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Karl Detlefsen wrote:

Does a realtor have an obligation to disclose ?

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Any offer that is submitted, no matter how bad it is should and has to be presented to the seller.  
September 05 2013
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I am in California, and was told that a "Wrap" is now illegal, is this true?

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I agree with Diane and Wet, and I have to say, Dan, you made me laugh...
July 28 2013
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What are the top three marketing tools you use to get luxury homes sold?

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These are pretty bland and obvious answers.  Obviously when listing a 4 million dollar home you damn well better have a professional photographer, I would agree and recommend that you use a ariel photo if at all possible as well.  I market these homes to other markets, including in Canada.  Many of my clients are buying second homes out here (or selling) so I think it is very important to expose the house in as many areas of the country that seems worth while.  Obviously over spending can come quick, but if you can get the understanding from the owner that these sales take a little time, and alot of cost and effort, get into a long agreement and go earn your dollars.I also market to golf courses, as most of the high end homes in my area are on golf courses.  I have even looked into doing ads in Golf Digest and other type magazines.Wonderful broker opens are nice, but in some of the communities I am around, they won't even let you do open houses.  So the hard thing to do is figure out a way to ensure that every high end home seller knows that the house is out there.  Usually this is done by calling and talking to them about the home, as well as setting up a personal tour with them to walk them through and go over all the finishes, as well as qualities of the house.I'd like to hear some of other agents "tricks" as to what they do.  
July 28 2013
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My husband and I are interested in two of the houses in Columbia La but we have filed banctruptcy.

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I would suggest maybe saving as much as you can over the next few months, and then being prepared in Dec when the BK is done and cleared. You may not enjoy paying the rent for the time being, and maybe can find a family or friend to stay with for a few months to save even more.  But other than that you are pretty much stuck for the time being.  Rent to own is not usually a great way to go about things.  You might be able to find an owner carry situation, but even then you won't get the best rate available, as they could ask for 8-10% interest.
July 23 2013
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Looking for an investor-friendly real estate agent to work with me in investing/flipping.

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This is a very important need, and I would suggest talking to a local company, and finding someone that may be a good fit.  I work with a couple of different investors and I can tell you in my market, things are tight, and the margins can fall apart quickly.  You need to make sure that you can trust the agent is in it for the good of your teams plan.  If they just want to make a couple sales, they could skew the numbers in their favor to try to get a couple quick sales and then your stuck with a break even sale.
July 23 2013
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We are interesting in selling our home

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Please follow my profile and contact me to assist and answer any questions you may have in regards to your home in Rancho La Quinta, as well as Indian Wells or Toscana.  I would not be able to help you in SD, as that is an area that I am not an expert in, but if you would like I can give you a few names of trustworthy agents in that area.
July 03 2013
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Looking for a home in San Diego area

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I apologize for trying to assist. I will edit to say this, if there is anything that you would like answered, I work in the La Quinta area and would love to assist in answering your questions.  Please see my profile and you will be assured that I am well received by my clients, and can provide you with top notch service.  If you would like me to assist you with the sale of your home, please contact me via me email or phone.Best of luck and I hope to hear from you!
July 03 2013
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Looking for a home in San Diego area

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June 29 2013
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Professional Photos

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I think there comes a time when an agent needs to understand that delaying putting the posting up a day or two is more important than putting it up with no or bad photos.  I hate when I see a new listing and for hours and a day or two it sits there with no photos.
March 19 2013
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how can i put my house on the market

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Are you thinking of using a professional REALTOR to assist you in getting the most for your home or do you plan to attempt to try to sell it By Owner?More details.  Technically you could do as little as put a sign in the front yard and hope someone stumbles along with a check book.  Or you could contact a couple of agents and brokerages, interview some agents, see what they have to say and pick the one that you think would get you the most money for your home, as well seems to fit with your goals and personality.  
March 19 2013
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