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Albany : Real Estate Advice

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Mon May 14, 2012
Jacques Ambron answered:
Brokers are not aloud to discuss fees in an open forum. Consider meeting with a couple of local professionals to discuss the value and services they offer, and what the compensation is
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Sat Nov 8, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Have you considered a Google search; also consider area tag sales, garage sales, etc.....
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Visit areas of interest more than once and at different times of day; look at everything that is important to you, possibly chat with locals, etc., then make your determination as to where your comfort level can best be reached. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods....
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Thu Apr 5, 2012
Jeffrey Decatur answered:
Might I suggest going to one of the local news stations & newspapers websites. The local news paper is the and one of the local news stations is You could also research the town website. ... more
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Tue Mar 27, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Giacomo Sinisgalli answered:
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Tue Jan 3, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
In order to best protect yourself, at this point it's really in your best interest to consult with your attorney, he/she can best advise...
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Wed Jul 20, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
For an accurate picture of costs, contact any local licensed contractors and ask for free estimates based on your needs; for recommendations, you can check with any local Chamber of Commerce branch... ... more
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Sat Apr 30, 2011
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Hi Jay,

I am not sure what is meant by a rent v. buy index, but I came across a very interesting bit of information yesterday while reading :"Underwater Home" by Brent T. White. According to the author, econoists say that the rent/buy ratio should be 1 to1 or 1 to 1.5, somewhere in that range. In other words it should cost either the same or one and a half times more to own rather than rent. I can tell you that in some areas of Morris County New Jersey, that is the case right now, or very nearly the case.

I hope you find that information useful. It's a very good and insightful book.

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Fri Apr 1, 2011
Shelley Englert answered:

Check Income/Investment properties.

Shelley Englert, Realtor
518 812-5510
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Wed Mar 23, 2011
Sharyn Willard, SRES, ABR answered:
You sure can. Especially if you are going thru a lender that does alot of work for the builder. Alot of the builder spec homes are taking so long to sell and they are costing them money the longer they don't sell.
Good luck..
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Sat Feb 19, 2011
Marge Bennett answered:
You say IF the owners accept your offer. it isn't a contract until they do. So get with your agent's broker (kwho hopefully is not an idiot) and get your offer modified to what is acceptable to you.
Good luck.
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Sat Mar 12, 2011
Wayne Newcomb & Yankee Realty Team answered:
Prices in that area are just about the same now as they were in April, 2009. So it depends more on what kind of deal you got and the possible improvements you've made since then. If you're selling, I would recommend putting a list price to start with at maybe 7-10% more than you paid at the time if the house is in similar condition. You can always adjust the price down if the market thinks it's too high. Of course to get a more accurate estimate you should have a real estate professional look at it.

Wayne Newcomb, Jr.
Yankee Realty, Inc.
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Mon Jan 31, 2011
Phil Rotondo answered:
Good Afternoon Albny;
You have a lot of "what ifs" in your question.
I would suggest that you go over each and every question with your agent prior to you signing anything.

And if you are still wary about what you are signing, I would consider consulting an attorney.
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Sun Dec 26, 2010
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Thu Feb 17, 2011
Scott Godzyk answered:
Your best bet is to have a buyer broker who is expereinced in bank owned homes, they can search the mls for listings and update you as new listings come one the market. The other choice is to be able to contact the agents that are the leaders in listing bank owned properties in yoru area, tell them what you are looking for to see when new listings come in, they cancontact you immediately.

Please see my blog for tips and advice on buying bank owned properties.
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Fri Dec 3, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
For an accurate picture of construction costs, consider contacting a few local contractors and ask for estimates based on your needs--check with the local Chamber of Commerce if you need contractor recommendations--also don't forget to check with your local building's department for any necessary permits. ... more
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Fri Jul 27, 2012
Ryan Walley answered:
when the price is too high

Simple answer to your simple question. Maybe a bit more detailed question would get better answers
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Tue Jan 3, 2012
First Last answered:
I'm speculating as to why, but I do know for a fact that when they pull your husband's credit history, they pull yours as well on anything you own jointly. So I think they are looking for assurance that the debt will be repaid. I am wondering if such a letter would survive divorce as well; only an attorney could answer that.

Karla Harby, VP
Charles Rutenberg Realty
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Tue Aug 17, 2010
Darrell Hess answered:
I would advice you talk to your realtor on this. My truIia answer would be the following...

I think if they are not considered a fixture and if you did not included them in the sale of the home in the Sellers Disclosure form then yes take your speakers. Unless there is a signed bill of sale on these items in the contract they are considered personal property and can be removed before closing. ... more
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