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General Area in Portland : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Sep 7, 2013
Don Tepper answered:
As the others say, commissions are negotiable.

If you're making the offer, that's something for you to discuss with your Realtor beforehand. It's likely the Realtor (or his/her brokerage) has a number, or a small range, for expected commissions. If you're not happy with that, negotiate or interview other agents.

In most cases, the commission would be the same, or very slightly higher, than what they'd charge for a listing on the MLS. Again, though, it's negotiable.

If you're receiving the offer, it's not your concern; the commission will be paid by the buyer.

Hope that helps.
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Sat Oct 6, 2012
Tiffany Hampton answered:
Hi There,

The April 1, 2012 (FY2013) tax rate is:
$18.82 per $1000 of valuation

Hope that helps. Please let me know if you need any more information.

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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Dina Skrabalak answered:
Hi Alicia-

Your plan to buy a home sounds promising!

My best suggestion is to sit down with a loan officer before you begin paying debt off and making big changes in your budget. A pre-approval is a preliminary view of your finances. The pre-approval will help you establish a plan in moving forward with your plan to buy a home.

Realtors are not equipped to help you make decisions about financing. If you need a referral for a loan officer/lending institution, contact me. Otherwise, check with your bank.

Finally, once you've obtained a pre-approval, begin interviewing realtors to help you with the process of buying a home.

I hope this has been helpful. Call me if you have questions. Good luck!

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Tue Nov 25, 2008
Margaret Mitchell answered:
Absolutely. Southern Maine has a high concentration of second homes. Many folks come up for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
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