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Home Selling in San Mateo County : Real Estate Advice

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Angelica P, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA
Tue Dec 27, 2016
Angelica P answered:

I have emailed you regarding your concern.

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abalo, Both Buyer and Seller in Daly City, CA
Mon Dec 5, 2016
abalo asked:
want to sell my current house and buy a bigger one, first time selling house, what should i expect? should i prepare to rent a place in case i can not find a new house right a way?
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Neil Roxas, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA
Fri Aug 19, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:

You can add or edit the photos of your property if it is listed as for sale or as active listing. However if your property is off market, you will not be able to add or to edit the photos of your property.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:

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Vansijll, Home Buyer in Newark, CA
Tue Jul 5, 2016
Vansijll asked:
Do agents or home assessors have input into the estimated value of a home? Or is the estimated value kicked out of an algorithm?
I'll be listing my house in the coming months--so quite…
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Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in Manchester, NH
Tue Jun 21, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
You should contact your agent and ask why they have not loaded them direct to the home ad on Trulia. Photos do not always load from auto feeds that take listings off MLS.
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Derek Jones, Real Estate Pro in Fair Oaks, CA
Thu May 19, 2016
Derek Jones answered:
Hover over the "Browse' link at the top of the page and click agent directory. There you can search for an agent and read reviews.
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costumesocie…, Home Buyer in Redwood City, CA
Thu Apr 21, 2016
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Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in Manchester, NH
Sun Jan 3, 2016
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UpNest Top R…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Fri Dec 4, 2015
UpNest Top Realtors answered:

I'll give you a simple answer. It varies, but somewhere in the 4.5% to 5.5% range is probably what you can expect for a fair commission in San Mateo County.

It depends on your home, and it depends how you negotiate with and find Realtors.

At UpNest (, we're based in San Mateo county in Burlingame, and have helped a lot of home sellers save money when selling. On our marketplace, top agents will compete to earn your listing. Since agents are competing, they are more likely to give you their very best rates, and you'll be satisfied by "comparison shopping" for agents.

There's no risk to try us at all, our support team is incredibly helpful and will answer all of your questions, and it's completely free for you.

Good luck!
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UpNest Top R…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Fri Jun 12, 2015
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
At UpNest, we're providing services of around 4.75% to 5.5% for our customers in the Bay Area.

If you submit your home on our site (, top agents will compete to earn your listing. When agents compete, they bring out their most competitive rates and value added services.

In regards to taxes, you should read about transfer tax:
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Micah Matson, Real Estate Pro in Athens, AL
Sat May 2, 2015
Micah Matson answered:
You always have a say. If you are going FSBO, you could choose to not offer a commission at all to a Buyer's agent and just hope that you can sell the home yourself. However, I would not recommend that since most buyers are already working with an agent and agents will not show your home if you are not offering a commission. I would offer the going rate if I were you. When you lower the commission you risk agents not showing the home at all and that isn't worth the money you might save. ... more
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Gerald Feens…, Real Estate Pro in Grand Rapids, MI
Mon Mar 16, 2015
Gerald Feenstra answered:
Hi Mike,

You can leave a recommendation/review for the Realtor of your choice at their profile. If you search for their name in the Agent Directory they should come up and you can click on their profile. From there you will find a tab that says, "Leave a Review." Click that and it will prompt you to rate the Realtor, enter some information regarding your sale or purchase, and then you can leave a written review.

I hope this was helpful and good luck!

Gerald Feenstra
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Derek Jones, Real Estate Pro in Fair Oaks, CA
Fri Jan 30, 2015
Derek Jones answered:
You do not need to pay a Realtor if you sell by owner. If a Realtor assist you they will want a commission. Typically when you hire a Realtor they will charge you x commission to sell your house. That commission gets split between the listing and selling agent. So if you sell your house for $500k and agree to 5% commission, that mean listing broker gets 2.5%($12500) and selling broker get 2.5%($12500). Commissions are negotiable and can be a percent or flat fee.

Good luck with your sale.
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Robert Chome…, Other/Just Looking in San Diego, CA
Thu Dec 11, 2014
Robert Chomentowski answered:
You might be able to negotiate with them and offer them money to help with moving costs. If they have a long term lease in place and you sell, the lease stays in effect after the sale I believe. Buyer would have to wait out the lease term or give tenants cash for keys to get them to move. Might want to speak to a RE attorney. ... more
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UpNest Top R…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Tue Dec 9, 2014
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
Hey Michael and Jenny,

Working with a top agent is really the way to go. You want someone experienced in making this kind of magic happen. I wouldn't just call one person, which is what most people do.

Our platform at allows you to anonymously submit a few details about your home, and then multiple top performing agents compete to obtain your listing. Competition usually brings out the best in people, including great services and potentially lower commission rates so you can get a great net price on everything.

You can add in the notes that you're looking for a quick sell and buy process, so agents will take note of that and let you know their experience with that.

Hope that helps!

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Lee Ginsburg, Real Estate Pro in San Bruno, CA
Fri Oct 3, 2014
Lee Ginsburg answered:

In our area it is quite common. Does not affect the value. For my knowledge it does not affect your health as long as it is covered and not disturbed.
As others stated if removing it is your budget go for it. Otherwise not and just disclose it. Many improvements offer a good return when selling. This one does not.
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Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Cindy Davis answered:
If the buyer is cancelling within their 17 day contingency window, buyers can cancel for any reason. They are also entitled to their deposit back. If they are cancelling after contingencies have been removed, it's a different ballgame. If that's the case, your Broker or attorney should assist you. ... more
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Athena Chili…, Real Estate Pro in Pembroke Pines, FL
Fri Sep 5, 2014
Athena Chilicas Saldanha answered:
Good Morning Marina,
Your question as a Seller in today's market, is valid as Seller's are concernd about their walk away dollars.

The full service brokerage, such a Coldwell Banker, has very strong guidelines regarding commission for a few reasons. The most important is that a full service brokerage has invested in their brand and in the education of the agents to ensure that the client is "serviced" by a Realtor who is truly a subject matter expert on the contract, inspection reports, escrow, title and mortgage lending guidelines. The expertise in these areas can not be discounted as the process is not transparent to the end buyer nor to the Seller Realtors are not paper pushers, but rather professionals who guide the client through a very difficult and emotionals process. There must be over 100 touchpoints of a full service Realtor in one transaction.

Normally sellers are also buyers. I would recommnd the following in today's market. The sale of your home is not going to net you as much as it would have in 2005. However, your purchase power as a buyer is greater in 2007. I would suggest that you look at the total picture of selling and buyings and I am confident that your net gain is greater in 2010 than 2007.

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ratsyfrank, Home Buyer in Bend, OR
Tue Aug 19, 2014
ratsyfrank answered:
Yes. The bank makes all decisions on what to accept and the terms.
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