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Irene Morales Ward

Agent

12 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Realtor, Virginia (15 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Staging

Advice

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  • 1 Best Answers,
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can i talk to the seller directly, and a question about appraisal versus asking price

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You can draft a buyer agent agreement for one day - one property - whatever. You can negotiate the terms with the agent. Why wouldn't an agent want to do the work?  That is the risk we take!  I've worked a short sale for almost a year that never closed.  Do you think I asked my buyer to compensate me for my time?  NO!  And that's precisely what the buyer agent agreement is for.  A specific documentation of what you can expect from your agent and how they will be compensated.  Find a buyer's agent who will represent you to write the backup offer but do it soon before all contingencies are removed - including the kick out.Good luck!

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No photos ready yet? Want to show "Coming Soon."

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Again, did you list the home originally on Zillow or did another agent do it? Whoever uploaded the original photos can edit the listing and remove the old photos. You just need to reach out to them.

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Seller is Dual Agent, Broker, and Lender (and making this sale unfair for us Buyers)

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Clear RESPA violations, Code of Ethics violations, but everyone's advice is on point - GET A REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY NOW! There appear to be damages and he most definitely pushed you in a direction he had absolutely no right to do. Complain immediately to the state Realtor association, as well as his local association and follow your attorney's advice.  DOCUMENT everything and act quickly.  There really is no time to wait. Good luck!In my opinion (and I'm NOT an attorney), he shouldat minimum be fined and lose his licenses to sell Real Estate AND to lend!

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My tenant refuses to leave, and his lease is up. What should I do?

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Read your lease carefully and then go to a good real estate attorney! There will be damages but you might have to serve an eviction notice within the parameters of Virginia law if they refuse to leave.  Don't try to do this on your own.  There are too many ways that could go very wrong, very quickly!

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can i talk to the seller directly, and a question about appraisal versus asking price

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There were a number of things that were left out of the original post - most importantly the Kick Out Clause.  As Robin mentioned, you can definitely write a backup offer and if you do not have a home sale contingency with your offer, then your offer would kick out the first offer within the number of hours stipulated in contract. They would have to remove or satisfy the home sale contingency for them to acquire the financing to buy the home.  In our area it's normally 48 to 72 hours. Having said all that, if you are intent on going this alone and pursuing this on your own, then you are putting your neighbor in a very uncomfortable position if you were to go directly to her. They chose a Realtor to represent them in the sale of their home and they are obligated by the terms of the Exclusive Listing Agreement to go through their agent. It is in their best interest. I would tread very carefully here - especially if you're in a hot market like Northern Virginia!  You are likely to get burned!

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can i talk to the seller directly, and a question about appraisal versus asking price

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I have to ask the burning question: If you were the buyer under contract (which is a legally binding agreement between the principals), how would YOU feel if someone tried to "bump you out" of a legal contract. I assume you are not a Realtor nor are you an appraiser (because these actions are STRICTLY against the Realtor Code of Ethics) so why on earth do you think the seller would or SHOULD listen to your reasoning? If the offer accepted was made the first day the home was on the market, the pricing was most likely right on target. Your assumption that the home won't appraise seems quite unlikely. Everything about this post screams FOUL! The seller will undoubtedly mention this to their Realtor so you should plan to communicate to the seller through the agent. You can mention your interest and if the deal falls through, you can ask to be contacted. Or better yet, get yourself a buyer's agent and don't try to navigate a legal contract on your own.

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House buying in Stafford, VA

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Check back at this link frequently but right now the only one I see that is scheduled (assuming there are enough drivers) is at the 610/Mine Rd lot.  The closest right now is 14th and Constitution but I expect more stops will be created as more people realize the value of taking the HOT lanes.  Slug drivers are splitting the cost of the ride which will be around $8 total all the way into town. Are you paying something now from Horner Rd?  My clients in Woodbridge and points south are convinced the HOT lanes are the only way to go.

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