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When is the right time to sell your home?

It’s often difficult to determine when it is the right time to sell your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average home seller remains in their home for ten years. In 1985, it was just five years. My husband ...

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Counter Offers not Required

Counter Offers not Required Dear Phyllis, I have been looking at homes for nine months. During that time we have written several offers which for various reasons weren’t accepted. The most recent offer my agent submitted was on a ho...

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Competing in a Seller’s Market

Competing in a Seller’s Market Competing in a seller's market Dear Phyllis: My husband and I are beginning our search for a new home and I have a question/concern. I understand that many homes are selling over asking price. What ...

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Buyers are feeling the rush

Buyers are feeling the rush Dear Phyllis, My son was recently divorced and has sole custody of his two girls. So that they could remain in the same school district they have moved into my La Crescenta home. There is plenty of room, so t...

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Courtesy Appointments

Courtesy Appointments Dear Phyllis, Several months ago we purchased our first home and the seller’s agent was very difficult. Each time we wanted to view the home we had to make appointments that were convenient for her schedule. Af...

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A recent Glendale fixer and how it went

I recently listed a Glendale fixer. The owner had moved out a year and a half ago. The home was filled with their furniture and personal property. I helped the sellers coordinate a hauler, packers and a storage unit. In the meantime a condo...

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What is Escrow?

Dear Phyllis, I bought my La Crescenta property many years ago from my cousin and we did not use a Realtor® and I don’t remember using an escrow company. My daughter and her fiancé are buying a home and have opened escrow. What does ...

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The dirty secret of major real estate websites

This may come as a surprise. When  you complete your contact information when accessing real estate web sites such as Realtor.com and Zillow you generally aren’t getting in touch with the actual listing agent. Most likely you are providing y...

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Why can’t we get an offer accepted?

Dear Phyllis, We have been looking at houses for over seven months. We have made offers on five different houses, but still can’t get an offer accepted. Our agent just keeps telling us it’s a tough market for buyers and to be patient...

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How to simultaneously buy and sell

Dear Phyllis, I am seeking advice on buying and selling simultaneously in this crazy market. We know we can sell our home quickly as the homes in our neighborhood immediately sell and usually over the asking price. Last month, we found a...

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