I would suggest you try the regular rental sites:
http://www.trulia.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.zillow.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.realtor.com (Rentals Section)
Between all of those, you will get a very clear picture if you can find what you are looking for. Good luck!... more
Hi Captain186: If you are worried about child molesters in a particular neighborhood you should contact the police for information under Megan's Law. It is my understanding that different states handle this differently, but you should be able to get basic information about known sex offenders in the area. For more information about Megan's Law, check out the link below.
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That is absolutely possible as long as you either have the cash to buy the house, or can qualify for the mortgage as an individual. How you file your taxes has no impact on deed. In other words, though buying a home may impact your taxes, how you file your taxes should not impact your ability to buy a home.... more
I recommend that you talk with a mortgage specialist to answer your question. I work with a few who can actually run different scenarios for your credit and test what it would look like if you paid it off or didn't, before you spend a penny. Also, they can probably tell you what the ideal amount to pay off would be given your situation. I am always happy to recommend quality people if you want to contact me privately.
What does your Realtor say??? Hopefully you're working with one. No one on here can advise you on what to offer. It depends on the property (which we haven't seen), and what similar properties have sold for in that area recently. Your best bet is to work with a Realtor as a Buyer's Agent. The builder wants to sell it for the highest amount possible. Your Realtor can help with the negotiations, not just purchase price, but seller paid closing costs, inclusions, etc.... more
"It appears the appraisers are Lord and God of real estate prices."
In a buyers market, actually the buyers are. While licensed appraisers don't have any vested interest in the price of a property, agents do. However, probably not in the way you might think. With so much inventory, it's in their best interest, as well as real estate in general, to see houses priced very low and go for quantity in sales, not at all considering how the lower prices impact the commission. If you do the math you realize that even at a 6% commission a 40k lower price, after the split, generally only impacts the listing agent's commission by $600. The name of the game is to reduce the flood of inventory.... more
If you are the buyer, you can have an appraisal contingency in the contract that allows the buyer to get out if it comes in below contract price. In general, if you are buying a home through a short sale, I would recommend you not spend money until the transaction has been approved by the bank.
If you are the seller, the banks will do an appraisal, but you will likely not see the result. A good way to get a sense of the value is through a Competitive Market Analysis that your real estate agent can do- this basically looks at other properties that have sold recently and gives you a sense for what a property may be worth. A good bet is to talk with a couple different agents to get a sense of what your neighborhood is doing, price-wise.
I am always happy to help people navigate either side of a sales process. Fell free to give me a call or drop a line!... more
Are you finding the Home you are looking for?Are you finding the Home you are looking for? With Jefferson County inventory 30% lower than it has been for the last 10 years, we are working with buyers to make offers in the first few
Great question. We tell every client that 4 things sell a home:
1. Price - sellers control this
2. Location- seller picked it, I can't change this...we have to sell what we have.
3. Condition- seller can improve and modify to help us sell it.
4. Marketing- This is where the Real Estate profession come in....
There are 4 things that sell every home and the seller has the control over 75% of this process....
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Roma, Good question, if 2 people are trying to qualify for a set loan amount, say $250,000, then both people's income and debts would be figured into the qualifying amount. If Mary qualifies for $125,000 on her own and John qualifies for $125,000 on his own, then by jointly purchasing a property, both incomes would be used for qualification purposes. Hope that answers your question!