One thing that is negotiable is the fact that the seller pay a big portion of them. If you have a home to sell, my company only charges 4.5% and pays the buyer a bonus of $500 ($100,000 or more home) if they use my company as buyer's agent. Give me a call at 817-729-6630.... more
If you are like me, you don't like surprises. Especially when making a large-money purchase, such as a house. So the secret is to engage an Agent to represent you. These Realtors are called "Buyer's Reps"; they represent a buyer and their fee is paid by the seller. (or seller's broker)
You can get lots of surprises if you are buying a house from a FSBO! (For Sale By Owner) ---Not a good idea.
You can be fooled when buying a new house from a builder. (because the sales person at the model home is NOT a Real Estate Agent --- they are an employee of the builder, ie., the "seller")
If you don't hire a licensed inspector, you may get lots of surprises after you buy the house.
If you don't ask your insurance agent to check out the roof, you could get a nasty surprise just before closing.
You should always clarify the specific answer when you ask about "closing costs", because some people don't understand the question. The "down payment" is not considered part of the closing costs, although you have to bring it to closing! The pre-paid insurance, taxes, and interest may not be quoted as part of your closing costs. Most buyers just want to know "how much do I have to bring to closing", so be sure you ask the question right.
Here's the bottom line: ALWAYS get an Agent to represent you! "Cover your butt." The Agent will advise you during the process, and you should not get any surprises. If there is something you don't understand, ASK a question. The only "stupid" question is the one you don't ask!
In the Fort Worth, or Tarrant County, area, you can get an experienced Agent to represent you by simply calling me. I don't charge a buyer anything; I prepare you up front so there will be no surprises; and I don't bite! Over 32 years of experience seling homes in this area.
There are rent to own contracts that define all of the terms. Ask a local real estate professional in your area for a copy of the contract. A local attorney can also help you with this. An example could be a lease with a rent to own section.... more
One sets up a 1031 exchange first with Title before one closes a sale of a
If you already sold the property and have the proceeds in hand then it is too late. If you are close to closing, then work with the buyers to set up an exchange as some
Lenders do not lend to properties in a 1031 exchange.
Congratulations on your new job. Do you know the Fort Worth area? If not find an experienced Realtor to help you locate a home or a rental. I as an agent can help with either type of property. I have lived in the Fort Worth area all my life. Give me a call or email me. I would love to educate you on purchasing your first home. I will educate you not just try and sell you a home.
I look forward to hearing from you. If you would like one of my Buyers Packets I would be glad to mail you the information.... more
You can go to my website at www.clickpickandmove.com and click on school reports. You will be taken to a site where you can search info about school districts, or even a specific school. Besides selling Real Estate in this area for over 12 years, I have also lived here my entrie life. Let me know if you have any specific questions about areas etc. I would be happy to help...
Mindy Lowry, Realtor RE/MAX Heritage
682-559-1246 cell... more
Yes, foreigners (Canadians are not very foreign, except by definition!) can buy US property. For homes, there are fewer restrictions. There are more for commercial properties and farms, for that you may need some assistance. Your consul can tell you details.... more
No. They are not available on the MLS and that is where I get 90% of the information about a house I am showing. As a listing agent it might be nice on flyers left in the home for buyers agents and buyers to pick up.... more
Your buyers agent should be assisting you with all your questions.
1. Signs supplied cost the agent approx. $50 - $100 EACH does not include the lock box and etc . NOT supplied for FREE from the broker office. Not all agents prefer to keep an entire inventory of massive amount of signs required for a home.
2. Placing a PENDING sign on a home THEN falls through can have a POTENTIAL loss of future buyers that we may take as a back up. Pending agent will know typically within 10 days from executed contract if the buyer would continue the process.
3. HUD place a home back on market all depends on particulars involved. MOST sales than "fall through" are on market almost immedialely
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
I am a realtor here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area for the #1 firm in Texas. I can tell you with absolute confidence that Ft Worth is a ripe market. The factual real estate statistics support this. Currently, there is a 6 month inventory of homes for the DFW area. This is indicative of a balanced market, neither buyer's or seller's. However, homes are taking a bit longer to sell, which tends to make sellers more eager to accept less than optimal offers.
Jane, if you are ready to buy and need a professional who will take your search seriously, I'm eager to help or am simply happy to answer any questions you may have along the way. Let's talk!
Yes (in my opinion), it will be a factor with whomever lends you the money. Really this is the perfect question for you to call or get in touch with a local lender and go over all of your questions with them.... more
You need to protect yourself; there are too many pitfalls nowa-days:
That is why the documents that you will sign at the Title Company are 2" thick!
Enlist a Realtor and have them approach the Seller and ask if they would accept an Offer through him.
It may be that they will accept the situation with a reduced commission for handling both sides.
Who knows; but it is the bast first-step.
Most Condo and Townhome Homeowners Fees are monthly but I would have your Realtor check that for you. Typically, those fees are for the upkeep and maintance of the property and units in the association.... more