Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

PLEASE….BOTHER ME!

PLEASE….BOTHER ME!

I have some very nice clients…in fact, they are so nice that they are apologizing for making me work. They feel bad when they “bother me” to show houses. They feel bad when I offer to give them comps for the house they want to make an offer on. I have explained that this is my job; this is what I get paid for. So, to be very clear, here are the things I expect to do for my buyer clients: Give referrals for lenders, inspectors, insurance companies, escrow and title companies, etc. Provide a list of homes that fit your wish list. Show you as many homes as it takes to find the perfect property. Advise you as to the pros and cons of each home. Write a strong offer that will compete with any other offer to get you the home. Negotiate the contract with the other party. Make appointments and meet any and all inspectors necessary. Negotiate any repairs necessary. Oversee escrow and title to ensure proper charges and documentation Work with you lender to be sure contract dates are adhered to. Be with you during signing in case any questions arise. Do a final walk through to be certain the house is in the same condition or repairs have been made prior to close. Provide you keys to the property once it records. Be available for any future issues that might arise after recording. Now, please, use...
RED FLAGS GALORE…AND NO ONE NOTICED.

RED FLAGS GALORE…AND NO ONE NOTICED.

•the electrical cable was supported from a shed to the house by a tree…doesn’t seem quite right•the buyer purchased her next door neighbors house directly…and thought she was getting a deal•the buyer was an insurance agent and held her real estate license…a presumption of knowledge•the purchased home was built without any permits whatsoever…like zero, nil, zip•the normal sales process typically includes a home inspection and extensive disclosures…this one couldn’t have•the seller was a real estate agent… which was not disclosed•it was evident that there were 2 large air ducts resting on a metal roof to a backyard walkway, exposed…hmmmm•rather than the required 1500 gallon septic tank, this house has a 500 gallon septic tank…an inspection would have revealed this•there is no electrical meter….really…no one noticed? This is an actual situation making the news in Placer County, California. The buyer of this house is suing the seller because it is quite possibly a tear-down. But, I just have to ask, which red flag did you not see???? My word, there were real estate agents on both ends and the buyer was an insurance salesperson. There are no excuses…they both should have known better. When a professional Realtor is hired, they have knowledge and experience. It is automatic…hire a professional home inspector and thorough complete and review disclosures. I have to believe that neither one of these things were done. I have no empathy for the buyer. She cut corners and is now paying the price. The courts are probably going to say the same thing…she should have known better. The only good news coming out of this is that I...
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR REALTOR

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR REALTOR

We are here to be used and taken advantage of…the moment you decide that you want us to represent you. There is an assumption among Realtors that if you have decided to have representation…and even better yet, have us represent you, then you felt that you did not have the expertise to accomplish the task at hand on your own. This being the case, the next step would be to trust that with our fiduciary responsibility to you, we are giving you the very best advice for your situation.For example, if you tell your Realtor that you want to low ball every offer you decide to write (and I promise, with this approach, you will write a lot of offers), listen to what your Realtor has to say. In some cases, a low ball offer is just fine. However, writing a low ball offer in the first week a property is on the market is not one of those times. If your Realtor tells you that to maximize the net to you as a seller you should spruce up your home with a few upgrades, don’t wait until it has been on the market a month to decide now is the time to take your Realtors advice. It will be too late. If your Realtor tells you that the house you have fallen in love with will not last, trust your Realtor. Odds are there are others that feel the same way. Write an offer immediately. If you don’t, then don’t be angry with your Realtor or the listing agent if it sells before you get off the fence....
IT IS ABOUT THE REALTOR MORE THAN THE COMPANY!

IT IS ABOUT THE REALTOR MORE THAN THE COMPANY!

You have decided that it is the right time to put your home on the market…there has been a job change, there is a new little one joining the family, the kids have left the nest, etc. By far and away, no doubt about it, the most important first step is bringing the right Realtor into the fray. First, and most importantly, notice I said “Realtor”. The term means that the agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors, a member of the state association and the local association of Realtors. They are held to a higher standard of care than a licensee. You have the power to bring them before the Professional Standards Panel if they do not adhere to the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics, with some serious repercussions if there is a violation. Now, you may think that the next step would be hiring the right company. Remember, Realtors are, for the most part, independent contractors. This means that, while the company may have certain expectations of the Realtors, they cannot demand specific actions. Now, certainly, the company may let the Realtor go if they do not follow their guidelines but most will not. Why would they let a Realtor go that was making them a profit? Your Realtor should be hired by you because they reflect the desires and the ethics that you demand from your representative. You should feel a trust between you and your Realtor that brings a sense of calm to your selling experience. The last reason to hire a Realtor is because they are telling you the...
I CAME HOME TODAY!

I CAME HOME TODAY!

Since 1968, we have been a family run business known as Dunnigan, Realtors. We are truly a family, placing more emphasis on new agents fitting in than increasing the bottom line. The owners don’t have their own offices…their desks are right among the desks of the Realtors. Uniquely, we completely trust each other…contracts can be left on desks with no concerns about another agent taking advantage of the exposure. Then, 3 years ago, we realized that we weren’t keeping up with technology, and thus not providing the level of professionalism that we wanted to give our agents and clients. We turned to Windermere Real Estate, another quality family run real estate firm out of Seattle with a great reputation and cutting edge technology. It was a good match at the time and we do not regret the move. However, over the past 3 years, more and more of the technology we required was being offered locally. Then Windermere sent down a mandate to all of their franchisees to eliminate their local name.Dunnigan, Realtors is well known in the neighborhoods they work. We do not try to be all things to all people and feel strongly about our agents specializing in their selected neighborhoods. Giving up our name would be tantamount to starting over, as other than us, Windermere Real Estate does not have a strong branding in Sacramento. So, this week we returned to our roots…and are thrilled to be back! Today our old signs came down and our new signs went up. We gathered at our house to exchange over 250 open house signs for new Dunnigan, Realtors...