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Christy Kim, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Christy Kim answered:
how safe is the lower queen anne area?
Hi there,

Lower Queen Anne is a relatively safe area. Having said that, there are a lot of tourist and entertainment activities in that area, which usually does call for higher risk ... more
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Mary Sunde, Real Estate Pro in Kirkland, WA
Mary Sunde answered:
Laurelhurst area Vs Bellevue, pros and cons?
I have lived in Kirkland on the Eastside for over 20 years and now live in Ravenna (Seattle near
Laurelhurst) for the past 3 years. I love Seattle. Magnuson Park has a huge playgroun ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 14, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
The Cascade…, Real Estate Pro in Issaquah, WA
The Cascade Team Real Estate answered:
Moving to Seattle- need help choosing a neighborhood!
From this website not only can you see the homes, but also get a "Walking Score" that shows nearby reastuarants, shopping and services, but you can also see demographics and compare sch ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 23, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Susann E. He…, Real Estate Pro in Snohomish County, WA
Susann E. Hendrickson answered:
What does It mean when the commission reads 3/1.5
Hi Janine,
Just some thoughts to keep in mind when you are looking at commission. It IS negotiable. The customary rate is 6% (which means the brokerage fee is split 50/50 between th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 17, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Aaron Sims, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, AL
Aaron Sims answered:
What kind of rights do tenants have in the case of a short sale? Ours have a month to month lease. How long until they have to vacate?
I do not know the law in WA, however in my experience a month to month lease would expire at the end of a month and be renewed by the owner for another month. If during the month the o ... more
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Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in 07856
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
What happens to a mortgage when a house is sold?
The mortgage gets paid off. If you had a $400K mortgage and you have been making the payments it is very unlikely that you owe more than $400K unless of course you had a 'negative amor ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 10, 2012 Home Buying in 98101
Patrick Beri…, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Patrick Beringer answered:
Can someone help me to find mortgage professionals who provide FHA loans in Seattle and FHA loans in King County?
Tina Mitchell, Northwest Mortgage Advisors
(206) 686-8462
tina@tinamitchell.com
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 6, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Vera Brodsky, Real Estate Pro in Bellevue, WA
Vera Brodsky answered:
We would like to purchase a second home but can only afford 10% down on a $1.2 million price tag.
Dear Leeyanik, you should talk to lenders and see what options you have for jumbo loan. I know BoA has great jumbo rates! You should also consult with your local RE agent to see what o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 23, 2012 Home Buying in 98107
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Short Sale question: We received the payoff approval letter from the first lien holder and are waiting for the second lien holder’s response.
I have never seen the 1st lienholder sign off, without the 2nd giving in:
I thought the 1st negotiated with the 2nd for you.
Based on what you say, I would bet heavily against it goin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 22, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in 98074
Dan Tabit answered:
When working on the internet with one of your listings, how do I know I am dealing with the property owner and that I am not getting into a scam?
Peter,
There is so 100% certain way, so always be careful. Unless you meet them in person at the house, check their ID and verify the public records for the property ownership, be ca ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 22, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Jirius Isaac, Real Estate Pro in Kenmore, WA
Jirius Isaac answered:
home path renovation
If there is a question here please restate it or email me directly. I will be happy to help!

Jirius Isaac
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 19, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Scott Henry, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Scott Henry answered:
Research "How people choosing REALTORS?"
Most of my business and for those agents who are long term, come from past satisfied clients who pass my name onto others, this continues, through all the technology to be the primary w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 9, 2012 Home Buying in 98101
Chris Loelig…, Real Estate Pro in Redmond, WA
Chris Loeliger answered:
How do you feel aboutg owners being present when you tour a home that is listed for sale?
I feel like that is a homeowner that doesn't really want to sell their home. think about it. You need the buyer to step into that house and imagine themselves living there. They have to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 5, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Ray Akers, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Ray Akers answered:
What is the limit on an FHA loan limit in King county? I am reading conflicting information. is it 506k , 567k, or something entirely different? Thx!
I've copied a link (below) to a website which features the FHA loan limits for counties in Washington State. According to the chart, the FHA loan limit is $567,500 for a single-family ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 30, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Robert Luecke, Real Estate Pro in Laguna Beach, CA
Robert Luecke answered:
Married couple with 2 kids, moving from Shanghai to Seattle, working close to Redmond, where to live?
How big of a home are u looking for? What age? How close to your work do u want to be?
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 6, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Danny Evatt, Real Estate Pro in Snoqualmie, WA
Danny Evatt answered:
Will we actually get the proceeds of selling our house before we move out? Or do we move out right before closing and hope for the best.
Thank you for your question Nt!

It is customary to receive the proceeds of selling your house at or shortly after closing. Your Escrow company can give you more information. The proc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 5, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Craig Blackm…, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Craig Blackmon answered:
Second home vs investment property...
Those are pretty questions to get answered by the people who know. I suggest you reach out to a lender or mortgage broker to find out your options in regards to financing the project. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 21, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Kary Krismer, Real Estate Pro in 98058
Kary Krismer answered:
I am thinking of using a credit union for my mortgage and am pre qualified.
The main con which comes to mind is basically a worst case scenario situation. If your situation turns south in the future and you need a loan modification or short sale in the future ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 9, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
Chris and Mi…, Real Estate Pro in 85383
Chris and Michelle Spalding answered:
Is an FHA loan good? what are pros/cons?
FHA is a good loan, however in todays competitive market there are some times when it has limitations. From the consumer stand point its good because you only have to come up with a 3.5 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 22, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
TERRY MCCARL…, Real Estate Pro in Cape Coral, FL
TERRY MCCARLEY answered:
Would you buy a home with both well and septic if the location/property/ house are otherwise in good condition?
That depends - here in Cape Coral, FL the city has a plan to install city water and city sewer thruout the entire city. When the utilities go in the homeowner has to hook up - it is no ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 9, 2012 Home Buying in Seattle
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