Ethically, agents are required to present any and all offers received both verbal and written. Failure to do so could result in action from the local board or DRE.
I am pro carpet to prep for sale but laminate if you are turning a home into a rental. However, hardwood floors is my choice of flooring if I plan to stay in a home. Given your scenario, I suggest new carpet with an upgraded pad to give it that nice soft warm feel.
Regardless of home size, we recommend staging and/or leaving the appropriate amount of furniture relative to the home size. Your goal is to give potential buyers a warm feeling of home. A vacant home generally shows cold. The short answer is yes, stage or leave furniture to give the home a nice warm home feel. We recommend staging all of our vacant listings regardless of size.
Low rates and relatively low prices amounts to a great buying opportunity. If you have a good steady job, and good outlook on future income, then buying now will pay huge divendends in the future. I just bought my 3rd rental and expect to have it paid off in 15 years. Go for it. We are in a period now that in 10 years we will have wished we were more bullish on this great buying opportunity.
Actually as property prices fall, agents fees have decreased in lock step. $300,000 homes paying a 3% commission totaling $9000 are now selling at $200,000 and paying $6000. So essentially agents are doing the same amount of work and marketing to sell but have experienced a 33% reduction in pay. Looking for the market to rebound. Stay tuned!
"Make Me Move" is an easy way to determine interest in your property at a price that would make you move. You post your price and you should see inquiries from any interested parties.
In the East Bay area, the average is 5% cumulative with 2.5% to cooperating agents. However, that fee is negotiable.
Generally speaking your lender will want to see a hardship. If you are making timely payments, then it may be tough to show you are having a hardship. You may still be able to do a short sale, however, the lender may want to see seller contribution at close of escrow. There are many other variables involved so tough to answer precisely.
A bonus room is considered a room generally if during the original construction or subsequent any additional permited work was completed it recorded it was as such. That is a very general rule that is used in California but not sure about other markets.
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