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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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Saving On Capital Gains

Dear Phyllis, My parents moved out of state two years ago and converted their home to a rental. To avoid capital gains tax, my accountant thinks my parents should sell since it was their primary residence for at least 2 of the last 5 yea...

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Transferring Property Taxes

  Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, Next year my wife and I plan to downsize to a smaller home or condo. We are contemplating...

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Planning Ahead

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, My siblings and I have been discussing moving our mother into senior apartments in the next year or...

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Contingent Upon Seller Finding A Home

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, I made an offer and the seller countered that my purchasing their home is contingent upon the selle...

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Selling As Is

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, I am moving my mother into an assisted living facility. Her home is 70 years old but most everything ...

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Contingent Offers

  Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, While interest rates remain low, we hope to buy a larger home. We have made a couple offe...

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Credits Versus Repairs

Ask Phyllis is a blog series of frequently asked real estate questions.  Have a question about real estate?  Email us here Dear Phyllis, We quickly sold our La Crescenta home with more than 10 offers. The buyers hired an inspector who n...

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