Found 16 blog entries tagged as sellers.

Who pays for home staging? 
A good question, realtor, seller maybe both, but it is worth it. Sometimes realtors pay for it, but may increase their commission, sometimes sellers are just fine paying for it and splitting the cost is always a good idea as it really helps the seller sell fast and helps the realtor market it properly.

Professionally staged homes are eye-catching and can encourage more buyers to consider your property, even before they see it in person. The first impression is always online and it is important to stand out because the listing literally has about 30 seconds to catch someone's eye the only other way to do it outside of that is price. 

Staging can help create that emotional connection between a buyer and your home by…

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Do I sell before I buy or buy before I sell? This is such a chicken and egg question, I hear very often "I want to move to another home, another area or even out of state but I have to sell my house first." There is always a fear of being without a place to live it sells too quickly which is touted in the media as quite of phenomenon of homes flying off the shelves. It can be a scary proposition not to mention the idea of moving twice. 

Let me first say trying to sell your home and buy at the same time is now extremely difficult, the market is so competitive, the buyers you will be competing against will mostly likely not have a home to sell and that is your first strike. Your second strike maybe your funds are tied up in your home and you cannot…

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Buying near the beach the good, the bad and the smelly!

We all know living near the beach/ocean is amazing? The health benefits are endless the ocean air is said to accelerate your ability to absorb oxygen and balance serotonin levels. The lull of the tide is a rhythmic siren call to relax and soak up the air and gentle ocean breeze.

The sight of the vast ocean reminds us to take things more slowly as there is a great big world and we are just a small wisp of human wondering around in it. There are also seafoods which tout great health advantages, there are the activities on and around the ocean. Paddleboarding, surfing, swimming, kayaking and more. Bike riding near the ocean my personal favorite.

But what is it really like to live here in…

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What is the "market" what is this indeterminate thing. I have likened it to a blob that oozes over everything, a cloud, maybe a Tsunami that slowly receded belying the danger it is really going to do. For Realtors we often say "it's the market" a saying to help explain the unexplainable. Why are houses not selling as fast as a month ago, why did that cute house never sell, why, why, why. Honestly being in real estate is being left babysitting a three year old who's only demand is "why". I am sure a toddler would accept the answer "it's the market." But we have to.

Every day, every realtor, buyer and seller wake up to a new market, especially our area of Santa Cruz, California which has found it's self in a tug of war with buyers from Los Angeles, San…

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Is it a coincidence that real estate and regret and remorse all start the same, are they related? Regret is a big part of the business of real estate.

For me as an agent it is every day. Did I say the right thing, did I do the right thing, should I have gone to that appointment?

This business is so fraught with minefields, two weeks ago I was texting back and forth with a seller about listing her home and how great the market is, all was going well until we got to price. I went over the listing process, all by text then told her a number which is a number she had mentioned in past conversations and boom she stopped communicating, three years of discussions done. My regret I should not have texted the listing price should have insisted on a…

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What are real estate disclosures? I will preface this by stating I am absolutely not an real estate attorney nor should this be considered legal advice.  Disclosures are pieces of information about the property, neighborhood, anything relevant to the enjoyment of the home. These can come in the form of inspections, reports, bids, receipts for work done, agent observations, agent comments and sometimes the neighbors. Seller disclosures are questions asked of the seller to impart everything they know about a property and one disclosure is required by law.  As realtors we have great liability with disclosures so there are many approaches to the delivery of disclosures.

When should they be given. I am going to be hung out to dry on this when I say…

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Regularly I find money on the ground if you see the photo I found this $50.00 bill. I found one last year too and countless coins. I am not lucky, I am just always looking. I find money on the streets regularly. But I also find it my pocket. What I mean is are you studying your bills for loose change. Just last month, I reviewed my cell phone bill and realized I am still paying insurance on older model phone. I typically keep insurance for one year and cancel. I forgot. I cancelled that and paid off the balance of the phone cost and took my cell phone bill from $135.00 to $89.00. Call your cell company and ask them what would better suit you and how you use your phone look for extra charges. 

What about refinancing your home loan, it is popular…

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Proposition 19: New Property Tax &

Inheritance Rules for California

On November 3rd, California voters approved Proposition 19, a measure designed to give homeowners more freedom to change residences while closing tax loopholes on inherited properties.

 The measure, set to go into effect early next year, has two distinct parts, the first of which allows homeowners who are 55 or older, disabled, or lost their home in a natural disaster to transfer their tax base to a new home up to three times anywhere in California.

Previously, homeowners could only take advantage of a tax base transfer once in their lifetime, and only if they bought a replacement home in certain California counties.

The second part outlines the requirements for retaining…

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The idea of a foreclosure wave always gets attention. If you are looking for a deal the indicators of another foreclosure or short sale wave of the last mortgage meltdown years is not going to happen. We do have a few of commonalities of that time that could lead someone to this conclusion. There are climbing unemployment numbers, there are inflated house prices, and buying frenzies.

But what we do not have is unqualified loans being given out. The loans are based on income and triple verified, employment is double and triple verified, buyers are getting standard loans of 15 and 30 years with 20% down. AND while there are a lot of sales the sales volume is not at all what it was at that time. The loans are qualified with real buyers, with real incomes…

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Who prices a house? Where does the final price come from? Market price is a wondering roaming atmospheric condition. The median price of an area is caused by multiple factors... Demand, interest rates, employment, wages. Yes this causes the swings in the market the highs and lows, but where does the market price for an individual home come from? It comes from the buyers and sellers, not the realtors, not the appraisers, not Zillow. Market price is simply where the buyer and seller meet. Often a buyer thinks a home is priced too high and a seller may think their home is priced too low. But if neither party comes to the table there is no "market."

Sellers often ask what do you think my home will sell for, ah, this is a tricky question often designed…

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