Are you represenred by an agent? If not I can find you one in Decatur that does a lot of HUD and other foreclosures. They get paid by the seller but look out for your interests only.
If you do have one, they should be the ones getting you answers and explaining how the bidding works.
Robert, I run into this a lot in San Diego County as well. Couples work in different areas of the county and have to figure out where to buy. I will meet with the couple and go over what's most important to them in a neighborhood and then find out drive times to work from these communities. There's usually no perfect solution but a fair commute time for both in a neighborhood that fits the needs of the couple works best. Good luck with your home search and I know an area expert will be along to help you soon.
Rates vary according to agency you choose, area you live in, age of the home, type of upgrades the home has, package concept (home, cars, boat...) and even your credit score. If you pick a specific area and home, ask your Realtor to ask the owners how much they are paying, most will share that information with you. However, even that could be drastically different if you insure the home. Sorry I couldn't be that much help!
Well, good bad or ugly, is a very personal impression of a neighborhood, each and every buyer is looking for something different, one wants a park nearby, or the highway for easy commute, or even a train station etc.
And for all those items a local Realtor will be of great help, also to find you the right property for YOU, i.e. right price range, right size, right type etc. and then assist you will all else, like comparing your properties of interest to others on the market and those that have recently sold, discuss your offer with you in detail, also get you pre-approved by a reputable lender, so you are not buying or looking at homes beyond your financial capability to get the loan from a lender, negotiating with the selling side and through inspection to the successful closing.
What the Realtors cannot do by law, is recommend one neighborhood over another, as this could and would be considered "Steering" and that is illegal.
Do not do this on your own. But check out information about crime statistics and school reports on the internet, visit the local police dept., drive through the areas of interest at different times of day and week,
and once you narrowed it down to a few properties, talk to the neighbors and see what they like about their neighborhood....
I hope this helps...
Good Luck a happy 2012
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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in the face of the economic crisis, crime has increased in all areas throughout the country. Don't let stats scare you into not buying one of these wonderful historic homes. Be your own judge and look at the street you are buying on. How are the homes and yards maintained? Is pride of ownership obvious? What type of activity is happening at nights and on the weekends? And, no matter what neighborhood you live in, a monitored security system is a great crime deterent and gives you peace of mind. And, remember, crime happens in the richest of neighborhoods, always be smart and secure.... more
Are you looking to return home or have just selected this area? If you will send me some specifics on what your home desires are, I'd be happy to run a search for you and send them to your email. What timeframe are you looking to move and do you have anything you must sell first? Let me know and I would be happy to assist you in your Real Estate needs.
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