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Cindy, Home Owner in Thousand Oaks, CA
Cindy answered:
I'm unable to add a listing and claim it as my own.
It seems Trulia has still not bothered to answer your question nearly a YEAR later???? I have the same question ? Makes me think they are useless!
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 6, 2014 Home Selling in Oakland
Rodhe Stevens, Home Buyer in Columbus, OH
Rodhe Stevens answered:
Do I need to get my sewer inspected when selling my house in the Oakland Hills? I there any other special things I need to do to sell it?
Well depending on where you live you may not have a choice. I know some areas require your home to pass a sewer inspection before you can sell your home. I would check up on local laws ... more
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Annette Lawr…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Annette Lawrence 727.420.4041 answered:
When selling a home, should you always take the highest offer?
Question posted May 2013.
Still relevant.

As a home seller, you must be acutely aware of the consequence of selecting the wrong buyer. For instance, a Failed FHA offer will leave be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 24, 2014 Home Selling in Oakland
Christopher…, Real Estate Pro in Westchester, NY
Christopher Pagli - ABR, GREEN answered:
What are the pros and cons of previous and new owners contacting one another directly?
I often find that when buyers and sellers become friends before a transaction closes, deals tend to suffer. Wait until you are at least in contract and/or the mortgage commitment has b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 24, 2014 Home Selling in Oakland
Ali Qureshi, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Ali Qureshi answered:
What are some effective ways to increase the value of your home before selling?
Paint, flooring, kitchen and bathroom upgrade. Buyers are paying top dollar for houses that have all upgrades. ROI works out in the favor of sellers.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 23, 2014 Home Selling in Oakland
Bemi Faison, Other/Just Looking in 349 Ranch Estates, M...
Bemi Faison asked:
Do prefab homes sell like traditionally constructed ones? There are some neighborhoods where building a prefab home appears less expensive than buying existing ones. Assuming a good builder and no structural issues, how might a prefab home fare…
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 10, 2014 Home Selling in 94610
Larry Tollen, Real Estate Pro in Durham, NC
Larry Tollen answered:
Are realtors intentionally listing homes lower than their actual value to increase demand and create a 'silent auction'?
There is no "actual value" until a ready willing and able buyer makes an offer. There are sales strategies that suggest listing a property below what you believe the fair market value i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 30, 2014 Home Selling in Oakland
Hank Wilson, Real Estate Pro in Bowling Green, KY
Hank Wilson answered:
I need to sell my house. What should I change or not change to sell it fast? I am thinking of granite tile
It will be tough to get back what you put in! The best recourse for "selling it fast" is to reduce the price. If people think they are getting a good deal, they will snatch it up.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 28, 2014 Home Selling in Oakland
Lisa Cartola…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Lisa Cartolano & Ellen Diamond answered:
Is removing a bathroom sink a mistake?
Hi,

In terms of resale value, I would not worry about the guest bathroom having double sinks. A renovated bathroom would be a better selling feature than a bathroom with double sinks ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 23, 2014 Home Selling in Oakland
Nobu Ito, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Nobu Ito answered:
We are looking at selling our house in 1-2 years. We want to prioritize improvements. We have some rot in the walls, the extent is not known.
Hi Temescalian!
I would recommend taking care of the unknown dry rot situation. No one wants to know, or not know, that there is a potential headache running throughout their walls. ... more
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Erica Anders…, Real Estate Pro in Holly Springs, NC
Erica Anderson answered:
If I purchase a home with a 203K rehab mortgage...is there any restrictions on selling it?
I believe for any FHA loan, the homeowner needs to live in it for at least 1 year.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 23, 2014 Home Selling in 94612
karen95355, Real Estate Pro in Modesto, CA
karen95355 answered:
What is the average condominium dues in Hayward Ca. This is a 34 unit complex. Garbage paid, no amenities, gardener for small common area.
I know the current fee, and the board has informed us that it is going up again. I want to know the average dues in other complexes. Also, is there somewhere like a website where I c ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 19, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Alex Greer, Real Estate Pro in California
Alex Greer answered:
we are $200k underwater and want to move. not behind but mortgage is probly 38% of income. fixed rate, int. only. long term prob. how do we get out?
I was just looking through old post and I noticed yours. If you were not able to refinance at the time of the post, I can certainly help you out now. You can call me at 408-352-5147 or ... more
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Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
How do property owners find the best broker to sell their properties? What are the best practices?
"Best" could also be relative. Some people choose their agents because of the "best" rapport...others because of their "best" presentation....others because of their "best" reputation.
... more
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Lisa Cartola…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Lisa Cartolano & Ellen Diamond answered:
What are the steps you need to take before you list your home for sale?
Hi Martha,

Great question. It is one with many possible answers and will really depend a lot on your current situation, where the property is located and your goals for selling your ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 7, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Who pays for the marketing budget when selling a property?
Depends on the various marketing tools employed

For example, sellers typically pay for staging. Sometimes, sellers can use what they have, with professional advice from a home stager ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 7, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
How much time after selling a house do you have to buy a house to avoid the tax penalty?
Wondering what penalty you're thinking of

Are you looking at a 1031 exchange?
Are you thinking of capital gains tax?

Rules have changed....so whatever you knew many years ago is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 6, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Andrew Wilki…, Trulia Community Manager in San Francisco, CA
Andrew Wilkinson answered:
Is it legal to sell fractional ownership of a house?
Hi Oaklandish,

Unfortunately, real estate agents are not permitted to dispense legal advice. I'd recommend that you contact an attorney to answer this question.

Good luck!

Andr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 29, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Lisa Cartola…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Lisa Cartolano & Ellen Diamond answered:
We have had 4 agents out to value our property, there is a big difference in the fee that they are charging ....
Hi,
Sorry for the level of confusion. It can seem pretty daunting when you are looking to sell and you get a wide range of values.

Real Estate is not an exact science and there are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 29, 2013 Home Selling in Oak Center
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
What is the average number of showings for a home to sell?
It will depend on so many factors

If it's tenant occupied, how cooperative are the tenants in showing?
Is there a lock box?
Are sellers flexible or restrictive with showing hours?
... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 27, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
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