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Susan Goldy, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
Susan Goldy answered:
How do I change the price on my listing?
If you know what price you want to ask, you simply inform the agent that you are working with about the price change. If you are unsure about how much and when you should implement a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 20, 2010 Home Selling in Madison
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
Can a seller pull home off the market after accepted offer?
It's unclear if you're in contract--if you just have an accepted offer and no contract exists--yes they can pull out--but if you have a contract then a different story. What i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 29, 2013 Home Buying in Madison
Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
Is there a reason real estate agents focus solely on a CMA to estimate a homes value (either for sellers listing price or buyers offer price)? I
All of the things that you think are not used in conjunction with a CMA, are.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 29, 2009 Home Buying in Madison
Sue Larson S…,  in 53719
Sue Larson Stark answered:
What's it like to live in Greentree? What level of crime or perception of crime? Is the area perceived to be a good place to live?
The Greentree neighborhood like every neighborhood has very good family friendly areas to live and areas that have had some challeges. I always recommend to my buyers to check with the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 31, 2010 In My Neighborhood in Greentree
Seth Peterson, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Seth Peterson answered:
Is there any difference in value for a lower level (split level, above grade) or a regular basement?
I would say that in general, split level homes tend to be less valuable than other types of homes (ranch, 2-story, etc). But to your point, I do think that exposed basement square foot ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 18, 2009 Market Conditions in Madison
Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler answered:
What price point for Granite vs Laminate?

Today's buyers, regardless of the geographical area, are informed, intelligent, and expect to find value with their purchase of a home today.

Upon entering a home, buye ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 22, 2014 Home Selling in Madison
Amber Huemmer, Real Estate Pro in Cottage Grove, WI
Amber Huemmer answered:
I'm moving (back) to Madison at the end of May. When is a good time to visit for a trip to look at homes (for purchase)?
Hi Scott,
If your plan is to be moved in by the end of May, I would suggest haveing an accepted offer Mid-March through Mid-April. Of course, every home seller has a different scenerio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 1, 2010 Home Buying in Madison
Greg Knox,  in Cedar Knolls, NJ
Greg Knox answered:
Best way to get a low fixed mortgage rate with only a 10% down payment? Is PMI a good/easy option if I'm able to cancel it early?
You usually will be forced to keep the pmi in place for 12 months, but yes, it is a great option. Much better than FHA if you qualify (you don't lose the upfront mip).
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 10, 2009 Financing in Madison
Charlie Wills,  in 53719
Charlie Wills answered:
I am a first time homebuyer and my fiance is not. We are using both incomes for the new mortgage. Any idea how much of the $8,000.00 tax credit we
Dear Carla,
If you are not married then you can purchase the home and the credit can go on your individual tax returns. Please check with a tax advisor for a true picture of what you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 14, 2009 Home Buying in Madison
George Demon,  in 33449
George Demon answered:
We are considering buying an inexpensive condo in Madison to use when we come to visit our children who live there. What area would you suggest?
You have a very large inventory to choose from with the abundance of condo's available in the Madison area. My first recommendation would be in the Fitchburg area and in fact I wi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 5, 2013 Market Conditions in 53719
Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler answered:
6 year old house had three owners? why?
We often tell customers with this type of concern that they should invest some time is visiting the neighborhood for evening walks and take advantage of the opportunity to visit with ot ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 13, 2010 Home Buying in Madison
Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Should I use the listing agent to buy a house?
Hi Dewdew
I wish I had a dollar every time this situation and question appeared on trulia! It seems to be a common occurance that pops up frequently.

First, you are not obligated to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 30, 2009 Home Buying in Madison
Mark Gladue, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Mark Gladue answered:
How can I find out which realtors have sold property in my area in the last 6 months (other than checking the profiles of individual agents)?
I would be more than happy to send you a breakdown of each listing to show you who has sold what in the Fitchburg area. If you would like to send me the specifics of your home in Fitch ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 21, 2015 Home Selling in 53711
Justlooking30, Other/Just Looking in Wisconsin
Justlooking30 answered:
"Courtesy Calls" Preventing Showings?
Addendum to the above question, to add insult to injury, the SAME DAY that we were turned down from seeing the 208k house, they dropped the price to 199k. I think we would have been in ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 21, 2009 Home Buying in Madison
Mark Gladue, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Mark Gladue answered:
8k tax credit for unmarried couples, how does it work?
Just Looking,

Here is a link to all of the answers you will need. Have you found the home yet? If not, let me know how I can help.

http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/2009/fa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 21, 2009 Financing in Madison
Kristi Ross, Real Estate Pro in Monona, WI
Kristi Ross answered:
Has the Madison real estate market been hit has hard by the economy as the Southeastern part of the state?
You will hear various opinions of what has been "hard" for this market. In comparison to what the media has put out there nationally, Madison has faired well. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 29, 2009 Market Conditions in Madison
CCC, Home Owner in San Diego, CA
CCC answered:
We are about to make an offer on a home and need help deciding a fair price. Our buying agent has not
A Realtor could provide a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) on the property you are buying.
It will compare that property to others that must be similar in Sq Ft, bedrooms, bathrooms, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 17, 2014 Home Buying in 53704
Abe Mills, Real Estate Pro in Greenville, SC
Abe Mills answered:
Closing costs....does the seller cover all closing costs or just their's and the buyer cover?

That depends on how the contract is written, and what kind of agreement you come to. If nothing is mentioned about closing costs, then yes each party pays their own closing cos ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 14, 2009 Home Buying in 53704
Linda S. Cef…, Real Estate Pro in Franklin, WI
Linda S. Cefalu answered:
Our house is for sale. Someone asked our realtor if we would consider doing a land contract. We have been
If you do not need the profit from the sale of your home, then it might be worthwhile to consider.

The very simplified answer is, you require a certain percentage down payment, wri ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 29, 2013 Home Selling in 53719
Chris Bennett, Real Estate Pro in Fitchburg, MA
Chris Bennett answered:
Month-to-month in Madison
Do you have any size requirements or a preference of House or Apartment? You can give me a call if you would like to discuss this.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 13, 2009 Moving in Madison
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