Starting to look for homes too early might have you finding the home of your dreams and not having the ability to purchase. I would advise you to start 3 months before you want to be moved in. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.... more
Please post your email address if you are still wanting to find someone to invest in a property to lease back to you with an option to buy. I'll send an email so we can discuss further.
Because Trulia listings can be grossly out of date. I have listings here that sold 6-8 months ago. I never added them, they were added from other sites where Trulia gets listed homes from and so I don't update or delete them. I am sure a majority of agents do the same. This site, along with other online sources, is just that, a source. To get 100% up to date listings and information you have to deal with a Realtor who can send them to you. There is no better substitute !... more
I am not sure what it means in your state. But in California an agent posts a personal property notice if there is personal property left at a property after the occupant has vacated. My postings have always come after a property is foreclosed on. We have to post a notice and provide 18 days for the person to reclaim their property before it is sold or disposed of.... more
There is no 'usual' accepted price below the asking price. The best way to have a chance of having your offer accepted by the seller is to have your Realtor do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) on the property before submitting your offer. Have your Realtor use Sold comps within a 1 mile radius of the property (the closer, the better) that have sold within the last 3 months. This will give you market value. You should base your offer on market value, not asking/list price.
wood floors sell over carpet - period, hands down. They will not increase your selling price, but will get a home sold faster. Hardwoods do better than laminate and aren't much more expensive or harder to put in. Laminates do not do well in rooms that can have a lot of spilled water unless you do ones that are very good laminates - when water gets between the layers they swell and the floor is destroyed. Hardwoods, however do not do well in rooms with standing water on the floor either because the water can damage the wood if it sits (black rings and stains that have to be sanded out) - that is why you tpically see tile in the kitchen and bathrooms and the wood or laminates in the rest of the house. With laminates you can have ones that look like tile, slate, wood or a variety of finishes, with wood, you can only have a wood look. Other flooring to consider is bamboo... more