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Winning the bidding wars

Failure to disclose

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, I look forward to your column and I think this is a new question. Is not providing real estat...

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Winning the bidding wars

Seller doesn’t want to move

Seller doesn’t want to move Dear Phyllis, After looking at homes forever, and writing offers where we missed out either to cash buyers or by just a few thousand dollars, we finally got an offer accepted. Now we are nearly ready to c...

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Winning the bidding wars

Time is a buyer’s worst enemy

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, I haven’t seen you address this. Does accepting the seller's counter offer equal a binding contra...

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A first time home buyer begins to settle in

A first time home buyer begins to settle in

My youngest daughter works in Beverly Hills and the daily commute from La Canada is overwhelming. Because rents are astronomical we tackled the rent versus buy dilemma. Tenants have little security over rent increases, or worse notice to vacate...

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Buying in 2017? 4 Steps to Take Now

Buying in 2017? 4 Steps to Take Now By Jennifer Riner Although interest rates recently suffered their first hike of the year, the financial advantages of home buying are still alive and well. With lesser monthly expenses and the potent...

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Winning the bidding wars

Is Earthquake Insurance Worth the Expense?

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, Because earthquake insurance is so costly, my wife and I have always opted to not purchase the addi...

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Phyllis Harb is bullish on real estate

I am bullish on real estate. My youngest daughter works in Beverly Hills and the daily commute from La Canada is overwhelming. Rents are high, interest rates low and prices are expected to increase this year. My husband and I decided it mak...

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Winning the bidding wars

Winning the bidding wars

Dear Phyllis, Last year, we made offers on three homes and were outbid on each one. We would like to try again. What advice can you offer on winning the bidding wars? Laura Dear Laura, Home buying 101 - first things first: The sell...

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The Real Estate Waiting Game

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, Our real estate agent has been showing us homes for quite some time. Last week we finally found the...

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Winning the bidding wars

Appraisal Discrepancies

Dear Phyllis, My wife and I are first time buyers and have saved $80,000 for our down payment. Each of our parents is helping us with the remainder. Out of five offers, our $985,000 bid was the highest. We hired an inspector and everyth...

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