To Get Highest Price, Prep Your Home for Sale

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Nov. 29, 2014: Thinking about selling your home after the first of the year? Then you’ll need to take a few steps now if you want to be ready. Even though interest rates are at all-time lows, buyer demand has ebbed as prices have increased. Days on market (the time it takes to sell a home) has doubled in the past year. Sellers who ignore small problems in their home could pay the price if they list their property for sale prematurely. Here are some preliminary steps to prepare your home for the market so that you can sell for the highest possible price in the shortest period of time ...

Q&A: Help for Anyone Selling a Home in Probate

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Nov. 22, 2014: After the death of a loved one, the survivors often endure overwhelming loss and stress. And it can make them feel as if they are alone with the heavy responsibilities. But for those who have the right people in their corner, the probate process can be less complex and thankless. Here are some answers to common questions for executors and administrators of an estate. ...

Pricing Mistakes Can Kill Your Home Sale

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Nov. 15, 2014: Regardless of the time of year, or the economic cycle, or even the phase of the moon, it’s crucial to price a home correctly. But at the end of the year, as the real estate market enters a seasonal slowdown, it’s even more crucial. Why? Because the ranks of homebuyers thin. And a home is the hottest it’s going to be during the first 30 days on the market. After that, interest plummets. Here are some pricing tips to help ensure your home doesn’t sit on the market too long … and you don’t leave money on the table. ...

Holiday Season is a Great Time to Buy a House

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Nov. 1, 2014: The holiday season is a time for family gatherings and mall madness. But it can also be the most wonderful time of the year to buy a home. The combination of fewer buyers and committed sellers can bring holiday cheer for a homebuyer. Below are some factors to consider when searching for a home at the end of the year. ...