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Thu Apr 7, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
Why does your agent suggest this? Is it a common feature in your community and/or overall neighborhood? If it's a normal thing, you'll be at a disadvantage not to have it. If it's not, I probably wouldn't.

Basement bathrooms are often underutilized unless you have a sleeping area down there. In the 8 years I've lived in my house, the basement shower has never even been used. I don't think we've turned it on since the pre-purchase inspection.

I'd ask the agent to provide estimated sales prices with or without this feature and to explain where those numbers are coming from.
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Wed Nov 12, 2014
Janet asked:
Looking for a good trust-worthy exclusive buyer realtor.
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Sun Nov 2, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Jan,
You can, but you run a fair amount of risk in doing so. First the listing agent represents the seller. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you. If your eyes get wide and your mouth opens with excitement, you are giving away your level of interest. This is not the place to practice your poker face.
Next, some listing agents just won't do it. They say, "I've offered a buyer's agent a commission to show you the listing. If I show you, and you buy it, you must use me!" Again, you're at a disadvantage. The concept of Dual Agency is that an agent pretends to be completely fair and neutral to both parties. I don't accept this as being realistic. They have a pre-existing contractual relationship with the sellers. I see this as an opportunity for lawyers to explore and dispute whenever one party is dissatisfied with the outcome after the sale closes.
My advice is to stop house shopping and start Agent shopping. Find someone who you'll respect and consider their advice. Someone with experience, resources and local market knowledge and experience. Be picky, this is a huge investment of money and life, get someone worthy of that. Great agents are out there, but you have to look for them. They are not necessarily the biggest names or the best advertised. Some of the best work by word of mouth and referral and stay very busy.
Find your agent, then see the homes.
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Sun Nov 2, 2014
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a retired agent, I agree with Diane. Please understand some misconceptions about real estate agents.
1. Agents practice safety 24/7 so they meet buyers at their office to ask questions and collect information about a potential client. This is safer than meeting a buyer at a home for a private showing.
2. If you are not ready to "hire a realtor", I would attend open houses every weekend, meet the agents on duty and collect their business cards. When you are ready to hire a realtor, you will know which one you felt comfortable with and one that you want to work with to buy your home.
3. In the meantime, speak to your mortgage lender and get pre-approved. All realtors will ask to see a pre-approval PRIOR to showing you any properties. This is also a safety feature so agents know a buyer is serious and intends to move.
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Sun Nov 2, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Jan,
You ask them their reasoning. If they don't have any, they may be afraid. If they have some insight into the situation, you should listen and judge whether their reasoning is sound or not. Any agent who puts their interests ahead of their clients is not a good agent.
Now, just because a house has been on the market a long time doesn't mean it's automatically ripe for a low ball offer. A low ball is just as likely to offend a seller as to get any meaningful response. It has it's place, but it has to be done in such as way as to make sense on multiple fronts. If you're just randomly throwing something out there, your odds of success are low.
Find an agent who thinks, researches, understands motivations, has meaningful experience and can explain their perspective, even if you disagree with it.
In the end, it's your transaction not your agents. If you are way off base, your agent isn't required to write an offer for you. Listing agents are required to present all offers, but buyer's agents aren't required to write all offers. If yours refuses, find out why and either listen or find another agent.
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Sun Oct 19, 2014
Melissa Polce answered:
yes and no...they are certainly making every potential buyer and agent whom walk through the door ask the same question...have your agent ask the seller's agent why and also if the seller's know of any known items not working as they should...get this all in at least an email...then do your due diligence if you put in an offer...if the home is not being sold in as-is condition, do a home inspection asap...we require a Res. Prop. Disclosure in NC & SC...even if the seller only checks "no representation"...good luck ... more
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Thu May 15, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Bettmax,
As the others have said, it's up to you but one advantage to having this in place is the agent can show you ALL the properties for sale. That can include FSBO's, Expired listings, Cancelations... whatever maybe out there that would fill your needs.
I use these on occasion, especially when we are not finding what we're looking for. If you're not confident in this agent, their skill and experience, set your own expectations regarding this. Interview the agent in person, make sure they are the best available to help you find what you're looking for.
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Thu Apr 17, 2014
Teresa asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/property/3072598152-628-Fountain-St-Havre-de-Grace-MD-21078
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Thu Apr 17, 2014
Teresa asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/property/3072598152-628-Fountain-St-Havre-de-Grace-MD-21078
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Fri Mar 21, 2014
The Roskelly Team answered:
It should not take a week unless you are working with a foreclosure/short sale or multiple offer situation. You can also put a time frame in the contract if it feels like they are just stalling. ... more
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Thu Mar 13, 2014
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Fri Feb 28, 2014
The Roskelly Team answered:
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Mon Feb 17, 2014
Denise Mcdowell asked:
n need of a 2 bedroom for my family of three and a small dog in the havre de grace area for no more than 800 a month. My credit is not the best. We both work fulltime and are living in hotel…
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Mon Jan 20, 2014
rhonda9457 answered:
When I lived in Havre de Grace, it was safe. The residents on our block tried to look out for each other. I don't recall there ever being any problems with crime. The further you move out of the downtown area though was a little sketchy. We still own a house there and have never had any problems reported by the tenant. Hope this helps. ... more
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Thu Aug 1, 2013
Miekeba Jones answered:
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Thu Aug 1, 2013
Miekeba Jones answered:
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