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March 11th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Sasan AvalBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Newport Beach office proudly announces that Sasan Aval has joined the team as REALTOR®-Broker Associate. “Sasan’s diverse educational and professional background helps give him a unique perspective on how to market real estate,” said Regional Vice President Scott MacDonald. “Plus, his experience as a real estate investor means he keeps an eye open for the future possibilities of his clients’ property.”

Vahn Alexander – Vahn Alexander, J.D., has joined the Brentwood office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties as a REALTOR®-Sales Associate. “Given his extensive career as an attorney, Vahn is not only a hard worker, but also a proven professional and a skilled negotiator, which will serve him very well in this industry,” said Tim Swan, Brentwood office manager. “We are excited to have him and he will be a great asset to our team of very successful agents.”
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February 26th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Home appraisal process

Most buyers and sellers know a home appraisal is required as part of a real estate transaction. Not all of them realize, however, that the appraisal’s results pretty much run the show. The only exception is an all-cash deal.

An appraisal is an unbiased professional opinion of a home’s worth. In all 50 states, home appraisers are required by law to be licensed or certified. Each appraisal encompasses a variety of factors. Typical data for a single-family home include recent sale prices of similar properties nearby, amenities, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, floorplans, and condition of the property’s interior and exterior. Proximity to transportation and the community’s school district might even be factored in. Appraisers consider these and other information to determine the home’s fair-market value.
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February 19th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Real estate interview questions

If you’re selling a home, choosing your real estate agent is an important decision. The agent you should work with is one that both understands your goals and objectives and also sees the importance of meeting your needs. Your agent is the key to a successful real estate experience. Choosing the right agent doesn’t have to be a painful experience, but it should involve some questions.

Start the process by asking your friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations. Look at agent reviews on websites like Yelp to see what others are saying. When you’ve narrowed down your list, select two to five agents to meet with for a preliminary interview.

Once you’ve selected a few agents, it’s time to start the interview process. Avoid real estate agents that promise unrealistic attainable suggestions. For example, don’t hire the agent that gives you the highest list price, just because he or she gave you the highest price. Instead, use these questions as a guide to helping you find the most compatible real estate agent.

Interview Questions
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February 19th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

International home buyers

With more international home buyers than ever before and Southern California as a destination of choice, there’s no denying that overseas buyers will affect the local real estate market.

A report from the National Association of Realtors estimated that $92.2 billion was spent by the international market. This is an increase from $68.2 billion in the previous period. California is one of the four states that accounted for the majority of total reported purchases. Los Angeles and Irvine properties remain popular with the international community.
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February 12th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

International home buying trends

When it comes to real estate in Southern California, it isn’t just the local residents who are looking for the best properties and deals. International homebuyers are becoming more prominent in our area, and play an important role in the continued economic growth and stimulation of the housing market.

According to a recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) study, Los Angeles is the top city searched by international consumers. These prospective buyers are flocking to California from all over the globe, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Korea, China, and Ireland, to name a few.

What attracts international homebuyers?
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