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If I choose to list, what can I expect from an agent?

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Selling | 0 comments

Q: If I choose to list, what can I expect from an agent?

A: There are many things one might expect of a real estate agent regarding the listing of your property. Here are my top SEVEN expectations:

1. Demonstrated experience and expertise – what has the agent done in the recent past?

2. Marketing Plan – what will the agent present to you in writing or in illustrations to demonstrate how your home will be marketed and where.

3. How would you like to receive your communications and how often – will the agent commit to meet your preferences?

4. How thoroughly has the agent researched and documented the anticipated listing price range for your home?

5. Will the agent present you with an estimated cost sheet that contains the likely expenses required in the sale of your home and your likely “Net” proceeds at the close of escrow?

6. Professional demeanor — Does the agent demonstrate a professional approach to taking your listing and in preparation for meeting with members of the public?

7. Negotiation skills — In dealing with you, were you impressed with the agent’s ability to adjust to your wishes, offer you valid options and guide you in your decision making process?

If you evaluate an agent on the basis of these seven points (and  you may certainly have others) and you are satisfied with your examination, the likelihood of achieving success in the sale of your home at the best price and in the shortest period of time will be greatly enhanced. Also, you will likely achieve a very satisfactory real estate experience and build a long lasting relationship with your agent.

There are some unique advantages to listing with a Long Realty agent. To find out more watch this short video http://youtu.be/Taj-ZDryWIo


Previous Questions

What is a “normal” commission that is paid by the seller?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Selling | 0 comments

Q:  What is a “normal” commission that is paid by the seller?

A:  All real estate commissions are negotiable. You should take the opportunity to interview two or three agents before signing a listing agreement to examine the commission structure of each agent and their company. At the same time, examine what the agent proposes to do for you and the marketing of your property. That step is key!

A higher commission may result in hiring a more experienced agent to perform for you to get the job done in the quickest amount of time at the best sales price that will work for you. Thank you for submitting your question to Long Realty Company. If you want help in speaking with a top real estate agent, please do not hesitate to contact us at clientconnection@longrealty.com or call 1-800-3545664.

Can I cancel my contract and withdraw my offer before closing?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Buying | 0 comments

Q: I am in the process of buying a new home and it is going into underwriting this week. Would I still be able to cancel my contract and withdraw my offer before closing? I know this may mean forfeiting the earnest money and home inspection and appraisal fees?

A: From what you write, you do not seem to have a right at this time to unilaterally cancel the purchase contract with the Seller. If you believe your loan application is likely to be approved, I would approach the Seller/Seller’s Agent with the reason for your change of mind or circumstances and request their cooperation in the cancellation of the existing purchase contract. The Seller may elect to keep the earnest money in this event in return for accepting your cancellation.

If the Seller declines to accept the cancellation of your purchase contract, I strongly suggest that you consult with an experienced real estate attorney to review this matter to explore any options you might have.


I have a 30 year FHA loan and have recently heard that Mortgage Insurance Premiums are terminated at five years from the origination of the loan “and” when a loan-to-value ratio of 78% has been reached. Is this true?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Financing | 0 comments

Q: I have a 30 year FHA loan and have recently heard that Mortgage Insurance Premiums are terminated at five years from the origination  of the loan “and” when a loan-to-value ratio of 78% has been reached. Is this true?

A: There have been some changes recently in regards to FHA loans and mortgage insurance premiums. The correct answer depends on when your loan was originally given. To get the correct answer for your situation, you would need to contact your mortgage customer service. They can look to see when your loan originated and will answer based on your loan situation.

Does our escrow deposit get refunded?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Buying | 0 comments

Q: We had a contract on a house. We had agreed on price but when we inspected the house three days later noticed that it had roof problems and other problems.We told the agent on the fourth day of the contract after adding up all costs to fix house that we decided against it. She is not returning our calls do we need to actually sign anything stating we do not want the house. She had asked us to send a 1,000 deposit the same day the contract came back from the bank the check has cleared. We are actively looking for another is the 1,000 in an escrow account to use on another home we find or does it get refunded.

A:  If you used the standard Arizona residential Purchase Contract, you would be entitled to conduct a thorough home inspection. If you found items that you disapproved with the property, you would be entitled to provide written notice of the item(s) you disapproved and elect to immediately cancel the Purchase Contract. Your inspection and written notice of disapproval and election to cancel the Purchase Contract must be completed within the Inspection Period specified in the Purchase Contract, which is usually a 10-day period after final acceptance.

If the agent will not return your call, we suggest that you immediately contact that agent’s broker for assistance.

We also suggest that you put your Notice of Disapproval and Election to Cancel the Sale in writing and submit it to your escrow company/escrow agent now. Instruct the escrow company/agent in writing to immediately release the earnest money to you. That would put you on record as following the provisions of the Purchase Contract and require the escrow agent to act according to the Purchase Contract. Also, according to the Purchase Contract, the escrow agent would be instructed to provide copies of your election to cancel the Purchase Contract to all parties, including each real estate agent and the property owner.

Lastly, you are advised to seek legal assistance if your agent and broker do not act to protect your interests in this matter.


Can we get a free market analysis of our home with a VA loan?

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Selling | 0 comments

Q:  Here is my situation and question, we have a VA home loan.  We are wanting to sell the house, but like everyone else we are upside down.  We cannot short sale or we will lose our VA loan benefits forever.  We are wondering if it was possible to get a free market analysis of our home in order to see if it was worth putting the house on the market?  Please let me know what is available to us and/or our options in this situation, thank you.

A:  After HUD/VA approves a short sale and accepts only a portion of the outstanding loan as final payment, the VA will not grant further loan eligibility under its program until or unless the remaining balance of the original loan is repaid.

The good news is, depending upon your unique circumstances, a conventional or FHA mortgage loan may be available once one’s good credit record and/or employment history is restored, which on average may require only a two to three year period.

We would be happy to help arrange for one of our experienced short sale agents to meet with you and provide you with a market analysis of your current home, without obligation of course. Please feel free to contact us 1-800-354-5664 or email us at clientconnection@longrealty.com at your convenience.

How long do I have to be working to apply for a loan?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Financing | 0 comments

Q: I recently moved from Chicago to Tucson. I would like to know how long I have to be working to apply for a loan. I have a down payment. My mom is moving to Tucson in a few months to live with me. May I use her income to purchase home or should I wait? I also had a bankruptcy discharged in 2010. Please let me know what are the proper steps to take or what do I need to do to get on track to purchasing a home here in Tucson.

A: Your total job history is only one of the many items reviewed when applying for a loan.  For example, if you have been in school prior, we use that as history.  Every person’s situation is unique and the loan application and underwriting is based on individual situations.  Your best next step is to go online at www.longmortgage.com and fill out an application, or contact one of our Mortgage Consultants in any of our locations.  They will go through your individual situation and based on that, will be able to tell you what you need to do in order to qualify to purchase.