Monday, February 5, 2018

Is Your House Earthquake Ready?

The state of California has put together a program to help homeowners retrofit their homes in case of an earthquake.  Many homes here is Los Angeles were built well before the standards we now have that help keep homes safe during an earthquake.  Things such as cripple walls, water heater strapping, and anchor bolts are just some of the things we need for us and our home to stay safe in case of an earthquake. Here is some information below and you will find much more detailed information on the links provided at the bottom of this article. 

 Registration is open January 23, 2018 through February 23, 2018. Homeowners interested in participating in EBB must:
  • Own a house located in a designated ZIP Code
  • Create an online account and complete registration as a homeowner
  • Only one registration per house
  • Ensure your house is eligible by answering all qualification questions and reviewing the Program Rules.
    • Your house must have less than a four-foot cripple wall to use a prescriptive plan set
    • If your house has a cripple wall between 4-feet and 7-feet you must use an engineered solution.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Museums This Sunday Are FREE

What are you doing on Sunday?  Here in Los Angeles, we are blessed to have an amazing selection of museums to experience.  I highly recommend taking advantage of this FREE opportunity to go see one of the following participant museums.  Have Fun! (please check dates, times and availability)

Annenberg Space for Photography
Autry Museum of the American West
The Broad
California African American Museum
California Science Center
General admission only. A timed reservation with a convenience fee is required for Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Columbia Memorial Space Center
Craft & Folk Art Museum
Descanso Gardens
Forest Lawn Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Getty Center
Getty Villa
Free, timed tickets are required. Visit
Hammer Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Japanese American National Museum
Free tickets available at
Kidspace Children’s Museum
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
General admission only; free tickets available at
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Museum of Tolerance
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
*General admission only; free tickets available at
Orange County Museum of Art
The Paley Center for Media
Palm Springs Art Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Petersen Automotive Museum
Tickets must be reserved in advance at
Pomona College Museum of Art
Riverside Art Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center
Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Excludes tours of the historic house and grounds.
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach
Join us for opening reception of Robert Irwin: Site Determined 4-6 pm, January 28. Closed January 27.
USC Fisher Museum
Offering free admission on Saturday, January 27, instead of Sunday, January 28.
USC Pacific Asia Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pacific Union International is My New Company

I started with the John Aaroe Group when I first became a realtor.  John Aaroe appealed to me with his vast knowledge of the industry, the respect that people had for him, his focus on the agents in the office and his ever-gracious way about him.  Just a few months ago, he decided it was time to go sit by a warm beach, watch the waves and drink a frozen concoction with an umbrella in it (ok...I'm making that up since that's what retirement looks like in my imagination).  None-the-less, he retired and our company became known as Pacific Union International.  Pacific Union was already a force in Northern California and they wanted to spread their wings and be a part of the hot SoCal market as well.  So, I'm still me, doing business as usual but just with a new company name.  I look forward to helping you buy and sell your home and investments with all the same drive, professionalism and personal touch that I've done in all the years past.  Happy 2018 and I'm always here to help!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

11 Questions You Should Ask A General Contractor

A past client just reached out to be the other day and asked about what she should look into when hiring a General Contractor to update her home.  So I took this as a great opportunity to write about it and share.  I reached out to an old friend, Kevin McCabe, who has a contracting business in Raleigh North Carolina called KLM Designs (see his Facebook page here  KLM Designs Facebook ) and asked him what prospective clients should be asking when they are looking to hire someone.  Most of the tips below came from him and you can't get better information than from the source itself so here you go.  

This is a list of 11 things you should be asking a General Contractor when you are shopping around.

1. Ask for proof of insurance
2.  Make sure they are licensed then find out how long have they been licensed. Here is the website for California where you can check
3. Can they supply referrals of people they've done jobs for?
4. Ask for their estimate on how much and how long they think they project should take.
5. What is included in their estimate? Such as, is this a total for all work and materials or are you going to be buying certain materials yourself that are not included in the estimate?
6. How many people work for that general contractor? Or is the General Contractor subbing out the work and if so, how long have they worked with the people they are subbing out the work to? 
7. If you live in a condo or home that has an HOA, ask the contractor if there are specific permits or approvals they need to get ahead of time and if so, how to get those?
8. Talk about the process of getting permits on the work getting done or if you choose to forgo that.
9. Ask about how the payment will be handled for the job.  Every General Contractor does it different and it can largely depend on the size and scope of the job.  Some examples of payments can be:
Larger jobs may charge 1/4 down, 1/4 on day one, 1/4 at a certain point during the job then the remainder when the job is done.  Others may ask for 50% upfront and the rest when the job is complete.
10.  Ask what you should expect during the work. If you are working on a kitchen, you may need to use a hotplate or microwave for a while to eat and also find a make-shift place to clean dishes. 
11.  Ask how any future issues resulting from the work should be handled.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I Broke My Own Advice I Give To Clients- And I'm Happy I Did

There are some things I advice to every client I work with.  One of them is to try to avoid personal interaction with the other party you are in a deal with, at least until the house is sold.  Meaning, if you are the sellers, don't be home while I'm showing your house to prospective buyers and also during inspections.  There are many reasons I highly advice this.  One is because people make things personal once they've met that should stay just business.  Another is, one party could unintentionally say something that the other party could use or hold against them.  That's one reason for a realtor to convey everything is because we know what and how to deliver information.

However, I couldn't be more happy that I went against my own advice.  See, when I was looking to buy my own home I made an appointment to see this one house.  I told their realtor I would be there around 1:00 PM but was very late due to traffic.  I had my kids in tow, my husband there too and we were looking through the home when the owners showed up.  They asked where our realtor was.  I explained to them I was the realtor and it was a purchase for myself.  The owners had grandkids and they brought a few toys out for my little ones while we looked around.  We spoke for a bit. I really loved the house.  And I immediately connected with the owners as well.  They were so nice and they had raised their own kids, now grown, in that home.  We bought the house and stayed in touch with the sellers.  They didn't move far and over the years they stopped by my house to get mail that still showed up. We exchanged holiday cards. Once, the wife took a bunch of grape leaves that had grown on a vine they planted and made some dolmas which she shared with us after making them.  There was no doubt they loved this home and they had no doubt that we would too.  Today I called them after a package was delivered in their name to the house.  I had just spoken with the wife a couple months back and knew she wasn't feeling well.  Her husband answered the phone.  "I have a package with your name on it here.  Would you like to pick it up or for me to drop it by your house?' I asked.  He said yes and was surprised the package was not delivered to his current home that he's now been in for years.  I asked how his wife was as I knew she wasn't feeling well.  He said she had passed this morning. My heart broke immediately.  I have an affinity for their family and especially his wife.  I knew she was sick.  She had shared her story with me over the years.  And as I write this I know, as I always have, that a house is much more that four walls.  It's memories, it's heartache, it's love, it's children and pets, it's holidays and neighbors.  And I am so happy I broke my own advice and met the sellers of my home.  Their love of this home is felt and my friendship with them is made by that special bond.  I will truly miss her.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

7 Things That Make Homes In Los Angeles Unique

If you've ever lived in places other than Southern California then moved here, you'd notice some things that are different about the houses we have.  As someone who has lived all over, I'd like to tell you what our homes here in LA have that differ from homes in other places.

1. Not too many homes made of brick. You'll find brick homes in most other states across the US but not here.  Earthquakes and brick homes don't go together well.
2. Not all homes have Heating and Air Conditioning. There are so many homes in LA that were built well before these amenities were common to every home. So unless your home is newer or someone has added Heat and Air, you may find homes that still don't have it.  Also, homes closer to the beach typically don't need AC since the weather stays so mild there.  Beach city homes may have heat but a lot of them opt out of having an air conditioner.
3. We don't have a lot of "Neighborhoods" here.  In a lot of American towns, if someone was asked where they live, they may say something like "Stoney Brook Meadows" or "Oakwood Heights" and you would see a little sign that has the name of your subdivision at each entrance.  However, here in LA, when people tell you where they live it's typically the name of the city or a locally-known name of the specific area in the city such as South Pasadena or Hancock Park.
4.  You will see a lot of homes that have air conditioning units on the roof of the house.  This can be found in a number of cities other than LA but if you haven't been to those cities, it may be a surprise to some to see the AC units perched up there. But with large lots being hard to come by here, it sure saves space.
5.  LA may hold the most vast amount of styles of homes than anywhere else in America.  Now, this is just a guess I'm making here but I would be surprised if any other place holds as many different styles as we do.  From Colonial, Mediterranean, Mid-Century Modern, Farm houses, Victorian, Cape Cod, Craftsmen, Contemporary, Tudor, Ranch and on and on.... Our mild climate allows for just about every style home. And architects love to come here to flex their creative muscles so-to-speak because of our climate and many different landscapes to work with.
6. Some of our houses are on stilts that hold part of the home that is over a steep hillside.  This was a unique characteristic I had not seen before moving to LA that still fascinates me.  And it's very common in places like the Hollywood Hills.
7.  It's not common to have basements or attics you can walk in here.  Most of the cities I've lived in have basements, whether they are storm basements, partial basements, or full basements that are used as extra living space.  Also, attics where you can pull down a folding ladder to walk up into it or a door that leads to stairs that go to the attic are common in many places but not in LA.  Here, you may find "California basements" which are usually the size of a closet but even those aren't common.  And while we have attics that hold ducting and insulation, it's not usual to find walk-up attics here.

If you don't live in LA and get the chance to come here, make a point to drive through some of our cities and look at the homes.  If you like looking at houses as much as I do, you will find some very fascinating, beautiful and unique houses while you are here. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5 Ways You Can Help Protect Yourself From Fraud

  I'm sure by now you've heard about the breach of Equifax.  Millions of people have potentially had their personal information leaked which can include everything from your name, address and social security number. You can check to see if you may have been effected here Equifax

In real estate, there is a lot of personal information needed to get a loan, sell your home, and even rent. So it's always a good idea to proactively protect yourself as much as possible even if you weren't effected by the Equifax breach. Here are some ways you can do that.

1. Create an online account with the Social Security Administration. 
Most people don't think to do this until you near the age of retirement but with all your information possibly out there in someone else's hands, it's best to go ahead and do this before someone else does it in your name. Here is the website or you can google it on your own. Social Security Administration

2. Run a yearly credit check
It's always good to check your credit once a year.  Not only for knowing if any fraud has happened with your credit but also just for any mistakes that might be on there. There are many credit card, banks and other companies that provide this service for their customers to check your score. There are also services online that can run your credit score for free but it's best to get the full credit report when looking for potential errors.

3. Freeze your credit
When you freeze your credit it prevents anyone from being able to check your credit which also prevents anyone from opening up any accounts such a, credit card, in your name.  You have to freeze it with all three and then unfreeze it when you need to use your credit for things applications to rent or getting loans. Here are the websites for each credit bureau.
Equifax Security Freeze 
Transunion Credit Lock

4. Freeze your children's credit too
People often forget their babies can be at risk for social security fraud too.  And no one would be the wiser if anyone was using your children's social security number until they apply for their first line of credit or move out of home around 18 years old. So don't forget to monitor and/or freeze their's as well.

5. Monitor your taxes online
CPA's and tax accountants legally have to check your ID now when you go to have your taxes done because this is such a large problem these days.  Having someone file a tax return in your name is more common than you think. You can monitor payouts and your tax history at this website IRS

Monday, September 18, 2017

Just Sold In Stevenson's Ranch

I know what you’re thinking. Why would someone who knows this area call it “Stevenson’s”?

That’s what I thought too when the appraiser called me asking for an appointment to come and give his expert opinion on the value of my listing.  And I wasn’t having it.  See, I live in the neighborhood and know which streets are more desirable for buyers.  And what a view can add to the value.  Also, why having a pool plus yard space can be harder to find and therefore add even more value to a home. 
Not only do I live in the neighborhood,  I do a lot of work in the San Fernando Valley…and guess where most of your buyers are coming from?

Call me today to set up an appointment to see what I can do for you when you are ready to sell your home.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Are All Lenders Equal?

Now, if you want to know why, keep reading.

I'm closing on a property this week.  And the buyer (who is my client and using one of my preferred lenders) had a challenging loan.  What is a challenging loan, you ask? Well, let's look at the list of what makes a loan "Not too Challenging" below and we will compare that to the list of ones that are challenging:

Not Challenging Loan Types
1. You work a 9-5 type job you've been at for years, have 20% down, bring in quadruple what your mortgage would be, have no other debts or loans, credit score is above 700 and don't need to sell/rent a current home.

Challenging Loan Types
1. You owe money on a student loan
2. You owe money for a car or credit card
3. You work a 9-5 but don't make quadruple what your mortgage will be
4. You work for yourself
5. You work multiple jobs
6. You don't work even though you have a lot of money
7. You're retired
8. You currently own a home and will rent it or sell it when you buy another
9. You're getting a "gift" of money to help with the down payment
.....and on and on and on

Most people fall into the second category.

And just about every lender out there will tell you they can get your loan done for you and the sad, and stressful thing of this is....what if they can't?  Just because they tell you they can, doesn't make it so.  And who has the most to loose if they don't get your loan done?  The home we are closing this week wasn't super complicated but every loan has it's hurdles. The lender I worked with is someone I've worked with for years and he is extremely good at what he does.  And I know,  if any fly-by-night lender was working on this, my buyer would have lost a lot.  So please, when you are going to buy a home, ask your agent for some recommendations of someone they've worked with before and know are going to get the job done. It's for your protection and sanity that you do:)


Monday, July 10, 2017

How Much Does Your Agent's Reputation Really Matter?

The reason I'm writing this post today is because I just closed 2 escrows where the agent's reputation got them the deal.  One was on a listing I had.  I called someone I already knew who worked in the office of the agent that wrote the offer and asked for some insight on him.  I got good feedback, accepted his offer and the deal went smooth.  While working for some buyers of mine, I submitted an offer where the listing agent called someone in my office to ask about me.  The person they asked gave good feedback, our offer was accepted and again, the deal went smooth.  Two back-to-back cases where an agent's reputation got them their clients a home.
So you're thinking about working with an agent and you don't know them personally?  You've seen their flyers or their photo on your local bus bench.  Maybe they do a lot of local business so you think they are good to work with based on these things, right?  Don't be so quick to act on that.  Who you are working with is who is representing you in any given transaction.  And there are things about that agent you may not see or know.  Maybe they are known for being unprofessional and not returning messages and phone calls. Or maybe they have a reputation of being difficult to work with (and you can be a great negotiator without being a difficult agent, in case you were wondering).  Be warned, if you have an agent like this, it can hurt your chances of selling or buying a home.  And if you get in to escrow with a difficult agent, you may feel a lot of unnecessary drama and stress.
Of course you're wondering "How do I know if this agent has a bad reputation?"  You most likely wouldn't.  But use your instincts.  Are they professional with you?  Do you get a good feeling from them that they are going to work for you and not for themselves? Maybe stop by an open house they are at and see how they are interacting with people and other agents that come in.
Call me if you are thinking of buying or selling.  I'm always here to help

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Where to See Fireworks In LA 2017

July 3rd- Firework shows in 2 harbors at sundown.
Annual 4th of July Parade, Fireworks Display, Dinner at the Casino
Gold cart parade down Crescent Ave starts at 1PM.
Fireworks start at 9PM over Avalon Bay
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1520 

Starlight Bowl - July 4th An American Celebration
1249 Lockheed View Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Concert includes The Company Men And Groveline
Purchase tickets online or at the Community Services Building, located at 150 North Third Street. 

Cabrillo Beach
Cabrillo Beach 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731
For the 67th Annual 4th of July Spectacular
Cabrillo Beach will host a free 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks show.

Calabasas High School
Gates open at 5 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Celebration includes live music, rides, crafts and games
2855 W. Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302
$10 admission price includes parking, entertainment and all activities
Tickets must be purchased in advance 

StubHub Center
Soccer game and fireworks 
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
Game starts at 7:30 p.m., fireworks to follow
18400 S Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746

Let Freedom Ring Celebration
Begins at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Cerritos Civic Center
18125 Bloomfield Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 916-1254

4th of July Festival & Contests
Memorial Park
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
The day will be filled with a festival of games, concert, food, fun, parade and fireworks

Culver City
West LA College
9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 287-4200
Date: July 4, 2017 at 4pm

Diamond Bar
 Diamond Bar High School
21400 Pathfinder Road
Diamond Bar, California 91765

Downtown Los Angeles
4rth of July Block Party in Grand Park
200 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 887-4427
Attendance is free, event begins at 2 p.m.

Rowley Park (Baseball Field)
13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
(310) 217-9537
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Hansen Dam
11770 Foothill Blvd.
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
featuring music and other live entertainment, food, and fireworks.
10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.;
Event is free to the public
(818) 891-9399

Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave
July 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
July 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m
JULY 4th 2017 with Pentatonix

(323) 850-2000

Irwindale Park
4th of July Fiesta and Fireworks Spectacular
Fiesta begins at noon, Firewroks at 9 p.m.
(626) 430-2224

La Crescenta
Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the gate. It is recommended to buy them early
Food, rides and music by Stinky Felix. Gates open, 4 p.m.; fireworks, after 9 p.m. Admission $7 until July 3; $10; free for ages 7 and younger (first come, first served at the gate on July 4). Check website for advance ticket sale locations (recommended). Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.
(818) 248-2271

4-7:00 p.m.   Entertainment and food outside of Grandstand area
7:00 p.m.      Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division
7-8:30 p.m.   Entertainment in grass area outside grandstands
9:30 p.m.      Free Fireworks Show*

Long Beach 
Fireworks cruise:
Tickets are about $45 dollars ages 3 and up; Boarding approximately 7:30 pm. Cruise approximately 2-2 1/2 hrs. in length. To purchase tickets please:
Call (562) 983-6880,

The Queen Mary All-american July 4th                                                                                                   A day of entertainment for the whole family ends with a giant fireworks extravaganza. Event begins at 2PM. General Admission $44.

Marina del Rey
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and are launched from barge across the Marina's main channel
9:15 p.m.
Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) and Fisherman's Village (13755 Fiji Way) are premier viewing locations
Parking fees range from $7 - $15
(310) 305-9545

Pacific Palisades
Begin your day with a 5k/10k cross-country run.
At 2 PM, our world-famous community parade is consistently one of the best places to show your patriotism in our big city.
To finish the day, join us for evening concerts, food trucks, and world famous fireworks.

"Americafest 2016" at Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
10:00 AM – Military Spouse Day of Pampering
12:00 PM – Parking Lots Open
2:00 PM – Family Fun Zone- Area H Opens
5:00PM – VIP Reception Doors Open
5:30 PM – Doors Open
7:00 PM – Performances Begin
9:00 PM – Fireworks BeginTickets: $15 - General (5 and under free), $30 - Reserved
(626) 577-3100

Pomona Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley
It's the 31st annual fireworks spectacular at Fairplex.
Monster Truck and Big Air Freestyle Motocross 8 p.m.
The Human Cannonball will soar 150 feet through the air to keep the crowd on its feet! Parking is $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr. (gates open at 5 p.m.)
Combine your fireworks with a buffet - priced $28 to $58
Porter Ranch
Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street
Porter Ranch
The Free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors; all capped off with a twenty-one-minute aerial fireworks display.
July 4, 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., Gates open at 4:00

Redondo Beach
100 Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach 90277

The City's 4th of July Parade begins at 10:00 am -12 pm 
Located on Valley Boulevard and Muscatel Avenue. It will feature cars, characters, floats, horses, and bands, so don't miss it!
Rosemead Park's Carnival & Food Vendors begins at 12 pm - 10:00 pm 
Live entertainment will begin at 4:00pm, and the day will end with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk.

San Pedro -
7-10 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July on the water! Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for children. For more information, visit

Santa Clarita
festivities kick off with the Independence Day 5K and 10K
After the race and pancakes, residents can enjoy the annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Old Town Newhall
Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Westfield Valencia Town Center, starting at 9:15 p.m

Santa Monica
Am unable to find updated information on this event. Please visit website for updates

South Gate
4900 Southern Avenue
South Gate, CA 90280
Dazzling Fireworks Display starts at 9 pm on Baseball Diamond #1. For more information please call 323.563.5479

Stevenson Ranch
Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park
26233 W Faulkner Dr.
Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
Festivities begin at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.

Studio City
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios.

Sunland Tujunga
Verdugo Hills High School Football Field
Tickets are just $8 – children 30″ and under get in free. Advance tickets can be purchased now for $6 each by clicking the button on the right. Advance tickets will be available until Monday, July 3.
(818) 352-3420

West Covina
1625 W Durness Street, West Covina, CA 91790
A Pancake Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Hurst Ranch at 1227 S Orange Ave 
Family Fun Zone is from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Beer Garden is from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Woodland Hills
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Warner Ranch Park
21820 Califa St.
Woodland Hills, 91367
PARKING: $20 – Park in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga and Canoga or Califa and Oxnard. Over 20 food vendors, arts and crafts booths and a children’s play area for your enjoyment. COME EARLY!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Seller's Net Sheet

A net sheet is a breakdown of the costs associated with selling a home.   

What’s Good in the Hood? Six Ways to Check Your Neighborhood’s Vibe

I'm in another article regarding real estate. Check it Out

A Look Behind The Curtain As To How The Process of Multiple Offers Go From A Seller's Point Of View

We just accepted an offer on my listing on Enadia Way and I will give you a little insight as to how this process goes from our side when I get multiple offers.  This should be a very interesting read for the buyers out there wondering how this process looks from the seller's point of view. 

Every transaction is different as every seller and buyer's needs are different.  I really try to tailor each transaction to each clients' particular needs while staying in-tune with what is going on with the market.  I knew when we put this house up on the market that there was a deep shortage of homes that were move-in ready in the price range.  The sellers and I agreed on a price to list it at that would most likely draw in multiple offers. Along with pricing the home I did a lot of pre-market advertising including paid Facebook ads, a "coming soon" sign in the yard, Newsletter emails and going to office meetings to pitch the upcoming listing. This type of advertising gets the attention of buyers and their agents who have been out looking for a home just like this and allows them to plan to come see the home as soon as it hits the market.  The sellers have small children so I knew that showing appointments throughout the day and evening would be challenging.  We decided on 3 back-to-back open houses to try to consolidate the showings and make cleaning up and vacating the home a little easier on the family.  We had a huge crowd of people for each open house.  It's not always possible for buyer's agents to join them for open houses however, if a buyer is interested, it is always a good idea for the agent to reach out and ask what they seller is looking for and what to expect when submitting an offer.  I had a number of agents speak to me about this.  While it is still a strong seller's market and buyers are putting a strong effort into getting a home, it benefits no one to try and "wheel and deal" with prospective buyers.  I've seen strong buyers walking away from putting in offers or countering offers when it is perceived that they are being toyed with.  For this reason, I asked the buyer's agents to submit their best offer and we would just choose one.  It is very common these days for multiple buyers to submit offers and then receive a Multiple Counter Offer back that says "Best and Final".  This means you are blindly bidding against yourself and/or other buyers.  This can irritate many buyers and leaving them feeling at the mercy of the sellers.  It is my personal opinion to try to start off a transaction on a positive note and so that's why we did it this way instead.  We received at least 6 offers, some great, some good.  I don't just read offers for what they say the price will be, but also, how well the offer was put together.  I personally find it Very important that buyers work with agents that really know what they are doing because when they don't, it can show up right away in things such as how the offer is written. And the way in which a buyer's agent engages with me also makes a huge difference.  Best case scenario is to try to get a buyer with a good offer and an agent who seems to be professional and knowledgable.  I also prefer that buyers work with direct lenders.  They have more control over how the loan will go and although the loan process is a very behind-the-scenes thing, it can be very tricky and a seasoned direct lender will know how to navigate foreseeable problems the best.  In my experience, if you have a good agent and a good lender, that can speak volumes and sometimes go further than the price of an offer.  So we choose the offer we felt was most appropriate and from here on out, we hope for the best.  I hope this gives some good insight to buyers out there on what to do, or how things work from the other side when you are in a seller's market.
 If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, please give me a call. I'm always here to help.