Getting a real estate license is not too hard to do.
How do you find the right agent when buying or selling a home?
There are a few things to consider.
1. How many years of experience to they have?
2. Have they sold residential real estate in both good and bad markets?
3. How many homes have they sold in the last year, 2 years, 10 years?
4. Do they have the negotiating skills in home sales as well as a plan to help you get the best price/terms?
5. Do they work with both buyers and sellers and know the market from both ends?
6. Do they have active listings of their own and not just a search engine to find a home?
7. Do they advertise their honesty and intregrity and then have all sorts of disclaimers?
8. Do they have a brokers license or a salespersons?
9. Do they manage an office and get bogged down by admin details or office conflicts?
10. Are they active with their local board of Realtors?
11. Do they understand financing options?
12. Can they give you the names of people who they've helped buy or sell a home?
13. Are they FULL TIME agents or do they have another job?
14. If you are a seller, can the agent's website easily be found on the internet.
15. Do they really understand marketing a home and how do they do it?
16. What sets them apart from the others?
17. And maybe most important, do they really listen to your needs to help you when buying or selling?
You can also look and see what kind of answers they have posted right here on Trulia and get a feel for what they know and how they respond.
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Different aspects of the neighborhood definitely contributes to buyers decision of whether to buy a home or not.Unfortunately most states disclosure laws do not cover the ins and outs of the neighborhood, so as a buyer, you have to do a little research by yourself.
Here are some top tips how to go about researching a neighborhood:
Here is a community of Somerset County, http://fcssomerset.org/
You will find many more information from here. Also there are other communities and discussion boards to participate and get the information.... more
Hope they do talk to their clients about the importance of home staging.If they need more ideas how go about it, here are some top tips how to make home staging easier:
This home’s listing agent can tell you more about this place that I can (and probably will know a lot about similar properties in the area). You can email the agent from listing page using the orange “Contact Agent” button to the right of the home photos.
Or, you can look for other local agents on Trulia here: http://www.trulia.com/voices/directory/
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help with anything else. I am happy to be a resource for you. Good luck with the search!
Jan, Hello.. Sounds like you have been very diligent with your credit. What you are experiencing is most likely a lack of revolving credit which makes up almost 35% of your credit score. With that said. Take a look at your credit reports (all three) and count how many revolving trades you have. Now look at the available credit of those accounts. The goal with revolving accounts is to keep the balance at 30% of the credit line or below. For example, you have a $1000 credit card with Capital One, your balance should be below $300 in order to reap the benefits of the account being reported. All credit scores are calculated based an algorithmic formula which I won't even get into. But this is key to getting your scores higher. If you have open revolving accounts bring the balances down. If you don't apply for a secured visa with Capital One or US Bank as they will report to all three bureaus as an unsecured card. A secured visa is where your deposit makes up your available credit. I actually suggest opening an account with both. I also suggest you look at your inquiries and dispute those inquiries in which you do not have open accounts with. Inquiries affect your credit score and a deleted inquiry can boost your score from 3-8 points depending on the type of inquiry (Mortgage, Installment, Revolving).. I truly hope this information has been helpful. Have a great day and best of Luck. Christina Solorzano of Everlasting Credit Repair.... more
Anthony: Get a buyer's agent. Contact several by phone and do a telephone interview. E-mail them also and ask different questions about the area you are seeking to purchase a home in. Hire the agent who you feel most comfortable with and the one who returns your calls and e-mails the way you expect.
Buyers need their own representation when purchasing a home. The listing agents work for the seller and it can be a conflict of interest to represent both buyer and seller in the same transaction. Many do a great job of dual agency however most Real Estate Advice publications recommend getting your own "Buyer's Agent", even when purchasing a brand new home.
If you haven't already selected an agent then please contact me. I have lived in the St. George/Santa Clara area almost my entire life. I currently live near Snow Canyon High School and I know the area inside and out. I would love to sit down with you in person and explain why I can sell your home in the shortest amount of time. My marketing plan is extensive and I'm highly motivated.
Good question. I'd ask friends and family or coworkers.
You might also start by speaking with some of the realtors in the area that have signs in the yards.
If that doesn't work, let me know and we can provide you a referral in your area.... more
I think this one may mean "buyer to verify all before close of escrow" San Diego seems to be the acronym capital of the United States. Deciphering them can be a little crazy and is quite unnecessary. Not to mention that adding acronyms everywhere provides no additional disclosure or protection for them....or anyone else. Some other actual San Diego acronyms: SWEOB (Seller will entertain offers between) SRCOS (Seller reserves choice of services) MSWLAO (Motivated Seller will look at all offers) SSSLA (Short sale subject to lenders approval) STLOTNV...this is one I have not been able to decipher. The MLS allows agents to enter all of this and more into the description and agent comments so, why this is so prevalent in the San Diego area is beyond me. Maybe a SD agent could chime in and maybe even provide a link to the acronym dictionary.... more