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Home Selling in Buffalo : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 21, 2017
Mary C answered:

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select Submit listings for sale.

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you activate your 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:

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Mon Jun 5, 2017
Sally Grenier answered:
What does your REALTOR say? What does your CONTRACT say?? Impossible for anyone here to give you a clear answer without being involved in your transaction. This should have been addressed in the contract. Frankly, if I were the buyer's agent, I wouldn't have recommended they do the inspection until they knew you had a house to go to! ... more
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Mon Dec 19, 2016
Bill Gassett answered:
This is absolutely the way to go if you must sell as a FSBO, By offering to pay the buyers agent a commission you are saving on half the fee. This is the best of both worlds scenario for those who go the for sale by owner route. Before doing so make sure you understand all of the pros and cons detailed in the web reference below. ... more
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Thu Apr 7, 2016
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Tue Dec 29, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
It depends on the office they were originally with. While things may be different in NY, in most places the listings belong to the Managing Broker, not the agent. When an agent wants to leave the broker may elect to release the listing and allow the agent to take it with them, or they may keep the listing in the same office but assign a new agent to you.
In either case, you should be required to sign new paperwork since things have changed, so you should have a say whether to stay with the agent, the previous company or potentially to start over with someone new. Read your existing listing agreement to see how it may address this however as local laws & practices vary and your contract controls your transaction.
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Fri Sep 18, 2015
Nora Moore answered:
Curb appeal does have some influence on a lot of home buyers. Having a decent driveway, weeded yard, and new paint can do wonders for a place. The curb appeal is the first impression that people have of a place, so while it doesn't have to look like a resort, it has to at least look nice. ... more
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Thu Jun 18, 2015
Kelly You asked:
charging exhorbitantly for all kinds of repairs.
also how long does it take for the property manager to have a lien on my property and does he have to go court to apply for a lien on my…
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Mon May 4, 2015
Kirsten Prizzi 239-248-1667 answered:
absolutely, it is always a good idea to fix as many things as possible before putting your home on the market. It will effect your price an time on market.
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Tue Mar 10, 2015
Leah Krajewski answered:
Hi Alison,

There was a TIME article that appeared back in August of 2011 that shared the story of the Founder and former CEO of, Colby Sambrotto who listed his 2,000 square foot, NY condo on his own through online classified ads and FSBO sites, but after 6 months of unsuccessfully selling his condo... opted to hire a broker who immediately advised a price change as the listing wasn't attracting the right buyer. Sambrotto's decision to hire a broker led to multiple offers and him ultimately selling for $150k over his original asking price. Here's the link to that article;
Here's a snippet from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors website;
Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their life. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTORĀ®
I'd love the opportunity to come out and take a look at your property and supply you with a free, no strings comparative market analysis. Feel free to contact me!


Leah Krajewski with Hunt Real Estate
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
You have your real estate agent upload the photos for you. Trulia does not accept FSBO listings.
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Mon Feb 23, 2015
Kelly Pessis answered:
Properly furnished (i.e. "staged") is preferable. Look at what new home sellers and investors (flippers) do - they stage and for a good reason. Ask your realtor to assist you to find a good stager or to re-purpose what you have. Best of luck! ... more
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Fri Jun 13, 2014
The Maxian Culeton Team at Hunt answered:

There is no "set" commission amount, so it will depend on your Realtor, and what they can do for you. Realtors charge different amounts, because they provide different services (it's definitely not "one-size-fits-all!). I'd suggest interviewing several different Realtors, and seeing what they cost in relation to what they provide. There are a full range of Realtors locally, and all provide different marketing packages. Look objectively, though, as the real number that's important to you is the amount you end up with in your pocket, not the arbitrary commission percentage. A Realtor that can market your house more aggressively, and negotiate a higher sale price for your house may charge a higher commission, but you may end up with more money in your pocket in the end. Conversely, a Realtor that charges less may not provide the same array of marketing and negotiating services, which could result in the house selling for less, and less money in your pocket at the end. Again, there are no set commission amounts, so you'd need to talk to several agents to find out what they would charge.

I would strongly suggest interviewing some agents, and choosing the agent you feel will do the best job selling your house, rather than choosing an agent solely based on commission - too many people fall into this trap! You can always choose to go with the agent who charges the least, but sometimes you get what you pay for!

If you'd like us to meet with you and show you what we do to market homes locally, feel free to contact us.

Jennifer Maxian and Michael Culeton
The Maxian Culeton Team at HUNT Real Estate ERA

Jennifer - (716) 946-6112 -
Michael - (315) 402 - 0208 -
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Thu Jun 12, 2014
Leah Krajewski answered:
I would love the opportunity to work with you, feel free to give me a ring.

Leah Krajewski with Hunt Real Estate
(716) 997-7812
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Wed Mar 26, 2014
Craig Wheeler answered:
Temperatures will go up and so will interest in homes in the next few weeks. That said it is definitely a sellers market in the Buffalo, Western New York area. It may only hurt your chances if you hold at your price now, with more inventory to choose from coming as the weather gets better. Talk to your Realtor again and ask why he/she wants to lower the price, ask for specific's. If they say because of time on the market, then you have a point and stand by choice. If they can give you legitimate reasons why, then it's worth considering. Good luck! ... more
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Sun Apr 15, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Consider contacting a few local agents from different realty offices, then choose the one you like best and who has the most to offer; choose your agent with care. You can also locate some area agents under the find a pro tab... ... more
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Thu Apr 12, 2012
Marsha McCarthy answered:
I have been helping people from all over this country to market homes owned by elderly family members who are living in the Buffalo, NY area. I have 26 years of experiemce dealing with families who need help. It's an easy process when working with an eperienced agent. ... more
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Fri Nov 4, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
Ask your agent and or loan officer for a detailed explanation; a sellers concession occurs when the parties have come to an agreement as to the selling price, but the purchaser is short on closing costs--the seller then agrees to add a percentage to the agreed price and gives back that percentage at closing to cover all or some of your closing costs--your mortgage will reflect that percentage--therefore, the property must appraise for the higher amount. ... more
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Tue Aug 30, 2011
Matthew Smith answered:
If you can get the tenants to sign a two year lease. enjoy your good tenants and properties in that street should continue to go up by a thousand or two every year!
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Wed Aug 3, 2011
Ryan Walley answered:

I believe the first offer is usually the best offer, as well. Especially if it comes in within the first week or two listing. And you don't always counter, especially if the offer is more than fair and you are satisfied with it. It's not always about the $$$, remember. Look at the terms of the offer as well.

You wanted $89,900. Are you happy with $80k selling now as opposed to selling for "who knows what who knows when"?

What did you end up selling for? Let us know!

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