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How to hire a Realtor®

How to hire a Realtor® I'm interviewing several Realtors® regarding the sale of my home and frankly they all seem about the same. The only major difference is some have lots of listings, while others have very few. I am concerned my ho...

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Are there upfront fees when selling your home?

Are there upfront fees when selling your home? Dear Phyllis, I’m thinking of selling our home this summer. I have a few concerns about what to expect in fees. What upfront costs am I going to encounter when listing my home for sale with...

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Seller Options When The Appraisal Comes In Low

Seller options when the appraisal comes in low Dear Phyllis, I have a sales contract but the buyer’s appraisal came back for $10,000 less than our agreed upon purchase price. After the buyer’s inspection, I agreed to credit $5,000...

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How Long Does It Take to Put a Home on the Market?

Preparing your home for sale can take a bit of time. We and the seller decide which day we are going live in the MLS (multiple listing service) and count back. How long it takes to put a home on the market depends on the plan. We consult...

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Can I sell my home if the roof isn’t permitted?

Can I sell my home if the roof isn’t permitted? Dear Phyllis, After I bought my home, I had the heater replaced and a put on a new roof. Although the work was done by local contractors it was suggested that to save money I not pull ...

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When is a good time to list your home for sale?

When is a good time to list your home for sale? Dear Phyllis, My aunt recently passed away and I am her executor. I am planning on having her home painted prior to selling. When is a good time to list your home for sale? Linda D...

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What happens when a cash buyer can’t pay cash?

What happens when a cash buyer can’t pay cash? Dear Phyllis, After four months on the market, we finally sold our home to an all cash buyer. Closing was to occur in thee weeks. Because there was no loan to worry about, we have been mo...

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How to sell your home for the lowest price

Most home sellers want to sell for the highest price. Many don’t want to be involved in too many fix-its, so often it’s a compromise. Here’s a lesson on how to sell your home for the lowest price: My client had a vintage Spanish home w...

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How far to go when preparing your home for sale?

I have been selling Los Angeles homes since 1989. Each client has unique needs. One of the first things I want to know is how much effort a home seller is willing to put into preparing their home for sale. Selling your home in today's heated re...

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