Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Team Work Counts in Probate and Trust Real Estate Sales

Buyers and sellers of probate real estate do not really realize how much work is required to put a property on the market and to position it to sell quickly. At the Sanborn Team we work closely with the law firm that is handling the Estate/Conservatorship or Trust matter to assure that when a property is placed on the market all issues that may exist have been resolved.

This past week we have had several examples of how we all work together to assure the buyer/seller that the process is seamless and will go without a hitch. For example...

We received a petition for the sale of a property from a law firm, but discovered a calculation error on the over-bid amount. We identified it so that the petition could be properly amended before it came before the Probate Court.

Another petition was received and we noticed that the address was incorrect (a simple typo), but again we were able to notify everyone so the petition could be amended.

We are currently working closely with an administrator, the attorney for the estate, Escrow of the West (Marcine Kline) and California Title (Bill Thomas) to clear up title issues on a property that we are getting ready to place on the market. Everyone involved knows how urgent it is to clear up the problems and they are all working together to expedite the process.

At the Sanborn Team we value our partners and know how vital they are to helping us solve problems.

If you would like the Sanborn Team to work for you please contact us at 310-277-2858 or email us at
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cash is King in the Probate Marketplace

According to DataQuick, which gathers and maintains statistics on the real estate industry, an average of about 10.6 percent of Los Angeles County home purchases made in the last ten years were all cash sales, that is, bought without a mortgage. In January 2010 and January 2011, that number spiked to right around 25 percent.

DataQuick explains: “For the past couple of years all-cash deals have become far more common in lower-cost markets where prices have dropped sharply, luring investors and other buyers who either can't qualify for a traditional mortgage, or who simply view housing as a relatively attractive place to park their money. Moreover, using cash can get you to the head of the line if there are multiple offers on a property, given sellers favor the relative speed and certainty of all-cash transactions.”

Not surprising that we would find that kind of head-of-the-line thinking among buyers making offers on probate properties. Such buyers have the flexibility to over-bid in court when the opportunity presents itself and to grab undervalued probate homes for family, or resale. Cash can also be critically important when as-is probate properties need extensive repairs and don’t meet the bank’s standards for a loan.

If you have cash to invest or real property to sell through probate, trust or conservatorship, The Sanborn Team delivers head-of-the-line results. Call us at 310-777-2858.


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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Probate Market: Prices Down, Investors Up

The newspaper isn’t exactly bringing home the recovery reports we’ve been hoping for. While lower-than-ever prices are good news for buyers, they’re discouraging to sellers who have been holding on for an improved market – or those, like probate sellers, who are disposing of real property on the court’s schedule.

If most buyers are feeling a little cautious these days, investors are encouraged by market conditions, according to a survey reported by Inman News. Asking about anticipated purchases in the next two years, interviewers found that a third of investors plan to buy during that time, while only 8.6 percent of home-seekers expect to make a deal. In the two-to-five year time frame, investors outnumber residence-seekers three to one.

What does that mean for people who need a place to live? Make a plan: talk with your lender and get pre-approved so you know exactly what you can afford. Work with your Realtor to locate homes that meet your needs. Look for quality homes offered for sale through probate or trust. Talk with a probate expert. Follow the court’s instructions. Make the best offer you can.

The Sanborn Team has been selling real property in greater Los Angeles for more than 30 years. If you have questions about any aspect of probate or trust real estate, visit our website,, or call us at 310-777-2858 today.

The Sanborn Team closes another escrow!

This multi-unit listing at the corner of Montana and Harvard in Santa Monica sold for over asking. We listed the property at $1,400,000 and it sold for $1,505,000!

This was a probate sale that required court confirmation. We had several overbidders in court, however it went to the original buyer.

The Sanborn Team has been selling probate and trust properties for more than 30 years. For more information about us and our probate listings, please visit our website at: