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Zillow and their Zestimate

Dear Phyllis, I am a long time reader of your real estate column and don’t believe you have discussed Zillow and their zestimate. Every so often, I check our La Canada home’s value on Zillow and don’t understand the wild fluctuatio...

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The Renovation Question: What to Fix When Selling

Preparing your home for sale

I am in the midst of preparing two listing for sale. The sellers of my La Crescenta listing have lived in the home for twenty years and their adult children need to claim their belongings from the garage. Like most listings, the landscape needs...

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Lockbox Pros and Cons

Dear Phyllis, I am now the trustee of my parent’s Washington state home and am now interviewing Realtors®. Because the home is vacant, one Realtor® suggested a lockbox as this will make it easier to show. The other prefers that he or...

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Dog Dilemma

Dear Phyllis, Because I have two large dogs I need to leave the house with them before agents use the lockbox. My home has been listed for 4 weeks and because I have to leave the house with the dogs for each showing this has been difficu...

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Selling Your Home Is Not An Every Day Experience

If escrow was easy, Realtors would be out of business

If escrow was easy, Realtors would be out of business. There are a lot of pieces to listing a home. The first step is to meet with the client to determine their needs. Then I develop a plan of action: how far are we going to go in sprucing up t...

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Planning the sale of our home

Dear Phyllis, My youngest child graduates high school next year and will be going off to college. My husband and I are planning the sale of our La Canada home and move to a Pasadena condo. We are in a position to buy the condo without se...

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When is the buyer’s deposit at risk?

Dear Phyllis, I am helping my aunt sell her La Crescenta home so she can move closer to my sister who lives in Oregon. Her neighbor is a semi-retired Realtor® and offered to list her home for a discounted commission. Her home sold and e...

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Deciphering real estate commissions

Dear Phyllis, We are going to sell our home in the fall. While this may not be ideal timing, this is what works best for us. We have talked with several agents and their commission varies from 4 ½ to 6%. Our La Crescenta home is 1700 sq...

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How long will it take to sell my home?

Dear Phyllis, My husband has retired and we want to move somewhere more affordable. I understand homes in La Crescenta are selling quickly but how quickly? The thought of keeping my home neat enough for viewings puts me in a panic. I am ...

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Selling with minimal effort

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 column for years, and love it. I am getting to the age that I need to ...

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