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Home Buying in Middlesex County : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Mar 11, 2017
Parker02138 answered:
The best advice is from local homeowners who may live in the area you want. Brokers are less credible, unless they live on a slab, which I have never seen. Hmmm.
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Sat Mar 4, 2017
Briansmithjustice answered:
The responses here leave the crux of this question unanswered: If anyone collects $ from the seller as a commission -- no matter what they're called, or call themselves, they cannot hold a fiduciary relationship to the buyer. In short, if you're a buyer and you need/want a fiduciary representative working on your behalf, YOU have to pay for it. So these "buyers agents" that claim to "represent" or otherwise work for the buyer are, by definition, not. If they're getting any of the seller's commission payment, they are legally fiduciaries of the seller, and are behaving unethically if they act in the interests of the buyer against the interest of the seller (for instance in trying to get a lower purchase price, haggling about inspection items, etc.).

The only true "buyers broker/agent" is someone who is paid by the BUYER, before, at, or after settlement.
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Fri Mar 3, 2017
dreamer asked:
We have an unusual situation. We bought a new construction at Montage, North Framingham. The seller's attorney office just contacted us and told us that they did a math miscalculation…
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Sun Feb 26, 2017
D.smith711 answered:
It's been a long time (the 1980s) since I went to real estate school, but it was my understanding that an agent is legally obligated to present any contract that is offered. So, your agent, in my opinion, has broken the law. I have just had a similar circumstance with my agent. I could report her, but at the very least, I have dropped her. My strategy for the future is to contact the listing agent of any house I want. The listing agent will probably be more likely to accept your contingency, based on the fact that he knows it all falls on him, and I think it will light a fire under him to get your house sold so that you can purchase his listing, thus allowing him to be the listing agent of your house (commission), the listing agent of the house you want (commission), and the seller of the house you want (commission). And, if he brings the buyer for the house you are selling, that's, yes, you guessed it, more commission. My advice is to choose the listing agent for any property you want in the future. If that falls through, don't stay with that agent, but rather, go to the listing agent of the next property you want, etc. ... more
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Thu Feb 9, 2017
Bob Relihan answered:
Stoneham is a great location with nice parks and fields for recreation. In the last 10 yrs two new schools were built and other were renovated. The down town area was spruced up including a new park with gazebo where they hold summer concerts. Easy access to Rt 95 and 93 along with public transportation to Boston. Several grocery stores and golf courses.
I recommend starting with getting qualified for a mortgage and connecting with a Realtor. I can handle your mortgage qualification. I can recommend two realtors that are life long residents of Stoneham and both of these professional mothers raised their families in Stoneham. I am also local with our office in Lynnfield.
Contact me at rrelihan@meploans.com 617-686-9307
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Mon Dec 19, 2016
Broro789 asked:
I have seen many properties on your website that have been in pre-coreclosure, NOD, LIS for a while now. How long until they normally go into full foreclosure status and how does one obtain…
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Mon Dec 19, 2016
Broro789 asked:
I have seen many properties on your website that have been in pre-coreclosure, NOD, LIS for a while now. How long until they normally go into full foreclosure status and how does one obtain…
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Mon Dec 5, 2016
Madisonresendes asked:
Open to other cities/towns south of Lowell. Max budget is 1,400 & would prefer it to include some utilities but not a deal breaker if it doesn't. Have excellent credit.
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Mon Dec 5, 2016
Amandaxrenae answered:
My son was in the army and he's trying to get a VA loan can he purchased a house that needs to be fixed up he works full-time
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Sat Nov 26, 2016
LW asked:
Does anyone have experience with finding lender to close on a house with failed title V in MA? The seller already setup the engineering, permits, and expect work to start in spring (it's…
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Fri Oct 28, 2016
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Thu Oct 20, 2016
Kevin Vitali answered:
When doing a short sale, many times the person who is negotiating the short sale charges a fee. They have many hours into a transaction and should be paid.

I use a division of a law firm who charges a negotiating fee of up to 2% of the transaction. This fee typically is paid by the first lien holder. In some cases I may have to put some money towards that fee as a listing agent.

In the 4 or 5 years I have been doing a short sale, neither the buyer or the seller has had to pay the negotiating fee.
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Tue Oct 11, 2016
sdash answered:
I moved in my boyfriend 4 years ago who owns a house that has a shared driveway with the neighbors from hell. The main issue is that their house faces the driveway (which is dumb), while everyone else house faces the street. So, with that being said, anytime they have company their guest feel its okay to pull in the middle of the driveway in park. There has been times where we have to sit in wait because one of their guest just park in the middle of the driveway. I had it, The cops have been called so many times in the pass 2 years, they threaten to file a wrongful use of 911 on the neighbors (so, now they dont call them). My advice to anyone that has a scared driveway, RUN! My boyfriend has been int hat house for 14 years so, his kind of stuck but, not me. I m out! DO NOT BUY A SHARE DRIVEWAY. ... more
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Tue Sep 13, 2016
Stevjens20155 answered:
i was wondering about a new house failing inspection then what will happen
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Mon Sep 5, 2016
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