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Home Buying in Carmel : Real Estate Advice

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Mon May 16, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
It's negotiable. Insist that the seller pay for the retest. If the don't like the idea, tell them you'll reimburse them at closing, once the house has passed inspection and you can close. Good luck!

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Alysse Musgrave

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Tue Mar 10, 2015
Arlene Campbell answered:
You need an attorney to make sure you have legal guidance in going through the process of the sale. He will be reviewing the contract drawn by the seller's attorney. If you have any concern that you want to address from the Home inspection, the Buyer's attorney will include this to the rider of the contract. He will make sure that you are protected in every step of the process. At the closing table, he will explain all the necessary documents that you need to sign.

Bottom line, he is there to protect you!
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Sat Jul 13, 2013
Josie Rodrigues answered:
There may be instances instances where a home has unique qualities that may bring up the price however they should be distinct and of value to the property.

If you are thinking of pricing your home higher than others in the area consider how long do you want the property to sit rather than sell.

It comes down to what buyers are willing to pay for the property. Overpricing it too much may not have good results as the property will sit on the market.

I hope this helps.

Josie Rodrigues
North Country Sotheby's International Realty
2 Croton Point Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
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Fri Sep 14, 2012
Donald Mituzas answered:
Currently there are homes on the market from $49,999 to $4,500,000. Homes in the Lake Carmel area tend to be less expensive. Waterfront homes in Mahopac and in the Sedgewood Club tend to be more expensive as well as those that are more estate like properties with ample land and views.
Don Mituzas
Licensed Associate Broker
2008 Realtor of the Year
Prudential Douglas Elliman
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Kalimaiya answered:
Talking about roughly 1800 sq feet,3/4 bedroom,2 bath.
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Fri Jun 22, 2012
Jim Simms answered:
It’s not legal for the lender to tell either realtor without your permission.

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
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Mon Mar 26, 2012
Diana Murphy answered:
The answer will also depend on the house you're looking at. Is the heat all electric or is it oil. Is the system efficient or could it use an upgrade? That could be a huge factor throughout the winter. There are a lot of incentives to buy newer appliances and that's also something that could affect the usage.

When considering your overall utilities expense, you should probably also consider cable/internet/phone and garbage pick up (if private/not included in your taxes - some areas including Kent require private pick up).

If you have other questions or would like help, I was raised in Carmel, graduated from Carmel Schools and my kids were also raised and graduated from Carmel schools. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any specific questions/concerns. Best of luck!
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Tue May 31, 2011
Debbie DeMelis answered:
If you'd like to call or send me the address, I'd be delighted to check for you or you can contact the tax receiver directly. I pasted the link below:
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Mon May 23, 2011
Linda Olsen answered:
I am not sure if you are saying that you put in an offer for 30% of what your realtor deemed was a reasonable price fore the house. If you did, I would find it most unusual for the bank to accept your offer! That being said, you did not say if you had an accepted offer from the seller. Are you in contract with the seller? If so, the contract must be then sent to the bank. It can take 30 days after the bank receives it for it to even be assigned to a bank employee to look at. This person does not give an answer, but collects paperwork from the sellers agent and attorney. Of course, the seller must have a legitimate reason to need to sell the house short. (Job loss, relocation, illness, divorce) Has your agent told you how many loans the seller needs to satisfy? Is there only a first mortgage or a second (home equity) or maybe a third? This will determine the time you will need to wait or if the bank will even allow the short sale, A year or so ago, the typical time a buyer had to wait was 120-180 days. The time has lessened a bit, but you should expect a minimum of 60 days, in my experience.
Linda Olsen, SFR
Prudential World Homes Realty
1671 Route 6
Carmel, NY 10512
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Tue Feb 15, 2011
BG answered:
I, on the other hand, prefer to make a verbal offer and have listing agent response back if it is okay or not ... if not then I move on. don't want to waste any one time.

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Mon Mar 16, 2009
Debbie Demelis answered:
Hi Dee,

A new release is coming up this weekend (March 09) for the apartment style units. They are flats in three story buildings over parking with elevators. The space ranges from about 900-1700 sq ft. The prices will most likely range from the low $300's-$400. You can view community info at

The floor plans will soon be added.
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Tue Mar 18, 2008
Fred Kissinger answered:
I agree with John ... contact the legal hot line. As a note the bank CAN NOT dictate the commission being paid! The agent is in contract with the seller, not the bank (unless it is a REO). That is where you need a good listing agent negoiating with the bank. In Nevada a recent ruling by our Board has stated that if a % or fixed dollar value is placed in the MLS for the Commission to Buyers Broker, that is the least they will receice. No more can it state "to be determined by third party." This ruling just came down in the last couple of weeks. If listing agents here aren't careful, they will be working for a lot less than they expected!

Since short sales are so prevalent across the country, it would not surprise me to see more boards adopting this position.
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Wed Feb 27, 2008
Lisa Brodsky answered:
Hi, I agree with what you have already been told. You CAN work with as many agents as you like, unless you sign an exclusive agreement with someone.I will tell you what I tell other clients, or perspective clients, "you won't get the best out of anyone, if you work with everyone". I will go out of my way to help and make something work, IF I have someone as loyal to me. I work hard and there is nothing worse than realizing that someone left you to keep another appointment down the road. Also, with the multiple listing services that are available, that most REALTORS belong to, you don't need to jump from agent to agent. One that you choose, can show you everything available, their listings or anyone's, their company or another. You really are better off finding someone you like, that is knowledgeable and sticking with them. Good luck to you! Feel free to make contact if I can help in any way. I am in New York, the Hudson Valley. I can refer you to an agent local for you if you would like.
Lisa Brodsky
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