How Much Are Seller Closing Costs in California?

How Much Are Seller Closing Costs in California?

Real estate can be an incredibly lucrative investment, and when ready to sell, whether it’s a primary residence or an investment property, knowing exactly what you’re up against and how to determine the bottom line means there’ll be no hidden surprises when it comes down to what you actually make off the sale of your […]

Transaction Coordinator 101: An Intro for Home Sellers

Transaction Coordinator 101: An Intro for Home Sellers

A real estate transaction is full of complex paperwork that varies by city and is impacted by local, state and federal laws. That’s why home sellers often decide to use an agent to manage their sale – but doing so is outrageously expensive. In fact, the average listing agent commission is 3% of the total sale price […]

Create a Zillow for Sale by Owner Listing That Sells

Create a Zillow for Sale by Owner Listing That Sells

Tom here (co-founder of Home Bay). I have over a billion dollars in sales experience, and I’m frequently asked by home sellers what can be done to improve their real estate listing. Today, I spoke with a land owner who has a listed for sale by owner section of Zillow. He was looking for guidance on […]

Seller’s Guide to Real Estate Commission

Seller’s Guide to Real Estate Commission

Many people are surprised to learn that real estate agents commission rates are not regulated. In fact, they’re 100% negotiable, no matter what state you’re in. If selling your home, you’ll likely want to hire a real estate agent to handle the process, which can be daunting. The real estate brokerage commission rate is not […]

Escrow Timeline: A Guide for California Home Sellers

Escrow Timeline: A Guide for California Home Sellers

Perhaps you’re reading this because you just accepted an offer on your home. If so, congratulations! Or maybe you’re thinking of selling your home and want to learn more about the process. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. So, how long should everything take? Should I refer to an escrow timeline? What happens […]

California Real Estate Market Trends & Statistics

California Real Estate Market Trends & Statistics

We’ve just entered the fourth quarter of 2018, which means home buyers and sellers are looking forward at the year ahead. Many of whom are wondering: Will home prices continue to rise, level off, or drop next year? Will 2019 be a buyers’ or sellers’ market? What will happen to mortgage rates? One of the best […]

3 Reasons Real Estate Commissions Are Controversial

3 Reasons Real Estate Commissions Are Controversial

When you sell a home, you’re responsible for paying both the buyer agent commission and the seller or listing agent commission. If both you and your buyer use a traditional agent, that means you’ll be paying 6% of your final sale price to an agent! Not surprisingly, both buyers and sellers are becoming resistant to the […]

DIY Homeowner: 7 Must Have Tools You Need Now

DIY Homeowner: 7 Must Have Tools You Need Now

Even if your home is “move-in ready,” you’re still going to have to take on home improvement projects here and there. There are a few must-have tools you’ll want to pick up — especially if you’re a first-time homeowner! Keep reading to learn about seven essential tools you’ll want to add to your toolbox.