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Home Selling in Pleasanton : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Mar 20, 2013
John Souerbry answered:
Termite damage/visible infestation, bad smells, faulty wiring, plumbing problems, general buyer remorse - and my all time favorite... buyer just had their offer accepted on another house they like better than yours. ... more
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Sun Aug 4, 2013
Taj Weldon answered:
Ask your bk attorney , you won't find legal advisors on here.
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Wed Mar 20, 2013
Taj Weldon answered:
Real estate agents are one of the most effective resource for increasing property value.Since Real Estate Agents see homes everyday we may notice features that need to be enhanced on your property.But here is a short list.
1.Repair any items that are needing repair....patch up holes, fix the leaky faucet etc.Most buyers prefer a move in ready home.Minor repiars needed may deter a potential buyer.
2. Paint white walls. Neutrals give an inviting feeling.
3.Curb Appeal, maintain the lawn, cut the bushes down.The buyers first impression is made when driving up to your home.Get rid of any eye sores.
4.Declutter. Get rid of any clutter on the floors that makes your home look small.Put items into storage if you need to.
5.if your budget allows , upgrade the kitchen. Buyere are into Granite Counter tops.Outdated kitchems can reduce the amount a buyer is willing to pay for your home.It may even date your home, making it look older than
it is.
6.Landscape the backyard, it doesnt have to be fancy or expensive but buyers want a home that they can move into and enjoy.Without taking on too many projects.

I hope that gives you a good idea of where to start.

Taj Weldon
Real Estate Agent
DRE 01816152
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Sat Aug 13, 2011
Ron Thomas answered:
I have used North American Title, Fidelity Title and Chicago Title:
I suggest you make friends and ask them to do a GFE for you.
You can try to employ them in your Sale.

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Tue Dec 21, 2010
Denice Nagel answered:
Happy Holidays Bd...

.For a clarification point only Pest Inspections will identify items as Section 1 (items needing immediate attention) and will have a monetary number attached...that $amount is what that particular company will charge to remedy. Section 2 items(monitor for the future) with no $ amount attached. The inspector may or may not inspect a fence unless they are specifically asked to.

Each purchase contract is different when addressing pest are probably working with the CAR (California Association of Realtors) contract in your area. Inspections are key points in negotiations and should be stated clearly and concisely in a contract and all parties must be very clear on the terms.

Lenders these days may look very closely on these...Hopefully you are working with a very experienced listing agent and that the buyers agent is as experienced.

In summation and to hopefully answer your question...if there has been a pest inspection
performed on this fence and it was determined to have dry rot,fungus or some other intrusive issue it will be a section 1 item.

Well Bd....I hope this is helpful....If I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to email me. Cheers Denice Nagel Coldwell Banker
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Wed Oct 20, 2010
Pacita Dimacali answered:
What kind of bankruptcy? Is the property attached to the filing?

Most often, filing for bankruptcy delays but won't stop foreclosure

But the more important question is, does the seller even want to sell or is he going to hang on for dear life for as long as he can? ... more
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Wed Oct 13, 2010
Eric H. Wong answered:
I think this could further delay the already long recovery of the housing market. No one has said that these homes were not supposed to be foreclosed on, rather B of A and Chase did not process them correctly. This is wrong, and they should be held accountable, but it just means this massive tide of foreclosures is going to sweep in much more slowly, and degrade the real estate market for a much longer period of time.

My 2 cents, may only be worth 2 cents.
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Tue Jul 6, 2010
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Any reason why you don't want to?

These are required disclosures. It's not hard to imagine how this disclosure was overlooked since there are so many. This disclosure is intended to let people acknowledge that they know about these requirements and that these should be completed as a condition of closing escrow.

Certainly won't cause you a lot of time to oblige the request and keep the transaction ending on a high note.
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Wed Apr 6, 2011
Short Sales United answered:
Well I was hoping to find some info on ING Short Sales here as well......but i guess no one has worked on any.... :(
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Sun Feb 21, 2010
Joe Nernberg answered:
Start with to find a certified home inspector. Then, ask to see a sample report. Interview the home inspector about his/her qualifications, construction experience, delivery turn-around and insurance. Be prepared to describe the home. How many square feet? Raised foundation or slab on grade? Anything else to be inspected (swimming pool, hot tub, guest house, etc.)?

Then ask for a fee quote.
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Thu Dec 10, 2009
Susan Schall answered:
Hi Anna - It's hard to know if selling now is better than selling in the spring. People buy all year long, and I've had multiple offers on Christmas Eve, offers on New Years Day, etc. There if very little inventory right now, so a plus to selling now would be that the buyers out looking will likely see your home. Interest rates are really low right now and the home buyer credits combine to make it a prime time to buy. Another reason to sell now, many people like to move their kids to new schools at obvious breaks - The winter break coming up makes a good moving time for many families. If you're going to sell now - you need to get going right now - I wouldn't recommned kicking off the house for sale in January.

Most people sell in the spring and summer - so if you wait, you'll get better weather, possibly a better looking yard, more competition, etc.

I have found that the home buying/selling cycle goes something like this in Pleasanton: March starts the spring selling, peak in May, small lull in June, then big peak in July/August, lull in September/October then people try to get houses before the holidays, so a small peak in Nov/Dec and very often almost completely dead in January/Feb as people pay off Christmas and get ready for taxes.

Good luck with your decision!
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Thu Oct 8, 2009
Doug Buenz & The 680 Group answered:
Hi -

This is a really complicated situation. A lot depends on how long ago you rented out the condo, and if you are renting now, etc. The complicating factor is the "departure residence rule" that FNMA uses. In a nut shell, you can't use rental income to offset your payment on your primary residence. Thus, you would have to count the payment on the condo and the new home, and you would have to qualify to carry both. Without more information, it is hard to tell. It will get down to how long you have rented out the condo, and intent.

Here is an article I wrote about the subject

Best of luck,

Doug Buenz
Alain Pinel Realtors
(925) 463-2000
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Fri Sep 25, 2009
The Medford Team answered:

Talk to Michelle - we've encountered this many times. It's becoming a very common scenario.
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Sun Sep 6, 2009
Fred Griffin answered:
Commissions are Negotiable.

Any discussion between Real Estate Brokers or Agents regarding the "current commission rate", even on a website like Trulia, could be construed as a violation of Federal Anti-Trust Law. So you probably won't see any specific answers here.

Agents from Rock Hill will probably contact you upon reading this post, and let you know what their company charges.

Be sure to consider using a Flat Fee MLS Broker.

Whoever you choose to work with, make certain that you understand what you are paying for, when you are paying it, and if you are locked into a long-term listing agreement that will require you to pay a Cancellation Fee if you want to get out of it.

See a Real Estate Attorney for Legal Advice.

Best wishes,
Fred Griffin
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Wed Jul 22, 2009
Fred Griffin answered:
Commissions and Fees are Negotiable.

Interview several agents. Meet at their office.

When selling, interview both Traditional Real Estate Companies and Flat Fee MLS Real Estate Companies.

Some qualities to look for in an Agent or Broker:
use of technology to market your listing worldwide - negotiating skills - experience - references - personality.

Also, will the Listing Agent or Broker stay with you, or will they pass it off to an Assistant or "Team Member"?

Best wishes to you,
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Mon Jan 12, 2009
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi Mark, I would be pleased to assist you.

Best Regards,

Steven A. Ornellas, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, CMPS, RE Masters, MBA
REALTOR® / Mortgage Banker-Broker / Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
Steven Anthony Real Estate & Financial Services
Expect Excellence. Get What You Expect.â„¢
Cell: 510.461.6011
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Sun Mar 13, 2011
Vickie Nagy answered:
Hello John,

The purchase agreement that buyer and seller signed outlines your obligations. Did you initial the arbitation clause? Please review the signed purchase agreement with your agent...then with a real estate attorney.

Kindest Regards,
Vickie Nagy
Realtor® - ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SRES
(925) 407-7987 cell
Empire Realty Associates, 380 Diablo Rd, Danville, CA 94526
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Wed Apr 16, 2008
Steve Hirschler answered:
You should get a local Realtor to give you a market value. Pricing your home correctly is one of the most important things an agent can help you with. Knowing the local Real Estate market, comparables of sold and active homes, is part of this equation. Your homes actual location and upgrades are also important. Don't try to set the price based on your needs or wants. The market sets the price. ... more
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Tue Apr 5, 2016
Diane Glander answered:
All commissions in all areas are negotiable. The breakdown is a 4 way split between listing agency, listing agent, buyers agency, and buyers agent. The actual percentages are determined by the listing agency. ... more
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Sat Feb 23, 2008
Rebecca Chambliss answered:
Generally staging helps clear the house of "extra" things and might add a few others (drapes, plants, accessories)..I think staging almost always is helpful. Buyers look through different eyes..but you could first try having a freind with good design sense come over and pretend to look at the townhouse as a buyer and make suggestions. Good Luck. ... more
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