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Thu May 2, 2013
Lance King answered:
This is called staging, and it absolutely does make sense. Buyers often have little imagination, and properties that are staged will sell for more than a similar property that is empty.
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Thu May 2, 2013
Matthew Bartlett answered:
Hi Kismet356,

Commission rate is negotiable. That being said, do not think that the cheapest Agent is necessarily the best Agent for you. Always remember you get what you pay for. Good luck to you!

Warmest Regards,

Matt
www.matthewbartlettrealestate.com
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Anne Lawrence answered:
The listing broker is expected to market the property including the price of photos and flyers. An owner can be expected to pay for staging and needed upgrades.

ANNE LAWRENCE
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Sally Rosenman answered:
The Business Times used to have a list. And it is the typical Hill & Co., McGuire, Pacific Union, Sothebys, Paragon, TRI/Coldwell Banker and Zephyr. You MUST check those figures against how many agents are in each company. Many of those companies have hundred ++ agents. Hill has under 100 and still is up there!

Cheers,

Sally
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Steven West answered:
A good start would be to lower the price to current market value. Another step is to communicate the new lower price to anyone who has shown an interest thus far. This message could invite them to take a 2nd look. It might also announce 7-10 day offering period with a deadline. This will likely get you several offers.

If you need any open house, marketing or staging information, please let us know!

TheGoWestGroup.com
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Alina Aeby answered:
I believe we re talking about the updates and upgrades here.

When talking about home projects before selling a property, there are so many things to consider.

Here is a good article with a list of improvements and a ROI calculation on www.thisoldhouse.com:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,408045,00.html

Ultimately, everybody should consider the city and neighborhood they live in, because the remodeling/improvement has to be consistent with the type of home a buyer expects to find there and the buyer's economic power. Also, I would refer to recent sales in the neighborhood and the condition of those properties.


Cheers,
Alina

Alina Aeby-Broker Associate
Pacific Union International
www.bestsfhomes.com
415.744.4844
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Sat Dec 22, 2012
Nina Harris answered:
Yes. If an investor wants to purchase your property he will also rent out your occupied unit as well.
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Sun Sep 30, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
If it was dangling on a string from a nail I would agree with you, but it is not. It is in a secure lockbox and many register the users and when they opened it so only a Realtor is going to open it and use it. ... more
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Sat Dec 22, 2012
JavaMan answered:
worth about a buck 285.

Properties of this type will appraise at massive PSF numbers, due to their proximity to things.
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Mon Apr 23, 2012
Cece Blase answered:
Can't answer without knowing following: How many units are tenant occupied? What are rents? Are any tenants protected? What is the composition of each tenant "group" (i.e. number of occupants, children, seniors, etc.). Also, does the building have any history of owner move in evictions?

Rent control plays a large role in how we evaluate a building and the way these questions are answered will have a significant impact on the property's value.

I may have left some of the questions out. Other Realtors will probably chime in with more if I missed some.
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Mon Apr 16, 2012
Matthew Goulden answered:
Good afternoon R,

It could be that you have come across a hard working agent, who is trying to find a place for his buyers to purchase, and in Reality you pay the commission from the sale proceeds not the buyer, this is how it usually works.

The negative side is that in this market of low inventory and a high demand from buyers, why would you consider selling to anyone without having your home listed for sale professionally and marketed to achieve the best price to you. We see so many homes with multiple offers.

I would at least recommend having a different Realtor value your property before deciding anything else.

I am available to off this service to you, and if you like the way I work ??? We can talk about this then.

Good luck
415.729.4189
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Mon Apr 16, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
How come you are not asking this question form your agent? He/she should to be there for you when you are completing the TDS.

Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Mon Aug 27, 2012
Jack McLaughlin answered:
You'll only know after it's listed... Really not enough details here for me to say...
More than happy to find someone in your neighborhood who can get you a better idea...

Jack Mclaughlin
jack@mybrokerdonates.com
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Fri May 18, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
Depending on the specifics of the property, there are the obvious things you can do to make improvements however, some of the most important touches to improve value, look and appeal are best implemented by an experienced Realtor. Consulting with the right professionals offers you the best results without overspending. It all depends what you do and how you do it and not on how much you spend. Realtors see hundreds of properties and deal with both buyers and sellers. Having a pulse on the market, buyer demand and their desires is key. In my case I tour and analyze over 1500 properties annually providing me with fantastic insight.

Best of luck,

Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Mon Apr 16, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
First, lets attack the old Appraisal: Evidently the appraisal was easy because the amount of the loan must have low compared to the value of the property; the Bank was only concerned about the Loan being covered.

On this VALUE, understand that the reason for doing the appraisal is different; you are trying to find the untimate WORTH of the unit. Now the Unit will have to be compared with other units of the same size in the same area. Then, allowances will be made to the numbers to make the Comp's comparable.

Please understand that you are spending money for nothing; this Appraisal will have no value to anyone. You might get some piece of mind, but you cannot use it for anything. It will expire in 90 days, and you will have wasted ~$450.

The best way to "VALUE" the unit today, without spending $450 is to have a Realtor do a CMA on it.
Less formal, less detailed, you'll get your piece of mind.

Good luck and may God bless
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Fri Jun 13, 2014
Alain Picard answered:
I know that out here the NWMLS has rules about which photos can be used again and which ones can't. I would call your MLS and ask them about it.
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Sun Dec 11, 2016
Anna M Brocco answered:
Consider inviting a few local agents from different realty companies, and ask for a cma, comparative market analysis; review the data, ask opinions and go from there; cma's are provided free of charge by most agents, or consider hiring a professional appraiser. ... more
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Fri May 1, 2015
Gabrielle Dahms answered:
Before selling your duplex as a single family home, make sure it makes sense to do so for your neighborhood by running some numbers. Investigate the zoning (www.sfplanning.org) as well as building permits. Then engage a contractor to provide you an estimate of what you have in mind. A good contractor will alert you also about permit issues.

These are some first steps. Feel free to call me at 415-200-7202.
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Tue Jan 17, 2012
Joe answered:
Yes, you have some rights.
You have the right to life. You have the right to remain silent. The Beastie Boys would argue that you should fight for your right to party. But ultimately, you should really check with the SF Tenants Union. Because even in an illegal unit you have many rights as a tenant. You even have the right to click on the link below. ... more
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Tue Dec 27, 2011
Rich Bennett answered:
Hi Matt-

Any number of things can happen during an escrow. It's always a good idea for the seller to do pre-sale pest and contractor inspections on the property (most owners of condos don't do pest inspections). This is done to help make the seller aware of any potential property issues prior to the buyer writing their offer. It's always encouraged that the buyers to do their own inspections too.

Regarding the buyer's financing, it's a good idea for the listing agent to call and talk to the mortgage person directly to confirm that the lender has actually reviewed the buyer's financials, pulled their credit reports, etc. Sometimes things can happen which are outside of the buyer's control which could cause the financing not to come through. The biggest culprit is the loss of a job/income. In short, it helps to get as much info from the mortgage person as possible. It also helps if the buyers usues a lender with a proven track record and good reputation.

Hope that helps.

Rich Bennett, Realtor
415.305.4911 cell

www.76-78Prosper.com www.115-117States.com

Zephyr Real Estate
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