Watch out that HUD with the Fair Housing Act doesn’t come after you for writing that letter! Many of my buyers over the years have written letters to the home owner about the home that they absolutely love and want to purchase giving details about their family and what they love about the home…… or…

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Real Estate Terms Defined…. I ran across a blog post I wrote in August 2010 titled  “Understanding Real Estate Terms | Pending and Contingent Sales” that talks about the terms as it relates to the San Diego market…. however, Pensacola uses the same terms to show the status of the property for sale and have…

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Tasks Performed by the Seller’s Agent Seller’s Agent is also called the listing agent…. A listing is the written agreement between seller and a real estate agent/broker who will represent the seller in the sale of the property.   A brief summary of the tasks performed by the listing agent: Consultation with seller to determine their…

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Why Homeowners Don’t Put Homes on Market… 1.  They lack equity in their home and do not want a distressed sale…. short sale with all the ensuing credit issues. 2.  Fear of restrictive lending standards have them believing buyers cannot qualify for a mortgage. 3.  Low housing inventory has caused a rise in home prices…

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Does the season make a difference in selling a home? What a great question…. which I hear alot from my home sellers, especially going into the holiday season at the end of the year.  A few years ago, I wrote a blog “6 Reasons to Sell During the Holidays” that showed the value of listing…

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How to Obtain a Good Appraisal…. The business of appraisals has changed since I started my real estate career many years ago…. especially when the Dodd-Frank Act was enacted in 2010 which I wrote about in a previous blog “Appraisal Scoop 2012“.  The essence is that real estate agents and lenders can no longer contact…

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Going Green Gets More Costly in California With green homes not only selling for 9% MORE in California, their premium is also the highest and in the hottest, most eco-minded areas. Green certified, single-family homes sold for an average of $34,800 more than comparable homes from 2007 to 2012 when the average California home was…

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Home Buyers Happy and Home Sellers Sad…. This is a great time to buy a home in many parts of San Diego County because mortgage rates are at historic lows. The next few years could very well be remembered as the best opportunity for Americans to buy homes since the postwar baby boom. But one…

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