Ask A Real Estate Professional - Who Will Answer?

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Education & Training with Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus

Here's an area of ActiveRain I haven't written about. Can you imagine that? lol~  I have been watching the Q&A board on the Network for the past few days now.  I know for a fact that many or most members aren't using this much, or may not even know it's there.

The Q&A link is for consumers to ask questions from "US" (the community), about areas of the Country and other specific interests.  Have you seen some of these questions?  Are you checking if any of them are from your area?  It only takes a minute to do.  I see this as a potential "Goldmine" in that you can connect with consumers here.  There's a variety of questions and potential opportunities you might want to check out.

Here's what the Q&A link reads: Below is a list of questions from the "Ask a real estate professional" form. Real estate professionals on ActiveRain may provide answers to these questions. Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page.

SOME QUESTIONS I FOUND TODAY:

Q. I am currently trying to purchase a house that is owned by a lender and I am using my VA. How can I ask for seller contributions which are used towards other things besides closing costs and fees?

Q. how can I make sure that every penny of the sellers contributions is used to my benefit so that the loan officer doesn't pocket the money?

Q. What interest rate can a home-buyer expect to receive with the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing program? Is it usually equal to an FHA 30-year? Or the VA 30-year? Or does the interest rate vary by LTV and FICO?

Q. There are 2 of us that own 5 acres of land north of Houston. He will pay me for my part of the property so I can buy somewhere else. He will build on this property. What kind of document do we need to get?

Q. What do agents normally charge for commission on a rental? Is it a years rent times the usual SOC of 2.5% or 3%?


This Q&A section was intended to be a forum to let consumers "Ask A Real Estate Professional"
but I see many AR members asking questions here too? This is NOT the place for members to ask questions.  It's a "HOSTING AREA" for consumers to ask, and for "us" to answer and connect.  Have you given any thought or attention to this area of ActiveRain?  There's no such thing as a dumb question, but I'd feel dumb if someone didn't answer mine.  :-|

There are no points offered for giving answers and comments, but there may very well be something even better if you understand ROI.  It's kind of like Trulia Voices.  Just a thought here friends, but please read the Guidelines before trying to answer any questions on the Q&A link.


Here are the only Guidelines required to participate in this Q&A section of the Community:

This real estate question was submitted via Localism.com, and you may provide a response to the consumer. Your contact information, picture, link to profile, etc will be provided along with the response. Failing to follow the guidelines will result in you losing your ability to answer questions.

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Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
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Perfect.  Good bye Trulia.

Jun 05, 2008 08:12 PM #103
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Brad ~ This is great information.  I just visited the Q&A section and was surprised at the quality of both the questions and the answers...

Jun 06, 2008 01:38 AM #104
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I do use this function as do a couple others of us regularily, thanks Brad my free ride on being the Real Estate Professional has just ended, now the whole community will be clawing for the potential business (lol)

Jun 06, 2008 07:35 AM #105
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Virginia - I love Trulia too, let's make it an addition to your Trulia.  :-)

Jun 07, 2008 12:27 PM #106
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Brad ~ This is great information. I just visited the Q&A section and was surprised at the quality of both the questions and the answers...

Should be all cleaned up now, at least back until 4/30/08. That's as far as my broom would go. :-)

Jun 07, 2008 12:29 PM #107
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I do use this function as do a couple others of us regularily, thanks Brad my free ride on being the Real Estate Professional has just ended, now the whole community will be clawing for the potential business (lol)

Karen - I am so sorry!!  I did see many of your answers, maybe no one will read this or my next post! :-))

Jun 07, 2008 12:30 PM #108
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Thanks for the post Brad.

 

I'll pay more attention to the Q&A now

Jun 08, 2008 05:54 AM #109
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Eric - hopefully you will find as much value there as we are hoping consumers do. Thanks. :-)

Jun 08, 2008 12:10 PM #110
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Thanks again Brad! You by far are a great leader and very worthy of your fan club! I am a member of it! My hats off to you! Keep it up!

Jun 10, 2008 04:24 PM #111
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Liz - thanks, glad to have you in my "fan club",  I am in yours as well. :-)

Jun 11, 2008 03:22 AM #112
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I got it, I got it, I got it. And if I got it, everyone else should have. (If they haven't just send them to the bootcamp, no mercy)

I always feel guilty reading your blogs, as you get so many comments, that I am forced to skip them, and I usually do not do it.

Can you be not so good for a while? You just keep hurting my consciousness

 

P.S. Only for people with the sense of humour...cause when there is little humour, there should be a very good sense...

Jun 11, 2008 02:19 PM #113
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Jon - you crack me up.

Now step back slowly from the computer, keep your hands in sight, turn slowly and open the front door and take some time off! lol~ You need to disconnect for a bit, spend some time in the yard, mow your lawn, go to the grocery store, unwind, have a brewski, then come on back and join up with us again!  It's all about balance my friend. Balance.  :-)) 

Thanks for the laugh, I needed that today!!

Jun 11, 2008 04:58 PM #114
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He, he, he! I live in a condo, no mowing, my friend.

But I will go to sleep early tonight. Just to get some balance.

Good night

Jun 11, 2008 05:08 PM #115
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Jon  - that explains it all!   lol~  I'll send you some grass lawn!!  :-)))  Good night, sleep tight!!

Jun 11, 2008 05:13 PM #116
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Brad, I'm looking forward to trying this part of AR.  I've been answering questions on Trulia and look forward to this forum.

Jun 11, 2008 06:32 PM #117
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Holey Moley !!! I never knew this ! Yikes ! I could be really miss the boat here ! Thanks Brad I will start to keep watch !

Jun 12, 2008 02:04 PM #118
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Christine - it still has a ways to go, but I'd like to see us be a great alternative to Trulia, I love the guys over there too, but I think we have some knowldegeable and experienced members here who can really make a difference and make AR a force to be recconed with!  Thanks for your input and support here, the consumers and community need more members like you. :-)

Jun 12, 2008 02:45 PM #119
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Melissa - It could be a goldmone for sure, but we'll all have to pitch in and make it that way. Thanks for doing your part. I am cleaning out the spam and member questions 4 - 5 times a day now until we get the spam filter setup on it.  It's a good sign that we are getting more hits from consumers too.  It will only get better around here, just wait, watch and see.  :-)))

Jun 12, 2008 02:49 PM #120
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How do you reduce the price on a listing?

Jul 15, 2008 07:16 AM #121
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Lakelytle - If you're the seller, by contacting your agent, if you're the agent, by contacting the seller.  :-))

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