I was amazed yesterday when I called 2 agents on 2 listings and both agents answered their cell phones. Christmas week is generally pretty slow, and many agents in Sacramento go on vacation at this time. I've spent most of this week so far following up on my Sacramento short sales and requesting extensions of the short sale addendums for the banks. Trying to get buyers' agents to respond is almost like pulling teeth.
However, I understand why some agents like to take the week off. It's not that I don't celebrate Christmas, because I do, but I try to work every day, especially on those days that my clients have off.
So, when a client asked me yesterday if I would show her homes in East Sacramento on Christmas Eve, I jumped on it. I could tell by the tone of her voice that she felt it was an imposition. But it's not. I love my job; it's not really "work" to me, and my husband understands.
Not only is Christmas Eve a good time to view homes, but I firmly believe that Christmas Day is the best time to buy a home. I sold a home last year on Christmas Day. When you think about it, there are many reasons to buy a home on Christmas. Especially in our low inventory market in Sacramento -- because the shortage of available homes breeds competition.
How many buyers will be writing offers on Christmas? Not very many. In fact, hardly none. If this buyer writes an offer, she won't have to worry about another buyer vying for her selection. And what a wonderful Christmas present for some lucky East Sacramento seller. An offer! Just before the end of the year.
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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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