The owner of the condo I'm renting has informed me that he's putting it on the market, and had a realtor check out the place and talk to me. He thinks any future buyer will likely be a professional real estate buyer, who will continue with the lease arrangement I currently have, but there's no assurance that this will be the case. Meanwhile, another apartment has opened up in the same complex, a complex which I love. Do I stay or move? [more inside]
As a buyer, what is the best way to select a realtor in an unfamiliar city? Also, is it beneficial to work with a single realtor, or should we set appointments with two or more? [more inside]
I'm going to get my real estate broker license and want to take the required class hours online (90 for WA state). There are a number of sites that offer the classes, however none have impressed me in the least. Is there something out there I just haven't found? [more inside]
I'm in the process of buying a townhouse (close in a few days). A friend who referred my realtor to me mentioned in passing that she gave my realtor a bottle of wine at closing as a thank you gift. Is this a thing? [more inside]
I am moving to a city of 10,000 people in rural America (and across the country from the city that I live now). After months of using Trulia and other online tools, it has become clear to me that I need the help of a local realtor to show me around and help me find a house to rent. There is just so few rental listing online. However, I don't understand how compensation works in that situation. Do I pay them a commission if they find me a place? Does the homeowner?
I'm apartment hunting and it's really important for me to get a great apartment that satisfies all my requirements. Being comfortable in my home is crucial to my quality of life. So, I'm willing to put lots of time into my search, by seeing many apartments (more than would be usual) and spending a good amount of time looking at each one. I'm looking at fairly high-end places. The issue is that I don't want to wear out the realtors' patience. There are only a few realtors in my area, and they need to accompany me on each visit. They are showing me these apartments for free, since they only make money once I sign a lease. I want to make it worth their while so they don't get frustrated or impatient when I keep asking to see new apartments. I'm happy to pay them for their time, but don't know if that would be a good thing to suggest. Or maybe give them gifts to show my appreciation? Any advice would be welcomed.
My wife and I will be sitting down with a real estate buyer's broker over the weekend as we start our home search. The broker would like to represent us exclusively, which I'm not necessarily averse to, but I'd like your recommendations for how to chose a broker to help us be certain she would be the right fit before wasting our time. [more inside]
I've gotten engaged so it's time to sell the bachelor pad (2br/1ba/1k sq ft) and buy a bigger house with the Soon To Be Mrs Toole Box and her kids. Final Jeopardy: I'm still living in it. [more inside]
We're entering our third season of trying to buy a house in a very hot real estate market, and just lost another one. Our agent is a really nice person, but we feel like she's just not doing that much for us. I'd appreciate some thoughts on if our expectations are realistic. [more inside]
I am assisting family members as they work to move out and sell their condo in Saint Paul, MN. We are looking for a local, reputable Realtor to manage the selling process. Can any MeFites provide a firsthand referral for a Realtor you had an excellent experience using? Also, what dangers or warning signs should we look out for as we navigate this process?
I have a relative attempting to sell her house in Vermont. She has a realtor but finding an appropriate buyer is going to be tricky for a number of reasons. Are there any good "alternative" ways to market a house above and beyond what the realtor is doing? [more inside]
Our buyer's agent isn't working out. We are under contract, currently in the home-inspection-contingency phase. What happens if we fire him and get another agent? How do the agents involved divide the commission? Will another agent be willing to represent us for what is presumably a reduced commission? [more inside]
Apparently we're going to buy a house, and that necessitates finding a buyers agent. I'm in the process of setting up meetings with a few realtors (referrals from friends, ones we've met at open houses, etc.) but I have no idea what to expect from these meetings. What should I ask them? What will they want to know from me? What should I be looking for? [more inside]
I want to rent a retail spot in Toronto to move an already established business into. I know absolutely nothing about commercial realty. Help me get the best deal I can without looking like a moron... [more inside]
A coworker asserts that there is a regional prevalence to the pronunciation of the word "realtor" by adding a vowel between the l and the t, and I want to know more about that pronunciation. [more inside]
Fell in love with a house. Currently own a house. Want to grab this potential house fast yet as of today, didn't prequalify yet, didn't put up current house for sale, don't have a broker to look for mortgages, etc. I have bonds to cash in for a down payment on the next house but just don't know how to get the ball rolling so fast. What steps do I need to take to make sure I'm not getting over my head too fast? I'm bad with change (esp. involving money) and am freaking out on what to do, how much to cash in, were to find a broker, etc. Anything I need to know regarding selling? My home is my first home (been there 11 years). Worse case scenario, will probably break even with sale. I have zero clue if a seller is responsible for closing costs on both houses, just the one we're buying or selling, what percentage does a realtor get? Do I have to pay the realtor who showed the new house? The potential house is absolutely perfect and don't want to lose it with the process taking up time. But also feel odd making such a huge move, so fast, when current house didn't sell. Do banks look bad upon 2 temporary mortgages? This is only going under my name so I'm freaking about 2 mortgages along with other costs for moving, living, etc.
I am looking for a rental agent in San Francisco, but I'm confused about how they work. I am looking for the equivalent of a realtor -- someone who has access to all the listings, and will show me various properties (regardless of who owns them) until I find one I like. Does this exist for renting, and do you have any recommendations for someone who does this work? [more inside]
My friends and I are looking to move into this new place, and I can't help but feel there's something odd about the couple we're renting from... [more inside]
Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP! Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
To self-list or not not self-list ... this is the question. Do we list by ourselves thru a discount broker on MLS and use an realtor to help us find a new house or do we go ahead and list thru a standard broker that will do both and pay them the extra % in commission. Details inside. [more inside]
Recommend a great realtor in Atlanta. Difficulty: I want an old, cheap house. [more inside]
New listing agent doesn't want to present our offer until his client has had the opportunity to go back to the bank and then maybe submit an offer next week. Our offer expires tomorrow night and our realtor has reminded him so. [more inside]
Realty-Ethics Filter - My parents are selling their house in California. Their realtor presented an offer, from her son and daughter-in-law. I understand it is legal in California for a realtor to represent buyer and seller both, but this seems like a particularly acute conflict of interest. Advice appreciated. [more inside]
I am moving with my family from Texas to Connecticut in early September and need some assistance finding housing. Can anyone recommend a good realtor in Fairfield County, particularly for looking at rental houses? Given our short time frame, we are especially looking for someone who is proactive and can spend a lot of time with us over a few days.
Is it normal for an escrow company to request addition of an addendum AFTER all the papers have been signed but before officially closing? [more inside]
We've outgrown our living space, but despite having the cash and flexibility to move tomorrow, are apparently unable to do so. Lengthy ridiculous details within. [more inside]
What, exactly, should my realtor be doing? [more inside]
What happens to my Illinois Unemployment benefits once I get my first commission as a Realtor? Am I SOL? [more inside]
NYC Realestate filter. Best ways to find an apartment sublet this August, and then a rental. Must be on the E/F subway line. Questions about subletting/renting -> Clinton/MidtownEast/LIC-queens neighborhoods follow. [more inside]
What questions should we ask the realtor who will be selling the house we are renting? [more inside]
I'd like to rent a house that I'd eventually like to buy, but I don't know how much to offer. Any ideas? [more inside]
How do I go apartment shopping in a small town? [more inside]
We are about to close on a new property. The loan is set; all systems are go, but my realtor just called to say that she can't make the closing date because she's been invited to some shindig in another state and wants to know if we can change it. Do we need her there for anything? [more inside]
What's the best way to get this 100-year-old house marketed and sold without it becoming the money pit first? Oh, and I'm 1,500 miles away. [more inside]
How should we prepare to meet with a realtor to sell a home? [more inside]
What are good choices for lead management/CRM solutions for Realtors? Something that can be integrated with a Realtor's website (in terms of lead capture, etc.) would be preferable, especially if it can work with Drupal. I'm asking as part of a web design/marketing team that may work with a Realtor soon.
Realtors, why? [more inside]
How can I find a good realtor in San Francisco? [more inside]
Should my aunt also be my realtor? [more inside]
How can we sell our house, when everyone is scared off by the vacant burned house next door? [more inside]
I've got some doubts about our current SoCal real estate agent. At first, there didn't seem to be a problem. But recent events have made me wonder if we're wasting his time. [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for realtors in Olympia, WA. Failing that, seeking suggestions for how to find a good realtor if you don't know many people locally to ask. [more inside]
How do we sell a house in the U.S. from abroad ASAP? [more inside]
In January we moved across the country and put our house on the market. Our realtor is a friend of the family. I had misgivings about using a friend, but, he has helped us a lot in the last few years and I felt we should go with him. Since January he has contacted us twice, once to tell us about an open house and another time to ask a few questions from potential buyers. I email him about once a month and usually have to wait 2 - 3 days for a response. Often the response does not address our questions. Instead we get a brief personal greeting followed by what feels like a form response. I want to address his lack of communication, but, as this is the first time I've sold a house, I don't know what is reasonable to expect from a realtor. What level of communication is reasonable to expect given our location/situation?
We've been waiting a week for a response to our offer on an REO (foreclosure) property. Today we got a bank addendum.. [more inside]
Help us start to look for a house? [more inside]
We're considering purchasing a home by ourselves, without using a buyer's agent. General pros/cons? And if it's possible to save on commissions by doing this, how should we introduce that idea into the process? [more inside]
What are our options in closing on our first home? (Details inside) [more inside]
Why do realtor often put their picture on "for sale" sign?
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