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Senior Planning a Move

Senior Planning a Move Dear Phyllis, My mother has begun to discuss selling her home and moving into a senior’s apartment complex. While I think this is a good idea, I think it is too soon for her to give up her home. But I do concu...

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Planning ahead

Planning ahead Dear Phyllis, We have lived in our home for thirty years. Over the last several years, we have spent almost $15,000 on the outside. We have a new driveway, fresh paint and new drought tolerant landscaping. Five years ag...

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Counter Offers not Required

Counter Offers not Required Dear Phyllis, I have been looking at homes for nine months. During that time we have written several offers which for various reasons weren’t accepted. The most recent offer my agent submitted was on a ho...

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Pricing to sell

Pricing to sell Dear Phyllis, Before listing my home I met with two Realtors®. The first told me to price my home at $1,295,000 and expect to sell over the asking price. But he really couldn’t pinpoint how much higher, which made m...

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Keeping up with Termites

Keeping up with Termites Dear Phyllis, I am a widow and have owned my home for more than twenty years. Last year, my gardener cut down a couple of trees and we stacked the firewood in my driveway. My son-in-law was recently visiting a...

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Competing in a Seller’s Market

Competing in a Seller’s Market Competing in a seller's market Dear Phyllis: My husband and I are beginning our search for a new home and I have a question/concern. I understand that many homes are selling over asking price. What ...

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Keeping an open house secure

Keeping an open house secure In several months I am going to sell my home. The Realtor® I hired wants to have an open house. I know this is common but I am concerned about security. What kind of people should I expect to come during an op...

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Home Selling Action Plan

Home Selling Action Plan Dear Phyllis, I look forward to your real estate advice and now find myself seeking your counsel. My mother had a stroke and is slowly recovering. She has lived in her home for forty years and there is a lot of ...

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How much of a discount do cash buyers expect?

How much of a discount do cash buyers expect? Dear Phyllis, I am the trustee for my grandmother, who recently passed away. I will be listing her home in San Diego. We had an estate sale and the home is now vacant. With her illness and...

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Buyers are feeling the rush

Buyers are feeling the rush Dear Phyllis, My son was recently divorced and has sole custody of his two girls. So that they could remain in the same school district they have moved into my La Crescenta home. There is plenty of room, so t...

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