Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Home Selling in New York : Real Estate Advice

  • All640
  • Local Info71
  • Home Buying346
  • Home Selling52
  • Market Conditions15

Activity 2,729
Wed Dec 13, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a retired or former realtor in lower Westchester County and I feel for you because I know what probably happened. First - ignore the realtors for now. First step - visit in person Westchester County Tax Assessor's office in White Plains and look at the description that Westchester has plus the property card. Does it match with your home. If not, don't tell them that you have an extra bedroom and bath because they will want to bill you for property taxes that you failed to pay and we both know Westchester has the highest property taxes in the U.S.

What happened when you bought the home is at the bottom of every listing, there is a sentence in tiny print that states "Information contained or provided in the listing is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. Buyer is responsible for verifying information and not to hold brokerage responsible for inaccurate information." This means that if the listing for your home stated 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and it was wrong, it was your responsibility to verify with Westchester County Tax Assessor the correct number of bedrooms and baths. A buyers realtor is supposed to verify the facts in the listing and was supposed to do this on your behalf. Unfortunately, your realtor failed to verify the facts and you didn't either.

Now that you are trying to sell your home, you need to make some tough decisions. You can either pay for drawings, electrician, etc. to try to get a Certificate of Occupancy for the extra bedroom and bath. However, this route will alert Westchester County that you will need to pay back taxes on the extra bedroom and bath. The other option is to sell the home as 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath which means your asking price will be much lower than what you thought it would be.

I would run all possible scenarios and work out the math. You can ask the county tax assessor - hypothetically, if you need to pay back taxes, approximately how much would you need to pay. Try putting on some charm and a smile. See if they can work out something that won't break the bank.

I know Yorktown really well. If it were me, I'm pretty sure the numbers would be in your favor selling the home as a legal 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath. I would also try selling your home by owner - don't use a realtor. You should Google "Flat Fee Boker Westchester County, NY" and contact some local realtors. A flat fee broker will list your home in the MLS (Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors HGAR) for a flat fee and you will be responsible for marketing, advertising, disclosures, deadlines, etc. You save about 3% by not working with a full service broker. You will be required to pay a buyers broker commission - about 3%. At least you can save some money since you need to pay service contractors and get a CO. It will be cheaper paying for a real estate lawyer instead of a realtor's 3% commission.
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Fri Dec 8, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Does that agent have a "Premier Agent" tag next to their name? Both Trulia and Zillow allow agents to pay monthly fees for advertising and give them "Premier Agent" status. This means that Zillow and Trulia have a default checkmark next to a Premier Agent and make it convenient for buyers to just fill out the "Contact Form" and click "Submit." Buyers would have to uncheck the agent with the default checkmark and put a checkmark next to your name, then fill out the Contact form and click Submit. Most buyers never bother to fix the checkmark which makes it easy for Premier Agents who appear on your listing to get all your leads. Many realtors hate it but it's the primary revenue source for Zillow and Trulia.

I was a Premier Agent on Zillow so yes I'm guilty of receiving calls, texts and emails from buyers who asked about properties that were not mine.
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Mon Dec 4, 2017
Irene72002 answered:
How many months does a agent have to give you to move out because the owner passed and the son is going to put the house up for sale.
0 votes 29 answers Share Flag
Fri Dec 1, 2017
Scott Godzyk answered:
The agent can easily log on and edit the listing adding pictures. Trulia does not edit listings
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Tue Nov 28, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
In NY, a purchase offer is not a signed contract so you are free to accept a better offer. Inspection fees paid by buyers is their responsibility and sellers do not reimburse the buyers. I know the fees are expensive, however, the inspection fees should have been paid after a contract was signed by both parties - not before. ... more
1 vote 1 answer Share Flag
Mon Nov 27, 2017
Angelica P answered:
Hi,

We display property information on Trulia to provide consumers with transparent real estate information. We receive this information from public records gathered by a third-party data collector from your county. Our mission is to empower consumers with information and tools to make smart decisions about homes, real estate and mortgages. For this reason, we do not remove public record property information from Trulia. I have removed the photos and description of your property from our display.

https://www.trulia.com/homes/New_York/Flushing/sold/1000489250-13742-76th-Ave-Flushing-NY-11367


Thank you for using Trulia,
Angelica
Consumer Care
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Wed Nov 22, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I’m a VP of my co-op Board in Westchester County and a former realtor. There is no law in NYC or the suburbs that says a coop Board sets the minimum sale price in order for you to sell your coop. You are free to sell your coop for as little as you want. The issue is coop Boards are afraid of their own units declining in value if your unit sells for less than what it’s worth. Realtors value coop units based on similar apartments that have recently sold, so if you sell yours for $_____ and the shareholder upstairs from you wants to sell their unit for $50,000. more, no buyer will pay $50,000. more because buyers will get proof that your unit sold for $50K less.

This explains why coop Boards want to set minimum sale prices for coop units in your building. Every building is different and not all Boards set minimum prices. Unfortunately your coop Board does. I would try negotiating with your coop Board and see if you can score some points. Also try working with an experienced real estate agent who has already sold in your building.
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Tue Nov 21, 2017
Wheights answered:
Excellent Brokers that will guide you through each step of the process.
I dealt with Nick and his advice was crucial in getting the deal done at the best price. The firm is thorough and follows up on every lead.
Nick also filtered out the junk that is out there to save me some time.
Extremely happy with the service and would recommend to anyone looking to sell or buy a property. I can't recommend them enough the experience was smooth and flawless.
True professionals with class.
If you want the best this is it, look no further.
There is no substitute to having a broker with high intelligence and great people skills.
Nick was the lubricant that made the best deal go through smoothly without a hitch.
A++++
... more
0 votes 35 answers Share Flag
Mon Nov 20, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Realtors have no knowledge about length of time for sale of property thru a court system. A lawyer can provide an accurate answer.
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Mon Nov 20, 2017
Angelica P answered:
Hello,

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select Submit listings for sale.

http://www.trulia.com/submit_listings/

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.


Thank you for using Trulia!

Angelica
Consumer Care Advocate
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Mon Nov 20, 2017
Faith answered:
Hello,

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select Submit listings for sale.
http://www.trulia.com/submit_listings/

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:
http://www.trulia.com/help/ask/

Thank you for using Trulia!

Faith
Consumer Care Advocate
http://www.trulia.com/help/ask/
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Mon Nov 20, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Keep in mind that the Tax Reform Bill will affect selling in NY because residents rely on those itemized deductions. If we lose those itemized deductions, it may affect home sale prices. ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Thu Nov 16, 2017
James Campagnola asked:
tells me to contact an agent. I never listed my house with any agents. What's wrong? How do I list my house for sale by me, the owner? Thanks.
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Thu Nov 16, 2017
josephptran2002 answered:
Hello I live in Littleton MA and bought a old house. I hired an electrician and plumber who are licensing in the state of Massachusetts, I have a question, if Master electrician or plumber hires helper to assist them to do the job. can the helper assist/doing electrician job while their master electrician or master plumber goes somewhere to buy electric/plumbing materials? When master electrician/master plumbing comes back then their master will inspect their helper's works while they are not at job site???? If the town building inspector comes to my house, can the town inspector kick my master electrician helper out of my house while they (helpers) are trying to do their job? My master electrician and master plumber are not completed the works, my master electrician and master plumber said after they are completed the works then the town electrician and plumber inspector will come to inspect the final time. But at this time, the works are being processing then the building inspector kicked my master electrician (license) and their helper out of my house. some of inspectors are laughing at my master electrician and yelled profanity language at my master electrician because myself as owner is Asian and my master electrician is Asian too.


Please let me know by emailing me the answer to my email at JosephPTran2002@hotmail.com

Thank you
... more
0 votes 53 answers Share Flag
Mon Nov 13, 2017
Faith answered:
Hello,

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select Submit listings for sale.
http://www.trulia.com/submit_listings/

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:
http://www.trulia.com/help/ask/

Thank you for using Trulia!

Faith
Consumer Care Advocate
http://www.trulia.com/help/ask/
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Sun Nov 12, 2017
Geeba56 answered:
Can turn my 1 family into 2 family home zip 37129
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Sat Nov 11, 2017
Info.diako answered:
yes offcourse renovate it before sale. the kitchen and bathroom renovation is the key to attract buyers attention to your house
http://diakoco.com/
0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ...
Search Advice
Search

Followers

170