Earth it is all a matter of it being part of the offer price. If you are offering 100,000.00 on a property and asking for a 6% seller contribution to prepaids, points, and non recurring closing costs you are in truth offering them 94,000.00 for the property.
You need to look at your offer and see if it makes sense to you if you were the seller. It is hard to have a seller take a low offer and pay closing costs.... more
All Realtors can do is direct you to unbiased third-party sources. Here are a couple national sites that track crime. (There are many similar sites.)
And here's a local resource:
Pittsburgh police have detailed reports on their site http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/police/html/crime_stats.html, but it's a lot of detail to wade through.
Good luck!... more
We are in a buyers market. Unless your additional features are exemplary in comparison to the other properties, it might be difficult. Further, needing updating will make it more difficult. Further, wanted to sell it "as-is" does not help either. Typically "as-is" sales will bring in the investor purchasers who will purchase a property BELOW market. Finally, in this tougher market environment, there is much more appraisal risk so even if you found a buyer willing to pay the price, the property may not appraise for that value. I would consult a local specialist to do a market analysis for you just to make sure.... more