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Bethesda Homes for Sale? I was trying to figure out why this one listing was not showing up on my Diverse Solutions IDX and their support asked if the seller had allowed Internet publication. I was shocked to find that in fact this listing in Bethesda, in a prime neighborhood that is sought after, had chosen to be INVISIBLE on the Internet to buyers. DNP stands for Do Not Publish Do not publish. Or in other words do not sell! Since sellers have to sign off on the listing and presumably go look for their listings on the Internet, I'm assuming (4 comments)
Can a seller remain in the house during a home inspection? In Maryland at least. - 01/20/11 08:27 PM
Good advice on inspections... Sellers should probably vacate while it's being done but to we do need to look to the contracts we use to ensure that all parties are treated fairly and in the context of the contract. Via Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Long and Foster® Real Estate, Inc.): Now, before you get all toasty on Rich, remember, the title of the post says "can,” not "should." I do believe a seller should leave the premise when a home inspection is being conducted. There have been periodic posts about this subject from time to time (1 comments)
Interest Rate is the Wrong Reason to Choose a Lender - 01/20/11 08:24 PM
Excellent advice for those buyers who are only looking at one factor in their decision making process. This really is about a horse race and who can get you to the finish line. Make sure all the factors you need for success are there... Via J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY: In the almost 400 transactions I have brokered since first being licensed in the 1990s, anytime there was a problem with the mortgage and the buyer was asked how they chose their lender, I cannot think of one instance where they did not say some variation on the (1 comments)
How To Choose a Real Estate Listing Agent - 01/18/11 12:49 PM
Marte gives excellent advice for anyone who is choosing someone to represent them. Beyond the basics in qualifications, how you interact with each other is very important since you'll spend some very intense time together. You both need to "get" each other. Via Marte Cliff (Marte Cliff Copywriting): F irst - I am no longer a real estate sales person - but because I write for active professionals and write about real estate a lot, I do get questions from consumers as well as from real estate agents wondering how to build their businesses. Today I got the following: The subject line said (0 comments)
"What do you mean I'm approved but the condo isn't?" - 01/15/11 09:16 PM
This is something that I try to cover right up front so we are not battling financing issues well into the transaction if we can manage it! Via Kevin Kelly (Amerifirst Financial Inc.): Ahhh, the joys of condo financing today. Now ideally, the situation would never get to the point where the client is asking this question. Because if I know upfront that they are condo shopping then there is an entire conversation that must be had to avoid or minimize frustration down the road. Most of that conversation centers around making sure the client understands that while they are borrowing money to purchase (1 comments)
The Importance of the Offers That Come In During The First 14 Days of the Listing - 01/15/11 09:03 PM
"The first offer is the best offer" is somewhat of a cliche but can be so true. Too often I've seen sellers make a greedy mistake that costs them in the end. Wise words from Dave... Via Dave Halpern - Louisville Short Sale Expert (Louisville Short Sale Expert Realtors (502) 664-7827): The early offers in the first 14 days of the listing represent the pent up demand for that particular house style, neighborhood and price range. Current Pent Up Demand vs. Future Buyers Trickling In. There is a certain number of buyers currently in the market for your house. As soon as your (4 comments)
FHA 90 Day Flip Financing Is Still Available - 01/06/11 11:00 AM
This is important news to follow for investors who are buying property at auction or as REOs and then trying to resell them fairly quickly. There are challenges in the financing we need to be aware of. Via Rodney Mason - FHA 203K / REO / USDA / / VA / HomePath Specialist - GA / AL (Prospect Mortgage, Atlanta, GA): I have seen several inaccurate posts and comments lately regarding the ending of HUD's 90 Day Flip Waiver for FHA mortgages. On January 15, 2009, HUD announced a waiver to its restriction of a borrower being able to obtain FHA financing on a (1 comments)
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