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On the Market: Tips to Sell Your Humble Dog-Friendly Abode

Some people are dog lovers, while others aren’t. While the latter seems crazy to you, you need to keep this in mind when you are trying to sell your home. For some potential buyers, the dog-friendly aspect will be a selling point that the realtor can work, but others won’t like the idea of pet hair and odors. Leave the pet talk to the …


Six Things All Pet Parents Should do on Moving Day

  People stress about moving. So do people’s pets. Dogs and cats are especially prone to pressure caused by unexpected activities, such as moving trucks in the driveway and a new pile of boxes in the hall. Unfortunately, there is no one solution that will ensure a smooth transition for all animals. Nevertheless, these tips are good starting point to help dim your dog’s …


Seller: Do These Things and Reduce Your selling Stress

It is stressful selling a home; there are so many things to do. Here are some things you can do upfront that will make the process go smoother. 1. Get a NetSheet from your Realtor. There are fees and costs. You may as well know these from day one. 2. Begin to de-clutter immediately. You are going to move so start the process right …


I am a Buyers Agent because they made me do it !

Don’t Get a Foundation Inspection from the Repair Company

There is a saying “Give a person a hammer and everything looks like a nail”.   Recently as a Realtor I sold a home that shows this statement can be so true. I listed a property and ordered a Property Inspection and Termite inspection right away because we like to disclose this information up front. That avoids re-negotiating down the road. The Buyers made …


FHA Loans are still ‘Hot”

FHA loans are still ‘hot’ and popular. Call me and let me assist you with an FHA loan.


All Real Estate Transactions are “the first time”

I have done enough real estate sales representing buyers and sellers to realize that every transaction is a first time. So far (and I have been active as a Realtor for more than 30 years) I have never experienced the same set of events, circumstances, attitudes or the approach to the transaction the same way. Once I represented buyers where both the husband and …


First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Programs

There are legitimate zero-down programs for first-time homebuyers that have been around for many years. Those never were, nor ever will be, poorly thought out and/or designed to put people in homes they might not be able to afford. These programs are backed either by federal or state agencies and they work! One of the best programs for first-time buyers are through CalHFA (California …


The Home Inspection is not a Repair List

The Home Inspection is not a repair list for sellers. Sellers are not required to produce a perfect house. This is not required by law or contract. Sellers are required to disclose any know defects and use a Transfer Disclosure Statement to disclose all that they know about the home and list those items on this questionaire. There are some legal obligations which the seller …


Buying Property with Trees ? Check the Tree Laws…

This morning I heard a talk by a landscape architect and he discussed tree protection. Later an architect friend made a comment to me, “It’s your tree until you put it in the ground”. When people purchase a home they will look at the room count and room sizes and think about how and where the furniture will fit. Then they may look at …


The Preliminary Title Report

For every loan and real estate sales transaction we use a Preliminary Title Report that we get from a Title Company. The title report will show liens, encumbrances, taxes, and the names of people who own the property as well as the property address. And there is a legal description of the property. The title report tells a lot about the property. I am …


The basics of the real estate and mortgage business

A Realtor who works for me just told me that a contract she presented was accepted. I have to review all the real estate documents and she asked me the best way to get the paper work to me for review: fax, email, in-person. I sent her back this email which is short and simple but yet it reflects everything that we need to …

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