Realtor.com is a good national site.
Zillow and Trulia are both good also.
Of course the best idea:
Sit down with a local real estate agent/broker (at their office) and they will be able to show you all the homes in your price right from the MLS computer.
Ask for a referral from a friend or family member. Or an agent that works that area.
Feel free to contact a REALTOR directly, we have the ability to set you up on automatic listing feed information, thus, ensuring that you know immediately when a house meeting your criteria enters the market.
Ross Nusser, ABR, Broker
Lepic-Kroeger South, REALTORS®
2346 Mormon Trek Blvd.
Iowa City, IA 52246
Licensed to sell Real Estate in the State of Iowa... more
The rental income will only be counted if she has two years of documented experience as a "Landlord"
This means two full years of leases, and books showing income and expenses.
This may present a challenge I don't know.
Another option would be to speak with a local credit union who because they hold their loans in-house and don't sell them on the secondary market do not have to deal with the same secondary market requirements that traditional lenders have to work with and can be considerably more flexible.
If your relationship is still relatively amicable it may make sense for you both to sit down with a lender and or financial adviser and attorney and work to put together something that works for everyone involved.... more
Any property you purchase except for a condo will allow German shepherds since you own the property. If you are looking to rent it will be difficult with larger dog but some dog friendly Landlords do exist.... more
If you need to delete photos from one of your listings, claim it into your account via the Listings page and then click the 'Add Photos' button, which will allow you to add/edit/remove photos.
Account Manager | Trulia... more
I would be happy to help you find a home in the Weber or Horn school district. Can you please tell me your price range and i will send you everything available an keep my eyes open for any new listings. I also build new homes and own lots in the Weer School District.... more
If you have concerns about a particular neighborhood, any neighborhood at all, you can call the Iowa City Police Dept for a list of calls that they have taken in that particular neighborhood. The list should contain things like the number of calls taken, what the calls were for (i.e. medical emergency, house fire, break in, etc.) and maybe the results of those calls. If you see people in the neighborhood you like out walking thier dog, stop and ask them about the area (what they like about it, what they've notice, or what they KNOW about the area.) Hope this helps.... more
I think you should talk to the mortgage professional who will pull your credit and if you have negative information on the report that should be addressed he or she will show you what you need to to get it corrected. Look at the mortgage person as more than the person processing your loan, but as someone who can advise you prior to starting the financing process.... more
You will no doubt be able to find someone that will be willing to list for a smaller fee for professional services. However, as they say, you get what you pay for.
The level of service provided will not be the same......you can count on it.
Before you sign, be certain you completely understand what services will and will not be provided. And it's probably best to see it in writing.
Good luck... more
Kathleen Whalen, Broker, Winnetka, IL
When you recieve a wedding or party invitation, the first thing you do is judge the invitation itself. For example, You may say, oh what a beautiful invitation or how plain and boring it is. That is curb appeal. It's the invitation to the buyer to come into your home. What you say about an invitation is exactly what your buyers will say about your curb appeal. The four most important items to address to create curb appeal are as follows:
1. Keep the lawn manicured, walkways clear and safe (power wash and fix any broken concrete or pavers,)
2.Freshly paint the windows and trim, front door, porch or any chipping paint along the soffits etc.
3.Wash your windows weekly. This provides a sparkle inside the house as the buyer walks through and again when leaving as they turn to take a last look.
4.Plant flowers and perhaps add a bench to create a warm welcome homey feel. Don't forget the buyer is buying a home and you are sellng a house.
Curb appeal is both the first and last impression for the buyer.. Happy Selling... more
While I feel most will likely say "No!", that isn't always the correct answer. While I admit it'd be foolish to do in a lot of situations, there are some situations where it may be a necessity (like this giant bus-sized 6 ton satellite that is heading into us taking out someone's car + master bedroom set) and so in those specific situations...
1. Your loan officer has verified enough assets to be able to qualify excluding the portion that will be used to purchase the furniture or car outright
2. You are financing it, then only if can qualify with the new financing payment included in your debt to income ratio + reducing the available liquid assets by the amount used as a down payment towards the furniture and/or car
3. The initial credit report is expiring (usually 90 days), you are financing it, and if you have the credit scores to be able to weather the "hit" scores usually take from opening a new account
4. You aren't using any mortgage financing and you don't need the funds to purchase the home outright
A competent loan officer should be able to figure out #1 & #2, make a very reasonable estimate on #3 which would determine if it's advisable to do or not, and of course wouldn't play into things on #4.... more