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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Peggy Wagner- Brandon Hatton answered:
Wow, this is definitely a legal question. Once she learns her legal rights, it will still probably be necessary to contact the police to escort her to the premises to reclaim her property, but I would have someone else set up that arrangement, if at all possible. Better safe than sorry. ... more
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Fri Mar 28, 2014
Kevin Cloutier answered:
Call Janice Wescott at 1.888.775.4200 or Nathan Davis at 239.898.8841 and use my name.


Kevin Cloutier, Realtor
A HouseSOLD name
Southern Premier Realty
877.840.3413 Real Estate Hotline ... more
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Fri Dec 28, 2012
Monika Goodrich answered:
I can totally sympathize. I relocated here many years ago from one of the best school systems in the country. I need to speak with you more about your wish list. Then I can help you find some other communities that might be interesting to you and your family. Please feel free to call me on my mobile at 239.249.2991 or email:

Monika Goodrich, Realtor
John R Wood Realtors
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Tue Jan 8, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
You've probably never heard this before: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.
And then there's the workbench in the Garage.
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Kevin Rathburn answered:
In every market and every economy, there are always home-owners that opt to market their homes "for sale by owner." As a real estate agent, I pay close attention to the market, including these homes.

In my opinion, I think owners should explore the option of selling their home by owner. The main reason owners try to sell on their own, is to save money on the commission. I understand that this can be an expense someone would like to avoid, but on the average, homes sold by owner sell for more than 10% less than a home sold by a Realtor. Successful home sales by owner make up a very small piece of the entire sales market, so you should know the facts before taking this endeavor head-on.

Here are some statistics for the National Association of Realtors:

For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Statistics

FSBOs accounted for 9% of home sales in 2010. The typical FSBO home sold for $140,000 compared to $199,300 for agent-assisted home sales.

FSBO Methods Used to Market Home:

• Listing on Internet . . . 27%
• For-sale-by-owner Web site . . . 11%
• Yard sign . . . 46%
• Friends/neighbors . . . 39%
• Newspaper ad . . . 12%
• Open house . . . 14%

Most Difficult Tasks for FSBO Sellers:

• Getting the right price . . . 23%
• Preparing/fixing up home for sale: 18%
• Selling within the planned length of time: 14%
• Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale: 13%
• Understanding and performing paperwork: 10%

Of that 9% of national home sales, approximately half of those sales are made to a family member or friend. So, unless you know someone close to you that already wants your home, you have your work cut out for you. In fact, even the Founder of recently sold his home with a real estate agent.

I don't know how accurate these statistics are on a local level, but from my experience, homes sold without an agent involved are very few and far between. If you do move forward with selling your home by owner, here some tips, insights and advice to give you the best chance of success.

Price your home correctly for the market from the start. Research home sales within a 1-mile radius that are the most similar to yours. Look at your home as a buyer, not as the owner, and give an honest evaluation. It will save you a lot of time and money. Buyers looking at homes in the area, learn the values quickly. If you're over-priced, home-buyers will simply choose another home to purchase.
Advertise! The internet is your biggest source for buyers. Over 90% of home-buyers use the internet to find their home and 87% use a Realtor. That said, you may want to get your home into the MLS. In addition, use as many home sales sites as possible. My real estate team and I advertise on nearly 600 sites! Choosing the right sites, will bring the right kind of inquiries. Newspaper ads produce low response rates for the expense.
Make yourself available to have your home shown at anytime. Turning down a showing could lose a sale and extend the time you'll have to market your home. There are a lot of homes for sale, and buyers will typically just move on to other options.
Pre-qualify your potential buyers. Before you schedule an appointment to show your home, make sure they're approved to finance your home. This will save you time, in addition to ensuring you're working with an actual buyer, and not just letting some stranger into your home with no intent or ability to buy.
Complete the required Residential Property Disclosures and have them ready for buyers to review.
Contact a local title agency and/or real estate attorney to draw up the proper paperwork and complete the transaction. It is imperative you have the proper paperwork to write up the final agreement and account for all aspects of the deal's contingencies. Making a paperwork error can be very costly!

Kevin Rathburn, Realtor
239-269-4575 Direct Line Integrity-Diligence-Innovation
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Wed Mar 20, 2013
Bobby Long answered:
There are some houses in Delasol for sale. My sister live in there so I've seen the homes that are listed. Anywhere from 330k and up. If you'd like me to email you a list of what's for sale, please call me or email me back. My cell is 2397764650. Or ... more
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Tue Dec 31, 2013
Lori Fowler answered:
There are wonderful furniture consignment furniture stores here in Naples. When you come down you can select some pieces and have them delivered. Otherwise, you can look online with local furniture stores to arrange your purchase, delivery, and installation. Good luck! ... more
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Tue May 14, 2013
Peggy Wagner- Brandon Hatton answered:
When we bought our first place, we called a good furniture store and ordered mattresses only to be delivered the day after we arrived. We brought air mattresses for the first night and had mattresses on the floor while we furnished the condo.

You could hire a decorator to do it for you, as well. There are some great consignment shops too, but I'd think unless you have someone that knows a little about your taste, it may be difficult to do prior to arriving here.
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Mon Dec 10, 2012
Scott Riddle answered:
You can get a nice condo, under 200k with a very nice ammenities package and still only 7 miles to the beach. Not a bad option.

Please feel free to call or pick my brain on any communities, I have been in the area for 30 years and have vast knowldge to share with buyers.

Thanks and have a wonderful Sunday

Scott Riddle PA, ABR, SFR
RE/MAX Affinity
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Tue Dec 11, 2012
Andrew Fox answered:
I am located in Clarksville, TN but would love the opportunity to connect you with a great local agent in Naples. I work for Coldwell Banker and we pride ourselves in relocatuion services. Give me a call, text, or email and I will help you find an amazing local realtor.
Andrew Fox
Coldwell Banker Conroy, Marable, and Holleman
111 S Riverside Dr. Clarksville, TN 37040
Cell 931-302-2241
Office 931-552-1700
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Sat Dec 8, 2012
Brent Ringoot answered:
Do you plan on keeping your current property and purchasing another? If you are planning on selling your home, you can potentially do a concurrent close of escrow on the sale of your home and the purchase another at the same time. If you are planning on keeping your property, you can see if you qualify for refinancing on your current loan and pull money out for the down payment. You can also inquire on a bridge loan, however that usually includes additional fees and higher rates. For either scenario, you should consult a Realtor and/or lender to determine you best best opportunity. ... more
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Sat Dec 8, 2012
Desare Kohn-Laski answered:
I would consult your CPA or accountant, as they will know best. Good luck!
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Fri Dec 7, 2012
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
Peggy Wagner- Brandon Hatton answered:
Since this is a fee imposed by each lender, one would need to check with their lender to learn what their exact fee is, but generally speaking they might range between $50 - $75.
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
Dave Petkovich answered:
Generally, the landlord or leasing agent will do the credit report...however its always a good idea to check with the credit reporting agencies to be current on your score, so you will know what to expect. If your score not so good, be forthright about it when you turn in your rental application...sometimes they can work around such issues. ... more
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Tue Nov 27, 2012
Dave Petkovich answered:
Budgeting is always an "un-fun" obligation...but necessary....However one way to look at it is the investment return you'll eventually have on your residence, and how it will, over the long haul, pay you a big dividend at retirement time. with the exception of the last 4 or 5 years, generally real estate, or "bricks and dirt", has been a good return on the dollar. I feel our economy is poised for that to be true in the near coming future as well, with real estate values on the upswing, and precautions taken by the federal government and lenders to prevent the chaos we recently experienced. ... more
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
allan erps,ABR,SFR answered:
Not enough information here but is it possible you are overpriced, inside pictures on the listing, easy to show the property?
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
Dan Tabit answered:
Be flexible and ready. Lenders often have last minute conditions, prior to funding that may require you to supply additional documentation. This can be as simple as a final bank statement, a pay stub or final proof of the status of an account. ... more
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
Peter Mohylsky answered:
You can do a fair amount of research on the active mortgages and do some simple math. Asking them to confirm your numbers is generally not a problem.
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