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Tue May 7, 2013
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Interest rates are probably going to stay low. I would finish what you can and put the house on the market in Feb. or March. Things are really hot out there right now despite the holidays. So anytime is a decent time to sell... but things are going to be scorching hot this spring, so I'd wait a little longer. ... more
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Fri Apr 26, 2013
Lana Lavenbarg answered:
It depneds on the size of your home now, what the local other homes have to offer and what the cost will be in accordance with how much you can get out of it when you are done. You need a realtor to come take a look at it and help you there locally. ... more
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Mon Dec 17, 2012
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
There are over 10,000 homes for sale in the Portland metro area and over 6,000 agents (I believe), so it is no surprise if you don't see the signs of one particular agent hanging around town. Most signs are buried in residential neighborhoods and don't get a lot of visibility unless the agent is selling a home on a busy street.

I'd recommend having some agents over and letting them do their presentation so you can ask them questions and find out what they can do for you.

(I know I'd be happy to.)

Best of luck.
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Mon Dec 17, 2012
Marcus Necessary answered:
In my market, it is harder to sell a condo than a detached single family home but your market may be different. One thing that is universal is that getting financing on a condo can be more difficult. Lenders have more stringent regulations regarding the property development or Horizontal Property Regime (HPR). The HPR must meet certain construction standards and have a certain percentage of owner occupied units (normally must be 50%). ... more
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Mon Dec 17, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
Around here the sellers pay nothing and the buyers pay for all costs they incur. Why should it be different elsewhere? I know in some markets sellers pay some costs for the buyer, but just remember the sellers look at the bottom line. So an offer of $200,000 with seller paying $4000 in CC is the same as an offer of $196,000 and no CC. If the seller wants $200,000 and you want them to pay $4000 in CC you need to offer $204,000 and hope the home appraises for $204k. ... more
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
University Park couldn't be much hotter right now. Multiple offers are almost the norm. Zillow is predicting a 4% increase in Portland home values in 2013. It isn't a mistake to sell if you turn around and buy at the same time, in the same market conditions. You can find a great deal in Clackamas this year, that is for sure. ... more
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Wed Aug 8, 2012
Randy Ziganti answered:
Absolutely not. If you can keep paying your mortgage you should. Now banks will still consider you for a short sale. Also you could qualify for a loan modification and your credit will not be damaged as severely. ... more
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Fri Jan 18, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
If that is the case, then your LISTING PRICE is too high;
I would assume that your Realtor has told you this;
Please believe him.

Good luck and may God bless
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Mon Jul 9, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Most luxury home owners prefer not to have open houses to keep people who are not quailified from entering their home. Luxury buyers prefer private showings where the focus is on them and they have the full attention of the agent to ask questions and look as they please without being rushed and without people just looking to see the inside of a big home be in the way. There are safety issues involved with luxury homes that are higher than an average home. ... more
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Tue Jul 3, 2012
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Cal,

If you're selling in Portland I don't think you can beat this selling package: http://www.realestateagentpdx.com/portlandlistingrealtor/

Best marketing, value, and service.

Stephen
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Tue Jul 3, 2012
Linda Heinrichs answered:
I would definitely keep the garage. Most people do not like conversions as they are very personalized. Plus, I have never seen anyone get anywhere near what they put into these conversions out of them. If you need more space you would be better served selling your home and buying something larger that will give you the desired living spaces. Sell the great benefits of your home as it is - improvements you will see a return are paint, curb appeal, updated lighting, kitchen & baths. Good luck. ... more
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Sun Jun 24, 2012
Eric Steindler answered:
James- let me know if I can help. Here is a link to some of the ways I would market your home to find a buyer. http://ericsteindler.com/2012/06/06/marketing-that-matters/
Send me a message and I'll discuss more with you.

Eric Steindler
M Realty LLC
503 888 3111
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Tue Jun 5, 2012
Jennifer Bolen answered:
Janet, if you have access, look at who is selling condos in your building. Ideally, you have someone familiar with the features of your building, understands the HOA and the HOA's finances etc. Also, I'd look at the agents marketing and how they have presented other listings, not just in your building, but their other listings as well. Do they take high quality photos, do they put effort into the marketing remarks, do they BELIEVE in your property, is there spark or passion for what they do? What type of negotiator are they and are they willing to WORK for you? Are they ego centric or focused on you and your needs? Experience is nice, but experience without marketing and negotiating skills adds up to zero for me. A passionate agent, who likes their job, cares about your end result and who can negotiate for YOU is a win all the way around. Best of luck! ... more
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Thu May 31, 2012
Thesa Chambers answered:
hire an agent that truly works for you - I do not market your area but have a lot of great agent friends that I would be happy to have contact you
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Wed May 30, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
What you would/should do is; put a contingengy in the Offer for Soil Testing;
You can say that you must have the soil tested, or you can say what you expect the soil test to reveal.
Talk to your Buyer's Agent.

Good luck and may God bless
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Wed May 30, 2012
Linda Heinrichs answered:
Fast with multiple bids:) If you are a seller in the 97212 zip, the more show ready your home is the higher the demand will be. If you are a buyer, you will need to be prepared to respond quickly and you might be faced with escalation clauses and other options to make your offer more attractive to the seller wading through a sea of offers. If you would like specific metrics on a segment of this area let me know. www.pdxrelo.com or lindaheinrichs@remax.net ... more
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Mon Apr 13, 2015
Jennifer Peterson answered:
First impressions are key, so exterior landscaping is great! Also, exterior painting and moss removal from roofs. For the interior I suggest at the very least fresh interior painting including updating trim, updated fixtures and new carpet or refinished hardwoords and if possible updated kitchens and bathrooms. ... more
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Wed Sep 17, 2014
Tom Inglesby answered:
Appraisers don't value them since they are not attached to the house. You can always jack up and rebuild in the same location but if you take down you will have to relocate further in off the property line of you want to rebuild later. Your choice but it would fence and leave off street parking along house. The idea to use as a sitting area is popular and a good choice. There are blocks that you can put in ground and plant grass in and drive over them if you want to maintain a hard driving service in the future and it still is green. Good luck to you. Tom inglesby, broker ... more
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Tue Mar 13, 2012
Daniel answered:
Real Estate agents are just real estate agents, not loan officers,

consult a bank
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Tue Nov 1, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any tax issues, it's always best to consult with your tax professional, and or, tax attorney.....
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