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Cheryl Rivera Smith

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  • Does a Real Estate agent get paid a commission on a For Sale By Owner?

    Agent would be representing the Buyer.

    Cheryl’s Answer

    The buyer could agree to pay a commission, or the seller could agree to pay the commission. It is not an automatic entitlement.

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  • If I sell property can I terminate lease texas

    want to sell rental property but tenant has a one year lease

    Cheryl’s Answer

    You might communicate with the tenant. If they know they will need to move in the future, they may accept cash for keys for an immediate possession. Good luck.

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  • Can you lease an apt with a drugcharge/ttheft?

    My boyfriend was caught with a joint, relatively small amouny of marijuana about 10 months ago. He has done all required things like take a drug class and fulfill community service hours. He was also tried for a theft case involving money but the...

    Cheryl’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. In the meantime, check to see if you qualify for expungement. This should help clear your record.

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  • What would happen if I cut a lock off of the water meter?

    I paid my entire balance I owe no money but due to the weather they were not able to come out open my water I cannot go all weekend without water I have 3 children

    Cheryl’s Answer

    I repeat. Don't cut the lock. Go to a friend's house if necessary. And keep calling the water department.

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  • I want to get rid of my timeshare

    I bought a timeshare two years ago and want to get rid of it. Those that sold it to me said that if I purchase it, I will be able to sell it at a better price. I've tried to sell it with two companies, paying them, but I think I was scammed. I jus...

    Cheryl’s Answer

    Lesson learned! Time shares are a very bad investment. Contact the seller you bought the time share from and sometimes they will a allow you to deed it back to them for a small fee.

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  • Illegal eviction

    I have spoke with a lawyer about my situation and was told that I have a very clear case of illegal eviction and that I needed to find someone with more experience in this to represent me.

    Cheryl’s Answer

    If you are a low income tenant, you might qualify for legal services through North Texas Legal Services in Denton. Here is a link to their website. http://www.lanwt.org/

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  • See Details Below

    I want to sell my half of my house to my daughter. Her husband, children, myself & my soon to be ex currently live there & I am moving out. They will continue to live there yet neither can qualify for a loan to buy me out. The plan is for my daugh...

    Cheryl’s Answer

    1. Yes.
    2. Foreclose on her interest, then commence eviction.
    3. Many different options.
    4. You can partition the property, but this involves an expensive lawsuit. Better to have a settlement agreement through the divorce proceedings.

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  • Is a quit claim an answer to this situation?

    A good friend of mine bought my mom's house so she could (a) let mom live there at without increasing her monthly payments and (b) get the house out of my mom's name. I was not in a position to help my mom at the time. So, now my mom has died and ...

    Cheryl’s Answer

    A quit claim deed is NOT the way to go. There may be many options. Please consult and attorney in the area to review the specifics. Some of us offer free initial consultations.

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  • Do I need a Real Estate Attorney to get my money back?

    I tried to buy a house and got to the point of giving earnest money and in the inspection many problems were found. The seller wouldn't fix anything and I decided to back out in the summer of 2014. I have asked for my earnest money back, but hav...

    Cheryl’s Answer

    You can also go to small claims court and, assuming you win, the title company should release the funds to you with a court order in your favor.

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  • How long do i have to hold on to the owners property before i can get rid of it in texas

    In texas

    Cheryl’s Answer

    There is no set rule. If it is just personal property (e.g. boxes left at your house), then I would normally send a certified letter (and the same letter by regular mail) and give them 30 days to pick up. In the letter, I thell them if they fail to pick the property up by the deadline, then it will be disposed of. Be sure and keep a copy of both letters.

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