Sorta by mistake, my husband and I ended up in Ione, CA, yesterday. Unlike many of the tourists who probably frequent Ione and support its 3 restaurants, we weren't there to visit loved ones in residence at Mule Creek Prison. The photo to the left is of Iron Ivan, a steam locomotive that was in operation from 1937 to 1956, a 12-mile stretch between Ione and Martell.
Ione is a small town, smaller than 5 square miles, in the Central Valley in Amador County. It's about an hour from Sacramento. During the Gold Rush, it was a supply center where the railroad ran through and horse-drawn stagecoaches stopped along the main road to the Mother Lode.
The first time I heard of the town of Ione was when a former client moved there. She and her husband had hired me to sell their short sale in Sacramento. I sold it, and their lender approved the short sale, providing the sellers contributed in the lender's loss. The sellers had the money but they refused. It was a small percentage of their difference. Nevertheless, I reluctantly canceled the purchase contract for them and canceled the listing.
I was very sad that they had chosen foreclosure; however, I respected their decision. This particular lender wasn't willing to bend. The stipulation for a contribution was in its guidelines. There was nothing else I could do for these sellers, which was painful for me.
After a few months, I guess they had a change of heart and decided to pay the amount the lender demanded after all. Instead of calling me, though, for some unknown reason, they hired another agent, who then proceeded to swipe all of my photos from MLS.
Not everybody appreciates the job of a Sacramento short sale agent.
Here are my photos of Ione, California:
Photos: Elizabeth Weintraub
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.
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