As a former Realtor, I am disappointed in most of the talent out here today. The most effort is when they try to get the listing. They will start with unrealistic prices to get you to sign. After it's listed very little is done to sell the house. They play a waiting game and try different pitches for a price reduction. It's takes work to pass the sales person exam. However, very few are trained in sales.
In essence, the buyers agents expect payment from the seller while they work to cut the sellers throat! Meanwhile, the listing agent sits idly by and assist. They both rely on payment from the seller and they work against the seller.
A 10,000 price reduction is a 300.00 difference to either agent. It is still $10,000.00 to the seller! Agents have gotten cavalier in price reductions on property that isn't theirs. If the property is over priced it is the agents fault. It should have been properly priced when they were listing.
When agents use language like "motivated" in the listing no one will bring a full price offer. In fact, buyers are angry if you don't take whatever they offer. You are now a desperate idiot.
I've heard complaints about flat fee agencies. I think that's fast becoming the better route. The service may be limited but the full service agents don't seem to do any more. The bottom line is getting into the MLS. They don't have the hustle and rely solely on the internet. Even with that they can be sloppy when they enter the info!... more
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We had a contract, that got kicked out due to the fact that the seller says the first buyer found a lender and wanted back in after they asked her to sign a contract release. Before and during this time we were in negotiating. This listing agent assured us that they wouldn't have a problem getting the contract released because the contract had expired and they had no problem returning their Earnest money. The listing agent sent my agent a message telling him not to tell us just yet if we could get the house, she wanted to wait to see if the first buyer loan would be approved. Is this legal?... more
It appears your question has gone unanswered for a bit. Although technically, FHA has no minimum score, lenders do require, in most cases, a minimum score. You can continue to work with the credit service, but it might be time to contact an actual lender to help you go over the report, see where you are, and help you strategize so you can buy a home sooner, rather than later. Best wishes, Jim, Southern Trust Mortgage, Leesburg, VA.... more
Ask your agent to investigate whether or not the second HOA (for the pool membership) is optional. If both are mandatory and you purchase the house, you will have to pay. There is no other way.... more
It can be kind of rough from Centreville, but lots of people do it. You might want to consider carpooling - Rt. 66 turns into HOV only inside the beltway, so you can stay direct to Pentagon in a carpool.
There's also metro, but you'd have to drive to a station then get on the train. There are some vanpools available as well, and there's 'slugging'. Slugging is when you park at a commuter lot and hop in the car with any random person w/room in the car. It can be quite an adventure!
On average, I'd say to count on about an hour each way during rush hour. If there's an accident, rain or snow, add an hour.
Happy to help w/any other area questions, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.... more
A Realtor isn't an expert on inspections, your best bet is to hire a specialist in this case. In Fairfax Co, the house won't go into drywall unless it passes all the county inspections, so from a safety point of view you should be fine.
Sounds like the bigger issue here is communication. Your Realtor won't generally have all of the costs at the tip of her fingers - the settlement agent is the resource that will provide title fees etc. With new construction there is often a relationship between the builder and the settlement agent, and sometimes the lender as well. All parties have to collaborate to get you the estimates. Keep in mind, that's what they are - estimates. It's difficult to know the exact numbers until you're closer to settlement.
Have a conversation with your Realtor about expectations and what info you need communicated and how you're going to get it. Seems that there may just be some miscommunication happening.
Congrats on your new house - the process can be painful, but in the end you'll be living in your new home, which is cause for happiness.... more