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Sun Mar 13, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Stef Powers is an Exclusive Buyer's Agent in that area. He can set up an auto search for you so you'll receive accurate information on a timely basis.

Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You! Follow the links below.

Alysse Musgrave
Consumer Advocate
Exclusive Buyer Agent

Best selling author of Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You! US, Texas, and Spanish versions available.
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Wed Oct 8, 2014
Randy Stoker answered:
If you are a licensed CA realtor and belong to a MLS association, once you post the listing to MLS system Trulia will pick it up. Trulia does not accept listings from private sellers or non-MLS generated information. ... more
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Sun Feb 9, 2014
Victor Chelf answered:
Ask your agent for a copy of your MLS sheet. It is important that you review every detail to make sure it is accurate. In addition to correcting the number of bedrooms and the square footage, verify that the home features are accurate. Check that the schools are correct (and spelled correctly.) Also, review the directions are the best way to your house. That doesn't always mean the shortest route. You may want to go by the nice lake instead of the water treatment plant. ... more
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Mon Dec 9, 2013
Dean Charles answered:
@seesamcatch, what you should be looking for is a flat fee MLS listing service or an entry only MLS listing service in your area, they (specifically the licensed broker behind the firm) will list your home for a one-time flat fee that is far less than a standard real estate agent commission and once your property is listed in the MLS, it will be syndicated to Trulia, among many other websites. Check out the web reference immediately below for insight on how something like this works. Hope that helps! ... more
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Fri Nov 8, 2013
Christian Hilsher answered:

I have worked with multiple outside the state/country investors. I am experienced at working with strict schedules and meeting deadlines. I can help you find the best deals all over town. Please let me know if I may be of service.


Christian Hilsher
Realty Associates
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Fri Aug 2, 2013
Annette Lawrence answered:
Your real estate professional will know how to get your home on Trulia.
If you don't have a professional, search for one right here on Trulia.
When you identify the professional you want representing you, serious home sellers pick up the phone and calls the agent.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041 (what serious people do)
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Mon Jun 10, 2013
Annette Lawrence answered:
According to Trula, real estate listing are received from LISTHUB, a third party data aggregator.
The real estate data DOES NOT COME FROM THE LOCAL MLS.
A recent study by a west coast company revealed that new home listings can appear on aggregate websites like Trulia up to 7 days AFTER they appear in the MLS or professional real estate websites.
Be patient. I will show up eventually. The real buyer will come from the local MLS.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence. Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
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Thu Jun 6, 2013
John Walin answered:
also necessary to have a good debt to income ratio, cash reserves and stable/consistent job history and wages. Not just about the credit score!
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Kevan Pewitt answered:
Normally you would finish the contract negotiations prior to providing the earnest money. If there is not an accepted contract, they should not have or be able to keep your earnest money. An offer or counter offer that has not been accepted can be rescinded at any time. Remember in Texas, there are no verbal agreements for real estate sales. All Texas real estate contracts must be in writing and are not executed or completed until all parties have agreed and signed the contract. ... more
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Ken Hunter answered:
Thanks for asking. As a REALTOR in the Cypress area, I would be happy to talk with you about how I can sell your home, including listing it on Trulia (and about 20 other websites). In 2008, over 80% of home buyers used the Internet as one of the tools to find their new home. Of those buyers, over 90% used a local real estate specialist. Let's talk so that I can find out how my team can best help you. Take a moment and call or email me today.

Ken Hunter, REALTOR
Prudential Gary Greene Realtors
Cypress, Spring & The Woodlands
(832) 515-9951
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Fri Jun 22, 2012
Cindy Boutwell answered:
Hi Julie- I am a Lakewood Glen resident and my husband, Dan Boutwell and I have sold many homes in our community this past year. Most of them needed some updates and we were able to help them with the most current and sought after updates. We have painters, great granite and flooring folks. Our homes are all customs, we are zoned to outstanding schools and have trees and low taxes. Buyers love this area! We advertise in the community newsletter and would be happy to come by and give you some home selling tips. We are on April Mist Ct. ... more
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Sat Mar 31, 2012
Joan Congilose answered:
Try searching the web by popular builder names. Many builders have their own websites showing the homes they have available. Also try the real estate section of your Sunday paper , most builders still do advertise in the paper weekly ... more
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Sat Jun 18, 2011
Cyndie Miller answered:
I am an experienced Realtor who has sold many REO's and getting them at a true value requires knowledge of the area and I am a strong agent in the NW area.

I do not call them Low ball offers - I call them reasonable.

Cyndie Miller
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Fri Jun 3, 2011
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Wed Dec 31, 2008
James answered:
As David said, there's little you can do to modify a rented space to make it more green. But there are many small things (and a couple big things) you can do to live greener.

The usual advice applies: unplug appliances when not in use; use CFL light bulbs; set your thermostat low in winter and high in summer, and adjust it at night for when you're snug in your bed. You can even keep throws and blankets around living areas in the winter; they'll allow you to save on heating and have the added benefit of giving you an excuse to cuddle with a loved one.

Turning off the TV, computer and video game player can save a lot of energy, too. Consider inviting friends over to play board games, charades, or cards instead of surfing the internet or flipping channels. A regularly-scheduled candlelit evening can be a good way to foster conversation and add a little romance while decreasing your energy bill.

Transportation and food are two of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. Consider getting a bike for transportation if you do not already have one; if space is a factor, there are pulley systems to raise your bike to the ceiling for storage, or you can buy a cheap hook at a hardware store to hang it from the wall (be sure you get that hook into a stud!). A used road bike can usually be found for very cheap, and they make reliable commuters. Many people have quality bicycles from the 70s and 80s in their garages, and they may be willing to give it to you, so let others know you're in the market. Take any bike to a reputable bike shop and let them advise you. If you find a seller online ( is a good place), arrange to meet near a bike shop so you can have them look it over before you make your counter-offer, or take along a knowledgeable friend.

As for food: while it may make your home energy bill higher, cooking at home will lower your carbon footprint dramatically and can improve your health as well; luckily, the most environmentally-friendly foods are often among the cheapest and healthiest if you eat low on the food chain (lots of whole grains and vegetables -- go easy on the meat and dairy). Consider getting a pressure cooker from a thrift store to quickly cook your own beans. If you have a balcony or a south-facing window, grow an herb garden. You can easily grow common herbs like parsley and basil in small pots on the windowsill or in hanging baskets. When purchasing groceries, look to local growers: many cities have nearby farms with Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) programs which provide a share of the crop for an up-front investment. Your city may have community gardens where you can rent a small plot of your own; if you're really ambitious, you can start a community garden of your own in a vacant lot nearby. Look around for people with fruit trees in their yard. Many people are overwhelmed in the fall when their trees start producing, so ask if you can harvest some for your own use.

Furnishing is another area that you can save a great deal of money and be good to the planet. Many people throw out perfectly-good chairs, dressers, and even appliances, and by salvaging these items you spare the earth the energy used in producing and shipping new goods. Figure out when your city picks up large curbside items and get on your bike the day before to patrol the neighborhood, and keep an eye out while driving around. Near the dumpsters of apartments and university housing can be a great source as well; make regular scouting trips at the end of semesters (the best time is before summer break). Learning some basic repair and upholstery can give you a stylish home for cheap; my wife and I found several vintage chairs in a church dumpster and replaced the vinyl seat covering with designer fabric, and we get compliments on them all the time.

When it comes time to throw things out, re-use and recycle as much as possible. If you choose to buy frequently-consumed packaged goods (e.g. peanut butter) in glass containers, you can clean them out and use them for storage. Unusual beans look great displayed on a shelf in the kitchen. Look for other ways to reuse packaging you might otherwise throw out, and post any large items (or things like packing peanuts) to your local chapter of FreeCycle or on websites like

You can even compost in an apartment. A worm bin is easy to make and allows you to compost food scraps in a small space with little to no odor using a plastic tub, red worms, and newspapers for bedding. See the link under "Web References" below for more detailed instructions. The resulting compost can be used for your window garden or dumped into the apartment complex's landscaping. If you throw your scraps in the bin instead of down the garbage disposal, you'll save electricity here, too.

There are many things you can do to live in a "green" way without having to sink money into a rented property. Use your imagination, and you'll come up with more on your own!
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Fri Aug 1, 2008
Gary Whitsett answered:
Personally, I would keep it if stays rented, makes you money and you don't have another reason to sell (ie. need money for something else) Long term, property in Cypress seems to be a pretty good investment, and there is something to be said for owning real property. Market conditions could always decline, but the market is still pretty strong in the Cypress area. Good property, in a good location, priced properly generally sells pretty quickly, often with multiple offers. ... more
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