REALTOR, West USA Realty (11 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Short-Sale

Advice

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How do I search onZillow for only bank owned REO's?

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Todd-Good Afternoon.You can also call local real estate agents and they can, free of charge email you a list of bank/lender owned homes. Make sure you have as many facts/figures as possible, which will help said agent fine tune yoursearch, this saving you time.Have a BEAUTIFUL day.-Shawn

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Do you people ever proof read your info?

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Great advise, thank you. I always double check facts and figures on properties listed anywhere. Even on our local MLS system there maybe mistakes. Tax records may prove helpful too.

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i want to buy a house

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Best of luck. Make sure to have a solid game plan, include facts and figures, then consult a local real estate agent and lender.

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how can I find out what my home is worth?

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Fmccoy,Good Evening.I would suggest you ask a REALTOR to do a CMA for you. Before youdo make sure you have as many "Facts & Figures" about your property.That way they can account for what you home may or may not have in or on it.Have a BEAUTIFUL night.-Shawn

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Buy or continue renting?

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Liebe73,Good Evening.Most everyone will have an opinion on your question. Many time it's a mind set. Rates are low and that's a good thing. In many areas there are super deals on homes, however, you need to have enough for a down payment, closing costs should be covered, but to feel safe, you may want to have "x" amount saved for anything that life will throw at you. I started with a 4 plex in NY and never looked back, however, it's my profession, not a once n a while kind of thing. Run the numbers gather the facts and make sure that you can cover the total amount, including a "kitty" for the what-ifs.I hope that helps.Have a BEAUTIFUL night.-Shawn

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Listing Price

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Dandi99-Good Evening.I am sure you already took care of your question, if the above didn't work for you and it should have,  you can always call or email Zillows customerservice department. They have always helped me, when I needed it.Have a BEAUTIFUL night.-Shawn

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How do you get an agent to take a discount on the commission?

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Andmur,Good Evening.Most of the information given to you is solid. Commissions on the whole are not set in stone, in some cases they are set and that number is probably not going to be adjusted, however, when interviewing agents,ask them what they are going to do for you and what you expect fromthem. I have adjusted commissions for repeat clients, multi-buys andexplained hardship cases, but overall, my staff and I have a job to do,give our clients a "quote" up front and expect to be "paid" when wecomplete the transaction.I hope that helps.-Shawn

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Will interest rates go any lower? Will home values go any lower? When is the right time too buy?

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Ben,Good Evening.What a great couple of questions, I know you will get a number of replies.The best advise I can give you is to study where you want to be price wise and make sure that the payments (and home) fits your needs. I have been in and around real estate most of my life, timing the market isn't easy, most only tell you how it's going to be after it happens.I feel, one will always need a place to live, owning is a long term investment and will pay off over time. Some may say wait it out, Again, this is just my $.02 and the saying is: "You will alway pay a mortgage, yours or your landlords". I hoppe that helps. -Shawn

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what is the first step in buying a house

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Tarisha,Good Evening.Everyone's advise below is solid. I think the first step is to get funding in order. Keep in mind you may be approved for "x" amount, but you want tomake sure that you want to pay "x" amount. It's not always the price of he home, it's the monthly payments.I hope that helps.-Shawn

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