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Louis Wolfson, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Louis Wolfson answered:
How much would it cost to make a bath and kitchen code complaint ?
Is it a new basement or just a finished basement? Either way permits should of been pulled. As well as for the kitchen and bath.

How long ago was the work done? Maybe grandfather ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 10, 2014 Home Buying in Arlington
Wingman, Both Buyer and Seller in Austin, TX
Wingman answered:
Can anyone recommend a home warranty company for the Minneapolis St Paul area?
There are plenty of good companies. Go with a company in business for several years. Research company reviews but don't choose them based on price. Go with reputation, history, plan fle ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 9, 2014 Home Buying in 02474
Wingman, Both Buyer and Seller in Austin, TX
Wingman answered:
Would a studio appreciate its value at the same rate as one bedroom in the same condominium complex?
Probably not at the same rate but close. In a down market, studios perform better than higher priced houses, but in up market, it is the reverse. If you can afford a bigger house, alway ... more
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John Stewart, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA
John Stewart answered:
My bid for home is @ asking price with no continqencys., Other offer lower. Does realor have right to still carry on negotiations?
Yes the only person who can accept an offer is the seller. If you find that your offers are better and being ignored try to get in front of the seller to present the offer yourself. Wh ... more
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Territory.com, Real Estate Pro in Massachusetts
Territory.com answered:
Are the house along mystic pkwy (rt 16), very hard to sell?
Any time you have real estate on a busy street, yes, it is much harder to sell / higher risk. In competitive markets like this one (priced right) a property on a busy street might be ea ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 31, 2013 Home Buying in Arlington
thestarpebblz, Renter in Bronx, NY
thestarpebblz answered:
How do I find out if the house I'm renting is now bank owned or if it is still actually owned by who I rented from?
i can't answer but i have a question can a landlord still rent out a house/apt if its foreclosing n i paid to move in early n 3months living here he still didnt fix anything can he do t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 3, 2013 Foreclosure in Arlington
Peter Mohyls…, Real Estate Pro in Sandestin, FL
Peter Mohylsky answered:
How can I make sure there are no bedbugs in a building I move to? A friend had to sell her condo due to this.
Bed bug infestation is very easy to detect visually. They are tough but not impossible to completly remove. An empty house makes it easy to control. An Inspector can find them, If i ... more
1 vote Share Flag Fri Aug 31, 2012 Home Buying in 02474
Vicky Chrisn…, Real Estate Pro in Leesburg, VA
Vicky Chrisner answered:
Purchasing after a Short sale
I have recently been through this with other clients. Unless you are a vet, there aren't any "good" options other than waiting until you hit the 3 year mark - that's when you can get t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 22, 2012 Home Buying in Arlington
Elizabeth J.…, Real Estate Pro in Northampton, MA
Elizabeth J. Herbert answered:
I HAVE BEEN IN THE US 5 MONTHS ON AN L-1 VISA, DO I QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE? WHO CAN HELP?
Hello, Kondwani!
It is good that you have an L-1 visa. However, how many years of a credit history in America do you have? A Lender may have to put together an alternative credit hi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 17, 2011 Home Buying in 02476
Voices Member,  in
Voices Member answered:
should flood insurance be included in condo fees in ma?
Condo associations must insure the common elements, but are not responsible for individual units. http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/floodins/condo_time.shtm
If the lender finds that the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 2, 2011 Home Insurance in Arlington
Voices Member,  in
Voices Member answered:
any buy agent who is specialized in REO owned properties in Middlesex county or Suffolk county, MA?
Hi Kathy

Banks, FannieMae, FreddieMac, HUD and others all have REOs listed on their sites plus, as mentioned, brokers can help find them for you. I would strongly recommend that you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 9, 2010 Foreclosure in 02474
Bill Patters…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Bill Patterson answered:
what are the programs offered to first time buyers in Arlington/in Ma?
Speak with a mortgage lender. They will (should) have access to Mass Housing loans geared to helping first timers, like yourself, with a nice loan.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 2, 2010 Home Buying in Arlington
Susan Costa, Real Estate Pro in Westport, MA
Susan Costa answered:
What's a real estate agent's responsibility with regards to lead testing?
Realtors are required by state law in MA & RI for providing you the seller/buyer/tenant renting property with the lead paint information packet. During a home inspection, paid by ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 10, 2009 Home Buying in 02474
Adam Bailey, Real Estate Pro in 01605
Adam Bailey answered:
My partner and I are buying a house together. The mortgage will be under my name her name will be on the
Her credit shouldn't effect you unless she declares bankruptcy but you should always consult an attorney. If you hold the property in a Trust now one should be able to touch the proper ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 16, 2009 Home Buying in 02476
Mark Madden |…, Real Estate Pro in Watertown, MA
Mark Madden | The Madden Team answered:
where can i get info on prices asked versus sale prices for single family homes in Arlington, mass?
Hi Liz:

Year-to-Date (2009), out of 16 single family home sales in Arlington, the average original list price to sale price is $589,225 - $534,844. A 93% ratio between original list ... more
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Territory.com, Real Estate Pro in Massachusetts
Territory.com answered:
is this house for sale?
Here is every house, condo and multi family that is currently for sale in Arlington ... Since you didn't post an exact address perhaps you can just scroll through these and see if it is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 26, 2008 Home Buying in 02476
Voices Member,  in
Voices Member answered:
We're considering a move to the Boston area, specifically Arlington or Lexington. We'll be visiting the area
Hi Amanda,

A good agent will be willing to start advising you early and should be happy for the opportunity to start acclimating you to the area. I am in Lexington, with over 7 years ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 10, 2008 Home Buying in 02474
Marilyn Mess…, Real Estate Pro in Sudbury, MA
Marilyn Messenger, CRS, ABR answered:
How much is reasonable price for 500sq feet studio with view in Arlington, which was bought at 191K in 2003?
Home prices are based on supply and demand. There are very few properties in Arlington for $219,000 and Arlington is a very high demand town, which is not to say the property may not be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 2, 2008 Home Buying in 02474
Chris, Real Estate Pro in Woburn, MA
Chris answered:
How can I find out the historical assessed value of the property, say last five years? Also is 2008 fiscal
Some cities and Towns have this online, so check the site before driving anywhere!
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 12, 2008 Home Buying in Arlington
Tom Matthews…, Real Estate Pro in Weston, MA
Tom Matthews & Joanne Taranto answered:
What should I offer for the house that is priced for 285K?
Sukra:

The last agent is correct and it truly depends. I would recommend determing the price per square foot, the appraised value analysis, and also check zillow and home gain. Onc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 5, 2008 Home Buying in Arlington
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