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Ernie Behrle, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Ernie Behrle answered:
What items about a property make the biggest difference in drawing buyer interest?
Right now , what upgrades are in a home seem to make a large difference. The current market seems to crave an updated kitchen ( granite counter tops, SS appliances, tile back splashes) ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Dec 21, 2014 Home Selling in 27603
Jordan West, Renter in Utah
Jordan West answered:
How to bid on cleaning services for residential homes?
I would love to have a janitor come and clean my home. It is so big and just takes me too much time. How much do they usually charge to do this? Would they be willing to come more th ... more
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Ernie Behrle, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Ernie Behrle answered:
We are selling a house, the garage was carpeted used as a room. Should we remove the carpet / paint the garage floor/offer it as a real garage.?
A single car garage adds about $10,000 to the price of a home. A 2 car garage $15 - $20K. A heated room adds square footage. If the only difference is that the garage has carpet, cha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 28, 2014 Home Selling in 27609
Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Diane Christner answered:
Selling mother's home (with sister). Our names not on deed (still lists mother and father) and were told spouses need to sign also to list in NC?
If your parents are both deceased, the state will have specific legislation regarding disposal of the estate assets, so it's in your best interests to consult an attorney that specializ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 25, 2014 Home Selling in 27615
Louise Doing, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Louise Doing answered:
Picking a selling price for a home.
Always check your competition currently on the market, sold and under contract. Absorption rates for specific areas and price points are also very helpful. One trick I have learned is t ... more
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Ernie Behrle, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Ernie Behrle answered:
Do we have to leave our fire pit?
I actually had this happen with a sale I had several years ago and the answer I received was ..If the seller wants to take the firepit and NOT leave it with the home, there are two opt ... more
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Ernie Behrle, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Ernie Behrle answered:
What are common closing costs for a seller besides commissions?
Revenue Stamps which is $2.00 per $1000 of selling price; A pro-rated portion of the property taxes based upon closing date; any unpaid HOA dues if any that cover the period prior to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 16, 2014 Home Selling in Raleigh
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Sammamish, WA
Dan Tabit answered:
In Florida, Who pays for the Title expenses to close? The Buyer, or the Seller?
I can't speak for Florida, but since lending rules are fairly universal (Except Texas) generally the seller must provide a buyer with a Title Insurance Policy for the purchase price of ... more
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Krista Abshu…, Real Estate Pro in 27540
Krista Abshure answered:
Under which circumstances should you decline your highest offer?
There are many times that the "highest" is not the most likely to close successfully without a lot of bumps. I agree 100% with Tom Bohlmann's statement below of "st ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 2, 2014 Home Selling in Raleigh
Tim Burrell, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Tim Burrell answered:
I have a 30 year fixed VA assumable loan at 3.25% with 29 years left. If I sell the property how much is the assumable feature worth to the buyer?
It will open your sale up to more buyers, so it should sell higher i.e. same supply and you increased the demand. One way to calculate it is to see how it relates to monthly payment. ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Jan 20, 2014 Home Selling in 27612
Joann Knorr, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Joann Knorr answered:
Everyone loves our North Hills home but hates the driveway. We've had over 200 showings with no offers. How do we get a buyer to love the house?
I am an agent who lives in Hickory Hills of North Hills . My driveway is steep as well. I almost didn't by my house because of it. I loved the house. You get use to it fast. Call i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 26, 2013 Home Selling in 27609
Jo Barnes, Real Estate Pro in North Raleigh, Raleigh...
Jo Barnes answered:
Div. court order to sell house he has control until the sell. can he sell w/o my signature if its on the deed? realtor will not give me info
Sherry, the answer (here in NC) is NO- NO- NO- NO ! In the state of North Carolina if your name is on the deed then your name best be on the listing agreement as well.

And if what y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 1, 2013 Home Selling in 27615
Jean (Zhihon…, Real Estate Pro in Cary, NC
Jean (Zhihong) Fletcher answered:
I'd like to sell my current investment property. It is currently occupied and renting for $1,150 per month...see details...
If your tenant is willing to work with you, you can sell it as a package deal. The buyer must be willing to accept the current lease. I do have a few investor on hand. If you can con ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 22, 2013 Home Selling in Raleigh
Melissa Goss, Real Estate Pro in Center Moriches, NY
Melissa Goss answered:
I have renters in my home. Is it possible to list my home with renters in there. There is no current lease.
It is your house, of course you can. Keep in mind though, that from personal experience, some tenants, especially ones who do not want to leave, will make showings difficult. It could e ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 16, 2013 Home Selling in Raleigh
Ernie Behrle, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Ernie Behrle answered:
we are buying a home that cost less than the one we are selling. Is there a IRS tax break for us.?
There is also a stipulation about how long you have owned and occupied your current home that comes into play but not being a tax person, like everyone else who answered before me said, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 28, 2013 Home Selling in Raleigh
Richard Brody, Real Estate Pro in 11050
Richard Brody answered:
What are some effective ways to increase the value of your home before selling?
Each person sets and creates what he considers value. If you mean how do you maximize the prices you might be offered for your home, understand that some improvements enhance value whil ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 31, 2013 Home Selling in Raleigh
Laurie Gartl…, Home Seller in 27615
Laurie Gartland answered:
Also the square footage is wrong. We had to retro-permit the 3rd floor, which was finished when we bought the house. The total is now 4,000 sqft.
Yes, the 3rd floor was the issue. The house was under contract recently and was measured by the appraiser at 4,000 sf. We bought the house 14 years ago thinking the 3rd floor was perm ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 15, 2013 Home Selling in 27615
Mike Jaquish, Real Estate Pro in 27513
Mike Jaquish answered:
We updated the house-painted the woodwork, put in granite counters in the kitchen, etc. How do I update pictures on this site to reflect this?
Laurie,

When your listing expired in February, that listing only indicated 3949 square feet.
Was it measured by a licensed appraiser for that listing? Did that include your finishe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 15, 2013 Home Selling in 27615
Gail Ferri, Real Estate Pro in Cary, NC
Gail Ferri answered:
For return on investment, where should remodeling dollars be spent?
Sometimes it helps to make sure the simple things are renovated first. Have you removed any popcorn ceilings? Is your stained woodwork painted white? Have you replaced the "Hollywood" ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 21, 2013 Home Selling in Raleigh
Rocio V Rojas, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC
Rocio V Rojas answered:
How many homes sold in raleigh between January 1, 2013 and April 9, 2013 over $1,000,000 in zip codes 27608 and 27609?
Another home listed at almost One Million is 505 Lake Boone Trail for $995,000 and closed at $975,000

2805 Lassiter Mill Rd has a pending contract on it. The list price is $1,030,00 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013 Home Selling in Raleigh
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