Why do sellers overprice a property, and what will convince them to take a lower offer? What should I do about these specific properties that I am interested in? [more inside]
We put in an offer to buy a house. We got a text from our buyer's agent saying it was accepted. We signed the purchase agreement, still waiting for seller signature, but he and his listing agent are suddenly non-responsive...what could be the issue here? [more inside]
I'm putting my parents up in an airbnb in a major canadian city. The owner put the house on the market prior to renting it out and has shown it twice since my parents have been staying there. After the first time she promised it wouldn't happen again. I can't find anything referencing this issue on the airbnb site. Are there rules about this?
I will be selling my mom's house, an 1850s farmhouse on a nice piece of property with a creek. The realtor has given an estimate of about 225k, but I am wondering if I need a realtor who specializes in old / colonial houses. On paper the house is missing lots of features because of it's age: no garage, no central air, etc. but for the right buyer who is interested in it because of it's age I may be able to get more money for it. Are there realtors who specializes in old homes?
My family has decided we're relocating to Austin. We need help finding a trustworthy real estate agent to help us buy a home there, since we currently live in a different part of the country. [more inside]
We're house-hunting in the craziest market ever - SF Bay Area. Will you help me think this out? [more inside]
I'm thinking seriously about putting my home on the market (north of Boston). Which questions should I ask potential realtors? [more inside]
After a couple of meetings and tours of my house, a neighbor's sister is going to be making an offer on my house later tonight (via a scheduled phone call). I don't have a realtor, because I am just in the beginning stages of putting the house on the market. [more inside]
We adore our realtor, and are about to close on our new house. We want to give him a thank you gift, but champagne just doesn't seem like enough, nor particularly original. Any suggestions? Possibly pertinent: he's single, 50, fit, mild-mannered, very kind. We could spend $50-$75 (more?). Thanks!
Rental homes are few and far between where I live in Central PA. Click through if you might be able to answer some of my questions! [more inside]
Four days ago, we got an email from a realtor introducing herself as the person selling my landlord's house. She's been incredibly aggressive and rude in regards to viewings, and we do not trust her to respect our wishes if we ask her not to show the house at a certain time. It has been incredibly stressful, and it's only been one week. What are our rights here (detailed questions also within)? [more inside]
Part I of many building-a-new-home questions. I've found a vacant lot I'm interested in - do I need a realtor for the transaction, or will a real estate attorney suffice? [more inside]
Buying our first home, I'm would like to go with a buyer agent and have our first meeting set with one Saturday. I'm turning to the hive mind for your tip, tricks, questions, and other things you wish you would have done or found helpful during meeting with your realtor. [more inside]
I'm finally ready to put my Memphis house on the market again, so have to find an ethical, skilled professional realtor there (I live 3 hours away). Ideally this would be someone who learned the business, and performance standards, in at least one other major American city. [more inside]
Could you recommend a good real estate agent who really knows the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle? The Mr and I have rented in Ballard for 5 years and we want to stay here when we buy a home. We've run the numbers and we can afford it (now), but since there is so much subdivision and new construction, we want someone who's really got their finger on the pulse and can almost see the future. [more inside]
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]
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