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Home Buying in Brookline : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Oct 26, 2015
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Never give an offer "based on advertised" details. Always verify in writing.
Was there a seller's disclosure?

Did you use an agent?
I am going to guess the answer is no.........this is one reason why it would be good to have someone on your side looking out for you.

Not sure what your full question was, as it was cut off, but I wish you all the best in resolving this!

Based on the exact circumstances, your best option may be contacting an attorney.
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Wed Aug 19, 2015
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Tue May 12, 2015
Greer Swiston answered:
There is a price differential as well as the less tangible "desirability" factor/perception of less hassle. However, let me be clear that it would most likely you cost you more to install the central A/C than you would recoup by sale price alone, but if you factor into it the cost savings in perhaps selling the property faster ... it may be worth it. ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Your friend may 'Not want to pay a commission" but you might pay if your rights are not represented and it ruins your friendship with your neighbor. Why do without? If you do not use a Realtor, you are best to hire a Real Estate Attorney to oversee the process. ... more
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Mon Feb 9, 2015
Joshua Stein answered:
Until there is a written Buyer Agency agreement in place, you are technically not bound to anyone. It would be good form to inform any agent you contact that you have been in contact with many others. Since we work on contingency (not paid for services rendered up front), it is always appreciated to know what we are getting into.

That being said, may I play Devil's Advocate for a moment? Did you only have one, very specific time you were available to view the property, or was this agent unavailable at any time proposed. Agents do have other appointments and are not always available at the drop of a hat. At the same time, most sellers do require some lead time (as much as 24-48 hours) prior to showing, so going out immediately may not always be an option.

That's a long way of saying that successful agents tend to be busy agents. An agent who is always available may not have the experience necessary to do the best work for you.

Food for thought.
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Sun Jan 11, 2015
The Graveline Group answered:
Trulia merely presents 3rd party information and would not necessarily have the ability to take down a listing. We recommend that you contact the Realtor on the property directly and flag it everywhere you see it. ... more
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Mon Dec 1, 2014
Gary Birtles answered:
It depends on the size of the home and the heating system. I know that some heating systems run more efficiently than others, and that can save money. It also depends on your climate. If you use the heater a lot, it will definitely effect cost. ... more
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Fri Aug 15, 2014
Cory Trevor answered:
I am not sure what your question is, but I assume that you are looking for apartments to rent. If you are having trouble finding a place you could try hiring a real estate agent. You could also consult with local property management companies.
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Tue Aug 5, 2014
Richard Shapiro answered:
The seller will be 50% share holder of the condo trust. Condos have an extra layer of risk due to the cooperative nature of common areas and maintenance fees. While a two unit condo may not have major condo fees if one party gets into financial distress you might have to pick up the slack from that other owner. I think you have stumbled upon a red flag and should pass on this property. ... more
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Fri Dec 13, 2013 answered:
Hire an exclusive buyer's agent to walk you through the purchase process. Between your buyer's agent and attorney you should be able to get what you need.

Good luck!

Territory Real Estate
Serving Massachusetts Home Buyer's Exclusively
617 84 5407 ext 704
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Wed Oct 16, 2013
Kara Blader answered:
At least where I am it's not too hard to do porch repair in Chicago IL. Just make sure you find a good contractor and they'll have it done in no time.
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Tue Jul 16, 2013 answered:
Here is everything on the market in Brookline. Top right of each listing shows the cash rebate you get at closing on each home.

Brookline, 2+ bedrooms:[]=SF&property_type[]=CC&min_beds=2&max_beds=&min_baths=&max_baths=&min_living_area=&max_living_area=&min_year_built=&max_year_built=&min_days_listed=&max_days_listed=

Territory Real Estate
Massachusetts Destination for Home Buyer's
617 848 5407 ext 706
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Fri Apr 26, 2013
tesdacey answered:
51 Winthrop Road, Brookline just came on the market. Open house Sunday at 1:30..lovely
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Fri Dec 7, 2012
Louis Wolfson answered:
As a broker in the area and a certified appraiser Kevin deserves the best answer.
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Mon Dec 5, 2011
Heath Coker answered:
To find the local tax rate, go to the town web page, or ask your real estate professional to get it for you.
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Mon Nov 8, 2010
Alex Coon answered:
Hi Gina,

The listings on Redfin are sourced from MLSpin and Linknet, 2 multiple listing service websites for agents. So, you're seeing the same properties as an agent is seeing. These listings are updated almost in real time. In the Boston area the website sweeps approximately every 15 minutes. So, that's the longest delay you'd see on any new listing or status change.

Conversely, Trulia only shows the listings individual sellers, agents or brokers provide, when they provide them. Therefore, you're seeing only a fraction of the properties available. Also, you can't be sure any listing is current. For example, a seller could upload a property to a 3rd-party site and then sell or take it off the market, failing to go back and remove it from those sites on which they advertised. This makes it difficult to know which listings are stale or not.

As for listings that go on and off, this can happen for various reasons. They could legitimately expire or be cancelled, only to be re-listed; or sometimes a listing is periodically cancelled and re-listed, in order to keep it 'fresh' by showing a low market time. And there can be various other reasons as people have mentioned here.

Good luck!

Alex Coon
Market Manager
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Tue Mar 2, 2010
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Thu Dec 24, 2009
Elizabeth Herbert answered:
I would love to show you a house in Massachusetts, but you would need to let me know the property address. I can be reached at
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