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      Probate & Estate

      Inheriting a house may involve sorting through years of personal belongings and memories, dealing with complicated legal matters, and being accountable to multiple family members. In addition to selling inherited homes, we also serve as your “concierge” for these other needed services, and help make the process easier for you and your family.

      Having responsibility for handling the affairs of an estate can be daunting, exhausting and mired with paperwork. I work as a trusted advisor to the estate to help them through the equally complicated world of selling residential real estate acquired through a trust or probate. I work side by side with executors, administrators, attorneys and family members in all real estate related activities from clean out to closing. And I’ve earned a specialized designation as a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist. In the event the real estate is part of the probate process, I have the real life experience, resources and training to help you navigate the process and make it a lot more “user friendly”.

      As a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist I will:

      • Refer trusted resources in every area from professional organizers to CPAs
      • Work with and communicate to your attorney as needed.
      • Coordinate property bids, clean-up, and repairs
      • Advise you on selling “as is” vs repaired or renovated
      • Market the property aggressively to get top dollar
      • Show the property to its best advantage
      • Review offers and negotiate the highest price
      • Maximize exposure for overbids if court confirmation required.
      • Court appearances with attorneys as needed
      • Coordinate all transaction details
      • Negotiate exclusively for the estate by not representing both parties in the sale

      When you work with our team we strive to protect the financial interests of the estate, be a trusted advisor, and provide resources that save you time and money; and that ease the stress off those involved in the sale of residential estate or probate real estate.

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      Flawless coordination

      We sold two properties with Debra. She made the process painless and efficient, flawlessly coordinating all of the contractors and vendors needed to make the sales go quickly and smoothly.

      Ken Imboden, 2x executor

      Everyone was happy

      Debra did a fantastic job getting a loft/condo in Japan Town sold for me. It was a very complicated probate sale and it turned out to be a nail-biter – but she was able to pull the deal off and everyone ended up happy, including myself!

      Gail Petty, probate sale

      Seamless transaction

      I was named executrix of my brother-in-law’s estate. Although the sale seemed like a daunting undertaking, Debra’s professionalism provided us with a seamless transaction and constant communication.

      Susan Tajii, executrix

      Debra Schwartz is amazing!

      At a difficult time in my life, Debra’s compassionate, patient, guidance and recommendations with all the details of selling my home put me at ease. There were many instances when I became overwhelmed. No worries, Debra took care of it.
      Loreen, Trustee

      A stand out performer

      Ms. Schwartz’s extensive personal contacts caused her to stand out among numerous excellent realtor prospects.  She quickly guided us to competent sources to prepare the property for sale.  Then she achieved the sale at top price in a very short time.  The seller who has Ms. Schwartz’s services is fortunate indeed.

      Edward Sterling, Out of State Executor