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Joanie McCraw wrote:

How do I get my house as a Featured property?

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You need to list your home with a reliable Realtor and confirm they are a Premier Agent in the Zillow site.
September 22 2012
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Zillow price history for a single home.

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Zestimates have a margin of error but still useful.  If your home is listed with a 'reliable' Realtor who knows the market in your neighborhood, he/she should be able to give you more detailed information on what has sold in the last 12 months, which properties were distressed sales, square foot pricing trend or any other information to get your home sold.  Your home should be all over the internet since that's where homebuyers look first to search for homes. Your agent should know how to stage your home to look better than the competition and above all, price can solve anything. If you're underwater, ask your Realtor about 'Short Sale' situation.  This is much better than a total foreclosure but it could take from 3 to 6 to 12 months to close depending upon who your lender is.  Good luck & hope you get it sold soon!
March 06 2012
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Getting a lot of showing and positive feedback from agents and their clients but no offers. Advice?

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If you're getting a lot of showings & positive feedback from the showing agents & their clients, then it's probably price. I recommend asking your agent to show you your competition for comparison. In a Buyer's Market, price is usually the solution to sell a house. There are a lot of prospective Buyers who are renting because they cannot sell their current home to purchase a new one. Your Realtor should be able to let you know what's happening in your area. Good luck!
August 01 2011
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I seen this house I would like to buy how do I go about doing so

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Hi, the first step you need to do is meet with a mortgage lender/broker to confirm if you qualify for the house want. The lender will look at your total financial situation then tell you what price range you can comfortably afford. I try to help clients purchase a home for less than what they qualify for. New buyers sometimes don't realize additional expenses involved in ownership. It is best to use a local lender vs Internet lenders so you can meet them in person at their office. Good luck & feel free to contact me with further questions
July 17 2011
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Why are there two listings for my home?

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I'm a Realtor and my client emailed me about a lowball listing as well.  After much research, I found the lowball property and it looks like it's more for rental information. This is very confusing for someone looking to buy vs renting. I'm waiting for an answer from support now. If anyone knows why this is happening, please post an answer on how this can be avoided. Thanks!
June 20 2011
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Name of the owner

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You can go online to county records and try to look it up there or go to the courthouse and their helpful staff will help you look up the owner's name.
March 15 2011
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My husband and I are tyring to get approved, our middle scores are 630/642, debt/income ratio fine,

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Hello, Daisylink! All the answers from these lenders are very good and it was wise to start with your own bank.  However, each lender is different so I would recommend you take the information from your bank & contact no more than 2 more lenders (preferably experienced & local so you can meet them face to face) and discuss your options. They need to get a complete picture of your financial position and will advise accordingly.  If you're not working with another Realtor, feel free to call/text/email me and I will be happy to refer you to reputable lenders and help you through the home search/buying process! Thank you!
October 22 2010
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How can I determine a selling price if numerous repairs are needed on the house?

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What a Seller needs from the sale of their home and what a Buyer is willing to pay varies. Although you may need to spend a lot of money to get your home in marketable condition, a Buyer does not consider that when buying a home. I would ask your Realtor to preview a few homes in your neighborhood and include homes in different conditions from immaculate homes to homes that need similar updates. Your Realtor should also provide you with current sales history so you'll know how much homes are selling for in your neighborhood. This info will help you in determining the selling price of your home and how much your proceeds will be after repairs are completed.  Hope this helps and best of luck to you!
September 30 2010
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