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By Laura Coffey | Agent in Valencia, CA
  • Homes Available in Stevenson Ranch California

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Stevenson Ranch, Home Selling in Stevenson Ranch  |  July 5, 2013 5:13 PM  |  529 views  |  No comments
    Homes Available in Stevenson Ranch California

    Whether you are looking to purchase a home or keep tabs on what homes are going for in your neighborhood below is a link of the current "active" homes on the market. 
    The link pulls from the MLS system that the Realtors use so you know what is actually current and not what's left over from a Realtor not clearing it from a website after it has sold. 

    Homes available in Stevenson Ranch, California

    homes available in stevenson ranch
  • Homes Available in Valencia California

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Valencia, Home Selling in Valencia  |  July 5, 2013 5:08 PM  |  463 views  |  No comments
    Homes Available in Valencia California

    Whether you are looking to purchase a home or keep tabs on what homes are going for in your neighborhood below is a link of the current "active" homes on the market. 
    The link pulls from the MLS system that the Realtors use so you know what is actually current and not what's left over from a Realtor not clearing it from a website after it has sold. 

    Homes available in Valencia, Ca.

    homes available in valencia california
  • Homes Available in Saugus California

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Saugus, Home Selling in Saugus  |  July 5, 2013 5:03 PM  |  467 views  |  No comments
    Homes Available in Saugus, California.

    Whether you are looking to purchase a home or keep tabs on what homes are going for in your neighborhood below is a link of the current "active" homes on the market. 

    The link pulls from the MLS system that the Realtors use so you know what is actually current and not what's left over from a Realtor not clearing it from a website after it has sold. 

    Homes Available in Saugus, California

    available homes in saugus california
  • Homes Available in Canyon Country California

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Canyon Country, Home Selling in Canyon Country  |  July 5, 2013 4:53 PM  |  483 views  |  No comments
    Homes for sale in Canyon Country California.

    Whether you are looking to purchase a home or keep tabs on what homes are going for in your neighborhood below is a link of the current "active" homes on the market. 
    The link pulls from the MLS system that the Realtors use so you know what is actually current and not what's left over from a Realtor not clearing it from a website after it has sold. 

    Available Homes in Canyon Country California

    Canyon country homes for sale
  • How much does escrow cost?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Santa Clarita, Home Selling in Santa Clarita  |  July 8, 2012 11:33 AM  |  979 views  |  2 comments

    How much is escrow?Escrow is a third neutral party that handles the transaction between a buyer and a seller.
    It takes all parties between buyers and sellers to open escrow and all parties (signatures) to cancel. Escrow assists in holding the good faith deposit and making sure all parties adhere to the purchase agreement. California law states that a seller can not force you to use their company. Which escrow company you use is negotiated in the purchase contract.
    As the buyer escrow fees can range depending where you are, the purchase price, and if you are paying cash or not. Before you agree to an escrow company I would ask them to provide you with an estimated HUD of fees the buyer in incur. Ask questions regarding line item fees because there can be junk fees in there that they try to get away with. If you are working with a Realtor they should always review your HUDs before you close escrow.
    As the seller fees are usually less expensive because you are selling and not getting a loan. Most seller's look to their Realtor for advice on who to choose but you have the right to use who you want as long as the buyer agrees through the purchase contract. Whether buying or selling always make sure your Realtor reviews the final HUD with you.
  • Bank of America Short Sale update thanks to California Association of Realtors

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Valencia, Agent2Agent in Valencia  |  April 17, 2012 11:21 AM  |  729 views  |  No comments
    I recently received an email from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® letting me know the recent changes from Bank of America:

    CAR made requests to help Realtors that work with short sales which resulted into changes because of their recommendations to Bank of America (B of A).  The changes will enable B of A short sale specialists to complete tasks such as document collection, valuations and underwriting at the same time, reducing the time from initiation to closing.

    Here are some specific changes that are effective April 14:

    • B of A’s Short Sale Purchase Contract Addendum will no longer include the agent/broker language, and agents and brokers are no longer required to sign it.

    •    Changes are being made to the Equator system so that multiple tasks can be done at once.  Most importantly, property valuation can start earlier to expedite the short sale process.  Some of the “task names” will be changed, so expect a differnce.

    •    If a buyer walks away on a short sale, the amount of time to submit a backup offer will be shortened to five business days. 

    C.A.R. is pleased B of A has made these changes to its short sale documents and process in line with C.A.R.’s recommendations.  We look forward to continuing to work with B of A to improve the short sale process in ways that will mutually benefit both REALTORS® and lenders.

    I am always thankful when they look out for the Realtors inorder to serve their clients better.
  • How do I pick a Real Estate agent?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Santa Clarita, Home Selling in Santa Clarita  |  February 2, 2012 1:13 PM  |  806 views  |  No comments

    Choosing a Real Estate agent is sometimes a difficult task for an individual. For most your home is your largest asset and it can be a scary thing entering into a contract with a Realtor that you don't know. Often sellers are scared of signing on the dotted line and being stuck with a Realtor that just puts up a sign and you never hear from them again. You can always turn to family or friends for recommendations, but remember to interview at least three Real Estate agents before deciding on one. Another good idea is to google the agents name. Perhaps if they have a common name you can google name with Realtor attached. They should have mutiple places where you can find them and their properties on the internet. Below are some questions I have put together to help you with your interview process. I hope it helps.


    Questions you can ask when interviewing to sell your home:

    1. How many years have you been in the business?

    It's not to say that someone that doesn't have years of experience couldn't be a good candidate but they should have at least a few years under their belt to have the knowledge and know how to deal with difficult transactions if they arrive.

    2. How many homes did you sell last year? 
    Just because an agent has been in the business for a while doesn't mean they've been successful. It's important that they are closing deals even in tough markets. The average Realtor only sells 4 houses a year. You need an above average Realtor selling at least 24 houses a year.

    3. Are you a full time Realtor? 
    Having a Real Estate agent that works full time is very important. If a Realtor has to depend on another job you have to ask yourself why? Whether you're buying or selling you will grow frustrated if an agent isn't there to find or protect what is usually your greatest investment. REALTORS® are real estate professionals who belong to the National Association of Realtors. They subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are committed to ongoing education in the real estate industry.

    4. How do you communicate with your clients? 
    There is nothing worse than not being able to get a hold of your agent, with questions, for updates, and for feedback. In today's modern world of technology, there is no excuse for them not to stay in constant contact. Ask what  plan of action they use to stay in touch with their clients.

    5. What is the average number of days your listings are on the market before selling? What is your ratio of sales price to list price?
    It is important to ask them how long it takes them on average to sell a home. Then ask them what is the average for the area you are in? They should know this information off the top of their head, or at least have the statistics readily available.

    6. Do you have a specific marketing plan? May I have a copy of it?
    The market swings back and forth on a constant bases between being in favor of sellers and then buyers. If you are selling a house in a buyers market, then you need a solid marketing plan to make your home stand apart. Internet marketing, email campaigns, social media, web casts, open houses, Homes & Land, and brochures are just a few of the items your agent may use.

    7. Do you have other networking connections? 
    When buying will they be able to refer you to contractors, mortgage lenders, moving companies, landscapers, pool maintenance crews, and
     references like that. This will be especially important if you are new to the area. Also when selling do they belong to any Real Estate networks with colleagues from other companies besides their own.

    8. Do you have a personal assistant or partner to help you with the detail work?
    A producing Real Estate agent usually has an assistant or a partner helping them with all the detailed tasks on hand with getting clients buying and selling. A really good agent also has a ready available title officer, escrow officer, mortgage lender, and notary.

    9. What designations and certifications do you hold? 
    Beyond holding a real estate license, agents can opt to expand their education and skills. There are a multitude of courses and programs available. In general, these certifications mean a more specialized agent.

    10. Are you willing to share the names of all of your current clients as references? Past clients?
    Ask the clients how their experience was? Did they listen to your needs and put your interest first? Did they do everything they promised?

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