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Traveling with a Disability

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Outside Sacramento, Travel | 0 comments

Cheryl in Turkey My wife Cheryl and I love travel both within the U.S. and outside of the country. Traveling for us is complicated by the fact that Cheryl has a hereditary neuropathy condition called CMT (or Charcot Marie Tooth disease). It is closely related to muscular dystrophy and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (The MDA with Jerry Lewis) has it under its umbrella of covered conditions. The impact of this condition is that the muscles in Cheryl’s feet and lower legs don’t receive the impulses from her nerves and now her hands are being affected as well. Cheryl can’t walk very far without exhausting herself and even a visit to a museum can be more than she can walk. We’ve been using a wheelchair more and more and it has become a standard piece of equipment for our travels. One of the amazing things about our country is that we have the Americans with Disability Act (the ADA) and it creates a lot of accessible options to get around the country and all the buildings and landmarks here. Not surprisingly, the ADA doesn’t extend outside of America and accessibility in other countries is greatly varied. We don’t let this stop us from doing crazy trips like going to India or Turkey or anywhere we want to go. We just take it as a challenge and an opportunity to bond even closer. Our travels caught the attention of a group that supports people with my wife’s condition and they decided to write an article about us and traveling with a disability. This is the link to the article entitled “Profile in Courage”. If you would like to read the whole article (you currently have to be a member to read it on the HNF site), just send me an email and I’ll send you a .pdf of the whole...

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New Listing at 910 Q Street, Sacramento CA

Posted by on Feb 5, 2011 in Downtown Sacramento, New Listing | 0 comments

This is an amazing townhouse in the downtown/midtown area of Sacramento. It has a master chef kitchen with a Kenmore Elite double convection oven, 5 burner stove, island with wine fridge and storage for every kitchen gadget imaginable! There is endless cabinet space, styling lighting and galaxy granite counter tops. All the warmth and glow of this space will make you want to host at your home every time there is a get together. And that is just the kitchen and dining area, there is much more to explore… to give you an idea of my marketing blitz for a listing, here are the links to some of the first day of exposure: The properties own website: The general MLS page: The listing on my own website, and The listing on The listing on the local MLS client page: There are more places going up soon, but these are the first to populate. I will mail out “just listed” postcards in the next day or two to over 100 neighbors. I’ve put flyers in the house and delivered invites to the 37 neighbors in the complex to come to the first two open house events that I’m holding on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00. I do love this...

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Interview Your Agent!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in Interview Your Agent | 0 comments

Interview Your Agent!I highly recommend that you interview your agent before deciding to work with them. Start the process early so you get the most value out of the relationship. This also gives you enough time to get to know your agent so you can replace them if they aren’t doing a great job BEFORE you get into contract to purchase a new home or sell your old one. Yes, I’m an agent recommending that you interview me and or other agents for the job of representing you in this process. I think it is the only responsible thing to do. You don’t have to do it sitting across a table from them, but you should know the answer to most of these questions before getting too far into the business relationship. Here are some of the top questions to ask: Are you a Realtor? We have a fiduciary duty to our clients, and a good agent takes this very seriously. Being a Realtor means that an agent has to adhere to the Realtor Code of Ethics and that little logo is a good sign, but it’s not a guarantee. Knowing that your agent can stand up to the Realtor code of ethics year after year is a strong starting point. How long have you been in the business? Length in the business is no guarantee that the agent will do a great job and being new to the industry doesn’t mean that they wont do a great job, but it’s a very good conversation to have. You want someone that knows what they are doing when they are advising you on such a major decision. How will you market my home/how will you help me find the right home to buy? This should be a huge conversation with color handouts and a binder full of plans. There should be schedules and past examples. You should be allowed to keep the materiel so that you can follow up on the performance throughout the process. Can you provide references? Don’t just accept yes as the answer to this question, follow up and get the references. What separates you from your competition? If your agent can’t give you a good answer, maybe there isn’t anything that separates them from the competition… Can I review the documents before I need to sign them? There are so many pages required in real estate and it is all small print. Do yourself a favor and review them well in advance of needing to sign them. Will you help me find other professionals? Agents live by referrals and so they should have a great list of people that they would refer out. Some of the top people to get referrals for are mortgage brokers, property inspectors and title companies. Do you have your own website? If your listing agent doesn’t’ have a website in today’s...

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910 Q Street Midtown Sacramento Coming Soon

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Downtown Sacramento, New Listing | 0 comments

I’m pleased to give you a sneak peak of tomorrows new listing: “Amazing Saratoga Townhome completely updated! All New: master chef kitchen, granite counters, duel convection oven, 5 burner stove, wine fridge, wood floors, custom loft, black granite tiles in 2 of 3 bathrooms, dual pane windows & designer paint. Remodel cost almost $150,000. Walking distance to all the best of Downtown: The Capitol, art galleries and great restaurants. Enjoy the attached garage, your own patio and Roosevelt Park across the street. Quiet back end unit. Not a short sale or...

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