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Home Selling in Nassau County : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Aug 17, 2013
Gail Gladstone answered:

I don't believe you can; however, this is a great sight to help you get Realtors to come in and interview to work for you.

Let me know when we can set something happy to help out.
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Sat Jun 1, 2013
Gina Lollo answered:
I think the number one quality is integrity, with this, Good things will follow. You will know that everything is being done with your best interests in mind no matter what.
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Phil Donnellan answered:
Fri Apr 19, 2013
Thomas Brady answered:
Hi Kevrod, you should get a free CMA from a realtor. The CMA should provide you with some available comps and closed comps as well as expired and under contract. The variety and amount of comps will almosr paint a picture of the market for you so you can see and understand the pricing and where the pricing for your home should be. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or would like a CMA.
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Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Notary Public, Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
#1 Listing & Selling Office on Long Island
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
255 Executive Drive - Suite 104
Plainview, New York 11803
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Tue Jan 8, 2013
Gail Gladstone answered:
Please call another attorney. I am not an attorney, but have had similar situations and they did not result in what your attorney is stating.

It does not hurt to consult with someone else.

I recommend calling Darren Sheehan at 631-659-3377 or email for another opinion.
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Fri Oct 5, 2012
Jim Olive answered:
I'm in the same boat. IRS Pub 523 tells you everything you need to know, and none of it is good news. There does not seem to be an exemption available for attempted, but unsuccessful sale of home before the 5 year period was up. If you find otherwise, please let me know!! Best of luck...Jim ... more
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Wed Aug 22, 2012
Sally Grenier answered:
Personally, I don't think so. But I'm sure you'll get responses from agents with tons of designations saying how much more qualified they are than agents without those designations. More designations just means they spent more time and $$ in a classroom (or online) getting those designations. It also costs more money from year to year to keep those designations. Does it translate to more real world experience? Hard to say.

Do I wish I had more designations behind my name? Certainly! But I'm so busy working, I don't have the time! ;-)
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Your attorney can best advise; if unsatisfied, consider consulting with another who specializes in real estate...
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Mon Oct 14, 2013
Thomas Brady answered:
I wouldn't list with someone I personally disliked, there are just too many great agents out there. Is your friend a full time agent? Are they competent? Intelligent? Honest? The local angle is very over blown in the internet age. As a matter of fact in some cases I think it's a liability as many local agents don't aggresively market, they do what they've done for the past two or three decades and doesn't work anymore. I would go with my friend, or a third agent as yet unfound agent. ... more
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Mon Oct 14, 2013
Thomas Brady answered:
Hi Cliff, without seeing the house it's impossible to give you an accurate market value. Unfortunately the market doesn't care what you paid, only what it's worth now. You should have three or so agents stop by from different companies and give you free CMA's, that should give you a good idea of the market value. I would think twice about doing FSBO as over 80% eventually list with an agent, but; usually after a lot of stress and expense. I work with an agent in your area who will structure the listing so that if you find the buyer you don't pay a commission. There are some restrictions such as only his sign in your yard, but they aren't major. Let me know if you might be interested and I'll let him know. ... more
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Rose Larsen answered:
In order to give you a fair market value...the house should be viewed. Is it a ranch, colonial, split...etc.There are too many unanswered questions.

"When its time to move on call Rose"
The greatest compliment I can receive is the referral of your friends and family.
Rose Larsen
Prudential Douglas Elliman RE
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Dan Tabit answered:
Great question but the answer is, it depends. What will it cost to update the kitchen and what price does this agent expect you to get both as is and with the new kitchen? If a $10,000 upgrade is doable and will get you at least $10,000 back and you are willing and able to go through the process, the benefit will be a faster sale. Obviously if you can net more than the cost it makes more sense.
Before you proceed though, get a couple of different agents opinions. Make sure they are more local and have recent sales in a similar price point to yours. There is no sense going through the effort if it won't help or will cost you more than you get out of the deal.
If you do elect to move forward with the upgrades, keep it clean, simple and generic. Bold colors, odd layouts that might appeal to some may turn off many others. Don't over-improve the kitchen either, you won't get the money back. If you are not certain what level to bring it to, ask one of the agents to show you a similar house currently on the market with an updated kitchen.
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Tue Jul 3, 2012
Gail Gladstone answered:
There are smaller steps you can take than gutting and re-doing.

One nice improvement that seems to change the kitchen is to replace the counters with granite. I send my clients to a granite fellow in Farmingdale to purchase from their large remnant yard. There are really large nice pieces there. He measures, cuts and installs and does fabulous work for a lot less than purchasing retail.

Feel free to contact me and I will share the name/location with you.

Fresh paint brightens up everything. Make sure there is NOTHING on your counters; imagine yourself walking through a model home. It should be fresh, spotless and minimized. And please, remove anything you have magnetized to the appliances...they should be absolutely bare.

Minimal is the answer to everything.
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Javier Meneses answered:
Knowledge and resources is key. It's almost the same for us loan officers.The more educated a Realtor is, the more he/she has to offer her clients and business associates. These days Realtors have to know all about their markets, they have to know short sale transactions, REOs, they must know a little mortgage, a little title, some law, etc. in order to be an excellent source of knowledge for your clients.

I also think that a good agent must have a good rolodex. Got to have good Real Estate professionals (loan officers, attorneys, etc.) as part of your team. Patience, solid work ethic and a creative mind as well.
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Wed Mar 21, 2012
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Tue Mar 20, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
You can check with the building's department, they should have one on file; or consider a new survey...
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Thu Jan 19, 2012
Nimreta Sandhu answered:
Hi Ruth, Look at the this document :, it will probably give you some information regarding the oil tank.
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Fri Sep 2, 2011
Century 21 Prevete/Bastone answered:
Speak to your attorney. Depends how the contract was written and what was agreed to.
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
For any necessary legal advice, do consult with your attorney; for any permit information, it's always best to contact the local building's department...
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Mon Nov 18, 2013
Gail Gladstone answered:
If you do list with two Realtors at the same time, you run the risk of having to pay two commissions.

Your options are to get a release from your Realtor and hire another or wait until your listing agreement runs out and then hire another.

Two things to consider when a property is not selling: 1) is it priced accurately; and, 2) is it being properly marketed.
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