Available Soon! Shapell Home in San Leandro’s Washington Square

This 2000+ sq ft Shapell home will be available soon!

Stay tuned for details…

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“Got Any Good Deals?”

(Sigh.) I can’t tell you how often we hear questions like these in our business:

  • “Got any good deals?”
  • “I’m looking for a good deal.”
  • “I only want to buy property if it’s a good deal.”

Then, there are folks who say:

  • “Let me know if you have any good deals.”
  • “I’ll work with you if you have a good deal.”
  • “Maybe if you are the listing agent I can get a good deal.”

Let’s face it. EVERYONE wants a good deal. I doubt you’ve ever heard someone say “I want to get ripped off and pay way too much for a property!”

There are 7 days in a week and 24 hours in a day. In this time, our efforts will be used on our buyer and seller Clients who’ve committed to working with us and who are serious enough to have their financing and cash reserves in order before we see property together on an exclusive basis.

We take our role in representing our Clients seriously and our Clients take it seriously too. We find great satisfaction in helping to make things happen for them. We have no qualms about telling our Clients if we believe a property is overpriced or being clear that if they want the property, they’ll have to be willing to pay a premium compared to the competition of buyers for the same property. Our seller Clients appreciate that we sometimes counsel them NOT to take the highest offer but to focus on choosing the buyer who is most likely to close the sale, as long as the price is reasonable.

Now, about those good deals. When we do come across “good deals”, we’ll let our Clients know about them first. There is a huge difference between a “customer” and a “Client”, so we reserve our more in-depth communications for a select group. The last thing our Clients need is for our efforts to be diluted…

 

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So Many Buyers, Not Enough Sellers!

 

Get Off the Fence!Just a few months ago homes were sitting on the market beckoning for a buyer to want them!

It’s a bit different now. Buyers are abundant and available homes in affordable price ranges are not. Homes garner multiple offers above asking price with many important contingencies shaved off the contract!

Here’s the deal. When a  real estate professional tells you to BUY NOW, they’re not necessarily just trying to make a sale! Any of us agents who’ve been in business long enough have seen the ups and downs of the market and the frustration our clients face when they don’t get off the fence in a  timely enough manner.

If you’ve set a goal for yourself to do something in life such as purchase a home or sell your home, PREPARE NOW! You never know when it will be too late to enjoy maximum benefits.

However, don’t feel pressured — the timing must be right for YOU…

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How To Determine a List Price

We are in the midst of an interesting dilemma with pricing several properties for sale.

  1. A house that’s JUST on the cusp of being a short sale
  2. A property that is not a short sale but is stuck COMPETING with short sales
  3. A luxury home that is unique, rare and in a neighborhood where it appears that a “fire-sale” has taken place around the corner, lowering the average price per square foot

How do we deal with pricing?

For the potential short sale: Just price it right, based on what’s happening in the neighborhood with similar homes. Remember, the seller’s lender still has to approve the short sale amount before a buyer can purchase the property. There are programs available to qualified sellers that will give them money ($3000) for relocation assistance, such as HAFA.

For the property with equity competing with short sales: Just price it right, based on what’s happening in the neighborhood of similar homes. It’s important to be careful not to have a downward spiral of competing price reductions against those short sale sellers. Example: You lower your price, they lower theirs, then you lower yours again, then they lower theirs again…STOP the madness before it even starts!

Sometimes it’s better to stand firm on (the reasonable) list price and be willing to budge when an offer comes in. Short sale sellers often have nothing to lose since they have no equity anyway. Representing a seller who has equity takes a certain level of care…

For the unique luxury home: Just price it right. There’s nothing in the world like this home. In the absence of enough suitable properties to compare, we make sure a formal appraisal is conducted for this type of luxury estate to determine an objective third-party basis for a List Price. Many luxury sellers do not have to sell their homes. They can sit tight and wait for the right buyer to come along.

The one common denominator for determining a List Price for the three scenarios above:

JUST PRICE IT RIGHT.

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