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by jfn111
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Sellers - do you read Buyer inspection reports?
Replies: 25
Views: 1976

Re: Home Sellers - do you read Buyer inspection reports?

I tell my sellers that neither one of us wants to see the report. That said, the buyer will want to negotiate repairs on any serious items and then we are still obligated to disclose, even if the deal falls apart. One of the most common ones is Radon. The Buyer will have the house tested and if the ...
by jfn111
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Buying a "Flipped" House?
Replies: 27
Views: 3132

Re: Thoughts on Buying a "Flipped" House?

I work with a number of rehabbers and most of them do a good job. The reason they can "buy cheap" is they pay cash. Most people can't write a check for $500,000 for a fixer upper.
A good inspection is a must.
by jfn111
Wed May 16, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling land FSBO help please
Replies: 27
Views: 1393

Re: Selling land FSBO help please

legal questions...pay an expert. Like a lawyer. A real estate agent shouldn't be offering a legal opinion. It's a GED and a 40 hour class. At some point technology will bust that racket. That is not at all what I said. Here is what I said: In addition, a good realtor will have resources related to ...
by jfn111
Fri May 11, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ques
Replies: 47
Views: 4498

Re: Should I pay cash for a house?

Dude. Awesome. Great work. I would pay cash in a heartbeat. I always get seller to pay closing costs , so find a realtor that knows what they are doing with cash offers and you may be able to extract more than just 5k. 30 and a paid for house, strong emergency fund, and dumping cash into retirement...
by jfn111
Fri May 11, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ques
Replies: 47
Views: 4498

Re: Should I pay cash for a house?

Dude. Awesome. Great work. I would pay cash in a heartbeat. I always get seller to pay closing costs , so find a realtor that knows what they are doing with cash offers and you may be able to extract more than just 5k. 30 and a paid for house, strong emergency fund, and dumping cash into retirement...
by jfn111
Fri May 11, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ques
Replies: 47
Views: 4498

Re: Should I pay cash for a house?

Dude. Awesome. Great work. I would pay cash in a heartbeat. I always get seller to pay closing costs , so find a realtor that knows what they are doing with cash offers and you may be able to extract more than just 5k. 30 and a paid for house, strong emergency fund, and dumping cash into retirement...
by jfn111
Thu May 03, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Time Home Purchase Experience
Replies: 12
Views: 1836

Re: 1st Time Home Purchase Experience

Wow, great job! :beer
by jfn111
Thu May 03, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One Bathroom in Home Change Bathtub to Only Shower Hurt Resale?.
Replies: 32
Views: 2123

Re: One Bathroom in Home Change Bathtub to Only Shower Hurt Resale?.

In 20 years the kids can sell the house and the new buyer can put a tub back in if they want one. With that long a time horizon I would make the room the way I want it. PS- yes it will hurt resale value to not have one full bath in the house unless your in a crazy housing market where a tent sells f...
by jfn111
Thu May 03, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate Commissions - How Negotiable?
Replies: 31
Views: 2058

Re: Real Estate Commissions - How Negotiable?

Everything is negotiable. Here in MN our Brokerage requires that we offer 2.7% to the Buyers Rep. At 4.7% the listing agent would get 2% for their side. In a strong market, where you don't have to spend thousands on advertising, most agents would find that acceptable. In a market where the listing a...
by jfn111
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Services that offer to buy your house?
Replies: 22
Views: 2526

Re: Services that offer to buy your house?

I would consider going this route with my house, because it so badly needs updating and I don't want to do the work. Even a house that in bad need of updating has a fair market value. That will be lower than a comparable house in good condition, but it's still way higher than what these guys will o...
by jfn111
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?
Replies: 107
Views: 6187

Re: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?

I managed to determine the cause of our loss. The winning offer provided $200,000 in earnest money. If that isn't insane, I'm not sure what is. The buyer would lose all of that if they walked away at any point. I bet the seller is secretly hoping they walk away. That way they get $200k and can stil...
by jfn111
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?
Replies: 107
Views: 6187

Re: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?

Our local market midwest market is popping right now. Small ranch, middle class suburb in the midwest was listed for $234,900. It was not going to appraise for more than $210,000. The day after listing, the sellers requested highest and best by 8:00p.m and there were limited time slots remaining to...
by jfn111
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?
Replies: 107
Views: 6187

Re: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?

With these escalator clause bids, I assume it's illegal for the seller to have a friend submit a bid just below the maximum in the escalator? It's not a matter of Illegal but when I'm representing the buyer we put a stipulation in that we need to see the offer we were bidding against. The can redac...
by jfn111
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?
Replies: 107
Views: 6187

Re: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?

With these escalator clause bids, I assume it's illegal for the seller to have a friend submit a bid just below the maximum in the escalator? It's not a matter of Illegal but when I'm representing the buyer we put a stipulation in that we need to see the offer we were bidding against. The can redac...
by jfn111
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?
Replies: 107
Views: 6187

Re: Who benefits from "best and final offer" on condo?

You also don't necessarily want to piss off your buyers and lose them by getting in endless rounds of bidding. One thing you could have done in your offer is say offer is $5k over next highest offer not to exceed $1.35M. And that you have to be shown the valid other offer (id/agency can be hidden)....
by jfn111
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rebating buyer's agent for 1st time single-family home purchase
Replies: 40
Views: 2949

Re: Rebating buyer's agent for 1st time single-family home purchase

It sounds like your willing to do a lot of the work yourself so why not? Most of the Buying agent value comes in helping you find the house. The paperwork is the easy part.
by jfn111
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Condo mortgage for seniors
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Re: Condo mortgage for seniors

In my experience, working with Buyers, it was fairly easy for them to get a home loan. The main thing the mortgage companies look at is a steady income stream. The income could be from social security, pensions, part time work or a consistent pattern of retirement savings withdrawals.
by jfn111
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Learning about buying a home for complete beginner
Replies: 12
Views: 1430

Re: Learning about buying a home for complete beginner

Most states have home buying classes. These are often required for certain types of down payment assistance.
In MN we have- https://www.caphennepin.org/services/fi ... -workshop/
by jfn111
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long have you been employed?
Replies: 44
Views: 2738

Re: How long have you been employed?

Lets see- I'm 61 now and I started my first paper route at 11. I've worked at some kind of job ever since. :shock:
by jfn111
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Guaranty appraisal on real estate. Good idea? This must be a bubble?
Replies: 21
Views: 1450

Re: Guaranty appraisal on real estate. Good idea? This must be a bubble?

Appraisals are always a look in the rear view mirror. As prices are rising they can only use closed comps. If there is little inventory they have to go further back to find an appropriate number of comps to make their appraisal. This can be very frustrating for the buyer, esp. a 3% down FHA buyer. :...
by jfn111
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Use 25k From Brokerage Account For Investment Property?
Replies: 29
Views: 2422

Re: Use 25k From Brokerage Account For Investment Property?

Hello oinkyboinky Real estate investing can be a great way to set yourself up for a secondary income stream. It can also be a miserable experience. Trying to be an absentee landlord can be a very costly way to get started. Your looking to buy in an unknown area, neighborhoods can change in a matter ...
by jfn111
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Owners Title Insurance - Super Heavy Handed Pitch
Replies: 101
Views: 6225

Re: Owners Title Insurance - Super Heavy Handed Pitch

I feel compelled to provide a counterpoint to the pro title insurance posts. Yes, sign the waiver it is standard. Yes, we skipped the title insurance on our Cambridge, MA home purchase. I have few decisions in my life that I am more satisfied with. I saved nearly $4000 instead of paying the title i...
by jfn111
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: realtor wants to show house to buyer, no listing agent for me
Replies: 55
Views: 5023

Re: realtor wants to show house to buyer, no listing agent for me

Thanks all for your time and I truly value all your suggestions. :sharebeer I somewhat felt obligated to show my house since I said I would. But after reading everyone's advice, I will not allow the private viewing. When the realtor calls back with a visit time, I will firmly say I have changed my ...
by jfn111
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 387
Views: 44344

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

The huge hot tub that we paid dearly for many years ago which we used frequently for a couple of years then completely ignored, unless my wife got nostalgic, causing me to start the process all over again for a single use . Regular maintenance/draining & refilling, $50 a month additional in electri...
by jfn111
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I Crazy to Consider Relocating 5 Months after Buying a House?
Replies: 28
Views: 3159

Re: Am I Crazy to Consider Relocating 5 Months after Buying a House?

If inventory stays as low as it has, in the Twin Cities, you should be able to recoup your $15,000. :D
by jfn111
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we afford this house?
Replies: 44
Views: 3274

Re: Can we afford this house?

Hi Sergio The Twin Cities market is a little nuts right now. $250,000 will get you a house in a decent school district. Think East Bloomington, Richfield to the South or Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids or Fridley to the North. (You will have to look in the $230,000 price range and be prepared to go ove...
by jfn111
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: free dinner investing seminar
Replies: 288
Views: 21811

Re: Got my Ruth's Chris seminar invitation, "Surviving Retirement"

My wife and I are both retired and she has her IRAs (Traditional, Rollover, and Roth) with Fidelity. Thus we were invited to a Ruth Chris dinner presentation for retirement planning last year. Is this a common thing for Fidelity customers? Anyone know what age you have to be and how much money you ...
by jfn111
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Big time home inspection issues
Replies: 44
Views: 5313

Re: Big time home inspection issues

I find it upsetting that your inspector made your realtor cringe. When we looked at historic homes, our realtor had our back. On one property we submitted an offer in the morning. That afternoon our realtor and her husband looked at it and determined it needed $20k in HVAC work. We pulled our offer...
by jfn111
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawyer instead of buyer's real estate agent? Experience anyone?
Replies: 54
Views: 4998

Re: Lawyer instead of buyer's real estate agent. Experience anyone?

I found this thread timely because I spent the day with a Lawyer helping her find a house. She had no desire to do it herself. Of course you can do it without an agent. Work with the listing agent, or a FSBO, and try to negotiate a discount. In my market most houses are going into multiple offers a...
by jfn111
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawyer instead of buyer's real estate agent? Experience anyone?
Replies: 54
Views: 4998

Re: Lawyer instead of buyer's real estate agent. Experience anyone?

I found this thread timely because I spent the day with a Lawyer helping her find a house. She had no desire to do it herself. Of course you can do it without an agent. Work with the listing agent, or a FSBO, and try to negotiate a discount. In my market most houses are going into multiple offers an...
by jfn111
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor
Replies: 58
Views: 6265

Re: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor

In MN the Liquor stores have to be a seperate business. They are usually connected to the Costco or Sam's club but have seperate entrances and cashiers. I have seen that in a few states. Seems so silly. I live in one of the most corrupt states/cities (IL/Chicago) and we don't even have separate sto...
by jfn111
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor
Replies: 58
Views: 6265

Re: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor

In MN the Liquor stores have to be a seperate business. They are usually connected to the Costco or Sam's club but have seperate entrances and cashiers. I have seen that in a few states. Seems so silly. I live in one of the most corrupt states/cities (IL/Chicago) and we don't even have separate sto...
by jfn111
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor
Replies: 58
Views: 6265

Re: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor

In MN the Liquor stores have to be a seperate business. They are usually connected to the Costco or Sam's club but have seperate entrances and cashiers.
by jfn111
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 338
Views: 24100

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

Facebook has become an important component in advertising for real estate. I posted a couple of listings yesterday and received 2 buyer referrals from the posts. It's also a good way of keeping in contact with previous customers. Liking their posts and maintaining a link is a necessity for referrals...
by jfn111
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Real estate investing/advice/thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 1002

Re: Real estate investing/advice/thoughts

For my investors we've found the best deals through the Auction sites. You generally have to pay cash so you would need to arrange a line of credit ahead of time.
by jfn111
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unique Housing Situation
Replies: 9
Views: 951

Re: Unique Housing Situation

I'll skip all the warnings of doing business with family. :happy When you apply for the loan they are going to ask you if this will be your primary residence. I'm not sure your going to get the best rate if you tell them your basically doing a lease back to your dad for 2 years. Also, banks like to ...
by jfn111
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 9th grade earth science honors or biology honors
Replies: 28
Views: 1773

Re: 9th grade earth science honors or biology honors

chevca wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:48 pm
Is this a consumer issue? When did the site become a, help others take high school classes forum? :confused
Advice on education leads to better jobs and more :moneybag to invest. :D
by jfn111
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Thank/Reward Realtor
Replies: 28
Views: 2306

Re: How to Thank/Reward Realtor

Different scenario, but the last time we sold a house, the realtor made a ton of money. We wrote a great review for her because we were happy. The agent who represented us in the purchase of our new home gave us a thank you/welcome to the neighbor card with two gift cards to nearby restaurants. The...
by jfn111
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Thank/Reward Realtor
Replies: 28
Views: 2306

Re: How to Thank/Reward Realtor

rebellovw wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:31 pm
I do it by giving them a great review on zillow
Zillow reviews are great. A gift card to the local coffee shop works too. :D
by jfn111
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Something weird this day came
Replies: 22
Views: 2815

Re: Something weird this day came

Teague wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:41 am
This envelope was sent from the future.

That man who looks vaguely familiar? It's you! :shock:
:sharebeer
by jfn111
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home appraisal gone wrong (split levels and livable space)
Replies: 39
Views: 4267

Re: Home appraisal gone wrong (split levels and livable space)

Not an answer but this a struggle all over the country. This is from one of my RE Groups- Who has experience with Bi-Level home appraisals? We have the buyers on a 4 bedroom 2,106 SF home. We received appraisal back and it came in $10,000 lower than purchase price. The appraiser only appraised the ...
by jfn111
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home appraisal gone wrong (split levels and livable space)
Replies: 39
Views: 4267

Re: Home appraisal gone wrong (split levels and livable space)

Not an answer but this a struggle all over the country. This is from one of my RE Groups- Who has experience with Bi-Level home appraisals? We have the buyers on a 4 bedroom 2,106 SF home. We received appraisal back and it came in $10,000 lower than purchase price. The appraiser only appraised the h...
by jfn111
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling Condo without putting on the market
Replies: 20
Views: 1168

Re: Selling Condo without putting on the market

One other thought- You can sign a "One Time" listing contract. This is a contract, the name may be different in different areas, that restricts the contract to one showing and one buyer. If your friends buyer disappears you then have the option to interview multiple agents.
by jfn111
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling Condo without putting on the market
Replies: 20
Views: 1168

Re: Selling Condo without putting on the market

Normally the listing agent would get around 3% for their side of the transaction. The other 3% is what could be used as a discount for the Buyer. If your friend wants more than 3% then any discount to the buyer would be adjusted accordingly.
by jfn111
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seller and Lender issues means higher mortgage rates
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: Seller and Lender issues means higher mortgage rates

? Can we later sue the seller's agent and seller for the increased rates because they presented something that was not ready for sale. We did our part and now these hurdles are appearing that are beyond our control. We are putting down 60% in a 1031. :confused You can sue anyone for anything but goo...
by jfn111
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home appraisal gone wrong (split levels and livable space)
Replies: 39
Views: 4267

Re: Home appraisal gone wrong (split levels and livable space)

You might want to try a different bank. It could be it's the bank's policy on finished sq ft and the appraiser is just following their direction. Up here, in the snowy north, split levels would be counted in their entirety, except for a few outliers that have 3 or 4 levels and have a level that is t...
by jfn111
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiple Offer situation/should we pull our offer?
Replies: 72
Views: 5996

Re: Multiple Offer situation/should we pull our offer?

Just a couple of comments- In the MN market this year, so far, has been nuts. The spring market started early and multiple offers have been the norm. The ideal is to call "Best & Highest" for a particular time and call it a day. But, sometimes "stuff" happens. I'm going to show a Townhome today that...
by jfn111
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone subscribe to Socrates ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2294

Re: Anyone subscribe to Socrates ?

iamlucky13 is obviously not a Martin Armstrong fan. :shock:
by jfn111
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiple Offer situation/should we pull our offer?
Replies: 72
Views: 5996

Re: Multiple Offer situation/should we pull our offer?

My wife and I saw and bid on a house. Our buyer’s agent informed us that after speaking with the seller’s agent, they were taking all “best and final offers” due at 5PM today. We submitted an offer at 3:30pm at $2000 over asking and that it is our best, only and final offer. At 4:30 PM we received ...