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Betsy Pepine

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  • Gainesville
  • 32615
  • 32608
  • 32653

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Premier Agent

Broker- Owner, MBA (8 years experience)

77 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

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

Advice

  • (73 Contributions,
  • 1 Best Answers,
  • 10 Helpful)

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Should I start the purchase process now or wait until its closer to the date of my move?

Answer

Rent, rent, rent. I always recommend this if your time frame allows. The only reason you wouldn't want to do this if you think the housing pricing are going to sky rocket in the next several months.At least in Florida, you'd want to do a lease over six months to avoid the transient tax (like what hotels charge you) for short term housing.  Thi s tax is over 11%.

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Realtor trust

Response

So sad to hear this.  I work by referral.  If I was not looking out for my clients' best interest, I would be broke.  The difference in commission we make on a home selling for $300K vs. $320K is marginal, while our reputations are priceless.

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How do my wife and I know which Riverside, California realtor to choose?

Answer

Interview them like you  would a candidate for a job, as that is what it is.   Ask for references, length of time in the business, areas of experise, training, number of transactions, etc.  Ideally, interview only agents who actually live in the area you are buying.

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Commission to realtor usually 1-2%?

Answer

There  are several models in real estate. Perhaps she used a discount broker which only puts her home in MLS.  As a full service brokerage, I charge 6% and offer 1/2 of that to the buyer's broker.

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