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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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Can a Mortgage Underwriter require me to source funds not used in the purchase of a new home.

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I feel your pain. It's a terrible predicament to be in, and the underwriter calls all of the shots. Things that don't appear reasonable or fair don't seem to matter in some cases. Sometimes, I wonder if the underwriters don't go home and kick the dog, too. I imagine the underwriter can easily say the source of funds is important to prove that there is no monkey business going on, even though it's not money you used for a down payment, it did run through your checking account. Perhaps your real estate agent can help you with this or maybe your loan officer can intervene?

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Question about price changes in a new home community

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This is always a possible problem when buying in a new home community, which is why builders tend to go to great lengths to make sure no buyers feel like they are getting the short end of the stick. You should make certain you are comparing apples to apples. The new house? Is it possible that it has fewer upgrades than your home? That would make it worth less than yours. Is the lost less desirable? Not only is the square footage of the lot most likely different, it's location could be less desirable than your location. You should probably talk to the builder to find out exactly why the other home is selling for less than yours -- you might be pleasantly surprised.

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what happened to the category "duplex" which used to be a choice in your search features

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Since I don't work for Zillow, I can't tell you, but I can tell you, just in case you're wondering, that I am listing an affordable new duplex today in Fair Oaks, no joke. Newly remodeled, granite counters, each with garage. Now that I think about it, I am not sure that Zillow ever had a "duplex" feature; all of these websites can run together when you visit so many of them that I'm wondering if maybe you confused Zillow with some other site?

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