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Lowball offers: what you need to know

Dear David, After renting for years, we’ve saved enough for a down payment and are ready to buy. We’ve been watching the market for six months and have toured several homes. We found a great one in our price range with an attached garage and a perfect backyard. It’s been on the market for a

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Can I walk away from a deal?

Dear David, We bought a home eight weeks ago and the sale is closing next month. Now we’re trying to sell our current house, but aren’t getting any offers. Can we walk away from our purchase? – FEELING STUCK DEAR STUCK: I’ve heard this question bounced around more times in the last 30 days that

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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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