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Thu Aug 11, 2016
Anna Capone asked:
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Sat Apr 18, 2015
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Mon Apr 6, 2015
Pat Kapowich answered:
Locate the best agent for you and your needs. Ask friends, family and neighbors who they would hire to sell their home. After interviewing a few, pick one and start the packing.

You and agent will decide on a plan of action, which should marketing, a broker tour, open houses, and showing instructions including visiting hours. However, here in Silicon Valley, we have the seller order pre-sale inspections to help us sell the properties. The reports act as a checklist for the sellers for any improvement they might be willing to provide. Buyer doesn’t like surprises. Conversely, pre-sale inspections and completed seller questionnaires provided to buyer upfront; result in stronger offers that stay sold.

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Thu Aug 8, 2013
Jeff Hoover answered:
Having worked with customers for long time. I would suggest chosing an agent that will return phone calls or emails in a short period of time. If you email or call somebody they should be back to you within 4 hours especially between the hours of 8AM to 8PM. I take my customer's time seriously. Also you want an agent that will give you a clear picture of what your home is worth and what it should be listed at. You don't want to price it too high or too low both circumstances lead you very unhappy at the settlement table if you get there. Give me a call I would be happy to assist you in anyway I can.


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Mon Jun 3, 2013
lorig53 answered:
Hi Andrew,

I am a senior citizen, and was thinking of moving to Delaware. I found out through my accountant that Delaware taxes your pension. In addition to that, I called the tax bureau and found out that seniors only qualify for the reduced property taxes after you have been a resident there for 3 years. I live in PA, and it seems you end up paying about the same amount of taxes with the exception of the additional transfer tax. Do your homework first before signing on the dotted line. ... more
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Tue Dec 11, 2012
Matt Keough answered:
The direct answer to your question is YES! If you place, within your search the requirement for 2000 sq. ft. then all properties with less and ones with no stated sq. ft. would be excluded from the results.

There are numerous factors that go into a home search and unless you are purchasing a new home, one being built for you, then the sq. footage will be skewed.

Feel free to contact me with further details, Matt Keough, Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate, Delaware

Good luck with your search.
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Wed Feb 23, 2011
davidwbrower answered:
Good answer Katina. It's very difficult to buy abandoned properties that haven't been listed with real estate to sell. The reason is it takes a lot of work, research and finding out who to even communicate to regarding making the purchase. As Katina said, they are usually in the foreclosure process. A lender can't sell what's not theirs until they take posession of the asset through foreclosure. Once it's foreclosed, some banks are so far behind it takes them months to get them on the market. They have a process their internal guideliness require to be followed before selling: 1. securing, 2, personal property eviction (if items are left of value), 3. trash out, cleaning, repairs, 4. appraisal, 5. BPO from real estate, 6. assignment to real estate 7. marketing property for sale.

As you can see, it can take several months if a bank is overloaded with foreclosures. If you contact the foreclosure department of a bank through an agent with foreclosure experience and make an offer, in rare cases someone may be able to expedite the appraisal and sell it to you without listing it with real estate, but it's highly unlikely in my experience. Every state can be different and definitely every lender has different guidelines and policies. I would consider the homes that are already on market for sale as much quicker purchases and always use a qualified Realtor.
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Wed Jan 13, 2010
Bob Movin-On answered:
OK so you still own the house if the deed is in your name and house has not been sold at a foreclosure auction, I would call the bank you are still on the mortgage and you have every right to know what is going on. After you have a better idea of where things stand you may need to consult an attorney, just going out and hiring an attorney with out knowing the details can get very expensive, attorneys charge for everything they do then some.
Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to remove yourself from the liability you have incurred being on the mortgage so you need to protect yourself.
I would also approach the people doing the work and ask them what they are doing working on your house that would get some answers for sure.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009
Diane Riffee answered:
Hello, there!

There are many 'safe, family friendly areas' in Wilmington. The best thing to do is drive through a number of areas, take a look at the neighborhood at various times of the day, and see if you feel comfortable there. Talk to neighbors. New Caste County also has a crime report website that will give you the crime statistics in different areas. Just put in the zip code or the community name. In general, North Wilmington comprises many small communities that are established and quite lovely. There is also the Hockessin/Greenville/Pike Creek area. Of course, all of this will be determined by your price range and the type of home you desire. But again, Wilmington covers a wide area, so your particular needs would have to be addressed and homes that suit those needs can be found. If you would like an idea of what is available in your price range, please feel free to contact me. I can certainly email you houses that meet your individual specifications. You can reach me at Patterson Schwartz by calling my direct line: 302-429-7341 or email me at: In the meantime, Good Luck to you! ... more
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Thu Jun 18, 2009
Diane Riffee answered:
Yamy, do you mean you 'found' this house? The best thing to do if it's one you are really interested in is go down to the county building on French Street and go the Sheriff's office. Someone there will help you look up the property and find out what the status is. Foreclosures can take as long as a year to finalize. The sheriff's sale process itself is fairly straightforward. You need a Cashier Check for $5,000 when you go to the sale. Then you need to be prepared to give them 10% of the sale price immediately after the sale if your bid is accepted. Next you must be prepared to close on the property within 30 days. These are considered 'Cash Sales'. They don't care how you get the money, but they want to paid in full within 30 days. So if you have to have financing you need to get that pre-arranged. Go to this web site for more information:
All property is sold 'As Is'.
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Sat May 2, 2009
Diane Riffee answered:
While not exactly free, you can go the Sherriff's office at the county building on French Street and for $10 buy the current month's listings of properties in foreclosure. It will give you a good starting point as far as checing what liens are out against the property. You must then do your own due diligence and do a title search of liens. This can also be done through the county records. If you have an attorney friend, and are interested in a particular property, for a small fee he can pull a lien search for you.

Best of luck. And let me know if I can help you further. -Diane
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Sat Apr 25, 2009
John Ferraro answered:

I would be more than happy to help you find a home in Wilmington. Can you provide me some specifics on the type of house you are looking for...number of bedrooms, size of the home, price range? Thank you!!! ... more
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Sat Feb 9, 2008
Chris Kavanagh answered:
Hi Andrew, Delawre in the 48th lowest taxed state taking into account property taxes, no state sales tax and personal income tax. I would be more that happy to mail you an information package.
Chris Kavanagh
Coldwell Banker
Bethany Beach, Delaware
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