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Home Selling in Rockland County : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Sep 15, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
No. You will need to post your home for sale on Zillow first. Zillow and Trulia are the same company (Zillow Group). Your listing will sync to Trulia within 24 - 36 hours. You will need to log in to Zillow, claim your address, then follow the instructions to list your home for sale.

BEWARE: Realtors who pay monthly advertising fees to Zillow and Trulia will have their pictures posted on your listing. Their monthly fees allow them to appear on For Sale By Owner listings. If you are not listed in the MLS system ( - Hudson Gateway of Realtors), both Zillow and Trulia have a default agent that buyers can submit a Contact form to. When realtors get a lead from your buyers, they will tell these buyers that your home is NOT for sale - simply because it's not listed in the MLS system. I'm a recently retired realtor and this was how we were trained. Briefly, it means why should a realtor help out your buyer when we are trying to make a living. If the buyer contacts us, we have every right to show "your" buyer listings in the MLS and tell "your" buyer that since your home is not listed in the MLS, it's not for sale.

One option you do have - you can Google "Flat fee brokers" for Rockland County. A flat fee broker allows you to post your listing in the MLS system for a small fee and you are required to pay a buyers broker a commission (about 3%). The benefit to you is you save the other 3% by not listing with a full service broker. You will be in charge for everything - marketing, negotiations, contract, deadlines, disclosures, etc. You're still selling by owner. The other benefit to you is once your home is listed in the MLS -, ALL realtors will mention your home to buyers.
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Wed Jun 28, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
In theory, yes you can have a home inspection before an offer is made BUT you will need to do it secretly and you will be wasting your money. The issues / challenges are as follows:

1. When your agent schedules you for a private showing, you can ask to have a 1 - 2 hour private showing instead of the typical 30 min. - 1 hour. Your agent may not agree to this and the listing agent may get suspicious and wonder why you need a longer showing. During this 2 hour showing is when your contractor can do a home inspection. Beware - there are some things your contractor will not have access to for inspection.

2. Since you will pay for the home inspection and you have no contract, suppose you don't want the house? You just wasted money on an inspection. You will need to pay for another inspection for a different house and on and on. You will save money and it makes more sense to WAIT until you have a signed contract from the seller - then have a home inspection done.

3. ALL purchase contracts to buy a home give the buyers a specific time period (this is negotiable) to have the buyer complete all contingencies - including a home inspection. When you submit an offer, your offer will include contingencies. Examples: home inspection, appraisal, financing, etc. You can have as many contingencies as you wish. Contingencies mean you will NOT buy the home if any of the contingencies do not meet your satisfaction. Therefore, if a home inspection reveals the house needs repairs, you have the right to walk away and cancel the contract. You will also get your earnest money back.

4. The best thing to do is when you submit an offer on a home, you will include the following contingencies: home inspection, roof inspection, appraisal, financing. You will also include 3 weeks (21 days) to complete all contingencies. During the winter season, I would allow 4 weeks but there is no snow now, so 3 weeks should be plenty of time. Worst case scenario is the seller may either reject your offer or counter. At that point, you will need to make a decision as to what is important to you.
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Thu Jun 15, 2017
Steve asked:
I realize that the selling price will reflect the roof condition but I can't decide if I stand to recoup an investment of $15,000 in a roof repair.
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Sun Jun 26, 2016
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Thu Jun 16, 2016
lisa polozune asked:
Note that I am not confident if we rented it that we would get our mortgage/homeowners fees/ plus utilities back
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Tue May 10, 2016
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Mon Nov 9, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Your real estate agent can change photos and listing information for you. If you are attempting to do a For Sale By Owner, you cannot create a listing on Trulia. Try Zillow.
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Tue Oct 6, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
Talk to your agent. Your agreement is with the brokerage, not the individual agent, so he/she may be able to partner with someone in their office who specializes in short sale.

Most important thing is to let your agent know asap that you have to short sale and be completely up front w/him or her with the details. If the agent doesn't know important facts, then they can't offer you the best advice. ... more
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Thu Jul 9, 2015
dploves2sellhomes answered:
If you are listed with a Realtor, contact them to add your property to Trulia. If you are looking to add your property on your own as a For Sale By Owner, only Realtors can add listings to Trulia at this time.
Selling on your own can present many challenges and safety concerns. At some point you may want to interview a couple of Realtors. There should be no fee to meet with them and commissions are negotiable.
Best of luck to you.
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Mon Jun 29, 2015
Christopher Pagli answered:
Trulia is an agent only platform at this time, all listings must be through a broker.

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Fri Apr 24, 2015
Javier Montiel answered:
No, but try

Good Luck!
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Wed Apr 8, 2015
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
They are sister companies but not the same. Trulia does not allow for sale by owner listings, so if you want your home to appear here you will have to find an agent to work with. Sorry. You can try a flat fee company, but be sure they feed their listings to Trulia and be sure you are getting a good deal, 25 photos, virtual tour, etcc. ... more
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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Jon Paul Molfetta answered:

In order to arrive at a value for a home, you really have to study the homes that have sold. Often times, you'll see that the improved homes or homes with additional features, will sell higher than then average home. The unfortunate part is that the elevated price of an improved home will not equate to the money that was spent to make those improvements. For example, if you spent $300,000 improving your backyard with a pool, pavers, waterfalls, lighting, outdoor kitchen, etc., you can not expect to sell for $300,000 more than the closet competition without those features. A true professional will be able to guide you properly. ... more
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Sat Feb 21, 2015
Danielle Russodivito answered:

For sale by owners are tricky. When working with a buyer's agent, the buyers agent has to do double work since there is no listing agent. The fee is usually half of what a normal fee would be if you listed it with a broker. 3-4%

Danielle Russodivito
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646 Wyckoff Avenue Wyckoff, NJ
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Sat May 10, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
The market in Westchester has been very active. We are still seeing some tight inventory levels which are creating multiple bid scenarios.

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Tue Mar 11, 2014
Michael Huffman answered:
Your real estate agent can submit your listing to Trulia. If you are doing a FSBO, you can place your listing on FSBO websites. Before you decide to go it alone, ask yourself these questions:Do you understand Fair Market Value and how to price your home?Do you understand all the legal paperwork involved in selling a home?Do you know the best ways to market your home? Will you be available to show your home every day when buyers are ready to see it?Most homes that are sold FSBO end up listing with an agent after months of trying on their own. can you afford to wait 3 to 6 months before listing with an agent. The National Association of Realtors statistics show that homes sold by real estate agents sell for 16% more then those that sell FSBO. It appears in your best interest to list with an agent. Good luck ... more
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Thu Dec 19, 2013
Janet Eisenberg answered:
Dear Bruce,

I have been doing new construction in Rockland for 32 years. I have represented many builders, and i am sure they, other builders, and investors will be interested in buying your lots. There are also buyers that will be interested. To answer your question, simply put, someone who is honest, professional, experienced, and willing to work hard. also someone who is easy to get along with. I think you have a win win situation. Please feel free to call me @ 914-714-2004.
Janet Eisenberg, Licensed Real Estate Broker
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