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Earlier today
Kathy Burgreen answered:
No. As a former realtor, ALL listing contracts are with the brokerage - not the individual realtor. Realtors / agents are independent contractors working under a brokerage so a listing contract is with the brokerage company.
Sellers who are dissatisfied with one agent have the right to complain to the Office Manager / Broker in Charge and ask to be assigned to a different agent - as long as the 2nd agent is within the same office / brokerage.
If a seller wants to switch brokerages, sellers have to wait until their listing contract expires.

I'm not sure which one you did. Did you sign with the 2nd agent after your listing contract expired or before?
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Yesterday at 4:02pm
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Ben, I do not see the function you are speaking of on Trulia but agent mls have that feature so once you know your qualifications you can have it set up.

How much are you currently paying in rent and what is the maximum payment you are looking to achieve? You should also get pre-approved to be able to know your purchase power and how much you qualify to purchase.

If you figure out what cities or zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

The purchase in 95112 zip code start from 450k for 1bd 1ba condo and up so what home prices are you looking at?

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Yesterday at 12:57pm
Greentekfirst answered:
Property liens can be Involuntary (I.E. HOA, judgment, mechanic, tax etc.) or Voluntary (mortgage, refinance, home loan etc. ).

Both have to be satisfied/paid in full before title can be conveyed properly. In most cases, Involuntary liens can be negotiated with the creditor for a smaller amount due to the nature of the encumbrance.

First mortgages (AKA senior liens) always take priority over second mortgages (junior liens) in a foreclosure proceeding or auction.

For more information on this subject you can visit for helpful resources.
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Yesterday at 6:49am
Sam Shueh answered:
SCC Vector Control provides know how information. Pest control for a fee they will trap it for you.
You need to seal your trash cans to avoid access to attic or garage keep them out.
Good luck,
Sam Shueh
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Yesterday at 6:45am
Sam Shueh answered:
Yesterday at 6:41am
Sam Shueh answered:
Actually there are more this year than past. Suggest you look for the listings for new postings.
Craigslist, Zillow, Hotpad are the best internet sources.

You need to have the appls, references, pay stubs, credit rpts ready. There is not much time to fool around when the opportunity comes. Landlords will take the best candidate if you are willing.
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Wed Apr 26, 2017
Kyongho24 asked:
I am looking into a property next to a small creek. It's in 100-year flood zone (code AE) and it's also in the area of dam failure inundation. Is this typical to buy a home in such an area?…
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Tue Apr 18, 2017
LucyDiamonds answered:
I have the same exact situation! Right now we're considering renting out our Bucks County home and renting in SF until we know we like the neighborhood / area for a long-time investment. ... more
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Tue Apr 18, 2017
Mary answered:

I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you. Kindly please allow 24 to 48 hours for the listing to completely syndicate to Trulia.

Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Sat Apr 15, 2017
Juliacresci answered:
I had a problem with a licensed contractor who charged me for things I never got. I complained to the licensing board. They investigated and said that they found violations, I would receive money back and that I would need to go to court. the case was taking a long time because the contractor wasn't producing all the info (warranties and receipts) that were requested. The investigator got tired of the case and threatened to close it even though it was the contractor that was holding up the settlement. I just received a letter that they were disposing my complaint and putting a letter in their file for technical violations. I am furious. The CSLB isn't there for consumers unless they can get rid of the case quickly. This company is out there to scam other elderly people like me and get away with just a slap on the hand. The BBB is even worse. Don't trust anyone. ... more
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Tue Apr 11, 2017
Sonja Mckinney answered:
I negotiated the mortgage lien on an investment property and entered into a contract for sale with an investor. I have recently discovered that there are a ton of city liens on the property that equate to much more than the property is valued and the investor has offered.

I want to release this property and of course the seller is trying to hold me captive. Is there an expert that negotiates these types of liens? If so who do I contact (attorney, other)? Can the buyer hold me to a contract if I can't pay off the liens?

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Sun Apr 9, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Jennifer, you should check with the local rental management companies as well. The rentals in 95112 zip code start from $1,495 for studio apt and up. You should call the Westwood properties to see what they offer. Good luck.

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Fri Apr 7, 2017
Vardywelsh asked:
Believing you can do something and getting out there and doing it, are the best two things you can do today. visit…
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Thu Apr 6, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:

Older complexes can need more repairs more regularly in some cases. It would be important to review the HOA docs and budget.

Kind regards,

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Wed Apr 5, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
That varies depending upon what you'd like to add on your second storey. Are you adding more bedrooms and bathrooms or is it going to be just a game room? What upgrades are you putting in? Carpet vs hardwood floors? What type of stairs and railings? I would suggest that you obtain a bid or two and go from there. ... more
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Wed Apr 5, 2017
Chrisupton2010 answered:
Home Appraisal, arranged for the bank loan, was a quick 20 minutes.
I provided a list of all the upgrades we've done and the year of improvement, which helped.
Appraiser took pictures of the outside, then of each area of the house, inside. He knew we installed new windows, but didn't look at them. They tilt in to easily clean. He doesn't know that though. We made our high-end cedar shed, which values at $10,000. He doesn't know that.
Our garage has new wiring, but, he said, he didn't need to look in the garage. I thought that was a bit strange. There are some really nice 'mancaves' out there. We don't have one. So, this is for the bank. We paid for the appraisal, but, probably won't be able to see it. My only tips: clean and de clutter; log all upgrades; and point out the great things about your home.
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Mon Apr 3, 2017
Jesu49 answered:
Get a Realtor and discuss your options for loans. Speak to a loan officer to get pre-approved for your loan so you know your price-range for your home. Have a good credit score. Have extra money for escrow, taxes and insurance as well as one or two mortgage paymets. One will go into your excrow. You will need money to pay for inspections and appraisals, so budget around $800 to $1K more for that. Also, you will need to put earnest money down ususally $500 to $1K. Best of luck to you. ... more
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Mon Apr 3, 2017
Missxmiss777 answered:
I'm surprised that people care about collecting money so bad that they'd contribute to homelessness. So if a tenant has kids and is out of luck with a job (because lets be real this capitalist economy isn't doing well) its OF COURSE the tenants irresponsibility that drove them and their kids to homelessness. The holy landlords only raised rent to unreasonable market prices. ... more
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Sat Apr 1, 2017
Ngraham47 answered:
I have been in PLENTY of multiple offer situations as a buyers agent. YES it happens everyday and we hate it! Nothing worse than having to call your buyer and tell them someone else got the home they wanted.

I'll sum it up short for you: If inventory is low, don't expect to make a $20k offer below asking price and "think" you have a chance at getting a good deal, because someone else is probably making a offer too.

Low inventory = a sellers market.
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Wed Mar 29, 2017
Maricris A answered:

I sent an email to you about this concern.


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