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Ashley Stucki, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Ashley Stucki answered:
Are Buyers concerned with the designated ISD ratings when purchasing a home even if the buyer does not have children?
Some buyers don't care about schools but many without children will still care because it can affect the future resale value of the home.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 25, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Felipe Garcia, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Felipe Garcia answered:
I am wondering if anyone can give me any insight as far as building a custom home or purchasing one from a new community builder.
Working with builders can give a buyer the ability to customize the home. I would recommend having a Realtor accompany you through the process and also have the agent assist you in the ... more
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Ashley Stucki, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Ashley Stucki answered:
Do you have to put earnest money down? Is there a required amount for Texas?
Earnest money is a negotiated amount that needs to be agreed upon by both the buyer and the seller. Customarily it's 1% of the contract sales price. Earnest money is held in an escrow ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 23, 2015 Home Buying in 78758
Jim Morelli, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Jim Morelli answered:
I want to purchase an apartment or condo in west campus near UT. Where can I find this?
Your best bet would be to enlist the help of a Realtor that specializes in that area and understands condos. Be leery of buildings that have been recently converted to condos as they m ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 19, 2015 Home Buying in 78705
James Simon, Home Buyer in New York, NY
James Simon answered:
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Wadzo, I feel like that would depend a lot on several factors. First of all, how large is the property? How well insulated are the walls, doors, and especially windows? What kind of cei ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 13, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Tammy Sprack…, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Tammy Spracklen answered:
Rent or buy? As a first time home owner is now a good time to invest in a house?
Hello my name is Tammy Spracklen I work for J.B Goodwin here in Austin, TX if you are still still interested and haven't spoken to anyone I would be happy to sit down and chat with you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 8, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Jim Morelli, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Jim Morelli answered:
Itin loaHi I live in Austin tx an I looking for Leander tha can finace with itin number I bee searching I lot but no banks an the is some banks tha th
You'll need to stay away from the big box banks. They tend to be very conservative with a limited range of products. Some mortgage brokers may do it. Try those on this site or go to a s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 4, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Melissa Cox, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Melissa Cox answered:
I want to live in the 78704 but I'm considering home ownership over renting as an investment. I can put 10k down and make payments of upto
I will tell you I have multiple properties in this zip code. The price of homes have raised around 9% over the last year. It is a very good investment at this time. If you have any q ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 26, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
gobrowns6468, Renter in Rittman, OH
gobrowns6468 answered:
Would getting food stamps affect buying a home?
If someone is buying a house while receiving food stamps/medical, will "They" want to know How someone afforded the house, even if the outgoing bills will Still be the same?
Thanks so ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 12, 2015 Home Buying in 78728
Calvin James, Home Buyer in Orem, UT
Calvin James answered:
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I would just go ahead and get it done. I would feel much more confident buying a house with the repairs done rather then just the paperwork. Repairing the foundation is also a huge task ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Jimmy Payne, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Jimmy Payne answered:
Why don't Good Neighbor Next Door program homes ever come up in Austin?
They are hard to find anywhere these days. Most of the REO homes that would qualify were sold in bulk to investors to rehab or rent. Find a quality agent there in Austin that understa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 7, 2015 Home Buying in Austin
Melissa Cox, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Melissa Cox answered:
I am building a new home in Austin, Texas -- we will very likely close in November 2014. How will we know what sort of property taxes we will owe?
you can look at the tax records in your area and find out what your neighbors are paying.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 30, 2014 Home Buying in Austin
Melissa Cox, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Melissa Cox answered:
What was the sell price of 6502 Mesa Drive/78733?
I can send you a report on what the property is worth and what it will likely be sold for.

Melissa Cox
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0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 30, 2014 Home Buying in 78733
Melissa Cox, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Melissa Cox answered:
When looking to buy a house, how should the asking price compare with what is on the tax rolls? I am looking at a house that the listing price is
The tax values in Texas are not the same as the sales price. Real estate sales in Texas are not required to inform the state of the actual sales price. Because of this, the tax assess ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 30, 2014 Home Buying in 78748
Melissa Cox, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Melissa Cox answered:
how do you get back earnest money that you paid?
Sandy,
You need to talk to a real estate lawyer to get an accurate answer. They know the law and will be able to tell you if this is plausible in your situation.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 30, 2014 Home Buying in 78758
Todd Schneid…, Real Estate Pro in Northridge, CA
Todd Schneider answered:
Is it legal not to show a property even when that property is in the market?
If a listing agent has been told by his client, the owner of the home not to show it until a certain date then they will exactly that. Depending on what state you live in their could be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 15, 2014 Home Buying in Quail Hollow
John Burke, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
John Burke answered:
Recent college grad looking to buy first home
Hi Alcavaz23,

Congratulations!

The best thing you can do is apply for a mortgage to find out which programs you qualify for. In addition, if you end up not qualifying right now we ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 9, 2014 Home Buying in San Antonio Road
Nk Neko, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Nk Neko answered:
Is buying an existing home or new constuction a better investment in Austin TX?
i need investment on a new housing construction. in mongolia we are a construction company. mongolia is a young developing country. i have 2000 mk land. near by centre point . i am inte ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 16, 2014 Home Buying in Austin
Connie Mitch…, Real Estate Pro in South Padre Island, TX
Connie Mitchell answered:
my realtor had a 60 day option to purchase my house how long after the 60 days does he have to get back to me it's been 7months now he wants to sue me
Definitely sounds like there is a little bit of information missing from this scenario. An consultation with an attorney will let you know exactly where you stand and hopefully put yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 13, 2014 Home Buying in Austin
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