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Tue Feb 10, 2015
Tari Torch Sweeney answered:
There are many ways to do this. And, it SHOULD be explored and done before you put the home on the market. These days, the home that has been staged wins the race. It's just that simple. Try to pretend you are a buyer...stand in front of your home...what do you see? (try to be objective!). Any time a Realtor and buyers are standing on your door step, and Realtor is opening the door (first the lock box, key)...about 2 minutes worth of time, the buyers are intently studying the front of your home...are your concrete steps cracked, or need tuckpointing? Does your front door need re-painted? How about the door frames, shutters? How's the landscaping (over grown? or flowers and flowering colorful?) Put pots of flowers at front door. Make sure the exterior is immaculate. You only get one chance with a buyer The interior - A whole host of items to look at and determine what to do prior to listing/marketing. The single most important is to clean clutter....get rid of everything...most of your family photos (buyers look at these...and then don't see the house!), you can pack boxes and store them (in attic, in basement, or rent at storage room) - people understand moving boxes. They automatically don't like clutter, and it makes it difficult for them to focus on the house; paint the entire interior if it hasn't been done in awhile (freshly updated works), wash windows...let light shine in... take out large, unwieldy furniture...simplify....minimalist is what you want. How's the carpeting? If not good, take it out; if you have hardwood flooring then make it look good. Sometimes this means refinishing. I have a booklet, "90 Ways to Selling your Home" if you would like it. It sounds as if I am telling you to spend a lot of money. But, painting the entire interior gets you more money in an offer...and subtracts money off an offer when a buyer thinks THEY have to do it. (And, inevitably, the OVER estimate that price) Watch HGTV...those people can spend $2,000 and the house sells in a heartbeat. For more money! New shrubs, etc., a cost $50 today, and return an investment well over 200% on resale. There is so much more....I just cannot tell you everything. You need someone experienced in this walking through your home and telling you these things. Many times I hire a "stager" for a listing. Homes sell faster, and for a higher price when staged. Fact. Not a guess! Contact me if you like. Good luck! Go to my website .....By the way, good question, and glad you are thinking along these lines. Your Realtor....or you as FSBO...have one goal. SELL THE HOUSE! Do whatever it takes. ... more
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Cecilia Sherrard answered:
There can be many surprises and questions when purchasing a home. It's typically the largest purchase and move in a person's life. From financing to title, there are a lot of steps. Not to mention many "what ifs" and unique scenarios to a transaction. It's important to have a knowledgeable buyer's agent to guide you through the process and each step. That's really the first part of the process is sitting down or talking to a buyer's agent with years of experience. If you need assistance, we would be happy to go over the entire process with you. Feel free to contact us anytime. We're 100% free to work with and don't charge "processing fees" like most large companies in the area so you save hundreds just by working with us. We look forward to hopefully helping you.

RE/MAX Ohio
Andrew Ginter & Cecilia Sherrard
440-781-8737
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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Karen Leheney answered:
I would like to help your son on his search for a condo..Please let me know specific criteria , wants, bedrooms, bths, max. price, etc.. Looking forward to speaking with you. Thanks Karen Leheney, Howard Hanna ... more
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Tue Feb 21, 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, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
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Mon Jan 27, 2014
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
A couple of suggestions. First, talk to a local mortgage banker. I don't mean one of the big banks but a small local lender that specializes in writing mortgages. If you don9;t know one, call a local realtor and ask to be referred. Whether or not you qualify today, the banker will be able to tell you exactly what needs to be done to qualify at some point in the future, and give you a good idea of when that will be. Order your credit report and go over it carefully looking for any and all inaccuracies and challenge every one you find. This alone could raise your credit score. Do exactly as the mortgage professional tells you and THAT may also raise your credit score and in a relatively short time. And, no matter what they say today, stay in touch with the mortgage person, I am hearing rumors that the banks are going to revise their lending standards making it easier for
people to qualify for mortgages AND that they are going to start doing more lending some time this year.


Good luck, you are making a very wise decision and I am sure you will be a home owner before you know it if you will just ask for and follow the advice of the professionals.
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Wed Feb 15, 2012
Duane Johnston answered:
There is also a property tax for cleveland properties and infact, most properties in the U.S. The tax rate ranges in price depending the the excact location and community of the home.
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Thu Feb 2, 2012
Robert Erney answered:
You can always incorporate regardless of home many you have! Cash rules everything! And well purchasing the right income property is where allot of people make there way for living comfortably! With the right help from the right Realtor there is no telling what someone is capable of! Don't delay if you are reading this please don't hesitate to read more! @ http://rob_erney.russellrealty.com/

Call me anytime Nancy i would be more then happy to answer any questions you may have!
And that goes for anyone else out there reading this! ANYTIME ILL BE HERE!

And please recommend me people need to stop using Realtors that just aren't on there clients side! I wouldn't be here right now licensed in two state at my age if it wasn't for what i have done for my past clients!!

http://rob_erney.russellrealty.com/
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Thu Feb 2, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Latasha it is unlikely unless you can show an income source to be able to support yourself and paying the mortgage, You should meet with a local and trusted loan officer who can prequailify you and give you the guidelines of getting a mortgage ... more
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Thu Feb 2, 2012
Cecilia Sherrard answered:
We currently have a nice group of investment properties for sale with great profit potential. Your down payment will depend on a few things including the price of the property, etc. We will be able to go over your situation and get you started with the process. We're also 100% free to work with. We don't charge "processing fees". Feel free to contact us anytime!

RE/MAX Ohio
Cecilia Sherrard & Andrew Ginter
440-781-8737
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Wed Feb 8, 2012
Gregorio Denny answered:
Yes, you can use the funds in a joint account as sourced down payment funds. If the other party to the account is not a party to the transaction, a letter will be required from them stating that you have 100% access to the account and funds. It's a simple procedure and very common. Ask your loan officer to draft one. ... more
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Fri May 11, 2012
Scott Phillips Jr answered:
Yes, we are pretty familiar with the lawsuits and issues. Please email us direct for more info.. We aren't lawyers, but we've sold/closed condos in the building recently and have also had some fall through. My email is Scott.Phillips (at) KW (dot) com.

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Wed Jan 11, 2012
Cecilia Sherrard answered:
A huge part of what we do is relocation. We'd be more than happy to assist you. We're also very knowledgeable and experienced with downtown properties. We're 100% free to work with as we don't charge "processing fees". Contact us anytime. We look forward to working with you!

RE/MAX Ohio
Cecilia Sherrard & Andrew Ginter
440-781-8737
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Mon Jan 9, 2012
Tari Torch Sweeney answered:
You write an offer under the LLC. You need to have proof of paperwork for the LLC. Same as writing an offer as an individual.
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Tue Jan 3, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Normally, when you sign the Closing papers and give them your check, they hand you the KEYS:
Did this happen?
Did your Agent have the KEYS?
Why can't you move in?
Who told you that you can't?

Good luck and may God bless
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Thu Feb 2, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Be aware that a mortgage pre-approval letter is required in order to determine your price range and for any offers to be taken seriously; therefore start by checking with the bank you currently do business with, any smaller local bank, credit union, mortgage brokers. ... more
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Sun Jan 4, 2015
Cecilia Sherrard answered:
We'd be happy to help. We have the best financing connections out there and if it's possible for you to get a loan, we'd be able to help you find it. Contact us anytime to discuss your details further.

RE/MAX NE Ohio
Cecilia Sherrard & Andrew Ginter
440-781-8737
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Mon Nov 28, 2011
Martin Handfinger answered:
The municipality will not allow title transfer without either the code violations repaired by seller or a sum of $ placed in escrow to assure that buyer will complete repairs.
Property purchased with the buyer accepting the Point Of Sale Violations list is often a good deal for those buyers capable of handling the problems.
I have made many such property transactions and can help guide you through the process.
Please contact me for details.
Marty Handfinger
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Tue Nov 22, 2011
Dan Tabit answered:
Nvgp,
Banks work on their own timetable regardless of the offer. It may be that the Title issues are being reviewed so they can respond. You don't want to buy a home with a cloud on Title. If you are financing, you can't. Just hang in there and keep your eyes open in case a better home shows up. ... more
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Mon Nov 21, 2011
Dominic Picione - The Incorvaia Team answered:
If the house is for sale, anyone can purchase the home, including yourself. Let me know how I may help.

Dominic Picione
Keller Williams
440-390-9510
Dominicrealtor@aol.com
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Tue Nov 22, 2011
Martin Handfinger answered:
Commercial lenders are usually providing loans over $50,000.
Small loans are usually from friends, relatives, home owners willing to "Carry the paper", or lending institutions giving a personal (not mortgage) loan. Credit card advances are another option.
Properties in your price range usually need work. Can you handle both the loan and the home repairs on your limited income?
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