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Why have a realtor?

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Well let's see...benefits of using a Realtor if you're a buyerWell not only is using one( absolutely FREEEEE to a buyer if you use the right Realtor/Agency they are FREEEE and you can get FREEEE moneyIt's called a REBATE...40 states let you get free money for using the free Realtor...legallyThat word Free is a powerful word....look what happened when a small new outfit said"Put your listings here...it's free"...Theys becometh Zillow Group!"My opinion...when someone tosses "Free" your direction you best figure it's time to guard your moneyAin't no such thing as "Free"The above is halfway tongue in cheek ;)Justa my thoughtsSince 2008 the speed of change in consumer options (internet, public record access, RE service options, the number of consumers aware of and using those options have increased in a rather dramatic way.Zillow exists because the public wanted an alternative...something other than what agents/the industry was willing to give..a different source/resourceThings have changed because that "alternative" (Zillow)Zillow is now #1 (From nowhere to one in seven years says something;) and with recent acquisitions they have made????Might be some new "alternatives"/changes will be as they say in RE lingo "Coming Soon"My official response:There are absolutely reasons to use an agent (Buy or Sell), reasons not to, options?Vote for me

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I need to contact Spence Rascoff, posibbly he can help get my property off this site! His email ples

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You can go to Spencer Rascoff's Zillow Profile and you'll see an email contact and links to his blog/twitter/web siteZillow adds homes/properties to it's database day to day, month to month, year to year thru agent listings/public records ect. and has since 2006/7It's become quite the database/number of properties (currently for sale, were for sale, going to be for sale, zestimate requests ect.) and I have never heard of a property being removed from that database. Quite the contrary, explanations of why they do not have to remove properties from the site are the normMy conspiracy theory..You build a always growing database of properties until you have a majority of them, most of the, pretty much all of them and what do ya haveA National database of homes/properties that the owner or agent can updat when for sale or sold or not for sale or or or...you can do it easily/simply..it's a database well known to the public....you can check and see the current status of any propertyOwners update/Agents update and daily add moreWhat's ya got?...A National database for tracking, researching and finding properties for saleA place to research markets, compare, see what's actually betterJust wham bam one day that's what Zillow has to compete with...if anyone's left to compete with ;)All built upon the foundation of the simple offer made years ago by Zillow to Agents...Hey you can put your listing here FOR FREE ;)So my opinion....Zillow doesn't and ain't gonna remove any properties from it's database Zillow is Zillow Group because of that database

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Houses that have active contracts are being changed in zillow to back on the market

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#1. They are not Zillow's listings, they belong to Agents/Agencies and the bottom line is it's the Agents/Agencies responsibility to update/maintain them (MLS feed or not)#2. The "rules" mentioned actually mean Agencies/Agents can be/are penalized in some way if they do not maintain their listings properly...Zillow doesn't penalized and they/some do not maintain the Listings correctly as Zillow asks them to do(What does that say or suggest to you?)#3, It's the in thing with many Agents imo to trash Zillow but be a closet Zillow user/customer/gotta get my listings on ZillowGotta have someone to blame everything on when the public asks questions about quality or costs or or or and who better than the Evil Zillow Empire(Couldn't be the Agents...they's all 5 star agents according to their "Zillow Reviews"..yeah they like those Zillow Reviews ;)Zillow exists because the public wanted an alternative to just Realtor/RE Agent/NAR sources...it's the "alternative" many agents do not likeThatsa my opinion anyway

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By law do we have to be absent from our home when it is being shown?

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The answer to your question is NOANDIt's not my opinion that the reason for attempting to not have you there is concern for the buyer or their comfort or point of viewIMO it's all about the seller and agents comfort or point of view...you might mention the problem with violent bluejay activity in the area or the plumbing rattles or you have Canadians in the area or or orThe comfort is about you might throw a wrench into the sale if you're available to be questioned by the buyerNot that you would or it happens all the time or or...it's just why take the chanceSo they want you to figure you can't be there or shouldn't be therePersonally as a Buyer if buying a multi or rental occupied property I prefer or like or am glad if the tenants are around ...I've got questions to ask ;)Thatsa my opinion

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WE REALLY WANT TO BUY A HOME!

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I really want to be Supreme Ruler of the Planet...if I ever hope to achieve that then I best take it seriously and learn as much as I can about the processWhat's I gotta do, what should I know, be aware of, beware of Cause it's a big deal being Supreme Ruler of the Planet ;)Buying a property is a BIG deal, it's not I wanna or it'd be nicer or it's my right or or or...not in my opinion anywaysIt's a big decision, a big financial long term commitment that many have suffered from committing to cause they didn't figure.....It's a big dealThe first step imo is making yourself be completely honest with YOURSELF about why you wish to buy, your financial and employment and needs situationIs your time frame 9 months because your lease is running out?...that alone is not a good reason to jump into a big decision imoWell enough of my weird style ranting...I suggest it's best to start at the beginning, see what ducks you have and can they be put in a rowInform yourself a bit, it's a big decision so give it the time it deserves, do some researching, self education, informing, ask questions here or other RE sites. Tons of info has been made available to you so make use of it so when you need to decide on a Lender or RE Agent you can hopefully separate the wheat from the chaff..Did I mention this is a big decision?Anyway if interested here's a few places I'd give a look just to get a taste of what type of info is easily available to youProvided by the Federal Gov..Find the Right Loan, you can search for specific information, compare options, or take a short questionnaire to determine your eligibility for each program. GovLoan.govHUD site....First Time Home Buyer Info about the Process & Excellent Info/Resources for any Buyer.. Buying a HomeREO-Bank Owned Properties Many Banks have created Sites for the Public to use (For Free) to view and find Information about the Properties they have Listed for Sale & loan programs ect.....Sites Like.. Bank of America... Wells FargoYou can find links to some of the Bank sites here... LinkThe Fed Gov has Sites for its Properties for sale & info on loan programs, the process ect. HUD Homes... Fannie Mae You can find the links to the Gov sites here... LinkLast but certainly not leastEveryone should read the Information on the Department Of Justice Anti-Trust Division Web Site about all the options Consumers actually have New business models are emerging that allow consumers to save thousands of dollars when they buy or sell a home Whatever road you decide to travel I do wish your the best of fortune in buying

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Can waterfront living be attainable and affordable in the Bay Area?

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Trick question or not...Actually the agent that posted this was/is located in and worked the Benicia Ca. Market (Located on the Caquiniz Straits ) which is a separate, different market completely from Vallejo...How do I know all this...cause I lived my childhood there, cause I first bought property there in the 60's, because I still own property there todayAndWhen ya don't know what the OP means by waterfront living (On the waterfront, a community on the waterfront, a view, 2 blocks from the water) or what THEIR view of "attainable and affordable" is or or or...seems it'd be a difficult question to answer no matter where the question was applied to in any other way than general or it depends yaddaNot if being honest matters...

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Do agents have to disclose if a property is adjacent to a Federal Prison?

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I'm sure there are plenty of excuses or reasons or cop outs or however anyone wishes to define the yadda about why the agent doesn't have to or isn't liable or YOU need to do due deligenge or it would be obvious if ya looked or or orBUTThis non-pro idiot figures no matter how you cut it....YES the agent should have mentioned it (50 yards from Prison Fence) and hopefully ya found a good agent since then

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What questions should I have prepared when I look at a house

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You buy a house for any reason you ask/are concerned about things when you reach the serious stageMaintenance/Heating source/AC/Plumbing/those flying ants you saw/leaks/stairs/ghosts/MOLD/neighborsBUTEach purchase has it's own questions/concerns based on the reason for purchasing"he is safe as he is older"So imo since that's the/a reason then hopefully you already have/are currently asking aboutEmergency Services...Where's the damn dockter/hospital stuff and other stuff that might help the is safe as he is older thoughtsNice thing for you to be concerned about so I sincerely wish you the best in achieving your goal

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