Hi Robert, Not as a REALTOR, we can not tell you if we think a place is safe or not. You will have to go by the information you found, or call the police for the area or drive around the area yourself to see if you like it.... more
Odors cling to fabric, so it's likely much of what you smell is the owner's furnishings. Since the odor will also be trapped in the carpet and drapery (if any) they will have to be professionally cleaned. Air conditioner filter(s) should also be changed and hard surfaces wiped down.
While not a replacement for thorough cleaning, there is also something called an ozone machine which can be rented and placed in the home. Depending upon the size of the townhouse and machine, you won't smell a thing after 1 to 2 days.
If you will make an offer on the home, definitely have your Realtor speak with the Seller's agent. If you have an issue with the smell, I'm certain you are not the first and it could be a bargaining chip. Ask you agent too about the Seller having the house professionally cleaned - and whatever they say - take their advice.
Thank goodness it's only curry. It could be worse, much worse!
Any experienced agent deals with vacant properties all the time. It's actually easier to sell a vacant staged property than one with homeowners living in it. It allows instant approval for showings, so more agents can show the property faster.... more
I totally agree. I almost don't want to use Trulia now that I have to click on each individual listing, go to a page, instantly decide I don't like that house, then go back to the map and start all over. Why can't we just right click?
Please fix this Trulia. Everyone liked the small preview when you click on the map, and then the ability to open that listing in a new tab for later viewing. This new system is terrible, it's not as functional, and it is plain annoying.
Change it before you start losing customers.... more
Usually it means that the seller does not expect to sell the house for as much as they owe. For example, if the market price for a home is $100,000 and the seller owes the bank $120,000 on their mortgage, then they're $20,000 short to pay off their loan, plus all the other fees associated w/selling.
Hopefully before listing, the seller contacted the bank to talk about short sale, but I have seen some listings that went up as "potential short sale" and they had not talked to the bank about it yet.
Either way, who ever makes an offer on the potential short sale has to have it accepted by the seller, then it's submitted to the bank for their approval. It can take a long time to go through this process.... more
First contact a Realtor in Jacksonville to give you a realistic sale price and ask him/her to give you a breakdown of all the costs involved, transfer taxes, etc. Looking at sold properties online won't give you the full picture. Then you'll know how much you need to bring to the table to close the sale.
Then contact a mortgage lender who can walk you through each of your options on the MD house - here's a good one in MD http://www.apexhomeloans.com/allentayman
Home Equity Line - usually a variable rate, pretty low rates right now, but if you're going to keep it for a while the variations should be considered. If you're going to pay it off quickly, then not such a big deal.
Cash out refinance - if this lowers your rate significantly for the entire mortgage, or keeps it close, this is a viable option. If it raises your rate on your primary residence or pushes you into needing Premium Mortgage Insurance (PMI) probably not your best option, but worth looking at.
Second mortgage - my understanding is that stand alone fixed 2nd mortgages are hard to come by these days, but there may be a good option if it's available to you.
It's a pain to be a landlord, but talk to the FL realtor about trends and how values are increasing. If values are increasing, then you may want to also consider holding onto the rental for another 5+ years, then sell or hold onto it indefinitely as an investment.
You have a lot of factors to consider, make sure you work with people who are willing to walk you through all your options and all the details.
I have only recently started contracting so do not have income tax returns yet. I was a perm employee for my last company for 15 years before I became a contractor. Am I still able to purchase a property if I don't have tax details yet as a contractor?... more