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Home Selling in Pittsburgh : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Oct 21, 2017
Bkj1904 asked:
We signed a contract two months ago with the closing date now 8 days away and it appears that that date is going to come and go. Our realtor has been MIA with exception of us contacting…
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Thu Aug 24, 2017
Brigette.r.koreny asked:
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Fri Jul 14, 2017
Cathy123 asked:
Buyer who is an investor missed closing date, today. Buyer's agent is asking for an extension for end of the month. The thing is, the buyer's agent has our house listed for rent,…
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Mon Jun 26, 2017
Hoffman032003 asked:
My buyer and I agreed to close on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The buyer was pre-approved for a FHA loan with BOE in Tempe, AZ. When the buyer's agent contacted BOE to set-up closing,…
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Thu Jun 22, 2017
Kenneth Dorsey asked:
But it doesn't come up when you search for homes for sale in Pittsburgh. According to the seller, it does when you search for "Squirrel Hill, PA", but not for Pittsburgh.…
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Tue Apr 11, 2017
Jeff2000 answered:
Yes. If you are open to selling your house for cash at a discount or willing to allow the buyer to take over the mortgage this is a good strategy to sell your house fast. Make sure you go with a reputable company though. I'd recommend they have an A+ rating with the BBB and lots of testimonials to back them up. ... more
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Thu Apr 6, 2017
Alan May answered:
not unless they're licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, too.
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Wed Apr 5, 2017
UpNest answered:
Usually there is a contract involved. If you're not happy with your agent, I would utilize You can compare realtor fees, rebates and services in the local Pittsburgh area until you find the best match for you. Plus, it's free to sign up. ... more
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Sat Nov 12, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Yes she has contributed a lot! Co-signing a mortgage loan means her employment, income, credit & savings were verified to help you get financing. If it wasn't for this woman, you wouldn't be living in your home. You owe her your life.

Instead of selling your home, are you now eligible to refinance the loan? Refinancing means you will have the current loan paid off & remove the co-borrower's name, then transfer the loan balance into a new loan with just your name on it. Once you refinanced the loan, then you can get a quit claim deed & remove the woman's name from the original deed. This way your home is not for sale.

If you don't qualify to refinance the mortgage, unfortunately this woman has every legal right to sell your home even if she did not pay a penny towards the mortgage, property taxes or maintenance.

This is why it's critical that buyers NEVER let others co sign or put their names on the deed. If the buyer can't qualify on their own, then they need to rent.
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Wed Sep 14, 2016
Angela Burton answered:

I'm checking to see if your home has already sold, if it hasn't I can get this sold quickly and all property information will be complete and accurate on Truilia, Zillow and up to 17,000 other websites. Feel free to contact me, or 412-345-8050. ... more
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Wed Sep 14, 2016
Angela Burton answered:

I'm an agent with the Shadyside Keller Williams office, I'm just seeing your post. If you have not already gotten advice on pricing etc. I would be happy to help you. My email address is or you may call me at 412-345-8050 to discuss further. ... more
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Sat Jul 2, 2016
R. answered:
Sorry this is not an answer, but I hope it will be helpful.

I recently had a realtor in Florida tell me it was illegal (or at considered unethical) to market a house in this way.

I personally think that is totally incorrect and I think the person who commented on the fair housing act below is on the right track.

I'm posting this to hopefully get some input from the "experts".

I doubt there is a "checkbox" in the MLS for these kinds of features and that listings are limited to putting this information in the description field.

However I think that, unfortunately, there are a lot of realtors who are hesitant to put those words in the description field for fear of turning off buyers who don't need those features. I think that's wrong and like someone else commented I try to avoid realtors at all cost for these very reasons.

It's unfortunate.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can clarify this point, especially if they can point to specific references in either MLS rules and regulations or any other "official" codes, ordinances, etc.
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Mon May 2, 2016
Dale.reynolds asked:
Did my realtor do something wrong? I love this site when looking for homes to buy.
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Wed Mar 30, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
Appraisers can be really picky about what they feel detracts from the condition of a property. Peeling paint can be considered a condition problem no matter where it is. Sometimes the things that get called out will vary from person to person too.

I know when I bought my house, the municipal inspector who decided whether we got our occupancy permit let 3-4 fairly minor but still technical code violations slide. With a different inspector, we easily could have been forced to fix those things before we were legally allowed to move in.
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Wed Feb 3, 2016
Cathy Schwartz asked:
How do I list my home
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Wed Oct 28, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
You'd have to have an attorney review your contract for specifics.

In my jurisdiction if a buyer agrees to purchase 'as-is' (there are a couple different areas in the contract where this is addressed specifically) they usually indicate the contract IS NOT contingent on a home inspection. Which means they are obligated to purchase regardless of what comes up in an inspection.

Is the contract IS contingent on home inspection, the seller has the option to refuse any repairs requested. If they cancel the contract, the buyer should be entitled to their earnest money deposit returned, but it's unlike the buyer will recover any inspection costs.

Sounds like you went into this without a realtor representing you. Every contract is different, so get a real estate attorney to review and let you know of your obligations and options.
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Sat Aug 29, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:

Take the documents you have received to an attorney for review!

The situation you describe is indeed peculiar and makes no "cents." It turns the definition of a short sale on it's head - because you cannot be "short" when paying your loan in full - and an "invitation" to sell short (imo) sounds potentially fraudulent.

Is it possible you have a "sleeping" second mortgage? Maybe a grant whose time for repayment you thought had expired?

See an attorney for a definite answer!

Good luck!!
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Tue May 5, 2015
Kirsten Prizzi 239-248-1667 answered:
Hello Annie,
Before you let your agent go, please check your contract. Most listing agreements have penalties.
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Sun Apr 26, 2015
Dustin Nulf answered:
Depends on what agent you are talking with. You pay for what you get though and you also have to understand that a smart agent knows what his/her time is worth. Another thing to keep in mind is, if you don't offer a competitive commission, then buyer agents and your listing agent alike may end up putting your home on the back-burner. My advice is to interview several agents and see what you get for the same commission. ... more
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Sun Apr 26, 2015
Dustin Nulf answered:
You are about to sell in a seller's market... In my experience, an agent who does exceptional marketing may be able to cut your losses or even make you some money. What you need are multiple buyers fighting for your property. Interview agents and hire the best one for the job. ... more
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