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Home Selling in Saint Clair County : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Mar 2, 2017
Erin asked:
Our home is scheduled for closing in two weeks. The appraisal just came in $27,000 less than the offer we received. We purchased the house just 2 1/2 years ago and have spent roughtly $20,000…
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Wed Jun 22, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
Your agent has to post your home for sale on Trulia, you wont be able to. Only licensed agents
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Tue Mar 15, 2016
salspatafore asked:
Mon Nov 16, 2015
Gerald Feenstra answered:
Hi Lisa,

Trulia only allows licensed agents to post listings on their website. However, and offer great options for FSBO listings.

Good luck!
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Mon May 18, 2015
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
not surprised - a lot of information, on websites like this, is inaccurate
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Thu May 7, 2015
lynnnchase9 answered:
I'm not sure what the specific requirements are as I think it really depends on your home and area. If I were you, I would hire a residential electrician to see if they can come help you. They should know all of the requirements that are needed as well as everything else you will need. They can also help answer any other questions you have. I would try finding one in your area soon! ... more
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Fri Jan 2, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
I agree that most people don't want to buy a house that requires their time to make it liveable. I know that when I was looking for houses, it was a huge turn off when I was told I needed to paint this or replace that. I just don't think buyers want to put in that much time. ... more
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Thu Sep 18, 2014
Melissa Polce answered:
I agree, sometimes agents have to bring me we don't want to but just like normal happens when life spills over to work...BUT for as much as we like to have written offers..times are a changing...sometimes we are texted an offer coming in...sometimes it's emailed...I DON'T LIKE IT...and I tell my sellers take this with an er' of caution until we get paperwork it is...bottom line is, If the Agent Is doing their job for you...and gets it done the right way in the end.. and you trust the agent has your best interests in mind...give some slack...I can only imagine most pf my clients think I am an airhead most of the time EXCEPT,when it comes to the JOB...they know I am damn good at what I do and they know I would go to bat for them hands down as if it were my own transaction, until it closes...I know they all think of me like that, we are all only human...and that agent is probably doing the very best they can, probably even more than you really think. ... more
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Tue Mar 18, 2014
Tammy Mitchell Hines . answered:
Hi Brian.
That is a great question. I think it depends on what other homes in your neighborhood have sold for and how updated they were in comparison. The reason I say this is because you may spend $8000 updating your home, but it may not make it worth more from an appraisal standpoint. It might sell faster, but more than likely you will not recoup much of the money spent due to the appraisal value. ... more
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Thu Dec 12, 2013
Real Estate Investor answered:
Im looking to buy in Claire County. Fill out our sellers form at we will send you an offer on the property. Thanks
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Fri Sep 27, 2013
Synthia Noble answered:
It can be very frustrating trying to sell your home for what you "need" vs what the market thinks it is worth. I agree with the earlier posts, ask your agent for advice. ask your agent why she/he thinks you have not rcd an offer yet.
there are some basic criteria to maximize exposure your agent should be doing- internet ads (Zillow, trulia, craigslist, mls, postlets, etc etc) with as many photos as possible. that is great that she/he is doing open houses - more exposure.

then basic marketing efforts for you - make sure the house is spotless, remove personal property as much as possible, house should be available for all showings (even short notice).
other than that, it is going to be an issue with is the house priced right for the market?
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Sat Aug 24, 2013
Bill Eckler answered:
It's true that there are peaks and valleys in the real estate market but the buyer's needs know no season.....By narrowing you home's availability, you could be eliminating future buyers and delaying its sale.

It only take one.......

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Sat Aug 17, 2013
Margaret Hassani answered:
You will need to list your home with a Realtor. Then it will go out on Trulia and many other sites. Did you know the best chance for selling your property is within the first seven weeks? Studies show that the longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller will net for the home.

Margaret Hassani
Broker, Lightning Realty
Innovation and Experience
(813) 766-1501
Fax (813) 443-0118
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Thu May 16, 2013
Becky DeMond answered:
Hi Cherylannlawless,

All commission rates are variable. Some companies enforce a certain percentage while other companies allow agents to decide what they will charge. Interview agents to see who will be the best fit for you and tour family.

Remember, the lowest rate does not always mean the highest quality. Always ask what you are paying for and how your money will be spent.
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Thu May 16, 2013
Becky DeMond answered:
Hi Jilted2003,

Placing your home on the market in Winter can be a small struggle within itself. Uploading photos that highlight your home with great lighting, neat/clean rooms and "warm" photos will only help when people look at the pictures. Check to see where your agent is advertising.

Only you can decide when you are not connecting with your agent and believe that you are not receiving the level of service that you desire.
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Shanna Rogers answered:
Hi Lshead,

Trulia does not list For Sale By Owner properties. They only list properties listed in the MLS. So, if you want your house on Trulia, you need to hire a Realtor.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
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Wed Jan 30, 2013
Paul Walker answered:
Hi Mark,

That's a great question, because you are getting a number of responses. Overall or generally speaking buyers are wanting a good neighborhood feel, surrounded by homes with like home values or greater and every home showing pride in ownership that is nearby them. Being on a busy street can detrimental. Newer homes are usually in a subdivision with wider streets, homes tend to have like home values, perhaps a little more stable at least in the minds of buyers. If you are priced too high you will tend to drive potential home buyers to those newer homes, though they may have less square footage, but more likely to have a one or two car attached garage, vs a detached garage.

Every buyer is different and there are some home buyers that appreciate the character of the older homes, Home buyers never want to "overpay" for a home and especially in this slower "buyers market". They will compare what their money will buy, try to stay within their comfort zones, they will usually try to get a home that fits comfortable, certainly not too small, but not always the very largest either (they think about heating/cooling bills), but they also usually want to try to grow into the home a little bit (unless they are downsizing). And with all of that said they will perhaps give up a basement for an attached garage, they will give up space for "move in ready", If their are young children or one on the way, they will want bedrooms to be near the master bedroom.

Every house is different and unique and buyers are too! There is nothing 100% written in stone, and of course your question is meant to get different answers or opinions. I would say the one thing that I mentioned above "Buyers never want to overpay" is the one thing that really doesn't change, but when the market is red hot and home prices are going up very very quickly, they are certainly willing to drive up home prices as needed to meet market demand, and get the right home for themselves, especially when the asking price seems more fair than other listings they have reviewed and rejected.

I hope all goes well with your sale and your next home search.
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Wed Jan 16, 2013
Paul Walker answered:

All of the items are listed on the City of Belleville website.

I'd be happy to give you a free market analysis and to point out items that I know that the city will look for (no obligation to list your home with me)

Many Thanks,

Paul Walker
RE/MAX Preferred
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