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Terri Cummings asked:
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
Thankfully you still have several options (your brother is correct) and I will let you in on some hidden secrets - I'm a retired realtor:

1. As for the listing agent (seller's agent) it's true that experienced realtors do take advantage of new licensed realtors / agents. Either agents can tell by their MLS ID numbers or the experienced agents typically ask "how many transactions have you done before." Experienced agents always want to know who they are dealing with. Once they find out your agent is brand new - time to swoop in.

2. All realtors purchase Errors and Omission Insurance (a type of legal insurance in case they make a mistake). You will contact the Office Manager / Broker in Charge and state that you want to file a claim against your agent for omitting a costly mistake. This way, your agent's insurance policy will pay for the claim and the worst case scenario is that your agent's premium payment will go up. Same thing like car insurance or health insurance. However, this is a business expense and agents can deduct the premium increases on their tax returns as business deductions.

3. Next sale holiday is July 4th. How old are those appliances that the seller wants you to pay $500. for? Start shopping online and find out how much brand new basic appliances are being sold for. Are those stores advertising any July 4th sale specials? Whatever their current retail prices are, take off 20% or so and that should equal the July 4th sale special. Compare the sale prices against what the seller wants. Would you be able to buy brand new appliances for maybe a little more than what the seller is asking? If the amounts are far apart, it might make sense to pay $500. but if you can afford some of the appliances as brand new, it might be worth it to you.
REMEMBER: You do NOT need to spend extra for high end fancy appliances. Stick to low end basic appliances. The more expensive ones are not always worth it.

Good Luck
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Chaotic00 answered:
Kathy,
I find your disingenuous comment quite interesting… Unfortunately, your educational input was overshadowed by conjecture.

The role of the leasing agent/realtor is understood, even implied, which is why the potential renter often opts to work with such person. There wasn’t a need to offer a skewed description of what you believe to be the nature of the role. This is a given. I appreciate your efforts and time in offering your opinion.

While real estate and home rental may be a private industry, and even lightly regulated… this is NO EXCUSE for any person working in the industry to operate without any ounce of ethic or morale. It was shameful and disgraceful for Elsa (representing Back Office Central, LLC), and ALL involved, with the home owner’s permission, to show 1819 Englewood Way home, in this condition, with hopes of renting the home--knowing there is black mold in the garage. Elsa apologized while entering the property with us, for the unkempt landscaping, the dirty, soiled carpet and garage having a tendency to flood on rainy days. It would have been GREAT if she also disclosed the black mold in the garage will also be “fixed,” instead of waiting for my husband to bring it to her attention first. There was approximately three other families viewing the home, with their small children. Elsa never said a word about the potential hazard.

Based on your post, the practice of showing and renting homes with black mold is something you’re very comfortable with, especially once you qualify the renter as low income.

The reality is, budget has NOTHING to do with utilizing ethics and morale, and just doing the right thing…when deciding to show a home with black mold to unsuspecting, innocent people (potential renters). It doesn’t matter if the home is being offered for fifty cents or $5900.00 per day… sick is sick. Regardless of wealth, each human only has ONE life. This ONE life makes each person equal, leveling the playing (paying) field! NO ONE should be subjected to black mold!

You are in no position to suggest what I can and can’t afford or to offer any advice on anyone’s finances. The amount I CAN afford, will NEVER “afford” my loved ones or myself a dirty, moldy and unhealthy rental home!

Your paragraph four was a complete waste of our time (yours and whoever reads it) and brain matter. Instead of posting such foolishness, perhaps you should use your last few sunset years getting in touch with humanity and reality. Perhaps a Business Ethics class or two, community service, researching the effects of black mold on the human body, donating time to work with those less fortunate than yourself or even just being grateful that you and your loved ones are in good health or that you still have the time and demented mental capacity to waste the time of strangers with your frivolous posts.

To be clear, you are clearly out of touch with reality, perhaps this is the reason you’re retired. Surely, your retirement was a benefit for the industry; since it doesn’t need your help to cast a negative, unethical light on it.

Enjoy your life.
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Brullette asked:
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Kimguilly answered:
General contractors have conflict of interest
I am selling my house and the buyer hired a general contractor posing as an inspector. The first thing he did was quote a price he would charge for 4k to 5k to the buyer for minor tuckpointing. The house is brick. She freaked. I worked for a general contractor for 7 years many years ago. I know how it works
I stopped him and asked him to stop providing general contractor pricing. He admitted to being a general contractor and said that's how much he would charge to do the work. Then explaining that neither one of us asked for an estimate and to please just inspect the property. He said well you can hire someone for 200.00 to do it. He crucified me for not permitting him to try and sell a contract. Turned the valve on the hot water tank until water came out tool a picture and said it was leaking and needed to be replaced. Even sited me for a loose toilet seat. Stated all the repairs which were minor needed to be completed by a general contractor w permits. Needless to say the young single mother of two small children insisted I do everything on the list by a general contractor. I let her go. He killed our deal out of spite. Terrible.
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Nina Wilson answered:
Communication is the key... However each have a certain role and expertise. In my opinion it is always best that the LO and the Realtor have a good rapport and that each understand their role in the transaction. ... more
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Fsiaca82 answered:
I have a loan estimate designed 1,232 per month and in another column speaks of estimated taxes, insurance and assessments 284 a month that we must pay it apart from the monthly payment
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Lord166 answered:
Get the appraisal, THEN make an offer 5% under appraisal.

You don't want to start negotiation at the top price, the 5% allows the owner to counter offer if he wants and you guys can settle at most at the value of the property. ... more
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Gwen Miller answered:
I just got a job promotion to Jacksonville Florida looking for a 2 bedroom 2bath I work for Target located on Beach Blvd need a place before we get there My Husband and our 12 year old Daughter Leaving Colorado July 15th should arrive around July 18th so excited no more snow yeah would like to put deposit on something nice Thank you Gwen ... more
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Mk.brock answered:
I would not the is one near a dog park and a bunch of house and it wild as all the trees and vegetation are dead.
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Nikki Smith answered:
It may as well be! It all depends on the market, exposure...inner aptitude, vibes...for sure fewer competing open houses. And of course any exposure is good for our Sellers! So I am saying Yes, Do it! ... more
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Marcia Murdick asked:
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Angelica P answered:
Hi,

The photos have been removed from our display as you requested.

https://www.trulia.com/homes/Texas/Katy/sold/23190828-20915-Barbons-Heath-Ct-Katy-TX-77449


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Angelica P answered:
Hi,

I apologize we have false foreclosure information listed on our home details page. This data is provided to us from Zillow foreclosures and we currently do not have the ability to edit or remove the information that they are sending us.

Please be advised that I have created a ticket to Zillow Consumer Care to request the removal of the foreclosure status from your property. Once the status is removed from Zillow, it will automatically update to Trulia after 24-48 hours.


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