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Thu Oct 5, 2017
Arogers asked:
I work for Fairlawn Real Estate in Champaign, Illinois. Our listings syndicate from Buildium, but it turns out that our listings are always at the bottom and don't seem to update very…
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Thu Sep 7, 2017
patriciabshp62 answered:
yes , my credit score is 583 and my monthly income is 755.00 I really need help
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Wed Aug 23, 2017
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Wait it out! You can buy a home with a score as low as 580 - but don't. Interest rates and the cost of financing are based on the lender's risk. The higher the risk to the lender, the higher the cost to the borrower. Wait until your score is around 640 before you try to buy a home.

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Fri Jul 28, 2017
Ryan Loh answered:
I am assuming you have already found a place, but if not, I am attempting to Sublet my place by August 15th on the 400 block of west green st.
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Tue May 16, 2017
Melinda answered:
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We were supposed to buy the home when the seller brought it up to USDARD standards. He made a lot of repairs. But, as inspections continued, he finally decided he could do no more. By this time, original contract dates were long past. He immediately send a letter stating that since we didn't buy the home within contracted dates, he should get the earnest money.
We responded with a point-by-point letter showing where HE did NOT fulfill the contract and why we should get the money back. The letter was sent to the property address, his home, his lawyer, and his Realtor. We never heard anything back. It's been months, now. Calls and emails to the Realtor have been ignored.
It was only $500 and we're just not in a position to sue for $500. But, since we'd still like to buy a home, it would be nice to have it back! So, what happens to the money? If the escrow account eventually turns it over to the state, do we get it back from the state or do we still have to fight the seller for it then?
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Fri Nov 18, 2016
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Thu Jun 9, 2016
Jc30692 answered:
I listed my home for sale by owner on the for sale by owner site, paying the additional fee to get it listed on the MLS offering a co-broke commission. However, see my question regarding commission. A lot of buyers are less than upfront with you as a seller or with agents. ... more
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Thu Jun 9, 2016
Jc30692 asked:
I live in IL, listed my home FSBO paying an additional fee to have the home listed in the MLS. I had secured a buyer and had a signed contract in place within 5 days. They reported "NO…
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Wed May 25, 2016
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Wed May 18, 2016
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Tue May 3, 2016
collwaltman2003 asked:
So, I am wondering the correct address for the pictures that are listed with 911 Laura Drive property. The property is very attractive and seemed worth more than the asking price which…
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Sat Mar 12, 2016
Bob Brandt answered:
The 2 companies merged a few months back and they have consolidated services.
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Thu Mar 3, 2016
Pintail asked:
How can I make my search criteria cumulative - for example, I selected "farm/ranch" as search criteria along with a minimum 2-ac. lot size, but the results include urban 'ranch-style'…
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Thu Feb 4, 2016
J answered:
Have you included Google Maps printouts of bus route directions to major points of interest in the area? Showing what it's value is rather than say it's baked in and should be apparent to a viewer is a bit out of left field.

Have you updated your listing photos? Some that still have snow in their photos and it makes me wonder how serious the buyer and his/her agent are at giving shoppers the best set of images for the property.

I've toured some Chambana properties and I'm surprised that a handful have "I don't care about this property" red flags to potential buyers: one or two light bulbs are out, blinds don't pull up/down smoothly and reed replacement, and/or there isn't new carpet (or one that's fresh and was steam cleaned recently. If the seller isn't going to fix simple things like this, it makes potential buyers wonder what else could be wrong or hidden to the untrained eye. Not making small things like that to make it showroom ready is definitely a potential deal breaker.
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