What are Memories Worth? Probate laws requires you to figure that out!

Gordon's Estate Services, February 22, 2017

Adapted by a Story by Marni Jameson | Special to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


It's so true: Some things in life you just can't put a price on. Until you have to.

When it's up to you to liquidate a treasure-filled home, you need to price the priceless.

How much for that baby grand piano that play off key? How much for the sideboard that served up every Thanksgiving dinner? How much for the porch swing that creeks?

When establishing a value is both challenging and necessary, it's nice to have outside experts.

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Topics: Gordons, Estate Executor, Probate,, Estate Trustee

Managing an Estate?                   Know who to trust?

Manson Slik, February 21, 2017

As an Estate Executor, you have a big job to do. Someone has entrusted you to complete an important task. How do you find a real estate agent that you can trust?

When it comes to real estate, there is little more important than trust. So, who do you trust in a real estate relationship? This may sound like a silly question but the answer is simple; the agent you hired.

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Topics: Real Estate, Moving, Executor, price, Selling Your Home

Managing an Estate?                     Set an offer date!

Manson Slik, February 21, 2017

We equip you, as Estate Executor, with the best strategies for the real estate sale.

When we are selling a property, we ensure everything is ready. All the information a potential buyer could want to know is available online. So at any time an offer can roll in, right? Well, it's actually better to let potential buyers know that you will only be entertaining offers at a specific date and time.

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Topics: Estate, Gordons, Estate Executor

Managing an Estate? Here's what to do before the home gets Listed

Manson Slik, February 21, 2017

We equip you, as the Estate Executor, with due dilligence for a job well done.

When you're managing an estate the goal of achieving a firm efficient sale on the home is even more important. You may have been told that during the sale process it's the home buyer who is responsile for the home inspection. Maybe you paid for a home inspection when you first bought your current property. It is generally accepted that a home inspection is something only the buyer should do. This is simply not true. When selling your home or managing an estate, getting a home inspection done by an impartial and reputable 3rd party before you put the house on the market can be hugely beneficial to both the buyer and the estate.

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3 Important Tips on How to Take Charge as an Estate Executor

Gordon's Estate Services, February 21, 2017

An Estate Executor is tasked with the unenviable job of settling the final matters of a family member or trusted friend. Most Estate Executors have never been in the position of settling an estate and are overwhelmed with all of the details, politics and responsibility. Being named an Executor is an honour of the highest degree of personal trust that could be bestowed upon a family member or friend.

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Topics: Estate, Planning, Executor, Aging

Be Aware of Integrated Real Estate and Transition Services

Barry Gordon, October 12, 2016

As an industry profesional, keeping up to date with multiple service professionals, spread out over a variety of fields can be tiresome. Integrated Real Estate and Transition Service specialists combine a variety of services into one contact, making it easier to stay up to date and aware of what's what and who's who. Here is how these integrated services are better for your client.

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Topics: Real Estate, transition services

Selling Your Property? Set a Date for Entertaining Offers

Manson Slik, August 22, 2016

When we are selling your property, we ensure everything is ready. All the information a potential buyer could want to know is available online. So at any time an offer can roll in, right? Well, it's actually better to let potential buyers know that you will only be entertaining offers at a specific date and time.

So, let's say we listed your property at noon on a Friday. We would get you to sign a “direction of offer”, that states you are prepared to deal with offers on your property at 1:00 pm on Wednesday. Why would you do this? Well, when a property is listed buyers can be anxious to see it. They want to see it and get an offer in right away—effectively cutting off competition by being quicker. The thing is, if you get a quick offer it may be conditional (meaning they can back out of the sale) or the offer is lower than what you could get from someone else.

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How to Avoid Surprises When Buying a House

Manson Slik, August 16, 2016

Imagine you've found the house you want, and it's perfect for you and your family. You examine the house, talk to the owners, think it over, and decide how much you will offer. Surely, at this late stage there will be no surprises right?

Actually, you may be in for a big surprise if you assume that everything is alright with the property. Have you seen The Money Pit? In it a young couple buy a house for what they think is a good price, but the house is riddled with problems.  Just looking at a house wouldn't tell you if the wiring is shot, or that the floor beneath the bathtub is rotted through. When buying a home, seeing an inspection report before making an offer is helpful and prudent.

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Topics: Gordons

2 Steps to Ensure Your Home Sells Quickly

Manson Slik, August 15, 2016

When a “For Sale” sign goes on your lawn, your realtor is interested in selling property, but not necessarily your property. You see, a potential buyer just sees that sign on your lawn and does not know anything about your property. So they call up your realtor, and your realtor now has an opportunity to talk that person into buying a home—any home. Selling your home means getting all the information into a buyer's hands from the outset.

To ensure a quick sale of your home, we advise a different approach.

  1. Gather all the information before your home is listed. Start by putting together a complete information package that is available on a website that answers every possible question a buyer could ask. That way, when someone calls your realtor about your property, their only question is “When can I see it?”
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What Having to Move Can Teach Us

Nicky Breeze, July 25, 2016

A few weeks ago, our colleague, Paul Fensom, blogged about his neighbor who had to move under unfortunate circumstances.  This neighbor’s father, suffering from Alzheimer’s, had to be moved to a long term care facility but as the father had never finalized powers of attorney, the PGT became his guardian for property and the daughter who lived with him was put out of the home so the house could be sold all despite the father’s informally expressed intention that she be able to remain there for her lifetime (and receive the house as a gift following his death).

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Topics: Gordons