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Winning the bidding wars

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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Selling by owner

Dear Phyllis, Our elderly mother lived in her home for more than 30 years and just passed. Her next door neighbor was very kind and did a lot of nice things for her such as taking trash cans out and in. This neighbor wants to buy her hom...

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Sellers’ Change of Heart

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 advice column for years and don’t think I have seen you address this...

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Selling with a leaky roof

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, We have a flat roof that leaks. As the seller, we would rather just disclose at the time of sale, t...

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Appraisal Discrepancies

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, My wife and I are first time buyers and have saved $80,000 for our down payment. Each of our pa...

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Disclosure Dilemmas

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 we had our home listed but we didn’t close because of an issue with the roof. After...

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Pros And Cons Of Lease Options

Dear Phyllis, Because we are cleaning up our credit and can’t get a loan we would like to try to find a rent to own opportunity. Can you explain how these work and where we can find these listings? JLM Dear JLM, There is no sp...

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Selling An Empty Home vs. A Staged One

Dear Phyllis, Thank you for your column which I always look forward to reading. I will be relocating my mom from Valencia and am wondering if it's better to sell her house completely empty, or whether I should have her home staged or jus...

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Realtor Responsibilities

Dear Phyllis, Four months ago, our home was in escrow and it was a nightmare. Our buyer’s original offer was a cash offer. He then opted to get a loan and the appraisal came in low. All of this developed after we had been in escrow for...

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Short Sale Timelines

Dear Phyllis, Three weeks ago, we made an offer for a short sale listing. The seller’s agent acknowledged receipt and said she forwarded our offer to the bank. She says she still hasn’t heard from the bank and as you can imagine, we ...

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