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Mon Feb 13, 2017
Laura.kiehner asked:
Our home is listed for sale on Trulia, but we did not post it here. We listed it as a FSBO on Zillow. We've accepted an offer and have changed the listing status to "pending",…
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Wed Apr 27, 2016
Titusj answered:
I for one am interested in getting a nice blue uniform and a carry permit. Then I can go out looking for bad guys myself. So often the police don't try to bust the real criminals. If I could do that, I could arrest or even shoot anyone I think is a bad know, cut out the middle man. Police departments are only trying to hog all the reward money themselves. Just like those greedy criminal real estate agents ... more
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Sat Feb 20, 2016
Ali.uhland asked:
I listed my rental on Zillow which fed it to Trulia. I cancelled my listing on Zillow but still see it on Trulia.
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Fri Jun 19, 2015
Arthur R. Leahy asked:
Sat Aug 10, 2013
Barbara Berue answered:
Hi A Conway,
Trend only gives the sale, mortgage amount and refinancing info, but is not always accurate. Also, it can take up to a few months for the court house recording information to show any updates in public records, such as a refinancing. If you are selling, provide the docs to your agent or the title/closing company.
Hope this information was helpful
Barbara Berue
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Thu Aug 8, 2013
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
John B. Gray, CRS, Broker answered:
The question is what does you budget look like and do you have sufficient reserves for unanticipated events. Assumption is that you qualify for the mortgage. If you do not have sufficient reserves, you are setting yourself up for a very unhappy home where your budget is so tight you can't breathe. At a 3.25% mortgage rate, you are shopping about $50,000 above the price you had originally looked at. If you can afford it and you have genuinely expected increases in income in the future and the house is what you want, you may be OK. The caveat is still..Do you have enough reserves for unanticpated contingencies? A front ratio of 45.7% is incredibly risky and may not be approved by the bank. If you have other monthly obligations: e.g. car payment, student loan, credit cards, child support, daycare, etc. Walk away! ... more
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
John B. Gray, CRS, Broker answered:
Some municipalities require a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) sometimes called a U&O, others do not for resale homes. New construction always requires one because the home needs to meet municipal code. Generally, municipalities now use UCC as opposed to BOCA code that they used to use. The extent that the municipality uses this depends upon the municipality. If there is a municipal code that requires a CO and you are buying a home "as is" you will need to complete repairs required by the munbicipality prior to moccuping the home or have a conditional CO with a time limit to complete the repairs. It depends on the municipality and inspector. ... more
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
John B. Gray, CRS, Broker answered:
Help-U-Sell charges a flat fee is correct. They EARN the fee regardles of whether the home sells or not. Some sell, some don't. Fee for service or full service agencies do not charge anything up front for the most part ,and are only paid if the home sells. The Agent/Agency assumes the cost of advertising, overhead, showing and negotiation on behalf of the Seller with the expectation of being paid ONLY if they accomplish their objective. It becomes a question of does the Seller want to do the work of marketing the property and negotiating face-to-face with the Buyer and/or Buyer Agent or do they want an ADVOCATE and counselor to protect their best interests. Personally with 37 years of Real Estate Sales experience as Buyer Agent, Seller Agent, Designated Agent and Dual Agent, I want an ADVOCATE to represent my interests and be an intermediary for me. It is my understanding that this is not how business is handled by Help-U-Sell. Generally, the Help-U-Sell model pays a cooperating agent their normal co-op fee. Therefore, savings are limited and Seller may not obtain the Best Buyer. The Seller needs to understand how much work is involved. Most of the general public does not understand what a good, competent agent does. ... more
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Wed Sep 5, 2012
Annette Lawrence answered:
As others have pointed out, for a home to appear on the local MLS, the home must be listed for sale by a member real estate professional.

Your question, "Can I make my own website for the listing?" would be a resounding YES...if it complies with the 'single purpose' use required by the MLS.

There may be real advantages in doing this, but none of those advantages are identified in your question. This may indicate that such advantages do not exist therefore may prove to be detrimental to your sale objectives.

Be aware, real buyers are not on Zillow or Trulia. Real buyers are using real tools. Your strategy may have more merit than others are acknowledging if you are an SEO expert and have access to the real tools prepared buyers are using.

So, in your specific situation...who knows what is best for you, .... there simply is not sufficient information.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
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Sat Aug 25, 2012
Pamela Pennewell Cloud answered:
I just came across your question, so wanted to share my latest writeup on the Community Arts Center with you. Wallingford is just minutes from Media. ... more
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Mon Mar 12, 2012
Hello, I'm sorry for my late response. I wouldn't refinance if it's going to be too high of a monthly payment for you. However, if you can refinance and shorten the term AND keep the payment at a comfortable range for you I'd explore the option. I typically analyze the overall situation of my client, ask for the clients thoughts and together we can come up with a plan. If you qualify it's worth looking into at least refinancing to save money in this market and we could also look into shortening the term if it makes sense. With a longer term there is a bit more of a tax advantage (longer term= more tax write off) but it usually makes sense to refinance into a lower rate because you may savea fortune over time even if your tax write off isn't as high. ... more
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Sun Jun 19, 2011
John Leonard answered:
Hello again Robert,

As myself and others have said.... make an offer and see. same with a foreclosure or ANY property.

You should tread very carefully on these kinds of situations becuase they will be sold as is. The bank will not do ANY repairs whatsoever. So if you cannot afford a big unexpected repair bill after.... buy something else.

You would be very wise to pick an agent and work with them exclusively. I and every agent who has posted a reply before me are skilled and successful agents working in this area. Working with an agent does not cost YOU anything, but may prevent you from making a real mistake.


John Leonard
Long & foster
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Sun Jun 12, 2011
Anrpicar asked:
Some areas a have rentals on homes for sale but they do not want them vacant.
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Mon Jul 27, 2009
Kevin answered:
Hello Irina,

Great question, usually the certificates that are needed when buying a house are certificates of use and occupancy compliance (where required) and then certificates for tax and sewer (where applicable) payments. The tax and sewer are usually taken care of by the title company who wants to "certify" that all outstanding bills are paid before insuring the title. The use and occupancy certificate is given when the home passes a basic inspection by a municipal inspector. Many municipalities in the Greater Philadelphia area require these inspections and if you would like more information I would direct you to click on "Municipal Information at the site below. Best of luck!


Kevin P. Comerford
Real Estate Agent and REALTOR
Residential and Commercial Properties
Coldwell Banker Preferred
610 E. Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
Office - 610-566-1100
Office Direct - 484-468-1053
Mobile - 610-513-3478
Fax - 484-229-1290
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Fri Jan 9, 2009
__________________ answered:
Is anyone able to comment on this listing. Feel free to email me as well.
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Sat Oct 4, 2008
Scott Godzyk answered:
I definately agree that this is deceptive, it is exactly what they are trying to do is get into more searches, however there are going to be alot of upset people who will get it in their search that wont see townhome, i agree that you need to hit the report button in your mls to keep it accurate. thank you for bringing up the subject as it does happen all the time and in all areas. ... more
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