Be Safe When Selling a Home During Holidays

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Dec. 20, 2014: The holiday season is a time for giving, sharing … and protecting yourself. As Americans prepare for family gatherings, with beautifully wrapped (and expensive) gifts under the tree, thieves are working overtime. The Grinch can spoil the party. But the real financial damage when Snoopy shows and finds the sensitive documents many people leave in the open. Here are some tips to help keep your home and your privacy safe during the holidays ...

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. ...

6 Tips to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Oct. 4, 2014: When the holidays approach, some people take a break from the real estate market to focus on family activities. But those who must sell a home between November and January can turn negatives into positives. The holiday season presents opportunities not available the rest of the year. Here are some tips to help you turn the end of the year into a merry holiday selling season: ...

Probate: Even After Death, Short Sale can be Beneficial

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Oct. 18, 2014: Enduring the passing of a loved one can be difficult and emotionally devastating. Inheriting an upside-down home just adds undue pressure. But as the real estate market has leveled out, should the heirs sell an underwater home, or just let it go to foreclosure? It depends on the answers to the following questions: ...

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Don’t Make the Same Real Estate Mistakes of the Past

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Sept. 27, 2014: The Southern California real estate market has slowed and analysts are split on whether it will keep chugging along, or if we are on the verge of another decline. Regardless of the immediate future, home buyers and sellers should take heed of the mistakes of the past, many of which helped fuel the market crash that plunged this nation into six years of economic devastation and emotional turmoil. Because when money is involved, people quickly forget. ...

Tips for selling home in fall

Tips for Selling a Home in the Fall

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Sept. 6, 2014: Fall is near and the summer real estate season is winding down. Though the real estate market begins to slow this time of year, there are still plenty of homes on the market. As buyers focus more on school activities and the holidays, home sellers must tighten their game – every potential buyer is important. Below are tips for homeowners to position themselves for the fall selling season and attract the best buyers with the highest offers. ...