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Last Update: August 20, 2020
Losing a loved one is a sad and difficult time for family, relatives, and friends. And while you may be experiencing a flood of emotions, I am here to help you through as a real estate agent specializing in real estate and probate property sales in California.
Bill and his team have assisted with numerous estates. Their number one goal is to help you evaluate the estate value to maximize the value and net sale proceeds. Whether the property needs remodeling or repair, or you just want to sell as is, or even maybe, rent, Bill and his team will guide you through. His team includes a network of painters, contractors, roofers, electricians, plumbers, handymen, interior designers, stages, photographers, videographers, social media gurus, cash buyers and investors - if desired.
As an award winning RE/MAX® and Zillow Premiere Agent, I’m dedicated to helping you get the maximum value for your estate assets. I am known for building teams of experts for each individual sale or purchase in order to meet my customers needs. I am extremely effective in estate and probate sales. My clients have called me “the gladiator of real estate” – because I know what every penny means to them!
With access to top listings, a worldwide professional network, exceptional marketing strategies and cutting-edge technology, I work hard to make your real estate experience as painless and enjoyable as possible.
Certified Probate and Trust Realtor
California Real Estate License #01100559
Bonded and Insured
The Association of Residential Cleaning Services, International (ARCSI)
International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA)
Certified Executive Housekeepers (CEH)
International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA)
Better Business Bureau
Certified SRES (Senior Residential Expert Services)
Certified Residential Real Estate Negotiator
Certified Res.net agent
BPOR (Broker Price Opinion Resource with The National Association of Realtors) 2011 Certified
Core Logic 2010 Certification
SFR® (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource ) 2011 Certification
Top 1000 RE/MAX® Agents 2020 Nationwide
RE/MAX® Hall of Fame 2020
RE/MAX® Premium Gold Awards 2014 through 2019
Best Of Zillow® Agent
Zillow® Premiere Agent
Centurion Award 2nd Place, Century 21
Rookie of the Year Award REALTOR®
Transparency, Integrity, & Compassion
~ The Byrd Commitment
WHY CHOOSE BILL
Dealing with the courts and the inheritance of someone who has died is very complicated. And to amplify this stress, the heirs may or may not be united on decisions during this time of grief. So, rest assured, I am here to make it smoother for you and the estate heirs.
Simply put, transferring real estate property is done in four ways: 1) Will with Power of Attorney, 2) Will without Power of Attorney - needs to got to court, 3) Trust with Power of Attorney, and 4) no Will (Intestate) must go to court.
As an experienced Real Estate Professional, I am committed to making sure that you are well-informed in regard to these decisions – especially as they pertain to real estate. I will also help you with some of the difficult conversations you may have to have with family members and other heirs. I’ll help you at every step along the way and do everything possible to steer you clear of the minefields. Of course, you’ll still have to make some challenging choices, but having an experienced advisor by your side makes the task significantly less lonely and stressful.
Here’s where I really shine. First, I will help you determine specifically what the most critical objective or objectives are regarding the real estate that’s involved in the estate. If needed and if it is the right choice, I can provide immediate cash buyers from my list of qualified investors. Often, this is vital to allow a surviving spouse to move into a more suitable location, handle medical or other bills or simply get asset funds into the hands of the heirs quickly. My investors can often make offers within 24 hours on almost any property and can close quickly. Sometimes, funds can even be advanced prior to closing. This may or MAY NOT be the right choice.
Do you need to maximize the selling price to provide the greatest cash benefit to the heirs/stakeholders? When maximum revenue is the focus, I’ll make certain the property is not only listed properly but marketed aggressively and intelligently to assure maximum exposure. With the power of RE/Max Gold network of 90,000 agents, I’ll make sure you know exactly what the property is worth if you are willing to wait for the right buyer and I’ll help you determine any possible repairs (if any) that might add more to the final selling price than their cost – in other words, the greatest bang for the buck. Be aware that all too often, ill-informed sellers spend far too much on repairs that do not even cover their cost in the final sale price. This is where my experience, preparation, and savvy marketing skills really shines.
ATTORNEY OR 3rd
I Can Be A Good Partner
I work especially well in these situations. Typically the attorney of record has one of two roles. They are either appointed to the task by the court or selected by the family or executor / personal advisor. If you’ve been court-appointed, then your role is usually focused strictly on the legal issues regarding any transactions and dispersal of assets. However, if you are retained by the family or the executor / personal representative, your role usually extends to include a more advisory capacity as well. In either case, I will at all times keep you well-informed about any aspect of the process in which I am are involved – especially when it comes to fielding offers on the real estate.
In some cases, the family or executor / personal advisor will want ALL aspects of the probate to be handled completely by the attorney. In these cases, I’ll work with you as “the client” regarding the real estate, just as we would with the executor / personal advisor.
I have focused on working in this unique area of Real Estate, because I am a compassionate person and due to my own experiences, really perform well with a much-needed service to people in times of great stress. If you’d like some general information, please review the list of Frequently Asked Probate Questions and additional pages of this website. I am ready to start working with you today and can ease any of your unnecessary burdens quickly.