Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Evicting A Family Member Dear Phyllis, I am an “Ask Phyllis” fan and hope you can help me. My parents had a vacation home in Palm Springs. For years, our extended family enjoyed weekends there. About ten years ago, my brother got fired and needed a place to live. My parents had him move into […]

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Selling An Out Of State Fixer Dear Phyllis, My cousin passed away and I am the trustee of his estate. He never married and never had children. Several cousins are the beneficiaries. His home is in Oregon and there is a roof leak. I have three young children and can’t spend too much time away […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Dealing With Squatters Dear Phyllis, I love your Dear Abby-like real estate advice column. Not to go on a rant but during COVID my tenants didn’t pay rent for six months. They finally moved out of my La Crescenta rental. Then while I was having the home painted it became occupied by vagrants. Have you […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

All About The Earnest Money Deposit Dear Phyllis, Your column is one of the first things I look for in the CV Weekly. I know real estate has changed since I purchased my home. However, I didn’t realize it had changed so much. My daughter had her townhome in escrow. The buyers inspected and everything […]

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Ask Phyllis!   Requirements For Disclosing Violent Death    Dear Phyllis, My daughter has a home in Valley Glen, which she purchased nearly five years ago. It was disclosed to her that the former owner had committed suicide, and that’s why the home was being sold. The real estate agent that represented her has told […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Keys at Closing Dear Phyllis, My son just closed escrow on a home in Valley Village. The seller had passed away, so the trustee was responsible for everything. Although the market has cooled, my son paid $12,000 over the asking price. It was an “as is” sale, and there were numerous issues with this nearly […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Selling a Haunted House Dear Phyllis, My daughter attended college in Texas, and we decided to purchase a home instead of her renting. It was one of the oldest houses in the neighborhood. Financially it was a good move. Here goes: My daughter and her roommates decided the house was haunted. They made a running […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Realtor’s Long Vacation Dear Phyllis, I used to really look forward to your real estate question and answers. However, much of it seems repetitive. I have a new topic for you which I think your readers will find interesting. My son has been working with a family friend with a real estate license who is […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

How To Get A Date of Death Valuation Dear Phyllis, I am the trustee of my brother’s estate. The trust attorney’s secretary told me that I need a date of death valuation for his Eagle Rock home for tax purposes. Each time I talk to the attorney, it is $500, so I hope you can […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

Dear Phyllis, I have been enjoying your real estate questions and answers for years and I think I have a new situation for you. The neighbor to the west of me and I share a wood fence, which is very old and falling down in several areas. Not knowing that I was going to move, […]