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Stacey Smith wrote:

How may I offer real estate staging suggestions/help on Zillow?

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Zillow might not be the best platform for that. I would suggest activerain. It is a real estate blogging platform and probably the largest real estate professional platform on the internet. There are quite a few home stagers on that site that are utilizing that platform to drive traffic to their websites, build relationships and gain business from their area by being found on google.  Here is the link to Activerain. There is a free option you don't have to pay the monthly few, but if you want your blogs to be seen by everyone outside of activerain the monthly fee is worth it. But to interact with those on Activerain and just for those in the Activerain network to see your posts, it's free.
September 20 2013
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I deleted my house for sale in error. How do I reinstate it?

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The best thing to do would probably be to redo the add in general. Bright side is it will be renewed as a fresh listing. You will typically get the most activity on your home in the first two weeks anyways. Best advice  though is to hire a real estate agent, the right agent will know how to properly market your home to drive in the most traffic in the least amount of time so you can get what you want in the time that you want. Just interview an agent or two.. You will find that selling a house isn't as easy as it looks and we don't bite.... Well most of us anyways... :)
September 20 2013
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How do you find out what the information on my home is in Huron Ohio

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If by information you mean Square footage, beds, baths, etc. along with sells history, mortgage history, etc. those things you can contact a title company or a real estate professional and they can send you the details of your home through public records.
September 20 2013
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why did my home's zestimate drop 31% (approx $600K) when the Berkeley market is up?

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The Zestimates are not exactly a reliable source of determining a homes value. They are basing their numbers on average homes sales in your area, there could have been a few home sales that brought those averages down, those home sales may or may not affect your homes value. Regardless the best thing to do in regards to attaining a more accurate value of your home would be to contact a local real estate professional and request a CMA (comparable market analysis) Most real estate professionals will provide this service to you free of charge.
September 20 2013
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Why did my home value plummet this week and the neighbors homes gained value. Mistake?

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Though Zillow is a great tool to search for home for the buying consumer as a homeowner, the Zestimate tool is great in theory but in execution has not proved to be the most accurate. The best way for you to understand what home sales are doing in your area and where your home value is at is to contact a local real estate professional and request a comparable market analysis (CMA) Most real estate professionals provide this service free of charge.
September 20 2013
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Why did Zillow reduce the estimate for my house by $6,471 in one month?

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There could be multiple factors at play. Zillow is mostly basing your price of the average home sells price in your area. There could have been a few sells recently that brought that average down. Though Zillow is a strong resource for the consumer, the Zestimate is something I am still not a fan of. It will give you a "general idea" of what your home value is but the best thing that you can do is contact a professional in your area and request a CMA (comparable market analysis) most real estate professionals will provide this service to you free of charge. -Good luck to you!
September 20 2013
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how do I get more showings at my house for sale in a small town? not shown since Christmas...

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I think the biggest issue you have going for you is it's in a small town, small towns are not exactly booming right now in this economy. But the internet is your friend, find out if your realtor uses internet marketing and have them market it online, and if they are tech savvy, once you search your street, zip code, address, subdivision etc. it should be easy to find... In todays market most of buyers are coming from the internet or word of mouth from other realtors.. Make sure your hired realtor is not only marketing your property on the internet but telling other professionals in the industry about your home so if any of those realtors have a qualified buyer there you go! Something that you personally can do is just make sure your friends, family, neighbors all your close contacts know your house is for sale so if they know anyone looking to buy they can send them your way...Also make sure your Realtor has current pictures of the home, especially the outside.. Several seasons have come and gone since you listed.. Are they taking new pictures to post up with the season?Hope this helps! :)
August 03 2011
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Listing agent info

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Sometimes dealing with the listing agent directly isn't always the best option. The listing agents interest is for his seller, it would probably be a better choice to hire a qualified buyers agent in that area to work as a liason and negotiate deals on your behalf so you know you are getting the best deal on the house as house as possible and knowing that agents interests are divided between you and the seller.
March 06 2011
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New homes at market price or foreclosure at discount?

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If you are financing your home through a Conventional, FHA or VA loan there is no way you are ever going to pay more for a house then what it is worth. So with that being said, most likely you would get a 30 year fix loan, best choice would be a house that you are confident that would survive the life of the loan. There are some discounted foreclosures out there, the bones of the house are great but just needs some TLC.. If you are willing to do the repairs that might be the house for you. There are also some new construction out there, the houses are being sold at market value, but the construction is bad.. Most important thing when buying is look over all disclosures and information about the property to make sure that this house can survive to be a long term investment.
March 06 2011
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