What about a portfolio lender who doesn't sell their loans on the secondary market?
In my state we cannot split real estate commissions with unlicensed persons...
Every state is different, but if there was misrepresentation, I would think you have ground to stand on....contact an attorney now to see what your rights are...
We have Kaerek homes in my market, I have never heard anything bad about them. You could ask them for references from some of their recent buyers who went through the building process. Talk to them and ask about their experience. The builder should be able to give you an idea on driveway costs, it depends on the size, and type-concrete or asphalt. Some subdivisions have rules and may require concrete, best to check first, so you price out the right items.
Short sales are always a challenge, but communications between an agent and buyer should not be. Every buyer deserves to be kept up to date, even if its "just letting you know I've called the bank several times and no return call yet"... If you want to keep trying on this home, you are most likely stuck with this agent. You could call the office manager, issue your concerns/complaints, and ask for an explanation and/or a new agent. See what they say. If this doesn't go together, find a new agent!
Negotiations continue until one side gives up and quits trying. Most state laws or code of ethics would require prompt presentation of ALL offers. it would be inappropriate for an agent to keep an offer from a seller. prevent if an offer is "lowball" a seller is made aware and will respond. In my state, you know its been presented when you see the sellers initials on either rejected lines, or you get a counter offer. You may want to contact the local Board of Realtors to see what the local rules are.
If you make additional principal reductions with each payment, it will reduce the balance when the balloon payment comes due.
Absolutely! If you were selling a car, you would not just go to the car wash, but you would buff it, wax it and do a detail job on the interior. Your home is of much more value and worth this expense.
You can go into your homes profile and make that correction. You should check all the info and make all corrections, within a week or so the zestimate is recalculated if there are significant changes to room counts or things that make a big difference in value. Of course that is not a market estimate, a local realtor would give you accurate up to date pricing for your home.
Start with the agent representing that home, or better yet, the agent who specializes in that particular neighborhood. You can find some info on zillow, or the assessor site for that particular municipality.