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Rachel Cheeney wrote:

Why are townhomes listed along with single family homes? My search clogs with THs.

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Probably due to limitations in Zillow search parameter, because single family homes and townhomes are independently owned real estate (as opposed to to condos, which have shared (%) ownership). If you work with a local realtor, he or she can utilize MLS software features that will exclude the townhomes, and alert you only to new single family listings and market changes.
October 06 2012
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How far "Behind" is Zillow typically?

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As I have observed, property listings syndication data vary by the source of the feed.  In some cases, changes in listing status (including pending and SOLD) as well as price reductions are not reflected without agent intervention, while others are fed directly from an MLS source and listings reflect current pricing and no longer appear once they go pending.  Its tricky for both buyer AND agent as there are hundreds of syndication partners with varied information.
April 05 2011
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Does your Realtor push you to use a lender whom they are familiar and comfortable with?

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I agree that "push" is a poor word choice as it implies 'less than admirable' intent, regardless of the parties involved and product sold.
December 02 2010
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We listed our home on Zillow today for $39.95. Is there a package that would put the home on MLS?

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Contact a local real estate broker!  A brokerage listing agreement is required for MLS syndication of your property for sale.
November 19 2010
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River View IOWA Home For Sale!

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Uh, oh..... my bad. Sorry!
November 17 2010
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River View IOWA Home For Sale!
Address:  2810 Cottage Row Rd., Cedar Falls, IAIs the river calling you? Nature lovers will want to settle-in to a relaxing "vacation-like" lifestyle here! Plenty of creature comforts throughout the generous 1659 sf mainfloor living space. A beautiful cherry kitchen renovation features display cabinetry, a planning center, shiny black appliances, ample eat-in space, and slider access to the raised deck. The private master bedroom boasts a picture window size view plus whirlpool master bath, shower, and walk-in closet.Picturesque river views flank the living and dining room, wall-height wood-burning fireplace, 3 main floor bedrooms, 2 full baths, main floor laundry, walk-out lower level and attached double garage.Septic system inspected Nov-11. Private well.View the initial tour now ~ http://www.proresourcerealty.com/Listing/VirtualTour.ashx?listingid=28278597Contact:  Rachel Cheeney, Broker/OwnerPro Resource Realty(319) 240-2389
November 17 2010
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How to add $8000 to the value of your home with no money out of pocket?

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If you're preparing to sell your property, look carefully at RECENT sales in YOUR neighborhood.  Has there been a comparable property SOLD in the price range you seek? Appraisal values are very competitive and its unlikely that an $8,000.00 higher sale price baseline will be established with the sale of your property,Are you refinancing your mortgage and need more value? Same rule applies.If your market research indicates the value goal is reachable, its time to engage the elbow grease!  (1) "Q-tip clean" and odor-free throughout every nook and cranny. (2) Minimize furnishings, (3) Fresh neutral paint throughout (low budget, big return), and (4) ZERO trinkets and personal effects.  Good Luck!
November 10 2010
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Buying a House

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When your offer is accepted on that "perfect" new home, be prepared to allow 10+ days to get through the inspection period, and AFTER that, another 15-20 days for appraisal and final loan commitment. (During which time preliminary title work and abstracting gets underway). For many buyers, final settlement "CLOSING" is very typically 30 days from agreement date, but prepare to be flexible if need be.  Also, financing products differ in processing time (i.e. FHA -vs- Conventional, VA, USDA, etc), so 'know well thy lending details" and enjoy!
October 08 2010
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Japanese Beetle "Lady Bugs"
Well, here it is a glorious "Indian Summertime" in Black Hawk county, and in the last couple days the pesky yet apparently harmless tiny creatures are swarming into every nook and cranny!  Anybody have a solution other than a vacuum?
October 08 2010
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True or False...First offer is always the best offer?

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Just more evidence to "never" say always!  :)
October 08 2010
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