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Sun Dec 10, 2017
Michelle Lane answered:
Every agent is a business owner and decides for themselves what makes sense to help their clients homes sell quickly and for top dollar. It is amazing how many people will not spend any money for even fresh towels and bedding to make their home look good for photography and showings. So, when warranted, I do light staging for my clients as I carry an inventory of bedding, lamps, decor, pictures, rugs, etc. It is so important for the rooms to look good in the photography as that is how buyers make their decisions on which houses to go see. It does matter to me if my clients' homes sell quickly and for top dollar. Contrary to the disparaging remarks people make here about Realtors, I do care about the outcome for my clients. And staging also helps me to do my job more efficiently. But that is a business choice I have made. Many agents don't have the inventory or a place to store their staging inventory so cannot offer to this service.

To rent a houseful of furniture to stage an empty house could cost thousands - sometimes even more than an agent makes in commission on the sale, so that level of staging would be cost prohibitive for an agent to absorb the cost.
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Wed May 3, 2017
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Fri Sep 2, 2016
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
Hi, Commission rates are negotiable and can vary. The key to negotiating the best rate is to compare and interview several agents in your local area. We started UpNest ( to help you compare top agents that compete to earn your business. Since agents compete for you, they offer their very best rates and services. You'll also get to "comparison shop" like you do for all the other things you usually pay for. It's free and there's no risk to try us out, Good luck! ... more
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Fri Aug 26, 2016
Angelica P answered:

We didn't get enough information about your problem to resolve the issue. Please provide us with complete property address and we will be happy to assist you.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Sun May 15, 2016
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Thu Aug 27, 2015
Jeri Patrick answered:
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Fri Jul 24, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Jackie,

Rather than removing it, most buyers would just not use it.

All the best,

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Thu Jul 16, 2015
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
It appears that the issue was dropped by the buyers agent, and the transaction has closed.

The issue would come up if you checked the box saying you have a EBMUD Sewer Lateral Certificate
then, unfortunately you are in trouble.

There are local requirements that both buyers and sellers agree to.
This is a EB disclosure.

Generally such a Certificate is a disclosure item, and clearly the Buyers and their agent dropped the ball.
Its a negotiated item

Guidelines for Buying or Selling a Property:

Obtain a Compliance Certificate before transferring title by fixing the PSL, if necessary, and then having an EBMUD inspector witness the PSL verification test (an air or water pressure test of the PSL). The buyer and seller will negotiate who will obtain the Compliance Certificate. Alternatively, you may request a Time Extension Certificate which provides an additional six months for obtaining a Compliance Certificate.

Clearly, your agents company attorney should be able to help you.

Good luck
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Your real estate agent can do that for you.
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Joseph Roraff answered:
Trulia is not MLS. Talk with a Real Estate Agent in your area to get access to the MLS. It is free.
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Joseph Roraff answered:
It might be better to just build if house prices are that high Oakland and Berkeley.
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Fri Nov 15, 2013
Ron Curtis answered:
We would recommend Chicago Title in Montclair. They have great staff and they stay on top of the transactions.
The escrow officer we work closely with is:
Lynn Dimas
Office: 510.987.7177
Fax: 510.987.7180

You will be very pleased with her service! Hope this helps
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Sun Oct 6, 2013
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Mon Jan 28, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
I assume you are talking about One JEWELL CT - when you posted this on the MLS, did you check “YES” for ZZ-Internet Sites? If you don’t, then it won’t syndicate properly. You can also contact Trulia directly for help in posting a custom listing. ... more
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Wed Jan 23, 2013
Antoine Pirson answered:
I can give you personal access with a user id and password to a web search engine that allows you to see the listings as I can on mls. With exactly the same data, and you can change the parameters as often as you want. Just send me you email address, and I will mail you the URL and id and pw. ... more
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
John Souerbry answered:
There aren't any.
Someone is paid to conduct the training and the managing broker looks to re-coup that cost from YOU as you begin generating income for the brokerage. If it was truly free you wouldn't want it. Anything that costs nothing is worth exactly that - nothing.
You don't need training, anyway, you need mentoring. The big difference is experience. Forget webinars, classrooms and dancing gurus who try to hold you "accountable." You don't need any of that, nobody does. The fastest way to ramp up your knowledge, skills and income is to hook up with a mentor who involves you daily in real-world transactions. Consider what you want to do in real estate and find a mentor who knows that side of the business and is willing to take you on. It doesn't matter where that mentor hangs his/her license, or even if the mentor is an independent. Brokerages don't make a great agent - you have to do that for yourself. But start with mentoring and forget training, it went out of style in the days of disco.
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Maria Cipollone answered:
Starting a business has it's challenges. Start searching for an inspiring real estate professional that you can consider your mentor, explore your market and competitors. Inspiration can come from different sources.
Start preparing your profile describing information on what you do and what diferentiates you from the other agents.
Be sure to include information about the area were your services is provide.
How do you plan to market your business?
How does it benefit your customers to use your services? ( from the customer point of view)

The answer to this questions may help you to decided in what area are you going to start focus.

Best of Luck,

Maria E. Cipollone
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Fri Aug 10, 2012
Piedmont: I dont know what your current loan balance is, but...
FHA has a 203k loan program that will loan you the money to do this work.
You can go as high a $725 to get it fixed up. It may be worth looking in to and discussing. ... more
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Tomi Thomas answered:
Paul Goodacre with Chelsea Chimney is a Realtor favorite in the East Bay. 510 597-0333
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