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Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
Budgeting question! What is the average percentage difference between listing and sales price for Madison condos?
In order to establish a budget, if you haven't done so yet, do visit with any qualified loan officer(s), after reviewing your overall financials a determination on qualification ca ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 24, 2011 Home Buying in Madison
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
My credit is ok. I would like to purchase a home. Should I wait until I pay off all debts? What are my chances of getting a decent loan?
Without your overall financial information, visit with any qualified loan officer(s), after reviewing your overall financial information, a determination on qualification can be made--t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 28, 2011 Home Buying in Madison
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco 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 you are ready to sell, and want to sell, anytime is a good time to list the property on the market ...unfortunately, none of us can answer with accuracy as to where the market will h ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 5, 2011 Home Selling in 53703
John Sacktig, Real Estate Pro in 08816
John Sacktig answered:
What is the difference between buying a single family home and buying a condo?
You don't have to shovel the snow at the condo.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 5, 2011 Home Buying in 53703
Laud, Other/Just Looking in Fitchburg, WI
Laud answered:
With the recession and housing market like it is, can you negotiate realtor fees?
You can ALWAYS find a Realtor who will do it for less. There are hundreds of Realtors who are basically out of work and willing to do just about anything for money. They too are unemp ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 15, 2011 Home Selling in Madison
Robin Silver…, Real Estate Pro in Garden City, NY
Robin Silverberg answered:
How does one qualify for financing after recently filing for bankruptcy?
Are you about to lose your house? Or, did that happened with the bankruptcy? What you will need to do is re-establish credit. If you have any credit cards that are still open, start to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 9, 2010 Financing in Madison
Laud, Other/Just Looking in Fitchburg, WI
Laud answered:
Do "OPEN HOUSE" on the weekends really benefit the seller? Do you recommend doing the Open House? I live in Blackhawk (Westside).
The quick and easy answer is "yes".

More on the topic runs to such things as : the more people that see your house, the better. Do you try on several pairs of shoes before ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 31, 2011 Home Selling in Madison
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Voices Member answered:
How can you remove cigarette smell from a home?
I have a sheet with a variety of tips to help you get rid of the smell. Send me your email address and I can forward this on to you! As a list agent who specializes in preparing homes ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 19, 2014 Home Selling in Madison
Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Donna Robert Birschbach answered:
Our rate lock is expiring (due to gmac issues) and the bank want us to pay $4,500 in fees? Why Freddie Mac issues?
This sounds very odd - Not sure who your lender is but I would check with another lender for advice. If you need a lender that can offer great advice give me a call. If anything you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 1, 2010 Home Buying in Madison
Mark Gladue, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Mark Gladue answered:
What is the average days on the market for houses in Madison? Especially for houses in zip code 53711 (Orchard Ridge/Meadowood)?
Hi Katie,

I have sold a number of homes in each neighborhood and here are the numbers:

Active Days on Market: 86
Pending: 181
Sold (Since Jan.1) : 98

If you would like more ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 27, 2010 Home Selling in Madison
Linda S. Cef…, Real Estate Pro in Oak Creek, WI
Linda S. Cefalu answered:
Where can I find someone who can advise me on decorating ideas once I purchase my home?
Mary,

I have a friend that is an excellent experienced designer. She is in my business networking group and has had excellent reviews on her previous work. I'm not sure if she ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 22, 2010 Design & Decor in Madison
Beth J. Boei…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Beth J. Boeing, GRI, CRS, ABR, E-Pro answered:
If I purchase the home at $250,000 and get a building permit, will my assessment work itself over $350,000?
Hi Mary,

It depends on what the Assessor thinks about the value of the improvements you make vs other like kind properties in the area.

Very best,
Beth
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 11, 2010 Home Buying in Madison
Jim McCowan…, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, VA
Jim McCowan (703) 395-0166 answered:
An investor purchased a home in my area for rental. He has over 90 properties. I was told that someone cannot have more than 10 homes. What is true?
I din't think there's ever been a restriction on how many properties an individual can OWN. What they do with them may be a different story. You can always check with your l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 19, 2010 Rentals in Madison
Dr. James To…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Dr. James Todd, DCH & Assoc. answered:
what high school will children go to if live there.?
Hello Tommie,

I believe that would be West High School, located at 30 Ash St.

Jim
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 20, 2010 In My Neighborhood in 53713
Bill E, Home Owner in Madison, WI
Bill E answered:
I'm interested in a home in the Comanche Way area of North Madison. Any advice on why there are so many homes for sale there? Makes me
are you working with a Realtor?


They can shed some light on the neighborhood. There are lots of houses for sale all over the place. Some neighborhoods more than others, some for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 30, 2010 Home Buying in Madison
Bill E, Home Owner in Madison, WI
Bill E answered:
I am looking to buy a home as much as $80,000 below a 2009 assessment. Will I be able to lobby for lower taxes on the property?
Yes...and no.

You can't get an adjustment for this year. However, next year you can request a lower assessment when you receive the little card from the City of Madison Assesso ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 17, 2010 Home Buying in Madison
Loan Getter, Real Estate Pro in Dane County, WI
Loan Getter answered:
We are considering purchasing a duplex as our first home.We plan to be in this area for about 2 years.
Good afternoon, my name is Tim Anthon and I am a Loan Officer for Bank of America. I would like to advise you on your options for the purchase of the duplex. You do have an option of go ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 11, 2010 Home Buying in Madison
Judy Braund, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Judy Braund 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?
Unfortunately, it is a Buyer's market. You are competing with foreclosures, short sales and other very
negotiable and motivated sellers. Your agent can do a comparable market ana ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 26, 2011 Home Selling in 53705
Jenny Persha, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Jenny Persha answered:
Is it an advantage or disadvantage to have your buyers agent also be the listing agent on the property you're looking to purchase?
You should want a buyer's agent. If your agent is acting as a subagent (the listing agent also working with the buyer), you can expect to be treated honestly, but the subagent owe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 31, 2010 Home Buying in 53703
Christine Mo…, Real Estate Pro in Wilbraham, MA
Christine Moran Realtor/Notary answered:
Can a landlord end cancel your lease before you move in?
Depends on your contract. Contact a lawyer for a free consultation you might be able to get damages.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 10, 2010 Rentals in Madison
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