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Sun Jan 14, 2018
Tcbpearl answered:
I’m on my 4th house. I have never gone through a real estate agent to buy or sale. Inspection, survey, real estate attorney, title company.
Current case, sold house in Austin,Tx for 365k and saved 18k +- in fees between buyer and myself doing it ourselves. It takes a little bit of running around but well worth it.
My old Daddy always said
“Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained”,
“It’s like skinning a cat and I’m a cat skinner”
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Thu Jan 11, 2018
Pacsmith56 answered:
I have 7 sisters, and we have 32 acres of land. Can I get my 4 acres from my 6 sisters, even if they disagree? Can heir land be divided? When did the law change?
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Sun Jan 7, 2018
Harrishouse2 answered:
They were great every step of the way! Must have changed from these old posts.
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Mon Dec 18, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
A buyer can direct their Realtor to create an Addendum to the Purchase Contract indicating what they would like to modify in the contract. The "modification" is what you're requesting from the Seller and what they agree to do. This is typically discussed during the option period shortly after a contract is signed.

Making repairs, providing credits, adjusting the price, changing closing dates, etc, etc. All of this can be put "in writing" to be negotiated and signed by both parties. Realtors are not attorneys and if the addendum gets too long and complicated, a real estate attorney might be needed to assist.

Mark McNitt
832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty
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Sun Nov 26, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
Depends on the price range of the neighborhood. Higher end, luxury home buyers would expect real wood, stone, marble, etc. in homes they are viewing. Lower priced homes in the Houston area, that would be fine.

Mark McNitt
MarkKnowsHouston.com
832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty
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Sun Nov 5, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
Hello Gak,

You do not. You can list your home on these real estate portals at any time.

Problem is what then? I see you're not in Houston. How would you show the property? Do you understand how to qualify a buyer? How about dealing with the paperwork? Can you get the attention of the 36,000 Realtors in the Houston area to bring you a buyer? And Zillow/Trulia price estimates are based on country assessed values...not the open market. You might price the home too high or too low.

Realtors charge a commission to help our clients buy and sell properties, but we also come with a lot of knowledge about the markets. Post Harvey and all the flooding makes us even more valuable. Let us know if we can help you.

Mark McNitt
MarkKnowsHouston.com
Bernstein Realty
832-567-4357
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Thu Oct 5, 2017
Loyalhomebuyer asked:
I have a home for sale and willing to do owner financing. How can I find agents who know potential buyers who are interested in Owner Financing?
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Wed Aug 23, 2017
thinkmac answered:
I got in touch with HCAD, and they mentioned that I would need to file the form 25.25RP with as much evidence that can support the claim to update the legal description
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
Get legal advice to make sure. However, he likely cannot do this as if you are still legally married, then you own the home just as much as he does AND any title company in Texas will stop the sale once they find out he is still legally married. You might want to reach out to the listing Realtor representing your husband and have a discussion as well. ... more
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
Likely nothing if the warranty is expired. Keep in mind Realtors are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice so you really should be speaking to a lawyer.
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Thu Jul 6, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
Realtors get updates weekly from Trulia showing Internet activity on our homes for sale and lease. Other sites like HAR.com, Zillow and others also share their data.
I track this information on HAR.com daily. I can see how advertising on Facebook, Houston Chronicle or email blast to other Realtors effect Internet activity.
Ask your Realtor to gather and provide this information for you.

Mark McNitt
832-567-4357
www.MarkKnowsHouston.com
Bernstein Realty
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Thu Jul 6, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
Steven,

Beautiful home. Looks like you got a Buyer. Great for you. For other Sellers out there. The photos posted on Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and other real estate websites comes from your Realtor and HAR.com (for the Houston market).
So....when your Realtor updates the photos, the photos on these sites get updated as well 15 min to 24 hrs. If you still see the "old" photos, try refreshing your Internet Cache as it might be storing the old photos to load the site faster.

Mark McNitt
832-567-4357
www.MarkKnowsHouston.com
Bernstein Realty
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Fri Jun 30, 2017
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
Hi, Commission rates are negotiable and can vary. The key to negotiating the best rate is to compare and interview several agents in your local area. We started UpNest (http://www.upnest.com) to help you compare top agents that compete to earn your business. Since agents compete for you, they offer their very best rates and services. You'll also get to ""comparison shop"" like you do for all the other things you usually pay for. It's free and there's no risk to try us out, Good luck! http://www.upnest.com

You can also find out the average commission rate for your area here: http://www.upnest.com/re/realtor-commissions/
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Tue Jun 27, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Your title has a lien on it. Your buyers need a clean title (no liens). Therefore, the title company is correct. You need to pay off the $12,500. before your buyers can get a clean title. If you don't have the money, you can't sell the home. ... more
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Thu May 4, 2017
Cwdaps asked:
I am getting concerned because they won't tell us anything about the appraisal (it's way past the usual timing for reports to be generated). I'm already losing money because…
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Mon Apr 17, 2017
Steven Stoneburner asked:
Update the photos on inside
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