Agent confidential remarks in Sacramento MLS is the best-kept secret because many agents do not read them. Why do you ask? Well, the idea is the comments are not for public viewing. They might consist of an alarm code, information about offer submission, whether someone died in the property, and so on. Metrolist only lets agents put marketing comments in the MLS for the general public. We cannot insert disclosure comments or title company information and, of course, tenant information is not on public display.
Which is better when selling a home — lockboxes or appointments? This is an article written by Elizabeth for another publication. It is a situation that hasn’t changed from a decade ago. Today, there are new companies like “Open Door” which do not use lockboxes at all, but that is another blog altogether. Enjoy…
— JaCi Wallace
Should a seller require an appointment or will a lockbox inspire more showings? Some sellers are uneasy about giving agents and their buyers access to a home when the sellers are not at home. However, unless a seller is at home during the day, without a lockbox, showings might not happen at all.
As-is subject to the probate code is what many buyers agents forget when they write offers. We always put this into the agent confidential remarks on MLS. A seller is under no obligation to repair anything on the California residential purchase agreement. Probate sales double-down, if you will, on the as-is.
Getting into contract on a probate sale and then attempting renegotiating the price later is not a smart idea. Probates generally are working with little to no extra cash and every penny is most often required by the administrator of the estate.
Negotiating as a for sale by owner seller: FSBO Tips is an article written by Elizabeth for another publication. For sale by owners have the same challenges today as they did a decade ago or even two decades ago. It is not EZ no matter what the internet says. How can a person be an expert at something they have done one or two times? Our team has sold about 1500 homes now that expertise you can count on. Enjoy.
— JaCi Wallace
Selling your home by yourself can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. However, the real joy doesn’t set in until a buyer decides to make an offer. Because that’s when strong negotiating can pay off in spades.
A home can be on the market a year and get two offers on the same day. Excellent article. This was written by Elizabeth for another publication. Enjoy. –JaCi Wallace
A reader from my homebuying forum on About.com asked me why there isn’t more transparency in real estate. This buyer was in escrow on a short sale when the seller received another offer from an all-cash buyer. That second buyer offered to sell the home to the first set of buyers at a higher price.
The reader put the blame of the housing bubble on agents pushing multiple offers that drove up prices, and implied that listing and selling agents are working together behind the scenes, devising secret plans to get higher prices so the agents can earn more money.