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Real Estate Questions

What Commission Should I Offer?

You decide the commission but the minimum is one dollar.  Keep in mind that just like you are competing with other homes for sale, you’re also competing against other commission rates.  If your competitors are offering three percent while you’re only offering one percent, you may not get the cooperation you’d hoped for or expected.  Most commissions average between two to three percent.

When Is Payment Due?

Part of the paperwork you’ll receive is a credit card authorization form that you’ll complete and return with the rest of your documents.  You will not be charged until your listing has been activated and you’ve approved the listing.

Can I Upgrade My Service?

Yes.  Email or call and we’ll work out the details based on what you’re looking to upgrade.

Will You Show My Home?

The short answer is No.  There are rare situations that occur which may lead to me showing your property.  Before I show, we will discuss the situation and options.

How Many Pictures Can I Include?

You can submit up to twenty five pictures. Keep in mind that more is not necessarily better.  Submit pictures that make sense and create a desire for buyers to view your property.

How Long Does It Take To Become Active in the MLS?

Most listings received are active in the MLS within the first two hours (business days), provided the necessary information has been provided. In the rare event that it would take more 24 hours you will be notified.

Will You Help Find My Next Home?

If you are ready to purchase a home we will be happy to help you.  After three decades of combined experience you will be well represented.

What is Agent Background?

Agent Background is a resource that allows potential customers to review a Realtor’s sales history, activity, track record, etc.  This is the only program on the market that addresses these types of inquiries.

Legal Questions

What Will My Attorney Fees Be?

Attorney fees are typically from $475 to $625 depending on several considerations including type of transaction, property, location and responsiveness.

Who Is My Attorney?

Your attorney will be decided on certain factors such as the type of transaction, property location, etc.  All the attorneys I have relationships with focus almost strictly on real estate transactions and have been personally interviewed and vetted.

Do I Have to Attend Closing?

No. If you will not be attending closing just let us know and we’ll take care of the rest.

What Are My Responsibilites?

Throughout the closing process there may be things you’ll need to assist in. For example, if you have a mortgage, you’ll need to provide your lender and loan number.  We’ll stay in great communication and discuss as appropriate.

Who Do I Contact For Legal Issues, You or the Attorney?

I will be the main contact for the legal side, just as I was during the listing period. Of course, I do not give legal advice. If legal advice is needed the attorney will provide that.

What if This? What if That?

With nearly thirty years and thousands of transactions, the ‘What If’s’ are endless.  If you have a What If question email or call.

Are There Any Up Front Fees?

Depending on the type of property, location, etc., there may be up front costs.  You’ll be notified if it’s required.

How Much Will I Receive at Closing?

An estimate can be calculated as early as the listing presentation. As the closing date gets closer and more information is obtained, a better estimate can be calculated.

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