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Jordan Gilbreath wrote:

What is a real estate agent really worth??

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You know, there are limited service companies out there that will do little more than put your listing in the MLS for you if that's a direction you want to go. You may save 1%-2% but you're a little higher up on the totem pole than a FSBO. An alternative way to look at this: I don't think my mechanics truly earn their $60/hr labor, so I take my business elsewhere. Elsewhere they're going to charge the same amount for labor, but they'll make sure the job is done correctly.Hope this helps a little!
May 16 2010
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When is it o.k. not to have a clue about market value when setting the asking price for your home?

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social_engr,I have seen zestimates that are right-on on sales price of the home, and I've seen some that are completely wrong. I don't think I have a lock on comps, necessarily. Anyone can canvas the neighborhood and ask the specifics of sales as well as use zillow and what ever other resources they wish to gather that kind of info. The good thing about a REALTOR® is that we have accurate, complete information at our fingertips to help you get the best estimate of what your home will not only sell for, but appraise for as well. (Appraisals are trickier than pricing to sell to buyers these days, it seems!) If you know the sales price, do you know what the seller contribution was to the buyer? Do you know the upgrades of the home? What about one story homes v. two stories--is there a price difference?Obviously I am a REALTOR®. :) And my point is that: isn't it just easier to find one of us that will do a CMA for you? I'll happily give you a CMA (it really doesn't take that long). If you choose to FSBO--that's okay with me; I'm more knowledgeable about a FSBO property in my area now and can further help my buyers. Also, it would be great, after using my CMA services, if you'd refer someone in the market to me. That is pay enough. Anyway, that's my take. Use a REALTOR for comps because it's easier, faster, and more reliable.
May 16 2010
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what is tax square foot

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I agree with John. Based on regulations set for agents and brokers by the state and national governing officials, we have to disclose what source our square footage statement comes from. You may also see "appraisal" and "builder plans"...and it's very common to get slightly different results from each source on one house.
May 14 2010
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Does real estate usually not have the access to the floor plan of the property?

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It's possible for new builds/condos/apartments to have floorplans available to them and whenever possible, I add them to the MLS. But in a single family detached home, the sellers (even if they were active in the building of their home) don't usually have that documentation readily available.
May 14 2010
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why is my home valued for less than a smaller home on a smaller lot with less garages 3 homes down?

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The number one question to ask is, "Valued by whom?"If it's the tax appraiser, count your blessings! Your taxes are lower. I wouldn't correct them if I were you. If it's Zillow, sometimes they are a little off on the estimate. If you're both on the market and their's is priced higher by a different REALTOR, well they're just working to sell yours faster. :) Hope this helps.Jordan GilbreathREALTOR[contact info removed by moderator]
May 06 2010
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Is there anyone who can provide comps for recent sales in the Tanglewood community of Fort Worth?

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My office is in Tanglewood and I work and sell here frequently. I love the area! It is established with beautiful trees and great lawns and parks. I also hear there's a great elementary school around. I am happy to pull comps for you, but I'll need a bit more information. My information is Jordan@SheSellsFWTX.com or (682) 710-FWTX (3989).
May 06 2010
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How do I find out how much taxes are on homes?

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Hi PRKGC,I agree with Richard, www.tad.org is the site to use when finding tax information. There is a page where you can see the tax rates for the different entities (Fort Wort ISD v. Crowley ISD, City of Fort Worth v. City of Aledo). Basically the way to calculate unexempt taxes is to 1st pull the property off TAD and take the tax appraised value of the property, multiply it by the rates for each entity it stands under and add them together.Hope this helps!
May 06 2010
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