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Calvin James, Home Buyer in Orem, UT
Calvin James answered:
How can you remove cigarette smell from a home?
The two places where the smoke smell is captured are the walls and carpeting. The most complete way to get rid of the smell would be to replace both of these. A cheaper route would be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 19, 2014 Home Selling in Madison
The Yoo Team, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
The Yoo Team answered:
Add bathroom or save the money and lower the price?
Typically you don't recoup the value of remodeling so are usually better off saving the money and reducing the price. However there are some exceptions, so I'd find a good agent and ha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 17, 2014 Home Selling in Madison
The Yoo Team, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
The Yoo Team answered:
QUESTION FOR SELLERS: For anyone who has sold or is thinking of selling, what do you view as the #1 trait of a good listing agent?
From experience as both a seller and agent, what I want is an agent who will get back to me quickly and truly wants what's best for me.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 30, 2014 Home Selling in Madison
John, Other/Just Looking in Madison, WI
John answered:
What price point for Granite vs Laminate?
I have mixed feeling on this...Do I as a buyer have the cash to spend renovating a house AFTER downpayment and closing costs??? Do you stand a chance to sell the house in a competetive ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 6, 2013 Home Selling in Madison
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
We are selling my mother's home. It doesn't have a garage and is in need of major updates. Is it worth it to paint the walls, trim and kit?
would recommend that you do whatever you can to improve the property before sale and that includes landscaping, paint, new carpets and pads, and window coverings, replace old and worn f ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 5, 2013 Home Selling in 53705
Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
Another person and I bought a house 10 years ago and now I want to sell. Can I put it on the market without their approval?
No.

That's the practical answer - you can't market it if you can't sell it, and you can't sell it if you don't have your partner's approval.

Yes, technically, you can find a broke ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 25, 2013 Home Selling in 53714
Judy Braund, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Judy Braund answered:
Hello, The realtor gave my parents a list of people who toured the house upon her contract expiration. Can they contact these people and sell?
Matt,
In the listing agreement with the previous Realtor, there is a section explaining the 1 year protection for clients that have previously viewed and/or negotiated on your home. Th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 18, 2013 Home Selling in Madison
Guy Lofts, Real Estate Pro in Dane County, WI
Guy Lofts answered:
Looking to sell my house in West madison and buy one closer to my work. Help me find one who can help me sell it.
I'd be happy to talk shop with my blighty British accent, makes it so jolly fun. Just like all the others below, love to sit down with you. Love to find out your goals and dreams and ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Jul 11, 2012 Home Selling in Madison
Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Donna Robert Birschbach answered:
If my broker presents to me a full price offer on my home, do I have to accept the offer?
The terms and reasons why you are choosing to list your home should always be top of mind. If you are choosing to list a property just for the possibility of selling high to upgrade ha ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed May 16, 2012 Home Selling in Madison
Cherokee Hom…, Home Seller in Madison, WI
Cherokee Homeowner - FSBO answered:
How do I submit a listing for sale on this site? I clicked on submit your listings, but never seem to get to a page where I can actually do it.
I was having the same problem and finally found a phone number to call, only to be told that they do not support for sale by owner ads. Too bad as there are lots of good, legitimate FS ... more
1 vote Share Flag Tue May 8, 2012 Home Selling in 53714
Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Donna Robert Birschbach answered:
Selling my house. Should I replace my broken washer or fix it? Buy a new cheap set, or a decent one?
Happy to hear you are concerned about passing on quality. I would agree that you should purchase the $1000 set. Most buyers would frown at a repaired old unit, but if you replace the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 6, 2011 Home Selling in 53714
Shawn Kriewa…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Shawn Kriewaldt answered:
Can superior marketing compensate for a list price that is well above market? Folks in the industry, I look forward to your take :)
Thank you everyone for your comments!

My view is the pricing and the marketing go hand-in-hand. A well-priced home with excellent marketing will ultimately serve the seller best fro ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 31, 2011 Home Selling in Madison
Allan Erps, Real Estate Pro in 10954
Allan Erps answered:
How soon should a real estate sign go up in the yard after a house goes on the market?
My company provides that service(we ultimately pay for it) as far as a Sign Person. Generally speakink it may take 1 to 3 days. Think yours will be up TODAY is my guess.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 30, 2011 Home Selling in 53714
Gladys Viruet, Real Estate Pro in 10583
Gladys Viruet answered:
In selling my house, I am not getting as many people looking as I think that I need to sell my house this summer. How low do I need to go?
Consult the Realtors in your area to get a sense if prices are right.You may also consult a reliable mortgage person for the pre-qualification questions.
Gladys
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 26, 2011 Home Selling in 53705
Matt Pickett,…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Matt Pickett, REALTOR® answered:
I own a 3-unit (3 level) rental house in downtown Madison but am moving out of the area. It will be tough to manage. Is now a good time to sell?
If its possible rent it, you might thank yourself later.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 5, 2011 Home Selling in 53703
Bob Tarantino, Real Estate Pro in Wisconsin
Bob Tarantino answered:
Do "OPEN HOUSE" on the weekends really benefit the seller? Do you recommend doing the Open House? I live in Blackhawk (Westside).
Hi Janice!

In my opinion Open Houses are a waste of everyone's time. Serious buyers will most certainly schedule an appointment to see your house. Anyone can tell you a story ab ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 31, 2011 Home Selling in Madison
Laud, Other/Just Looking in Fitchburg, WI
Laud answered:
With the recession and housing market like it is, can you negotiate realtor fees?
Janice sells her house. Guess what: Her Listing Agent did his job. A Buyer Agent brought her an Offer. Those darn Open Houses...the obnoxious cigarette smell...



How did " ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu Dec 9, 2010 Home Selling in Madison
Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Donna Robert Birschbach answered:
We'd like to put our house on the market in Feb 11'. In your opinion how long could it take to sell & when should we start looking for
Hi Jen,

I would seek out a professional realtor and ask for a market update/CMA for your area. The agents in your area should be able to give you a professional answer based on mark ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 29, 2010 Home Selling in Madison
Don Maclary -…, Real Estate Pro in 23451
Don Maclary - Realtor* ABR* answered:
How do I change the price on my listing?
I would hope as a broker you knew the answer to that question:) I am going to go out on the limb and guess you mean the price on Trulia.
if so go to your listings page find the listing ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Nov 20, 2010 Home Selling in Madison
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