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Trustee’s due diligence

Dear Phyllis, I am the trustee of my uncle’s estate and my two sisters and I are the beneficiaries. My sister works for a property management company and her boss highly recommended a very well-known local Realtor®. He is very knowled...

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How to simultaneously buy and sell

Dear Phyllis, I am seeking advice on buying and selling simultaneously in this crazy market. We know we can sell our home quickly as the homes in our neighborhood immediately sell and usually over the asking price. Last month, we found a...

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Should my realtor be more aggressive?

Dear Phyllis, We are new to La Crescenta and are renting while we look for a home. Before we moved, I contacted a Realtor® I found online. She did advise us that the market is very competitive and to be patient. Now that we moved I thou...

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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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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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Multiple Offer Snafu

Dear Phyllis, I enjoy reading your question and answers. My son and daughter-in-law have been looking at homes for two months. It’s been difficult for them, because most of the homes are snapped up quickly. They just lost a home they l...

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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 real estate commissions varies from 4 ½ to 6%. Our La Crescenta ho...

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