palo alto realtor: Should You Sign A Buyer's Broker Agreement With A Palo Alto Realtor? - 12/10/13 11:54 PM
Let me start by saying I know this post is going to evoke some strong reactions from both other  real estate estate agents in Palo Alto as well as around the country. It may also evoke some strong reactions from home buyers in Palo Alto and around the country. Please let me explain that in my 19 years as a Palo Alto real estate agent I have learned that there are many right ways to do things. I do not use buyer brokers agreement. This is how I like to run my business. How other people do it is their business. … (2 comments)

palo alto realtor: When Selling a Palo Alto Home Bring the Cleaners In Before You Close - 03/13/13 01:20 PM
Are you selling a home in Palo Alto? If so you may take a look at the market conditions and think, I don't have to be nice to the buyers, they should be grateful I am letting them buy my house. This would be a reasonable conclusion considering that so many homes have multiple offers and most buyers are paying 10-20%+ over list price with no contingencies. Seems like a Palo Alto seller's paradise right? Not so fast.
Yes, there are more buyers than sellers in Palo Alto right now. Yes, it seems like sellers are in total control; but we … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: Palo Alto Real Estate Market Update Feb 23,2013 - 02/23/13 01:05 AM
As a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent I am always being asked, "How's the market in Palo Alto?" The answer is simple:
Not enough inventory, plenty of buyers.
 
There are currently 26 single family Palo Alto homes for sale up from 24 last week.
There are currently 7 Palo Alto town homes/condos for sale, the same number as last week.
There are currently 19 pending sales of Palo Alto single family homes, up from 14 last week.
There are currently 9 pending sales of Palo Alto Town homes/Condos, the same as last week.
In Jan of 2013 there were 14 single family … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: Palo Alto Ca Real Estate Market Update 2/11/2013 - 02/17/13 12:41 PM
As a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent I am always being asked, "How's the market in Palo Alto?" The answer is simple:
Not enough inventory, plenty of buyers.
 
There are currently 25 single family Palo Alto homes for sale up from 25 last week.
There are currently 8 Palo Alto town homes/condos for sale, the same number as last week.
There are currently 14 pending sales of Palo Alto single family homes, up from 12 last week.
There are currently 8 pending sales of Palo Alto Town homes/Condos, up from 6 last week.
In Jan of 2013 there were 14 single family … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: Palo Alto Sellers: Which is Riskier, A Loan Or Inspection Contingency? - 02/17/13 12:24 PM
If you are a Palo Alto home seller which do you think is riskier for you, not the buyer, taking an offer with a loan contingency, or taking an offer for your Palo Alto home for sale with an inspection contingency?
This question pre supposed several givens:
1. You have multiple offers from which to choose
2. The buyer has been fully pre-approved by a direct lender, is from this country or has the legal status necessary to obtain a loan, and did not ask for an appraisal contingency.
3. You have done all of the inspections on your Palo Alto … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: Palo Alto Ca Real Estate Market Update 2/3/2013 - 02/03/13 12:56 PM
As a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent I am always being asked, "How's the market in Palo Alto?" The answer is simple:
Not enough inventory, plenty of buyers.
 
There are currently 21 single family Palo Alto homes for sale.
There are currently 8 Palo Alto town homes/condos for sale
There are currently 12 pending sales of Palo Alto single family homes
There are currently 6 pending sales of Palo Alto Town homes/Condos
In Jan of 2013 there were 14 single family Palo Alto homes sold ranging in price from $1,999,000 to $6,500,000.
In Jan of 2013 there were 7 Palo … (1 comments)

palo alto realtor: Getting Palo Alto Real Estate Agents To Show The Home You Are Selling - 01/30/13 12:48 PM
When you sell your home in Palo Alto one of the things you want to make sure of is that other Palo Alto Real Estate Agents will show your home. this is important because while many buyers will find your home on the internet, they will almost always be using a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent to help them make the offer, so you will want to make sure other Palo Alto Real Estate Agents enthusiastically want to show the Palo Alto home you are selling. The last thing you want is to have a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent bad … (2 comments)

palo alto realtor: How To Choose A Palo Alto Real Estate Agent to Help You Sell Your Home - 01/24/13 02:25 AM
If you need to, or want to sell your home in Palo Alto you should hire a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent. Yes, you could probably put a piece of cardboard on your front lawn saying "For Sale" and get 10 offers, but this is a complicated transaction, and finding a buyer is just one part of a very large undertaking. 
So I will make the assumption that you have already decided it is in your best financial and peace of mind interest to hire a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent and will give you some ideas on what you should … (2 comments)

palo alto realtor: Window Coverings and Selling A Palo Alto Home: What Should You Do? - 01/23/13 05:39 AM
When you sell your home in Palo Alto you want it to look as good as possible. Yes, if it is old and small it may be torn down; but chances are someone who wants to keep the house will also be interested in making an offer on your Palo Alto home. So, you want to make it as attractive as possible, while keeping it neutral. As a Palo Alto real estate agent I can assure you neutrality is important when selling a home in Palo Alto because the potential buyer needs to be able to picture themselves and their furnishings … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: When Selling Your Palo Alto Home When Should You Have An Open House? - 01/17/13 11:40 AM
When you sell your Palo Alto home your real estate agent will discuss with you when you should have open houses. This is an extremely important part of the Palo Alto home sale, so you must take this very seriously.
Most likely the first open for your Palo Alto house will be the Broker's Tour. This happens on Friday, and most of the homes that are being offered for sale in Palo Alto will be open for other real estate agents to see. Some may also bring potential buyers with them. This open house happens on Friday morning from 9:30-1. Many … (3 comments)

palo alto realtor: If I Sell My Home In Palo Alto Can I Stay There Until School Is Out? - 01/11/13 10:43 AM
In case you have not noticed this is an amazing time to sell your home in Palo Alto. However, if you have children who are still in school you may not want to disrupt their school year so you may be thinking of putting off selling your Palo Alto home until school is out. This may not always be necessary.
There are dozens of people who just want to buy in Palo Alto. It does not matter to many of them if they have to wait a few months for possession because it could take many more months to get an … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: When Selling A Palo Alto Home What Is The Purpose Of A Title Company? - 01/10/13 06:35 AM
When selling a Palo Alto home your real estate agent will suggest that you open an escrow account with a title company before you put your home on the market. Most agents have title companies they prefer to use and an escrow officer with whom they like to work. For example I always choose Lee Kocjan with Fidelity National Title in San Carlos.

Most agents will have worked with a specific escrow officer so if you have someone you want to work with be sure and let your agent know.
When selling your home in Palo Alto title and escrow are handled … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: When Selling A Palo Alto Home,Do I Need to Tell Buyers About The Area? - 01/06/13 05:01 AM
When you sell your home in Palo Alto do you need to tell potential buyers about Palo Alto? The answer is no you don't have to, but I think it is a good idea. 
Palo Alto is a wonderful place to live, and not just because the schools are so good. Many of today's buyers are trying to buy a home in Palo Alto because of the schools, but if they knew about some of the other wonderful aspects of Palo Alto they may be even more motivated to purchase your home.
When selling your Palo Alto home I would suggest … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: When Selling A Palo Alto Home What Is The True Lot Size To Disclose? - 01/05/13 02:30 AM
When selling your Palo Alto home you need to disclose everything you know, including the lot size. One would think that informing the potential buyers of your Palo Alto home how large the lot is would be easy, but in fact it can get a little tricky. Also the exact size can be very important to a potential buyer of the Palo Alto home you are selling for a variety of reasons.
1. The buyer may want to build a new home and the lot size determines the square footage of the new home to be built.
2. The buyer may … (0 comments)

palo alto realtor: Should I Leave The Sound System On While Selling My Palo Alto Home - 01/03/13 09:40 AM
If you are selling a home in Palo Alto your real estate agent may suggest that while the home is available to show you should leave the sound system on with some genre of music playing. Should you?
The answer to this question is very personal. Personally I do not like showing a home where the stereo is playing, even when it is music I love (like Broadway songs) Unlikely staging, which helps a Palo Alto buyer imagine what the rooms are for, and how much furniture can fit in a room, music does not help me imagine anything except what … (5 comments)

palo alto realtor: Should I Use An Air Freshener When Selling My Palo Alto Home - 12/18/12 11:32 AM
Many Palo Alto real estate agents and stagers may suggest using a plug in type air freshener when selling your Palo Alto home. Is this a good idea?
The way a home smells can have a profound effect on how buyers feel about your home. However, some buyers are allergic  to the perfumed smell that comes out of some air fresheners, and some buyers will be concerned that you are trying to cover up a bad smell, like a musty odor.
There are arguments for and against using artificail smells. If you want my opinion, here it is:
1. If you can … (3 comments)

palo alto realtor: How to Sell A Palo Alto Home With Pets - 12/13/12 01:26 PM
What is the best way to sell your Palo Alto home when you have pets? In a word, quickly.
Selling a home in Palo Alto can be stressful for humans, but for pets even more so. It is very disruptive for our pets to have the house invaded by hordes of strangers, food and litter boxes to be put in different places, and to be locked into small spaces.
So what do you do if you are selling your Palo Alto home and you have pets?

Let's start with some things that are not a good idea:
1. Leave a … (2 comments)

palo alto realtor: Repairs Need to Disclosed When Selling A Home in Palo Alto - 12/10/12 02:32 AM
If you are selling your home in Palo Alto that you have been living in for 20, 30, 40, or 50 years, you have probably done a lot of repairs and/or improvements over the years. When it comes time to sell, the disclosures will ask you to list these improvements. The amount of space you are given is fine for someone who has lived in a house 5-7 years but completely useless for many of the long time Palo Alto residents who have spent decades here. Palo Alto is such a wonderful to place to live, there just are not that … (2 comments)

palo alto realtor: Should I Remodel My Kitchen Before Selling My Palo Alto Home? - 12/05/12 11:18 AM
 

If the home in Palo Alto you are selling looks like this you probably need to do something.
If the Palo Alto home you are selling looks like this, probably not.

The most important thing to remember when selling your Palo Alto home in this very hot market is to answer the question: Can a typical family cook in my kitchen? If the answer is yes, then I would recommend staging before trying to sell your Palo Alto home. A person buying your home can remodel the kitchen to their heart's delight after the fact, but if you spend … (4 comments)

palo alto realtor: Are Newspaper Ads Effective For Selling A Home In Palo Alto? - 12/02/12 01:27 PM
The short answer to the question are newspaper ads effective for selling a home in Palo Alto is no.
If you need more explanation then I am happy to give it.
According to The National Association of Realtors (who studies these things extensively) only 2% of buyers find the home they buy through newspaper and print ads. My guess is in Palo Alto home sales that percentage is even less because we have such a high percentage of internet savy buyers in this area.
So, why are there so many huge ads for selling Palo Alto homes?
Simple answer, agents are … (1 comments)

 
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