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John DeFourny, Real Estate Pro in 43214
John DeFourny answered:
how much should a house be updated before selling?
The simple answer is you should get a $ 1.20 - $ 1.50 of sale value for every $ 1.00 you spend in prepping a house for sale. An experienced agent who knows your area should be able to w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 23, 2014 Home Selling in 43229
John DeFourny, Real Estate Pro in 43214
John DeFourny answered:
Should I rent our home until market has improved. 3 bdrm in Clintonville. On market over 3 mos. Now at 319,000.
Wondering if you ever sold your Clintonville home. Many sellers in 2009-2012 opted to either stay or rent their properties but no one has a crystal ball. When it is a more difficult mar ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 23, 2014 Home Selling in Columbus
Murphy Team, Real Estate Pro in 04101
Murphy Team answered:
Does having Radon mitigation system in our home effect home selling in future?
Hear is where we employ the standard Realtor response "I would". Anytime you can eliminate an objection from your property this is a benefit when it comes time to sell. Radon is natural ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 30, 2014 Home Selling in Columbus
Chris Anders…, Real Estate Pro in Dublin, OH
Chris Anderson answered:
I'm looking to understand what the Columbus Ohio market dictates in terms of the contributory value of a finished basement. My zip code is
First, I would need to see your basement. But without seeing the basement, I would ask the following questions:

Do your Lower Level/Basement have an ingress/egress window(s) ? Doe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 24, 2014 Home Selling in 43221
Chris Anders…, Real Estate Pro in Dublin, OH
Chris Anderson answered:
Upper Arlington, OH: what is the best month to list a home, and in what month do most homes sell?
The best time to sell is the Spring. March, April and May are usually at the top of the List. But this year with Inventory levels very low.....February looks like a good time to hit t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 24, 2014 Home Selling in 43221
Joel Kahn, Real Estate Pro in Westerville, OH
Joel Kahn answered:
Title agency from a sale 4 years ago wants signed access to court records regarding a lien they missed and I didn't know of - should I sign?
During most transactions, you sign a document that states that you will cooperate if they find a clerical error on their part. This doesn't necessarily seem like a clerical error. Add ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 10, 2013 Home Selling in Columbus
David J. Sil…, Real Estate Pro in Lynnfield, MA
David J. Silen answered:
condos that aren't FHA approved
When I list condos that are not FHA approved, I obtain the condo docs and immediately start calling banks to find out who is willing to finance the property with a low down payment. I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 31, 2013 Home Selling in 43220
Georgia, Home Buyer in Columbus, OH
Georgia asked:
I need to speak with an agent who has any of the properties in Woodbrook listed for sale. --
This question is about this property: http://www.trulia.com/property/3073688573-2357-Woodbrook-Cir-S-F-Columbus-OH-43223
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 12, 2013 Home Selling in Columbus
Jason Opland, Real Estate Pro in Powell, OH
Jason Opland answered:
Has anyone negotiated short sales with credit unions in Columbus area? Was told I'd have to carry deficiency balance & no debt forgiveness.
There are a couple of factors that would come into play here including: do you have reserve funds and what is the amount of these reserve funds, are you already behind on your payments ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 15, 2012 Home Selling in Columbus
Monica Holter, Real Estate Pro in Johnstown, OH
Monica Holter answered:
what options do I have if I don't feel my realtor is doing all they can to market my home?
Hi Jd,
Open houses are rarely the key to making your home sell. The more important question is what are your expectations of your Realtor? Remember they work or you so if want an Open ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 3, 2012 Home Selling in 43231
Lauren Swiet…, Real Estate Pro in Upper Arlington, OH
Lauren Swieterman answered:
Buyers are walking after appraisal came in lower than offer. Offered to honor appraisal. Spent 2k to fix remedies.Contract on new home. Any recourse?
... " contract contingent upon property appraising at purchase price or higher"...
Hopefully above clause ( textbook at that) was termed in the buyers initial offer/contra ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 14, 2012 Home Selling in Columbus
Arnold DeSena…, Real Estate Pro in Westerville, OH
Arnold DeSena,Realtor, ABR,CRS answered:
Our real estate agent is switching companies. He says that we can either stay with his current company or
Most of the time the listings do stay with the broker when a Realtor switches brokerages. My broker here in Columbus allows the agents to take listings with them. Our company understand ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 27, 2012 Home Selling in Columbus
Sarah, Real Estate Pro in Columbus, OH
Sarah answered:
how can i terminate a listing agreement?
If you signed a listing agreement, look to that document to determine the term.

That said, my advise is to talk to the agent listing the home. They probably will walk you through th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 16, 2012 Home Selling in Columbus
Thomas Nippe…, Real Estate Pro in Columbus, OH
Thomas Nippert answered:
if my name is not on the deed nor the loan, am i responsible for the house, as a spouse that signed paperwork at the closing?
Camille,
Ohio is a dower state which means the spouse owns 30% of the home unless they signed away their rights at some time. Some lenders would require that if you were not on the loa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 12, 2012 Home Selling in 43220
Kevin Coffey, Real Estate Pro in 43016
Kevin Coffey answered:
can we place our listing on Trulia if we are for sale by owner?
Good Answer Lauren. Unforuntately this site isn't really set up for for sale by owners. However as Lauren mentioned, there is more to selling for the highest price, in the least amount ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Jun 6, 2012 Home Selling in Columbus
Bill Buettner, Real Estate Pro in Gahanna, OH
Bill Buettner answered:
occupant must live at least one year.... Can I sale a house without live one year?
Kay,
I would reccomend you consult an Attorney to advise you of any contractual obligations.

If you have not yet purchased the house, you need to investigate this clause and how it ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 20, 2012 Home Selling in Central Clintonville
ndmech, Home Owner in Columbus, OH
ndmech answered:
My girlfriend and I both own homes and plan to purchase a new home together. Any advice on how to handle this would be appreciated!?
Thank you all for your advice. I agree that well need market studies completed on both properties and if we occupy the new house before the wedding bells, we'll need to look at a p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 9, 2011 Home Selling in Columbus
Jeff Paeltz, Real Estate Pro in 43081
Jeff Paeltz answered:
Is "As is" no longer "As is"?? follow up to questions...
Hi Todd,

Very good question. My immediate answer is consult with a real estate attorney. It is up to the buyer to do their due diligence in inspecting the property. As long as you d ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 16, 2011 Home Selling in Columbus
James Deskins, Real Estate Pro in Worthington Woods, C...
James Deskins answered:
Is "As is" no longer "As is"??
I am not an attorney.

That being said, the question will be "patent" vs. "latent" defects in the property. A patent defect is something that would be visible to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 16, 2011 Home Selling in Columbus
Tj Roberts,r…, Real Estate Pro in 43221
Tj Roberts,realtor,CNHS,ABR,E-PRO answered:
OK, I want to put my house on the market - is there any disadvantge of trying FSBO w/ MLS listing for a few months before using a realtor?
Inat why was or did you pull ur ?
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 11, 2010 Home Selling in Columbus
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