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Thu Sep 8, 2016
Taureaninge33 asked:
Wed Feb 10, 2016
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
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Wed Jan 27, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
Keep in mind you're posting a question to a bunch of REALTORS. The quick answer is no, you cannot post a home for sale by owner on Trulia. Long answer: You can post a FSBO listing on Zillow and craigslist....but why would you want to jeopardize the biggest single investment of your life? You may save a few $$, but in actuality, FSBOs often end up losing money instead of saving money. They typically don't know the true market value of their home. They often are poor negotiators and don't know how to handle inspection issues, appraisal issues, title issues, loan issues, etc. It takes weeks (or months) longer for homes to sell by owner. And you're likely not familiar with the legal documents or other requirements involved in selling a home. I see so many FSBOs on here asking silly questions while their in the middle of a transaction...hoping for an agent to rescue them and give them the answer they need before they lose $$ or risk the transaction falling apart! I would seriously rethink your decision to sell FSBO. :-)

Sally Grenier
Broker Owner
Metro Brokers | Grenier Real Estate
303.475.4508 Cell
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Tue Oct 13, 2015
Chris Jaroszewicz answered:
I am sorry it has not been a good home for you. If you'd like to sell your home fast, I have some suggestions for you, including getting the home ready for sale. I cannot imagine any penalties apply when reselling a home, no matter how quick, unless there are restrictions in your loan, capital gains taxes, or other "costs" you might not expect, such as repairs, or remediations. Feel free to Contact me at ... more
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Sun Nov 30, 2014
Randy Tanner & Lindsey Racher answered:
A lot of factors are involved in this. Is the market doing well? Meaning, are houses selling fairly quick in your area. Also, is the listing agent you chose willing to market your home? Is your house priced to sell? If all of these answers were yes, then I believe your house should sell quick. ... more
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Thu Oct 2, 2014
Steve Tagg answered:
yes Angelina you want to contact a realtor first and they should have somebody that you can contact to get your pre-approval letter so you know what you can afford. Also have the agent set you up with a home profile so you can save time looking on line for homes. ... more
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Let's be honest, if you can't save up for a down payment are you really prepared for the expenses of home ownership. Maintenance, repairs and surprises are part of home ownership. A furnace breaks, a pipe leaks and destroys some cabinets or adjoining walls. Saving up for replacing appliances as well as roof repairs, painting, replacing flooring etc.
There are down payment assistance programs, there are 0 down loans (VA and USDA) but home ownership involves more expenses than just the mortgage, taxes and insurance.
I'm not telling you not to buy, but to be truly ready to buy when the time comes.
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Thu Jan 10, 2013
Joe Sirard answered:

In today's market and the economy everyone wants to save money and I'm all for it. But be careful, because you want to save money but not lose value in what you are paying for. At ListTrue we offer a variety of programs to save out sellers a Ton of MONEY. In 2012 we saved our sellers approxiamtely $156,892.00 from traditional Realtors. We offer programs that regardless of your experience in home selling you will sell. We have one of the most agressive marketing programs that will expose your home to all major Internet searches not to mention at the top of the website search lists. So if you want the best Bang for your Buck then don't hesitate to shoot me an email at and I would be more than happy to sit down and show you how you can save $$$$$. Oh and if you buy another house we have BUYERS REBATES!!!! ... more
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Sun Oct 18, 2009
Dee answered:
it's Dee sending an update on what's going on with my short sale. Well every week since this post everything was pretty stagnant until just this past Friday. Well my realtor stated that BoA has to re-order a BPO which pretty much starts the whole process all over. Now I want to look at other homes, which there is one I've been interested in. But with it already being October 19th I feel that I will not close in time to take advantage of the Homebuyers Credit. From what I heard it takes 45 days to close an FHA loan, to take advantage of the Homebuyers Credit you have to be closed by November 30th, is it possible to close sooner on a FHA loan???

Just curious

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Thu Sep 10, 2009
Dee asked:
Thank you again, much appreciated.! Keep you posted on how the purchase is going.

Again, thank you,

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Tue Sep 8, 2009
Derek Bauer answered:

To winterize a home, you are most likely looking at only a few hundred dollars, or less ... but the costs to fix plumbing, etc. if not winterized correctly can be very high. I wouldn't make your decision based on that fact alone ... just be sure it is winterized properly by a reputable company if you get to that point. ... more
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Sat Nov 15, 2008
Robert Young answered:
As an agent who has represented several banks, the answer is usually NO. Most banks will not sell to ANYONE during the period between when redemption ends and prior to it being formally listed. There are a lot of people that attempt to contact the bank during this period, but the bank will usually refer you to their Realtor who will tell you have to wait until it’s listed.

The best thing you can do is to get in contact with the agent who will be listing the property and let him/her know you want the first crack at it the minute it is listed (or has been approved to be listed). Since there is usually a day or two delay between the time the agent receives the listing docs from the bank and when it actually hits the MLS, that is your best opportunity to try to purchase it with little competition. Some banks have caught onto this and won’t look at offers until the agent provides evidence the home has been broadcast on the MLS.

There are several ways to find out who will be listing the property. The easiest way is to look at the notices that are posted on the door. Many banks require their Realtor to post their contact info on the home as soon as the home is vacated. In other cases you will find contact info for other companies that are servicing the property on behalf of the bank. Call them and ask them if they know who the assigned real estate agent is. There are other tricks to utilize when these methods fail.

I agree with Joe that a knowledgeable Realtor can help you do this quicker and easier than you can on your own (the key word here is “knowledgeable”).
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