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Mon Sep 11, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Agree with Alan but I need to expand on his reply. From what you wrote, I will assume you already signed a listing contract - correct? If you did NOT sign a listing contract, then you are free to hire any realtor you feel comfortable with. My advice - get somebody else! However, if you DID sign a listing contract, then you do have the option of calling or visiting the Office Manager or Broker in Charge and ask him / her to be reassigned to a different realtor within their brokerage. You do NOT have to stick with your current agent / realtor. The Office Manager needs to make this decision but yes, you can work with a different agent. You cannot go to a different brokerage if you have a valid listing contract.

As for your home, I know NJ well and although some areas in NJ have large lots, typically 4 acres in NJ is rare and I know those McMansions may have the square footage but they sit on much smaller lots than yours. As a former realtor, what I would advise you to do - study the comps given to you VERY carefully. Make sure your realtor adjusts for any differences and prices your home based on those differences.
Next - spend some weekend time and visit as many Open Houses as possible. You need to see your competition. Go to Open Houses as a buyer - fake name, fake address, fake telephone number (use a coop or condo building's address in Paterson, Ft. Lee, Ridgefield, etc.) and say you are planning to buy within the next 3 - 6 months. You are in the process of getting pre approved. If there are other buyers there, try to discreetly eavesdrop so you can pick up what buyers in your neighborhood are thinking. While at these Open Houses, pay attention to how the listing agent talks to you. Since you are with a realtor, DISCREETLY mention that you were just curious about a farmhouse you saw listed online and you were wondering if that home will have an Open House. Do not say anything if your home is not listed on the internet yet. Bottom line - realtors are experts at sniffing out a buyer from a seller. Never give the impression at an Open House that you are a seller. Finally, make sure you look who the listing agent is at the Open House before going there. You don't want to bump into somebody you interviewed or who works at the same brokerage as your own realtor.
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Sun Nov 29, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Trulia reps rarely visit this forum, try contacting the Customer Service department. However, that may not fix the problem as Trulia gets syndicated data base info from other sites, which is probably the source of the incorrect information. If you get your info removed here once, it may show up yet again as incorrect info from that original syndicated source. ... more
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Thu May 1, 2014
Diane Haroutunian answered:
Congratulations on updating the #1 requested room that adds the most value to a home because let's face it, it is usually the most expensive. Buyers today want turn key ready. You may want to consult with a professional realtor and have a comparative marketing analysis conducted on your property. This is free. This will help determine the recent solds in your area, current actives on the market as well as under contract.. Some kitchen renovations are over the top, designer with expensive cabinetry, and some are not and purchased at home depot . Think of cars and the different range in price from a Ford to a Mercedes. To answer your question, it really depends on your area and what is considered the "norm" and lastly the condition of the rest of your house.

Diane Haroutunian
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Raffaele Ruggiero answered:
You must have done your homework knowing that the price is inflated. Offer what you think is fair and of value , if the builder don't like it move on. I used to be a builder so chances are unless he's trying to size you up hell work with you. ... more
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Sun Oct 14, 2012
Helene Jeanette answered:
According to the GSMLS, this is not an Active listing. If you are looking for an affordable rental in the Morris/Sussex/Warren area, please call or email me and I'll be happy to share a list of CURRENT available listings to you. ... more
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Sun Jun 12, 2011

I agree, a graduation party slowing your closing down sounds a bit over the top. However, you might be able to work this out to everyone's benefit by closing on time, then renting the home to them for a few weeks to get the party done. If that works for you, you might just get the cake but let them have a piece too, without getting things too heated..
Jim, American Bank, 703 615 4675
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