Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Seller Rent Backs – Should There Be A Security Deposit?
Dear Phyllis,
I think you previously addressed a situation where the seller rented back. My son is in escrow on a La Crescenta home. Not surprisingly there were more than 10 offers and he had to agree to allow the seller to remain in the home and […]

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Online Real Estate Sites Can Be Misleading
Dear Phyllis,
I love reading your real estate answers. I want to relay a recent experience for the education of your readers and perhaps you can add some clarity. My wife and I own our home and saw an interesting fixer get listed. We didn’t want to bother our Realtor […]

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Selling A Vacant Home
Dear Phyllis,
We plan on selling our home with the agent who sold it to us. After meeting with him we worked out most of the details and decided we prefer to move first rather than sell while living in the home. He suggested that we pay to have the home professionally staged […]

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Who Should Be Holding Your Home Open?
Dear Phyllis,
I look forward to reading your Real Estate Q + A. Last year my daughter sold her home and selected a Realtor® that I would not have recommended. Although homes in my daughter’s neighborhood were selling quickly hers did not. There were several open houses to the public, […]

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Realtor Recommendations
Dear Phyllis,
My Realtor has retired, and she has referred her clients to her son. I plan to move to Arizona to be near my sister and met with the son to discuss listing my home. I have been in my home for over 30 years and have felt that it is very well maintained. […]

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Buy First or Sell First?
Dear Phyllis,
Since there is such a strong sellers’ market in real estate right now my husband and I are thinking it would be a good time to sell our fixer upper home instead of investing in all the repairs and upgrades it needs. But if we sell our house, I am […]

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Professional Fiduciary
Dear Phyllis,
For the last five years I have been taking care of my father with little help from my brother (who lives locally). He and I are co-trustees of our father’s estate. Sadly, we stopped speaking several years ago. I have tried to address our differences with my father. But he won’t remove my […]

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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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