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Sun Apr 19, 2015
Kary Krismer answered:
How detailed was the price analysis of the agent? Did they give you comps of similar houses nearby, or did they just give you general market data for your area? If the latter, you clearly need to talk to a new agent.

But in any case, it's not really a matter of how many to talk to. If the first one gives you everything you need, there's no need to talk to more. If you talk to 10 and they still don't meet your needs, you need to talk to number eleven.

A bit of advise though. I would look at their current listings (if they have any in this market), and look at the pictures to see the quality. You don't want to get an agent that just uses their smartphone camera (unless maybe the property is a fixer). Look to see if their listings appear on Zillow, Trulia and Those sites are horrible sites for buyers to be looking, but as a seller you don't care about that--you want to capture those buyers! Ask the agent how many open houses and broker opens that they plan to do, and ask if your area is strong enough that they would advise an "offer review date" or even that you maybe rent a hotel room the first X days of the listing. There are lots of things you need to find out.

Some words of caution though. 1. Some agents recommend sellers do their own inspection prior to listing, or that the listing encourage pre-inspections. Opinions do vary on that, but IMHO neither of those things is good for a seller, they only make the agent's job easier at increased risk to the seller. 2. Agents have all sorts of things they can say which sound good, but are not (e.g. I'll cut the commission if the buyer is unrepresented). Worry about presentations that seem too polished--they are likely just "scripts" of such nonsense.
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Mon Apr 13, 2015
bengibson4113 answered:
Tammy, great question about finding a good reputable roofer. I'm sorry you've had a few contractors give you the run around. I've always recommended that homeowners get a few bids from licensed, insured, & reputable roofing professionals. You may want to request a detailed proposal to see what's included. Many times roofers can tell if you'll need new drip edge, pipe jacks, valley metal, etc. The only thing that's hard to account for is the sheeting under the old felt. The total price of the roof is usually based on access, how many stories, the pitch, how large, what type of under-layment & shingle, how many hips & valleys, and local codes. If you're in very cold climates you may be required to have ice & water shield installed. Again, the more detailed the bid, the better! Good luck Tammy. ... more
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Thu Sep 4, 2014
Jeremy Locke answered:
wire transfers are commonly used to send the money from the buyer to the seller.
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Mon Aug 4, 2014
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Wed Jun 6, 2012
Jennifer Murrweiss answered:
Bothell is one of my favorite areas and also a lot of prospective home-buyers. Homes go very fast and due to the shortage there are multiple bids. Make sure you have a full pre-approval before house hunting so you can put yourself in front running position if you find a home you love. I would also agree with other comments on the townhome/ condo thing some many of my clients decided to forgo a condo in favor of a single home as the monthly dues in the area range in the mid 300 to 400's. Add that to your payment and you really could afford a new home. Good luck and if you ned any assistance please feel free to contact me. ... more
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Wed May 23, 2012
Darren A. Taylor answered:
Hello Nicole, I would love to help you out in purchasing your first home. I have a ton of resources for your needs. Feel free to contact me at
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Tue Mar 30, 2010
Marion Tilley answered:
What is your end goal? What do you know about land? What do you know about building a home? What is your background? My answer to your question will be solely dependent onn your answers to those questions. One of my Seller's has a GORGEOUS ready to build on lot with a territorial view and minimal lake view in the Kenmore/Bothell area. He would be willing to carry a contract on the land until you are ready to move here and or build on the property. ... more
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