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Home Selling in West Valley : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Oct 27, 2014
Jim Paulson answered:
They are not "supposed to", but it can happen. I know of some flat fee listing brokers that pay an extremely minimal fee to sell their listings through the MLS. Some have been listed for as little as $1 selling commission to get around the rule that our MLS requires "cooperation and compensation".

I use their listings to explain to my buyer clients why I need to have them sign a buyer representation agreement before we aggressively look at homes to make sure I am compensated fairly for my time.

If the buyer isn't willing to pay me a professional fee (commission) in the event the seller isn't paying what I would anticipate, I have the legal ability to skip over those listings.

I look at people that try to sell their home themselves or via limited service agreements similar to the way I look at home schooling - if the parties are competent to do the job themselves, fine, if not realize there is a reason the professionals take time to get licensed and go beyond the minimum requirements of maintaining their license.

Best of luck!
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Mon Oct 27, 2014
Jim Paulson answered:
Paula, keep in mind that in today's real estate world, many buyers are going online to look at homes well before they take the time to actually see them in person. Are you getting much online traffic? Does your home present itself well online?

It is really critical in today's real estate marketing that photos are taken and posted with a purpose! Are photos cropped to show off and "market" the highlights of your home? Is the light exposure set correctly so your home doesn't look dark and dingy? Did you use wide angle lens'? Do you have a virtual tour? Did you incorporate video so the buyer can tell how the house flows?

I used to think I took great real estate photos until I hired a professional photographer that has shown me that taking interior photographs with artificial lighting isn't as easy as it looks!
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Fri Oct 17, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
Have your agent look into the amount of competing inventory and size of the buyer pool in your area, they are big factors.

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Wed Nov 6, 2013
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Tue Sep 20, 2011
Amy Fosha answered:
Renting out your home can be a great option in this market place if you absolutely need to move and don't want to short sale. Boise's rental market is booming. Unless you have close to 30% equity in your home it would be tough to qualify for a new mortgage. You could always rent your current home and look for an owner carry/lease purchase situation. Tricky but possible! ... more
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Fri Jun 12, 2009
Andy answered:

Thank you for you responds. This is my 100th answer. I am glad to see that my answer got a response.

If you think that I pointed you in my answer, No, I did not. If you feel uncomfortable, I am sorry.

In Trulia, I always focus on behaviors, conducts, or groups. I would not like to talk about any particular individual. I believe that any individual realtor or licensee can be forgiven morally but as a career, a group, or a business style, each of you, all of us have our responsibilities at lease, morally.

When I talk about short sale, buyers, agents, specialists, I focus on the career's behavior and their conducts. You may be an ethical licensee and a real short sale specialist but I would like to know that who believes that the majority of our licensees and those specialists that clients have to face to are the same as you.


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Sat Oct 27, 2007
Sheela Dc answered:
Hello, everyone! I just read Brian's reply and I am back with more questions. To Brian:
Can you please explain a little bit about your statement regarding an overall appreciation of 3 percent in Boise real estate since last year? I bought my house last April for $443, 000. I spent close to $15,000 removing carpets from downstairs and replacing them with hardwood. I also put tiles in master bedroom floor. Right now the house is listed at $ 419,9000, a reduction from my initial listing of $449, 9000. The house is in impeccable condition, very tastefully decorated. There is no clutter. The garage is clean and completely empty. I have professionally landscaped yard that is cared for by professionals year round. I am not willing to sell it for less than the current listing price. When the contract expires in Dec., I am thinking of renting the place out. My house is walking distance to HP and West YMCA.

If I were to rent it out, should I approach a realtor? What are the fees associated with that?

What is the current market situation in Boise? What is the outlook for next year? Thanks.
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