Do Your Job

It is not just real estate; any job where you have to depend on others can be frustrating. In our business, every transaction has a multiple players who must be counted on to perform their part. We deal with other agents who represent the “other side of the transaction,” lenders if the property being purchased is being financed, and escrow who is the neutral third party to every real estate sale. There are others but these are the main players we depend on to do their jobs.

This past week we are complaining about the “other agent.” Seems like we have three or four transactions where the agent representing the buyer or seller is asleep or not showing any desire to move the transaction along. This past weekend we fell far behind and were in jeopardy of losing a sale because the other agent who was representing the buyer of a house we have listed decided to go out of town and extend her stay without having any back-up or communication. This morning we are waiting for responses on two other transactions which were promised yesterday morning. What is up with people not doing their job and worse not communicating when there is a delay?

There is a simple rule to increase your probability of success: “Do what you say you will do.”

By the way, check out my local real estate column, “Different Standards From Mortgage Lenders,” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today

Ready for you in Roseville!

485 Anacapa – Roseville (95678): New price and face! Yes, we have completely cleaned inside and out, repainted, added new flooring and made this great family home ready for you to move in with little to no work. The floor plan features 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in almost 2,400 square feet of living space. The fully equipped kitchen has newly professionally painted cabinets, granite counter tops, open to the family room and plenty of storage and workspace. The large family room has a fireplace and sliding doors to the covered patio and barbeque area. There is a bedroom and full bath on the first floor. The fully landscaped yard is one of the largest in the neighborhood and features a front private patio with gas fire pit. The backyard is private and in addition to the fenced sparkling pool has plenty of room for a garden and the kids to play. This one is now ready, come back and see it again! (more informationvirtual tour )

 

Offered by Julie Jalone at $449,900

Old Roseville – Reduced!

114 Franklin Street – Roseville 95678:  Fixer bungalow in Old Roseville has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath in 680 square feet. Located in desirable Old Roseville this home is on a large lot backing up to a park, close to shopping and easy access to the freeway. Come take a look and bring your imagination, this has the potential to be a dollhouse. Links: Virtual TourMore InformationPhotos 

Offered at $139,999 (Reduced!) 

Great Family Home in Roseville

Published by in Listing on July 3rd, 2014

485 Anacapa Drive – Roseville (95747):
This Great Highland Reserve, 4 bedroom, 3 full bath home with over almost 2,400 square feet of living space could be yours. This home features some custom upgrades, large private backyard with pool and large master suite. The fully equipped kitchen is open to the family room and has sliding doors to covered patio and barbeque area. There is a bedroom and full bath on the first floor. The front has a gated and walled patio perfect for relaxing or entertaining and has loads of curb appeal. Links: More InformationVirtual TourPhotos

Offered by Julie Jalone at $459,000

New Roseville Listing

1744 Evergreen Drive – Roseville 95747:  This meticulously maintained three, possible four bedroom, three bath home is located in the desirable Prospect Point neighborhood in West Roseville and has over 1,800 square feet of living space in a tri-level configuration.  The home features a resort like backyard with a sparkling pool and fountain.   Links: Virtual TourMore InformationPhotos 

 

Offered by Julie Jalone at $369,000

Old Settler’s Reunion

This past weekend I had the honor to attend the “Old Settler’s Reunion” in Barrett, Minnesota. The town was named after my great-great-grandfather, Theodore Harvey Barrett who was a general in the Civil War and had a large farm in the area. As far as I know, I was the first Barrett to ever visit the town and was welcomed with open arms. I didn’t know what to expect and to be honest was apprehensive about the visit. The local firefighters put me at ease immediately and we had a great time and made many new friends.

Barrett is a very small with less than 500 people living there but it is clean, has a prosperous feeling and the people are open and friendly. My overall impression is “small town America is doing well” and if more of us could visit towns like Barrett maybe it would make where we live better.

My column over at Rocklin & Roseville Today is about a new loan program for former homeowners who went through a short sale as a result of a divorce. If you want more detail check out, “New Loan for Short Sale Borrowers.”

Available Now!

114 Franklin Street – Roseville 95678:  Fixer bungalow in Old Roseville has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath in 680 square feet. Located in desirable Old Roseville this home is on a large lot backing up to a park, close to shopping and easy access to the freeway. Come take a look and bring your imagination, this has the potential to be a dollhouse. Links: Virtual TourMore InformationPhotos 

Offered at $155,000

Wind, wind…

Has this been the year of wind? I can’t remember a year where we have had more breezy days. Not sure if this is a over productive year for pollen or if it is just the wind making allergies worse. After the heat early this week I welcomed back the delta breeze but now it is just wind.

Speaking of wind, I just published by latest column, “Housing Market: Is the economy holding it back?,” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today. Bottom line is until we have a more robust economy, consumer confidence and jobs the housing market is going to just drag along. There are buyers and sellers but not to the extent we thought it would be earlier in the year. Check out my column and let me know what you think.

What is the matter with people?

Have you ever gone through periods of time when you question why people do what they do? Recently I seem to be in a “people slump” dealing with lies, manipulation and maybe too much incompetence. The worst part it is happening with no apparent reason or gain for the person handing out the “BS.” I learned a long time ago, to be successful all you have to do is do what you say you are going to do and do it when you said you would. Pretty simple but not followed by some of the people I am currently dealing with. Don’t get me wrong, most people I deal with are honest, straight forward and do their best to keep their commitments, it is always the exceptions which cause the problems and frustration.

By the way, this week over at Rocklin and Roseville Today, my weekly column is about lending restrictions on condominium purchases and what is being done to increase the FHA condo certification program. If you own or know someone who owns a condo, make sure they see, “FHA Loans: No to Condos.”

Local Housing Market

Published by in Article on May 20th, 2014

I just read the results of a national housing survey and felt it mirrored what we are seeing her locally. It seems more often than not when I read stories from the National Association of Realtors they are talking about a different world when it comes to our Sacramento housing market. Today I can say the optimism of the survey is mirrored in what I am hearing from clients and other local agents. A huge percentage of people are feeling good about housing and that the positive momentum is sustainable.

If you want to hear more about the national survey check out my weekly real estate column, “Ready to Spend on Housing,” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today.

 

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