Navigating a home purchase and escrow can be draining. And then there is the hassle of moving. Once you are in the home, it seems like a perfect time to kick back and chill. Doing so, however, without working on some important items, can later create serious problems you might have been able to avoid. Health, safety and security should be addressed first.Read More
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By Don Dunning | August 10, 2012
Sellers often ask my advice on what work needs to be done to prepare a house for sale. In certain cases, they had spoken with other agents and were uncomfortable with suggestions which seemed to benefit the agent more than the seller.
Some agents fall into a pattern of how they approach sellers and what they recommend to get the home sold. The agent’s advice tends to be similar for all sellers, despite differences in the properties and/or the sellers’ needs. This one-size-fits-all approach is often not best for the seller. Sadly, the average seller rarely takes the time to investigate what a listing agent should be doing for him.Read More
By Don Dunning | January 24, 2012
A private sewer lateral (PSL) is the pipe that connects the sewage line in a building to the public sewer main that is usually in the street. As of January 16, 2012, all properties in the City of Oakland, except condominiums and large retail structures, are subject to an ordinance that requires inspection and possible repair of PSLs under certain circumstances.
This is a good thing for those of us who live in Oakland and for the environment. There are details, however, for buyers and sellers to know and understand to avoid problems. Reading my previous two articles on this subject, Sewer Line Blues and Sewer Line Blues II, will likely open your eyes to what could happen if you do not pay attention.Read More
By Don Dunning | March 12, 2011
Yesterday, I had the battery backup on my alarm system replaced. This is an item I don’t spend any time thinking about. When I received a letter from my alarm company advising I change out the battery, my initial reaction was that this was a sales ploy. If the alarm works, then the backup battery […]Read More
By Don Dunning | March 9, 2007
Originally appeared in Hills Publications, Mar. 9, 2007 and ANG Newspapers, Mar. 3, 2007 Except when sellers are sued, condition is one of the least understood and discussed topics in residential real estate. Buyers, before committing to a purchase, must be clear on how repairs might impact them financially and emotionally; sellers need to recognize […]Read More