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Gina & Tom Howarth wrote:

Selling home

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You're correct, you can't change the location.  There are really only two things you can control, condition and price.  Obviously you want the highest price, so the condition of your house and yard is very important.  If it backs up onto a busy street, do you have a fenced back yard?  Can you add shrubs to reduce the noise? Contact a landscaper to find out what else you can do.  In the meantime, make sure your home is IMMACULATE.  Fresh paint makes it look new, and be sure to de-clutter and de-personalize. If your house is already in terrific condition, that leaves price.  If it's been more than a month and you've had no offers, ask your realtor if you should reduce the price.  A house on a busy street will usually sell for less than a similar house on a quiet street, so keep that in mind.  
February 19
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Order in which to approach a pre-approval, searching,. & buying

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At least you know which lender to stay away from!  Seriously, anyone who's been doing this awhile knows you need that pre-approval letter before you can make an offer, never mind sign a contract to purchase.  Ask anyone who's bought a home in your area in the past year or so who they worked with for Realtor and lender.  Be sure to ask if they would use those same people again.  Chances are they can refer you to someone you can talk to.  It will be a much easier home search if you find a realtor who has done a lot of business in the neighborhood you want.  A good lender can refer you to a good realtor, and vice versa. You need a good team working for you, because you're spending A LOT of money, so be careful and trust your instincts.  If you don't know anyone, or you are new to the area, Zillow has great lists of agents, by city and town, so you can find a local expert that way.  The testimonials are very helpful.   
February 19
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Is there such thing as Buyer Agent Contract?

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HI Todd,It depends on which state you're in, but here in RI we use the "Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement."  It specifies parties, dates, compensation, specific type of representation, and so forth.  It's a great way to set clear expectations for everyone.
February 19
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how list my house on MLS?

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to list it is one thing, to get the most money hire an agent.
November 01 2013
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Hi which company in the Jersey city/Hoboken area is the best to start with as a new RE agent?

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Keller Williams is known for terrific training programs.  I started there ten years ago on the advice from a friend who was an agent there.  They walk you through, step by step, how to create your sphere of influence, how to work it, how to go after FSBOs and expired listings, just about every aspect of lead generation there is.  However, it only works if you are willing to put 100% into the effort, and are good at following up on leads.Another reason KW is good to start out is because there are very few expenses involved up front.  The more you make, the more you take home.   If you enjoy the work and become successful, you may want a more professional atmosphere.There's none better than RE/MAX.  
October 22 2013
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Paint over bathroom tile

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I'd be very cautious about sanding tile.  Some older homes have tile glaze that contains lead, and sanding could cause your home to be contaminated with airborne lead particles.  Consult a tile reglazing specialist unless you know for sure your tile is lead free.
October 22 2013
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Less than 6% agent

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We usually list at 6 but sometimes we make exceptions.  We never discuss this in a phone call though, only in person.  So don't be surprised if agents won't give you their rate on the phone.  Ask about their experience and references, interview three, and bring it up at the appointments.  
October 22 2013
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