Myths About Selling Your Lodi or Stockton Area Home In A Slower Market

Trying to sell your Lodi or Stockton area home in a slower market is definitely frustrating. You may find that it takes longer to sell and you cannot get as much money as you could during a booming market.  house selling myths

However, you can’t believe all the hype about a sluggish real estate market. Do your research and separate the facts from the fiction.

You won’t get a decent price.

Your home will sell for whatever a buyer is willing to spend on it.  A comparative market analysis (CMA) shows you what other buyers spent on homes similar to yours.

Of course, if you bought your home when values were higher, you may have to take a loss. However, most people can get a fair price and even make a profit in a slower market.

Your home will stay on the market too long.

While it’s true that homes tend to take longer to sell during a slower market, it’s not impossible to sell them. People do still buy real estate in slower markets.

If your home is priced right and properly prepared for sale, you can still sell it within a reasonable amount of time.

Buyers only want foreclosures and short sales.

The truth is that buyers want good deals, and this can be in the form of money or time. The price of a foreclosure or short sale may certainly be attractive to many buyers, but they can sometimes take a considerable amount of time to close while the banks negotiate their terms.

Paying slightly more for a traditional sale is sometimes well worth the time they can save.

Selling your Lodi or Stockton area home in a slow market isn’t always easy, but it can be done if you choose the right Realtor.  Using my proven marketing plan, I can help you sell your home whether it’s a slower market or a booming market.

Call me today at (209) 339-9000 or email me at


Prepare your home for sale properly… 

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How To Safeguard Your Home

Feeling safe in your own home is something that we all strive for and hopefully get to enjoy. But for some residents in the Lodi & Stockton areas, that’s just not an option unfortunately.

There are however, some safeguards that can help bring you some peace of mind and maybe allow you to sleep a little better at night.

FOR TIPS ON SAFEGUARDING YOUR HOME and other useful information, click on the “VIEW MY NEWSLETTER” button just below…

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How’s Your Home Air Conditioner Been This Summer?

Central air conditioner unit, from left side
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Your home’s air conditioner consists of three main parts:

  1. The compressor: It’s the large outdoor unit which is usually on the side of your house or behind the garage. It compresses the refrigerant, or Freon®, into a liquid that then evaporates, resulting in cooling.
  2. The blower unit: Pushes the air throughout the system.
  3. The ductwork: Circulates the air. Cool air is carried into the home; warm air is exhausted.

Anything having to do with refrigerant should be left to professionals. Hire someone to inspect the refrigerant and the compressor lines.

Here are several do-it-yourself tune-up tasks for your home’s air conditioner:

  • Change the air conditioner filters: Schedule a day each month to change your filters. It can be the first, the fifteenth or any day you will remember each month, just pick a date so you do not forget. Check the number on the filter that is already in the system, and buy the same size when it needs to be replaced.
  • Check for debris: After you change the filter, walk around the outside unit and check for obstructions. Clear any leaves or debris that might be caught in the grate. Cut back bushes that may be preventing airflow to the unit. There should be two feet of clear space around the unit.
  • Check the condensate removal system: Condensation occurs when warm air passes through the cooling coil. That condensation drips to a drain or a pan under the unit. If there is a pan, you need to empty it as it gets full.
  • Clean the compressor: The outdoor unit will get dirty and need cleaning, at least annually. Make sure you shut off the power to the unit before beginning. You can then hose off the dirt.

The summer heat here in Lodi, Stockton & Central Valley areas can really wreak havoc on your A/C unit.  If you’d like a referral to an air conditioning specialist for those times when you need to hire a professional, I’m happy to share my recommendations. Call me at (209) 339-9000 or email me at for more information.


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Tiger Pigs

Do you love a good internet hoax?  This one is kind of fun and totally harmless.  Have you seen it before?

It’s a picture of a mother tiger nursing 6 piglets wearing tiger costumes.  

The hoax version says the mother tiger was depressed after the death of her litter, so zoo keepers substituted piglets in hopes of cheering her up.  Everybody thought the pictures were fake, but they are real pictures from a real zoo in Thailand.

The whole STORY IS HERE…

On a side note, if you’re feeling depressed about the current real estate market…don’t be.  If you’re looking to buy a home, it’s a GREAT TIME! Interest rates are lower than ever!

If you’re looking to sell a home, then making sure that your home gets in front of the most eyes is what I do best.

I won’t put on a tiger costume, but if it feels like it’s a jungle out there, then I’ll be happy to tame whatever beasts you’re encountering while looking for just the right home, or getting your home sold faster and for a higher price.  Roar!  ;-)


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