This charming seller put her home on the market a couple years ago with an out-of-area agent because she had been planning to move out of the area. Her home did not sell, and she chose not to move out of area. This time around, the seller decided to hire a local expert Realtor. Notice that I didn't say "resident," but local expert. An agent doesn't have to live in the culdesac to be a local expert. Not if she sells homes hands-over-fist in that area.
Sometimes, and I truly believe this, sometimes when you hire a local "resident" agent, you get a jaundiced view of the neighborhood. They are often right in the thick of things that they see things differently. I noticed that kind of attitude when I sell homes in "super tight knit" communities where everybody knows everybody else. They always say, oh, you priced that home too high, and then it sells. They would not have priced it that high due to their own preconceived judgments.
Even the most experienced agents can have trouble in their own neighborhoods. I study all of my listings to determine the highest profit potential: how much a buyer will pay.
When I first viewed this home in Elk Grove, I was blown away by all of the improvements made by the seller. She took note of what buyers said 2 years ago and cranked up the volume. You can read more in my personal blog today and see more photos at this link: New Listing Mirabela at Medeira in Elk Grove Features 5 Bedrooms.
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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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