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I can answer questions pertaining to: - How to find an agent that fits your needs - How to compensate your agent (commissions, incentives, flat fees, and more) - How to communicate with your agent before and during your transaction - How to initiate dispute resolution with an agent I cannot answer questions pertaining to: - Potential litigation or other legal matters

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I am a licensed California real estate broker (CalBRE 01370983) specializing in residential brokerage, property management, and estate services. I have been licensed since 2003 and am currently working as an independent broker in the San Francisco Bay area.


Bay East Association of REALTORS(R) Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS(R) California Association of REALTORS(R) National Association of REALTORS(R)


In addition to my own web site, my blogs, articles and responses to consumer questions appear online at,, and other real estate forums. My answers also appear in several categories relating to real estate on


BS, Business Administration MBA, Globa Management

Past/Present Clients

My clients are: - Consumers searching for a primary residence or vacation home - Investors buying and/or managing residential income property - Estates in probate requiring temporary management and property sales support

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Peter09/24/16101010Thank you very much!!
Peggy09/09/15101010Thanks John!
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Recent Answers from John A. Souerbry

2016-02-09 Talk to Realtor about property description?:

There are a couple issues to consider.  First, has either of you been using the space in question? Has either of you been watering, mowing or in any other way caring for it? Does either of you have any

2015-09-08 RESPA and:

Peggy,  I'm not familiar with Massachusetts real estate forms, so I'm not sure how you would carve out the services you don't need. I would think that there must be a section that is titled something like

2015-09-08 RESPA and "exceptions":

Hi Peggy,  Commissions are always negotiable, but it is a good idea to be as specific as you can up-front about the services you want and the commission you will pay for them.    You should be able to

2015-06-20 Agent question:

The question is answered by the contract between the landlord and the agent. Some contracts are "one time" commissions for finding a tenant, some contracts extend over a specific period of time. The contract

2014-07-09 Why?:

If the landlord refuses to enforce their own policies, you can file a complaint with the local housing office in the town or county where you live.  These complaints usually don't go very far, since enforcement


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