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Home Selling in Doylestown : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Dec 18, 2015
Jason Silverstein answered:
Your Time. Acting as your own Realtor takes time. You will need to arrange showings, learn how to use the contracts and disclosures, deal with a low ball offers, take phone calls from buyers and Realtors who will be asking questions, and spend time on marketing. Is this the best use of your time? One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life, is that you should focus your time and energy on what you know, are good at, and what you enjoy. ... more
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Mon Oct 12, 2015
Alan May answered:
That's going to depend on the language in the marketing agreement you signed with your Realtor. The answer to your question is in the contract you signed.

In most cases, unless you wrote in an "exclusion" for a prior viewer, most of the marketing agreements require that the seller pay a full commission, even if it's someone who looked at it before.

technically, your realtor probably isn't a dual agent... rather the buyer is "unrepresented" (as you say), but since they're unrepresented, there is no buyer's agent to pay, and according to the contract you probably signed, if there's no buyer's agent/agency to pay, they get to keep the full commission.

So while they're not really a dual agent... they do get to keep both sides of the commission.
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Tue Jun 9, 2015
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Thu Jan 1, 2015
Gary Swank answered:
Knowledge, Drive, Experience and someone you trust and feel comfortable to work with.
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Thu Oct 30, 2014
Ann McGuire answered:
Thu Oct 30, 2014
Ann McGuire answered:
Decluttering should be the first step for all homeowner's thinking of selling their home. Opening up the space of extra "stuff" makes it feel that much bigger and preps the home for the next steps of staging and painting. Painting a home in neutral colors such as egg-shell colors keeps it feeling light and airy. Sticking to the same color palette throughout each floor will give it a nice flow that some homes lack. So, yes, Frank, painting a newer home will definitely add value. ... more
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Thu Jun 26, 2014
Michaelangelo Greco answered:
Without a doubt good professional staging, will create what I call the Wow Factor. The better the Wow Factor the greater the possibilities for a sale. Also important is that the appropriate repairs are made to the house. A good staging will be devalued if the prospective buyer grabs a door knob and it falls off. Staging and in good repair makes a huge impression. ... more
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Sun May 4, 2014
Joel Johnson answered:
I believe it is a disadvantage. It creates immediate and local competition. Best to not have any local homes competing against your house. If your neighbor's house is overpriced - then go ahead and list yours, as long as it's priced right. ... more
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Fri Feb 7, 2014
Carol Shugars answered:
Hello, I am the neighborhood specialist in the Pebble Hill area of Doylestown Township with Weichert Realtors, may have even received my mailings. I would be happy to discuss your real estate goals and/or problem you needed solved. You can learn more about me at my website: or follow me @cmshug for the latest local market updates Been out of power for 2 days!! ... more
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Tue May 21, 2013
Santiago Kensel Sanchez answered:
Hi Frank are you a Real estate broker or Seller ? I am confused ......... :/
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Dan Golden answered:
Speaking of inventory. Reports as recently as last night detail how much the real estate market has changed in the past few months. Segments on both NBC Nightly News (Tuesday) and CBS Morning News (Wednesday) reported how real estate sales in some markets are heating up. In fact, in some places the market is scorching hot.

The CBS report of March 27 said sales have increased 8 percent nationally and by even more in California. Their segment concentrated on California. In Los Angeles, properties are being swooped up almost as soon as they come on the makret. It told of one investor who purchased a duplex for $600,000 (cash) and had plans of selling it for $850,000 after fixing it up a bit.

There are a ton of buyers in the LA market and competition for each property is fierce. It told of one couple that has been trying to purchase a home for a year. They made four offers, the last two above asking price, yet were outbid each time. IN LA, the report said homes are selling twice as fast as they did last year and real estate agents say 100 people at an open house is the norm. Wow!

The Nightly News report also spoke of the change. It told of how a shift has occurred in the attitude of people on home ownership, with 79 percent now preferring to own a home. That attitude has fueled the fastest pace of homebuying since 2006. Remember the reports from Las Vegas showing the thousands of foreclosed homes and homes for sale when the real estate bubble burst in 2008. Well, the Nightly News said large investors are buying everything in sight.

What does that mearn for buyers and sellers in Bucks County. Well, trends from California tend to head east. If you are a buyer, get out there and get in the game before prices and interest rates begin their inevitable climb upward. If you are a seller, the message is just as simple. Now is the time.
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Ed Bohrer answered:
The best time to sell in Doylestown is yesterday!!
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Fri Jul 27, 2012
Old Realtor answered:
Depends on your motivation and your bank account. At a certain price someone WILL buy it.
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Fri Apr 27, 2012
Gita Bantwal answered:
If you have not yet started this is a good weekend . It is national open house weekend. Have an open house at your listing or at another agent's listing.
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Sat Sep 10, 2011
Erica Ramus, MRE answered:
Yes agree with Chris. It can work or blow up in your face. Why is this person requesting such a quick response? What is the reason?
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Mon Jul 18, 2011
Justin Ruzicka answered:
lee where does one start? well since other wrote long about this here is a link to a blog about "expert realtor."

best of luck...
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Sun Apr 10, 2011
Marvin Von Renchler answered:
William I just gave a thumbs up to you. Sometimes a seemingly simple problem can be very complex. I have been openly against dual agency since my first month in real estate in 1980. Even as a green agent, I couldnt see how it could be allowed.

I once listed two homes within three days. I had both sets of sellers in my office and we were all talking about some event in town when they saw each others homes on some advertising being prepared. It was love at first site for each! They simply deeded each home to each other and I charged each one 2.5% Even at that, they both made light comments about what 'easy money' it was for me but had no problems with it and didnt ry to negotiate. I could have held out for 5% each. I guess it boils down to what you consider fair and how much work has to be done. If you divide the commission by the low hours spent, you are pulling in mega bucks per hour. I know we all have expenses but come on.

That said, Ucar, there is a value in all the events that lead to this transaction. It wouldnt have happened if the cards had not played out that way, and another way to look at it is you are LUCKY not to have had to go through all the normal marketing, wondering, negotiating, etc. The agent has to represent you and make sure all goes well. How much would that cost if you paid a lawyer $250 an hour?

Im sure you both can reach a reasonable and equitable agreement on fees if you both subscribe to the Golden Rule.
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Tue Mar 29, 2011
Agnes Tabor answered:
Dear Rose,

Typically once the sale has closed it becomes public record and may be accessed thru your county records.

In Naples Florida this information is posted in our Napels Daily News once it has hit public records; there you will see name of buyer,seller and price paid for the property.

It also pays to have a REALTOR friend who can access the information for you.
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Wed Mar 2, 2011
Frank Dolski answered:
Hi Laura!
Just check out my webpage! It has changed a bit since you since seen it! Good luck in your new area! FYI, the market is on fire in Bucks County. On a 12 month rolling average, homes have increased in value by $7k versus the previous tyear and $46k in Buckingham. The market is on the move! But slow this time! ... more
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Tue Mar 10, 2009
Heather Oberhau answered:
Jefferson makes some good points regarding updating the house a bit before you sell. At the very least, you should de-clutter. It's a very emotional process. I know from selling my Grandfather's estate that cleaning out the property, and throwing out well loved items, takes it's toll on the family. It needs to be done, however, and better to do it before the house is on the market while you can take the time you need to do it at your own pace.

I wrote a blog post regarding selling an estate a while ago, and I've posted the link below. I really counsel people to take an honest look at the home, and for the most part, it usually comes down to mechanicals (heater, roof, windows/siding, etc.) If the home has generally been kept up, and it's just dated, then investing a few thousand dollars in updating/staging is worth it. However, if the home needs a full scale rehab, and the "big ticket" items need repair, I think doing things like painting and carpeting is throwing money away - the person who buys the home is already expecting to dump a lot of money into the home.

Let me know how you make out.
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