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Mon Mar 6, 2017
Cranberry asked:
Because I have allergies, I would like to remove the wall-to-wall carpet in my 900 square foot condo, which would mean the 2 bedrooms, living room, stairs, and a short hall. The kitchen…
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Mon Dec 5, 2016
Maricris A answered:

Once you edit your listing on Zillow, your listing on Trulia will automatically update after 24 hours.


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Wed Apr 20, 2016
Crystal Bianco answered:
How much and how many bedrooms? I am currently looking for a 2BR for my 16 month old son and I. I am trying to stay out of Springfield/Holyoke area. Please let me know, thank you
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Thu Mar 10, 2016
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
NO, sorry, Trulia only allows agents to post listings can go to - they allow for sale by owners

Good luck!
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Mon Jan 11, 2016
condowestfieldrent answered:
I have a condo that I am planning to rent. It is a 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths. Nice size rooms and plenty of closet space. Your sister could rent it for 6 months to a year and if see if she likes it. There is absolutely no commitment to buy. It is a very quiet neighborhood. It is a townhouse and has a lovely enclosed patio and garden. The townhouse is a desirable private end unit.
Your or your sister can contact me at
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Tue Oct 13, 2015
Kathy Schelleng answered:
If it works for you, do it! If you know you will save on HOA, taxes etc, I would worry about the resale when resale comes along, assuming you will be there long enough to enjoy simple living. There is a buyer for everything. It is the same with home updates, in my opinion. Do them for yourself and enjoy it! ... more
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Thu May 14, 2015
Neil Radford answered:
You should be able to update you pictures by updating the listing. Go into Edit listing to change your pictures.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015
Yes Doctor/ Physician loans are still available! Hi, my name is Matt Albert (NMLS# 658999) and I am a Doctor/ Physician Loan Specialist with Citizens/ Charter One Home Loans. I have been specifically working with physicians for over 12 years. We cover licensed medical physicians, residents, interns and fellows, which include MDs (Medical Doctors), DOs (Doctors of Osteopathy) along with DMDs and DDS (including Dental Surgeons, Orthodontists and General Dentists). We provide financing of 95% up to $850,000, 89% to $1 million (**exceptions possible**) AND 89% to $1 million for one time close construction Doctor Loan, all with NO PMI! We offer our Doctor Program in the following states:

Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia. **Additional States are possible on an exception basis.**

If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me for details as we are NOT allowed to share guidelines of the program in online forums.

Matt Albert
Physician Loan Specialist
Mortgage Loan Officer
NMLSR # 658999
Citizens Charter One Home Loans
Phone - (336) 471-1825
Fax -(844) 574-2618
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
Sat May 24, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Hi Marta,
Unless you are referring to a specific curriculum, it will depend on the class. Agents, Lenders and various sources offer variations of the classes called, First Time Buyer's Classes that can go as quickly or slowly as they design them.
These classes are really just an overview of the process that you'll be come much more familiar with as you move through the process. When I work with first time buyers, I try to provide an idea of what will be taking place and the order of things. I find that the information is often too much to fully grasp in one quick meeting, so we review the process and explain things over again as often as necessary as we go.
Find a great agent who loves to work with first time buyers and you'll have a good experience. Not all agents are patient enough to answer your questions as often as they need to be addressed, but you deserve the answers.
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Fri May 23, 2014
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
Make sure you advertise your open houses on craigslist. You need to get people who are just starting to look and that is a place they go.
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Fri Oct 4, 2013
Terri Hart answered:
Hi Ivonedogs,

Wherever you are looking to rent, I can help. Feel free to email me
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Tue Jul 23, 2013
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
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Fri Jun 28, 2013
Richard Shapiro answered:
The condo fee will cover the master insurance too.
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Tue Jun 4, 2013
Sharon Lucido answered:
Upon doing a search of sold homes in Westfield for you, the following agent comes up several times.

Kimberly Diamond REALTOR ®
Office: (413) 568-7500
Phone: (413) 250-3099

First Choice Real Estate REALTOR ®
72 Mill Street Map It
Westfield, MA 01085

Be sure to give her my name!

Good luck selling your property.
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Mon Oct 4, 2010
Celia Szieber answered:
Let me start with congratulations! As a real estate professional and investor, I understand this is an exciting and serious time. You are on the right track by trying to find an experienced specialist in the area, you want to make sure that they have an excellent background with investments. Do not rule out a property if it is not a foreclosure or short sale, sometimes you can get a better deal by negoiating with the owner or estate vs. banks/lenders.
If you would like I can provide you with an expert in Westfield, our company provides a service through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. This is complimentry service that specializes in this type of real estate transaction.
Here are some factors that you may want to research before purchasing:
-Find out the top selling neighborhoods/sections by comparing percentages of recently closed properties to homes on the market
-Compare the Days on Market(DOM) for each area as well
-Start with a small home or an Adult Community property to help reduce cost and to ensure a quicker sale.
-Make a spreadsheet before you make an offer (remember you may come across some surprises, so round up and make sure you leave yourself a nice safety net)
-When making your offer, plan on selling the property for lower end of the average. Stay firm, have a set number that you will pay for that property, don't over extend (Don't worry to move on the next property, you will be better off)
-Find out if the property has any underground oil tanks or leaks, do the research in the beginning stages of the deal(I have seen contamination cleanup take up to a year to finish)
-When making improvements to the property, keep it simple and neutral. Do your own landscaping to spruce up the curb appeal, sometimes siding just needs a good powerwashing, replace older windows(most likely you will see this return), replace the roof if needed or find a home with a newer roof as well as central air, refinish or repair old hardwood floors(they come out great), resurface cabinets and replace countertops and hardware, regrout tile in bathroom if it is in good shape, replace old ceiling fans and old fixtures, replace old doors and paint dark panel a cream or off white color(this makes a big difference).
-Be innovative and get the home on the market or sale or rent as quickly as you can. Ask your friends and family to help and have them give you referrals for services.
Please feel free to email or call me with any questions or if you are interested in the complimentry service.
Best wishes,
Celia Szieber
Crossroads Realty-Executive Office
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Tue Feb 23, 2010
Lesley Lambert answered:
It is only a matter of time before a pre-foreclosed home turns into a foreclosed home. If you need to rent I suggest looking at Craigslist, or picking up the Pennysaver or Westfield Evening News. I am here in Westfield if you need some help. ... more
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