Some Sacramento agents never work with buyers. I know many agents who prefer to stick to taking listings. But there is an added benefit to working with buyers, apart from steady income. That added benefit is an agent gets to tour homes that the agent might otherwise never see and become familiar with unknown neighborhoods.
For example, I have shown many units in the condo complex of Westlake Villas in Natomas. For one reason or another, those buyers purchased a condo in another complex, but I am now very familiar with Westlake Villas without ever listing a unit. The developer calls these homes townhomes, but townhomes generally include some sort of yard, so I call these zero-lot-line homes condos.
As a Sacramento short sale agent, I list and sell homes all over the Sacramento metro area, from Lincoln to Galt. So, when a Westlake Villas seller was referred to me Monday night, I knew enough about that complex to immediately list that unit as a short sale. I asked the seller to FedEx a key to my office, emailed the listing paperwork and put this condo on the market Wednesday afternoon.
This is a tri-level, two-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath condo with approximately 1,288 square feet. It was built in 2005, so it's a little bit newer than the original models. It has granite counters and maple counters in the kitchen, with an open floor plan. The appliances are GE Profile stainless steel and include the refrigerator. You'll find wood laminate in the kitchen and baths.
It's your typical layout with a pretty courtyard in the center, landscaped with trees, manicured vegetation, dotted with solar lighting fixtures along the sidewalks, and you'll even find benches if you want to sit outside. The entry has a chandelier and provides access to the home from the one-car garage in the rear. The second floor is the entertainment area, with high ceilings, crown molding and a half bath. This is a great room concept, incorporating the kitchen, dining and living room spaces.
Off the landing, on your way to the top floor, is the laundry room. It has built-in maple wall cabinets, a window, washer and dryer, and a door that leads to the furnace closet. The top floor sports another bath, a second bedroom, and the master suite, of course, features its own bath. You'll find a ceiling fan in each bedroom and big closets.
The Westlake Villas homeowner association has a clubhouse, 24-hour fitness center, business center, pool and spa and offers recreational activities. Everybody's dues are different, and the dues for this particular unit are $229 a month. The complex is well maintained and sits across the street from the lake. Due to the number of non-owner occupied units, though, this condo will not qualify for financing. Cash offers only.
4800 Westlake Parkway #1203, Sacramento, CA 95835 is offered exclusively by Lyon Real Estate as a short sale at $100,000.
For more information about MLS #10019090, call your Sacramento short sale agent Elizabeth Weintraub at 916 233 6759.
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THIS HOME WENT TO FORECLOSURE IN THE SUMMER OF 2010 BECAUSE WELLS FARGO REFUSED AN OFFER OF $115,000.
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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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