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Tina Jacobs, Real Estate Pro in Frisco, TX
Tina Jacobs answered:
FHA 3.5% vs Conventional loan w/ 3% down payment
FHA requires 3.5% down and a minimum of a 580 credit score with some lenders. The Conventional loan program requires 3% down and a 620 credit score. A loan officer will be able to help ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Oct 18, 2014 Home Buying in 30306
Bev West, Real Estate Pro in 80634
Bev West answered:
We will be listing our Morningside home in the near future. Would replacing our Corian countertops with granite be wise financially?
Depends on the price range of your home. If you are in the high end, I would think it would pay off.
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 15, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 30306
Susan Bird, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Susan Bird answered:
I'm a first time home buyer interested in purchasing a foreclosure in the Atlanta area. How can i find a realtor specializing in grant programs?
I have a lender who could possibly help you find the best mortgage
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014 Home Buying in 30306
Melissa Goss, Real Estate Pro in Center Moriches, NY
Melissa Goss answered:
Has anyone had any success with open houses or brokers opens?
I did have a serious buyer come into an open house in May- they ended up buying the house. However they had an agent already that they were working with, no problem though, they bought ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 30, 2013 Agent2Agent in 30306
Bill Polack, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Bill Polack answered:
if you close on a home in November how many months of taxes & insurance will I be expected to the table?
Every county collects taxes at different times. So here's how to calculate property tax escrow. There are 12 months in a year. So, you have to pay for 12 months. The seller will th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 11, 2012 Financing in 30306
Dave Herren, Real Estate Pro in 30306
Dave Herren answered:
I am trying to buy a house in Atlanta that is zoned RG2 multifamily. Can I convert this home into a single family residence and, if so, how?
Generally you can use a property for all less intensive uses in a category. Just because it is zone multifamily it does not mean you cannot have single family. This very general advis ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 30, 2012 Investment Properties in 30306
NA, Home Seller in Nowell Court, Spring...
NA answered:
I am going to lose my house to foreclosure. I have a great job history. How hard will it be to rent a place?
Renting is far easier than buying a home and you seem to have gotten through that. Assuming you have the money then renting is a pretty pain free process. You can look for places by you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 27, 2011 Rental Basics in 30306
Solomon Gree…, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
Solomon Greene answered:
I'm looking for a realtor that specializes in foreclosures. I'm looking for 2 bedroom condos in Midtown.
Pthalo,

There's a lot of money available in down payment assistance to help home buyers buy property in the City of Atlanta and that includes foreclosures. I invite you to revi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 8, 2010 Home Buying in 30306
Kevin Badura, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Kevin Badura answered:
A real estate agent has shown me houses on four separate occasions. I am considering buying a house that I saw for sale by owner - what is a
Dear Mr. Dmart,

Q: What is a customary fee that I should pay the agent.

A: There is no customary fee unless your under contract, so Iam assuming your not under contract.
I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 5, 2010 Home Selling in 30306
Lee Taylor, Real Estate Pro in Decatur, GA
Lee Taylor answered:
What qualities and services should I look for when choosing a realtor to sell my home? The house is in Morningside, an in-town community in
Sheila - Zac is indeed the man.

Zac's team has the qualities and the services that make a good real estate team. He even has a moving truck.

So, if his notable team doesn ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 31, 2010 Home Selling in 30306
Stephanie Mc…, Real Estate Pro in 30052
Stephanie McCarty answered:
We will be listing our Morningside home in the near future. Would it be beneficial to us to replace our kitchen Corian counter tops with granite?
without a doubt. Quartz is a great option also. It is a natural stone product and virtually maintenance free, unlike granite that has to be sealed etc. Wow, a listing in Morningsi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 17, 2010 Home Selling in 30306
Hank Miller…, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Hank Miller BrokerAppraiser answered:
What percentage should I expect to pay in real estate commissions when I sell my home? I live in Morningside
I clearly need to get into the grove with the ATL sayings....."check before you wreck" - I know Lee is a huge Nascar guy (are you still driving that Monte decked out like Juni ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 14, 2010 Home Selling in 30306
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
If you were asked what indispensable marketing software is needed for real estate success, what would you say?
It's easier--much easier--to say what's not particularly helpful.

A while back, Act! was highly recommended to me. I bought it and think it's terrible. It's buggy ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 2, 2010 Agent2Agent in 30306
Dianne Hicks, Real Estate Pro in Temecula, CA
Dianne Hicks answered:
Buyers- what features or rooms most attract you to a home?
For me personally.... VIEW is number 1, then lot size... I loved my 1/2 acre in San Diego so 1 think 1 acre would be nice #3 would be nice Kitchen(has to have at least the potential for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 2, 2010 Home Buying in 30306
Zac Pasmanick…, Real Estate Pro in Morningside-Lenox Park...
Zac Pasmanick at The Zac Team answered:
I am looking for a Realtor that specializes in foreclosures. I am looking for a home in Morningside, Va Highlands area.
Hank
Your best bet is going to be a short sale or an extremely motivated seller. I am a Certified Distressed Property Expert, and have lived in Morningside since second grade. I have ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 21, 2009 Home Buying in 30306
Bill Polack, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Bill Polack answered:
How much is usually collected as pre-paids at closing for tax and insurance?
Scott Eaves was right on the money as to how the escrow is collected.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 17, 2009 Financing in 30306
Laurie Cass, Real Estate Pro in Decatur, GA
Laurie Cass answered:
What is the Georgia Mental Health Institute as shown on the map? I can find nothing by Googling it.
Colleen,

Are you referring to the one that was on Briarcliff Rd? If so, then that is now being used by Emory University. They use the large facility for many different uses such as c ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 4, 2009 In My Neighborhood in 30306
Bryan Furse, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Bryan Furse answered:
Are there any options if the appraisal comes back less than agreed upon price?
In GA, there are 5 options for this situation, but I'll make it really simple. As the other agents have said:
1) your agent/REALTOR can help you in this process and should be guiding ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 5, 2009 Home Buying in 30306
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