If you are a for sale by owner the post is not allowed; if and when you do list with a broker, ask your agent to post the listing, or consider any flat fee realty company that feeds into the site....... more
FSBO is the best way to go. Realestate agents are ok but they make their living off of your 3% or 6% commission. This is fine, but it is also legal and ethical to sell your house yourself. It is people like housepad who create bad names for owners. Avoid housepad.com at all costs. Betty L Spangler is a liar. If you try to contact anyone at housepad you will not get to talk to anyone. There is multiple BBB complaints on housepad. In my research I have also come to find out that there is repeat scams conducted by housepad and the State of PA is aware of them. Housepad is licensed to Ken Gehris and he will not respond to any calls. Apparently their real-estate license has been under review several times now for lying to customers. I also found out that the regional ethics board is familiar with the business because of unethical practices.... more
When listing a home for sale, you should contact a Realtor. The Realtor should be able to let you know what is happening with the current Real Estate Market and provide you with a market evaluation to determine what the listing price of the home should be. You should also be provided with a detailed marketing plan. If you are thinking of selling on your own, think twice. There are so many things to consider when selling on your own, most importantly safety issues. I would be more than happy to discuss the pros and cons with you. FSBO's are not listed on this site.... more
The amount that is put down at the signing of the contract depends on what type of mortgage the buyer is obtaining. In my opinion, I do not see how it is beneficial to the seller for waiting 4+ months to close and I don't believe the seller's attorney would allow this. This seems like too much a risk for the seller, unless there are unique circumstances.... more
What makes you say the home will be torn down by the next buyer? If you plan on residing in the home for many years to come, then in my opinion you should make your house a home. I would also take into consideration the cost of renovating the porch. Does the work needed to be done exceed the value of the home? (I'm guessing not, but you need to find out) Also, depending on what township the home is in, the buyer may not be able to just tear down the house.... more
In my opinion there are a couple of reasons for Open Houses. If a home is newly listed, the Selling Agent may advertise and host an Open House to generate activity immediately, although there is no guarantee that qualified buyers will attend. Should there be guests that attend the Open House, the Realtor would probably follow up with them to see if they were interested in the home, if there were other homes that might be of interest to them or maybe the prospective buyer had a home to sell, also.
Open Houses come with some risks. Total strangers are being invited into the home. How do you know if the person(s) is even qualified to purchase the home? Make sure all important paperwork, medications, anything of value, etc. are put away securely. Ask for identification from the prospective buyer. If they are truly serious about purchasing the home, they should have no problem producing identification.
FSBO = For Sale By Owner (all FSBO's should make sure that prospective buyers are qualified and the same safety precautions for the Open House should apply).... more
I think that it would add to a home. It would definitely be an extra attraction for potential buyers. I know that there are some people that may be influenced a lot by this. http://www.calhomespas.com/products/spas/hotsprings/default.asp... more
You can also save money by pulling your own teeth vs. visiting a dentist or even better; rebuild the transmission of your car and save really big money instead of paying a trained technician. Realtors are trained professionals who look out for your best interest in a sales transaction. Sometimes saving a few dollars now will cost you a lot more later when you discover errors made in a transaction.... more
There can be many reasons for a lack of showings, price usually being the main one. Just because you're not getting the amount of showings you expect doesn't necessarily mean the agent isn't doing a good job. Signature has a good reputation and the listing looks fine. In the future if you list again be sure to use an agent/ broker that will give you a cancellation guarantee in writing, while it may not seem necessary at the outset, if things don't go according to plan it can be your best insurance against this type of situation.... more
If your property is sold by you, the home owner, and not by a real estate agent, you reach about 10% of people that are looking for homes to purchase. On the other hand, once you list it with a licensed real estate professional, every agent in Multiple Listing Services of Long Island, which is about 12,000 agents, you get people that are not active on the internet or the ones that are too busy, and work with agents for all their real estate needs. An agent of your own could list the property for you at a little higher price, get commission and you will still get what you are looking for. MINUS the hassle of calls, showings, running around, and most of all, TIME.
But that's up to you.
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Oleg Volfman, CBR, RSSP
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I'm also an agent in NC like Larry and the CDOM does reset once the home has been off the market for a period of time. I was told 60 days but Larry may know better. Annette in Florida claims theirs never reset. If you are relisting with a different company and know who that is, ask that person the rules of your local MLS on the subject. Good Luck... more
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