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Home Selling in 94582 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 25, 2014
Kevin and Julie McLaughlin answered:
Everything is negotiable, but close scrutiny is required on all offers... You don't want to kill a good deal over a few dollars - right?
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 answered:
790k - 820k? Is that for a short sale or regular sale?
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Tue Feb 16, 2010
Gary Geer answered:
Talk to your lender. If your lender has not approved the short sale they have the ability to not approve the short sale. You would need to bring your account up to date and possibly pay all expenses they have incured in order for your lender to even cosider reinstatement of your loan.. Other than that you should get legal advice prior to trying to cancel any contract on your home. ... more
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Mon Jun 30, 2008
Joanne Liotta answered:
I just ran a search on the MLS for lease properties that are either active of sold (already leased). One is currently for lease at $3700, it is 3548sf. There are 5 properties that have leased since 3/1/08, 4 at approx. $1.04 a square foot and 1 at $1.20 a square foot. If you want realtor assistance in getting your property listed for lease on the MLS please contact me , Joanne Liotta, at 925-785-1586. ... more
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Mon Jun 16, 2008
Margaret answered:
Hi Remy,

Everything is negotiable! As you know, negotiating is a way of life in some cultures. Negotiation is a skill that takes many years of practice. Besides negotiation for real estate transactions, I negotiate all aspects in my life. Negotiation has become 2nd nature to me and I find it very challenging and rewarding especially when it is a win-win situation for both parties. Although there are many other factors that are important in real estate, negotiation is definitely one of them. I would love to share with you all the different areas that would be just as important which will affect having a successful selling experience. Please contact me directly for more detail of my negotiation skills and real estate transactions. Also, you will find that I take ownership in every transaction which is such an important factor since it correlates with negotiation. Since I am also a property owner in San Ramon, I definitely have much interest in getting top dollars for your property since it affects my property as well. I look forwarding in hearing from you and hopefully have the opportunity to partner with you in one of the most important transaction of you life.

Margaret Fong
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Wed Nov 21, 2007
Keith Sorem answered:
Perhaps that fee covers the carrying costs associated with the listing. Was it on the market for a while? Some lenders require the listing agent to maintain the property, help evict the owners, etc.

Interesting thought.
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Fri Nov 16, 2007
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
very, very cute, Michael! (that 25 words minimum stuff makes you very, very cute)
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Tue Nov 13, 2007
Catherine Myers answered:
I have to agree with some of the others that say that working short sales ourselves (to me) is the very best way to serve our clients. They've entrusted us and yes, the first couple that I did were challenging, but you learn the ropes pretty quick. Someone said an investor can not buy a short sale. That is not completely accurate. Just because it is a short sale, doesn't always mean its in default. You can not represent an investor buyer (non owner occupied buyer) on a property in DEFAULT (not short sale necessarily). They can still buy it, and as a buyers agent you can still get your full commission in the form of a referral fee, but you can't represent them yourself... that part is accurate. ... more
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Sat Oct 20, 2007
Bruce McKinnon answered:
Hello Cindi: Some thoughts.

It could be that the seller has already conversed with an agent who made the offer of listing the property and purchasing it if it did not sell, and then at a discounted price. Maybe THAT is where they got the idea.

Yes, as others have said, this type of arrangement is not uncommon in our business, nor is the concept either unethical or illegal per se. There can be arrangements or people that when viewed later do or did end up with those labels. But, as Patti suggested, the TERMS of the arrangement are the key —why a list purchase arrangement is even done besides trying to get the listing.

So, if the sellers home to you is a good value at the listing price you have suggested and you would like to buy the home anyway, then you may have the perfect arrangement in this market. As Brett points out, the key to the arrangement would be in your agreement to LIST-Purchase. Example: If it does not sell in 90 days, you agree to purchase at 85% of your recommended list price. Are you capable of doing that? The deal works or does not work base on the document that describes the conditions. As Brett suggests, you need advice from your Broker and probably a real estate attorney.
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Fri Aug 31, 2007
Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky answered:
A group of 9 Realtors that I work with puts together a different kind of open house tour every month. All have a theme. Most are primarily marketed to other agents, but we invite the public as well. In June we did a twilight tour called Taste of the Town, with food donated by local restaurants in each home. You can see more of our ideas at the web site below. ... more
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Mon Aug 20, 2007
Bruce Lynn answered:
Depends on the park? Is it a place where drug dealers and gangsters hang out. If so, there's a downside. What are the hours of the park? Is it open all night? Are there lights on the fields that might keep people awake? Is there any noise from the park? Some of those might be the downside.
Of course if it is well kept, low traffic, and a peaceful place to walk or play, then it could be a bonus.
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Sun Aug 19, 2007
Jonathan Osman answered:
I've had agents not register their showings and walk in on a client showering before and I, myself have been stranded on a second floor balcony after the buyer I was with shut a self locking door (that was fun) but this one takes that cake.

A few years back, I had requested to show a property in Kent Island Estates (when I lived in Maryland), which was a community with missing street signs, bad roads, etc. When the client and I finally found the house, we discovered that the listing agent had listed two properties on the same street, next door to each other, and of course niether had house numbers. Both were split foyers. both had pools, so we made a guess. We entered the house on the electronic key and started looking around. My clients were real cut ups, great folks, who loved to speak very honestly about the house they were viewing. I love that.

While going through this house, into the bedrooms and talking freely about how much they didn't like wallpaper or something, they came upon the owner standing in the master closet, hiding behind the clothes. Apparently, she had heard me announce our interest and sprinted to get out of the way. It freaked us all out and excused ourself.

Apparently, we had chosen the wrong house.
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Thu Aug 16, 2007
Paul Slaybaugh answered:
Had a client who refused to purchase a home in a very nice gated subdivision in Paradise Valley, AZ named "Cheney Estates." You can probably guess why. I have personally always wanted to own some land up north along Bloody Basin Rd. for no good reason. ... more
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