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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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Should my realtor be more aggressive?

Dear Phyllis, We are new to La Crescenta and are renting while we look for a home. Before we moved, I contacted a Realtor® I found online. She did advise us that the market is very competitive and to be patient. Now that we moved I thou...

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Multiple Offer Snafu

Dear Phyllis, I enjoy reading your question and answers. My son and daughter-in-law have been looking at homes for two months. It’s been difficult for them, because most of the homes are snapped up quickly. They just lost a home they l...

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Pros and cons of hiring a friend or family member as your Realtor 3

Working with Realtor friends

There is nothing wrong with working with Realtor friends, as long as they are full time experienced real estate agents. And if they aren’t you are getting very short changed. Last year I sold a La Canada home. The buyer came to two of ...

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First Time Buyer Woes

Dear Phyllis, We have been married for five years and managed to save over $50,000. Although, we haven’t started a family, we really want to purchase in La Crescenta because of the school district. With a starter home going for well o...

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Sellers’ Change of Heart

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, I have been reading your advice column for years and don’t think I have seen you address this...

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