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Dec 27, 2013 4:48AM
It seems the author of this information is an real estate agent, they do watch out for each other...
Dec 27, 2013 4:45AM
Why "ask your agent" anything an agent can do you can do on line, any info is available, check court house records for your county, mls records, all of this is public, you can find abosolutly anything about a property on line yourself...
Nov 19, 2013 8:31PM
it would be one that reads these stupid articles and believes them  or some that believes Obama knows what he is doing
Nov 19, 2013 12:07PM
This title for an article lowers my opinion of the source.  Become more respectful and kind, please.
Nov 19, 2013 10:21AM
How dare you call someone stupid you sanctimonious ****.  Just because a person does not want to use the services of a realtor and isn't out to make a huge profit does not make him/her stupid.  By god you son of a seven eyed goat, you self-satisfied smarmy swine, not everyone is a cold blooded capitalist out to suck the life's blood out of his fellow being as you are.  It is people like you that make me ashamed to be human and having to admit a kinship with a creature such as yourself makes my  skin crawl with revulsion.  You are beneath contempt.
Oct 8, 2013 7:52PM
"how to spot a stupid seller"?? 
First.... they use a real estate agent!! HAHAHA.

When you are selling, they want you to sell too low (to get their commissions fast),
and when you are buying they want you to buy more than you can afford,
always showing you houses out of your maximum range.


Sep 19, 2013 10:42AM
I'm having trouble selling my house, and I am constantly barraged by feedback and online articles telling me the price is too high. Everyone can say that until they are blue in the face, but frankly, it's meaningless when you simply can't lower the price. That doesn't make me a "stupid" seller. Ruining my credit for years with a short sale, or investing in zero-return remodeling (higher price, sure, but offset by paying just as much for the remodel) sounds more stupid to me. I'd rather let it sit. After all, I'm paying principal and increasing equity when I do that. Like so many others, I bought at the height of the boom. Not out of greed. That was the time to buy a house as part of my life. Circumstances changed as they do, we moved, and the house had to be sold after the crash. Now I get rude, snippy feedback from viewers, and rude, snippy online articles, and ambitious buyers all trying to tell me the price is too high. Maybe, but there is nothing I can do about it.
Sep 19, 2013 5:16AM
house in bad repair does not mean a stupid seller, often it means a seller in ill health or elderly who cannot keep up the property and probably does not have the $$ to pay someone. You will usually find someone who will make a low ball offer to try and take advantage of someone's misfortune. If the Seller picks a greenhorn inexperienced agent or an unethical one then shame on both them. This article makes me think they were stretching for something to write on a slow news day
Sep 4, 2013 10:49AM

Seems to me a "professional" writer could come up with a better word than stupid.

What a turn off.  Is the purpose of your article to inform or merely insult?

Not impressed.


Sep 4, 2013 1:28AM
Stupid Seller???????omg msn what about a stupid writer!!!! Everyday its something stupid,,,where u get all these information that is written for people to read? No wonder people say don't believe some  the internet news!!!!
Sep 1, 2013 9:58AM
Having been "stupid" after a set of funerals and made a financially crippling mistake, selling on contract through a supposedly reputable agent to an in-house "flipper", it's interesting to see that the ethics in real estate haven't changed over the decades.
Sep 1, 2013 7:30AM

If your house is worth, say, 75,000, you can hold out for that much, but you will pay approximately 3K per year on utilities ( minimum water, electric, gas), insurance for the property and taxes, so deduct what it would cost to hold out versus selling. Not everyone who sells at a lower price is stupid, like this article.

Sep 1, 2013 7:26AM

the internet has changed every biz. including real estate biz

car biz. retail biz etc etc. more power to the consumers love it.

Sep 1, 2013 7:25AM

many are now saying they no longer need or have use to those real estate agents

they say get free or flat fee mls. use free oinline websites to sell your own house

all the agents do is park their ugly old signs in front of YOUR OWN House that's another

outdated idea. real buyers will not just happen be on THAT Street and see that ugly,rusty

old sign. another thing WHY Pay 6% to sell your house. that's why agents are WORTHLESS

And no longer needed. and for the closing use real estate lawyer for just $200 or less

Sep 1, 2013 6:00AM
I wonder if this is in violation of the Clayton Antitrust Law Act - a discreet way of "price fixing"?  Realtors want to list low for a quick turnover instead of in the best interest of the seller...I had this happen recently when interviewing agents. One had comps totally different than the other (lower). I agree that cleaning up animal smells, staging (lawn and interior) is important to the sale of a home. Used to be that a home was priced at 20% above the central appraisal district's tax assessment was the norm for a selling price. Realtors also so say now that there is a difference between an "upgrade" and an "improvement".  New frig vs. repaired frig.  I upgraded my home with electrical, appliances, lighting, ceiling trim, base board and door facings, sinks, toilets, counter tops, stove top, dishwasher, disposal, etc.  Is this an improvement or an upgrade and does it have more value than...?  The realtor told me that none of this was of any value.  Well, if you saw a home with these upgrades and improvements and all you had to do was maybe change the carpet out, flooring, and paint...you would be ahead of the game; not to mention the new roof, less than 10 year old A/C, Heating, hot water heater. 
Sep 1, 2013 5:50AM

Have talked to one intelligent realtor recently that I will list with...the others were in it for a quick sale at a lower price for commissions.  Their comps didn't even equal what the "honest realtors" comps were.  Makes ya wonder.

Sep 1, 2013 5:45AM
I have to say that this is mostly good information that every seller should know; however, not everyone is real estate sales savvy and may need some professional guidance. I think the worst part of this article is the name. Ignorance and stupidity are two separate things: We are all ignorant about something but that does not make us stupid. Education is knowledge and knowledge is power; this is why we have professional real estate agents so that we can become educated on the best strategies for selling our home. Hiring a home inspector for a pre-inspection is a great strategy. A good home inspector will find everything wrong with the home so that the seller has an opportunity to fix it up and take away the ammunition that most buyers will use to grind down the price. 
Sep 1, 2013 5:32AM

" How to spot a stupid seller "


That mentality is what is wrong with this country.


Corporate America:


How to spot a stupid worker. ( they'll work for low wages )

How to spot a stupid buyer. ( these saps will buy anything )

How to spot a stupid voter. ( they have to elect one of the two of us )

How to spot a stupid retiree. ( it's not my fault the market crashed )

How to spot a stupid homeless person. ( you should have been working two jobs so I could get richer and help you )


And on and on and on.

Sep 1, 2013 5:09AM
I agree with everyone else. "Stupid Sellar"? Really? One of the reasons I am less and less likely to click on anything with MSN in the title. 
Sep 1, 2013 5:01AM
The only thing stupid here is this article.  Simplistic analysis and stupid comments.  Can't believe MSN has found a way to bring the bar even lower. 
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