Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ask the Realtor

by Osman Parvez
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Got questions? We've got answers.

We're introducing a new feature we call Ask the Realtor. If you have a question about real estate, drop us a line. You can use this form to submit your questions. The form asks for your details but if you'd rather stay anonymous, feel free to leave personal information blank. You can also leave your questions in the comments below.

We'll post the best questions and answers on the blog. If you'd prefer us not to post your question, be sure to indicate that on the contact form.


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5 comments:

  1. you have GOT to move your blog to wordpress. the stats are really impressive and entirely free, unless of course you are already taking care of that some other way. me being an amateur at this stuff, well, i like it all on a silver platter.

    i'll try to think of some Q's for you.

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  2. I've got Google Analytics providing the serious stats and sitemeter providing the fun day to day stuff.

    As for switching to Wordpress... maybe. I'm pretty rooted in Google now though. Working fine for me.

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  3. I would like to know how to get any REALTOR® at all to do something about the things that happen in Maine.

    http://outsider222.wordpress.com/

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  5. Hi Linda,
    Sorry to hear that you've had troubles with the home you purchased in Maine. In general, the industry truly needs to increase standards and hold professionals accountable. That's why increasing the level of professionalism and service is one of The Silver Fern Team's primary objectives.

    Obviously, there's nothing I can do about a real estate transaction with which I was not involved (not to mention in the state of Maine). But what I can do is strongly advocate buyers use a qualified, reputable inspector and if mold or other problems are suspected, getting the home thoroughly evaluated before purchase. And being ASHI or other home inspector group certified is not evidence of thoroughness. Ask around, get references, and be very cautious which professionals you hire. Remember, the lowest price service provider is not necessarily the best value.

    Linda, in reading your various blog posts it seems to me that you used the listing agent to handle your transaction. I'm not sure if Maine has Buyers Agency, but the fact is that listing agents are strongly incentivized to represent sellers. This is one of the reasons I recommend buyers get themselves a Buyers Agent in Colorado. Choosing the wrong agent is a common mistake buyers make. Please read The 8 Biggest Mistakes Buyers Make for more details. I wish you the best with your situation.

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