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Reverse Mortgage Pitfalls

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, Years ago my parents obtained a reverse mortgage; my father passed first. After our mother became i...

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How to Determine your Asking Price

How to Determine your Asking Price

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, Last year, thinking we were going to remain in our home for many years, we refinanced to combine ou...

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How to Tell When it’s Time to Fire Your Realtor

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, In August I signed a contract with a local real estate agent. Other than one open house and a few a...

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How to Determine your Asking Price

Should home sellers leave for showings?

Most home sellers understand that they should leave when buyers arrive for viewings. Should home sellers leave for showing? Buyers are often uncomfortable while visiting when the owner is there. They find it awkward opening closets, voicin...

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Should home sellers leave for showings?

Should home sellers leave for showings?

Should home sellers leave for showings? Buyers are often uncomfortable when visiting a home while the owner is there. They find it awkward opening closets, voicing objections or simply asking questions. Of course in the case of disabled owners,...

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How to Determine your Asking Price

How to Determine your Asking Price

Dear Phyllis, Last year, thinking we were going to remain in our home for many years, we refinanced to combine our first and second loans and to take advantage of a lower interest rate.  Our home appraised for $950,000.  Zillow says my...

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Determining your Tax Basis

Determining your Tax Basis

I am a real estate agent and am not qualified to offer tax advice. But of course as a California Realtor, there are certain general things I should be aware of.  When it’s time to sell your home you certainly want to take advantage of y...

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How to Determine your Asking Price

Is it time to fire your Realtor®?

Phyllis, In November I signed a contract with a local real estate agent. Other than one open house and a few ads he has done nothing special to sell my home. I really need to get my home sold and am very frustrated.  I want to fire my ...

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What is the average time someone owns their home?

What is the average time someone owns their home?

For two decades the median ownership of a home averaged six years. Since 2008, that average has significantly increased. According to the National Association of Realtors, for two+ decades, (1985-2008), the median time a home was owned averaged...

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