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Gina DeGideo

Agent

Realtor (10 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Foreclosure

Advice

  • (35 Contributions,
  • 1 Best Answers,
  • 10 Helpful)

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When staging a home, what should be taken out, and what should be left?

Answer

Creating open spaces that are clutter-free is essential! You could consider removing some books if it makes the room seem cluttered and feel smaller. If you are planning on moving soon, it doesn't hurt to begin packing away some of your unused belongings to help the place feel more spacious. Money, valuables, medicines, personal documents, offensive material, and in some cases family pictures should be kept out of sight. Cleanliness and a fresh smell are also extremely important to making the buyer feel comfortable and welcomed into the home. You want the buyer to easily envision themselves living in the home, so don't give off an overwheling feeling of "your" space. Good luck to you!

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Asking for reviews

Answer

It should be pretty quickly. My reviews have come back within 1 week usually. It could have went to your clients' spam email, re-sending never hurts. :)

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What are my options? Owe more than it's worth but want to sell and take advantage of market

Response

Sunnyview & conklbm offer the best suggestions. The market is increasing in most states now, so it might be best to not sell for now. I don't believe any lenders will do the type of financing you are suggesting anymore. Generally, you are only to be qualified for the sales price and closing expenses as long as the home appraises. Handing out all the extra money is what got everyone into the housing mess in the first place. Good luck to you!

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Upside down loan

Response

Another option is to rent your home while you move to a more affordable home. Depending on your home and location, you may be able to rent it for equal to or more than your mortgage to turn a profit while you wait for a better time to sell.

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Agent to Agent...Deal with difficult agents

Response

I can completely relate to your situation. I too am an agent in AZ and on my very first offer I was cursed at and hung up on because my buyer did not want to play a game of bidding wars with all of the other supposed "above full price offers the listing agent had." I figured it couldn't get much worse than that. I have been practicing for over 6 years now and take pride in always conducting business in an honest and professional way. I highly suggest the same to you. In my most recent transaction I have been dealing with an agent who did not know how to draft an addendum, who has misled her seller into financial trouble, and now wants to baselessly accuse myself, the lender, and the title company of committing some sort of fraud. Some people just cannot conduct themselves in an honest and professional way, so we must be the example for them. It was completely illegal for the listing agent to go behind your back to contact your client if you either did not give consent for this, or if you were available to contact within 24 hrs. If it was not one of these 2 scenerios, they were committing an Ethics violation by contacting your client. Stick with it and maybe Arizona will institute some sort of mental health check in the future before handing out licenses.

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Earnest Deposit

Answer

In most cases if the buyer breaches the contract the seller will receive the earnest money, but it is completely different in every situation and the details should be explained in your purchase contract. If the buyer cancels the contract due to material defects discovered during the inspection period or an appraisal coming in under value, etc. (as long as you are within the proper timelines layed out in the contract "time is of the essence") you will be entitled to getting your earnest money back. If you have a Realtor, ask them, that's why you hired them. If not, you really need to thoroughly read your contract and understand it for yourself to protect your interests. Good luck!

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"as-is" disclosure

Response

You are right that the listing agent must have disclosed any information they knew about the home's condition. I have had clients that chose to go with another RE agent to re-list their home because they knew legally I would be disclosing any information I had learned of their property during our listing. Why do agents disclose? Not only for ethical reasons, but to not get sued!ASSUMING THEIR IS PROOF THE LISTING AGENT KNEW...If you were my client, my broker would be having a very serious discussion with the listing agent's broker to pay for that unnecessary inspection that was the cause of the contract falling through. You can often times file a complaint through your state's department of real estate. It will be investigated. If you don't see the results you want, you can always consult a real estate attorney.I hope you get reimbursed, but if it doesn't work out you can atleast be thankful you had the inspection before buying... good luck!

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Where can I go to find info about homes that are lease option?

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You can contact a local Realtor who will help you find the home you are looking for. The MLS has listings for lease-options & lease purchases. If you are in AZ feel free to contact me for help with this.Craigslist is another source to search, but I wouldn't recommend as it is so overpopulated with scams, and you will most likely be needing to put atleast $1000 down towards the potential purchase. Just please make sure you have a legally binding contract. Good luck!

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