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Home Selling in Corpus Christi : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Aug 8, 2013
Guy Gimenez answered:
Swest24, a lot depends on the type and price range of the home you're going to be selling. If it's $100K home I wouldn't recommend higher end flooring but if it's a $300K home, higher quality flooring may be expected. But as a 13 year rehabber, you can seldom go wrong with a neutral (not white though) color 16" - 18" tile in offset pattern. ... more
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
My NC Homes Team answered:
One thing you might want to ponder is whether you want a bathtub at all or an oversized walk in shower. If you only have one bathroom and you think the likely buyer of your home is going to be a family then a bathtub is necessary, but if you think the buyer of your home is likely to be a young professional or young couple, then the shower probably would have more appeal.

I suggest going with classics, a white subway tile is always going to look good and if you like you can punch it up with some cool looking accent tiles. I think a good looking black and white pattern on the floor is always in. Bathrooms tend to be personal spaces and if you use a lot of bold colors in the tile work you sort of dictate what color linens a buyer has to have, Black and White however go with everything.

As to paint I'd suggest keeping it neutral or if your using color a softer tone, however this isn't as critical as it's only paint and can easily be changed (unlike tile)

You may want to go check out some open houses in your area and see what others are doing / have done for some additional ideas.

Good luck with your project.
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Thu Aug 8, 2013
Mike Alexander answered:
My name is Mike Alexander with Metro Properties.
I would be glad to talk with you.
You can go to my web page and see a bio of myself.
If I can visit with you at your convience, let me know.
361-877-7130 cell
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Wed Nov 14, 2012
Brian Rayl answered:
Hey Mike,

Realistically, any agent can sell an owner financed home. The only difference is that YOU are the lender instead of the bank. You need to have a real estate attorney draw up loan documents that outline your terms, repayment, penalties, default, etc. and then the buyer signs them at closing.

A real estate agent cannot help you with the loan docs, but can complete every other portion of the transaction normally.

Hope that helps,

Brian Rayl
B&B Realty Group, Keller Williams Elite Dallas
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Sat Jul 7, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Understand that the LISTING PRICE has one primary objective, to attract attention: It is not intended to be set in stone, and in many cases it is not even a good guideline toward the SELLING PRICE.

Some Sellers believe that by setting the LISTING PRICE high, they can always come down, and people will make an offer anyway: WRONG! Buyers will just bypass the property and look at houses that are within their price range. And six months from now, the Seller will slowly start lowering the PRICE, (this is called “chasing the curve”) and Buyers will be asking the question; “What’s wrong with that house?” and “Why has it been on the Market so long?”

Other Sellers set the LISTING PRICE low, to attract multiple offers. (The correct strategy.) We are asked; “Aren’t you obligated to sell at this price if someone offers it?” The answer is probably not; for that to happen, you would first have to have only one offer, and secondly, the offer would have be exactly the same, down to the smallest detail, (please discuss this with your Realtor).
Another thought; Buyer will search for potential properties by groups; for example, $400,000 to $450,000, and $250,000 to $300,000. If your house is priced at $460,000 or $310,000, the Buyers will never see it. (something else to discuss with your Agent.)

Different Banks have different philosophies about pricing their properties: You cannot draw any conclusions without a good analysis.

Have your Realtor do a CMA, (Comparative Market Analysis) to help you determine your Offering Price. It is the surest way to determine the Market Value of the property.
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Sat Feb 18, 2012
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi Lynn,
Have your realtor run the comps and see what the property is worth. Being a cash buyer you might be able to get some discount to market value. Although with multiple bidders you may have to pay markey value.
Good luck,
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Sat Jun 19, 2010
Cheri Sperling answered:
A loan officer can best answer your questions as to if you qualify and how the program works. It's called the V-HAP program. Realtor commissions are paid by Sellers and nothing to do with your loan. Kleberg Mortgage in Corpus Christi handles loans like this. Hope this helps. ... more
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Tue Mar 30, 2010
Cheri Sperling answered:
Bob, I honestly do not know. You may want to Google VA and see how far you can get. We're set up with several banks and we list their foreclosures. Although - real estate isn�39;t real positive at this time but you may also want to get set up with several banks and become their real estate expert. ... more
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Wed Apr 7, 2010
Nadiya Zitser answered:
Go with agent who is agresive and have time to do they job. Big name will bring you nothink. If you have more questions call me . I am working 24/7 to make my clients happy. My cell is 361-228-2886.
Thank you
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Tue Feb 9, 2010
Catherine "Cathy" Chaudemanche answered:
Hi Gibby,
How long did it take the comps you are mentionning to sell?
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Fri Jan 29, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you have an agent, are comfortable and you like that person why would you not consider using him/her in all your real estate transactions--when selling--the seller negotiates the commission with the agent, there are no set fees--when buying--you the buyer pays no commission as it will be paid by the seller--unless of course you have a separate agreement with your agent--even then for the most part commission will be paid by the seller; of course if your agreement is for a higher amount, you can choose to pay difference or re-negotiate with your agent. As far as buying or renting, the decision is entirely yours as you know your lifestyle and finances best. ... more
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Fri May 8, 2009
Alan May answered:
lift with your knees... not with your back.
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Tue May 28, 2013
Dorene Slavitz answered:
I can't say if stainless steel appliances will increase the purchase price of your and of themselves...however...a well cared for home, with an upgraded kitchen that includes top of the line appliances will appeal to the buyers that are out there looking in this market.
Given the choice between two identical homes, one with alvocado green appliances that are as old as granny...the one with the new appliances will win out!
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Mon Feb 22, 2010
Ronda Allen answered:
Second home purchases in Texas are on the rise. Just last week, I had a buyer from California call on a property I have listed in Prosper, Texas. He is already retired. His wife is planning retirement in the next two years. They don't feel the buying market will be as good as it is right now (I think they are correct in that assumption), so they are seeking out their retirement home now. Lots of folks are making this a time for big life decisions - including when and where to retire. Our Texas Gulf region is a beautiful choice. I visit the Gulf every year for at least a week. Go with a Realtor. Make sure they've been in business for at least five years (sorry rookies - you haven't lived until you've proven you can survive the tough times and not just live off savings). Make sure you get a ton of internet exposure on,, brand sites,,,,,, craig's list, and others. Selling real estate is like fishing - you have to have a lot of lines in the water. Your buyer may just be a DFW corporate resident looking for that perfect weekend getaway.
Good luck, Janice.
Ronda Allen, Realtor
The Keith Dobbs Team at RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs
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Tue Mar 24, 2009
Dallas Texas answered:
GREAT QUESTION: Perhaps she assumed you would contact her upon completion I have had listings like that followed up several times then thought I was bothering family for anticipated completion date. Contact determine if she has a continued interest if not contact another agent. ... more
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Tue Mar 24, 2009
Susan Wesely answered:
Your Realtor has to do it. Typically this is driven from the MLS, so get him/her to update all the prictures, if necessary.
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Thu May 8, 2008
Dallas Texas answered:
Who is your realtor? Or do you have a realtor, if listed in via realtor MLS you have more traffic generated than attempts to sell the property on your own? I am unclear of this circumstance

IF listed thru a realtor what are their statements, the more expensive of home less traffic limited amount of people who can qualify, how is the info listed in MLS, does it have view? is the property pictures with one picture or more? is the property directed to other website MLS limits the number of pictures featured on their website? How is the property marketed and too whom? If you not obtaining any showings ask your realtor how are you marketing the house, if your unhappy perhaps locate another agent who will market your home ask what website do they post your home for sale. GOOD LUCK
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Fri Mar 7, 2008
Suzanne Walker answered:
First, do you have a listing agent? If so they should be handling this. If not, does the buyer have an agent? They can help too. Get in contact ASAP with the agents b/c we deal resolving this type of issue often.

If no agents are involved you need to contact the lender. There is typically an objection period on the appraisal which will allow you time to get a second appraisal (at your expense) to refute the first appraisal. Be ware though the odds of winning are slim to none, especially since this is a government loan. You really need a professional on your side in this situation and I hope you have access to one. This is a terrible situation for any seller and buyer to face since it can be a deal breaker.

Call the buyers lender immediately and find out what you need or can do but don't get you hopes up too much. Appraisals are based on solds only. Not actives, or pendings. Occasionally, mistakes are made but in these turbulent times of lending don't get your hopes up the price will be readjusted. Typically the first appraisal stands.

What next? Either, the buyer switches lenders or the seller reduces price and/or the buyer brings money to the table. Again, access to a licensed professional would be beneficial at this point.

Good luck,
Susan Walker
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Sat Feb 18, 2012
simplenickel answered:
Consider your qualifications (down payment, pre-qulaified, time to close, etc.), % above or below the comps for the home, and talk to your agent. Your agent will be able to give you the best idea of what number to place on your offer. Put yourself in the seller's shoes, why should they sell to you over another buyer. Give them a reason that your the safest bet to close the deal with the highest sale price. ... more
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