Behind Closed Doors

Aug. 19, 2008

Knowing Tax Withholding Rules mean More Money Thanks to IRS

Federal Tax Withholding Rules (IRS Form W-4)

The vast majority of U.S. taxpayers allow the U.S. government to withhold more from their paychecks than is necessary to cover their tax bill due in April the following year. This is largely due to not understanding the tax withholding rules ...

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Aug. 15, 2008

Federal Tax Breaks to Owning Real Estate

Every time I meet with a potential Pasadena home buyer, a question comes up about tax benefits of home ownership. In this post, I'll cover some of the tax incentives that are currently available. These tax incentives are a nice little bonus that is allowed by the IRS to ...

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Aug. 9, 2008

Custom Property Brochure and Marketing Your Home For a Quck Sale

Over the last couple of days we loooked at a Formula for Selling your Pasadena Home in 30 days or less. It all comes down to getting your home ready for sale, pricing your Pasadena home correctly and marketing exposure.

In my second post in the Selling Your Home series ...

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Aug. 9, 2008

Walking Away from Pasadena Home Listings

I love helping home buyers and home sellers around Pasadena with their real estate needs. My passion, though, is helping sellers market and sell their homes for the highest possible price and in the quickest possible time.

An unfortunate real estate trend for me personally in this real estate market ...

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Aug. 5, 2008

Sell Your Pasadena Home in 30 days or Less - Part II

In the previous post, Sell Your Pasadena Home in 30 Days or Less, we discussed the basic formula for selling your home. There are three parts to your selling success:

  1. Preparing your Pasadena home for sale.
  2. Determining a price for your home.
  3. Deciding how to market your Pasadena home.

Today ...

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Aug. 3, 2008

Sell Your Pasadena Home in 30 days or Less

Sell Your Home Quickly

So you're thinking of selling your Pasadena home. Great!  You've come to the right place. This is the first post of a multiple series on how to sell your Pasadena Home.

Yes... you can use the services of a Pasadena Real Estate Agent ...

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Aug. 1, 2008

The Power of Words to Sell Your Home

Okay, a quick Quiz: What sells Pasadena Homes?

  1. Location, Location, Location!
  2. Correct Pricing!
  3. Condition and Staging!
  4. Sales Words Used in the Multiple Listing Service!

Huh? Words sell homes? That's something new...

Well, experienced and successful Pasadena Real Estate agents have known this for quite awhile. Now, there's an ...

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July 11, 2008

General Contractors: How to Avoid Getting Scammed by one!

To be very honest, the reason for writing this post is because I am a victim of an unscrupulous general contractor who is currently licensed by California State Contractor's Board, operates out of Monrovia California and is continuing to take advantage of consumers.

I am hoping that by sharing ...

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June 20, 2008

Upheaval in the Pasadena Real Estate Market

Late yesterday afternoon, Coldwell Banker announced that they will be closing two local real estate offices. One of the offices was a Coldwell Banker office in Old Town Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard. The other one was in La Canada.

The explanation given to the shocked real estate agents working at ...

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June 7, 2008

Pasadena Home Seller Checklist helps Prepare for Home Inspections

Yesterday, we talked about why a Pasadena home seller should order a home inspection before listing their home with a Pasadena Real Estate Agent.

The following checklist will help you prepare for that home inspection or your buyer's home inspection.

The items below should be done PRIOR to the ...

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