Selling a Santa Clarita Home – this is your first best step

    If you are considering selling your Santa Clarita Valley Home, including the cities of Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, Acton and Agua Dulce, here is your best first step.

    The first thing you need to do is to find how much or how little equity you have. Equity is the amount you owe versus the value of the property.

    If you are making mortgage payments, you should be able to find out from your bank or banks how much is the amount of your principal balance. It should state this number on your latest bank statement. Check it out. If you do any online banking, that system should also contain your “principal” balance too.

    What is your Santa Clarita valley home worth

    As we do for our prospective Santa Clarita sellers, a professional realtor will produce for you something called a net sheet. This is a break down of costs associated with selling your home. In order to have this net sheet compiled, the real estate professional is going to have to get your payoff amount. They will also include the other charges related to selling your home. If they are worth their salt and if there are any penalties related to selling your home at the time you are choosing, from your mortgage company, this should also be identified and applied to the net sheet.

    Finding what your Santa Clarita home is worth is best accomplished via our SCVnest home valuation system. It’s free and without hooks and spam. I am a local and trusted real estate advisor. I would never enter into anything that could or would harm my hard earned reputation.

    The difference in the SCVnest home valuation system is two fold. One is the fact our system for valuation for Santa Clarita and Southern California real estate gathers it’s data directly from the local Boards of Realtors and the Multiple Listing Services.

    The Boards of Realtors are the controllers of the real estate closings and data for every single property listed and sold in the Santa Clarita Valley. Some of those real estate listings may have been sold without a Realtor Involved – they gather that intel also and add it to the database.

    When it comes to the Multiple Listing Service, there are many copycat companies that sprung up online. They are not “connected” real estate websites and are only in business because they capture your personal and private information and sell it to agents willing to pay for it. BTW – Business is booming within the Real Estate syndication websites.

    The other “difference”, in how our system works when we put together the real estate FMV – Fair market value – for your home, is how I do my job.

    I was trained by the best in the business back in the late 1990’s. During my tenure in the real estate business, I have also attended training with one of the largest banks in the valuation and estimation of value related to residential real estate. This was because they were using my Team, both Paris and I, to sell their distressed real estate back in 2007-2013. When most agents at that time would have given up their first born to get an REO Account, We were honored and blessed.

    I give this prelude to my personal valuation for the fair market value on your Santa Clarita Valley home because It’s important to see what the experience level is with the service provider you are hiring.

    In addition, I have been representing buyers and sellers of homes and real estate since 1998. Staring with my career in the LAPD 1990-2007 – add an additional 5 years as a Full Line Level 1 reserve officer, and you have Connor MacIvor 🙂 – or at least a glimpse.

    When a potential real estate seller inquires on our Home Valuation system, that puts the wheels into motion. We then are able to start preparing our comparable research via our competitive market analysis for your Santa Clarita or Greater Los Angeles Area home.

    The bottom line is you don’t want to make any mistakes when selling your home and your service provider should not either. They should be wanting to do the best job possible and have experience proving their position.

    I’m Connor with HONOR, Santa Clarita’s Realtor at REMAX. I’m Glad to be of service to you and let me know when you are ready to take the first best step to selling your Santa Clarita Home.

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    Paris and Connor MacIvor

    Connor and Paris MacIvor are in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, starting their real estate business in 1998 with RE/MAX Gateway - Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. Their becoming licensed real estate consultants and representatives came from the horrible experience they had when they bought their first home. There were many things that the agent they had hired did not explain and disclose, which per law he should have. Getting that agent on the phone after they closed escrow and after he had gotten paid was impossible. Paris and Connor called the broker, the board of realtors, the office manager and all they received was the promise of a phone call back. The remedy did come, but not as fast and in the way they wanted. That act - that bad agent was the reason why Paris and Connor became Realtors. That was all they needed to vow to never let the same fate befall anyone else, that befell them. Today Connor and Paris are focused on client service. Protection and top-shelf service with regard to their real estate clientele. They primarily work within the Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. However, for a referral, where 80+ of their business is referrals they have License and Will Travel to other parts of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County to handle real estate transactions for those who trust their real estate operation. Writing on their Real Estate Blog is a passion. is where you will find over 10,000 real estate articles. Go to to listen to their latest real estate radio broadcast.

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