Richards Real Estate

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Q. After houses selling really fast, I decided to list and now my house is just sitting. My Realtor says the price is right, so, has the market turned down again? C.S. Rio Vista A. There’s a combination of things that could slow the sale of your home. Of course, price is the main driving […]

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SALES RELATIONSHIPS

Q. What is Agency? I keep signing forms about it and all my Realtor says is that the form is required. J.H. Rio Vista A.Your Realtor is correct, the form is required, but why? Purchasing a home represents itself as likely the largest purchase you will ever make, so there are some rules in place […]

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CONTRACT CHAOS

Q.I signed page after page to make a purchase offer on a home, and even though my Realtor tried to explain the documents, 25 pages, I’m not understanding everything I signed. I feel kind of lost and hope my Realtor is on top of this. How can I be responsible for what I sign when […]

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Safety

Q. I’m considering listing my home with a Realtor, but I have reservations with all these people unknown to me (Realtors included) going through my home. If I allow a lock box they could come in any time! Should I have my Realtor be there for every showing? J.R. Rio Vista A. A home may […]

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Q. Some Realtors use SOLD signs, others never show them as SOLD. Is there some sort of protocol for that? W.O. Rio Vista A. Sign riders (6”x 24”) are used on yard signs to convey tidbits of information not included on the main sign, such as the Realtors cell phone, or a location perk like […]

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WATERFRONT?

Q. I was pre-qualified for a 100% purchase to $300k, but, when I tried to buy a home, I needed $15k in closing costs, twice the first estimate. I couldn’t come up with that amount, so I lost the deal. I still don’t understand why it cost so much in closing costs. D.D. Rio Vista […]

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MISCUES

Q. I suppose that as a Realtor you are familiar with all the streets in town; I’m new here and Trilogy with its winding streets keeps me guessing. I have to refer to their map constantly while curiously viewing the community. Have you ever had a problem there? A.S. Rio Vista A.Boy howdy! When I […]

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AGENCY

Q. I have a listing that has expired, but a buyer that came around when the listing was active has now expressed interest in buying. I want to make sure I don’t have any obligation to my Realtor. V.S. Rio Vista A. At the listing initiation, Agency (who represents you) is defined on the listing […]

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MORE MONEY

Q. When I accept an offer, especially one lower than asking, how do I know if I have left money on the table? G.S. Rio Vista A.What a horrid thought, leaving money you could have negotiated to be yours! When you list your home, your Realtor should come up with a value “range” that you […]

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Home Futures

  Q. Homes were selling briskly last spring and summer, seems things have slowed down. What’s the forecast for spring sales? P.A. Rio Vista A. It looks to be cloudy with a chance of discounts! As prices have eeked up along with interest rates, entry level buyers are being squeezed out of the home buying […]

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