Buying and Selling
Real Estate

Practical Advice for Your Next Real Estate Venture

"There’s working hard and working smart, Kevin Kent, does both."

Deirdre Symons, Seller & Buyer - Retiree


"I’ve known Kevin for over 35 years. We were very pleased with the communications and how he handled this deal. He was very concerned about our feelings and needs and of course getting the deal. The result was my wife and I have a new home in a great location in Newport Beach."

Alan Howarth, Film Composer


"Kevin was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in the sale of my Mom's house. His marketing methods and sales practices we're extremely effective; the house sold on the first open house.  He got over the asking price the next day. We will definitely be working with Kevin again for our own next move."

Jerry Holzinger, Trust Executor


"Thank you, Kevin, for finding us such a great home. We  appreciate your diligence in searching for just the right property until you hit the bullseye."

Robert Harp, Dmin


"Quite simply, he knows what he is doing, not to mention he is fun to work with! I have met a lot of agents in the past and Kevin is by far the best. He receives my highest recommendation."

Jen Knerr, Buyer


I hope you enjoy this fourth edition and put it to good use for you and your family. Special thanks to my long time friend, C.J. Land, who made it all look its best.


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Here's a look at the Table of Contents so you can see the breadth of knowledge inside this great little book:
Table of Contents

About Kevin Kent, Author
Foreword
Reasons to Sell Now
Get the Most from the Sale
Equity
Looking for a Luxury Home?
Rising Prices
Home Appraisals
Move Up to the Home You Want
“For Sale by Owner” (FSBO)?
Is Now the Right Time?
A Buyer in Hand is Worth Two in the Bush
Boomer Freedom in Retirement
Divorce and Probate
Price - Timetable - Challenges
Curb Appeal
Seller Tips - The Kitchen
Seller Tips on Prepping your Home for Sale
Seller Staging Tips
Feng Shui
Staging
Digital Video and Imagery
Mutual Goals
When Your Listing Expires
Seller Options
Taxes and 1031 Exchange
Prop 60 & 90
“Gifting” - Prop 58 & 193
What is a 1031 Exchange?
FSBO’s and Agents
Here is a Little Story
Home Ownership is a Good Investment
Getting Your Mortgage
Pre-Approval is Always the First Step
Top Reasons to Buy Now
You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a House.
Building Wealth
The Mortgage Process
Mortgages! Why so Much Paperwork?
Saving for a Down Payment
Loan Approval
Veterans Loans
What to Expect From Your Agent
Real Estate as an Investment
FIRPTA
Buyer Tips - Be Careful - What Not To Do
Home Warranty
New Homes 
Escrow
Duties - Overview
Planning the Move - An Eight Week Plan
Contact & Social Media
Social Media Links

About Kevin Kent, Author


“I am fortunate to have chosen Orange County as the place to raise my family, and I feel blessed to have grown up in the great state of California. I have lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Santa Cruz and have been in Orange County for over 25 years. I bought my first home over 35 years ago, and I loved the process, the excitement and the art of getting a good deal in real estate. Now, I especially love helping my clients to find their dream homes by solving difficult problems for sellers and buyers. That’s what my clients remember about me: a creative, solution-driven agent.” - Kevin A Kent


A hi-tech sales and marketing background taught Kevin the importance of effective and distinctive marketing with the brands and properties he represents. His reputation for presenting his clients with unique opportunities has helped him generate an international client base spanning locations such as China, Switzerland, and England. Kevin joined forces with Villa Real Estate because of the teams’ superb marketing vision, infrastructure, and reputation across multiple markets.


With his wife of almost 25 years, Kevin is happy to have raised his children in Irvine. The families’ love of the water caused him to live on the south lake and they know the beaches of the gold coast as well as any native can. Kevin spends his spare time with his family, following Orange County baseball, and photography and writing novels and movie scripts. He has written several feature films and has directed a romantic comedy feature film, shot mostly in the beautiful Crystal Cove.


“I hope you enjoy this fifth edition and put it to good use for you and your family. A special thanks to my long-time friend, C.J. Land, who was vital to the formatting of this book.” - Kevin


Kevin is a respected Real Estate Professional with Villa Real Estate based in Newport Beach, California. Kevin prides himself on having extensive knowledge of the real estate market, sophisticated negotiation skills, innovative marketing technologies, and unparalleled client rapport. He is known for his friendly demeanor, integrity, and professionalism.