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Puneet Sachd…, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Puneet Sachdeva answered:
What is the best way to sell a house that is worth less than what you owe?
Short sale and I specialize in those. There is lots of details involved. Feel free to contact me at 206-920-5555.
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Kerstin Broo…, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Kerstin Brooks answered:
Should we renovate our house or sell it to buy a bigger home in the same area?
It sounds like you love the neighborhood where you live but there are a few things you don't like about your house. Why do you want to renovate? Is the house stuck in the past? Will a f ... more
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Neil Huck, Real Estate Pro in West Seattle, WA
Neil Huck answered:
Appraiser says our 2 car garage (400 sq. ft) is actually a carport because we don't have a garage door on it - roughly how much did we lose in value?
It depends on the size of the house along with the purchase price. You can roughly get a price per sq ft however garage/basement sq ft is not as valuable. But let's get down to brass ta ... more
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Kirsten Robe…, Real Estate Pro in Bellevue, WA
Kirsten Robertson answered:
What is the average days on market to sell a $800-$900K house on the East Side?
It depends on where it is on the Eastside. Assuming it's priced right and in "show" condition, a home in this range around downtown Bellevue could sell in a couple of days. If it's in I ... more
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ja3760, Home Seller in Seattle, WA
ja3760 answered:
When does the seller have rights to earnest money?
Sorry, the "buyer backed out after all was approved and canceled 5 days after the official closing date.
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Shanna Rogers, Real Estate Pro in Murrieta, CA
Shanna Rogers answered:
IHow can I kill the short sale? Can the seller take me to court since I signed the paperwork with the real estate broker?
Hi Hunbun516,

Until your lender(s) approve the short sale in writing, you don't have a contract. Let your Realtor know you want to cancel contract.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
www. ... more
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Carl SanFili…, Real Estate Pro in East Brunswick, NJ
Carl SanFilippo answered:
How can we properly cancel a lender approved short sell?
Typically seller has to accept the banks terms of short sale approval. Sometimes the bank gives approval but the seller will not consent to it. I would defiantly double check with an ... more
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HLR, Real Estate Pro in Oregon
HLR answered:
What's the current market rate for a listing on a $700k home in Seattle?
Just remember get too little in commission on your listing, and no agent will show it, home of that price will take a lot of work to sell, out of pocket expenses by the listing agent, a ... more
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Barbara Mcma…, Real Estate Pro in Everett, WA
Barbara Mcmahon answered:
What are some effective ways to increase the value of your home before selling?
Yes! First be sure it is extremely clean and smells well. Declutter! People are unable to visualize their furniture, etc. in a home that is cluttered with furniture, collections, etc ... more
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Jeffrey Schu…, Real Estate Pro in Kirkland, WA
Jeffrey Schuffman answered:
I'm doing an Open House this weekend for a co-worker. I'm trying to find a way to list it as an Open House on Trulia if I am not the
Hey Jim - I would have the listing agent list the house, and if that's not possible, then the firm's Managing Broker or Designated Broker.
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Chris Loelig…, Real Estate Pro in Redmond, WA
Chris Loeliger answered:
Can I post an Open House I am doing this Sunday for another broker's listing?
Typically you have to have broker that owns the listing to post it for you.
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John Stewart, Real Estate Pro in 98122
John Stewart answered:
What can I as a buyers agent do when Wells Fargo Short Sale negotiator does not respond to anyone's emails or calls for months and months?
I usually encourage buyers to continue making offers on property that excites them and close on the one that is ready to close.....don't tell Barb I made that recommendation.
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Leslie Reed, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Leslie Reed answered:
We went into escrow 12/16 and today, 1/2 the buyer backed out of the sell without explanation. Are we entitled to the deposit they placed?
We would need to have more information to answer this question and honestly it would be best answered by a real estate attorney. I would recommend Lars Neste with Demco Law at 206-723- ... more
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Ray Akers, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Ray Akers answered:
How extensive of a basement remodel should we do?
I believe you have answered your own question..."Should we also expand the bath & laundry & make the stairs/landing less claustrophobic?" 'Claustrophobic' i ... more
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Chris Pray, Real Estate Pro in Yorktown, VA
Chris Pray answered:
We are relocating for my job - we owe more on our home than it is worth. What are our options? We want to try to immediately rebuy.
Have you spoken to a property manager in regard to what you may expect as a monthly rental on the home? If you can cover or come close to covering your monthly mortgage payment, rentin ... more
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Shari Laverty, Real Estate Pro in 98077
Shari Laverty answered:
replacing a cooktop
Hi Rob
It is true that the kitchen is usually the most important room in a home as far as buyers are concerned and usually kitchen improvements result in a 98% to 100% return but I thi ... more
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Betty D. Kerr…, Real Estate Pro in 92886
Betty D. Kerr, CRS, GRI, SRES answered:
If I have to do a short sale on my home, will I have to pay the difference between the selling price & what I still owe?
If you have defaulted on your mortgage loan and can no longer afford to make your payments, you could still owe money if your house goes into foreclosure. Most homeowners believe once t ... more
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Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
I'm considering converting one half of my attached two-car garage into a space that would serve as a waiting room for my home-business. I am
It depends, of course, because for all the hard data that today's buyers examine, the home still has to have a coherent "feel" about it.

My first thought is that floor ... more
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NA, Home Seller in Nowell Court, Spring...
NA answered:
I own a home in Seattle and am currently using it as rental property. I owe $58,000 and the value is approximately $325k. I live out of state.
All of the US market is depressed right now. If you can wait to sell it (ie if the rental property is making you money right now) then I would wait to sell it until the market came back ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 10, 2011 Home Selling in Seattle
BG, Home Buyer in Phoenix, AZ
BG answered:
Any insight on when this economy will turn around so houses will start to increase in value again?
my wild guess is the unemployment index is a leading indicator or economic recovery -> housing appreciation.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 3, 2011 Home Selling in Seattle
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