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Zestimates are generally speaking 10-15% above or below actual appraised values. They post their range of accuracy on their website here: https://www.zillow.com/z/zestimate/ Scroll down a bit to "Off Market" then find LA / OC.

Zillow/Redfin Now/OpenDoor are problem solver products - Don't want to fix? Don't want buyers trampling through your home? Need to make a non-contingent offer?, or  _______________ Insert Reason Here - these cash buy out programs move problems to the sideline faster than traditional "hard money lending".

Are they relatively expensive compared to traditional methods of sale? Sure. That said, there is no universal set price for ease of mind.
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Food and Dining / Re: Best Dim Sum near Irvine
« Last post by iacrenter on April 09, 2021, 09:26:14 AM »
+1 on J Zhou, my go to spot near me.

Anyone try dim sum at  EMC Seafood?

I was surprised food critic, Brad Johnson raved about it in the OC Register:

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/03/best-thing-i-ate-theres-a-new-dim-sum-power-player-in-irvine/
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Water Cooler / Re: Once again...nothing to be done but prayers and thoughts
« Last post by morekaos on April 09, 2021, 09:00:06 AM »
Taa-daaaa!  Take a big bite of the nothing burger and hope and pray more.


Biden Pushes Gun Control, But Legislation Is Unlikely


Biden Pushes Gun Control, But Legislation Is Unlikely
.By Philip Wegmann - RCP StaffApril 09, 2021
Biden Pushes Gun Control, But Legislation Is Unlikely(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The White House Rose Garden was an idyllic setting on Thursday -- incongruously so, given the brutal problem being addressed. There, President Biden announced a slate of executive actions to combat what he called an “epidemic” of gun violence.

“Let me say it again,” he told the assembled mothers and fathers of children horrifically killed at Newtown, Conn., and Parkland, Fla. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic.” Those gathered signaled their approval with applause as Biden added that, what’s more, “it is an international embarrassment.”


Biden ran as a gun control candidate, someone with a record of both successes and failures on the issue. As a senator, he helped pass the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act in 1993 and the Assault Weapons Ban in 1994. He could not get more comprehensive changes into law as vice president.

“I know it's painful and frustrating that we haven't made the progress that we'd hoped for,” Biden admitted Thursday as cherry blossoms swayed in the spring breeze behind him. “But it took five years to get the Brady bill passed, and it took even more years to work to pass the assault weapons ban.  And it saved lives.”

His message, now as president, is that he is willing to work with Congress, but he is also moving on his own. Flanked by Vice President Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland, Biden announced half a dozen actions.

He will tighten regulations around “ghost guns” -- firearms assembled by hobbyists from parts that often lack serial numbers -- requiring that buyers go through a background check. He also called on the Department of Justice to propose a rule that could outlaw pistol brace devices, specialty slings that replace standard stocks, like the one used last month in a Boulder, Colo., mass shooting.

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Biden also ordered the DOJ to issue an annual report on firearms trafficking and to draft legislative templates for states to follow in passing “red flag” laws that would allow family members or law enforcement to remove firearms from anyone a court determined to be at risk to themselves or others.

The president also announced his intention to nominate David Chipman, a gun-control activist and law enforcement veteran, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

All of those actions, Biden argued, were meant to fulfill his duty to protect public safety. “My job, the job of any president, is to protect the American people,” he said. “Whether Congress acts or not, I'm going to use all the resources at my disposal … to keep the American people safe from gun violence.” In the end, though, he may be limited to what he can do from the Oval Office.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/04/09/biden_pushes_gun_control_but_legislation_is_unlikely_145560.html
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How did the final offer compare with the 'Zestimate' prior to contacting Zillow?
The Zestimate was $10k higher than the Prelim Offer. The Prelim Offer price 'held' through to the Final Offer except for the 1% in repairs.
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How did the final offer compare with the 'Zestimate' prior to contacting Zillow?

Definitely money left on the table.. but I think it was more based on where prices have gone since December rather than the price that Zillow offered.
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Owner's Issues / Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Last post by akkord on April 09, 2021, 05:51:38 AM »
Cool, thanks for the details on what you've got working! What switch do you use?

This is the one I have in the master, only because I'm using their fan, regret not moving all the fans from my old home to the new one.  The other rooms all have the generic switch from the builder.

https://store.bigassfans.com/en_us/haiku-wired-wall-control-1
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Owner's Issues / Re: Wall switches for ceiling fans
« Last post by marmott on April 09, 2021, 12:54:10 AM »
Some fan vendors offer wall control that fits in place of a switch. For example this one: https://www.hunterfan.com/collections/ceiling-fan-controls/products/ceiling-fan-accessories-fan-light-dual-slide-wall-control-27182

I looked briefly at the manual and it may require a 3 conductor wire between the fan and that switch.
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Definitely money left on the table.. but I think it was more based on where prices have gone since December rather than the price that Zillow offered.

Yeah... that's how I felt when we sold. We set a list price above what our target was, no movement so we did a price drop and hit our target. Then not long after, it probably could have sold for above list.

Right now, I can't believe how much it can sell for because I thought there was a ceiling for the size of our home in Irvine... guess not.
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Definitely money left on the table.. but I think it was more based on where prices have gone since December rather than the price that Zillow offered.
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Congrats on the successful txn with zillow.

Not knowing all the numbers, I would venture to guess that the seller left anywhere between 2 to 8% of the home value on the table for zillow to pick up. In exchange, the seller got peace of mind and convenience. One may put 1k or 10k or 100k value to that comfort depending on their lifestyle.
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