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David Poulsen wrote:

How to sell my home

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I think the best way to sell your home is to find a competent hard working Realtor. So you say how do I do this? 1st look on Zillow and read some reviews on some of the Realtors in your area. Then I would call at least 3 and see how they are compatible with yourself and how knowledgeable they seem. You can also look to see if you see their signs in the neighborhood and then ask those neighbors how they feel about that Realtor. Take your time and do a little homework and you will have a smooth and easy process.Thanks,David PoulsenBetter Homes and Gardens Real Estate
4 days ago
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Investor friendly realtors in Los Angeles area.

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Hi Roxana,I wish you were looking up near San Francisco, cause I fit all of your criteria. I do have some Realtor friends in Southern California that fit your criteria also. [contact information deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines] and I can give you their information.Thanks,David PoulsenBetter Homes and Gardens Real Estate
January 11
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zillow wont let me add photos pls help

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Hi Phil,You shouldn't be having any problems uploading photos. Zillow loves having photos on there Listings.Maybe your photos are too big? Then you can go to Flickr and upload them there and then download a smaller size of photo to upload onto Zillow. Worse comes to worse you can call the Zillow help desk.Have a great day!Thanks,David Poulsen
December 23 2013
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How do I revise the listing to announce the sale of my home?

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Hi Carey,Go to the Listing and hit the edit listing line.Then you will go to the listing edit page, scroll down to Home Status and then change the status to Sold.Then hit post!It's that easy! If you need more help, [Content removed by Zillow Moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy]Thanks,David Poulsen
December 18 2013
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Who pays for title policy? Should the Seller pay for it, or should the Buyer pay for it?

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In Northern California, the Buyer purchases the Title Insurance. In Southern California, the Seller purchases the Title Insurance or it can be split 50/50. If you are buying an REO in Northern California and you opt to go with the Bank's Title Insurance, the Bank will pay for it. I hope this helps.Thanks,David Poulsen
December 07 2013
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Property Value

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Jennifer,It is probably best to ask a local Realtor, maybe one that has a sign up somewhere on a piece of land. You could also do a little investigation yourself. You can look at a commercial website called Loopnet and there you will find vacant land listings. In our area, people have access to the MLS on different websites or even on agent websites, you could look there to get a rough idea. Remember to check the zoning and use with the local City or County website, that can drastically affect the value of the property. So when looking at comparable properties, make sure the zoning and use is comparable also. Then I would look at what the land is selling for on an acre or per square foot basis. If you need any help, [Content removed by Zillow Moderator. Please see ourGood Neighbor Policy]Have a great week!Sincerely,David Poulsen
December 04 2013
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What is one feature a home's backyard/ front yard must have when considering buying?

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I believe the key to a good backyard is the size and usability of the yard. Do the kids have the room to play? Do you have room to BBQ and have social gatherings? Is it aesthetically pleasing and relaxing? Is it easy to take care of? These are some of the questions I would ask myself. As for the front yard some of the same questions apply. How manageable is it? Always look for trees that drink lots of water and their proximity to the main water line, that can be a problem in the future! 
December 03 2013
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Can a house be transferred to someone else?

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Yes a home can be transferred to someone else. The Loan may be transferred also with permission of the Bank. The Bank may charge some fees to transfer and may require the person receiving the home to be qualified for the loan.
December 02 2013
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Difficulty finding financing?

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Hi Michael,There should never be a hurdle to finding financing for a project. It may be expensive depending on the project. So if you are looking at land to develop, expect to pay 50% down and a little tougher to find banks willing to do that. I suggest using a mortgage broker to help find a loan. Depending upon the risk, you may have to look at private money. If you are looking at land that is entitled, the same will be true. If you are looking at a fixer home, there are loan options like the 203k loan, where the fix up is built into the loan. Start with a mortgage broker and see what they can find. You can always find me on Zillow,[Content removed by Zillow Moderator. Please see ourGood Neighbor Policy]Thanks,David Poulsen
November 23 2013
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Roof and how it affects appraisal / appraised value

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Hi Duckmama,Interesting situation. You can hope the appraiser may not catch the fact that part of the roof is not redone. Or the appraiser may call it out and of course minus out some value for the cost of the repair. I don't think there is much that you can do other than repair it or hope for the best.Thanks,David Poulsen
November 21 2013
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