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Seller Myths & Mistakes

Common Mistakes Sellers Can Avoid

I am frequently asked for suggestions that would help owners preparing to put their home on the market. The following are several mistakes that can be avoided and may make the difference between success and failure.

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How to Sell a House

Minimize Hassles In Selling Your Home

In nearly all of Northern California and many other areas of the country, sellers provide a full set of inspection reports and disclosure information for prospective buyers to review before deciding to make an offer. This provides a high degree of peace of mind for both prospective buyers and sellers, since it minimizes surprises during a property investigation period.

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Selling a House

How To Determine An Agent’s Integrity

I think you must meet in person with at least 2 real estate agents to answer that one. The qualities you seek cannot readily be determined by talking on the phone, and an experienced agent will be the most appropriate in almost every case. If you are not comfortable with the rapport with either agent, then take the time to meet with a third one.

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Selling a House

Have A Back-Up Contract

of“I have heard about ‘back-up’ contracts. How do these work and do they benefit buyers or sellers of homes?” –A Santa Monica Homeowner What is

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Preparing a Home for Sale

Simply Remove Clutter

Clearing clutter out of spaces will always enhance appeal. In some cases it will even make all the difference in succeeding or failing to sell.

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Preparing a Home for Sale

How To Prepare A Home For Sale

My experience has shown that a home will sell sooner and for more money if it is properly prepared. And most homes do not require remodeling or paying $20,000 to have professional “staging.”

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Selling a House

What is Escrow and How do I Keep Mine Together?

People often do not realize the importance of the process of “escrow” when buying or selling a home. It is a concept which many people are not familiar with, especially if they have not ever bought or sold real estate in one of the 32 states which use an escrow process. Most of the states along the east coast are not escrow states, and property sales there are done through attorneys and title companies. Often buyers who are relocating to California find it confusing when they are told that hardly any transaction here is done by an attorney.

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