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Randy Pereira, Real Estate Pro in San Antonio, TX
Randy Pereira answered:
How soon should a real estate sign go up in the yard after a house goes on the market?
It really depends on the agent and company you hired. Some have the sign installation contracted out (so there might be a delay), and others handle the work themselves.

However, thi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 22, 2014 Home Selling in 53714
Gregory West, Real Estate Pro in Stoughton, WI
Gregory West answered:
Has anyone ever heard of "Five Star Roofing" company in the WI area?
I have never herd of them how did they contact you? There are many fly by night crews in the area. I would ask for references from customers in the area and verify them.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 8, 2012 Home Buying in 53711
Jenmadison20…, Renter in Madison, WI
Jenmadison2011 answered:
Bankruptcy and home purchase.
PS - I should also add that I have very stable employment for nearly 3 years with the same company and my salary is $36k/year.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 7, 2011 Financing in Madison
David Jenkins, Real Estate Pro in Durham, NC
David Jenkins answered:
Can a bank-owned property delay closing after all of the closing documents have been signed (and not give me the keys)?
Real estate laws vary state by state and I am not familiar with Wisconsin. But in North Carolina the buyer does not own the property until the settlement agent (i.e., the closing attorn ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 12, 2011 Home Buying in Madison
Donna Hermsen…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Donna Hermsen & Dan O'Brien answered:
can I find assessed vs sale price of lake homes?
Hello Michael,
If the homes are in Madison, you can go to CityofMadison.com and find this information under "Property Lookup".
Any questions as to where to find this info, j ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 30, 2011 Market Conditions in Madison
Sally Grenier, Real Estate Pro in Erie, CO
Sally Grenier answered:
Selling my house. Should I replace my broken washer or fix it? Buy a new cheap set, or a decent one?
Washer, dryer, and refrigerator are considered personal property and not necessarily conveyed with the house (unless they are negotiated for). It's really up to you. If it were me, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 22, 2014 Home Selling in 53714
Dp2, Other/Just Looking in Virginia
Dp2 answered:
bank dropped reo list price $10K THE same day they countered my offer. was on market 88 days w/NO offers & bam, in comes a 2nd offer. cause 4
You have a few options for extracting that info without showing your hand, and possibly without upping your offer needlessly. Instead of asking any of those questions directly, you cou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 17, 2011 Foreclosure in Madison
Matt Pickett,…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Matt Pickett, REALTOR® answered:
How does the tax assessment of a home compare to the sales price in today's market.?
These days they are pretty close. Not too long ago they remaind about 10 to 15 k under the current value.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 30, 2011 Home Buying in 53703
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
What are good questions to ask a potential Buyer's Agent? I want to work with the right person!
A list of references
A list of buyer side sales showing the list price and negotiated closed price
A copy of their license
What type of E&O Insurance
Any professional organizat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 3, 2012 Home Buying in Madison
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 May 20, 2015 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
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