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Home Selling in New Jersey : Real Estate Advice

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chrissy asked:
As I am also trying to sell my home theres low inventory in the community i live in too and the very first day I have it listed the buyer walks in the door makes an offer wanting all…
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Mon Oct 16, 2017
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Mon Oct 16, 2017
Michael Kowis answered:
Thanks Ron for making other Realtors look like we all don't have integrity and are rude . Not cool.

But to be honest if you sell your house fsbo 92% of people that try fail and end up hiring an agent because they can't do it their self. Zillow is months and months of outdated information. And the average person that sells fsbo will get 12% less then their original listing price.
Also, why would you lower your asking price the amount of money it would cost to pay for a commission. That's silly. If you were to hire an agent with actual Integrity who was really good at selling Not only would you be able to list your house for everything that it's worth but in this market you're likely to get multiple offers and get more money bottom line then you could any other way and that's with or without an agent. But if you're going to do it without an agent you have to be willing to pay to put it on the MLS to pay for your own marketing your own mailers put it on a hundred different websites hold open houses private showings make sure you know the comps in the neighborhood make sure you know how that area and neighborhood is selling get your neighbors involved always be on the phone with potential buyers you may not think it's a lot of work but it actually is a lot of work. Especially when you get to the contracts and the addendums and then the title company n the home insurance and then if things go wrong you need a remedy. Inspections often go bad. All of this can be avoided if you can find a good Agent who has your interest at the Forefront. That's my two cents have a great day
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Sun Oct 15, 2017
Haley answered:
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has had this problem. I lived in a lovely little apartment in an upper middle class neighborhood. I really liked it but my husband hated it because he didn't like the car noise at night (which I didn't think was that bad for being so close to a fairly busy street). He wanted to move right away and I knew that if we wanted to have children, we would have to eventually, so I agreed with him. My parents' house hunt took six years and I didn't want our hunt to take that long, so I was willing to get whatever house my husband wanted. He had an impossibly long wish list, so I figured that the house would probably be pretty nice. After looking at several houses that should have been condemned and/or 1000 sq ft or less, we found one that had everything my husband wanted (3 plus bedrooms, attached garage, big front and back yard, not on a busy street) but it was a total dump. I hated it the first time I looked at it but knew we probably couldn't get anything better, so I agreed to move. We got $40,000 off the asking price and the owners deserted the house only hours after we agreed to purchase it, leaving all their belongings inside. (By the way, when both of those things happen, it's a REALLY bad sign.) I think even God or whoever runs the show up there thought so too, because we narrowly avoided getting into a very bad car accident the first time we drove by the house.

Well, from the first day we moved in, I regretted buying the house. It was just one problem after the other. The neighborhood, which looked okay on the surface, was actually horrible. There were dogs roaming the neighborhood at all hours day and night, randomly attacking people. I lived across the street from drug dealers/scumbags and my next door neighbor was beyond nosey, liked to party, and told her 1,000 plus friends that we were renters and it was okay to use our yard for whatever. The house had a ton of problems too, it had no insulation, so it was sweltering in the summer, freezing in the winter, and we could hear every single noise outside. The windows were single pane, made of the flimsiest aluminum you could imagine, and were all about to fall out. Also, what we didn't know, and the former homeowner straight out lied to us about, is that if more than one inch of rain fell in 24 hours, the whole basement would flood. This happened to us at least once or twice a year. Basically, there were holes everywhere, in the ceiling, floors, doors, everywhere, along with graffiti on the doors and every inch of surface upstairs. We had to replace every bit of drywall and redo every single surface in the house.

When it was mostly done, I thought I would be happy, but things took a turn for the worse. Most of the quiet neighbors moved out, (one even walked away from his home and let it go into foreclosure he hated the neighborhood so much) and nightmare neighbors moved in. One collected junk cars and when his very large driveway ran out of room, he used the front of our house as his personal garage, fixing up cars at all hours, even in the middle of the night. Other neighbors used our yard as their garbage dump, letting their dogs poop and pee on our front lawn and throw cigarette butts on it. One new neighbor was part of a motorcycle gang and used the street as his personal racetrack. He rode up and down the street pretty much day and night. These two people owned vicious pit bulls they couldn't control and had no problem attacking people. Our house had also been broken into several times. Despite all this, my husband refused to move. I told him once the kids were grown, I was out of there. He didn't care. He was staying there forever.

It took me having to contact a real estate agent myself and having the agent talk him into putting the house up for sale. It wasn't easy at all but I'm so glad we sold the house and bought a new one. Our new neighborhood is a million times better than our old one, and our new home is built very well and needs very few repairs. We only had to remodel the kitchen and get new appliances, which we were easily able to do with the money left over from the house sale.

I would say if you hate the house you live in as much as I hated my old one, get out as soon as you can. Don't worry about taking a loss. If you have to move back into your parents house or into a crappy apartment to save up money, do it. My old house took a huge toll and my physical and mental health, most of which I'm still suffering from unfortunately. Don't spend 18 years in a house and neighborhood you can't stand, like I did. Also, take your time when looking for a house, and see it a bunch of times before you say yes. Do your research which is easier now than ever, now that there is websites like Trulia, etc. Look at a lot of houses, not just eight or nine like I did.

I hope the OP found their dream house by now. I feel for them, I really do.
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Sun Oct 15, 2017
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Mon Oct 9, 2017
MPell asked:
inspection." When we received the commitment from the realtor - the buyer has obtained a conventional mortgage and is not FHA. We feel duped. Is this illegal or just unethical?
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Sun Oct 8, 2017
MPell asked:
We agreed on as is .. But because she was FHA & we wanted to sell we made modifications . the commitment said conventional loan and we feel duped.
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Fri Oct 6, 2017
Laurenmani asked:
Buyers are insisting that we replace (not repair) a structurally sound retaining wall. (Judgment of a mason). Thoughts?
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Thu Oct 5, 2017
Fernando Motta asked:
Please I need Trulia show the Under contract status by Trulia for the short sale lender request.
I notice that Trulia show only when is Active .
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Wed Oct 4, 2017
Padotman answered:
I am looking to buy a home in NJ there is a renter there and is stopping us from looking in rooms ,closets ETC . as a renter can they do this ?
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Mon Oct 2, 2017
Joey answered:
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Tue Sep 26, 2017
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Mon Sep 25, 2017
Alan May answered:
If the buyer backs out during negotiations... within the appropriate contract clauses, it's probably that none of the buyer's earnest money goes to the seller.

If they back out after all contingencies have been met (attorney review, inspection, mortgage) their entire earnest money would be at risk.

Read your contract, and consult with your Realtor or attorney.
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Mon Sep 25, 2017
Jesswess954 answered:
Beycome (

Saw them on HuffPost and listed for free (will probably be getting their MLS package soon though).

According to their site, they have 3 packages:

* Free - Free, but you only get your home listed on their site
* Flat Fee MLS (for FL) - $79 one time (honestly haven't found a better deal than this)
* $9 MLS + Yard Signs - I'll be ordering this one (they have a closing cost of $149 but only at the end of the home close)

I've seen their house signs in my neighborhood so I'd say they're pretty reputable.

Good luck!
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Wed Sep 20, 2017
Faith T answered:

The data you reported is coming from your county records, because of this I am unable to edit or remove the information. This data is gathered by a third-party data collector and only updates on Trulia when discrepancies are identified at the next data collection cycle. Unfortunately, we are unable to expedite this process.

That said, you have the ability to edit your home facts that appear in the Owner Information section. This includes editing the number of bedrooms/bathrooms, square footage, home features, description and more.

Please know the 'Edit Home Facts' feature is currently removed from all property pages. While we do not have a time frame for when this will be restored, I can assure you this is only temporary.

Our best recommendation is to check with the county to ensure the information is correct at the source.
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Mon Sep 18, 2017
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