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Christine McDaniel wrote:

Should a home buyer pay a "Processing and Handling fee" to buyers agency?

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This is common in my area.  Alot of companies and agents are adding them to cover the rising costs of business.  I'm seeing more and more of it at the closing table.  The fees seem to run from $125 to $300.I do not charge a buyer's fee, so it is FREE to work with me as a buyer ;)Good Luck,Christine McDaniel
March 22 2012
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Inspection

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It does depend on the verbiage in your state purchase agreement and bank addendums if there were any.  We typically put 10 days on our inspection reports also and 10 days for any additional inspections that may be required.  The 10 day period is the timeframe that the inspection is to be done in, report received and response sent to the seller.  The inspectors here are pretty efficient and type the reports at the home after the inspection.  My clients have the report by email immediately.  Inspection reports are 15-30 pages long on average.  They will show major defects if any are found but most of the report is usually a "honey do list".Your agent will go over your concerns with you and address that in your response.The additional 10 days are for further inspections.  If the inspector states that something should be looked at by a specialist (i.e. licensed electrician) that second 10 day period allows for that inspection.Good Luck,Christine McDaniel
March 22 2012
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Im interested in my buying my first home I have money saved up for a down payment my only problem is

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Congratulations for saving up the down payment!  What is the question you have about starting your home buying process?Christine McDaniel
March 22 2012
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I'm looking at Realitors company name and they are NOT listed in alpha order n. SO I QUIT

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Are you looking for a particular real estate agent or a specific company?Christine McDaniel
March 22 2012
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Woodside 94062 map is update?

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If you like to search by mapping, look for a local agent that offers that search feature.  I like to search that way myself.  A local agent's website will have the mapping off the mls and should be accurate.Good Luck,Christine McDaniel
March 22 2012
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I am looking to buy and I am not able to see any real estate taxes?

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Check your state government website.  In Indiana there is a link to property taxes.  It is public information.Good Luck,Christine McDaniel
March 22 2012
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how can I find HOA dues on a property?

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Call the listing agent, they'll know.Good Luck,Christine McDaniel
March 22 2012
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There is a home in Dallas that has a home on it but is not listed as a property on Zillow. Why?

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Check you local assessor or treasurer websites online.  There are property search options that will allow you to view basic information on the property.  They may have a GIS property search option too.Good Luck,Christine McDaniel
March 18 2012
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zestimate

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Is your home currently for sale? If it is then you should try to get it corrected as it could deter potential buyers. If not, don't worry about it. Zillow zestimates are not known for accuracy. A serious buyer or seller will be using a real estate agent who will be giving them comps from the local mls. Good Luck, Christine McDaniel
March 18 2012
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Remove my home Zillow did not get my ok to post my home on your web site, also you have the informat

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I recently had someone take one of my listings and fill out the information and pictures on Postlets.  Postlets is owned by Zillow (or the company that owns Zillow) but it's a "separate company". They copy and pasted my information and pictures in the Postlet and listed my listing as being for rent.  They were emailing people who inquired to send a security deposit.  I had so many calls, it was crazy!  Postlets syndicates to Zillow, Trulia, Hotpads etc....many, many websites.  I know what you're talking about.
March 18 2012
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