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Home Selling in Ann Arbor : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 29, 2016
Angelica P answered:

If you post your FSBO listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

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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Wed Aug 24, 2016
Narges22 asked:
Tue Apr 5, 2016
Mdyoungs asked:
I'm listed on Zillow and found them very easy/user friendly to work with....
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Fri Apr 1, 2016
Mdyoungs asked:
I'm currently about to list the condo for sale by owner on Zillow and I found
their procedure quite straight forward....David Youngs
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Tue Sep 8, 2015
Middy Matthews answered:
The Ann Arbor market will tell you that YES, is the answer. You may not recover more than you spent, but you will recover it in TIME that your home is on the market. Call me and let's look at it together, if you have not yet sold. The biggest return on investment is always the kitchen.

Middy Matthews
Keller Williams Realty
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Tue Sep 8, 2015
Middy Matthews answered:
It takes some time for the bigger locations to update information, Zillow and Trulia are about the slowest to get the right info.

If you want to get in the game, you need to list with an agent. Agents bring buyers and agents canvas other agents with buyers to make matches. It's like trying to sell your stocks on a street corner, you're not going to get market value for them. FSBO's get 84% of what a Realtor will bring you. That's far more than 6% and far safer for you to put your biggest investment into the hands of a professional. I know how to sell it, I know how to find the buyers and I know how to negotiate on your behalf. You still have full control of the sale and can say "no" at any time, but I will get you the most for your property.

Call me!
Middy Matthews
Keller Williams Realty
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Wed May 20, 2015
Djamel O Pettes answered:
Yes Jack you can. I have a Buyer who is looking for a Condo at the moment. Let me know if i can schedule a showing. Feel free to contact me.

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Wed Apr 8, 2015
Jake Strickland answered:
Your best bet is to hire a professional real estate agent that you trust and feel comfortable with listing the property in your absence for sale. Interview at least 2-3 different agents and go with your gut! - Jake ... more
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Wed Apr 8, 2015
Middy Matthews answered:
Can I suggest using a realtor? Houses are going for OVER asking price and by 40 thousand. But, you need to know how to negotiate these deals. Home sales are with an agent get 27% more money. This will more than cover the agent 6% and you won't need to hire a lawyer or try to market this yourself, which you can't do to the extent that I can. I have buyers for your home right now. Please call me and lets do this the right way.

Middy Matthews

I put a house on the market on Wednesday and had an offer by Friday. Today we are sifting through the offers and picking the strongest one. My sellers are getting 15% over asking price. Call me, and list with me. I will work hard so you get the highest dollar amount for your house.
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Sat Jun 29, 2013
Kathy Persha answered:
If you want your house listed on this site and hundreds of other sites, send me an email or call me. I can also provide a website for your property at no charge to you and this website will have it's very own URL. This means that if someone drives by your house and sees that your house is for sale, they can just put your address into a search engine and the website for your house will be brought up with pictures and all details. I have many, many ways to get your house on the internet and get it SOLD fast and the best possible price. Call me at 248-930-0198 or visit my website at

Kathy Persha, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty
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Fri Mar 2, 2012
Tom Stachler, ABR,CDPE answered:
Thu Feb 16, 2012
Sunny answered:
Thank you for reading Tom. I'll be in touch to discuss.

Dave, I appreciate your time but this is the recurring problem. I'm of course aware of all those things having bought and owned properties there before. Having lived in the area, etc... You and most other realtors in the area are aware.

I'm not looking for readily available market info or someone to handle the paperwork, I'm looking for someone to say 'yeah I evaluate investment properties using the cap rate and a best alternative approach. Turnkey I can get rid off around 9x net, acquistions I reccomend 7-8x.' Value added service, not simply service with someone I can work with for a long time... or I might as well get my license and save 3%-6% a pop.

Besides that hurdle of finding someone to work with , I'm the easiest client you'll ever have.. its 'I'd like to see X,Y,Z whenever you can get them scheduled' we show, discuss, and get the disclosures and the next time we talk its either 'I'd like to see A, B, and C now..' or 'Cash terms, my bid is $X, please let them know I'll need concessions on D and E to make this happen'. Earnest money comes day of bid, closings are expedited, paperwork is stuff I've seen before, assignment of lease prepeared immediately by my property management team who is ready to take over.

If you are interested, contact me via e-mail at for more details and MLS parameters for property screens.
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Thu Feb 16, 2012
Annette Lawrence answered:
There you have it, compensation charged by real estate professionals is negotiable.

The reason this is not significantly important is these fees are compensated or off-set by other tactics in many cases. Without you knowing the full spectrum of services available, you will never know what has been clawed back when compensation is reduced. Other fees such as advertising or junk fee charged by the broker or even predatory fees the listing agent will impose in the buyer's agent all create additional revenue AND in some cases are detrimental to the sale of your property.

Be aware, practices vary from state to state.

Focusing on compensation creates a false achievement that does not serve you well. You should instead be focused on results. Made a cake the other day. Yep, some folks still do that. In any cake there are a certain number of REQUIRED ingredients. Without them you end up with....well a mess. These ingredients cost money. The don't materialize from thin air. The same holds true with selling your home, certain things are required, and if not paid for, they certainly will not materialize from thin air. Unless you are looking forward to and willing to experiment with a few thousand dollars of your money, pre-occupation with fees and infatuation with discounted brokers will cost you money. Most experienced real estate professionals are unconcerned because they know you will eventually need to list with a agent/broker who has the stuff.

Your situation dictates the results you need. If you are a casual seller, (seeing if you can get what you want from the current market) your motivation and urgency is non-existent. It won't matter much who you engage in this exercise. The brand new agent, the part time agent, the bone yard agent are perfect for this purpose.

If however, you need to sell your home, you need to know the following:
1. The five integrity questions regarding the agent
2. Home evaluation process
3. Home market profile
4. Strategy for identifying, attracting and engaging the buyer
5. Galactic marketing plan
6. Grass roots marketing plan
7. Regional marketing
8. Just how many ways does the agent know to buy and sell a home. (20 & 15 are the approximate answers)

Based on the decisions YOU make regarding price, availability, launch and urgency, the agent will be able to project the acceptable offer price and timeline to offer. It is working within these variables, your variables, that require the selection of an agile professional.

A wise manager advised me that one can only save so much money until it starts costing them money. This is the case when you focus on anything other than results.

Best of success to you in selling your Ann Arbor home.
Annette Lawrence
ReMax Realec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
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Sat Feb 5, 2011
Nitin answered:
Rent it out using craigslist. Craigslist is free and is the central hub for tenants. Have them fill out an application form.
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Mon Mar 29, 2010
Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky answered:
Why would you take advice from THEIR agent, who has a responsibility to promote THEIR best interests? I am not saying they are not giving you the right advice, but I would certainly remember that they have no duty to you inspite of how nice I am sure they are.

I would contact and attorney at this point. And then hire an agent to save you from this kind of problem going forward. If you are near Ann Arbor, give Missy Caulk a call.
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Sat Aug 1, 2009
Don Tepper answered:
Probably. I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice. However, here's a technique that works on residential property. You lose some tax benefits when dealing with commercial, but that's not your area of interest.

Transfer ownership of the condo into a land trust. Your land trust. (A land trust is personal property, not real estate.) Then sell a beneficial interest in the land trust to your friend. The trust still owns the property, but now your friend owns the trust, not you. All the tax records will show is that you put the property into a trust, not what the trust sold for.

I know some residential investors who use an LLC rather than a land trust. For a number of reasons, a land trust is safer. Still, you could form an LLC, transfer the condo into the LLC, then sell the LLC to your friend. Again, the sales price of the LLC wouldn't be visible.

Again, I'm not a lawyer. Check with a lawyer for details.

Hope that helps.
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Wed Feb 25, 2009
Todd Lands answered:
Good Morning Kathy,
Sure, but it was not easy. It was my first one and not my worst (but it was close) but they kept giving me to new people to talk with at their end and the hours I spent on the phone on hold could be counted by the tens. Many times while holding for what could have nbeen twenty minutes plus the line would go busy (great phones on their end). Good luck. ... more
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Mon Nov 24, 2008
Jeff Davis answered:
Those are some really good ideas, Caitin I like the cocktail hour one. And check your email, Caitlin, I just sent you a message.
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Sun Jul 13, 2008
Chad answered:
well, if you think about it... it's only money
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