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Sell now if you're going to buy something else!

January 29, 2016
We're in that stage of the market where prices are going up, for both sellers and buyers.  If you want to move to a larger or smaller place, it's time to put your house on the market and start looking for your new home.

BUT FIRST, you need to fix up your place - make it live-able but clean and neat, including the outside and the inside.  If you need termite work done, get it done now.  If you need to freshen up with new paint, new carpet, or even new flooring, get that done so you can demand top dollar.  MAKE A PLAN and stick to it.  Don't fix things that will NOT help your bottom line.  Buyers look at Kitchens and bathrooms.  Make sure the plumbing is good.  If your are not leaving a vacant home for buyers to see, stage your home so that all the clutter is in storage.  The buyer needs to see themselves living there.  Take down all your sports memorabilia and your religious symbols.  Save them for your new home!

Make sure your home has curb appeal - clean up the front (and back) yard.  Put out patio furniture that isn't old and worn. Replace those cushions and paint wrought iron.  Make sure the sprinklers work. After all, you want your new home to be ready to move in, too.  You'll get the most money for your "old" house if you stage it for sale!
 

Ugly truth - don't believe sob stories from renters

January 29, 2016
I just went through an eviction today.  It was not fun, including all the things leading up to it.  My renter should have been kicked out about 2 years ago, when they first got behind.  My fault.  After all, a mortgage company would not care what your story is, they just want the money.

After getting the court to OK the eviction, the Sheriff came, but fortunately, my renters had basically moved out.  I mean basically, because they left a lot of junk.  Now, after I changed the locks, I have to ...
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Rent Vs. Buy - why not buy?

January 29, 2016
Many renters don't know that they can actually buy a house.  There are a lot of loan programs out there that a good Broker can find you with very little to even no down payment.  You just need to ask - ASK ME!  I can "hook you up" with one of several mortgage lenders, your choice, and you can be on your way to home ownership.

What's the plan?  Here's a great one:
1. Find and buy the home.
2. Move into it and stay for at least 2 years.
3. Find a second home.
4. Clean up your first home, and move in...
Continue reading...
 

Massive ROI - You can do it! (ROI=Return on Investment)

November 12, 2015

I have great news to share with you - it's about how real estate can actually bring you massive returns, better than your bank, better than your 401K, even in recession.  Want to know how?  Let's meet - I'll even buy you lunch!

Other investments typically are really good if they give you 5% or even 10% on your money.  BUT I can show you where, if you take advantage of following a prescribed pattern, you can make a great return even better than with your IRA, 401K, or bank savings.

AND if you ar...


Continue reading...
 

Motivation

November 12, 2015
I have been in several coaching programs - some good, some not good.  I am not great at just suggestions - I need someone to say do this and then do that.  At this moment I am in two coaching programs, both completely different but both dealing with Real Estate.  In fact, they are about the exact opposites of each other - one is compared to high class, glossy, lots of bling, appealing to high end sellers and buyers.  The other is nitty gritty, get down in the trenches, commando type of market...
Continue reading...
 

Relationships

November 12, 2015
I just blew it with a friendship - I stepped on her toes, I took an unfair turn without her knowledge, I broke the trust code, I screwed up.  How's that for a relationship? - she would have cause to block me from her life, but unfortunately, I work in the same office and would have occasion to see her, speak with her, and to live my disgrace all over again.  Sure the fault is mine, and I freely admitted it.  She called me down on it.  She had a right to do that.  It was my own stupidity not t...
Continue reading...
 

Yet another Short Sale!

October 7, 2015
Wells Fargo Bank has a lot of foreclosure business and is still going strong.  I have a bank account with them and they own one of my rental properties (I say one, but right now, I only have ONE). BUT I'm not in foreclosure, so that is great!  I just finished a long, drawn out short sale with WFB and it would have been shorter had we not changed buyers 4 times and then the last buyer wanted to change the price at the last minute, which made the bank have to go back to decide yes or no.  They ...
Continue reading...
 

Some short sales ARE short - but is that good?

September 30, 2015
After 3 years of mostly short sale transactions, my business is turning towards more standard sales!  However, there are still families that need advice and help to stop the foreclosure of their home.

But this brings me to a funny yet sad story of one of my former client's wanderings in the nether world of foreclosure.  She would really be upset at me telling her story to anyone, let alone publish her story, so I will call her Nadine Ash.

The funny part of this story is that I tried to help her...

Continue reading...
 

No names, just facts

August 24, 2013

It's been a long road down the not-so-crimson pathway in short sale land.  Here's a familiar rant about what is happening - and it isn't even all about the banks (it's the buyers and sellers, too).

1.  I have a short sale listing - but the sale is going down the tubes.  Both 1st and 2nd Banks OK'd the sale, BUT.  The BUT is they (Nationstar) want to close in 10 days.  Why they won't budge, I don't know.  The seller is unhappy, thinks we aren't working h...


Continue reading...
 

Short Sales are STILL possible, but hurry!

July 18, 2013
There are still people in denial - are you one of them?  Are you eligible for a short sale in the Obama plan and have not acted?  You really need to look at your situation, now, and decide that you can beat the bank!  What does that mean?

If your lender has sent you a Notice of Default and a Notice of Trustee Sale, you don't have much time!  You need to call me to figure out your options.

I had a listing in West LA, a couple months ago.  She, the owner, waited too long to call me. We listed her...
Continue reading...
 

Sell now if you're going to buy something else!

January 29, 2016
We're in that stage of the market where prices are going up, for both sellers and buyers.  If you want to move to a larger or smaller place, it's time to put your house on the market and start looking for your new home.

BUT FIRST, you need to fix up your place - make it live-able but clean and neat, including the outside and the inside.  If you need termite work done, get it done now.  If you need to freshen up with new paint, new carpet, or even new flooring, get that done so you can demand top dollar.  MAKE A PLAN and stick to it.  Don't fix things that will NOT help your bottom line.  Buyers look at Kitchens and bathrooms.  Make sure the plumbing is good.  If your are not leaving a vacant home for buyers to see, stage your home so that all the clutter is in storage.  The buyer needs to see themselves living there.  Take down all your sports memorabilia and your religious symbols.  Save them for your new home!

Make sure your home has curb appeal - clean up the front (and back) yard.  Put out patio furniture that isn't old and worn. Replace those cushions and paint wrought iron.  Make sure the sprinklers work. After all, you want your new home to be ready to move in, too.  You'll get the most money for your "old" house if you stage it for sale!
 

Ugly truth - don't believe sob stories from renters

January 29, 2016
I just went through an eviction today.  It was not fun, including all the things leading up to it.  My renter should have been kicked out about 2 years ago, when they first got behind.  My fault.  After all, a mortgage company would not care what your story is, they just want the money.

After getting the court to OK the eviction, the Sheriff came, but fortunately, my renters had basically moved out.  I mean basically, because they left a lot of junk.  Now, after I changed the locks, I have to ...
Continue reading...
 

Rent Vs. Buy - why not buy?

January 29, 2016
Many renters don't know that they can actually buy a house.  There are a lot of loan programs out there that a good Broker can find you with very little to even no down payment.  You just need to ask - ASK ME!  I can "hook you up" with one of several mortgage lenders, your choice, and you can be on your way to home ownership.

What's the plan?  Here's a great one:
1. Find and buy the home.
2. Move into it and stay for at least 2 years.
3. Find a second home.
4. Clean up your first home, and move in...
Continue reading...
 

Massive ROI - You can do it! (ROI=Return on Investment)

November 12, 2015

I have great news to share with you - it's about how real estate can actually bring you massive returns, better than your bank, better than your 401K, even in recession.  Want to know how?  Let's meet - I'll even buy you lunch!

Other investments typically are really good if they give you 5% or even 10% on your money.  BUT I can show you where, if you take advantage of following a prescribed pattern, you can make a great return even better than with your IRA, 401K, or bank savings.

AND if you ar...


Continue reading...
 

Motivation

November 12, 2015
I have been in several coaching programs - some good, some not good.  I am not great at just suggestions - I need someone to say do this and then do that.  At this moment I am in two coaching programs, both completely different but both dealing with Real Estate.  In fact, they are about the exact opposites of each other - one is compared to high class, glossy, lots of bling, appealing to high end sellers and buyers.  The other is nitty gritty, get down in the trenches, commando type of market...
Continue reading...
 

Relationships

November 12, 2015
I just blew it with a friendship - I stepped on her toes, I took an unfair turn without her knowledge, I broke the trust code, I screwed up.  How's that for a relationship? - she would have cause to block me from her life, but unfortunately, I work in the same office and would have occasion to see her, speak with her, and to live my disgrace all over again.  Sure the fault is mine, and I freely admitted it.  She called me down on it.  She had a right to do that.  It was my own stupidity not t...
Continue reading...
 

Yet another Short Sale!

October 7, 2015
Wells Fargo Bank has a lot of foreclosure business and is still going strong.  I have a bank account with them and they own one of my rental properties (I say one, but right now, I only have ONE). BUT I'm not in foreclosure, so that is great!  I just finished a long, drawn out short sale with WFB and it would have been shorter had we not changed buyers 4 times and then the last buyer wanted to change the price at the last minute, which made the bank have to go back to decide yes or no.  They ...
Continue reading...
 

Some short sales ARE short - but is that good?

September 30, 2015
After 3 years of mostly short sale transactions, my business is turning towards more standard sales!  However, there are still families that need advice and help to stop the foreclosure of their home.

But this brings me to a funny yet sad story of one of my former client's wanderings in the nether world of foreclosure.  She would really be upset at me telling her story to anyone, let alone publish her story, so I will call her Nadine Ash.

The funny part of this story is that I tried to help her...

Continue reading...
 

No names, just facts

August 24, 2013

It's been a long road down the not-so-crimson pathway in short sale land.  Here's a familiar rant about what is happening - and it isn't even all about the banks (it's the buyers and sellers, too).

1.  I have a short sale listing - but the sale is going down the tubes.  Both 1st and 2nd Banks OK'd the sale, BUT.  The BUT is they (Nationstar) want to close in 10 days.  Why they won't budge, I don't know.  The seller is unhappy, thinks we aren't working h...


Continue reading...
 

Short Sales are STILL possible, but hurry!

July 18, 2013
There are still people in denial - are you one of them?  Are you eligible for a short sale in the Obama plan and have not acted?  You really need to look at your situation, now, and decide that you can beat the bank!  What does that mean?

If your lender has sent you a Notice of Default and a Notice of Trustee Sale, you don't have much time!  You need to call me to figure out your options.

I had a listing in West LA, a couple months ago.  She, the owner, waited too long to call me. We listed her...
Continue reading...
 

About Me


Connie Gohata RealtorĀ® and RE Investor Short Sale and REO Specialist Regular Sales, Distressed Sales CA/BRE #01822665 Phone: 714-553-9146

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