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The dirty secret of major real estate websites

This may come as a surprise. When  you complete your contact information when accessing real estate web sites such as Realtor.com and Zillow you generally aren’t getting in touch with the actual listing agent. Most likely you are providing y...

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First Time Buyer Woes

Dear Phyllis, We have been married for five years and managed to save over $50,000. Although, we haven’t started a family, we really want to purchase in La Crescenta because of the school district. With a starter home going for well o...

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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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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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Home Selling Guarantee, Fact or 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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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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