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What Repairs Are Required to Sell a House in California?

Repairs to do before selling a house in California

You have probably read about home sellers getting sued by their buyers after the house has been sold in the real estate section of the Sacramento Bee or the Orange County Register. You might have even heard stories from a friend or from your own neighbors. The issue usually involves undisclosed problems or damage that was uncovered by a home buyer later and that potentially hurt the property’s value. Sometimes, repairs were promised before the close of escrow and never satisfactorily made. In either case, imagining such a scenario happening to you can put you on edge when it comes time to sell your home. And, this might make you rethink whether you should fix your house or sell it ‘as-is’ since, technically, repairs are not required to sell a house in California. To help take some of that edge off, we will take a look at what you should and should not do, as well as what you can do, once you decide to sell.

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How to Sell a House with Foundation Problems in California: The Costs, Challenges, and Options

How to Sell an Inherited House in California

Inheriting a house in California has to be called a lucky break, but maybe it’s not the opportunity that you’ve been looking for. If you don’t want to keep it, you can sell the house and use the money for what you really want. The only question is how to best get it sold. And the answer depends on your priorities and circumstances—how much money you want or are able to put into selling the house and how fast you need to sell it. If you choose to spend thousands of dollars, you can use a real estate agent to sell the house as quickly as possible and probably for the highest price. Putting the house on the market “for sale by owner” will require less cash up front, but it’ll take more time and work. We’ll take a look at both of those choices and suggest a third way that may be a better fit for your needs.

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How to Sell a House by Owner in California: The Essential Steps for Best Results

Steps for Selling a House by Owner in California

Selling your house to move out of state for a job can be tough, especially when you’ve lived in the same city, or even the same state, for years. Of course, a change in jobs is not the only reason you may need to sell your California home. Plenty of homeowners decide to sell in an effort to avoid foreclosure or because they simply want to downsize to something that is more manageable after the kids go off to school. Whatever your circumstances, deciding to conduct a ‘for sale by owner’ can help you save money if funds are tight. But, to make the most out of this option, it’s important to skillfully, and carefully, navigate the steps you have to take when selling a home without an agent. So, how do you successfully sell a house by owner in California, especially if it needs to happen quickly? It can be easier than you think.

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How to Sell Your House Without Paying Commission: 5 Tips for Attracting Qualified California Buyers

How Much Are Taxes on the Sale of Rental Property in California?

When you’re a California landlord selling a rental property, capital gains taxes are one of the many costs that might keep you up at night. Of course, you’ll also have to get the property ready for sale—even minor repairs can add up to a pretty penny. Plus, you can expect to pay a real estate agent and California commission rates are sky-high compared to other states. The expenses of selling just keep adding up. Isn’t there a better way, one that will leave a little more cash in your pocket? If you understand how taxes on the sale of a rental property in California are calculated, you can make a more informed decision about how to go about selling it—and keeping costs down.

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Are You a California Landlord Selling Rental Property? Here's How to Do It With Less Hassle

Guide for California Landlords Selling Rental Property

It can be costly owning and managing multi-family units, or even a single-family home that’s a rental, especially if your property is located in a pricey California County, like Orange or Sacramento. And, it’s not just your funds that may flatline—precious time and energy can get depleted as well. But as a California landlord, selling rental property can be an equally challenging prospect if you’re trying to sell the property with tenants in residence, the road ahead of you may prove to be that much more difficult. Still, you have a couple of options for selling when you’re tired of being a landlord and it’s time to get a property off your books. Which one works best for you will depend on how easy you need the sale to be.

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Understanding the California Notice of Default and What You Can Do About It

What Does a Notice of Default Mean in California?

Your lender has been sending you regular “reminders” of your overdue mortgage payments and probably has even warned you that this was coming. But it can still be a shock when a notice of default arrives in the mail. It makes your financial problem official. But now is not the time to dwell on the negative; you need to take clear-headed and decisive action. Understanding what the California notice of default means and what you can do about it is the first step, so let’s start there. Then we’ll give you some suggestions for how to avoid the foreclosure altogether and even settle the issues with your mortgage lender in a simple and stress-free way.

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Selling a House 'As-is' in California: Navigating the Challenges

Selling a House ‘As-is’ in California

The amount of time, money, and stress you can save by avoiding renovations is the most obvious benefit of selling your house ‘as-is’. Even a minor rehab can take several months to finish and cost several thousand dollars. But, before the work even begins, there is the hassle of interviewing contractors and other experts to ensure you hire the best team for the price you can afford. And, unfortunately, getting a good rehab team together is never guaranteed. Sometimes, you don’t find out until it’s too late that you have overpaid for an under-qualified electrician or carpenter. So, selling ‘as-is’, especially if you need to get your house sold quickly, can make good sense all around.

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How to Sell Your House Without Paying Commission: 5 Tips for Attracting Qualified California Buyers

Does California have an inheritance tax on property?

Did a loved one recently pass on and leave you their home? It’s a wonderful gift and a nice bit of family history, but if that loved one was not your parent or grandparent, it may make you wonder: When you inherit a house in California, does property tax change that much? The short answer is, yes—and sometimes it can be a shocker, especially in California where housing values are going through the roof. If your inherited house comes with a property tax bill you are unable, or unwilling, to pay then selling the house is the fastest way to get out from under the overwhelming tax debt.

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