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Home Selling in Milwaukee County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Troy Miller answered:

While I don't believe there is an objective source to compare agents (perhaps Angie's List) what it comes down to in the end is working with someone you not only feel comfortable with but also someone you trust. If you can't come to trust that agents advice and judgement within a very short time after meeting how can you trust them to advise you on what is most likely the largest purchase you will ever make?!

My suggestion would be to sit down and interview a few agents...get some background on them, sales history and get a feel for how they approach this profession. Some agents only goal unfortunately is to make the sale and get paid. Others don't look at it as just making one sale....they want ALL your sales, all your family & friends sales, all your co-workers sales. Which of these types of agents do you think would be looking out more for YOUR best interests and happiness in the transaction?

Troy Miller, ABR, RNG
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Sun Dec 1, 2013
Kris Plechaty answered:
Hi Angela Ryan,

Your best bet would be to contact the listing agent that holds that listing and see if they can contact the homeowners on your behalf. The sellers (homeowners) might be willing to do that for now, if indeed they have not had any "nibbles" by prospective buyers.

I have done this for some of my homeowners who haven't had any luck least they can get someone in the home/condo paying rent to offset some of their costs.

Good luck to you! If I can be of any help, you can contact me by clicking on the blue "contact" link underneath my picture!

Kris Plechaty @ First Weber Group Realtors
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Fri Jul 27, 2012
KerryAnn Douglas answered:
I am a CDPE, but not fluent in Spanish. I do have access to a spanish speaking agent.
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Wed Jun 6, 2012
Linda S. Cefalu answered:
Hi Blueeyes2you22,

Oak Creek is a hot spot! I have buyers looking there all the time. I would be happy to conduct a market analysis for you to give you an idea of what your home would sell for. No gimmicks, no pressure - just an honest answer to your question. ... more
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Sun Jun 23, 2013
Debby Thompson answered:
Your lender should work with you to do a short sale because you have taken a job in an other state. Speak with your bank. You will need to get some information together for them. Hardship letter, 2 months bank statements, 2 weeks pay stubs, 2 year tax returns signed. I would like to help you. Give me a call at 414-403-0657.
Debby Homestead realty Inc. Milwaukee
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Sun May 6, 2012
Troy Miller answered:

Additional information would be needed to answer your question more accurately....location in Fox Point is important as well as price point (if you are trying to determine average DOM).

If you can add a few more specifics I'd be happy to show you what is selling and the average time on market.

Troy Miller, ABR, RNG
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Sun Mar 18, 2012
Ray Wilson answered:
Do you mean investor or someone who is selling a home that has been flipped?
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Eric D Lenz answered:
Clean, paint and repair are probably the most cost effective. De-clutter. Inside and out. Replace worn carpet. These are ways to increase the value MORE than the cost of doing it. Other things can increase the value, but will COST more than the amount of increase. ... more
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Mon Jan 30, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Not all agents charge an up front fee, the fact that an agent not being paid up front may work harder to get get an offer, approval and sale so they do get paid. Some agents charge a fee as it is hard work, i do not charge an up front fee. I also hire an attorney to negotiate teh short sale who gets a percentage of muy commission only if it gets aproved and closes. You should look for an agent who is local, is WELL experienced and will not charge you up fron, especially for 2 listings. ... more
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Sun Jan 15, 2012
Terry McCarley answered:
That is strange - why didn't the agent want both listings??? You may want to visit shortsalesuperstars website and find a local agent that specializes in short sales.

If you need assistance finding a good short sale realtor please email me at and I will put you in touch with someone in your area. ... more
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Tue Dec 20, 2011
Shawn Kriewaldt answered:
Hi Karen,

I would check the USPS website against the address and see if they match... It's possible that this may be the glitch.
Also check the address against google maps and see if it shows up where it is actually located.

Is it on the MLS? If it is new it may take a couple of days... If it is on the MLS, check the map feature of the MLS listing to make sure it shows on there.

Hope this helps,
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Thu Dec 8, 2011
Linda S. Cefalu answered:

You cannot do it on your own. You would need to list with someone that is a Member of the REALTOR'S® Association. There are some limited services companies that will list for you for a flat fee. Make sure you really do comparison shopping before listing with anyone. Ask many questions before making your final choice.

Good luck on selling your home.
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Sun Oct 30, 2011
Debby Thompson answered:
You owed to the buyer from 1/1/ of the year you sold to the day you sold it to them. So if you had a escrow account and missed 2 payments you may not have had enough to cover this amount. Look at you closing statement and it will explain where your tax money went. You may still have money coming from your home insurance because that is paid up front for the next year. Taxes are paid monthly with sometimes only 2 months extra in the account.

Homestead Realty Inc
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Tue Aug 9, 2011
Ron Thomas answered:
You really, really should bring in a Realtor to help you:
You admit that you don't know what you are doing.
Do you have 15-20 signs to put out for the Open House?
Do you have a Flyer made up?
Did you do the Comp's to determine what the ideal Listing Price should be?
Do you have the forms ready in case a Buyer wants to make an offer?
Have you done your Disclosures?
Do you have the Hazard Report ready?
Do you know what Documents and Forms you will need?

Good luck and may God bless
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Fri Jun 17, 2011
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Fri May 27, 2011
Alan May answered:
it's not uncommon, since not all buyer's agents will share with we listing agents... the names of their buyers.

if you're suspicious, you're certainly within your rights to refuse the showing... but it seems that the idea here is to sell your home... right? You can't sell it, if you don't show it. ... more
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Tue May 22, 2012
BG answered:
sure .. if you want to give away your money ... not sure what you meant by "short sale" here !
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Tue Mar 29, 2011
Tim Moore answered:
I assume you mean foreclosed homes or Bank Owned homes. Those don't take all that long once the price has been agreed to. They are not like short sales, but are more like a home you or I am selling, so 45 as a minimum and 60-70 days on average. It all depends on how fast your lender is getting the loan ready.

Renovation, no one here could guess that one without knowing lots more. 30-60 days should be able to fix most anything.

Now to sell it and that might be the hard part.
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Tue Mar 29, 2011
Colleen answered:
Hi Charmaine,

The answer to your questions is.... (drum roll) - it depends. I myself buy and renovate foreclosures, and I have been able to close on a home in as little as 3-4 weeks (if I pay cash). If you finance, it would take longer. The renovation part can be trickier - if you want a completed product before you move (always nice to do, so you aren't living in a construction site, but a challenge if this leaves you with 2 mortgages or housing payments); count on it taking a while. This will depend on how much renovation you are doing.

My current home took us 2 months to close and then renovate to a livable enough condition where we could move in, but we still have a LOT of projects to be done. The house needs a ton of exterior work, but nothing so bad that we couldn't move in and work on it while we're here. Interior was mostly clean-up and some flooring replacement. We did a kitchen reno, but that was while we were living here (but if I had a choice, I would not live in a home with a total kitchen OR bath reno if that's the only place you have to cook or take showers).

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Mon Mar 21, 2011
Karen Block answered:
It's my understanding that you have 2 years if it was your primary residence. You may want to check with a tax person for verification.
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