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Home Selling in Walnut Creek : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Nov 15, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:

What is the average days on market for your area for a similar sized house? Are other homes selling quickly, or is the market slow?

Kind regards,

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Fri Jun 23, 2017
Rich Reed answered:
Hi, Patricia. Selling and buying at the same time, especially if the proceeds from the sale are needed to purchase the next home, require skillful coordination between the two transactions. Having the same Realtor, title and escrow can help streamline the process. Many agents will give a break on commissions for multiple transactions.

The disadvantage, of course, is that if you're unhappy with the service provided by your agent, you would be doubly unhappy!

Hope this helps!
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Thu May 25, 2017
Rich Reed answered:
It depends on what is specified in you listing agreement with your agent. C.A.R listing agreements say "Seller is responsible for determining at what price to list and sell the Property." Some brokers have clauses that would require compensation for marketing, but the basic C.A.R. listing agreement does not. You would have to read your entire listing agreement. I would recommend you talk to your agent's broker about your concerns.
I am a real estate broker qualified to advise you on California real estate matters, not the law. If you desire legal advice, consult with an attorney.
Hope this helps!
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Mon Dec 19, 2016
Angelica P answered:

I have emailed you regarding this concern.

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Mon Oct 31, 2016
Hans Bjornsson answered:
Why don't you show the data. The best time to sell actually vary quite substantially.
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Mon Oct 31, 2016
Hans Bjornsson asked:
Sun Apr 24, 2016
Bern-fam asked:
What if I want to add values of improvements made since house was built?
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Thu Oct 29, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

There will be also disclosures and HOA info, and inspections if you wish to do those up front. Your listing agent will likely help get these docs in order.

All the best,

Arpad ... more
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
Rich Homer answered:
Sometimes it takes time for the new listing to populate as well. You might read this article. ... more
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Wed Oct 9, 2013
Kevin and Julie McLaughlin answered:
Report the agent to their Broker. You can find this info by entering their license number on the BRE website.
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Fri Jul 19, 2013
To get an idea/range, you are looking at about $350 per sq ft. Keep in mind that some other factors will impact the above price per sq,ft. This is what I'm targeting currently for two of my buyers who are buying that area. ... more
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Fred Weston answered:
Your unit should sell in the $300k plus area based on your statement that the unit has been extensively remodeled. However, a detailed Comparative Market Analysis should be prepared to more closely determine the selling price. This is a fast moving market with most places receiving multiple offers so selecting a good, professional Realtor to represent you will be very important. ... more
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Fri Jan 4, 2013
Todd Scheid answered:
Hi Brittney,

I know you have received a lot of great answers but thought I would add my two cents. I am putting a home on the Market TODAY, it is in Walnut Creek (although it is zoned to Lafayette Schools which makes it a bit more valuable than most Walnut Creek homes.) I live in Walnut Creek (I moved from Lafayette 8 years ago) and while prices are still down, anything good that hits the market is getting multiple offers. If you updated the kitchen, you should be in good shape. Have you had a CMA done by a Professional Realtor?


Todd Scheid
Alain Pinel Realtors
(925) 323-6150 cell
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Thu May 10, 2012
Michelle Gonzalez answered:
I would suggest you compare your days on market to the average days on market from MLS.

By the way, who do you use to stage your listings? What's the average cost?
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Thu May 10, 2012
That depends? Where is the home? In a rural or city setting? Why are there few or no comps in the area? Are there very few comparables because this home is much larger/smaller ?

There is no simple catch all on what you should do. It would depend more on the home. Can you give us more details? ... more
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Mon May 7, 2012
Suzanne Looker answered:
In our office, no changes can be made on the listing, ie, dates, price, commission, terms, unless submitted on a modification of terms form with the client's signature. This prevents unauthorized changes such as yours. I suggest you start with the broker of record.
Suzanne Looker
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Sun Dec 4, 2011
Steve Hansen answered:
It sounds like you were the victim of a scam. For starters, it is illegal for a broker to collect an upfront fee for assistance in a loan modification. You mention several different parts to your situation that “smell bad” including short sale listing “kept in short circles”, Broker’s advise to hold off on filling a bankruptcy , and advising you to stop making mortgage payments. A broker should always advise you to get legal advice from the appropriate professionals, such as an attorney so you can make informed decisions. You should have started with a good understanding of all your options and the potential consequences. I would need to know all the facts to render an opinion on the degree of wrongdoing or malpractice committed by your broker and the merits of your position. You should consult a good real estate attorney. If the broker is a Realtor®, you have a good first option. You could file a complaint with the local board of realtors, where the Realtor is a member. The Realtor boards have a grievance committee that can determine how well-founded your complaint is and how many articles of the Realtor’s code of ethics have been breached. Most Realtors are ethical and professional and put their client’s best interests first, but like any profession, there are a few bad apples out there. Another problem is that some agents are honest, but unconsciously incompetent and don’t even know they are doing something illegal, giving bad advise and/or creating poor results when good results were possible! Here is the best analogy: An auto mechanic is very honest, but he is not competent enough to diagnose the problem with precision, so he uses a “process of elimination” replacing the wrong parts at your expense, until he finds the one bad part! You are no better off than if you choose a “competent” dirt-bag, that intentionally does over-kill work on your car to jack up the price! Best of luck! ... more
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Sun Sep 18, 2011
Centermac Realty answered:

While I do not think what the HOA did is legal under the CC&Rs or California laws, most sellers would prefer to deal with the dispute after the escrow has closed. Best thing to do is to let the escrow close first and avoid any problems with your listing agent claiming entitlement to commission if you unilaterally cancel because of your dispute with the HOA.

I assume you've signed a standard exclusive listing with an agent. Under this standard form listing agreement, commission is earned upon the agent's procuring a ready, willing, and able buyer. In that case, if you prevent an escrow from closing due to no faults of either the buyers or the agents, you may be on the hook for commission owed to the listing agent.
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Wed Nov 3, 2010
The Medford Team answered:

Here is a post that may be helpful:

Failure To Disclose a Low Appraisal Can Cost You Plenty: 5 Critical Conclusions
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