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Home Selling in Cape Coral : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 23, 2017
Sheilacochrane asked:
My agents name is Della Booth at Time Realty Could you fix this listing and fix the spamer at yahoo.
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Tue Sep 13, 2016
Robert Guth answered:
Overseas. I list my sellers homes, regardless of price, on 2 sites that target foreign buyers. My seller's homes are translated in 11 languages. One of the sites I use is which puts their listing in front of wealthy Chinese buyers. In fact, they have to have a certain net worth to be a member. I sold a $485,000 listing in Cape Coral to a foreign buyer who was directed to my Seller's listing via that site. A cash buyer.

Robert Guth, Realtor
Re/Max Realty Partners
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Mon Aug 22, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:

You can add or edit the photos of your property if it is listed as for sale or as active listing. However if your property is off market, you will not be able to add or edit the photos of your property.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Mon Aug 22, 2016
Robert Guth answered:
If you are unhappy with your agent, speak with them to see if they can improve, or let you out of your listing agreement.

You may also ask them to to co-list it to get better results.

I'd be happy to help, and I have a 100% satisfaction rating with my home sellers because of the effort I give them:
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Mon Aug 8, 2016
Robert Guth answered:
I take a much different approach, which is why I have a 100% satisfaction rating, and zero unhappy clients. There are far too many disappointing agents out there, so you really have to interview a few to get an idea as to what they will actually do for you. For me, I respect the client with hard work, and spending the time and money to make sure their homes sells for the highest price. Take a look at what I do:
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Mon Aug 8, 2016
Robert Guth answered:
It really depends on the price of your home. You may be able to get a break on commission to 4% if it is a higher priced home. I have lowered my commission on some more expensive listings, but on lower priced homes I don't offer the same discount because I put so much time and money into selling homes to make sure my Sellers get the highest price possible.

What if I told you that you could sell for a higher price, having a Realtor sell your home using these tools to make your home look great:

The numbers just don't add up, so why take on the hassle? The average commission is 6%, while homes listed with a Realtor sell for an average of 14% higher.

Some sellers are tempted to try a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transaction because their local community is in the midst of a sellers' market and they think they can sell easily without help. Others try the FSBO route because they want to maximize their profits and avoid paying a commission to a Realtor.

However, statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the National Association of Realtor's 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the average FSBO sales price was $174,900, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $215,000, a difference of $40,100.

Why to Sell With a Realtor

Choosing to sell with a professional rather than on your own makes sense for a variety of reasons:

A Realtor has access to market data about recent sales and other homes on the market that can be used to price your home appropriately. Studies show that homes priced right when they're first listed sell more quickly and for a higher price than those that linger on the market.
A Realtor can show your home when you aren't available, can respond to inquiries from potential buyers and their agents, and can get valuable feedback from visitors -- all things that save you time.
A Realtor can look at your home objectively and suggest ways to improve its appearance -- by staging and minor repairs -- so it appeals to more buyers.
Buyers typically prefer to look at a home without the seller present so they can feel more comfortable exploring the rooms and visualizing themselves in the property. At an FSBO sale, the seller must be present.
A Realtor can screen visitors to your home, which provides a measure of safety that FSBO sellers don't have. In addition, by checking to see if the buyers are legitimate and can afford to purchase your home, a Realtor can help you avoid wasting time showing your home to unrealistic buyers.
Realtors have professional marketing expertise, contacts with other Realtors who work with buyers, and the support of a brokerage that can market your home more widely than you can as an individual.
A Realtor can help you negotiate a contract that not only garners you an appropriate price for your home, but that meets your needs for a settlement date and perhaps includes a period when you rent back your home from your buyer. In addition, a Realtor can make sure your contract is in compliance with all local regulations.

Most buyers today work with a buyers' agent to represent their interests. If you choose to sell your home on your own, you'll be negotiating with a professional and relying on your own skill to finalize a contract. Not only could you end up selling your home for less money, you could leave yourself open to potential legal problems unless you have the contract vetted by an experienced real estate attorney.

FSBO transactions can be successful, of course, but 90 percent of homeowners prefer to work with a professional rather than risk an unsatisfactory home selling experience.

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Thu Apr 21, 2016
Gabriel asked:
How do I post a selling ad for a lot I have in cape coral which I want to sell?
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Sun Mar 13, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
This is a case of your realtor not knowledgeable to do their job. Your realtor needs to be trained by their Office Manager or Broker in Charge and learn how to post listings on Trulia. It's not difficult - I did it when I was a realtor.

Did you discuss if your listing would be posted on Trulia when you signed the listing contract? If your realtor said yes, then he/she should learn how to do it. If your realtor said no, don't expect your listing to be posted on all websites.

You have the right to ask the Broker to be assigned a different realtor - one that is experienced.
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Mon Jun 22, 2015
Robert Guth answered:
Selling a home is all about exposure. Over 86% of buyers locate their home online now. This is my specialty. I list homes aggressively by blasting it to over 100 real estate based websites.
I Tweet it, Instagram it, Facebook it, and Pinterest it. I list it overseas, translated in 11 languages including listing it with a Chinese website for billionaire investors. I hold open houses, and blast out invitations to 1000's of agents with clients looking.
I hire professional photographers, and use panoramic photography and 360 degree pictures
I create virtual tours, videos, professional presentations, and designated websites just for your home. Your home is listed locally, nationally, and internationally.
I feature your home on the top 5 search sites, such as,,,, and I advertise in local print, such as The Real Estate Book.
My yard signs featuring an 800# "Call Capture" system with 24 recorded message about your home, and a dedicated Text line to cover all social preferences. The sign offers a secure "info box" that holds fliers with your home's info and pictures so potential buyers cruising their favorite neighborhoods "home browsing" can learn about your home 7 days a week.
Did you know that less than 10% of listings have a virtual tour, and less than 1% have aerial pictures? Yet, 100% of my listings will enjoy a virtual tour, 360 degree photography, a creative video, and aerial pictures.
If you want to sell your home, you only have one chance to do it right. Its best to list with someone who is going to give it full throttle marketing right away. This is how you get top price and have a professional handle the showings and contract writing.
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Wed Apr 29, 2015
Bev LaLonde answered:
Real estate attorneys are more commonly used on the East Coast (Boston, for example), so you might be more familiar with them. Some fees for title companies are regulated in the state of Florida, while attorney fees are not regulated. You may want to call a few title companies and real estate attorneys and compare their fees. I can give you some resources if it would be helpful to you. Good luck! ... more
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Wed Apr 8, 2015
TheKnollmuellers asked:
Current price/description transferred from our host website, but for some reason the current photos we have on website aren't showing up on your site.
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Technically, in FL we do not have dual agency in respect to residential real estate. If one agent handles both the listing and selling side, they are a Transaction Broker.
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
David Lang answered:
Something to think about:
Pretend for a moment that you are a person who needs to BUY a home. You have two choices that you can make. First, you can work with a Realtor and have access to about 95% of all the properties currently for sale. OR, concentrate on For Sale by Owner properties (only about 5% of current properties for sale). Why would a motivated buyer choose to work only 5% of the market? Be honest. The answer save money.
This is why over thousand of transactions yearly, properties represented and sold through a Realtor sell for more $$ than properties sold by owner.
This is what we do for a living. Selling by owner, YOU do all the work (show the home, pre-qualify buyers, watch out for market trends, follow up with prospects, negotiate the contract, work through contingencies, handle inspection issues, handle appraisal issues, coordinate the closing, etc.) AND you end up paying the commission to the buyer in the end.
Just something to think about.

David Lang
Keller Williams Realty
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Tue Mar 3, 2015
Seth Nadreau answered:
Simply put...

A listing agent can bring buyer's to the table however, once they do, they are representing the transaction and not the seller.

It happens a LOT (you'll notice many yard signs have the listing agents direct phone number) and there is no conflict in doing so as both the buyers and sellers review the paperwork accordingly prior to closing.

The reason someone else usually comes along and sells it is because your listing agent knows 100 people... but has access to 10,000 who each know 100 people. There are much better odds of actually selling a property when the property is marketed to the whole market.
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Sun Mar 1, 2015
Arleen Andalia #1Realtor answered:
Most homes are built with basic features. If you put New fixtures & finishes you love. When you are ready to sell...most buyers will find your choices appealing and choose your home above one that had no character. So don't be afraid of making personal touches or upgrading your home, the market is moving up and you will find Earned Equity in your home in no time at all.

Don't hesitate to make changes in your home. And don't wait until you are ready to sell to make the changes!!

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Best regards
Arleen Andalia #1 Realty
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Sun Mar 1, 2015
Arleen Andalia #1Realtor answered:
If you want to move up in value I would do it as soon as possible. If the market keeps moving at the rate it is... You may find you missed the bus. Good Luck Arleen Andalia #1 Realtor Cape Coral Florida 239-645-3749 ... more
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Thu May 15, 2014
Robert Guth answered:
Mr. Lau,

If you have not decided on an agent yet, I'd like for you to consider my services. I have read your biography and feel that I can offer the service and experience that you need. I am a Realtor, Licensed Mortgage Broker, and investor. I can absolutely walk the walk. More importantly, the level of effort I give my clients is very hard to match. I didn't get into the business so I can wear flip flops and take calls in between rounds of golf. I was raised in the south where work means work. Rather than bore you with promises and boasting about what I can do, I suggest you allow me to send you the addresses and contact information for a couple of recent sales. I have a recorded and verifiable track record of taking over stale listings that hadn't sold in 6 months, just to sell them quickly, and for a higher amount than any previous offer. One listing in particular had been on the market for 6 months. I was told I would never sell it for more than $420,000. I sold it for $485,000, cash, no inspection period, with an up front non-refundable deposit of $20,000. I can provide the address and client info to support this claim. As you know, choosing the right agent is so, so important. I hope to earn your business now, rather than after letting your property sit for several months. As you know, that will only make your property appear in a negative light to buyers. Exposure and effort is the key to selling a home quickly, and for top dollar. I advertise my client's homes extensively locally, nationally, and overseas, translated in 11 different languages. I'm rolling up my sleeves, ready to get to work....
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Thu Dec 12, 2013
Cindy Roper answered:
What exactly is your question please?
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Thu Oct 3, 2013
Robert Guth answered:
Absolutely it is possible in today's market. You will need a Realtor who understands effort. That is me.

If you need your home sold quickly, and for the highest amount, it takes an effort that very few Realtors are willing to make. I too sell my own real estate as well, and more often. That experience is invaluable.

I offer a very unique skill set in that I am both a Realtor (3275212), and a Federally Licensed Mortgage Broker (NMLS #325469).

In addition, I buy, renovate, and sell homes himself. That means I knows how to locate good deals, bid like a pro, understand the mortgage lending world, can estimate repairs, and know how to sell for a profit. Do you think that would help you?

The listing campaign that I launch to sell homes, is unmatched. Its why I can sell homes faster without major price reductions. It combines the blanket coverage of mass internet marketing, with advanced procedures, and local connections. Selling a home fast and for the most money is about my effort, not just dropping the price. I work for you. That means we formulate a plan that is going to benefit you the most. But secondly, it means I work. Simply listing a home on the MLS, with little extra effort, to me, is disrespectful. That is why many agents are forced to ask you to reduce price. Because they failed to give your property the deserved exposure.

When you hire me, you hire someone who enjoys working hard to impress you.

"I consider myself an advocate for home buyer and seller's rights. I bid and sell for clients with the same effort and tenacity that I use when trying to make a great real estate deal for myself."
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Sun Jun 2, 2013
Bill Eckler answered:
The best way to effectively improve your home's ability to be sold is by simply subscribing to the pilosophy of making it "sparkle." Too many sellers overlook the basic needs of a home, allowing it to fall short on desirablity. Consider the following.

1. Know the market and price it right

2. Deep clean-if you can't do it, hire it done

3. Repair what you've been putting off

4. De-clutter-you may need to rent a storage area to accomplish this

5. Paint, paint, paint-one of the most cost effective ways to improve your home's appearance

6. "Curb appeal" after price, it's #1! Plant, trim, mow....what ever is necessary to turn heads

7. Pets are great but buyers shouldn't be able to see a trace of them......

8. Make sure your home is "showing ready" every single day

9. Depersonalize the home-store family photos, plaques, momentos, etc.

10. minimize....too much stuff takes the buyer's attention away from viewing the property

Your goal should be to make every single person that see your home remember it for some reason.....

Good luck,

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