Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Selling,Allentown- PA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Allentown-PA/home-selling/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Sell or renovate to sell? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sell-or-renovate-to-sell/515406/ My fianc&eacute; currently owns a house in Allentown (east side), and he is debating whether to sell or to do some cosmetic renovations and then sell.<br/><br/> He and his ex-wife purchased the house together about 10 years ago, and when they got divorced, they made a large mistake: they estimated the value of the house if they had sold it at the time, and they put a lien on the house in his ex-wife's name for half of the estimated profit they would've made. That figure is $12,500. While I understand this was a ridiculous mistake to make at the time, we are now trying to figure out how to best resolve this situation.<br/><br/> He cannot re-finance the house in his name and lock in a better interest rate without her signing off on the lien, which she is unwilling to do. Thus, he is looking to put his house on the market, pay off the lien once he sells it, and bank the remainder of the money. The problem is that he had the house appraised in fall 2012, and it appraised at 120,000. He owes $105,000 on the house. After paying off the lien, this would leave him with a grand total of $2,500, minus half of the realtor fees and costs of selling the house.<br/><br/> He is considering doing some cosmetic renovations to the house - painting, installing crown molding, replacing carpet, new toilet, fixtures, etc. in order to increase the sale price of the house. He's hoping to increase to around $130,000 to at least make some money off of the sale.<br/><br/> Is this realistic with only cosmetic changes? It's a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house with a detached garage, off street parking, a corner fenced in lot. I'm not sure how much the cosmetic costs will run - maybe $2,000 - $3,000? He's handy, so he could do most of the installation by himself, but the cost of materials will still be a factor. Is this work worth it?&nbsp;<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sell-or-renovate-to-sell/515406/ 2013-10-15T20:03:00Z selling house http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/selling-house/514867/ 4 replies Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/selling-house/514867/ 2013-10-10T21:58:00Z I want to sell my own house. Can i list it on Zillow? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-to-sell-my-own-house-Can-i-list-it-on-Zillow/474880/ I can't figure out how to do that on my Zillow App. On mu ipad.<br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-to-sell-my-own-house-Can-i-list-it-on-Zillow/474880/ 2013-01-18T15:31:00Z How do I sell my home privately when I'm in foreclosure ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-sell-my-home-privately-when-I%27m-in-foreclosure/469408/ 1 reply Sun, 25 Nov 2012 05:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-sell-my-home-privately-when-I%27m-in-foreclosure/469408/ 2012-11-25T05:18:00Z How do I get you to correct libelous misinformation you posted about my property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-get-you-to-correct-libelous-misinformation-you-posted-about-my-property/428356/ <p>Zillow's posting for 1130 W. Linden St. misrepresents the rents and the mortgage</p><br \><br \>14 replies Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-get-you-to-correct-libelous-misinformation-you-posted-about-my-property/428356/ 2012-01-11T14:32:00Z Ask our community... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Ask-our-community/416392/ I have a 2007 Commodore Mobile Home that I have now had listed for over 2 years. I have listed it with two different mobile home companies as well as a realtor. I've already reduced my price three times. I know that the newer homes are not selling as fast and I'm trying not to sound inpatient but this taken longer than expected.<br/><br/>Does anyone have any tips that I can try?<br/><br/>Thanks!<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 21 Sep 2011 01:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Ask-our-community/416392/ 2011-09-21T01:34:00Z How can I update the description of my house so that it's accurate? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-update-the-description-of-my-house-so-that-it%27s-accurate/411643/ 2 replies Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-update-the-description-of-my-house-so-that-it%27s-accurate/411643/ 2011-08-14T20:26:00Z how can i find a history of selling prices of a home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-find-a-history-of-selling-prices-of-a-home/402009/ 2 replies Mon, 06 Jun 2011 12:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-find-a-history-of-selling-prices-of-a-home/402009/ 2011-06-06T12:48:00Z Im interested in either selling my to buy proptery or take out a home equity home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Im-interested-in-either-selling-my-to-buy-proptery-or-take-out-a-home-equity-home/375249/ 1 reply Wed, 17 Nov 2010 02:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Im-interested-in-either-selling-my-to-buy-proptery-or-take-out-a-home-equity-home/375249/ 2010-11-17T02:36:00Z How can I delete photos posted by previous owner? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-delete-photos-posted-by-previous-owner/313563/ Some photos are no longer relevant or accurate--how can they be deleted?&nbsp; I only see option to add.&nbsp; If I don't choose to add at this time, how can some old photos be deleted?&nbsp; Thanks!<br \><br \>1 reply Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-delete-photos-posted-by-previous-owner/313563/ 2010-01-10T22:13:00Z HOW DO I EDIT MY PROPERTY AND SCHOOL TAX INFORMATION, ON ZILLOW? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/HOW-DO-I-EDIT-MY-PROPERTY-AND-SCHOOL-TAX-INFORMATION-ON-ZILLOW/312682/ 0 replies Thu, 07 Jan 2010 21:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/HOW-DO-I-EDIT-MY-PROPERTY-AND-SCHOOL-TAX-INFORMATION-ON-ZILLOW/312682/ 2010-01-07T21:32:00Z I have a "MAKE ME MOVE" listing for a house I own. I forget my sign-on and P/W Need to remove HELP! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-have-a-MAKE-ME-MOVE-listing-for-a-house-I-own-I-forget-my-sign-on-and-P-W-Need-to-remove-HELP/293961/ 1 reply Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-have-a-MAKE-ME-MOVE-listing-for-a-house-I-own-I-forget-my-sign-on-and-P-W-Need-to-remove-HELP/293961/ 2009-11-03T13:44:00Z Selling Condo in Macungie PA for FL one. Can't store Boxes-Place like furniture. What else can I do? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Selling-Condo-in-Macungie-PA-for-FL-one-Can%27t-store-Boxes-Place-like-furniture-What-else-can-I-do/225072/ I place metal or wood items in boxes for the Garage. Throughout home, I stack boxes, as if they were Furniture. The heaviest compact box goes on the bottom. I took the tops off tables; and removed&nbsp;some pieces to the Garage and an extra room. I left Dry bar, Fireplace, Kitchen and Laundry Rm(s) clear and uncluttered. Window Treatments remain with the condo. Smaller Patio furniture is out on the Patio. Bathrooms are spotless.&nbsp; Any suggestions beyond decor and cleaning?<br \><br \>5 replies Sat, 18 Apr 2009 05:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Selling-Condo-in-Macungie-PA-for-FL-one-Can%27t-store-Boxes-Place-like-furniture-What-else-can-I-do/225072/ 2009-04-18T05:55:00Z home value http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/home-value/184586/ 1 reply Sun, 04 Jan 2009 15:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/home-value/184586/ 2009-01-04T15:32:00Z