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Home Selling in Tallahassee : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Oct 23, 2017
Faith answered:

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select Submit listings for sale.

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

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

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Fri May 13, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
You'll have to contact Trulia's customer service department to have the old listing removed if the previous agent won't do it for you. It is doubtful that anyone from Trulia will see your post here. ... more
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Wed Oct 14, 2015
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Thu Aug 13, 2015
Dianne Haire answered:
Our home is estimated on all other websites for over $500,000 but Trulia has us estimated at $239,000. HUGE discrepancy!!! WHY???

201 Equestrian Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029.

Trulia from what I can find out is headquartered in China. The other websites are within the United States of America.

We had both tax assessor and appraiser and they both were over $500,000 with the appraiser at $560,000. Trulia, you need to repair your software! Zillow is much closer of an estimator.

Lenders and appraisers do not even look at internet valuations, so they say. You can log into these websites and try to fix their errors, but the computers does not change or update their valuation of property.
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Tue Oct 21, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
After five months I am aware much remains ahead for you in the sorting out your future.

May I take the liberty to encourage you to take firm grasp of a large notebook and sit along the river, lake, meadow, what ever has proven most peaceful for you. In the notebook write down EVERYTHING you want to remember. The funny words. The look. The place. The touch. Write them all down. Fill as many pages as possible. Tomorrow add more. And the next few days add more until seven days have passed.

Embrace the notebook, really give it the hardy hug, and assure yourself you now CAN NOT FORGET. Then you will have the liberty to move forward. This will be helpful as you walk the way that is before you..

Regarding your question, please refer to the State of Florida website below for resources that can prove helpful to you.

At some point you will want to have a consultation with a Life Planning specialist or Aging In Place consultant. These professionals will know of the local resources that may be available.

We all know this is the worst possible time for which you are compelled to make such important decisions. Find someone whom you can trust to be the listening ear as you work through each decision. Perhaps the consultant or specialist can be helpful here also.
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Wed Oct 1, 2014
jhuffma11 asked:
When I tried to claim the listing, I received an error. I need to be able to update the listing and upload pictures asap. I am losing money and time daily because the wrong picture is…
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Fri Nov 8, 2013
Omar Sakka answered:
please send me your tel no to email and i believe we can com to some sort of agreement to lease with option to buy or owner finance for only a short term of 4 to 5 years and ofcourse with a downpayment omarco ... more
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Fri Nov 1, 2013
Bert Pope answered:
Bert Pope can help you with that. 933-Bert or 933-2378
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Fri Aug 23, 2013
Nicholas Mihalich answered:
I don't see anything currently listed or currently sold on Lovelace in the mls at this time. If you would like to email me or call me with some more info I could give you a idea of what the value would be in today's market. ... more
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Sat Mar 3, 2012
Wanda Carter answered:
To effectively add value to your home you will need to know what buyers value and expect. Sellers should avoid "over improving" their property, too, because a buyer will not pay for it--especially if they are financing their purchase. When financing a purchase, the buyer's lending institution will require an appraisal and the appraisal will point out over improvements, which is relative to the neighborhood, and the lending institution will not loan the amount agreed to in the contract. A seller must then agree to lower the price or terminate the contract with the buyer. There is a high probability the same outcome will occur with the next contract as well. A cash buyer may pay for an over improvement, but that is doubtful.

Presumably, when you sell your house you will be looking to buy a new one. Ask yourself what will you be focusing on. I am a Realtor, and when working with buyers I find that first appearance and features attract buyers, but after the first visit to a property and entering into a contract the focus quickly turns to the condition of structure. I get all my buyers (except investors) to protect themselves with a home inspection. I explain that the home inspector they hire is their investigator who will provide them with an informed, objective evaluation of the major systems--plumbing, heating & air, electrical, sewer/septic, foundation, roof, walls/siding, sprinkler/irrigation, owned security, etc., relating to a property. It has been my experience that no matter how "in love" a buyer is with the look and features of a house, if an inspection turns up costly deferred maintenance and damage, the buyer looses that loving feeling and directs me to research another property they have an interest in or to find them another one.

Working with sellers, depending on how soon they want to put the house on the market, I advise them to make sure all of they have all the systems of their property serviced and in good working order. We discuss the age of the roof; the age of the heating, ventilation, & air conditioning (HVAC) system; the age of the water heater and appliances; and whether they have a termite bond. Cleaning the roof, gutters, driveway, and exterior surfaces of the house is a high-return investment. I strongly discourage large expenditures for cosmetic improvements unless they will have a couple of years to enjoy those improvements themselves. I caution them that what they consider an improvement--such as replacing old carpet with new carpet--the buyer may not appreciate at all and may plan to replace the carpet with laminate or tile flooring.

One last tip, de-clutter! Have a yard or garage sale to send off items that are no longer needed and wanted. Call Goodwill or the Salvation Army to come and pick up anything you don't sale or to clean out your garage--they will take off appliances, beds, tools,etc. at no charge to you. Get a POD or contact Browning Moving,, which offers free temporary storage if you use them to move you, so that you can keep items that you want but that are highly valued or make it difficult for a buyer to see the charms of the house they are considering buying. Forget about impressing buyers with your stuff--they have their own!

To conclude, to effectively increase the value of your home before selling, I recommend getting the systems of the house in good working order through maintenance servicing (including septic system inspection and pump out, when applicable) or replacement/updating of appliances and equipment. Buyers and lenders like when a termite bond is in place, too. If your time frame for selling is at least two years and your roof is 20 years or older, a roof replacement will add substantial value. Inside and outside, de-clutter.

Wanda Carter, Realtor, Keller Williams Town & Country Realty, 850-321-7280,
Tallahassee Board Realtors 2011 Volunteer of the Year
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Fri Oct 28, 2011
Annette Lawrence answered:
Honestly, I would never have imagined a home owner would have difficulty attracting several agents to interview. We all spend a bushel of money to create just such an opportunity.

It is really hard for me to fathom a Florida real estate agent dismissing a home seller is such a way. I can only imagine you have connected with an agent who has been sucked down the bank owned property hole where the consequence is customer service is an archaic notation of the past.

Looking on the other side of the coin, their responses has revealed EVERYTHING you need to know to make a decision....unless of course you like abuse.

Visit or walk into the nearest franchise and have the broker identify a SOLO agent with less than 10 listings. It sounds like you want to team up with a productive agent who will look after your best interests and has your back. In a SOLO operation, there is no passing the buck, or confusing who is doing what.

Without a doubt, the agent you want representing you is one who looks forward to showing their value, who recognizes their ability to reach the outcome most beneficial to you and will exploit the unfair advantage of their organization for your benefit.

I trust your next phone calls will have much different outcomes.

Oh, don't what to make phone calls! Put a FSBO sign with your # in your front yard. The agents will call you.

Need more help, give me a call.
Annette Lawrence
ReMax Realtec Group
727. 420. 4041
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Thu Oct 27, 2011
The best agents according to the studies are the owner brokers in the small shops of just a couple of agents, though an agent working for a big shop could be great and an owner agent could be not so great.

I would avoid the discount brokers, they discount everything, even the selling price of your house, that is how they sell things. The commission is what is used to get the community of agents to work on selling your house, the lower the commission the fewer agents will be working on it and the less money you will end up with.
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
Teresa Turner answered:
Will renting your home meet your objective? If you are short $30K it may take a long time for your home value to get back to even with your mortgage balance. Do you know if you could rent your home for enough each month to cover your payment and other maintenance that may come up?

A short sale may be your best option. I have helped people who have never missed a payment short sale their home. I may be able to help you too.
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Wed Apr 16, 2008
Alisande answered:
Personally, I detest stainless steel appliances. Many consumers consider them too "cold" and "commercial" in appearance. They are also very hard to keep clean. I wouldn't change appliances when selling a home. The buyer might want something difference. ... more
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