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Andy Linss

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19 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Realtor Broker (31 years experience)

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

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Possible to sell home with Web 2.0 FSBO no MLS?

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Anything's possible.  The question is what is most likely, and for what amount.  Statistically homes sell for more than do FSBO's, but I'm not sure that is really needed.  The fact is that most buyers are working with Realtors and Realtors are looking that the MLS and are not seeking out homes on other websites.  Therefore your premise counts on the fact that the client will find the home and bring it to their Realtor's attention?  I'm sure that might happen too, but it is also likely not to. And unless you are then cooperating by paying the buyer's Realtor commission, you will lose those prospective buyers. Then there is the simple fact that most negotiations go smoother with a mediator. This is because the mediator can diffuse confrontation and soften the emotional impact of this very personal transaction.  You appear to be tech savvy, so perhaps you can get as much exposure as most Realtors, but many websites do get sindicated feeds from the MLS so there will be many sites you are missing, and on the sites you can get on, you may pay a fee and/or not get ranked as high in the results list.  (Some Realtors pay fees to be 'premier' or sponsored agents so their listings filter to the top of the results list).  Along with other comments here, I might question how you determined the value of your home (how objective could you be), do you have the correct paperwork, and do you know all of the techniques/tactics that might position you better in the transaction? The fact is that the majority of For Sale by Owners eventually list with a Realtor (at least in my areas) so whereas I defend your right, and even recommend your attempt to sell your home on your own (because you are tech savvy and might not feel satisfied until you try it for yourself), I suspect that listing with a good Realtor is likely to net the better result.  We may never know because unfortunately there is no way to test both methods on one house.  I certainly wish you luck and hope that you are happy with the results.  That's the most important thing.

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Buying in the suburbs - Where is a city girl to start?

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As you can see, this is a matter of choice!  All of Chicagoland is great and provides it's unique benefits.  I never looked back after moving from the city, but I also drive a lot more!  There are suburbs that offer many of the city aspects (as shown here), but before I would recommend something specific, I'd have to know a lot more.  Where do you work? What do you like to do for recreation/weekends, are you handy, do you travel a lot?  What are your future plans? etc, etc. There are a lot of questions that should be asked before recommending anything specific.

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My townhouse unlike others have 2.5 bathrooms and water front view, why priced comparatively lower?

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If you claim your home, you can edit the facts from the property detail page  http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1308-Woodchuck-Ln-1308-Naperville-IL-60563/4507048_zpid/   Zillow will take these into account when it re-evaluates your home.  There is no guarantee that they will raise the zestimate as Zillow guards it's formula pretty carefully.  It is important to note that the zestimate is not a true evaluation of value and is primarily calculated off of Tax data, so it may not be so important to correct it, especially if you are not selling.  That's up to you.

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Buying in the suburbs - Where is a city girl to start?

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You should probably try to find a single agent that can assist you with narrowing down the suburban candidates.  That agent should have a grasp of the different areas and might even take you around, but may also refer you to other agents if you narrow in on an unfamiliar suburb.  Going through one agent will limit the confusion and competition aspect and that agent can better track your likes and dislikes.  There would be no additional costs for this as the seller pays the commission.  I for one moved from Chicago to Glenview and have lived south as well but I now specialize in the Western Suburbs with a few Chicago clients as well. my website is [hotlink removed by Zillow moderator]

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how mush is the home at 705 w washinton st harvard ill.

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I found 706 W Washington for $37,900 and 715 W Washington for $99,000.  There are several others available in that immediate area ranging up to $129,900.  I did not find 705 Washington listed on the MLS. 

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is 3219 randy rd joliet il available

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I don't see any reference to 3219 Randy being for sale recently.  Where did you see that (zillow doesn't show it for sale either).  3219 Cathy (water front for $159,900) is currently available and there are several nice brick ranch homes in that neighborhood available for between $94K up to over $200K.  Please let me know if I can assist you.

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I am paying cash for a house purchase. I might be short by a couple thousand dollars due to fees..

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You would be in default on the purchase if you can't close (with the entire amount due) by the closing date, so if you haven't negotiated a price on the purchase, that seems to be your best option is to make sure you don't pay more than you can afford for the new place.  Without knowing your circumstances, you should consider a small mortgage or immediate equity line of credit to give yourself some breathing room. The last thing you need in this economy is to be totally broke should some emergency happen (God forbid).  Your Realtor should help you figure this out.  If you are using the same Realtor for the purchase that you used for the sale, make sure they know your financial restrictions before negotiating the purchase (if possible).  Best Wishes! Please let us know how everything works out? 

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I currently own the property at 831 South Kensington in La Grange Il.

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If you go to the detail view of the listing that you want removed (one shows 2 baths and the other 1.5).  You can click on Edit link (under the description) and then Problems with this Home link.  You can select Other and report this as a duplicate (ask to remove it).  A lot of times, north kensington (LP) and south get confused, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.  Good luck.  I know the area and although the price is down from when you bought, the Zestimate is extremely low.  Don't let that bother you.

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Just after a loan modification, how soon can one sell?

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In my opinion it doesn't matter what money you have into the house or loan modification.  What does matter is what your current situation is compared to your future potential. In other words look to the future, not the past.  Your house is worth what it is worth.  If you'd prefer a different house or can find a home that fits your family and finances better, make a plan to make that happen.  Do some homework so you are sure you are making a good decision. Get a few Realtor opinions on what your home can actually sell for and look over the comparables they provide carefully to make sure you agree. (there are specific techniques to doing this). Investigate homes that might seem more suitable and try to imagine yourself actually living there and paying the monthly cost. If it still seems right, make it happen.  (There is a lot more to this, but perhaps not right for this forum).  Find someone to advocate for you!

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In a development where units are almost exactly alike, why do you use comps from outside

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As far as I understand it, Zillow does not do any research on specific subdivisions in order to come up with the Zestimate.  It has global algorithms that are proprietary (and secret) to try to guesstimate the value of homes based on a lot of parameters, many of which are related to TAX data.  Therefore your specific knowledge of the subdivision is better than anything Zillow can estimate.  There is a disclaimer and explanation on each page where a Zestimate appears. I found the accuracy chart to be particularly interesting because it shows how often they are within 20% of a sale price, but that means that (for my area) a full 30% of the time, they are off by more than 20%.  Your best bet is a Realtor to get an accurate estimate of your home's value.

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