Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcome to East Sacramento!

Out of about 100 properties for sale in East Sacramento there is usually 10-20 that I have on my short list. I try to get inside about 80% of all the listings in the neighborhood, partly for product knowledge and partly because I love seeing these older homes (and the new properties tucked in amongst them). The short list is properties that I have been in and think they are great properties for their price, condition and location. Some of them have been on the market for quite some time and have finally dropped in price enough to make my list, some come on the market and go straight to the list.

409 41st Street was on my short list for being a great home on a great street with 2100 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and priced less than $500,000! I brought several potential buyers through this property because I knew that it was a good deal but was suffering from poor timing and exposure. Another reason I went through it so many times is the owners had one of the friendliest cats ever and I loved an excuse to visit Obe the cat.

409 41st St, East Sac

I had the pleasure of helping a great family purchase this property and it closed just a couple weeks ago. The “Welcome to East Sacramento” Feeling for one of my short list properties ranks right up there with the New Property Feeling and the Pending Sale Feeling.

I love my business!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Great things about Sacramento

One of the great things that I love about living in Sacramento is all the things to do outside of Sacramento. Don’t get me wrong, we have lots of great restaurants, the American River to raft down or take the bike trail along for so many miles and countless other wonders of this great city.

But it also has easy access to so many other great places. You can take a short 2 hour drive to Lake Tahoe for a great day trip. If you want to go to San Francisco, it’s only 2 hours away. Take a 3.5 hour drive to Yosemite Valley if you want to see one of the most amazing natural wonders of our country and the start of the National Parks system. Drive 3.5 hours to Carmel and Monterey Bay (and while your there, you have to eat at Nico’s in Carmel!) if you want a tranquil getaway to the ocean. Drive 4.5 hours and camp in the Redwood National Forest if you want to see some of worlds tallest trees.

All in all, I’m very happy with living in East Sacramento and being able to get away to so many great places. My wife and I have done each of these this year and are constantly reminded that we have a great life. Returning home to our sun soaked city is never a problem at the end of a little getaway, it’s just another great opportunity to take the raft out or go for a long bike ride or hang with friends on the patio of a wonderful restaurant….

Life is good!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

East Sac Chamber of Commerce at Gonul’s

It’s been a busy week and I haven’t posted in a while. Business is good and giving quick responses to my clients take a high priority over posting to my blog.
I’ve been itching to post about last weeks East Sac Chamber of Commerce lunch and now have a moment to put it together. We met at Gonul’s J Street CafĂ© and it was a delight. If you’ve never been inside to eat, you will still recognize the location if you are at all familiar with East Sac. It’s just west of Mercy Hospital on at 3839 J Street and has a very distinct red awning.

East Sac Gonul's Cafe
What amazing food. The owner/chef is Turkish and the food is a wonderful international mix. Having spent a little over a week exploring Turkey with my wife a few years back, this was a delightful reminder of one of the many great things about that country.
There were plenty of good Chamber of Commerce discussions and meeting other great business people of the neighborhood, but I’ll leave this post mostly about that great food…

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I’ve Lost That New Listing Feeling

It’s not that the new listing feeling doesn’t last very long, it’s that the listing itself didn’t last very long on the market. It went live late Sunday night and by Friday evening a great offer was accepted for the property.

Amazing how well a house moves when it is priced right and the sellers have done everything to make it shine. Add in over 20 professional glamour shots and lots of marketing and easy showing access for a very quick transaction.

The Pending Sale feeling is even better than the new listing feeling.

9468 Ole Ct Pending Sale

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Master at the Art of Living

One of my favorite quotes, enough for me to have it posted at my desk…

The person who is a master in the art
of living makes little distinction between their
work and their play, their labor and their leisure,
their mind and their body, their education and
their recreation, their love and their religion.
They hardly know which is which.
They simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace in whatever they
do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.
To them, they are always doing both.

Shaun White Snowboard Master & Gold Medalist