Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Selling a Vacant Home Dear Phyllis, I reside in La Cañada and specifically hired a Seal Beach Realtor who lives close to the home my parents owned. He assured me that he would keep a close eye on it because he lived just a few blocks from the home. I interviewed three real estate agents […]

Questions About Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

What is a Transaction Coordinator? Dear Phyllis, I have been following your real estate column for years. And, as a local homeowner, I am relatively savvy regarding real estate. I co-signed for my son to purchase a townhome. It was very well-priced and there were a few other offers. There was a delay in the […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Why might a Realtor turn down a listing? Dear Phyllis, Fifteen years ago, I purchased a major fixer. It is a one-of-a-kind home on a large, sloped lot with a new four-car garage and a two-bedroom guest house. Although the main home is just under 1,500 square feet, it was built in the 1930s and […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Buyers with small down payments Dear Phyllis, I have been following your column for years and don’t believe you have previously discussed this particular scenario. In January of this year, I closed escrow. When reviewing the eleven offers, my agent pressured me to accept a lower offer because another buyer’s down payment was substantially larger. […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Should A Home Be Painted Before Selling? Dear Phyllis, I have been a loyal reader of your “Dear Abby-like” advice for years. My father, who lived in Salem, Oregon, recently passed. My sister and I are co-trustees, but she will take the lead on the sale as she lives in Salem. I flew up to […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

My Realtor Is Too Negative Dear Phyllis, I am going to help my son buy a house.  He has a Glendale condominium which will sell quickly.  When we find a Pasadena house that will suit him, my plan is to write a high offer with a long escrow, maybe 60-75 days. We can then sell […]

Questions About Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

What Happens If I Find My Own Buyer? Dear Phyllis, I tried the for sale by owner approach to sell my home. I put a sign out in front and then got the word out to my Facebook and Instagram pages. After several weeks of non-stop phone calls that resulted in nothing, I contacted a […]

Questions About Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Buyers Keep Texting After Closing Dear Phyllis, My sister recently sold her Toluca Lake home. She hired a local Realtor and had more than 10 offers. The highest bidder waived their inspection contingency. Although her buyer waived their inspection, they hired their own inspector. Weeks after the sale was completed the buyers texted after closing. […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Realtor’s Open House Behavior Dear Phyllis, I love your real estate column and appreciate your wisdom. My son’s Realtor typically goes to open houses with him, and I often join them. However, last weekend his Realtor was out of town and he had us go on our own. My son did just what his Realtor […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Saving Money On Mold Remediation Dear Phyllis, My godson made an offer on a townhome and was so excited to be the winning bidder. He opened escrow and did his inspections; there were several problems that the seller agreed to fix but not everything that was requested. When the termite inspector came, he recommended having […]

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