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A few minutes ago
Stefanie.branch817 asked:
that great and I have an eviction from 5yrs ago so no one will rent to me I been denied three times already what can I do to get a stable home for me and my children I been working for ten…
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A few minutes ago
Genesis torres answered:
Are any landlords accepting the LINC V program? Looking for a 1 bedroom or studio but must accept the LINC V program
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A few hours ago
Valerie Johnson answered:
Are there any houses for rent that accept section 8
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A few hours ago
Kathy Burgreen answered:
In ALL 50 states only the legal owner is allowed to sign a listing contract. If a non owner signs any document for that home (listing agreement, purchase contract, etc.) it is FRAUD and a crime to do so. You need to notify the realtor and broker (Office Manager) immediately (1st thing Monday) because if you're the owner, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the brokerage for illegally taking a listing with a non owner. The brokerage can face severe penalties. Once you call the realtor, they will remove the listing. ... more
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A few hours ago
Kathy Burgreen answered:
If you haven't listed it already, you need to use Zillow.com. Go to Zillow.com, type in your address, claim it as owner and follow the prompts. Zillow and Trulia are the same company (Zillow Group) so once it's listed on Zillow, it will sync to Trulia within 24 hours. Zillow should send you a confirmation email when complete.

Since I'm a former realtor with Coldwell Banker (New Rochelle) & Larchmont resident, I need to educate you on some hidden truths if you intend to sell by owner. Instead of doing a complete For Sale By Owner listing, you need to Google "Flat Fee Broker" - Westchester (County), NY or New York City area, etc. Flat Fee broker means you pay a small fee to have your listing in the MLS system + you pay a commission to the buyer's broker. However, you save about 3% by not listing with a full service broker like I was. So your total commission is 3% - not 6%.

The benefits to you of using a flat fee broker is when buyers work with a realtor to find them a home, EVERY realtor will ONLY show them home's that are listed in the MLS system because per the MLS rules, there is a contract in place that the seller will pay a commission to the buyers agent when the home is sold. This means that for every home advertised on Zillow, Trulia and other websites as "For Sale By Owner", that realtor will say the following to buyers: "I'm sorry, but that home is under contract, sold or not for sale (choose one). I do have other homes to show you that are for sale. I can schedule an appointment for us to meet and I would love to show you these home's." I will admit, I'm guilty of saying this too. The issue is it's not our job to check websites for listings advertised as For Sale By Owner. Realtors need a commission check and most don't want to negotiate with sellers to pay us a commission, so it's the lazy way out to lie to buyers.

Another issue you need to know - realtors like myself pay $$$ monthly advertising fees to Zillow, Trulia and other websites to get leads. Our faces & contact information appears on For Sale By Owner listings above the "owner" box. When buyers fill out the Contact form, the default checkmark is next to one of the agent's pictured - never next to the owner. Therefore, that Contact form goes directly to the agent - not the owner. Buyers are supposed to uncheck the agent & put a check mark next to you (the owner), however, very few buyers do this. So when the agent calls the buyer, all the buyer hears is "I'm sorry, but that For Sale By Owner listing is not available." If you are listed as FSBO, you can test this yourself. Pretend you're a buyer & call a realtor. See what they tell you.

The only reason agent's pounce on For Sale By Owner listings is to tell you how stupid you are and that you don't know what you're doing and to convince you that you need to list with Weichert, Coldwell Banker, Julia B. Fee Sotheby's, Stetson, Better Home's & Garden Rand Realty or Houlihan Lawrence. Take your pick, they all have the same system, technology, etc. except Stetson which doesn't have as much as the others.

If you choose a flat fee broker, the MLS is www.hgar.com (Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors). Good Luck. P. S. I'm on Palmer Ave.
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Yesterday at 10:45pm
Jay Seifert asked:
How do I claim my land @ address not recognized by trulia but other lots on the same street are listed here? I own lots G-9 & G-10 on SawMill in Snowshoe, WV
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Yesterday at 10:44pm
Jay Seifert asked:
How do I claim my land @ address not recognized by trulia but other lots on the same street are listed here? I own lots G-9 & G-10 on SawMill in Snowshoe, WV
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Yesterday at 10:02pm
Nancy asked:
Yesterday at 9:48pm
Bobbyg answered:
I am a licensed real estate broker, my name is Bobby George. I do 4% total commission to sell your property. With plenty of experience in the business I would love to serve all of your real estate needs. Feel free to contact me at any time.

Sincerely: Bobby George
Avian Realty
708-351-3900
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Yesterday at 9:44pm
Eharrington answered:
Hi Jo,

I work with many foreign students and their guarantors. Your instincts are right. Some landlords are willing to rent to international students if they will pay 6 months in advance. And in other cases landlords will insist on the whole year of rent up front. The key is finding the right landlord.

Elizabeth Harrington, Real Estate Broker, NYC - Sun July 23, 2017
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Yesterday at 9:37pm
whiteeagle358 asked:
OK, my husband and I are getting old, and we're considering getting a walk-in bathtub for safety. They're actually pretty cool - they have a door on the side to make it easy to…
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Yesterday at 9:01pm
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Yesterday at 8:08pm
Joy answered:
Hello I can offer you with 12k saved to purchase a newly remodeled home, big back yard and close to you a really nice park for only 8k down with the same price monthly price you would pay in rent. Stop renting and own your own home. Please give me call at 510-710-5806 ASAP, email is joy@trinitycapinv.com
FYI I was born and raised in Staten Island. My family still lives off of Victory Blvd right across the street from the Stop and Shop.
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Yesterday at 7:56pm
Somelaw asked:
Yesterday at 7:45pm
Alan May answered:
No. The seller doesn't even have access to the earnest money. It is just held, for you, until the closing, when it's returned to you.
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Yesterday at 7:42pm
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Yesterday at 7:08pm
Jake Abf answered:
I am in SE corner of Orlando, 10 min drive to the airport, butt, the real money maker, Disney World is across town in the SW corner, next to Kissimme. My area is deluged with these signs, yet...here's the kicker, there are more mobile homes parked on privately owned lots, than actual houses.

Next surprise, we are surroundd by condo blocks and quite a few rental complexes. In the era before Disney, Orlando was a hard scrabble orange grove set up, with migrant workers living in mobile home parks, which are still here to plague Orlando.

These mobile homes in most cases are over 40 years old, worn out, with defective electric wiring, faulty plumbing, a gazillion roaches and yet they still get rediculouslt high prices due to the 'Disney effect'.

Yet these crime ridden squalid mini slums are far from Disney world and a casual look at the foreclosure lists of the Orlando area, due to over-proliferation of sub prime every gimmick, HUD forces any potential buyer to pay what is owed to HUD, regardless of how beat up the dwelling is.

I read thru all of these postings and never once was HUD mentioned...WHY? They caused the subprime debacle, they caused these rediculous over inflated prices.

My take here is this...avoid any metro area with high crime stats...just go to the FBI website to zero in on any neighborhhod in the country. Proliferation of these 'we buy' signs screams ... this is a high crime 'hood...caveat emptor and all that bullsht.

IMHO, these sleazy 'we buy' predators are no different from obligate parasites attacking a dying cadaver. They are a cancer that needs drastic eradication if society expects to survive their predatory practices. I have yet to see any improvement in any area where these scum bags operate.

Here in Orlando.is an area called Pine Hills, known to the locals as 'crime hills'. The police go in this area in groups of 4 or more squad cars, just to be able to cover their own backs. There are 'we buy' signs on nearly every intersection...ask yourself ... how come?...better yet QUI BONO, which means.. .who benefits?

Drug dealers with spare cash buy these areas up, fill them with their clients, when they buy these distressed properties. The police do absolutely nil, nada, zilch...to squash this biz...ask your self ... why?...what's in it for them?

Last bit of critical info, is Spanish the dominant lingo in these areas with these signs? If you are not fluent in Spanish your life expectancy plummets.
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Yesterday at 6:26pm
Mikos0086 asked:
November will be 2 years from my chapter 7 discharge, I thought my only option was an FHA loan but was told Fannie Mae also does 2 years post discharge.. my credit score is 700 and I can…
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