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Melinda Elmer wrote:

Have you heard of real estae scams involving Ooie Tasuro

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I got an email from him the last couple of days...  This time the email is from a @japan.com  He claims he can't talk on the phone because of his accent.But the different emails said different things so it made me suspicious.  This is why prequalifying clients is so important....
November 09 2010
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2027 Appleton St., #12

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They would actually probably LOVE it. That was their favorite thing, to fix everything up and decorate...
December 11 2008
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2027 Appleton St., #12

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Yes, this is a beautiful unit. Thanks for pointing out the high quality with which the building was originally built and the current owners have put a ton of effort in making sure the remodel was done top notch as well. It is beautiful and simply stunning!
December 09 2008
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House on Market for 2 wks. only 1 showing !!!

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While quality photos will help get people in the door, ultimately it is all related to price.  Many of the properties that are selling, are priced "below" market value.  Keep in mind, that your home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.  People percieve the value based on the features and benefits that your home offers compared to some of the others in the area.  In most areas, the prices of the recent sold properties are actually above what the competition is priced at.  Even if there are no immediate comparables in your neighborhood, take a look at what a buyer could buy within a radius for that price, and see if you were a buyer, if you would still buy your home.  If not, then consider lowering the price.  And a good price reduction is probably 10% minium.  Any less than that, and you risk chasing the market, which can be very costly.  And open houses only sell about 1% of all homes on the market, so I don't recommend them. 
September 23 2008
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Selling on holiday weekend

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There are many houses that still sell during the holidays, and the good news is that the buyers who are looking during the holidays generally are more motivated than during other times in the year. As someone who has several listings sold recently and several buyer sales, for me, typically the 4th quarter is the best time of year. THe sellers who are selling are more serious (there is also less competition from the non serious sellers because many of them go off the market) and also the buyers who are out looking amidst all the chaos that is the holidays are more serious and typically buy. Another great thing about selling this time of year, is that many of the relocations happen at this time of year, and so there are some serious buyers who need to buy right away that are starting Jan 1st at their new jobs. There are also people who want to buy now for tax reasons as well. But yes, there are still buyers out there this time of year. And now is a better time to sell, because in a declining market, the longer you wait to sell, and price your home properly, the less you will get for it. And no, it's not just REOs that are selling. And unfortunately, there are some agents who "take the holidays off" and that somehow seems to be from Thanksgiving to New Years. But not most. Most agents are hardworking, and do what needs to be done. Good luck to you!
December 13 2007
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zillow estimate

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Keep in mind this is only a guesstimate based on their computer models. If you want a more accurate estimate of your price you need to get either an appraiser or a real estate professional to give you a more accurate opinion of price, or in reality the buyers will decide when you sell what they are willing to pay. Appraisers are coming in high, and more real estate agents are high too right now.
October 23 2007
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to FSBO,or not to FSBO

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THe best way to get it sold in Boulder is to contact Karen Bernardi. She is a great agent I know who is in the area, and based on your time frame, you definately need someone like her. She is a powerful agent who knows the area well and has been in business a long time. You can google her and find her.
October 19 2007
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