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First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit , Should It Be Extended Longer?
I saw a lot of enthusiasm the 1st time it was 1st launched, not as much when it was extended a second time even though income levels were increased & included previous home owners.Should it have been…
Is using an unlicensed assistant to hold a California Open House allowed?
I know an unlicensed assistant cannot talk real estate, but can they sit an open house ask basic questions, such as are you looking to buy or sell and would you like the listing agent to contact you?
Who normally is present at the property to allow access for the bank appraiser?
When you are the selling agent and the appraisal for the bank is ordered, does it ever make sense for both the listing agent and you, as the selling agent to be present?
Are you looking for a Full Time Fluent Spanish Speaking Realtor in Orlando Area?
Greetings, As you may know, here in Orlando, Florida we have an enormous amount of home buyers and sellers moving in and out of our area. Whether through corporate relocations, or simply looking for…
Which Residential Real Estate Inspectors (licensed) do you currently recommend on the Gulf Coast of Florida?
In your experience within the last business year, who are you most likely to recommend in Sarasota & Manatee County areas? Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties? Others? Thanks for sharing these…
Best place for a foreigner to invest in Real Estate in the US?
As an Australian with a property and development porfolio, I am considering purchasing an investment property overseas. I first look at Egland and the UK, however the pound is 2 1/2 times as strong as…
What is the top priority that all of you agents look for when choosing a preferred lender? And lenders that don't mind sharing, what's
worked well? Customer service should be all of our top priorities, but other than that, what's the best thing your lender does for you? Always looking for ways to improve my service so I figured no…
Red Lodge, Montana - Opinion of Value
I am an Arizona REALTOR. I am working with a client who has a home in Red Lodge Montana. He is currently going through a divorce and would like to know how the much the home would sell for in today's market,…
Does anyone still cold call to obtain clients?
I'm very good at it but gave up when the dnc restrictions began.
Are there any lenders that still do non-warrantable condo mortgages?
I have a client (investor) looking to purchase in a complex that has a high investor concentration and am having trouble finding financing for it. Does anyone know of any lenders that either don't require…
Fellow realtors, gotta ask a question--What is your opinion of verbal offers? Please feel free to elaborate.. I
I am continually presented with verbal offers, nicely below the asking price, not a way I prefer to work I will say, I want to see what other realtors think about this common pratice..
Any new custom specs going up in your market area?
We've started one; mls# 11347167 it's gonna be nice!
Can anyone recommend the Craig Proctor system or can anyone tell me exactly what it involves other than money?
I have seen Craig Proctor's info all over the National Association of Realtor's Magazine. I feel that if it is so good all realtor's would be rich and have second homes in the Carribean or some other…
Wanted: 2 - 3K of office space in South Broward
I have a client looking to lease an office in South Broward. If anyone has anything between 2,000 - 2,500 with conference room large office, medium office and the rest open to accommodate a call center…
Seeking Private Funding
Hello Broker's/Agents... I am seeking Private funding for a project with desirable points and interest! Please, contact me direct if you may be able to help. This is within Las Vegas. Thank you! --…
Have any of you Realtors encountered a mortgage company that requires an actual Social Security Card as a requirement for financing? The credit
report is completed and has been for a month. Client has provided driver's license, passport and tax returns.
Short sale is approved to clear 1st and 2nd, but 3rd mortgage appeard...
In a process of closing a short sale... However one issue is holding up - a 3rd mortgage has appeared between a tenant (not the owner of the property) and a personal lender. It turned out that the tenant…
What local county do you think is being hit hardest by foreclosures?
What county in southeastern PA (minus Philadelphia county) is being hit the hardest by current or upcoming foreclosures?
Does anyone know of any broker's or associate brokers in NYC who may be interested in becoming a principal broker for the state of NY for a?
national real estate company, eXp Realty? If you do, please pass my name on to them. I can send additional information or more information can be found on my website located in my profile. Chris…
Which national real estate broker is the most "green" real estate company in the industry?
Are there any other national real estate companies offering virtual offices for agents and paperless documentation and record keeping? Chris Lefebvre eXp Realty
Any thought on the RPR coming soon?
RPR (Realtor Property Resource) is scheduled to be rolled out latter this year. From what I have heard, it is a bench of public and private databases combined in a clean online interface for Realtors.…
GMAC Short Sale
I have a client who owns a property with two GMAC Mortgage Loans... Mortgages owed is around $120k total, the property is worth about $40k. The client's income has not changed, if anything, it's…
It's that time of year again for me to renew my Realtor.com account....
Periodically we exchange thoughts on Realtor.com and its relative value vis a vis other tools. Last year I faced a huge "in arrears" bill and it still sticks in my throat like a chicken bone…
Need Website help
I'm looking for a website designer/programmer that can give me an awesome broker type site with lots of news feeds and multiple IDX feeds. It CAN NOT be a template site. Can anyone recommend a great…
How many of you actually have your buyer's sign a Buyer-Broker agreement?
I've been having this on-going debate with agents in my office for sometime now. I get a lot of requests for viewings from people who have seen my listings online or from drive-bys, unrepresented,…
Im starting my first short sale listing and have heard a few different opinions, even from lawyers. First, how can this family afford a lawyer on
their property if they are considering a short sale? Second, how are they to be sure they will not owe the balance between what is actually owed on the home and what is offered and sold for? Im dealing…
SB 1070 in Arizona….Who is who?
Ok, I am a REALTOR in AZ, driving (showing houses) to all types of customers and going as close as 50 mills from the Mexican border. What will happen if I get stop by the police and someone in my car is…
Buyers Agent- are you comfortable with the fiduciary aspect?
Do you work as a Buyers Agent or as a Transaction Broker? I don't think the general public is even aware of the difference, at least not here in our local market, and we're no longer required…
Has anyone used "Leads to Realty" ?
I am getting mixed views regarding the lead service "Leads to Realty" ? Since online is the new way to go, are lead generating sites just the new pick pocket? Or Replacing our cold calling?
I'm a Colorado broker buying for my own account. I'll do all the work and pay a Florida broker 20% of my
gross commission just for forwarding the offers to the seller's broker. Several transactions are possible. I probably submit at least 20 offers for one deal.
I'm a licensed PA realtor interested in obtaining my NJ license.
I was wondering if it was necessary to pass both parts of the exam: national & state or is the state exam only necessary? I also need to take 15hr additional pre licensure broker course to fullfill…
How do I protect myself from frivilous lawsuits when a bank orders me to rekey an REO property? A major asset company sent me out with instructions
to rekey a vacant/condemned 2 unit. The condemnation prohibited habitation as there was 6 inches of raw sewage in the basement from a plugged sewer line. There was no power having been cut by the city…
Has anyone registered for the Certified HAFA Specialist program that was recently launched by CAR?
I'm contemplating registering for the course, learning more about the HAFA program is something that we should all be familar with. If you have taken the course did you find it useful? Would you…
Is anyone having issues with closing a BOA loan through a Broker.?
I'm hearing that the wholesale "division" is unable to issue ARM's until further notice because of a change in guidelines on Tuesday of this week and a resulting computer glitch that…
Marketing Headlines
I am curious if any of you have found that certain headings work better than others on fliers, Craigs List, Etc.
Connestee Falls
I'm an agent in Florida, considering a second home in Brevard NC and wanted to find out a little more about Connestee Falls subdivision? Any information would be useful about whether this would be a community…
Has anyone heard or seen anything about "Katrina Cottages" recently?
After hurricane Katrina, five years ago, these homes were designed to be an affordable, yet attractive, alternative to putting displaced families in FEMA trailers. They were patterned on the coastal cottages…
Has anyone done a 203k Loan?
I just became a 203k Specialist, the education was wonderful, this is the best kept secret, and want to know if anyone has done one?
I thought I heard on the news last night that the $8,000 tax credit has been extended. Can anyone confirm that???
With the close of June 30th upon us ... many buyers and sellers are asking if the Homebuyer Stimulus will be extended? There are many rumors ... just need to get some real answers. Awaiting a response…
Do you think any of your clients would pay for someone to help them pack before moving?
My wife is an excellent packer. We've moved our entire household 3 times in the last 5 years. And she used to work for a business that did a lot of shipping. Currently she's helping a good friend…
You have started an investment business to purchase houses. Where to do find buyers and sellers to start your list of clients?
I've started a business using Dean G. as my mentor to help me through the first stages of R.E. Investing. I'm paid a sizable amount of money for the guidance of coaches. However, I'm having…
HAFA verus Regular Short Sale, how does HAFA help seller?
Can anyone help me? I would like to know the pros and cons of going with a HAFA short sale instead of a traditional short sale. Will the HAFAprogram help the seller so that the bank doesnt persue for…
I'm looking for a good real estate newsletter provider to use for my monthly e-mail list.
Does anyone have one that they love? Would love to know what has worked for you.
Why do you change your Real Estate Company?
I recently heard that most agents are changing their real estate company (sponsored Brokerage) What is the reason?
Conditional Loan Approval
In connection with the new hurdles we face with loan approvals any thoughts on the number of days needed for a well qualified buyer to obtain conditional loan approval (just the buyer, not property meeting…
Do you have a standard (Letter – Form – Addendum) to “Lower Asking/Sale Price” at time of signing of original listing agreement, with success?
Do you have a standard (Letter – Form – Addendum) to “Lower Asking/Sale Price” at time of signing of original listing agreement, with success that you would consider sharing?…
Pro first or VIP first?
I joined Trulia as a pro ( a paid status ) sometime in February or March, the reason was that on the search for Pro, Tulia will rank the pro first before people who had more points or voice activities…
Is the Florida Luxury Market on Pause? A 75 million dollar home is for sale in Orlando, FL and its not done being built!
How are Florida’s top agents and companies getting leads and promoting themselves beyond their current customer base? Getting clients to look at expensive properties takes promotion but what kind,…
Social Media Networking, all hype or the wave of future communication?
I have just started Twitter, Wordpress Blog, and Facebook. What is your opinion?
Any California mortgage lenders have zero down programs?
Looking for a zero down mortgage for a condo purchase in Santa Cruz.
I´m a broker in Costa Rica Central America and like to syndicate my listings to other websites.
Any recommendations like an easy to software o service. Thanks for any specific hints
I am a seller and attended a closing yesterday. signed the docs. Was told funding was not released but will get it in the morning. It has now been
24-hours and still no funds. My check is to be in excess of 100,000 and can't get an answer when I will receive it. This is a NACA deal with Bank Of America. Any advise will be helpful! thanks
Buyer-side or Seller-side agent. Which is better and why? Which do you prefer being?
Hello! I just found out about Trulia today, and I wanted to thank all of the contributors to this forum. It's been extremely beneficial for a guy like me who is considering starting out in real…
Any Agents out there from Zip Realty in the Bay Area, CA? What are the pros and cons for working for this company?
I just got my license and trying to pick to right company to work for. Tell me your experience working for them and what benefits they offer. How is there medical and dental plan? Thank you for your…
Has anyone had good luck with running a short sale approval through 1st Tennessee/1st Horizon?
They seem to be responding quickly but each and every rep. that I've spoken with has quoted me a different time line for a response.
Does anyone out there know of someone that can come over to my seller's house and measure the house for the square feet?
My client added a game room and it is not reflected on the tax appraisal, so I need it measured to be able to include it on the listing. Help!
For all the Real Estate Pros - I am looking to buy a NEW Smartphone - currently own a Palm Centro - beams infrared for IBox. Love it but too small
and looking for better email capability. I have been inquiring as to a Blackberry Storm / 9650 or a Palm Treo but have a few concerns as to Palms financial position - HP is looking to acquire them.…
I'm curious about how people classify themselves on Trulia. I have my Broker's license, but called myself an "Agent" for a
couple of reasons. For one thing, there is no category for what I am - a Broker-Associate. (Not sure Broker-Associate means much to a member of the public though. I once had someone tell me they thought…
Brokers and Agents: What is your opinion on IDX (Information Data Exchange) via MLS feed? How do you feel when a prospect send you 10-20 properties?
that they found on YOUR site and whould like to see them all? What company do you find offer the very best IDX solution? oops.. thats 3 questions!
I'm looking to form relationships with agents in Houston, TX. Anyone interested in receiving referrals?
I'm an agent for Sotheby's in Crested Butte, CO and the vast majority of my clients come from Texas. Anyone have any clients interested in our area? Best Regards, Corey Dwan - REALTOR Benson…
Need some advice from my fellow REALTORS. I have a client that I have been working with for the past few months. I have shown her
around 40 homes, put in 10 offers in which she retracted all of them. She found "the one", it was a short sale, I put in the offer and we waited, she deposited her em and I thought everything…
Which website is the best (**cough**cheapest**cough) to run a credit report on a potential tenants?
I'd like to be able to run the checks myself without harassing my lender all the time to do them for me. Which websites do you use to run credit reports? I'd like to see scores and not just…
I'm looking to form relationships with agents in Dallas, anyone want to receive referrals?
I'm an agent for Sotheby's in Crested Butte, CO and the vast majority of my clients come from Texas. Anyone have any clients interested in our area? Best Regards, Corey Dwan - REALTOR Benson…
First time buyers tax credit closing deadline most likely to be extended. Is it a relief because most of your closing were really under the gun?
On June 16, 2010, the Senate approved an amendment which would extend the present home buyer tax credit closing deadline to September 30. The measure, approved in a 60-37 vote, is one of several government…
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