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Ask our community...What Do You Like About Your Kitchen

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Solid surfaces and Plenty of Cabinets! Stainless is a chore to keep clean, but trendy buyers think they're sexy & 'the must have thing". Practicality is in the minds of older buyers and white is good. Had them all and as a Realtor, have had clients wince at the Black appliances saying made kitchen feel eeerie & dark. Think Happy & Cheerful kitchens

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Historic home woodwork - dark trim or go white?

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Once painted woodwork will never be the same. Since you are not planning on selling anytime soon, believe you should have your surroundings to your taste. When ready to sell, ask several local agents what market is prefering. Enjoy!

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what is the trend, painted or stained baseboards and door frames??

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Styles & colors will change in 6 years, but lighter latex paint colors for walls are easier to paint over for next time. Semi gloss is nice for trim work as easy to wipe clean and in a color of your choice since easier to redo. White is the norm now, but personal creativity makes your home "your home" for the next few years. Sure you will be willing to repaint again when ready to sell and go with more neutral colors.  Enjoy your space!

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Buyer agency

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Believe what you are saying is that there is a signed Exclusive Buyers agreement where both buyer & agent have agreed on a price to be paid to broker acting on his behalf. Listing brokers and sellers agree to a commission rate when first listed for sale. Generally commission is split 50/50 between listing agent & selling agent. Agents who work for buyers with a signed buyers agent agreements are usually paid by their clients and may be subject to only that pay. Listing agents may ask buyers agents to see copy of their agreement so selling agents are not paid twice. Buyers agents should disclose at first discussion w/ listing agent that they are working for the buyer as their agent. Thus the difference would be paid by buyer...depending on how their contract is written.

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Is it normal for an office of 6 brokers to have no one at the phone?

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Not normal. Call forwarding is an Awesome feature for busy offices & agents. Business practices have changed. Some say "no brick & mortor" for them, they can meet clients anywhere and are always available by phone. Brokers would like to believe their agents are never in the office because they are all out meeting, accomadating & signing up customers Today you would think no one is toooo busy for any calls!  If no one answers at the Listing office next time, call another established one...sure they will be happy you did and can better take care of you as a BUYERS represenative with your well being in mind. Remember, the listing agent is working for the seller. Buyers need their own agents to look out for their interest.

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is it possible for somebody to pay the full ammount of the House price?

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Of course. If the Realtor has done a CMA or comparative market analysis comparing homes that have recently sold in the area and priced the home at a fair market price, it will bring buyers faster than an over inflated home of same caliber. When educated buyers know their market's pricing, it's not unusual for them to pay slightly over the asking price to make sure they get the home they want. Nothing is worse for an agent to write a contract for less at buyers wish after a substantial discussion of what may occur and see their heart break if seller rejects and another is accepted. Just like a flea market .... if you wamt it, get it...it may be gone when you return. Know what you are qualified for or have to spend and be comfortable with that.

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Seller to make septic accessible for inspections

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Jim is right, septic inspectors can easily find tanks with minimal land disturbance. This is a major inspection and should be happily made available to buyers. Virginia sales contracts have standard clauses for Well, Septic and Termite inspections to be done within 30 days of closings and paid for by the Sellers. They are usually about $150 each and assure confidence in both parties by knowing what condition property is in. Should any defects arise seller is normally willing to repair as it benefits them in long run, but costs may be negotiated if above $1000.

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