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How to Plan Your Retirement Move

Ideally you have been planning the financial aspect of retirement for years. Deciding where to live is another matter. Obviously the amount of equity in your home will impact where you relocate. The good news is that Southern California re...

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Winning the bidding wars

Uncooperative Sellers

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, We made an offer for $25,000 over asking price which the seller accepted. We initially met the sell...

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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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The Wells Fargo Debacle

The Wells Fargo Debacle

I previously worked in the mortgage banking industry and know firsthand how corrupt and dishonest many bankers are. I followed the mortgage meltdown carefully and am trying to keep current on the recent Wells Fargo debacle. Wells Fargo &...

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Winning the bidding wars

Home Selling Guarantee, Fact of Fiction

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Home Selling Guarantee, Fact or Fiction Dear Phyllis, I have a rental property that is extremely run-down and ...

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Winning the bidding wars

The Renovation Question: What to Fix When Selling

For those planning to prepare their home for sale, there is a different set of fix-its. First thing first, consult with your Realtor who should be working with a home stylist or stager who can help you decide what to fix when selling. Common...

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Are we heading for another real estate bubbble?

Are we heading for another real estate bubbble?

Are we heading for another real estate bubble? Listing Inventory remains limited and home buyers can expect that 2017 will be similar to 2016 in this regard. I anticipate that housing prices will increase, but not as much as 2016. Interest ...

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Ask Phyllis: How to handle multiple offers

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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