Quote of the Week

February 29, 2012

Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  -Sasha Cohen

Ranked 2012 Sacramento Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent

February 23, 2012

Elizabeth Velasco is one of the 2012 Sacramento Five Star Professional Real Estate Agents, as listed in the February issue of Sacramento magazine.  Five Star Professional partnered with Sacramento magazine to determine the real estate agents in the area who provide exceptional service and overall satisfaction.

The Five Star award went to fewer than four percent of the 15,200 Sacramento area residents holding real estate licenses.

This research was completed via surveys to Sacramento area residents who purchased a home priced at more than $150,000 within a 36-month period (March 2008 to March 2011) and 1,000 subscribers of Sacramento magazine.  An additional 250 surveys were completed by mortgage and title companies.

Survey participants provided the name of a real estate agent and rated that individual  according to criteria such as integrity, communication and customer service.

A special thank you to everyone who nominated Elizabeth.  She continues to strive to provide exceptional customer service to all of her clients.

In Sacramento magazine, Elizabeth is listed under Elk Grove on page FS3 in column 1.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Velasco and all of this year’s winners! 

by Tarra McCurdy – tarramccurdy@comcast.net

Flora from Hayward, CA

February 21, 2012

Please accept my gratitude for all your hard work. Now I am so happy and I have peace of mind to live in my new neighborhood.

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks

February 9, 2012

The deadline for taxes, April 15, is just around the corner.  Do you have all the necessary documents to file your taxes?  If you made any real estate transactions in 2011 (i.e. buying or selling a home), here’s the 9 documents you need to get the max for your tax refund from your real estate transaction:

1. Mortgage Interest Statement – IRS Form 1098

2. Property Tax Statements

3. Uniform Settlement Statement (HUD-1)

4. Moving Expense Receipts

5. Cancellation of Debt Statement – IRS Form 1099

6. Utility Statements for Home Office

7. Income & Expense Statements from Rental Properties

8. Contractor Receipts from Energy Efficient Home Improvments

9. Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC)

To find out more about these documents, read more at Trulia.

by Tarra McCurdy – tarramccurdy@comcast.net

Jaylene & Joseph from Hayward, CA

February 2, 2012

“We extend our sincere appreciation for handling our real estate transaction so well.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We will highly recommend you to our friends and relatives.”

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