Clean up real estate records data before selling

Dated: October 4 2020

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The county records describing your real estate property play an important role in your property rights, credit rating, and the value of your home. Sometimes the county records can be wrong—when they are, they need to be corrected before you put your house on the market. 

Two of my clients who are planning to sell have issues with the property data held by LA County. In one case, a three-bedroom house is listed as having four bedrooms, and in the other, a duplex shows as having only half of its actual improved square footage. If left uncorrected, the first error would lead to confused buyers who would see conflicting bedroom-count information on the MLS listing and real estate Web sites, which could affect the relationship with the eventual buyer. The lowered square footage data in the second case could turn buyers away or create problems with the appraisal for the buyer’s mortgage approval. 

Making the county records match reality is part of the home-sale preparation I help my clients with, along with decluttering, staging, polishing curb appeal, and photography.

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DAVID DUNLAP

As a residential real estate executive with an extensive background in corporate marketing, I am able to apply unusually strong skills in marketing communications, e-marketing, strategic planning and ....

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