The Rivers (West Sacramento) today. What a stunning contrast to new home communities in Natomas and Elk Grove. The planners of the community took great pains to maintain the towering trees that are (obviously) native to the area. As a result the community, while looking new, at least doesn't feel cookie-cutter, excessively flat (without vertical color) and repetitive as many communities appear at completion. The convenience of The Rivers to downtown Sacramento is unmatched. Sure, a commute would involve a bridge, but anyone working in Midtown or Downtown could EASILY bike!  With central Sacramento's anticipated, continued growth, The Rivers seem like a great destination. ...More about W Sac schools to follow....
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