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Daniel Bernie, Real Estate Pro in West Chester, PA
Sun Feb 9, 2014
Daniel Bernie answered:
There are some good reasons why a seller agent may not want to be present in a walk thru or tour of a property. First it is not a good sales strategy. Agents (especially sellers agents) are not the catalyst that makes the sale. They have little to offer a buyer who wants to see if they like a house.

Second, the seller agent does not have a recognized client relationship with the buyer. They interactions are more relevant to dealing directly with the seller.

All that being said, a sellers agent cannot hide from a member of the public. The real estate commission (Pennsylvania) requires that a sellers agent be known and the sellers broker also needs to be identifiable. They need to be reachable with thru a phone number that is on every sign, business card and brochure.

if you need to communicate with the sellers agent they are available. They may refer you back to your own agent to have a professional dialogue...but you can't insist that they are present for a showing.
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Kimberly Col…, Real Estate Pro in Limerick, PA
Tue Jan 28, 2014
Kimberly Collins answered:
My best recommendation is to have an Accredited Buyers Agent (also known as ABR) who is working for you. This way they can answer all of your questions.

If you have any further questions please feel free to give me a call or send me a email.


Best regards,

Kimberly Collins, Realtor, ABR, GREEN, SFR
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Jim Simms, Real Estate Pro in Louisville, KY
Mon Jan 20, 2014
Jim Simms answered:
Then you do not have a contract unless you accepted their last counter offer with the 30 day requirement. Am I reading it wrong? If they did not accept your closing timeline then they countered your offer. To be safe, plan on closing in 30 days or less. Don’t use a lender that is taking 45 to 90 days. Good luck,

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
I answer questions about financing real estate based on my decades of experience dealing with mortgage underwriters. This answer is my personal opinion, has not been reviewed or approved by the company I work for. I do not offer legal or tax advice, if you need answers from an attorney or CPA find one knowledgeable in your local market.
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Hannady Morsi, Real Estate Pro in West Chester, PA
Mon Aug 5, 2013
Hannady Morsi answered:
I ran several new construction sites from 2002 - 2008. We were very successful without continuing to market a pending sale that had a home sale contingency attached. There is a way to negotiate this for win/win and a better result for you, based on where you are in the process of the contract. I would be happy to help if you would like to contact me.
Hannady Morsi - Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester
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Chad Gray, Real Estate Pro in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mon Nov 12, 2012
Chad Gray answered:

Yes it is possible to get deals on new construction homes. Your best bet is to work with an experienced Realtor in your area that you trust, who can help negotiate on your behalf.

Chad Gray PA, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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My NC Homes…, Real Estate Pro in Chapel Hill, NC
Mon Nov 12, 2012
My NC Homes Team answered:
Absolutely unequivocally do not sign a one year buyer broker agreement The fact that the agent you're speaking with is requesting this indicates to me that their not very experienced and their main concern is that you will realize this and move on to someone else.

I've been a full time broker for over twenty years, I don't look to have anyone sign an agreement with me unitl we've gone out a few times together and I'm comfortable that the buyer and I are a good fit for one another. When I do ask for an agreement it's for two weeks. My feeling is they can always be renewed and there's no reason for me to try to trap someone into working with me. Either I earn their confidence or I don't deserve their business. I've attached a link below on how to find a great buyer broker regardless of where yo may live.

Take your time, interview several and do not sign the agreement you've been presented and refuse to sign anything for more than a month at a time.
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Arleen Pecone, Real Estate Pro in West Chester, PA
Tue May 29, 2012
Arleen Pecone answered:
That will depend on how long you will be staying in the house and on your personal circumstances and the type of house you are buying.

The ARMS are great for getting "more house" while you are young because you will make more money in the future and it may be a great way for you to buy bigger that you will not have to move from in a couple of years.

A lot depends on your circumstances.
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Nick & Trudy…, Real Estate Pro in Devon, PA
Mon Jul 18, 2011
Nick & Trudy Vandekar answered:
In PA title costs are regulated by the state, so generally it does not matter where you go. If the property transferred 10 years or less before then you can get a re-issue rate. However, a little known fact is that attorneys in PA get a different rate to title companies and sometimes are willing to charge less. You should order title as soon as you can as was mentioned below this gives time for any issues to be cleared from the title if they arise such as a mortgage that has been paid off but not recorded.

An attorney you can use is Frank X. Bennett Esq- 610-688-7985.
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Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Seller's agents are not required to be there at walk through --- your buyer's agent is whom you need to go with you. If you have questions, you should address them with your agent, who, in turn, will follow up with his/her counterpart.

Besides, it can be a logistical challenge to coordinate three schedules: yours, your agent's and the seller's agent's.

Trust your agent who works for you to do his job.
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