I just listed another short sale home, this time in Carmichael, and even managed to stop off for a manicure. With my days, it's hard to squeeze in time to get my nails done. Jeopardy was on the TV at the nail salon. I'm always astonished when I know the questions on Jeopardy, especially when the contestants don't. For example, I knew that a cat who drapes in your arms is a ragdoll. I also knew the airport in Seoul is Incheon. But that's because I've been to South Korea and I love cats. Not because I store a vast amount of trivial information in my brain.
I wasn't watching the categories, but that's the secret to Jeopardy. I was trying not to smush my wet nails into the fan. I also wasn't paying attention to the final category; however, I did hear the final answer. It was: "She was born in 10,000 BC on February 22 at 6 pounds, 12 ounces." I knew the question. Instinctively. It made me all excited. The question was: "Who is Pebbles Flintstone?"
You know, there aren't very many game shows on TV anymore. Maybe they're all on the game show channel. When I was a kid and stayed home sick from school -- OK, maybe I played hooky a lot -- I watched game shows all the time. I loved Truth or Consequences, Queen for a Day, Let's Make a Deal and Concentration. There is a correlation between some short sales and Let's Make a Deal.
For example, when I pulled up to the townhome complex in Carmichael, many of the doors looked identical to each other. It made me wonder what one would find behind door number 1, door number 2 or door number 3. I often laughed when door number 3 revealed a goat. When listing a Sacramento short sale, I rarely know in advance what I will find. Will the listing be a turn-key home, a home in need of repairs or a home where a rat wouldn't live alone?
Turns out my new short sale listing is a beautiful townhome, ready to move into. It's located in the Casistas Manzanita complex, which has 3 pools and tennis courts in its homeowner's association. The dues are reasonable as well: $173 a month.
It features 3 bedrooms on the second floor, a guest bath on the first floor and 2 full baths upstairs. The floor plan is open, bright and cheery. Built in 1971, this townhome has been updated a bit with a few newer light fixtures, ceiling fans and Berber carpeting. The sellers moved the washer and dryer out of the kitchen and gave those appliances their own room. In the space vacated by the washer and dryer, the sellers installed another base and wall cabinet with a built-in microwave.
The home has almost 1,400 square feet and boasts a covered patio plus 2 parking spaces, one of which is covered. It's close to parks, shopping and a medical center, just north of Madison.
This townhome is perfect for a first-time home buyer or investor who doesn't want to pour a lot of money into updates or make repairs. It's a great space for roommates to share as well.
6104 Via Casitas, Carmichael, CA 95608 is offered exclusively by Lyon Real Estate as a short sale at $95,000. For more information, call your Sacramento short sale agent, Elizabeth Weintraub, at 916 233 6759.
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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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