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Selling Quietly
 
Dear Phyllis,
I look forward to your real estate questions and think this is a new topic for discussion. I have a sister who my mother disinherited years ago.  She was a drug addict and a real disappointment to my parents. She moved out of state years before my mother passed and I have […]

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What Should Be Removed When Selling A House?
Dear Phyllis,
I find your real estate questions and answers very informative. My 82-year-old mother will be relocating from Long Beach to La Crescenta. She lives alone and I am concerned about her safety when selling. What do you think should be removed when selling a house? Nancy
Dear Nancy,
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Tired Of Being A Landlord?
Dear Phyllis,
I look forward to your questions and answers. My husband and I purchased a La Crescenta duplex more than twenty years ago. He managed the property, but he passed a few years ago. Since my husband’s passing, the tenants in the back unit have caused me a lot of grief. […]

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Can A Seller Force You To Use Their Lender?
Dear Phyllis,
We have been looking at homes for several months and have already made three offers. Two of these required us to be preapproved by the seller’s lender. As we are already preapproved with a nationwide bank, I really do not see the reason for this. With […]

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What Is A Pocket Listing?
Dear Phyllis,
I moved out of my home and rented it a year ago. My tenant will be leaving in six months, and I was planning on moving back. In the meantime, a Realtor I am acquainted with contacted me out of the blue to tell me I could get what I […]

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Personal Letter To Seller
Dear Phyllis,
We have been making offers on La Crescenta homes for the last six months. Initially, our Realtor suggested that we include a personal letter to the seller with our offer. We have one and we revise it for each home. Even with this we have been turned down on the four […]

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Home Buying: Where To Begin?
Dear Phyllis,
My daughter and her husband are searching for a home on the Westside. They are overwhelmed with prices and down payment requirements. The absence of open houses has really impacted their journey and it’s been a struggle for them trying to get a feel for the real estate market and […]

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Is Signing Online Safe?
Dear Phyllis,
We recently co-signed for our son to buy his first home. We haven’t been involved in a real estate sale since the purchase of our La Crescenta home 25 years ago. Our son is good with the computer but while we email and do the simple stuff that’s about it. Everyone […]

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Exorbitant Escrow Fees
 
Dear Phyllis,
I look forward to your column and wish it ran every week.  My boyfriend and I made offers on five homes before finally getting one approved. You know in this current climate; the seller calls the shots. Even though my sister is an escrow assistant, our Realtor® noted in our offer […]

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Home Buyer Research Amid COVID
Dear Phyllis,
I have been enjoying your column for years. Interesting how much things have changed amid COVID. My partner and I are separating and selling our home. She has moved out and I will be residing here until it sells. I am hoping to buy another home with my share of […]