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David Bartels

Is a Local Real Estate Agent Right for You?

If you’re making the choice to sell your home, you are likely deciding between selling on your own or hiring a real estate agent. When selling your own home, more commonly known as For Sale By Owner (FSBO), you will be weighing the decision of saving money versus the anxiety of making a costly mistake. Fortunately, there is a new, commission-free option, that might just be the perfect solution. It is using a remote, full-service agent to professionally represent you with selling your house. 

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Leaving California? Here’s What You Need to Know

Recent reports and statistics showed that many Californians are packing up and moving out of state. Even Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, recently announced that he is moving from California to Texas. While many are speculating that the billionaire has chosen to leave California because of the exorbitant taxes, Musk is claiming is that his move is due to Covid-19 restrictions. But yes, high taxes and high cost of living has been the main drivers why people are leaving the sunny state behind.

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iBuyer Programs May Sound Good, But What's In It For You?

iBuyer Programs May Sound Good, But What’s In It For You?

iBuyers are real estate companies that buy properties at a discount directly from home sellers and resell them for a profit to home buyers. They advertise catchy phrases like “Instant cash offer” or “get cash for your house today.” While this may sound attractive to someone who really needs to get out from under a mortgage or needs to move to start a new job, it’s a good idea to take a closer look and know what you’re getting into. So, we did some research for you.

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Housing Prices Are Up, Despite California Exodus

Housing Prices Are Up, Despite California Exodus

2020 was a tough year for everybody. But aside from the pandemic, more people are saying goodbye to the California dream. Over the last two years, more people have left the state than those who have arrived in search of fine weather and prosperity. The COVID-19 stay-at-home order alone resulted in a net migration loss of 136,000 people from April to June of 2020.

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What Happens After You Find an FSBO Buyer?

What do I do After Finding my Home Buyer?

There’s much more to selling a house than negotiating a sales price and close date. If selling a house were that simple, it wouldn’t require a 19-page legal document with over 100 paragraphs of legalese. The purchase contract is a binding legal agreement that specifies who will do what, who is going to pay for it, when will it be done, and what happens if it’s not done as agreed. Additionally, there are dozens of pages of other forms, advisories and mandatory legal disclosures that must be prepared, signed and shared in addition to the legal documents required by escrow and title. 

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