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Mon Jun 26, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a retired realtor and let me set things straight. Renting is the same in all 50 states and there is no difference between states or cities. What you don't know or understand is that realtors are independent contractors (self employed) and because of this, they can CHOOSE who they want to work with and they CAN set their own fees if they want or it may be required by their brokerage. It is NOT a state law or requirement. Briefly, you've been conned. Also realtors are salespeople who are trained to con or say little lies to renters, buyers and sellers. Another way of saying it - they don't reveal everything, so the more things realtors can keep to themselves, the better it is for them.

As I said, you got scammed. Going forward, here is what you need to know and do:

1. Any agreement you sign with a realtor can be negotiated. You need to spend a few minutes and read every word BEFORE you sign it. If you see a fee listed that the agent wants you to pay - cross it out. Anything else that you don't agree with - cross it out. Anything you don't understand - ask the agent to explain it to you.

2. Yes some realtors will be upset if you cross anything out or start negotiating. Well, too bad. Agents are greedy. You need to tell them that the landlord is paying their commission and they have no right to ask you to pay an additional fee. Ask them what the fee is for and get a detailed answer. Watch them fluff thru the answer or give you some vague answer because they have no idea why they are charging you a fee. You do have the right to have that agent speak with their broker to get the fee waived. Force the issue. You're about to watch these agents squirm or give you a pissed off look because most renters never question the agent. They just sign the Agreement without a second's thought.

3. See? This is how we make money. We practice the scripts handed to us by the training and we recite them to you. When somebody trips us up on the well rehearsed scripts - that's when you can say "Gotcha".

4. Your best bet is to talk with the Office Manager or Broker in Charge and have him / her assign you to an agent who just got their license. The reason is new agents need the experience and don't have the contacts yet to start in the business. To get started, most new agents start with rentals. Well, you're renting. Once new agents get enough experience, they dump the rentals and only work with buyers and sellers.
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Fri Nov 18, 2016
Maricris A answered:

It appears that the properties have already been posted to Trulia. Please note that once you activate a 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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Wed Apr 20, 2016
Nursepamnc asked:
I have rented my home for 8 years and have just been informed by the owner that she needs to sell due to a move. I'm a single mother and not financially prepared to purchase a home at this…
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Tue Sep 15, 2015
Victory Property Management answered:
You need to contact your real estate agent. They can make the corrections for you. Also, make sure that you double check the listing sheet that is posted in the local MLS - this is where Trulia gets their data. If Trulia is incorrect, then the MLS could have the wrong information as well. ... more
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Thu Aug 27, 2015
Julie Swinger answered:
Hi Pam,

Having access to MLS, there are certain ways to search for what you are looking for. I would love to help you find something that matches your criteria.

Please send me an email as I am in the Lake Norman area and would love to help!

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Wed Jan 14, 2015
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Amy

Thanks for your question.

As long as your Agent is following up, its good. By Email one keeps a record of interest,
seriousness, one also get facts about qualification.

I gather you are providing the Agent with the Buyer Leads.

Good luck.
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Fri Nov 21, 2014
Tim Plyler answered:
The rental market here in Cornelius is very strong, and very tight. We are growing by leaps and bounds because we are a small community where people want to be. A rental home that is clean, well maintained, has good storage and a convenient location will rent very quickly. However, todays renters are much like todays buyers: they are educated and they know what they want. If the house is not perfect, or very close, they will turn their noses up at it. The yard must be neat and clean, the house must be immaculate. Dirt and clutter will leave you with a mortgage payment and no tenant to pay it. ... more
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Wed Sep 24, 2014
prysm answered:
Still looking? I have a great place available on Lake Norman, in Cornelius.
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Tue Jul 15, 2014
Kelly Bescher answered:
I have lived and worked in Cornelius selling real estate for 13 years... And yet to find a truly unsafe neighborhood. There may be a street or two of lower income housing, but honestly you can't find a safer community!!!

If you are relocating, I'd love to give you a tour or send you some local info. Just give me a ring (or email) and let me know how I can best help.
Kelly Bescher
Keller Williams Realty
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Mon May 12, 2014
Josh Barnett answered:
Click on the Local Info tab above and review all areas of interest.
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Mon May 5, 2014
Sher Gillespie answered:
Mon May 5, 2014
Sher Gillespie answered:
Cornelius in general is a great place to live with a family! The designers and the planners do a great job ensuring total family health and convenience. Also putting your needs first is the first class police and fire departments, they truly are the best! If there are retailers that follow, it is all pretty much the same and it would follow the Harris Teeter theme of high standards. You would be proud to call Antiquity your home! ... more
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Sat May 3, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
To add to Josh's list:
The more letters purchased to appended to ones name impresses me.
And I value highly the agent who uses an image on their advertising that looks like their grand daughter.
And of course, if you have a obsession like pet rescue or critters as members of the family, squeeze them into your picture too. I LOVE hearing about how frighted Fluff was of the thunder that occurs every afternoon in FL.

But what I value MOST, it the agent who listens.
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Sat Feb 1, 2014
Terry Rogers answered:
I agree with both Diana and Debbie! Millions of visitors head to North Carolina's beaches every year for vacationing, and many find themselves back to stay. Some top shores along North Carolina's coastline is Cape Hatteras National Seashore, stretching for 72 miles along the Atlantic Coast on the Outer Banks, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a skinny strip of barrier islands from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. Another is Bald Head Island, in which you board a ferry for idyllic island life on the 12,000-acre Bald Head Island at the southernmost point of the cape islands along the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Emerald Isle is in the southern Outer Banks and is considered the "Crown Jewel" of North Carolina's Crystal Coast. You can set off on a coastal boat tour in search of dolphins, local birds and a glimpse of wild ponies on the barrier islands. A fourth awesome one is Wrightsville Beach, just east of Wilmington where scuba enthusiasts flock to the area to explore any of the 200 wrecks that sit on the ocean’s floor off the coast at Wrightsville’s sunny shores. One KEY FACTOR is ALL FOUR of these beaches have campgrounds, so if you want to bring a camper, your RV, please do! With these beaches being close to Charlotte between 3-5 hours, a lot of vacationers find themselves moving to Charlotte because of not just the closeness to the beaches, but Charlotte is roughly 2 hours from the mountains. You get the city life, the mountain life, and the beach life! ... more
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
Daniel Fisher answered:
Good evening, Carol:
The main water sports areas are found along the Catawba river or the various man-made lakes it feeds: Hickory, Norman, Mtn Island and Wylie. We are several hours from Atlantic Ocean beaches in the Myrtle Beach or Charleston regions. If you appreciate an answer, please give thumbs up. For the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click. ... more
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Wed Oct 23, 2013
My NC Homes Team answered:
I tend to agree with Alan Traugers answer below, rarely is this properly installed. If you're buying a home that has hardcoat stucco you should look for a home inspector who has the specialized qualification to inspect the home. Savvy buyers tend to avoid buying a home with stucco and those who do and are smart have the annual moisture reading taken and maintain a log so that when they go to sell they have detailed evidence that the home has been regularly inspected and has no problems or that problems were discovered and remedied. ... more
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Sat Oct 5, 2013
Albert & Lynn Alvarez answered:
Dear R.J.,

You've posted a very good question. Here's what I know about taxes around Lake Norman area. In terms of tax rates, in fact, Cornelius has the lowest rate of all three towns (Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville). Here's the combined property taxes for the following towns: If inside town of Cornelius-$1.0557 per $100; If inside town of Davidson-$1.1657 per $100; If inside town of Huntersville-$1.0982. Here's the link to the information I just gave for 2013-2014...

There are different factors affecting the tax valuation which is the basis for a property's tax value. One of which is location. The west side of Cornelius has higher valuation because of its proximity to the lake. It is the basis, not the tax rate that jacks up property taxes. I believe it's the same reason why Davidson has the highest tax rate and tax valuation. As in real estate cliche: location, location, location. The prestige of Davidson College brings a higher valuation on homes in Davidson. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.


Lynn Alvarez, GRI,e-Pro
704-975-2429 (cell)
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Tue Jul 30, 2013
Terry Rogers answered:
Yes, Admiral Quarters is a gorgeous Waterfront Community to live in! If you need assistance in more information, please call me!
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