First and foremost, my condolences on the loss of your loved one. It’s never easy to lose someone.

There are so many things you’re probably finding yourself having to deal with, beyond just the sadness of your loss. It’s hard to ever be entirely ready or prepared for everything that has to be thought about and addressed.

One of the more obvious things people expect to have to handle is the “estate” of someone who has passed. However, it’s often more involved and complex than many people expect. “Estate” is a broad term that involves many different things.

And one of the largest elements of one’s estate is typically the real estate they owned.

This booklet will touch upon a few of the more common, but unexpected, issues people find themselves dealing with when handling the real estate portion of the estate.

This is not a comprehensive “how-to” but rather a look at some issues most people (and even most real estate agents) do not expect or address — until they’re in the middle of dealing with them.

Hopefully this booklet will help you avoid them altogether or at least help you to identify and deal with them more readily when they arise.

Again, my thoughts and condolences go out to you, and please feel free to reach out to me with any real estate related questions you may have.

NOTE: If you have extended family who will be involved in the estate and real estate related decisions, and you’d like additional copies of this booklet for them, please just ask and I will send you some copies.

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It's official, the market has shifted!

The Bay Area real estate market has been experiencing a slow down, and beyond the seasonal slow down. There has been more homes on the market, which gives more options for buyers. Homes have been staying on the market for longer days on market. Prices are cooling down. More inventory but less homes being sold. Here are a few articles on what’s going on here in the Bay Area.


C.A.R. releases its 2019 California Housing Market Forecast
Market shift underway as housing shortage issue becomes demand issue

It’s Official: California Housing Market is experience shift

Homes Flying Off The Market In Record Time Thanks To Low Inventory

According to the Housing Shortage Report from, the United States is currently experiencing the most serious inventory shortage in 20 years. The historically low inventory is driving up home prices across the country. However, that's not stopping homes from selling like hotcakes. According to recent data from the National Association of Realtors, homes stayed on the market for an average of 26 days in April—that's down from 30 in March and the fewest number of days since the Association began tracking the data back in 2011.

The Takeaway

If you've been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to do it. There's never been a better time to get top dollar for your home. And if your sale follows the trend, you're likely to have a "Sold" sign in your front lawn by this time next month.