College-Glen Real Estate Advice & Community Info
College-Glen Real Estate Advice & Community Info
Doug Reynolds - Living and working in College-Glen
 

ABOUT

Doug Reynolds

Hello and thanks for visiting my About Page. I look forward to talking with you one day soon.

I am a resident of College-Glen with my wife, two daughters and black lab.  I has been specializing in the neighborhood since 2009 and viewed nearly every house that has sold in College Greens and Glenbrook since then.  I love working with sellers and buyers in his neighborhood and enjoy meeting new neighbors.  My family and I love all that College-Glen has to offer and look forward to watching the kids grow up in the neighborhood for many years to come.

 
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HERE’S A QUICK SUMMARY ABOUT THIS PAGE FOLLOWED BY DETAILED INFORMATION

·       11+ years of sales as Full-Time Realtor (BRE #01734464)

·       Over 200 homes sold across Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and El Dorado Counties

·       Masters Club Member 2011-2016 (Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors) - Sacramento Association of Realtors

·       Gold Award winner (Top 5% Nationwide) – Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

·       78% of my business comes from referrals and repeat clients

·       Business Degree in “Real Estate and Land Use Affairs”- CSU, Sacramento 2006 Graduate

·       Full Team of professional associates and vendors to lead my sellers and buyers successfully through the entire process while meeting their needs and expectations.

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

I smoothly navigate sellers, buyers, and investors through an intricate process to avoid mistakes and achieve their real estate goals.  I take a relational approach to each individual client and strive to find their "Why" of buying or selling a home. I then tailor my efforts to meet their needs in a way that makes them feel valued, appreciated, heard, understood, cared for and professionally represented. I maximize their investment and time while reducing their worries and needed efforts.

 

MY KNOWLEDGE & EXPERTISE

 

I live in College-Glen, so I have first-hand knowledge of the current issues and topics that are going on in the neighborhood. I talk with my neighbors on a regular basis and my kids go to school in the neighborhood, so I am also connecting with the parents of other kids from the area. I am active in the community with helping out the homeowners association and also a member of Nextdoor.com. So, I have my finger on the pulse of the neighborhood due to living and being involved with College-Glen.

 

Additionally, I am continually working with buyers and sellers in the neighborhood.  I have knowledge of listings that will be coming on the market in the future as well as how negotiations went with many escrows in the neighborhood. Also, other agents that don’t specialize in the area know me as a College-Glen expert. I commonly receive calls from other agents who might be having a listing coming up or if they have a buyer that is looking in the area. I have also been inside nearly every property that has come on the market in College-Glen since 2009. All of these things provide me with the best inside look of the College-Glen real estate market so I am able to advise both my buyer and seller clients the best advice for their situation, whether they should act now or wait.

 

I also have a rental property in the neighborhood. That keeps me tied into the rental market in the area so that I can advise potential investors or homeowners that are thinking about converting to a rental and buying something else. My primary residence is north of the freeway in College Greens and my rental property is south of the freeway in Glenbrook. Both of my properties keep me tied to both subdivisions and both sides of the freeway.

 

GIVING CLIENTS AN ADVANTAGE

 

My constant involvement within the College-Glen real estate market gives my clients the ultimate advantage when buying or selling in College-Glen. I know every street from either walking my dog, riding my bike, delivering the quarterly neighborhood newsletter, visiting friends or selling houses. Having been inside nearly every home that has sold in College-Glen since 2009, I know which floor plans are the most popular, which streets have certain issues and what sells the best. Also, when negotiating for my buyer clients, most listing agents know that I live in and specialize in the neighborhood. That gives a bit of an advantage when competing with multiple offers and also gives the seller’s side piece-of-mind that I know the area and will be getting the deal closed with my buyer. I am also able to reference nearly any sale in the past since I’ve been inside all the homes and can compare and contrast the houses and give insight to all the parties involved as to how the houses compare.

 

 

AN EDGE IN NEGOTIATING TO SELL A PROPERTY

 

The age of the homes sometimes presents a challenge for selling in College-Glen. The houses are not new, but at the same time they are not so old that all of them have had the plumbing and electrical completely redone. Typically, major electrical or plumbing problems do not come up in College-Glen homes yet, but many of the properties have galvanized plumbing. That causes the water pressure to slowly decrease over time. If you get an uneducated buyer that is not familiar with age-related issues, then you can run into problems.

 

The proximity to the freeway is much closer than other neighborhoods around town.  Someone who has never lived near a freeway may think it’s going to be a huge noise issue all day, every day. Typically, if you are at least two houses away from the freeway wall then it is rarely an issue for homeowners.  This can sometimes be a hurdle to overcome with buyers from out of the area. I like to invite potential buyers to come into the house during rush hour and let them sit and listen. Once they do that, most of the time it is no longer a concern.

 

Just like the freeway, the river can also be a concern for some out-of-area buyers. They have flashbacks to the New Orleans flood and fear the worst. Educating those buyers is the key.  Letting them know the neighborhood has good levees and is in a FEMA zone X500 and XPL.  These designations do not require flood insurance. Additional coverage can be added to your homeowner’s policy and it comes at a discounted price since the area is not a high flood risk location. Once that fear is addressed, the river becomes one of the greatest assets and benefits to most residents of College-Glen.

 

The fact that there is not a middle school or high school within the physical boundaries of the neighborhood can sometimes be a concern to parents looking to buy in the neighborhood.  The elementary school in College-Glen is excellent. After that, there are pretty good options for parents/kids that want to enter the lottery or attend various middle/high schools in the area.  Once the options are laid out, most parents are comfortable with moving their children into the neighborhood knowing they have a few different choices.

 

By living and working in the neighborhood, I have an inside look of the College-Glen real estate market on a daily basis. This provides me with insight of the market that other agents from out of the area do not have. I know exactly what’s going on with buyer activity and if demand is low or high. I have been inside all of the properties that have sold recently so I can compare them exactly to all of my listings. Many times I have knowledge of listings that may be coming back on the market due to inspection or buyer issues and also about properties that will be coming on the market in the near future. This provides my clients and me a position of strength to make the best decisions during negotiations. Other agents would be negotiating blind not knowing certain aspects that are going on with the current College-Glen real estate market.

 

I have lived in the neighborhood and have seen nearly every house that has sold since 2009.  This gives me extensive knowledge of all the comparables in regards to what sells fast, what buyers are looking for, what features get sellers top dollar and what’s going on with the market at any given moment in time.  This knowledge translates to my sellers making the right decisions before coming on the market and also provides a position of strength during negotiations with buyers’ offers and after inspections. Lastly, I make sure to meet all appraisers at my listings.  This way I can talk with them about every single comparable home they are considering.  I typically have more knowledge of the College-Glen market than them so I’m able to assist them in knowing what additional features or benefits my listings have compared to recent sales.

 

WORKING WITH SELLERS:

·       Initial appointment to find homeowners “Why” to selling. From there the entire process is tailored to meet the specific needs of that individual seller in a way that makes them feel valued, appreciated, heard, understood, cared for and professionally represented.

·       Comparable Market Analysis to analyze market value of that specific property.

·       Full Team of vendors available to assist in any pre-market needs: painter, cleaner, stager, roofer, carpet cleaner, handyman, pest inspector, sewer inspector, plumber, landscaper/gardener, appraiser, pool service, escrow team, mortgage lender.

·       Home Enhancement Checklist to discuss free and inexpensive solutions to maximize return for highest possible sales price.

·       Estimated Net Sheet to review sales expenses and eventual proceeds from sale.

·       Thorough Review of Preliminary Title report before putting the house on the market to make sure no unexpected clouds on title.  Title and Escrow team to address any surprise issues before the property is put on the market so it is not a concern during escrow.

·       Online Transaction Coordination for electronic signatures, paperless file system and online retrieval of documents after the closing.

·       Pre-market property assessment of minimum requirements pertaining to smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, self-closing hinges, water heater strapping, electrical components, plumbing, roof, exterior and interior conditions.

·       Professional Photography with wide angle lens and high resolution format

·       Virtual tour with music and detailed property information

·       YouTube video tour

·       MatterPort 3-D home tour available

·       Drone Photography available

·       Twilight Photo shoot available

·       Full Color, high resolution, double sided property Flyers for flyer box on sign

·       Sign installation

·       Broker Open Tour before the property goes live on the market

·       Open house

·       Open house invitation handed out to the 50-100 surrounding neighbors prior to the open house to stimulate/increase traffic.

·       Property Listed on the Sacramento Metrolist MLS system marketing the property to 1,000’s of real estate agents working with potential buyers

·       Weekly Marketing/Showing Feedback/Status update reports

·       Meet with appraiser to provide access to the property, go over the comps and discuss all upgrades of the home

·       Negotiate any buyer requested repair items

·       Regularly monitor/check in with the buyers agent and the buyer’s lender to make sure everything is on track and they are meeting their deadlines throughout the transaction.

·       Escrow/Title coordination for closing documents and signing appointments

·       Post Escrow follow up and transition to Client Appreciation Program

 

 
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  1. AN EDGE IN NEGOTIATING FOR A BUYER

 

A few key things are having a strong pre-approval squared away before you write your offer, having thorough inspections performed during escrow and working with a Realtor that knows exactly what’s going on in the College-Glen market.

 

A strong pre-approval letter will give you a great starting point when submitting and negotiating an offer. Typically it is best to work with a local, direct lender for your home loan. A solid pre-approval will put you ahead of other potential buyers and can also help with negotiating favorable pricing terms by committing to an accelerated loan process. Working with a great lender can help you shorten your loan/appraisal contingency periods. That can be an extremely beneficial thing for the seller and helps with your negotiating as the buyer.

 

Have the property inspected very well. Due to the age of the homes, this typically will include a whole-home inspection, a pest/termite inspection, roof inspection, sewer inspection and a pool inspection if applicable. Also, do not skimp on these inspections. You are typically making the largest financial purchase of your life. Do not try and save a few hundred bucks by going with a poor quality inspector. Just as I do, any good Realtor should have excellent referrals for these categories. The inspections will hopefully turn out great but if things come up, it could potentially lead to further inspections such as the chimney, foundation, pluming or electrical.  Doing all your homework during the escrow process can help with negotiating repairs with the sellers and also provide you with all the information for making an informed decision now and not have surprises later.

 

Working with a Realtor that knows the current real estate trends in College-Glen and where the market is headed will give you a negotiation advantage as a buyer.  My constant involvement within the College-Glen real estate market gives my buyer clients an advantage when shopping for a home in the neighborhood. I know every street and have been inside nearly every home on the market since 2009.  This gives me the knowledge of the best floor plans and streets. I am also known by Sacramento Realtors as a specialist in the area, listing agents have comfort in work with me and my buyer clients.

 

WORKING WITH BUYERS:

·       Initial appointment to find your “Why” for buying. From there the entire process is tailored to meet the specific needs of that individual buyer in a way that makes them feel valued, appreciated, heard, understood, cared for and professionally represented.

·       Relationships with Top Local Loan officers/lenders that can analyze your finances and get you preapproved for the best loan to meet your needs and situation. They can also provide detailed advice and guidance on improving credit scores for a more successful mortgage. These lenders are experienced and have excellent, established track records.  They have great relationships with the real estate community which is crucial when trying to get your offer accepted over another buyer you might be competing with on a property you want to purchase.

·       Personalized App for mobile searching for homes on your phone or tablet and have a direct text communication with me within the app on the properties that you have interest in.

·       Proven process for higher rate of success in getting buyers offers accepted when in a multiple offer negotiation and competing with other buyers in this current low inventory market: offer presentation process, offer structure guidance, lender communication with listing agent, personal letter guidance, and prior Realtor relationships from hundreds of past transactions.

·       Complete hand holding and support through the entire escrow, your point of contact for everything from start to finish.

·       Regular communication updates in the format you prefer: call/text/email/etc.

·       Trusted, Professional inspectors for: Home Inspection, Sewer Inspection, Roof Inspection, Pest Inspection, Pool Inspection, Chimney Inspection, Plumbing Inspection, Tree/Arborist Inspection, etc.

·       Competitive Negotiation From the Initial Offer to Request for Repair Items from Inspection Reports.

·       Extensive Knowledge of the Sales Contract to provide coverage and protection during the entire escrow.

·       Escrow/Title coordination for closing documents and signing appointments

·       Post Escrow follow up and transition to Client Appreciation Program

 

PICKING A REAL ESTATE AGENT & WORKING BY REFERRAL:

I WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOU. I ENJOY BUILDING POSSITIVE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS BY WORKING EXCLUSIVELY WITH PEOPLE I ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHO VALUE THE SERVICE I PROVIDE! THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING ME FOR ONE OF THE BIGGEST PURCHASES OF YOUR LIFE!

RELATIONSHIPS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN TRANSACTIONS

You may have noticed that many real estate agents take a transactional approach to sales - identifying clients, closing the deal, and then moving on to the next one. I chose not to work that way because I believe you deserve more from the professional you decide to work with.

That is why I would love to build a long-lasting relationship with you and show you what it means to me to be your Realtor invested in helping you through this cumbersome process, in the best way I know how!

YOU CONTROL MY BUSINESS

I KNOW THAT I MUST EARN YOUR FUTURE REFERRALS, SO I AIM TO EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS!

I have a vested interest in making sure that you are completely satisfied at the end of our transaction together. I want you to be so "fired-up" that you can't wait to tell your friends and family about me and the fantastic service you received!

When you come across an opportunity, I appreciate you referring me to great people like yourself, who would benefit from my many years of experience, my goal of excellence and personal attention I strive to provide.

SERVICE AFTER THE SALE

I devote myself to serving the needs of my clients before, during and after each sale. Instead of disappearing after the closing, you can expect me to keep in touch.  I call it my “Client Appreciation Program” where I will continue to stay in contact through calls/texts, personal handwritten notes and “Pop-Bys” where I swing by to say hello and drop off a silly little gift (usually with some type of pun). Additionally, I throw a client appreciation party each year where we get a chance to celebrate and thank you as being a past client and a great supporter in me by way of your referrals.  Lastly, the program includes snail mail and email market updates so you can keep an eye on what the real estate market is up to.  Make sure to open the snail mailer items as they regularly include give aways, prizes, notepads, magnets, sports calendars and more.

I hope you will turn to me for help with any of your real-estate related needs because it is such a privilege to work exclusively with people like you who I admire and respect, and who value the service I provide.

 

 

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TRAINING / EDUCATION

·       2017 Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Class Coordinator

·       2017 Brian Buffini “Peak Producers” Graduate

·       2016 Legal Update 2 – BHGRE Reliance Partners

·       2016 Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership Live One Day Event

·       2016 Brian Buffini “Success Tour” Live Event

·       2016 Legal Update 1 – BHGRE Reliance Partners

·       2016 Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Graduate

·       2015 Legal Update 2 – BHGRE Reliance Partners

·       2015 Brian Buffini “Success Tour” Live Event

·       2015 Legal Update 1 – BHGRE Reliance Partners

·       2014 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2014 Brian Buffini “Turning Point” Live Event – South San Francisco

·       2014 “How To Think Like an Appraiser” – Ryan Lundquist Training

·       2014 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2013 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2013 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2012 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2012 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2011 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2011 Gov Hutchinson Real Estate Law Training

·       2011 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2010 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2010 Brian Buffini “Turning Point” Live Event – San Jose

·       2010 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2009 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2009 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2008 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2008 Brian Buffini “Turning Point” Live Event – Sacramento Convention Center

·       2008 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2007 Legal Update 2 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2007 Brian Buffini “100 Days To Greatness”

·       2007 Legal Update 1 – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2006 Legal Update – Led by renowned Real Estate Attorney Bill Jansen of Broker Risk Management

·       2006 CSU, Sacramento Graduate - Business Degree in “Real Estate and Land Use Affairs”

 

 

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

·       2017 “200 Club” – Over 200 homes sold in career

·       2016 Master’s Club Lifetime Member award - Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors  (Sacramento Association of Realtors)

·       2016 Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Gold Circle Award Winner (Top 5% Nationwide)

·       2015 Master’s Club Lifetime Member award - Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors (Sacramento Association of Realtors)

·       2015 Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Gold Circle Award Winner (Top 5% Nationwide)

·       2014 Master’s Club Member award - Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors (Sacramento Association of Realtors)

·       2014 Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Silver Circle Award Winner (Top 15% Nationwide)

·       2013 Master’s Club Member award - Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors (Sacramento Association of Realtors)

·       2013 Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Silver Circle Award Winner (Top 15% Nationwide)

·       2013 Third Place Producer for Units Sold – BHGRE Mason-McDuffie

·       2012 Master’s Club Member award - Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors (Sacramento Association of Realtors)

·       2012 Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Silver Circle Award Winner (Top 15% Nationwide)

·       2012 Second Place Producer for Units Sold – BHGRE Mason-McDuffie

·       2012 “100 Club” – Over 100 homes sold in career

·       2011 Master’s Club Member award - Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors (Sacramento Association of Realtors)

·       2007 Rookie of the year – Prudential California Realty (Sacramento Office)

 

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS:

·       National Association of Realtors (NAR)

·       California Association of Realtors (CAR)

·       Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR)

·       California Department of Real Estate license #01734464

·       Masters Club Member 2011-2016 (Top 10% of Sacramento Area Realtors) – (SAR)

 

 

SPORTS I LOVE TO EITHER PLAY OR WATCH:

·       Baseball / Men’s Softball

·       Soccer

·       Hockey

·       Stand-Up Paddleboarding

·       Snowboarding

·       Surfing

·       Running

·       Cycling

·       Skateboarding

·       Wakeboarding

·       Basketball

·       Football

·       Racquetball

·       Tennis

·       Slack Lining

·       Rock climbing

·       Snakeboarding

·       Frisbee

·       Hiking

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES I ENJOY

·       Reading

·       Cooking / BBQing

·       Card and Board games

·       Traveling (although I haven’t been to many places yet)

·       Listening to Podcasts

·       Music

·       Home DIY projects

·       Church

·       Taking the road less traveled

·       Watching Movies

·       Laughing

 

PERSONAL

I grew up in the beautiful beach town of Ventura, Ca.  I played nearly every sport imaginable as a kid, if it had either a board or a ball involved then I enjoyed it.  I moved to Sacramento in 2002 to attend Sacramento State. I graduated with my Business Degree in “Real Estate and Land Use Affairs” in 2006.  This gave me an incredible jump start on my career as I knew all the contracts and laws from my college education.  I started full time as a Realtor in the summer of 2006 right after graduation.  I didn’t just fall or stumble into real estate as most agents do, I knew that was the career I wanted to pursue.  However, do you remember what Sacramento Real Estate was doing starting in 2006??  That’s right, I started at nearly the worst time imaginable in the history of real estate.  BUT, I can look back and consider it a blessing.  I learned how to work extremely hard from the start.  Many other agents that started in the easy years for 2002-2004 had an extremely difficult time trying to adjust to the mortgage meltdown market or foreclosures, short sales and dropping prices.  I, on the other hand, didn’t know any better so it was just “normal” to me. 

I married my amazing wife in 2008.  We have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, born in 2010 and 2013. In the evenings and free time I enjoy laughing and connecting with my wife and kids, exercising through a variety of sports, and learning how to better improve my habits, talents and abilities to achieve goals and make differences in my five circles of life (Spiritual, Family, Business, Financial & Personal). I really enjoy podcasts and books that challenge me to be a better business man, entrepreneur, negotiator, father, husband and friend.