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Inaccurate Zillow ‘Zestimates’ a source of conflict over home prices

by Mario Acosta February 12, 2015 Buyers

When “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell asked the chief executive of Zillow recently about the accuracy of the website’s automated property value estimates — known as Zestimates — she touched on one of the most sensitive perception gaps in American real estate.

Zillow is the most popular online real estate information site, with 73 million …

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Are You Aware Many Homes Are Selling Before They Hit The Market?

by Mario Acosta November 14, 2013 Buyers

Pocket Listings Are Real Estate’s Hidden Market!
Some homes are bought and sold without ever being officially listed or put on the market.
This word-of-mouth technique – once used mostly by the rich and famous – has gained popularity among sellers and it takes savvy agents to know how to source these off market listings.  These off …

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Sherman Oaks Property Management Firms Help Landlords Relax

by Mario Acosta September 27, 2013 FAQs

What You Need to Know About Property Management

Any number of Sherman Oaks property owners remain on the sidelines even as demand for rentals continues to increase.

They hesitate to convert their properties into income-producers — even those that are eminently rentable — because they are already fully occupied with career and family obligations. They simply cannot …

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Do Sherman Oaks Open Houses Really Help Sell Homes?

by Mario Acosta September 14, 2013 Local Topics

Why Do Open Houses??

It used to be that if you wanted to sell a house, you would just hire an agent, stick a sign in the lawn, place an ad in a local paper, and schedule your open house. Sigh! Those days are long gone — now there’s the staging, the photo shoot, the virtual …

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Finding the Right Sherman Oaks Lease Option Solution

by Mario Acosta September 10, 2013 Local Topics

The Right Lease Option Fits Both Seller and Buyer

A lease option (AKA “rent-to-own”) agreement is not the most common way to purchase a home, but for the right Sherman Oaks buyer and seller, it can sometimes be a solution that fills an otherwise unbridgeable gap. It’s most commonly seen when a potential buyer needs time …

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For Sherman Oaks Boomers, Buying a Home Reveals Changing Priorities

by Mario Acosta September 9, 2013 Local Topics

Boomers’ Housing Choices Show Tilt Toward Comfort

If Sherman Oak’s baby boomers are echoing national demographics, they are either already enjoying retirement or are preparing for it. But for soon-to-be seniors, that word retirement has taken on some new connotations. Today’s seniors may be headed to a retirement with some major differences.

Taken as a whole, boomers …

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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Boost Sherman Oaks Property Search Results

by Mario Acosta July 25, 2013 How We Market Your Home For Sale

By now, social media are an integral part of many peoples’ daily routine. If you are selling your home in Sherman Oaks this summer, you can decide to add your own social media clout to add further momentum to the professional campaign. Your agent already has a great website to attract anyone conducting a Sherman …

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Sherman Oaks Open House Planning Should Include Safety

by Mario Acosta June 22, 2013 FAQs

A Sherman Oaks open house is a great sales tool when your home is on the market, but it also exposes your property to total strangers. As agents, my colleagues and I are trained to red flag suspicious activities, but during an open house, multiple parties will be coming and going at the same time. …

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Sherman Oaks Real Estate Market Balancing Act: Rates vs. Rises

by Mario Acosta May 2, 2013 First-Time Home Buyers

When the Wall Street Journal or Forbes run mortgage rate stories as their lead items, those of us who keep an eye on the Sherman Oaks real estate market pay close attention. I frequently share what they say here. But when even the non-financial outlets like USA TODAY and the cable TV news channels give …

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Great News

by Mario Acosta April 21, 2013 Local Topics

We have talked extensively about buying, selling, being a landlord, moving – so many things we realtors get involved in on an ongoing basis.  We have even touched on things to do to fix your home up, whether  selling or staying put.    But this month there is great news for those of you out there …

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