Thursday, January 6, 2022

Installed as the 2022 President of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS

Today, during a socially distanced and masked gathering, I was officially installed as the 2022 President of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS. I am super excited to serve in this role and posted this message for our members earlier.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Do you have a home for any of these buyers?

Do you have a home for any of these buyers? As 2021 comes to its exciting conclusion, and our Sacramento real estate market at basically record-low inventory (still), I thought that perhaps I would send this out to the universe with the hopes that someone thinking about selling might notice that I have a home buyer looking for a home that sounds like theirs. So with that, here is a list of my buyer clients, their price ranges, and basic search criteria. If you are thinking about selling a home or know someone who wants to sell their home who has something like any of these, please do not hesitate to reach out to me - 916-342-1372 or I am happy to see if my clients are a fit for your home and explore next steps, or help you strategize preparing your home for sale. 

Buyer A: Carmichael, Arden/Arcade - this buyer is looking for a minimum of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and about 1200sf. They do not mind something that needs a little updating and are not scared by a fixer property. They'd love a smallish, low-maintenance lot (like .15ac or less, ideally). They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to about $450,000. 

Buyer B: Carmichael, Arden/Arcade, Fair Oaks - this buyer is looking for a single level 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home under 2,000sf that is nicely remodeled. Specifically they want a remodeled kitchen that opens to the living space. They specifically do not want a swimming pool. They'd love a lot that already has a shed/workshop or space to build one. They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to about $750,000. 

Buyer C: Land Park, Hollywood ParkEast Sacramento, Med Center, Tahoe Park - this buyer is looking for a 2 bedroom, ideally at least 1.5 bathrooms (2 full preferred). They do not mind something that needs a little updating, but would also love something updated and turn key. They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to about $700,000. 

Buyer D: Carmichael/Del Dayo - this buyer is specifically looking for the Del Dayo neighborhood or very close to it, to be within the school boundaries of Del Dayo Elementary. They are looking for a minimum of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1600sf, and would love a built-in pool or a pool-sized yard that can accommodate a future pool. They do not mind a fixer. Their budget is around $675,000. 

Buyer E: Sacramento neighborhoods south of 50, east of Hwy 99 as far south as Florin Road - this buyer is looking for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family home (not a halfplex). Ideally not a fixer. They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to about $400,000.

Buyer F: West Sacramento/Southport - this buyer is looking for a home in the Bridgeway Lakes community that is 4 bedrooms, 3  bathrooms, and 2700sf or more. They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to about $650,000. 

Buyer G: Midtown, Downtown, East Sacramento - this buyer is looking for a 4+ bedroom, 2+ bathroom, 2,400sf+ home on the grid that is within a short distance to the state Capitol, restaurants, shops, etc. Ideally it is a higher density home or condo that is newer construction or significantly remodeled. It must have a garage and at least a small ground-level patio yard. Electric vehicle charger is a plus. They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to about $1.3M. 

Buyer H: Oak Park, Tahoe Park, Rosemont, College Greens - this buyer is looking for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home that is not a fixer. Would love an open-floorplan if possible, and an above average sized yard (like .12ac+). They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to $450,000.

Buyer I: Arden/Arcade, Carmichael - this buyer is looking for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home of a minimum of 1600sf. They would prefer something turn-key and would love an open floorplan. They do not want to be on or adjacent to a busy street. They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to $700,000.

Buyer J: Rocklin, Roseville - this buyer is looking for a turn-key/modern or renovated minimum of 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, and 1800sf or larger home single story gated community. Must have a formal entryway and an open floorplan. 55+ active adult community would be a plus. A beautiful view would also be a plus. Cash buyer, budget is up to about $1.2M.

Buyer K: Arden/Arcade, Carmichael - this buyer is looking for a small studio or one bedroom condo. Must have indoor laundry in the unit. Ideally ground level entrance and single level unit. Needs to be turn-key. They are well-qualified for a conventional loan up to $200,000.

Again if any of these sound like you or someone you know, please drop me a line!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Volunteering with my Sacramento Association of Realtors colleagues...

If you were not already aware, for 2020 the Sacramento Business Journal ranked the Sacramento Association of Realtors #7 in the region for its corporate philanthropy. Not only do we contribute financially to local nonprofits, we also mobilize our members and do volunteer work in the community as well. Most recently, we spent a morning assembling food boxes for local families at Sacramento Food Bank. Our team assembled over 400 food boxes that morning...and a small team of us bagged about 2000 pounds of carrots! That is more work than it may sound like. Anyway, I love that our association gives back to the community.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

New Listing - 4342 73rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95820

Amazing, recently renovated 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1918sf Colonial Acres home on HUGE approximately 0.44ac lot. This serene setting feels secluded but is still close to all the fun urban hot spots! You will be WOWed by unmatched style and features! Step inside to find a formal living room, adjacent formal dining area. Lots of sunny windows spill natural light. New kitchen with oversized gas range and quartz counters overlooks backyard and family room! Huge pantry/utility room has lots of extra storage and food prep space. Large hallway bedrooms and remodeled hallway bathroom! Sunny den/4th bedroom/zoom room. Enviable primary suite features a large walk-in closet, stunning ensuite bathroom. HUGE park-like backyard has a variety of spaces to enjoy coffee and conversation or dine al fresco on a crisp evening. Lots of sunny spaces to tend to the garden, or play. Serene areas shaded by tree canopy. Storage shed, chicken coop, RV access for your toys. Composition roof, central HVAC, dual pane windows, laminate and tile flooring throughout. All this located near schools, parks, restaurants, UC Davis Medical Center, CSUS & more. Don't wait! MLS# 221134072. Offered at $549,900. For more photos, a 3D virtual tour, and more detail, please visit 4342 73rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95820.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Out with the old, and in with the new...

In 2021 I became a real estate cliche: my professional headshot turned 10 years old. It is a little bit of a joke amongst realtors that many of us tend to use SUPER old photos of ourselves. I am not one to plaster my headshot all over everything, but, umm, my old image was taken when I was 33. Well, I am now 43. And while I am still really young by realtor standards despite my 16+ years in the business, a lot happens in a decade.

So I am 10 years older now. I still think I look like my younger self, but I don't need to live in my younger, less-wrinkled, blonde highlighted days. I mean I do want my new clients to recognize me the first time we meet!

I hate having my picture here's to hoping this one takes me into my 50's. And I am sure by then I will have more wrinkles and at least a touch of gray. LOL

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Received the 5-STAR Award for the 8th year in a row!

I have received the 5-STAR Award for the 8th year in a row! Such a huge accomplishment to be repeatedly nominated for this award.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Featured in NPR's Marketplace for a story relating to what pandemic real estate trends will endure after the pandemic...

One of my clients and I were interviewed by NPR Marketplace reporter Matt Levin for a story that aired nationally yesterday. How has the COVID19 pandemic changed the housing market? There are numerous ways, however this segment mostly centered on use of technology to fuel buyer attention to listings. You can check out the broadcast here.

Of course, in the early days of the pandemic, we often found ourselves isolating at home, avoiding contact with others. Surfing home listings online was not a new thing, but in light of in-person home showings being more difficult and potentially unsafe to do, and open houses were literally illegal to conduct, more agents incorporated virtual tours into their marketing repertoire. This is something I have done to market my listings for years, but in the pandemic I noticed that virtual tours became more widely adopted. 

Some virtual tours are more sophisticated than others. The professional photographer I work with uses a really cool tool called a "Matterport" camera that captures 3D video of a home so you can virtually walk through it. It's super awesome. Others just do hand-held iphone walk-through videos posted to Youtube. But you get the idea. I do think home buyers and sellers alike will come to expect this sort of thing.

I have also noticed more "virtual staging" in listing photos. This is essentially photoshopped furniture into images of vacant rooms. You've probably seen this if you have looked through a lot of listings and not realized you were looking at virtual staging rather than real furniture. 

The way appraisals are performed has changed as well. That shift toward a "hybrid appraisal" had already started before the pandemic, however the "Stay-at-Home" orders fueled a rapid adoption of hybrid appraisals. In a hybrid appraisal, someone documents the condition of the property, and sends information and photos to an appraiser who then completes the analysis of value. The appraiser him/herself does not visit the property. In the pandemic, sometimes the homeowners themselves would supply information (this practice of the homeowner providing the info was mostly contained to the early months of the pandemic and has not continued)! Agents are also sometimes asked to supply that information. Most often now, it seems that a 3rd party is sent to the home to quickly take photographs and collect other details. Then an appraiser in an office somewhere else does the analysis. The result is the appraisals that are conducted in this manner are delivered faster. 

As a result, contractual timelines can be shortened. I do foresee these shortened timelines becoming more customary moving forward just because of the added convenience for everyone involved.

Anyway, listen to the broadcast and enjoy.