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5 Steps Before Home Selling

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Don't even think about putting your home on the market before you've done your homework. Here are 5 steps to ensure a pain-free home selling process.

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Why Would Any Seller Want to Do a Short Sale Today?

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Short sales are still happening around the country today, even though most people might wonder why would any seller want to do a short sale, especially if there was some other way to sell a home.

Sellers have all kinds of reasons why they waited so long to short sale. Many have enough equity so a short sale is no longer the only answer. But for those whose homes are still underwater, a short might begin to look like a viable option. The problem is some of these sellers do not qualify. They might not qualify because they bought another home in their own name, and most of the major banks will refuse to short sale for these sellers. They also might not qualify because they might be able to afford the payments, they're just tired of doing so, and that's not a reason that most banks will accept, either.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, BRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

About Making an Offer Before Viewing the Home

Monday April 21, 2014
Don't laugh, there are buyers today who think it's all right to make an offer before viewing the home.

They are probably not aware of the risks because their agent has not informed them of any risks. It's not that agents are withholding information, it's that they don't know any better, either. Agents think they're doing the right thing because they've that heard that other agents practice real estate this way or because their client asked them to do it. Lots of agents just want to make their buyers happy and close the transaction. But it's pretty risky when a buyer writes an offer on a home that the buyer has not personally toured, and it compounds if the agent doesn't tell the truth about it.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, BRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

The Many Types of Real Estate Agents

Friday April 18, 2014
There are so many types of real estate agents that it's almost impossible to keep them all straight.

Where I work as an agent in California, we have about 80 or so agents in my office alone, and about 17 offices. Just looking through the titles of agents in my office is enough to make my head spin. If I were a buyer, I wouldn't have the first idea what kind of agent they were and whether I should care. Some of the titles they bestow upon themselves are confusing, as they are probably trying to set themselves apart from all of the others. But when it comes right down to it, we are all just real estate agents, regardless of what we call ourselves.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, BRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

How Clean to Leave the House Upon Sale

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Sellers often ask me how clean they have to clean the house upon sale.

I don't try to analyze why a seller would ask the question because that would be a waste of time. The fact is they ask it. They are worried, I guess, that they might not make the buyers happy or maybe they just don't want to do any extra work? While it's not necessary to scrub the house from top to bottom, there are common courtesy things a seller should do while cleaning the house for the new owners upon sale. Leaving a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator is a nice touch, too, but not required.

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