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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
Garage floor repair
I think you should definitely look into this. If you can, you should contact a company that could help you with the repairs. I know that in that scenario, you'd at least have a number t ... more
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lakewayflowe…, Home Buyer in Austin, TX
lakewayflowershoppe answered:
How is the job market there in Austin?
pay in austin isnt dallas or houston and even though high tech available our mortgages and rents are way over the top compared to those other cities bigger than ours and will continue t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 15, 2015 Home Buying in 78732
Nora Moore, Home Buyer in American Fork, UT
Nora Moore answered:
Is a sinking foundation a good enough reason to walk away from an otherwise fine house?
It might depend on the severity of the foundation problem. If you want a house that doesn't need any repairs, then I wouldn't get it. But if you don't mind doing a bit of work on the ho ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 15, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
kreek35, Home Seller in San Francisco, CA
kreek35 answered:
How does "rent to own" work?
I bought my first house with a lease/option. The sellers didn't want to honor their end when it came time to close the deal, I went to court on my own and won. Some years later I sold i ... more
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Marilyn Wald…, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Marilyn Waldrop Glendenning answered:
Should we buy or rent in the Austin area for only 3 years?
The market in Austin is strong both for sales and leasing. You won't build any equity in just 3 years but you could certainly keep the house as an investment for the future as the ... more
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Susie Kay, Real Estate Pro in Frisco, TX
Susie Kay answered:
With a salary of $34K/yr and 0 down, what is the max amount of a house I can afford? What would be a monthly payment? My credit score is 701.
Andi,

I would suggest that you talk to a lender or two.

Good luck!
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 7, 2015 Home Buying in 78757
Steve Hutche…, Home Buyer in Austin, TX
Steve Hutcheson answered:
My husband and I are looking to relocate in the Copperfield area Austin TX. 78753
If you like Copperfield for the location, but have the budget for bigger, nicer, newer (and yes, more expensive) - Springs of Walnut Creek is an excellent neighborhood very close to Coo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 5, 2015 Home Buying in Copperfield
Jim Morelli, Real Estate Pro in 78753
Jim Morelli answered:
My husband and I would love to buy a home in Austin, but we have student loans combining over $100K. Do we have any options?
Contact a reputable mortgage broker to see what you can qualify for. It will all boil down to credit score, debt to income ratio and cash reserves. You can try John Campbell with Suprem ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 31, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Kathleen Hor…, Real Estate Pro in 78634
Kathleen Horne answered:
I have a median fico score of a 580 and I am first time home buyer in Austin Texas. I also just recently moved here and started a new job in the
Hello, There are lenders who can still help you with a 580 fico score, particularly if you have some money for a down-payment. One program requires only 1/2% of the purchase price. As a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 30, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Keith Silver…, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Keith Silverton Custom Homes answered:
We are thinking of moving from San Jose, CA to Austin in the near future. Could you please help us figure out which areas I should consider?
Hi Saira,

All below are good but something I have not seen mentioned is communities on the north side of Lake Travis. The school system Lago Vista ISD is very good and small approxim ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 30, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Helen Merritt, Real Estate Pro in 78735
Helen Merritt answered:
question about Manor, tx east of Austin Texas.
Good afternoon, I noticed your question and wanted to find out where you will be working. I certainly understand the need for being close to the airport and downtown. There are some nic ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 30, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Denise Lewis, Real Estate Pro in 78758
Denise Lewis answered:
Looking to buy investment property
Myo,

For your price range, Northwest Austin and South/Southwest Austin would be the first areas I would suggest. These areas have your better increase in sales and leasing rates and ... more
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Jim Morelli, Real Estate Pro in 78753
Jim Morelli answered:
We are new to Austin and also first time home buyer. Any suggestions on how to choose lender?
I would stay away from big box banks as they all have a reputation for not closing on time. Internet lenders have the same reputation. Find a few local mortgage brokers to interview the ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Mar 30, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Raquelspooper, Renter in Austin, TX
Raquelspooper answered:
My girlfriend and I will be moving to Austin in June of 2016. I know it's ways away but we will be there on the 4th of July to look at Subdivisions.
I would suggest subletting an apartment or condo for 6 months while you learn your way around Austin and figure out where you really want to live. The Rosedale neighborhood near Burnet ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 29, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Peggy, Home Buyer in Austin, TX
Peggy answered:
My wife and 9 year-old are planning to move to Austin. Which surrounding Austin areas have the best school district and home value?
Get your hands on the April, 2015 AUSTIN MONTHLY magazine. The cover story is on the best schools - public and private - in Central Texas (Austin and surrounding communities). I could ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 28, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Kim Carnagey, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Kim Carnagey answered:
Where should I start?
The first step is to contact a loan officer as there are many different aspects that go into determining the price range you should be looking at and how much down payment that will be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 27, 2015 Home Buying in 78745
Marilyn Wald…, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Marilyn Waldrop Glendenning answered:
Any opinions about Circle C vs. Shady Hollow?
Since both areas have really great schools, it would be worth several trips to Austin to drive through both areas at different times of the day to see how you feel. Both areas are highl ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 27, 2015 Home Buying in 78739
The Heart of…, Real Estate Pro in 78734
The Heart of Lakeway answered:
What are the areas with best growth potential and rental returns?
Theheartoflakeway.com
Great schools shopping dining golf and the lake. Call if i can help
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 27, 2015 Home Buying in 78749
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