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Can I get a second general contractor opinion? also can I change agents?

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Unfortunately, as REALTORS®, we can't jump into another agent's situation without possibly violating the Code of Ethics that says we will not interfere in another agent's transaction -- isn't it cute how they tie our hands like that? I can tell you that if you are not happy and can't seem to find resolution, you might check with the agent's broker or office manager to try to get your dissatisfaction resolved. I'm sorry you've been in escrow for 3 months. That seems very stressful and unusual to me.

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I am a realtor. Can I also have an ad for a listing I have on MLS?

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If you sign up for a Zillow account, you are free to post your listing on Zillow for free. The only risk is a buyer might call another agent on Zillow to see your listing and buy it without calling you. But you face that same scenario in MLS, and bottom line, what's important is that your listing sells, right? Not that I have any great loyalty to Zillow, btw. My loyalty is to my sellers.

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Zillow Zestimate value. Is this value close to what a buyer should offer?

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Zestimates are improving all of the time; however, you should not use a Zestimate when deciding how much to offer for a home. You should ask your real estate agent to provide you with accurate comparable sales within the past 3 months, in addition to analyzing market movement, pending sales which will become the sold comparables, and the condition and desirability of the home in question.

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Pest Control

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The thing about recommending pest companies is there is sort of a conflict of interest going on in California because the same people who recommend the repairs are typically the same people who perform the repairs. Just putting it out there for ya.My experience as a real estate agent with 40 years in the business is that pest company bids are also often twice the amount that it would cost to hire your own contractor to do the work. The retort to this, of course, is that the pest company will then guarantee the work, and they often will not guarantee it if somebody else does it.So keep these two things in mind while you research pest companies.

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Rental information

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It is possible that the home is not for rent at that rental amount. It seems very low to me. Did you look to see if it is really for sale? There are crooks posting photos of homes that are for sale and claiming they own them and will rent them to you. You should be careful. Although, if somebody really wanted to swipe your 800 bucks, they'd make it easier to contact them. If you give us the address of the property, we can look at for you. I cannot find a home on Thornhill in Rosemont that is for rent.

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Picture not showing on rental home

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It could, Michael. But my understanding of postlets is the image appears along with the text as a flyer, so it seems strange that it would not download to Zillow. Sometimes, whether we like it or not, there are strange glitches in technology, and I'm not just talking about myself and operator error. Sorry I cannot be of more help to you. If you still encounter this problem in the next hour, you always have the option of entering your listing manually and manually uploading your photographs, which is what I do. I don't like to rely on syndication.

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INCORRECT home value.. It's WAY TOO MUCH!!!???

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I hate to say this, but no bonafide appraiser uses Zillow as an estimate of value, and this website should have absolutely ZERO bearing on the outcome of your refinance appraisal.

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