Friday, December 1, 2017

What needs to be removed from a home before the close of escrow?

Sometimes sellers, in their haste to move out, decide to "gift" to the buyers some of their personal property. And when I say "gift" what I really mean is - they can't fit all of their stuff into the U-Haul, or are too lazy to remove the junk from the garage and make that final dump run, or they think because the house wasn't fully cleared out when they bought it as a bank repo they can just leave it in a sub-par state for the new owners. WRONG. Sellers are contractually obligated to remove all debris and personal property prior to closing.

A seller's "gift" is often a buyer's unwanted crap that they then have to remove, donate or dispose of. I recently had a seller client who left all kinds of stuff in the property despite our conversations that they would remove everything and have the home cleaned and ready to go...escrow closed, buyer got the keys and was really upset. And rightfully so.

The buyer's agent called me to make me aware of the situation. Of course I was horrified. I had to have a pretty blunt conversation with my seller (which candidly, I never want to have to do) to emphasize that what they did was not ok and they needed to take responsibility to correct this situation. Needless to say, they paid someone to come and remove the junk-- and probably paid a lot more to have that done on short notice after the fact than they would have if they had proactively done it before they moved out.

A little planning is the key to an less stressful move-out. And I have a lot of go-to people who can help off-haul junk, clean, or whatever. Ask me for help! It is a hectic time for sure. However, a seller's poor planning is absolutely NOT the buyer's fault. And no matter which side of the transaction I am on, I will do my very best to ensure that the property is turned over to the buyers in the condition it should be.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Measure twice, cut once...or in this case order the right size doors once...

I was showing a really nicely renovated Antelope home to a buyer client the other day, and wanted to take a look inside the fireplace. That's something I routinely do, looking for evidence of cracks inside the firebox area and other things...the doors of the fireplace were open and pushed to either side. When I was done looking inside the fireplace, I went to shut the doors. Ooops! They don't exactly fit this space. Sounds like a request for repairs in the making.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Listing - 1018 Lochbrae Road, Sacramento, CA 95815

Adorable 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,220sf Woodlake home! You will love the spacious layout, large living space, fireplace with gas insert, gleaming wood floors throughout, remodeled kitchen with stainless appliances, tile flooring, cherry cabinets, remodeled bathroom with dual sinks, lots of storage space! Energy efficient features such as dual pane windows, whole house fan and central heat and air. Huge backyard with shed. Sewer line was replaced in 2011. Composition roof with 2-year certification. All this and just a 10 minute commute to Downtown Sacramento! Located in the vibrant Woodlake community near parks, schools, and public transportation. Don't wait! Offered at $299,900. For a 3D virtual tour and more information, please visit 1018 Lochbrae Road, Sacramento, CA 95815.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Listing - 4320 20th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820

Adorable, well-loved 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 888sf Oak Park home is ready for a new owner and is the perfect blank canvas for your personal touches. You will love the wood floors, spacious living room, cozy fireplace, attached 1-car garage, composition roof, all on a large corner lot. Located near public transportation, parks, schools, and just down the street from a community center. Don't wait! Trust sale. Offered at $185,000. For a 3D virtual tour and more information please visit 4320 20th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Featured in a KCRA3 story about the federal tax reform proposal...

The new federal tax reform proposal was announced this week, and there are some major ramifications for homeowners if this passes in its current form. I was interviewed by KCRA 3 News specifically regarding the proposed cap on the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID).

Under current tax law, homeowners may write off mortgage interest on mortgages up to $1,000,000. The new tax proposal seeks to reduce this to mortgages up to $500,000. So what's the big deal about this? California is a "high cost" state...While the current median home price for September 2017 in Sacramento County is $348,000, there are plenty of higher priced areas in and around Sacramento, such as Davis, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, East Sacramento, Land Park, Arden Park, Sierra Oaks, and others.

Additionally, the median home price for the entire state of California is $555,410. That means that more than half of all home sales in California are more than $555,410. That means that potentially more than half of all home sales in California may be affected by this cap and owners potentially will suffer some reduction of mortgage interest deductibility.

I would urge you to research the tax plan and ask your congressional representative to reconsider elements of the plan that may adversely affect homeownership. View the news story here.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Why I hire a professional photographer for my listings...

Recently I was with a professional photographer at one of my listings as we were readying it to hit the market, and just for fun I decided to take a couple photos of the house myself just to compare to the professional pics side-by-side. There's no comparison: my photographs are lame. The lighting is inconsistent, there is this bleary quality around the windows, the composition is not ideal, and the rooms totally look small.

The professional photographers I hire to shoot my listings are amazing. It is SO critically important in marketing a home to have amazing photos -- we want a buyer to emotionally connect with a home before they ever set foot inside. Good photos generate excitement, and excitement generates lots of showings, and lots of showings generates offers.

Monday, October 23, 2017

How to blow up your house...

Step one: hook a flexible gas line up to both your water heater and dryer.

Step two: 😖

Sometimes I wonder what goes through people's minds when they do really goofy do-it-yourself home repairs. Like this. I saw this showing property in Fair Oaks. Seriously?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New Listing - 5914 34th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824

Cute Fruitridge Manor 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1126sf home! You will love the spacious layout, updated kitchen with tile counters and new flooring, updated bathroom, laminate floors, custom fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings, big bonus room could be 3rd bedroom, home office, or den! Composition roof, central heat and air, water heater, and dual pane windows have all been replaced within the last year. Large detached garage. Big backyard is perfect for entertaining, newly landscaped with a fun fire-pit, and plenty of sunny space to garden or play. Don't wait! Offered at $249,900. For more photos and a 3D tour, please visit 5914 34th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824.