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Home Selling in Charlotte : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Apr 2, 2012
desiree_hillard answered:
Hi Tabjordan33

Buyers want the most for their money. When working with buyers I have them make a list of everything they want in a home and then divide it into three sections "want", "Need" and "must have".

On almost every list we find:

Granite Countertops
updated kitchen appliances
No gold fixtures
tile in bathrooms

When updating the most bang for your buck will be in the kitchen and bathrooms. If carpets are worn they must go. A fresh coat of paint throughout the home and outside is going to be your best ROI. Don't forget the front door! Paint or replace if needed. Invest a little in the landscaping .. curb appeal will either make them want to come in or drive off.

Hope this helps.

Desiree Hillard, Broker
Nathaniel Duclos, Broker
"PoweHouse of activity"
Keller Williams Realty
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Tue Mar 27, 2012
Judi Monday, CRS answered:
Staging a home to sell is one of the best ways to increase its value without a lot of out of pocket expense involved. As you get ready to do so keep in mind that clutter eats equity so de-clutter your home and make it "showroom" ready. ... more
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Mon Mar 26, 2012
Jon Widdifield answered:
I currently have a listing in Montclaire, and have experience working in this area. I work for one of Charlottes top RE/MAX teams. We spend several thousand dollars a month to market our listings, including the local real estate magazines. We really need more properties to put in these spots, we do this free of charge to you if I list your home. Another thing that I do is get professional pictures of your home; this makes a huge difference when 90% of buyers start on the internet. These are only some of the things we do, if you would like to schedule a meeting please email me at I will post some of my past client reviews on the link below. I hope to hear from you, have a Happy New Year! ... more
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Fri Mar 2, 2012
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Tue Jan 3, 2012
Frank Diaz answered:
I agree with Ron and Dave. Faster and more is not better. Some companies have several people in a team, that crank out a dozen sales a month. It does not necessarily mean better service.
Sometimes owners want to try a slightly higher price (against an agent's advice) and the listing takes longer to sell. Or, they just don't have the equity to sell at a lower price, but the agent tries to work with them.
Days on the market is not the best indicator of good service. I have a few methods for screening agents that I can recommend, but the easiest is to find any agent that has had a sale in the last 4-6 months in your area, then ask that agent for the phone number of their last few sellers. That should tell you what you need to know.
Good luck!

Frank Diaz
East Oahu Realty
808.723.0900 cell
808.791.2277 direct
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Sat Dec 3, 2011
Therese Winnington answered:
When I was with BOA in the Short-Sale dept., whenever I reviewed a file and the homeowner did not have a horrific hardship and they had not been paying their mortgage for a period of greater then 60 days, almost always except for exempt states like CA where deficiency is always waved. It would be tacked on and usually a promissory note will be recommended. Short-Sales are lengthy so the longer you go without paying the larger the damage to your credit score and also the possibility the lender will foreclose since the two departments are separate and not interacting. Negotiators are humans too, remember You will need whoever is negotiating on your side to be firm and knowledgeable about your situation. ... more
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Tue Nov 15, 2011
Therese Winnington answered:
As a former Short Sale Specialist with a major bank I will say that the only time a seller would receive a $3,000 relocation credit is when they have gone through the HAFA program and gained approval by the US Treasury, and then the lender. The seller usually has to prove that they have lived in the subject property for at least 6 months (depending on the state), so investment properties are generally excluded. This process is not quick. If your agent submitted you into this program you would have completed a Dodd Frank form and you would receive your check from the US Treasury. I hope this information is helpful. ... more
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Thu Aug 18, 2011
Edgar Barajas answered:
We can close on your proprty in 2 to 4 weeks send us an e-mail with the street address, nearest cross street, zip code, a phone number or e-mail we will contact you with in24 hrs. EDGAR ... more
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Wed Jul 6, 2011
Ron Thomas answered:
Mr. Home Seller in...

You don't know what you are talking about;
and yet you persist.
Please do not move to Fresno.
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Mon Jun 27, 2011
Nathan Wolf answered:


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Thu Jun 23, 2011
Sheelah Clarkson answered:
I agree with what Laura Feghali said below. The first thing any viewer sees regarding your house is the first photo and the price. That first photo should be a knock-out professional image to draw attention. In addition, its reasonable to assume (due to human nature) that homes which rise to the top of the category (i.e., the page) are more likely to be viewed more frequently. Notice that properties can be sorted by "featured" status, by number of photos, by price and by price reduced $ and price reduced %. So some of the ways for your house to show higher on the list is to (1) be "featured;" (2) have the most photographs; and (3) have a significantly reduced price. Hope this helps. ... more
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Thu Jun 9, 2011
Debe Maxwell answered:
Laura, I can't comment directly below your question--wish that was an option here!

I'm assuming it's because I did take my answer a step further (or two) as to what the seller can do here. As well, I don't 'advertise' myself in my answers. I'm here to help and I've found that honest, helpful answers are more of what the consumer is searching, not my 'ad' in this space. ... more
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Wed May 25, 2011
Anne Shearman answered:
You have missed the market , I am afraid/
Take off the market for the Summer , refresh it , paint , new counters or bath, landscaping.
In Sept , offer an incentive, 1/2 year taxes paid ( buyer gets an incentive, you get a tax deduction!)

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Thu May 19, 2011
I would have a sit down with the owner and let them know you are not having fun, then suggest they may be better served by another Realtor. Refer them to another agent and get a referral fee. ... more
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Wed May 18, 2011
Sondra Blaser answered:
I have two listings in Lions Gate, and have listed there before. I would love to help you. Call me Sondra Blaser 704-281-1865. Broker.
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Fri Jan 21, 2011
Mechelle Cranford answered:

I am sorry for your financial problems and hope the best for you!

Speak to your lender and see if you can do a loan modification or if they will let you refinance. If that doesn't work, I suggest you speak with an attorney to find out your legal options. Then, if you must go the Short Sale/Foreclosure route, make sure you go with a Real Estate company that specializes in these types of sales.

Again, good luck!
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Thu Jan 20, 2011
Dan answered:
Realtors are hitting the soup lines in record numbers.
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Thu Jan 13, 2011
April Crowder answered:
How much is your earnest money? In NC, if you have to go to court and it is $5,000 or less, you can go to small claims court and represent yourself. I know of several cases where the seller would not release the earnest money and the cases went to court. In every case, I was told that the judge split the earnest money between the buyer and the seller. That is not what the real estate contract says but that is what may happen. You also said it may go to arbitration so you may not even have to go to court. Go luck with getting your money back! ... more
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Thu Dec 23, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
You can contact your agent and ask for the property to be removed, or directly contact Trulia's customer service department, under the Help tab.
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