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Sat Oct 21, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Allow a former realtor to answer your question because active realtors will insist that you don't know anything and you will be making a huge mistake if you refuse to list your home with a broker.

So...about those online estimates (realtors hate them too). Real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, etc. pay 3rd party vendors to copy property information from county tax assessor offices throughout the U.S. A few states / counties have laws that don't disclose. Public information provided by county tax assessors typically includes: address, property taxes paid, previous sold dates, lot size, square footage, type of home (single family, multi family, condo), age of home, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.

Public information does NOT include: owner names, condition of your home, any upgrades / renovations or lack of, neighborhood information, school district information, layout of your home, etc. Realtors and buyers use this information to determine value which is why online estimates are off - anywhere from 5% - 50%. If selling by owner, you can include a sentence in your description like "Proof of appraisal shows value at $xxx" OR recent similar homes sold for $xxx.

To get started, go to, register and claim your home. Zillow and Trulia are the same company, so if you post your home for sale on Zillow, it will sync to Trulia within 24 - 36 hours. You should receive a confirmation email.

BEWARE: Realtors pay monthly advertising fees to real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, etc. This allows them to get buyer leads. There is a default checkmark next to the agent's picture and all a buyer has to do is fill out the Contact form and it goes directly to the agent - not you. Agents pay to advertise on ALL For Sale By Owner listings, so you are not exempt. You need to know that when buyers talk to agents about your home, that agent will only check the local MLS system. Since your home is not listed in the MLS system, the agent will tell YOUR buyer that your home is NOT for sale. Realtors check For Sale By Owner listings on websites to call you and insist that you need to list with a broker - that you don't know what you're doing. Realtors don't check FSBO listings when buyers call.

One option you do have: You need to research Flat Fee Broker (use Google). This is a hybrid where you can pay a small fee to have your home in the MLS system and you will pay a buyers broker a commission. You still save about 3% not listing with a full service broker. The huge benefit to you is realtors will show your home to buyers that call.
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Fri Jun 30, 2017
cygnifique asked:
I used to bid on HUD homes and fix them up for lease or sale - many years ago. I also used to work for Freddie Mac as a Loan Processor.

Now I am a 62-year old single person retired on…
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Mon May 15, 2017
Rogers26101 asked:
emailed last week about problem submitted picks last week
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Wed May 11, 2016
Jnekoranec46 asked:
my number is 304-917-5111 or my name is William
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Thu Apr 21, 2016
Amyeliza80 asked:
We would like to buy our first home in the area of Parkersburg, WV. We would be happy with something in the 70-90,000 range. We would like to get a conventional loan and we have $5,000 saved…
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Tue Oct 20, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
USDA means "the" United States Department of Agriculture,
HUD means "the" United States Department of Housing and Urban Development,
and in case you're wondering,
FHA means Federal Housing Authority.

If your student loan is "backed" by the federal government, it's extremely unlikely - but you never know.
Contact a local lender to pull your credit report to see what it says.

Best of luck!

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Thu May 28, 2015
Aaron and Cheree Tiry answered:
Have you checked out the "rent" section at the top of Trulia? There may be something in there. Otherwise you could also check to see what they have for posted for rentals. ... more
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Wed Mar 25, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
WHO? If you're inquiring about a rental you found on this site, then chances are it's a SCAM. That's why you won't get a call back. They probably don't speak English. I tell renters to contact local property management companies, or real estate companies that also handle rentals. Trulia isn't a reliable source. ... more
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Jennifer Williams-Orozco answered:
also, if your home has been on market for that long, perhaps its time to think of a price reduction or perhaps another agent with extensive marketing experience (not saying your agent isn't qualified because I in no way know who it is)........but homes typically should sell within 3-6 months assuming it is priced right and there aren't any obvious reasons to turn-off potential buyers such as a death on property, foul odor etc.... ... more
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Alain Picard answered:
One thing that I do for my clients is set up an email alert for the property that you are interested in. That way as soon as it is listed for sale by an agent you will receive an email. If you talk to a local agent they should be able to do this for you. Good Luck. ... more
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Fri Sep 6, 2013
Mark J Brunner answered:
When it comes to purchasing a home and getting a mortgage all people are treated equally, good credit score, no late payments, income to support the purchase are just a few of the important criteria. So being a disabled person should have no influence with a lender.

Good luck and go buy your dream home!
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Fri Sep 6, 2013
Blaine Ritchie answered:
Co op is a situation where one broker may have a property listing but another agent from another brokerage represents the other side.
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Joy Beck asked:
That has to be pet friendly because I have 1 large & 1 medium dog that's is part if my family & that has a garage.
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Sun Dec 23, 2012
Joshua asked:
Can it be possible to park in before 01|10|2013?.

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Fri Aug 3, 2012
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Wed Jan 4, 2012
Alice Keife answered:
A cash sale means there is no financing. Usually it is because a property will not qualify for financing for because it does not meet the criteria for a loan. Distressed properties and many forclosures are cash sales for that reason. ... more
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Tue Jan 5, 2010
Sandra Metzger, Realtor answered:
Most of our buyers using grant loans are using rural housing loans, & WV housing, these vary from state to state. Of course don't foprgt the first time buyer tax crediet which is up to 85oo for couple 4500 for singles ... more
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Fri Nov 14, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Agree with Pam there about the hard money lender. They do charge a lot for the money - I personally hae a friend who does and knows people from other areas who can provide you with that.

Due to the number of REO (bank owned) properties and/or auctions, I have seen very savvy (key words - very savvy) buyers who are able to buy homes, turn them around and sell them. But they mostly bought it via foreclosure process.

You have to be 'extremely' careful when you do this - do your homework, don't get yourself in a bind.

Sylvia Barry
Marin Realtor
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