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Mon Mar 13, 2017
Tricia Hogan asked:
I have a listing for a room for rent on here (had someone call about it yesterday), which I need to edit. However, it is not showing up in My Room for Rent category. It only gives me the…
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Thu Feb 16, 2017
Bernard G. answered:

I have emailed you regarding this concern.


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Fri Sep 23, 2016
Dianna.storli asked:
How do I edit my rental listing?
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Mon Sep 19, 2016
Rosejudyy answered:
The best negotiating tip I could offer would be to get yourself an agent. Negotiate it with the builder to include his/her paying a buyer agents' commission and then find a good local full-time agent who has experience with new construction.
There is no rule of thumb on how much to ask off a list price. As agents, we base our offers on comparable sales. So, you'll need that information in order to base an offer. Many times builders will not even negotiate on their asking price, or they will give you an ""extra"" included in the price. A local agent should know what the builder does generally when selling their properties.
Good luck!
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Sun May 10, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
Sorry, but you can't list FSBOs here on Trulia.
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Wed Nov 19, 2014
jim answered:

There is no answer to your question. Or maybe, "it depends" is the correct answer. Look at it this way. A spectacular water view vs. a comparable that faces a garbage dump, would likely require a large adjustment. A spectacular water view vs. a spectacular city view may require no adjustment.

Also consider the property. A spectacular view on a million dollar home would likely have a higher contributory value than a spectacular view on a one hundred thousand dollar home. One thing is for sure. If someone has a set answer to your question, they have no idea what they are talking about!

One last thing. I'm an appraiser who lives in West Linn. The most important thing is to get the property appraised by someone with West Linn knowledge. Even though properties in Oregon City, Gladstone, or Milwaukie may be within one-mile, they will have completely different values.

Jim Anderson
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Mon May 12, 2014
Janine Ward answered:
If you are looking for recourse to the Home Inspector, review the contract you signed at the time of the Inspection. The state requires certain procedures if something was not addressed and how you move forward with the Inspector. ... more
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Wed Apr 2, 2014
Natasha Ochs answered:
Our buyer is purchasing this home and it will close next week. Mrs Buyer just fell in love with how unique it is. Cheers!
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
Jennifer Peterson answered:
There is no such thing as a perfect house. Even owners who designed their own said a year later they would make some changes. :)
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Sat Mar 8, 2014
BRR007 asked:
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Sat Feb 1, 2014
callaghanp answered:
Go to Premier Asset Services on line...this is Wells Foreclosurer site
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Tue Oct 15, 2013
Marcus Koss answered:
Hi Fay! Could you clarify your question? I see that you were viewing the listing on Nodaway, which is a fantastic remodeled property on a little over an acre and a half. It's been well done and has a lot of amenities, including a large shop, additional detached garage, orchard, pasture, and garden area! I'd love to answer any questions you may have regarding that property. If you are asking about another listing or the general market conditions of property on Peach Cove Road, there are four properties available, and that neighborhood continues to be very popular due to the proximity to the river and Hebb park. I would be happy to discuss any specifics you might want to know about a certain property in that area! Let me know how I can be of assistance to you!

Marcus Koss
24/7 Properties
West Linn, OR
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Wed Sep 4, 2013
Scott Galloway answered:
There used to be! however, about 6 years ago the owner sold out and now it's all "houses" There was one in Tualatin next door... but, same thing. This area is very popular, therefore land values tend to rise. ... more
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Dave Pautsch answered:
There is no rule that you have to just ACCEPT the bank's counter proposal - or walk away. You also have the ability to submit a counter proposal. Not too long ago we went around with the bank on a short sale 3 times before they finally gave in (just a week before the auction) and accepted the offer we'd submitted (and stuck to). ... more
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Sat Jul 2, 2011
David Smid answered:
Michael provides some good information in his post.

I wanted to make sure we are all clear that the way lenders/banks/credit reporting agencies change their requirements and guidlines on a very regular basis. Today they are for something, then tomorrow against it, then for and then against and so on when in comes to loans. I believe (opinion) that banks will loosen requirements and I'm sure they will also look at short sales and foreclosures in a different light in the future. That "for now" they may look at a short sale and foreclosure the same way, but later that will likely change. Banks/investors are in the business of making money and if nobody can borrow money, interest on that money can't be collected. They want to loan and as confidence builds in the market, so too will loans be more available.

I would like to repeat what others have said: Talk to a few Realtors (this is a good start), attorneys and CPAs. The more information you have the better you will be able to make a decision.

Unfortunately nobody knows the future and the ramifications of todays' decision may better or worsen over time. We can only do our best with what we have.

Keep your head up!
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Thu May 12, 2011
Janie Davis answered:

I have listed and sold a home on Margery Street twice, first in 2007 after the home had been nicely updated by my client, and then the buyer who purchased it called me to list it for them last year (they moved to California).

Regarding the neighborhood, the neighbors are lovely people and both my clients enjoyed living there. There's a park about 3-4 blocks away (across the street and up the hill) which the kids loved, plus the walkability of the area is great... Willamette Park, Fields Park, Old Town Willamette shops and and restaurants, professional offices and the grocery/pharmacy are all within easy walk times. Willamette Elementary is an exemplary school, also!

The freeway noise was definitely an issue to contend with in selling the home. It's funny.... both of my clients were fine with the noise as they didn't use the back yard for entertaining. They expanded the front deck/porch, and made a nice eating area there. Inside the noise was almost nonexistent. Since I worked with two appraisers on that property, both told me the freeway accounted for $10K-$15K difference in a home backing to the freeway and one that doesn't. As long as you buy it with that in mind at a price that reflects it, you should be OK when selling it with that same reduction from a typical comparable home.

My clients had not built a barrier such as a dirt berm with tall growing foilage or a cement wall, etc. I heard from several buyers that something of that nature would have made quite a difference. To get into the West Linn community and school district, many buyers are willing to sacrifice noise (at the right price) for an affordable home.

I also live in the Willamette area of West Linn, about 1/2 mile from Margery St. I'm extremely familiar with the area and would be happy to answer further questions or help you in any way. :)
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Mon Jan 24, 2011
Alexander Phan answered:

LBPS in our experience has been one of the most difficult loan sericers to work with. It seems that none of the correlating departments talk to each other nor will that acknowledge receipt of a package when submitted promptly.

Like Eli stated we are not sure what your question is. Sound like you thought since you were making a payment that they would remove you from "The List" and have your foreclosure postponed. Might be the exact thing I stated above where the foreclosure department doesn't know you've made a payment or haven't been notified. You need to get in contact with them immediately if that was the expectation.

Alexander Phan
Principal Broker
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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Fri Nov 27, 2009
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Personally, I provide Full Service at Reduced Commission.

Why? Because my brokerage charges me WAY less than my previous mainstream brokerage. Big name companies can and do take 50% or MORE of the common real estate agent's commission. Imagine if you were used to paying out 50% - 60% to your boss and then you switched to a company that charged you pennies on the dollar.

Why not charge less AND make the same amount of money AND provide the same quality of service?

It seemed the best choice for me and my satisfied clients.
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Wed Jun 17, 2009
Roberta Nopson answered:
Hi Jerry -

Not all banks and lenders are created equal. On the other hand neither are buyers. Using the tools that each institution has in place, unfortunately most try to place you into a package "they" have, as opposed to building a loan package that is most suited to "your" needs.

For the most part unless you actually work for the bank or already have a mortgage with them, they are not likely to give you the best program. They only have "their" package.

On the other hand, a good mortgage broker can "shop" for the program that is best suited for you. If the lender you are using is worth their weight in salt they will listen to your long term neeeds. Why, because this is a long term commitment and goals need to come into play.

Many today are not upsizing or downsizing, they are right sizing. Same with lenders as they take on mortgage clients. They need to find the 'right" program for the consumer that will be marketable for the lender in the future as well.

I always guide my clients to get a good faith estimate from two you are most comfortable with and we sit down and compare together. Always good to have a second set of eyes looking at the numbers. Chances are if their is a big difference, the other will meet or beat it. Banks do not usually have that option.

I have my short list of lenders that I believe will put your concerns to the forefront. They are listed on my website

If you need any assistance in your buying needs here in West Linn. I would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and confidence.

Roberta Nopson
Accredited Buyers Representative
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