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Moisture in Windows – Real Estate Sacramento

I have viewed and sold so many homes with dual pane windows that have failed.  The clear, or should I say unclear, indication is fogged up glass.  When you try to clean them, you quickly realize that there is moisture trapped in between the two panes, hence the window has failed.  Most inspectors will tell you that this does not diminish the effectiveness of the window, rather it just looks ugly.  And typically the remedy is replacing the glass or the window, which can be costly.

I ran across an article/ad regarding a newer technology, whereby they can de-moisturize and repair the window by just drilling to small holes in the corners.  Sound great if it actually is legitimate.

Has anyone out there utilized this technology?  And more importantly, does it work?  If so, this would be a great innovation to all those failed windows out there.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

KeithAKlassen@gmail.com

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Overview of Curtis Park Village

Recently the environmental plans were approved for the Curtis Park Village development. I have not formed a strong opinion about this project…  I’m all for trading a toxic wasteland for development.  However, I like what one person said about the scale of the retail development side of things – I can move to Roseville if I wanted a suburban neighborhood and outlet stores. Others complain about it being too auto-centric.  I just hope that it will not be a strip mall feel, but somehow reflect the historic Curtis Park and Land Park feel.  I know many of my neighbors who are adamantly for or against it.  It always if fascinating to watch public administration in action and how opinions and attitudes are shaped based on how it affects people.  Currently, I am gathering more information as I now see some bigger progress.

Here is the overview from Petrovich’s website.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

Great Remodeled Home for First Time Home Buyer in Sacramento CA

Welcome to 5761 Sampson Way.

This house has been renewed… all you will need to do is move in (and plant a garden in the humongous backyard).

This home has been painted inside and out.  There are new doors (including security doors), new trim, new carpet and tile flooring.  The kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated and upgraded.  Check out the granite-slab counter tops and recessed lighting.

Just to mention a few more of the many upgrades – New central heat and air units, new landscaping, and newly pour concrete driveway (these costs and really add up).

You get all this for under $100,000.  That’s only about $775.00 per month in housing payments, which is less than you’d pay to rent this house!  We have more for sale like this.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

Job Perks – Sacramento Real Estate

I had the good fortune of closing a short sale (after 4 months) in El Dorado Hills.  My clients had big plans to update the home and do some minor renovations.  In the discussion process I overheard them point to the pellet stove insert and say, “That thing has got to go!”  Little did they know I had been shopping for one on and off for the last few years.  I guess I was not very motivated to drop the $2000+ on one of these bad boys.

The clients and I did our final walk through before the close of the sale and I said, “Hey, what are you going to do with that old pellet stove?”  Like how I “beat it up”a bit?  “Oh, we are getting rid of it and putting a gas insert in its place.”  I said, “Hmmm… I’ve actually been looking for one and that would fit perfectly in my 1930’s home – my wife would love it.  I’d be willing to take it off your hands and haul it off.”  He said, “Make me an offer.”

Long story short, I picked it up last weekend and installed it last night.  A shout out to Robin McDonell (and Bruce), “The Pellet Stove Guys!” Robin seriously saved me about $700+ in parts and labor and gave me the tutorial on everything I wanted to know about pellet stoves.  This guy kicks some serious ass when it comes to pellet stoves.  Check out his blog/website here.  Not flashy, but they take care of business.  Put it this way, I was not paying for his fancy showroom.  Thanks Robin for the hook up!

Also, my neighbors came through – Thanks Pete for the bag of pellets and Jay for the use of the truck to make it all happen – true neighbors.

I am currently sitting in my chair enjoying the blaze of the Whitfield Advantage (which I got for a ‘song’).  It’s a cool 53 degrees outside, I’m sipping my coffee, blogging, and watching my kids play Legos in front of the fire.  It’s like Christmas come early.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

Realtor Run-Ins, Sacramento CA

From time to time, I just have to crack back on some of the agents with whom I have
run-ins.  Granted, we all make mistakes, we all have bad days, and we all have our eccentricities…  but come on now!  To be in this business (especially in this economy), one must have a sense of humor, be willing to laugh at themselves, and the industry.

I submitted an offer on a short sale last week – of course, I hustle to get the appointment, show the home, consult with the buyer, and write the offer in a timely and expedient manner.  I did not get a confirmation email that they received the offer the first day, so I emailed again the next.  Here’s the response I got:

[I received this on the 11th]

Hi Keith,

Thank you for your clients offer.

I am on vacation and going on a cruise from the 14th to the 22nd.   I will process all offers on the 22nd.   So please ask your clients to be patient.

Uh, yeah.  We cannot be patient and we will not work with you.  Sorry, on to the next one.  There is a phrase in real estate called, “Time is of the Essence.”  This is a good example of a bad example.

Okay colleagues, everyone can get someone to cover for them!  No matter how small your company is… you could even get someone from another company to cover for you!  Point blank, just bad business practices!

Please make me laugh and share some of your experiences.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

Art Around Town, Sacramento CA

Just a lazy Sunday… decided to grab some Dos Coyotes.  While I’m all about the local authentic Mexican food, I can never get too much of the sweet green salsa!

My boys scaling the head out front.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

Philosophy Meets Real Estate in Sacramento CA and Beyond

While this post has everything to do with, and is focused on the details of the real estate market, the economy, investing, buying and selling property, my little neighborhood in Curtis Park, Sacramento, sometimes I can get a little philosophical.  What is the meaning of life?  What is the purpose of my life?  How do the situations and the context which I find myself shape life?  Are there forces at work bigger than the indexes?  Is this depressed economy doing something in our culture and country that may actually be positive?

I mused the other day over the thought that storms and hard times in my life have been the things that has been pivotal or a “rescue” of sorts for my life.  Let me give you an example.

When I hit the ripe age of 31, I started having chronic back pain.  This was the same time as we had our first child.  I have painful memories of not being able to carry my newborn son very far in the Baby Bjorn (front carrier), due to back pain.  My wife just thought I was trying to get out of carrying the baby 🙂  I tried a lot of quick fixes like a hot pad, muscle relaxing creams, simple stretching, and more.  I continued to not be very active and I lost sleep due to the discomfort.  As a result, I made a determination that I had to seek physical therapy and strengthen my core muscles, or I may go through the rest of my life with a dull, (kind of) bearable back pain.  I could not deal with the idea that I would not be able to carry, let alone wrestle with my sons as they got older.  As a result, I buckled down, swallowed my pride and got help.  I now stretch daily, am aware of my posture, wear orthotics, work out 4-5 days a week (focusing on core muscles) and am in the best shape of my life.  Oh yeah, there are nightly wrestling matches with my boys, now 4 and 6 years old.  I can sleep soundly and walk/run long distances without pain.  This pain-in-the-back changed my life for the better.

Whether it be a health situation, a tragedy of some sort, or a financial crisis, the “storms” in life will reveal in us who we really are and what lies at the core of our being.  I wonder, is this housing storm revealing what our nation is really about?  While it’s tragic for many (including myself), is there something underneath it all that is good?  Is there a corrective measure that we need as a country that will be of great benefit in the long-run?

I read an article lately about “The return to frugality” – how saving money is back in vogue.  Trends show that people are staying home and finding inexpensive ways to be entertained.  Maybe couples are conversing more and experiencing greater intimacy?  Maybe families are doing things like going on bike rides together, or spending a day at the park with a picnic lunch?  Maybe people are reading more?  Maybe consumption is down (I know that is not helping our economy in the traditional ways)?  Maybe people are shopping more locally?  Maybe people are saving resources by not driving as much, or using as much power?  I’ve heard that micro farming is becoming a big thing for some families, or at least there is rise in growing your own produce.  Maybe neighbors are talking more and sharing ideas and bonding over a shared plight?   Maybe people are looking after their physical health more?  I notice the gym is packed on Fridays with “furlough Fridays” in effect for state workers,.

I got to thinking a little deeper…. Usually I try to escape storms and run away from them – this is the rational thing to do, right?  However, if I am constantly trying to escape the thing that could radically change my life for the better, maybe I should attempt to look at storms a bit differently?  Do I just continue to put “Icy Hot” on my dull back  pain, or am I going to embrace the trauma and enter into a larger, positive, more life-impacting shift?

Your deep thoughts?

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030