The California Residential Purchase Contract

The California Association of Realtors is a professional entity offering services to California Realtors. Among its most prominent offerings is a library of legally written paperwork to be used in real estate transactions. This contractual library is the same throughout the state although escrow practices can differ from area to area. The purchase contract is…Read More »

Do I Sell Now Or Rent it Out?

This has been the essential question of every seller I have met for the past two years. Typically, if you bought your current home after 2002, you are looking at whether to cash out a loss. Or, you may have refinanced your way out of your equity and now you find yourself upside down. If…Read More »

Why Didn’t My Home Sell?

Why Didn’t My Home Sell? It’s easy to come up with a short list of classic seller mistakes that hamper sales: poor property preparation, no pictures, overpricing, sellers that insist on giving guided tours, distinct odors, ill mannered dogs … and so on. There is, however, one mistake that stands head and shoulders above the…Read More »

Writing Offers on Foreclosed Homes

Most buyers habitually write an offer that is lower than the list price. The assumption is that if the seller won’t accept it, they will submit a counter offer. With foreclosures, that strategy will often not work. If the seller receives 3 offers, and yours is not the top offer, they will not counter you.…Read More »

A Great Idea For ‘FSBO’ Sellers

It’s a fact. Most ‘for sale by owner’ sellers ultimately list with an agent. Although a home CAN be sold by yourself, Realtors have more experience with the process.   I just received an email from a fsbo seller announcing an open house and inviting me to it. It’s during the weekday work hours so…Read More »

The Cost of Ignoring Termites

The Cost of Ignoring Termites Termites cause over $2 billion in damage every year in the United States. Although they are a natural part of the forest, where they are helpful in breaking down dead wood, they become a hazard to wood structures, especially homes. Termites are most common in the southeast of the country,…Read More »

Tips on How To Choose a Home

If you’re ready to start looking for your dream home, and you’ve narrowed your search to a few select neighborhoods, take these following tips to heart:     Tips on How To Choose a Home 1. Types of homes. Choose the type of home that is the most appealing yet practical for you. In addition…Read More »

When to Contact a Realtor

When to Contact a Realtor Most buyers do not talk to a Realtor early enough. There are basics that are useful to review, and a good Realtor can make useful suggestions. Yet, I just received a call from a woman in Connecticut who was calling me way too soon. She was thinking she might like…Read More »

Why Your Home Buyer Needs an Inspection

Why Your Home Buyer Needs an Inspection If you ever watch any home buying or remodeling shows on satellite or cable TV, you know what kinds of secrets a home inspection can reveal about a seemingly-safe house! Home inspections are crucial before finalizing any real estate purchase. The purpose of a home inspection is to evaluate…Read More »

To Rent or Buy?

 To Rent or Buy? That is indeed the question. And the answer is as variable as the one who questions. (Profound, huh?) The real estate portal, Trulia, just came out with their quarterly ‘rent vs. buy’ report: Guess what? In San Diego, renting is cheaper. I’ve long known this, but have heard more than…Read More »

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