Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: October 2011

How Does It Feel to Be a Rolling Stone?

As a Sacramento short sale agent, I am all about selling short sales. I know how it feels to be a rolling stone. I'm not talking about Mick Jagger. I'm talking about Bob Dylan. I am watching the Martin Scorsese 2005 documentary No Direction Home because it's a new release for the Netflix Instant Queue. The film is mostly about Dylan's life in the 1960s. I've seen the miniseries before, but watching it a second time gives me a different perspective.

I had a mad crush on Dylan as a teenager. One of the first songs I learned how to play on the guitar was Mr. Tambourine Man. I was not a very good guitarist and an even worse singer. No matter how hard I practiced, no matter how tough the calluses on my left hand, playing guitar was for my own enjoyment and nobody else's. I never got any better at it.

I took guitar lessons for a while and was forced to learn to play horrible songs like Old Black Joe or Red River Valley. It was a relief to play Bob Dylan songs. It was music I could relate to, feel and believe in. My teacher said if I could play a song six times in a row without a mistake, I would be the master of that song. But my teacher was wrong, and I never mastered anything. But it wasn't for lack of effort.

One thing I have mastered is how to sell real estate, more importantly, how to list and close a short sale. It comes to me naturally. And I think that's because I have a rebellious streak. Spunk, some people call it. I am a rectangle that does not fit into a round hole, which makes me a perfect candidate to do short sales. I am a rolling stone. I don't need a direction home. Wherever I happen to be is my home.

Bob Dylan was in the right place at the right time, and he said the right things. We should all be so lucky.

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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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