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Christine Ka…, Real Estate Pro in 92592
Christine Kankowski answered:
Is it true that I could sell my house without having to pay capital gains after a certain age?
Yes, I have heard of this as my mother in law just went through it. THere are some very specific things and timelines, however, so please consult a tax advisor. Even if you do your ow ... more
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Jeremy Clark, Home Buyer in Caldwell, ID
Jeremy Clark answered:
How much income towards a rental will the banks count as income when purchasing a second home?
Hello,

It really depends on the bank. Most will take your Net income reported on your schedule E and back out depreciation. Experienced lenders will take NI, add Depreciation, Inte ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 15, 2015 Home Selling in 95148
Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
Is relocating the garage door opener considered an electric repair in Seller Check list?
It definitely could be. You had to move around wiring, so technically, the electrical working was altered in some way. I think it could definitely be seen as a repair. I would suggest i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 11, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
What are questions a listing agent should ask to weed out uncommitted buyers?
Nothing is fool proof, but your situation sounds out of the ordinary. In today's heated market buyers are competing for very limited properties. Some write offers without even seeing ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 9, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
How long does it take to get appraisal result?
Often less than 1 week if you order expedited service.
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 3, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Pat Kapowich, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Pat Kapowich answered:
Could I repaint the interior of my home, or is it easy to mess it up?
In Silicon Valley, I always recommend a pro. Yes. Always hire a pro when planning to sell or rent your property. The painters also have the latest tips and trends that are happening in ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 17, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Pat Kapowich, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Pat Kapowich answered:
Is April 2015 a good time to sell in Berryessa area?
April has always been a great month for sellers to sell. However, in Silicon Valley the normal rules of buying and selling depending on the time of year are often moot. Our strong work ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 17, 2015 Home Selling in 95131
heavenlymett…, Other/Just Looking in Glendale, AZ
heavenlymettle answered:
How many buyers hate or do not prefer carpet?
Any answer to this might go either way! I have owned a Carpet and Flooring Store in the Glendale AZ Area servicing the entire Phoenix AZ area since 1971 and I have seen design trends co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 14, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
Do Pools Help or Hinder the Sale of Your Home?
There's no one answer to that. Some buyers want pools, some don't. Families with little kids often don't want pools due tot he risks. From everything I've read, they are a neutral item ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 13, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Richard Litt…, Real Estate Pro in Orange County, CA
Richard Littlefield answered:
Homes in my area (Almaden) are sold in one showing, as such, I am thinking about FSBO or flat rate agent. I am open to different selling models.
Here on Trulia you can find thousands of questions from people who have horror stories, the result of not using an agent.

If the market is really hot, home buyers resort to buying ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 13, 2015 Home Selling in 95120
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
Does a new kitchen add value?
Hi,

A nice kitchen upgrade can add value, as this is one of the focal points of buyers.
One can look at recent sales in your neighborhood to see what remodeled homes and dated homes ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 11, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Susan Gay, Home Buyer in Vidor, TX
Susan Gay answered:
Fix up or sell as is?
A garage door opener is a must. Get rid of the linoleum floors! I wouldn't buy a house without a garage door opener and I wouldn't touch one that still had linoleum unless the price was ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Apr 11, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Elana Murray, Real Estate Pro in 33321
Elana Murray answered:
What are the biggest challenges interested sellers are having with todays market?
A great agent who knows your neighborhood and runs a comprehensive comparable analysis that assists you in setting a price to sell, yet nets you $$, is what you need to look for. Right ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 11, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Stephen Whit…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Stephen Whitlock answered:
Can a good agent help to sell my home in San Jose?
I have a contractor that specializes in preparing homes for the market and I manage the entire process. Using my market proven formula I am able to sell homes for up to 18% above the n ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 10, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Stephen Whit…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Stephen Whitlock answered:
What is the average commission fee for the real estate agent when you sell the home? Both the listing and the buyer's agent?
That depends on the qualifications of the listing agent and is actually the last information that you should discuss with the agent. The most important question is what is the agent's ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 10, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
7slotfever, Home Owner in Salem, OR
7slotfever answered:
Do fireplaces increase or decrease a home value? What do buyers think about gel or electric fireplaces instead of the traditional wood burning or gas?
We recently downsized and moved from TN to OR.
Cramming into a tiny 1460sf home has been a challenge to say the least.
This little 1950s rancher had a big, ugly fireplace in it that ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 25, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Caleb Hart, Renter in Orem, UT
Caleb Hart answered:
In Seller Check list If owner fixed any electric repair in the house - and fill yes -and the house sold as As- is does the owner still hold liability
I would talk to an electrician about this. They seem to know all the laws about electrical work. Real estate agents usually know quite a bit about this kind of thing as well. I just wis ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 9, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
lynnnchase9, Other/Just Looking in Omaha, NE
lynnnchase9 answered:
Blinds or curtains (or even bare windows) for home going on the market? (A mid sized, normal, non-luxury home)
Honestly, I think it depends on the room and your personal preference. Depending on what the room is used for, blinds or curtains may be appropriate. If I were you, I would take some sa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 5, 2015 Home Selling in San Jose
Richard Litt…, Real Estate Pro in Orange County, CA
Richard Littlefield answered:
can the other banks approved my home loan if i my wife she was having an account and paid up her debts after they notice she is having overdue?
Most likely what we would need to do is take her off of the loan. she can stay on Title. I am not sure if you are in MI or CA, if you are in CA I may be able to help you.

You can cl ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 26, 2015 Home Selling in 95148
Terry Bell, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Terry Bell answered:
Does it help or hinder to have the seller present at an open house?
It's not helpful for either the buyer or seller for the seller to be present! The buyers ends up being distracted and not being able to imagine themselves in the house. The seller is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 25, 2015 Home Selling in 95129
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