Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: October 2010

Get Those Scavengers Out of My Recycling -- And Here's a Short Sale in Citrus Heights

8087 McClung Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95610My husband is one of the kindest and caring individuals on the face of this planet but sometimes he drives me nuts. He has a new policy of not putting out our recycling bin on trash pick-up day until the 11th hour. I used to haul all of our containers down to the curb around 5 PM the day before the city picks up our trash. But between the time the recycling truck gets here and the time we drag out the containers for trash, garden waste and recycling, scavengers come around. They pick through our recycling and swipe our plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

I suppose some of these scavengers are homeless people and others are just guys who want to make a few bucks on the side. I asked my husband why he cares who gets the recycling as long as it's eventually recycled. But then I can be more pragmatic than he. Well, he objects to the way the scavengers toss other crap on the ground, leave the lids open, but primarily he objects to the fact that the city of Sacramento is not getting paid. And ultimately, he believes, that could cause our own utility rates to escalate. Therefore, he is absolutely, positively, NOT going to drag our recycling container down to the curb until he hears the truck coming.

And if he misses the truck, like he did the week before and maybe the week before that, and our recycling piles up in the back yard, well, that's the cost of helping out the city of Sacramento and keeping the City's coffers flush.

Me? I'd rather help out my short sale sellers. Sell that Sacramento short sale and help the sellers to move on to a different phase of their lives, to a place where they won't be underwater or pressured financially to make a mortgage payment they can no longer afford.

Here is a 4-bedroom, 2-bath home in Citrus Heights. It's located pretty close to Roseville because I turned on Auburn instead of Old Auburn from Antelope and ended up in Roseville in nothing flat. So don't make that navigational mistake if you're driving over there.

This home was built in 1978 -- the year the Ramones had "I Wanna Be Sedated" in the Top 40 (my official short sale song for 2010), along with Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," another all-time favorite I never tire of. I think he wrote that song in something like 10 minutes. Before Zevon passed away, I caught him on a David Letterman show. Letterman asked Zevon if there is anything he was doing differently, knowing that he was about to die. If you want to know what that was, you'll have to click on the David Letterman link. However, back to my listing, this home is not dated like 1978 because some of it has been remodeled.

Oh, the layout is still the same. Back then it was very popular to have a raised entry with the rest of the home on a different level. The entry is tile. To the right is a step-down formal living room. That location is actually a satellite to the rest of the home. It's a good place to stash the kids to watch TV. To the left is a step-down to a great room concept. You've got an open kitchen that has been remodeled with ceramic counters and maple cabinets, an open dining room flanked by windows, and a nice sized family room with a floor-to-ceiling, wood-burning fireplace.

Straight ahead is a step-down into a hallway, which leads to the four bedrooms. The master is at the end and to the left, which means it overlooks the huge back yard. The back yard is about a 1/4 acre; it features an apricot tree and lemon tree, plus it has that all-important RV access with a concrete pad. There is also a stamped concrete patio in the back, plus a stamped concrete patio in the front. The home sits on a hill, so you could actually sit in your front yard and admire all that you own below you, including the towering redwood trees that shade part of your new home.

8087 McClung Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95610, is offered exclusively by Lyon Real Estate as a short sale at $185,000. For more information, please call your Sacramento short sale agent, Elizabeth Weintraub, at 916 233 6759.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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