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Home Selling in Raleigh : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Apr 18, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Keep in mind that when you are ready and need to sell, no matter the area, it's always a good time to sell--as for average days--they will vary, based on location, price, property size, schools, condition, etc. ... more
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Thu Dec 20, 2012
Mike Jaquish answered:

In Seller Financing, you would expect to own the property, encumbered by a loan and deed of trust.
You would be an owner.

Rent to own is undefined, but you would not own until you finance or pay the purchase price.
You would be a tenant.

Do not venture into either without legal counsel from your own attorney. These are not arrangements that can be properly done verbally or by laymen, or that you should enter into casually.
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Mon Jul 19, 2010
Dp2 answered:
An option that you probably haven't considered is having him sell his property with seller financing.
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Wed Jun 30, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
Locating the homeowners should be fairly easy.

Owners who've moved and their homes are vacant: Just search the MLS for listings with the comment or notation "vacant." And don't overlook vacant rentals, either.

Owners on vacation: Network with travel agencies. Let them know the service you're offering (peace of mind for someone on a long trip). Possibly offer a finder's fee. Or you might not even have to do that if the peace of mind is enough to persuade some people that it's safe to go on a trip and leave their homes.

As far as how to price those services: It depends, in part, on your objective. Is it to make money? If so, I'm not sure there's a huge opportunity. House sitters usually get paid fairly little. What they're getting in return is a nice place to live for a while. If you're trying to make contacts (with owners whose homes aren't listed), then it might make financial sense to charge very little. Make a good impression, establish a good relationship, and some of those folks will come back to you when they're ready to sell.

Hope that helps.
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Thu Dec 26, 2013
Real Estate SINY answered:
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Mon Nov 30, 2009
Mike Jaquish answered:
Hi, Laura,

It depends on the home and inspector.

Methods differ, with some inspectors doing more documentation and paperwork on the premises, and some entering data into a computer to produce a report later.
Small homes take less time than large homes.
Homes in great condition take less time than homes that have a ton of issues.

I would guess that 2 to 4 hours is reasonable for an inspection.
You should have your report the same day, or next morning at the latest.

If you have a radon test performed, you can plan on 48 hours for the test, with results the same day.
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Thu Oct 29, 2009
Rochelle Wells asked:
click on it. My office number is (919)518-8134 and my email address is
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Thu Sep 17, 2009
Mike Jaquish answered:
Small neighborhood in a great location that is getting more congested.

Are you looking at Selling?
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Thu Oct 1, 2009
Nogui Aramburo answered:
Go to my profile, listings and view my listings. If they don't show up- do a search by MLS number. If they still don't show up, then they were never added. You can add them yourself or use a service like postlets that is free and will post them on Trulia for you. Hope this helps! ... more
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Sun Aug 23, 2009
Mimi Francis answered:
Your agent should be able to show you average showings for similarly priced homes in your area - that's a report that I run for my Sellers every week. I'd also suggest that you ask to see the feedback from previous showings - my Sellers see exactly what I do but I know some agents like to 'screen' the feedback. Houses are moving in our area - I had a listing go under contract in just 14 days last month - but it *is* a tougher market. . . ... more
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Mon Oct 26, 2009
Wendy Norman answered:
It depends... I have to upload mine individually and create the listing myself. They aren't automatically downloaded from or the MLS system. It also can take up to 48 hrs or so for them to approve the listing before it "appears" on Trulia so that they have time to verify the info/content.

Hope that helps!
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Fri Jun 19, 2009
Mike Jaquish answered:
Your contract will indicate the consequences of a delayed closing.
What does your contract tell you?

This is truly a question for your agent or attorney.
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Tue Apr 28, 2009
Mike Jaquish answered:
You may see a day or two lag before it shows on Google.
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Sun Apr 26, 2009
Sheri Moritz answered:
There are areas around Raleigh where pricing has not dropped and in some cases have even appreciated. In most all areas of Raleigh the number of sales have dropped but not always the pricing. If you are interested in the statistics and/or information about any area in particular feel free to contact me. ... more
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Mon Apr 20, 2009
Dana Schuster answered:
if you are not represented by an agent,you can't list here,but you can use the blog section to advertise & upload pictures.
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Tue Mar 24, 2009
Wendy Norman answered:
That's something you'll have to discuss with your listing agent. as per your listing agreement.. if you have a listing agreement w/ a firm, then other Realtors can't legally provide you with advice about what to do... ask your agent about current market conditions, competitive pricing, and then make an educated decision from there while keeping your bottom line in mind... price is ultimately what sells houses. Good luck w/ the sale of your house and w/ the new job! Have a great day! ... more
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Jeff K answered:
Hi Sullivan,

Oh gosh a complex and tough question. My first concern is how well these homes are marketed, especially in a very competitive buyers market. Are you just marketing them on your own or did you pay to list them in the MLS and places like and other common sites for broader exposure? Are you willing to pay a % to the buyers realtor for bringing the deal to you? It should be worth your while - you need as many people "selling" for you as possible.

Any decent real estate lawyer should be able to write up the contracts for you - this is just standard contract law after all. The best part of seller financing of course is that if they default that you get your house back - but gosh only knows in what condition. In theory, their down payment to you off-sets some of this risk.

This is cheating a bit but you may wish to ensure that they are listed as single family homes, rather than townhouses - to help ensure a broader audience for people looking. Townhomes are often just as good to many people as single families - provided the association fees are reasonable - especially if they are a low quarterly #. A LOT of agents list townhomes and even condos in this way. Should they as professionals in the field - well ... no - but it happens quite a lot.
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Mon Feb 23, 2009
Erica McClenny answered:
There are buyers shopping everywhere but honestly, the higher valued homes are selling slower then homes under $417,000. The Jumbo mortgage market is really hurting the larger homes with larger price tags!

I'd suggest that you interview several agents. My team offers a virtual listing presentation to make the choice simple. Honestly, an "outside the box" marketing plan is need now more than ever to sell homes. You cannot just stick a home in the Multiple Listing System and cross your fingers and wait. A Realtor has to pound the pavement and find buyers!

I'm more than happy to get you some information about sales that are comparable with your home. ITB can be tricky!
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Thu Jan 29, 2009
Roger Kenney answered:
Alex,We would be more than willing to assist you with a rent to own deal.
If you could forward the details of your property ,we could arrange for a meeting and discuss your options.
We look forward to your response/

Roger Kenney
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Fri Jan 23, 2009
Craig Fox answered:

If the room is heated and cooled by the wall unit, it may count as living area if other criteria are met. Go to the following link and click on "Residential Square Footage Guidelines" to see a complete set of the guidelines for measuring square footage.

Craig Fox
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