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Home Buying in 23451 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Mar 27, 2017
Sanantoniobuyers answered:
The fact is, you don't need a realtor to sell a house. Especially since it's the title attorney that completes all the necessary paperwork needed to close the sale. A Realtor is much like a car wash or credit repair company, you could do the work yourself or hire someone else to do it for you. The choice is yours.

Another thing Realtors don't tell you is that their commissions can be negotiated. Asking 3 percent of the sale price is standard but that is all a realtor is doing, asking for the 3%. Doesn't mean you have to agree to pay it. Other negotiations can be made.

But if you want to save the fees all together, yes, you can sell your home without the services of a Realtor. In fact, I am a real estae investor and I purchase properties As-Is all over the states. I pay closing cost, repair cost and I pay with cash so I can close the sale quickly and at Zero cost to you, the homeowner. So real eatate investors like myself could be a fast solution to selling your unwanted house without the fees of a Realtor.
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Thu Jun 9, 2016
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Thu Mar 26, 2015
Nora Moore answered:
It's a big deal to make sure that you get homeowner's insurance. A house is a big investment and there aren't that many people that can easily bounce back if it burns down or anything like that. It's just a good idea to make sure that you're covered, just in case. How much it costs depends on your home and where you life, though. It's a good idea to get quotes from multiple places when you're looking around. ... more
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Lee Ann Schadlich answered:
I don't know if someone answered or helped you yet but if not please feel free to contact me and I can definitely help you. Thank you!
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Tue Feb 11, 2014
Sally Grenier answered:
Why would you not want to use a Realtor? It doesn't cost you anything to be represented by a Buyer's Agent. This is likely the largest transaction of your life, and there are plenty of financial and legal consequences if not done properly. You could try to give yourself a root canal too, but do you really want to??? ... more
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Fri Feb 7, 2014
Kawain Payne answered:
It has been working well here in California.

Many homeowners are having their taxes re assessed, even those who find themselves underwater on their homes.
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Fri Feb 7, 2014
Kawain Payne answered:
Just contact customer service. They will take care of it for you.
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Wed Nov 13, 2013
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Wed Nov 13, 2013
Houser Home Team answered:
Depends on which side of the transaction you are on.
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Thu Feb 28, 2013
L answered:
We put it up in the beginning of Feb and within 2-3 days were under contract! I was worried about listing in February, but my plan for listing early as to not have too much competion, worked out wonderfully! Thank you for all the feedback. ... more
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Thu Feb 28, 2013
Cheryl Talbot answered:
Lance...You've gotten some great answers here. I would certainly take the recommendation of the others here and talk with a lender. The lender is the expert in knowing what it takes to get you approved. They know the ins and outs of qualifing for a home loan. Also if now is not the best time, they will give you pointers on how to improve your situation to qualify down the road. We feel as an industry that the rates are going to stay low. Maybe not as low as today's rates but by history standards, these rates are unheard of. That being said, contract one of these experts or start with your bank. They know how to assist you there. Thanks ... more
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Deeb answered:
Dont hire an attorney. Hire a real estate agent in your state. Then the settlement company you hire will cost you much less and your real estate agent will be a watch dog garding your transaction . Most of the time you get the assitance of a real estate agent for free. . ... more
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Thu Sep 13, 2012
D answered:
I am currently am working with clients who are in the same boat. Their lease is up November 15th. We just submitted an offer today! We are asking to close at the end of October (their last rental payment is due November 1st). Their first mortgage payment will be due in December. Translation: It is time! Call if I can help you with this one 724-3390. ... more
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Sat Sep 8, 2012
Flynn Kornegay answered:
Jim the agents usually have an agreement with their Brokerage in Virginia, and work for a particular split of the money they bring in to the company. In all likelihood, the agent is not making as much as you feel he / she is, but the bottom line is that the seller pays the commissions a great deal of the time. In other words it is not costing you a thing. Some companies do charge "Administrative Fees", or "Buyer Broker Fees", though I personally do not. Sometimes agents will say these fees are what they are making, period. Well that's not always the truth, and I would suggest that you start with an agent who is honest with you.

Should you be represented? That's your choice of course, but there is a reason why I am used by new construction contractors to represent them, and why I have represented six agents in their own real estate transactions. Emotions can enter and sometimes fog one's judgement.

Bottom line Jim, there is a reason why agents many times hire other agents to help them as there is a reason builders who conduct many transactions do the same - just as there is a reason we were named Best of the Best for 2012. Contact me if you would like and we can discuss this in more detail. Take care
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Tue May 29, 2012
Robert H. Ashburner, Jr. answered:
Jeremiah, Please be very carful with any Rent to Own contract and make certain you have your JAG officer review before getting into one. . . I highly recommend the slower path of education via good luck - Bobby ... more
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Thu Mar 29, 2012
Ida Bear answered:
FEMA's site is very helpful, combine that with a great insurance agent and your Realtor and you should get a very solid answer.
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Wed Jun 2, 2010
Ida Bear answered:
Paul, very curious... Did you find the home you were looking for?
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Wed Apr 14, 2010
Nelene Gibbs answered:
I have a current client that was in the very same situation. She actually came to me through a referral from a former client after being disatisfied with her current realtor. I would be happy to have her share with you her experience with me. We have not only found her the home of her dreams, we have become friends.

It is very important that you establish a realtionship with a realtor you can trust. Homebuying is one of the most important life events that you will be involved with. If you are not comfortable with your current realtor I would suggest you interview a couple of others. It won't take much time. You want to have someone that is working on your behalf and looking our for your best interest. Of course, we all have to make a living, however, selling real estate is about much more than the commission. It is about the people and the relationship you develop with the people. You need to know that you are the Realtor's priority.

Again, you need someone you can trust. You need someone that is committed to you 110%. I would be happy to interview with you for the job of being "Your Realtor". You can search my website or I would be happy to take your specific needs and send listings to you for your review.
Let me know how I can help you!

Nelene Gibbs, Realtor, e-Pro
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Mon Feb 22, 2010
Anja Howard answered:
Go online and you can check the local paper and you won't even have to waste trees and change. You can also work with a Realtor and they will put their resources to work for you as well.

Happy hunting.

Anja Howard
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