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Novato : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Dec 12, 2016
Sberg84 asked:
Thu Nov 17, 2016
Raycarn2 answered:
If a buyer does not want to pay the price that I am asking for my house and the realtor cannot find a buyer to pay the price, can I take it off the market?
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Tue Sep 13, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:
Tue Sep 6, 2016
Jilltaylorkeck asked:
This question was asked from this property:
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Sat Aug 20, 2016
Kurtsie asked:
I think it's important to vacate so my home can show at maximum potential. (And I work, and have two cats)
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Thu Jun 30, 2016
Derek Jones answered:
Call your agent and ask him. Most agents are able to work independently of their office. For all of my listings; calls and offers are directed towards my cell and email so I can work anywhere there is internet access. I'd assume in this day and age your agent is the same way. ... more
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Sat May 21, 2016
Usfmba asked:
Our house is for sale and the pictures were showing up as of yesterday and now they are gone.
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Mon Oct 5, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
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Tue Jul 7, 2015
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Sat May 30, 2015
I.J. Onyejiaka answered:
Is this for the purchase of your home? If you want more direct, personal service I would suggest going with a mortgage broker. Make sure to shop around within 1-2 weeks when looking for lender. Ask if they can give you their fall out rate of contracts in their office. They probably won't want share or won't know off hand but it's good to at least put it out there. ... more
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Wed Apr 29, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Darlamay,

Having your local agent keep an eye on dollar per sq. ft. living area, Average Days on Market, and other factors will help you in determining value. You can also order an appraisal.

Kind regards,

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Wed Apr 29, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Kathleen,

Having your local agent keep an eye on dollar per sq. ft. living area, Average Days on Market, and other factors will help you in pricing.

Kind regards,

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Thu Apr 16, 2015
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello BERNFORJUSTICE, if you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

The purchase in Novato start from 249k for 2bd 1ba condo which is as low as $1,250 down payment with a minimum 580 fico score.

You will need to be pre-approved if you decide to buy to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, home price, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs.

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Fri Apr 3, 2015
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi - This is a bit late in replying you, so my guess is you have already figured out the answer.

However, if not, and just to answer the question posted - yes, y ou should be able to change your mind and not sell or not rent-to-own anymore. An agent can't force you to sell a house unless you have already signed a contract with a buyer (whether a regular sale or rent to own), then you will have to cancel that contract and possibly compensate the buyers and/or your agent (since he/she found an acceptable buyer for you).

Another thing to be careful about is to read the listing agreement you signed with your agent to see if you are obligate to pay him/her any fee/expenses they may have incurred, etc.

Reading and understanding the contracts you are going to sign (before listing) and/or already signed is vital in doing business.

Hope this helps. Please do not hesitate to call/text or email me wiith any questions

Sylvia Barry
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Fri Apr 3, 2015
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hello Steve:

Checked out homes in Novato, Active, Pending and Sold within the last 6 months and listed between $900K and $1,100K.

The average days on market (DOM) for properties sold within the last six months is 87 days. Average DOM for active listings are 53 days and average DOM for pending sales are 137 days.

Please feel free to call/text or email me with any questions.

Sylvia Barry
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Thu Apr 2, 2015
On contracts in writing what you see is what you get. Read it. You probably should consult an attorney. There could be some kind of an out.

If you do not live up to the terms of a contract, you may have to pay damages or the court can force "specific performance," which means they can force you to do it.

One thing is that if they miss anything you can claim they are breach, and cancel the contract. For example, if the contract calls for an appraisal to be one on a certain date and it is not done, they have breached you may cancel.

Better yet go to the buyer and tell them you would like to cancel and ask them to let you out. If they do not refer to the paragraph above.

If there is anything illegal about the contract it may be null and void too.
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