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20120 : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 4, 2018
armybuyer99 asked:
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Sat Dec 2, 2017
Alan May answered:
I'm not sure how the buyer's inspection becomes a negotiation tool for other potential buyers.

If you are under contract... you cannot be kicked out (unless you have not yet fulfilled all your contingencies) regardless of any negotiations with any potential buyer.

As long as the agent is not interfering with your current contract, they are not violating any article in the Realtor's code of ethics, in fact, they are doing just the opposite by potentially generating a back-up offer, in case something should go wrong with the original offer.
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Wed Nov 1, 2017
Brian Tyson answered:
Since the application would not allow me to post this. I am government employee who is now being relocated after accepting a position. I did not find out until a few hours before closing, however, as soon as I did I provided the email detailing my relocation to the builder as soon as I was aware of it. Now they want a memo saying the same thing, which I have reached out my HR, Admin, and staff for assistance. They will not provide a memo and now the builder wants to hold me in default and not provide my earnest deposit back. They have also levied a 7 days response, I have reached out to them to see what else they need, but are unresponsive. Options to not be in default, recovery my deposit, help? ... more
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Sun Jun 19, 2016
Jason Brown asked:

I have been receiving property e-mails for Fort Worth, TX, but I am not following that area. Can you help?
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Fri May 6, 2016
Conniemwilliams answered:
We had a contract, that got kicked out due to the fact that the seller says the first buyer found a lender and wanted back in after they asked her to sign a contract release. Before and during this time we were in negotiating. This listing agent assured us that they wouldn't have a problem getting the contract released because the contract had expired and they had no problem returning their Earnest money. The listing agent sent my agent a message telling him not to tell us just yet if we could get the house, she wanted to wait to see if the first buyer loan would be approved. Is this legal? ... more
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Fri Mar 25, 2016
Karen Peyton answered:
Ask your agent to investigate whether or not the second HOA (for the pool membership) is optional. If both are mandatory and you purchase the house, you will have to pay. There is no other way. ... more
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
Mark Queener answered:
You can get comparables from other realtors in area.
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Sun Oct 12, 2014
jeremy.knox asked:
What is the average days on market for Centreville,VA?
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Mon Jun 9, 2014
Jennifer Fivelsdal answered:
It could be a good time to sell your home, I would suggest talking with a local agent to get more information on the local market. Real estate is truly local.
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Fri Apr 26, 2013
Tom Shipe answered:
Lori, I have investment clients that have participated in the section 8 program. One Client went to Family Services so he understood the program completely then purchased the housing best suited for the program. Others have simply purchased a home and then solicited family services for a tenant.

You may wish to start here:

If you would like to speak in more detail please contact me via phone 703-946-4844.

Thanks for your inquiry.

Tom Shipe
Associate Broker
Graduate Real Estate Institute
Long & Foster, Realtors
8227 Old Courthouse Road
Vienna, VA 22182
Licenses, Virginia
Cell: (703) 946-4844
Office: (703) 556-8600
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
J_woodymk answered:
Lived here for five years and have hadno problems at all. It's a very quiet community with no real problems when it comes to crime. I know that several of the neighbors here are police officers as well. ... more
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Fri Jun 15, 2012
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Sun Jul 11, 2010
Mack McCoy answered:
You know, Erik, I think that most agents - most people, in general - should shy away from "out of the box" thinking until they master what's already inside of the box!

I respect people who have established a successful practice, but most agents don't really know what services can be safely unbundled, and if I were the managing broker, I would be weighing my office's E&O deductible against the income generated by an agent deciding that they were alluvasudden a "consultant."
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Fri Apr 9, 2010
George Creed answered:
Some good answers posted below by my colleagues! I am working with clients in that area; Several foreclosures and they are moving fast + short sales tat are taking awhile + very few regular sales. Agents need to look regularly at the various distressed sale sites. Yes, time is running out on the tax credits so that has increased the urgency on the part of buyers. Also, interest rates are now beginning to tick up - that also creates demand. If you do not have a buyers agent, contact me. ... more
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Fri Apr 2, 2010
Patrick Samson answered:
Hey R,

Simply call your local Realtor and ask them to do a "CMA" (comparitive market analysis). We can do one quickly for free and give you an idea of ball park value.

Good luck!

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Tue Feb 9, 2010
Kathy Weber answered:
How scary!! I purchased my first how in "huh-hum", 1982!!! Interest rate 18%! Should have just put it on my credit card right!

Anyway, following a legitimate data king (he's been right on for the past 3 years!) - the predications I see and believe in will be that the interest rates rise at least 1%. In our area, predictions are that the housing market prices will drop at least 25% in the next 36 months.

Usually don't believe in all the data "mumbo-jumbo", but when someone's been right, they've been right! CAR's 2009 Housing Market Survey also backs the claim up.

We'll see!
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Mon Feb 8, 2010
Patrick Samson answered:
I think we're in for a long ride. We'll continue to see movement and in some neighborhoods we might even see equity growth. But in most areas, it'll take 4,5, maybe 10 years to dig out of this one :( ... more
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Sat Dec 27, 2008
Vicky Chrisner answered:
Lawrence... I guess it all depends on what you're comparing Virginia to! Compared to DC or MD, Va is VERY pro-landlord. Compared to Texas, not so much. I have some links on the web page below that you might find helpful. In addition to being a real estate agent in the No Va area, I worked for many years in property management for multifamily owners - so I would manage portfolios of 5K units or so at one time. Although my portfolios included West Va, DC and Maryland, the majority of my experience was in Virginia - 1 property in Roanoke, 1 in Woodstock, 1 in Culpeper, 1 in Front Royal... and all the rest (lots of them) in Northern Virginia - Prince William/Fauquier/Fairfax/Loudoun/Arlington Counties and the various towns and local jurisdictions within those areas.

I am HAPPY to talk with you and answers some questions or provide resources, feel free to call me 703-669-3142.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008
Irina LaMar answered:
I list bank own properties and most of the sales are with 3% downpayment (will most likely increasr to 3.5% after 1/1/2009). Bigger downpayment may be used as a strong argument when multiple offers are submitted. Anyway, if you are serious about buying a foreclosure hire an expert.

All the best!

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