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Mon Dec 22, 2014
Randy Pereira answered:
It really depends on the agent and company you hired. Some have the sign installation contracted out (so there might be a delay), and others handle the work themselves.

However, this should be communicated with you and not left to wonder.
Talk with your agent, and go over some of your expectations.. (honestly should have been done before listing the home for sale).

Definitely have a word with your Agent... if something doesn't seem right, it probably is not!

Hope you have a successful sale.


Randy Pereira
ULTIMA Real Estate
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Sat Sep 8, 2012
Gregory West answered:
I have never herd of them how did they contact you? There are many fly by night crews in the area. I would ask for references from customers in the area and verify them.
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Tue Jun 7, 2011
Jenmadison2011 answered:
PS - I should also add that I have very stable employment for nearly 3 years with the same company and my salary is $36k/year.
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Thu May 12, 2011
David Jenkins answered:
Real estate laws vary state by state and I am not familiar with Wisconsin. But in North Carolina the buyer does not own the property until the settlement agent (i.e., the closing attorney) or his/her paralegal has gone to the county's registrar of deeds and recorded the deed and lien waiver. It does not matter how many papers the buyer and seller have signed, the transfer of the property is not complete and official until the deed has been recorded. I know that this is frustrating! But the signing of the HUD-1 settlement statement does not complete the process. It is not yet your house. ... more
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Sat Apr 30, 2011
Donna Hermsen & Dan O'Brien answered:
Hello Michael,
If the homes are in Madison, you can go to and find this information under "Property Lookup".
Any questions as to where to find this info, just give us a call at 608-770-1140 or email

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Mon Dec 22, 2014
Sally Grenier answered:
Washer, dryer, and refrigerator are considered personal property and not necessarily conveyed with the house (unless they are negotiated for). It's really up to you. If it were me, I would not spend money on new appliances. What if buyers have their own, and don't want yours? Just say washer & dryer are excluded. (but then you'll have to haul them away when you move). good luck! ... more
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Thu Nov 17, 2011
Dp2 answered:
You have a few options for extracting that info without showing your hand, and possibly without upping your offer needlessly. Instead of asking any of those questions directly, you could counter with terms that will prevent a bidding war before it starts, and will present a new offer price only if a neutral third-party verifies that at least one other compliant offer exists. ... more
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Sat Apr 30, 2011
Matt Pickett answered:
These days they are pretty close. Not too long ago they remaind about 10 to 15 k under the current value.
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Tue Jul 3, 2012
Terri Vellios answered:
A list of references
A list of buyer side sales showing the list price and negotiated closed price
A copy of their license
What type of E&O Insurance
Any professional organizations they belong to
Any specific area of expertise and training
A list of all their team members
What type of resources
How many transactions do they do in a year and what % are buyers
What are their working hours
When and how often will you be communicating and by what means
Besides the local MLS what other sources will the use to help you find a home
What lenders do they recommend
Do they work as a team and who else will you be working with
How well do they know the contract and can you get sample now
Are they familiar with other programs for first time home buyers

To name a few
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Thu Feb 24, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
In order to establish a budget, if you haven't done so yet, do visit with any qualified loan officer(s), after reviewing your overall financials a determination on qualification can be made, the type of loan, how much, how much down, etc. As for averages--keep in mind that they do vary based on exact location, size, condition, price, etc., therefore if looking to purchase in the near future, do work with an agent of your own--he/she can best guide you.... ... more
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Tue Jun 28, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
Without your overall financial information, visit with any qualified loan officer(s), after reviewing your overall financial information, a determination on qualification can be made--the type of loan, how much, etc.; if for some reason you don't yet qualify, your loan officer may offer great suggestions as to what needs to be done in order to qualify in the very near future. ... more
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Sat Mar 5, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are ready to sell, and want to sell, anytime is a good time to list the property on the market ...unfortunately, none of us can answer with accuracy as to where the market will head tomorrow or down the road, what we all know is today..... ... more
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Sat Mar 5, 2011
John Sacktig answered:
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Fri Jul 15, 2011
Laud answered:
You can ALWAYS find a Realtor who will do it for less. There are hundreds of Realtors who are basically out of work and willing to do just about anything for money. They too are unemployed but hold a license.

Is that who you want to handle this extraordinarily important sale for you? Would it make more sense to hire the best, most experienced, successful Realtor who will get the job done rather than try to save you some small portion of your expenses?

20 Per Cent of the Realtors sell 80 Per Cent of the houses You can pick from the 20 or you can pick from the 80.

Sounds to me like you might be better off taking some straightforward, no-holds-barred advice from someone who can get you where you absolutely must be: sold.

Why get someone who can't even negotiate their paycheck good enough to keep you from taking a third of their income before they even start?

The math works like this: The average listing commission in Blackhawk is 6%. Split 50/50 between the Listing Agent and the Buyer Agent. Even the flat fee listers do that and so do the vast majority of the FSBO sellers. So figure that 3% is inevitable. So what you are really asking is "How can I hire a listing agent for less than 3%?

What would be enough? 2%? 1%? The good ones don't need to cut their commission and the rest don't matter. This will be the biggest sale of your life and you want to cut corners? HUH?

You have a short sale just waiting to happen. You definitely DON'T WANT someone who doesn't clearly know exactly what they are doing to handle this transaction. Too much risk, too much work to handle your problem and not get paid enough.

Just listing your house isn't enough. You need help. Competent, experienced, no nonsense help.
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Thu Dec 9, 2010
Are you about to lose your house? Or, did that happened with the bankruptcy? What you will need to do is re-establish credit. If you have any credit cards that are still open, start to use them for small amounts and pay them off right away. Look into getting a secured credit card. You can look on-line for that. That means that you give them an amount of money, then basically charge against your own funds. Also, use this card regularly for small amounts and pay back right away. This will show that you can be responsible with credit.
No one can be a victim in total ignorance. There were too many people who didn't take the time to read and understand what was going on, or were just ready to listen to the person on the phone who told them not to worry, they would get the loan for them, and didn't even pay attention to what they were signing.
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Mon Jan 31, 2011
Laud answered:
The quick and easy answer is "yes".

More on the topic runs to such things as : the more people that see your house, the better. Do you try on several pairs of shoes before buying? Are there more than just nosy neighbors looking? ( I hope so). Can you gauge the demand for your house by Open House traffic? (Yes)

Is it like Speed Dating for Realtors? yes...but if you want to be pro-active, maybe save yourself some showings during the week, maximize exposure to potential buyers....have an Open House. Of course, it IS a Packer Sunday so don't get your hopes up too far.
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Thu May 4, 2017
Voices Member answered:
I have a sheet with a variety of tips to help you get rid of the smell. Send me your email address and I can forward this on to you! As a list agent who specializes in preparing homes to go on the market I have a wealth of helpful information. ... more
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Mon Nov 1, 2010
Jon and Donna Birschbach answered:
This sounds very odd - Not sure who your lender is but I would check with another lender for advice. If you need a lender that can offer great advice give me a call. If anything you are not required to use your local lender - shop the loan to someone else.

I can only assume you have a professional realtor involved helping you - Foreclosures/Shortsales are very difficult and confusing.

All my best - The Birschbach Team
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Fri Aug 27, 2010
Mark Gladue answered:
Hi Katie,

I have sold a number of homes in each neighborhood and here are the numbers:

Active Days on Market: 86
Pending: 181
Sold (Since Jan.1) : 98

If you would like more information, please see my website or call me directly. Thanks.

Mark Gladue
Keller Williams Realty,Inc
608-239-5593 Cell
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Sun Aug 22, 2010
Linda S. Cefalu answered:

I have a friend that is an excellent experienced designer. She is in my business networking group and has had excellent reviews on her previous work. I'm not sure if she would want me to put her name out here, but I would be happy to send it to you in an email. Let me know if you are interested in getting her contact information.

Hope that helps.

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