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Cottaging while the house is for sale

Dear David, We put our house in on the market and promptly escaped to the cottage. There’s no one at home to do the gardening while showings are taking place. Is it a big deal if our flower beds have some weeds? – GREEN THUMB GETAWAY DEAR GETAWAY: Having your house on the market is

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Do I need a status certificate?

Dear David, When selling a townhome, must a status report be presented in order to complete the sale? If so, who pays for this report, is there a standard cost, and does it have an expiration date? – FACT CHECKING DEAR CHECKING: When selling a condo townhome, obtaining a copy of the status certificate is

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We bought high. Now prices are going down

Dear David, We bought a house in February, then sold our existing home a week later. The purchase was made in a bidding war because we wanted to be in a specific school zone. Now we see homes sitting on the market and prices going down. We are absolutely sick about it. Did we make

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How do I handle a complaint about a Realtor?

Dear David, I feel like a real estate agent may have broken some professional rules. Can I file a complaint? I’m not sure what to do. – SPEAKING OUT DEAR SPEAKING: If you’re concerned by the actions of a real estate professional, there are steps you can take to make things right. Start by having

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Lights left on during showings, can I get a deal on power of sale?

Dear David, My house is on the market and I’m frustrated by the showing appointments. It doesn’t feel like people are respecting my property. They are leaving the lights on even though my agent asked them not to. What can I do about this? – CONSERVING ENERGY DEAR CONSERVING: I always warn clients that a

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Setting seller expectations in a more balanced market

Dear David, Back in February, I spoke with my agent about listing my house for sale. Life has been busy, but we finally got around to it at the end of May. We’ve been on the market for three weeks and aren’t getting many showings.  Our agent wants to reduce the price below what we

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