Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

RECOVERY IS A MISNOMER

RECOVERY IS A MISNOMER

RECOVERY IS A MISNOMER

We are hearing the whispers “The housing market is recovering”! In our area, we believe this to be particularly true. Sacramento was one of the first to feel the meltdown, so naturally, we would be one of the first to see some hope of recovery. Now the question becomes, what, exactly, does the word “recovery” mean? Evidently, the answer to this depends on your perspective and the amount of optimism you choose to insert into the equation. Buyers see this as a possible loss of power. As the housing market grows in strength, it may be assumed that buyers will see a loss in their ability to negotiate a “deal”. Many first time home buyers feel they have hit the mother lode with a combination of foreclosures and short sales, low interest rates and the federal tax credit. As the housing market begins to return to normalcy, the government will no longer see the need to stimulate the market or continue lower interest rates. There is a growing belief that the market has the ability to absorb the remaining foreclosures without the once-touted “wave”. If ever there was a time to get off of the fence to take advantage of a great market, this is certainly it! Sellers hear “recovery” and instantly assume this translates into their equity growing once again. While we certainly see an inventory that would appear to give sellers a stronger negotiating ability, this is not translating into an increase in equity. The “recovery” that is being bantered about is really more of the beginning of a stable market. Homes that are believed to be...
A FEW LESSONS FROM MY DOG…

A FEW LESSONS FROM MY DOG…

I heard this on Face the Nation. Bob Schieffer said he didn’t know where it came from to give credit. Any way you look at it though, it is so worth remembering! If dogs could give us a few life lessons, here is what some of them would be: Always run to greet loved ones when they come home. Never pass the opportunity to go for a joy ride. Recognize the ecstasy of fresh air and wind in your face. Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days, lie on your back in the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and find the shade. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. Enjoy long walks. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not. If what you want is buried, dig deep until you find it. And, when someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. Now, make your week a great one…it’s the only second week of January 2010 that you will ever...
EXCITING HAPPENINGS AT LAND PARK’S SACRAMENTO ZOO!

EXCITING HAPPENINGS AT LAND PARK’S SACRAMENTO ZOO!

Amber is pregnant! Now, you might wonder who Amber is and why this is such a monumental occasion. Amber is a Giant Anteater and her little bundle of joy will be the first anteater to be born at the Sacramento Zoo. Look for the birth announcement coming in early April. If you want to learn more about Amber and her little one, click on Sacramento Zoo’s Amber. The giraffe’s at the Sacramento Zoo have always had a barn of sorts and enough land to wander, but it was nothing special. Well, all that has changed with the opening of the Tall Wonders Giraffe exhibit. Not only do the giraffes have a cutting edge new home, but now visitors can view them at eye level with the addition of a viewing deck. The giraffes are already enjoying their new home, but the grand opening won’t be until February 12th. Now, it just doesn’t get any cooler than that! If you have enjoyed our little Sacramento Zoo enclave, you have missed one of the very special experiences of the region. Take a weekend day and meander the regions of the world in an hour or...

Land Park is nestled just south of downtown Sacramento. It boasts a very active neighborhood association –Land Park Community Association – that has gone through some significant changes, including a board of 15, of which only 3 were returnees. It was a sign of the hope the neighborhood had to be better represented. I am very proud to list the successes we had in 2009. The most significant change was a board that worked together. While we had differing opinions, we were willing to discuss, compromise and come to a mutual understanding. We showed respect for each other and have been very deliberate in our representation of the community. Our ongoing events resulted in great attendance, even though both the Taste of Land Park and the Picnic in the Park as held in sweltering heat. We brought to the neighborhood a new event – the Picnic in the Park. It was free to the community as a thank you for all of the support they have given to LPCA. We changed the bylaws, the most significant change being the inclusion of the local businesses in the membership. To this date, the local businesses were asked to donate to our events, but were not allowed to be members. It was an inexcusable stance which we were thrilled to eliminate. We hope to include our local businesses in many of our debates and decisions. We are working hard to make up for a loss in maintenance in William Land Park. We are spending a significant amount of money to reinstate the Rock Garden to it’s former glory. The bureaucracy is continuing...
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A REALTOR

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A REALTOR

I always have to giggle just a little when people tell me that they are considering going into real estate because they “love looking at houses”. If only that is all we do…or even a majority of what we do! So, to give some perspective, I thought I would share what a normal day for a Realtor can look like. Hurry…get ready for work! I can’t be late today because it is the office meeting and tour! Hurry..hurry! Whew…got to the office just in time to check e-mails before the meeting starts! For 30 minutes or so, I learn about the latest law changes, educational opportunities offered by the office and the real estate association and the features of the new listings our office got this week…some really cool stuff!Off we go…the whole office leaves, en mass, to tour our new office listings! We are very PC – carpooling to economize on gas! Between homes we evaluate the features of the home and how they relate to the value. And, of course, how our weekend was, what our families did and so on. It is amazing how many messages a Realtor can get just in the hour or two we are gone touring homes! How do those callers know when we are gone? I also check e-mails. An agent comes in and says “Check out this! Google Whitepages.com and put in your name. It tells people way more than you want out there!” I did and it does! I immediately select an option that eliminates me from their site. That was scary! They listed my home address, my age...