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Miekeba Jones, Real Estate Pro in 20903
Miekeba Jones answered:
I am looking for lease option in hayward, ca.
Hi Marceline_2000.

Are you talking about the state of California?
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
How do find out what the crime rate is in the Washington, DC area.?
Depends on how specific you want it.

The FBI publishes statistics. Your local police departments will also have statistics.

But it gets pretty specific, sometimes almost block by ... more
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Miekeba Jones, Real Estate Pro in 20903
Miekeba Jones answered:
anyone knows about Horner Place SE the crime rate?
Hi 4ofusjs, As a Realtor I am unable to discuss crime rates. Try finding the police department online or calling the police with crime rate questions.

If you are looking for a Rea ... more
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Aaron Smith,…, Real Estate Pro in 20003
Aaron Smith, Realtor answered:
God Day - What is the crime rate near and around Horner Street SE
Dear sir or madam,
It is unethical, illegal and immoral for an agent to give information about crime rates in any or all areas they serve. It is just an opinion, and one that could un ... more
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Troy Patters…, Real Estate Pro in District of Columbia
Troy Patterson answered:
Is this there any sort of governing body that regulates against deliberately misleading listings?
You can have your realtor call the multiple listing service and register a complaint but note that if there is a window and a closet it can be considered a bedroom.
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Miekeba Jones, Real Estate Pro in 20903
Miekeba Jones answered:
I'm very interested in a "pre-forclosed" home. The listing has no picture, no further info. How do I let someone know my interests?
Hi Eva, I can help you. what do you know about the property?
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2012 Home Buying in 20017
Steve Quinta…, Real Estate Pro in Albuquerque, NM
Steve Quintana answered:
How do you find the owner of a boarded up house?
Try the local tax assessor or county treasurer. They will have the owner's name on file.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
Why were the 5 paired houses from 1419- 1431 Q st N.W. washington D.C. attached to each other by second floor corridors?
My guess--and it's only a guess--is that at one time they were all part of one rooming house. I know that's the case with other properties a few blocks away (in the direction of Massach ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 20, 2012 Home Buying in Logan Circle/ Shaw
George Ross, Real Estate Pro in Washington, DC
George Ross answered:
Apartment in DC for 120-150 000 $?What can I count on with this amount? The middle of nowhere? I am a foreigner who seeks living closer to my child.
Diligence, flexibility, patience and preparedness are your keys to success as far as your price range is concerned. Without complete knowledge of your details, the short answer is DC h ... more
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Aaron Smith,…, Real Estate Pro in 20003
Aaron Smith, Realtor answered:
What areas in Washington are likely to appreciate in the next 5 years?
Okay, here's an idea, for someone with a lot of time to try.
Take a map of DC, showing the METRO stops.
Get a compass (not the N/S kind, but the 'draw a circle' kind._
... more
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Lise Howe, Real Estate Pro in 20016
Lise Howe answered:
Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent
I think that a great buyer agent helps the buyer from start to finish by giving them lots of information about the buying process, referrals to great mortgage resources, title companies ... more
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Aaron Smith,…, Real Estate Pro in 20003
Aaron Smith, Realtor answered:
What's the typical process when buying a short sale?
Psychoanalysis.
Hah! No, first, cultivate patience, lots and lots of patience.
A short sale, as you probably already know, is a sale from an owner, who owes the bank more money t ... more
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Lise Howe, Real Estate Pro in 20016
Lise Howe answered:
What are some tips for first-time home buyers?
Meet with a lender that you trust to make sure that you know what you can afford and what closing costs are likely to be so you know what to budget for. Once you know what you can affo ... more
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Robert Leary, Real Estate Pro in Washington, DC
Robert Leary answered:
Which costs are potentially negotiable in closing costs
You might be able to negotiate the title insurance premium. The settlement attorney makes some money selling you the insurance and so you may be able to get them to discount it some, bu ... more
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Amy Fisher,…, Real Estate Pro in District of Columbia
Amy Fisher, CRS, CBR, VP answered:
What are some surprises that first-time buyers encounter when purchasing a home?
They begin shopping without discussing such things as closing costs, and lender expectations, points etc.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 15, 2012 Home Buying in Washington
Lanre Folayan, Real Estate Pro in District of Columbia
Lanre Folayan answered:
can i get a estimate on how much money on month including mortgage, a/c, electric?
Good morning Drewblue22. How are you? I don't know how much you are looking to spend on a house. So the first person you want to talk to is a loan officer. If you need some referr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 23, 2012 Home Buying in Southwest / Waterfront
Lanre Folayan, Real Estate Pro in District of Columbia
Lanre Folayan answered:
Interested buying a studio in Southwest. Thinking about reselling in five years. Price is around 170. Difficult to resell a studio? Good price?
And if you want to see studios and condos that have sold the past six months,please let me know. I would be more than happy to send you a list of DC studios sales the past six months.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 24, 2012 Home Buying in Washington
Boris Miric-…, Real Estate Pro in 20001
Boris Miric-Realtor answered:
How may I find out how much a condo costs per square foot (value per square foot) in Dupont Circle area?
Tracy,

This is a very good question and important to know when deciding how much to spend and what to purchase.

Given that the area in question is versatile it is quite hard to be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 15, 2012 Home Buying in 20009
Gerald Seega…, Real Estate Pro in Washington, DC
Gerald Seegars answered:
What is the difference, if any, between how condo owners and co-op owners take home mortgage deductions?
When buying a coop, you usually have to be approved by the board before the sale can go through. You do not have this hurdle when buying a condo. When you buy a condo, you own your uni ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 28, 2012 Home Buying in Dupont Circle
Troy Patters…, Real Estate Pro in District of Columbia
Troy Patterson answered:
What are my rights to 60 day extension to move following a Trustee Sale that I believe is fraudulent?
Not knowing the particulars of the situation, I would recommend you speak with the Office of the Tenant Advocate. DC is a very tenant friendly city so the onus will be on the landlord. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 24, 2012 Home Buying in Washington
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