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Keith Pentz, Real Estate Pro in Shrewsbury, MA
Keith Pentz answered:
My parents are losing the house and we have to be out by June 26. How likely if any do I have a chance on buying a house that's pretty cheap?
Hi. I'm sorry to hear about your parents' home. Have they talked to an attorney and a consumer advocate? Neither will charge them any thing out of pocket and we may be able to have the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 23, 2015 Home Buying in 01581
Clarabellae, Home Buyer in South Miami, FL
Clarabellae answered:
Could someone explain how the interest rates on a 203k loan are decided? Does the broker determine them based on credit score and other factors?
FHA 203k rates are slightly higher than current market rates. Either the full or streamline 203k offer an adjustable or fixed rate loan. 203k's may have a little more risk. Just looking ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 21, 2015 Home Buying in Boston
Bob Oatmeyer, Home Buyer in American Fork, UT
Bob Oatmeyer answered:
How confident are we about mold remediation?
Mold remediation is something that I would make sure to have done if I suspected mold contamination in my own house. For the most part I am pretty confident with the procedure. If I had ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 20, 2015 Home Buying in Boston
Neil Radford, Real Estate Pro in 02655
Neil Radford answered:
How are people adjusting to the train noise in Bella Woods?
I cant speak to Bella Woods. But every person I have talked to from Newton to Natick and even West Barnstable don't even notice it after living there for a while
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 20, 2015 Home Buying in 01876
All Star Home…, Real Estate Pro in Fort Lauderdale, FL
All Star Home Inspector answered:
Can anyone recommend a home inspector?
Boston is one of the most beautiful cities in the country but what we have found is the old homes built in cities like Boston and those up and down the New England coast is that they us ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 17, 2015 Home Buying in Boston
Amanda Graham, Real Estate Pro in 01581
Amanda Graham answered:
Westboro's residential property tax rate is one of the highest in MA. Why???
The community benefits from the taxes being reinvested back into it - Westborough has some of the top schools in the state as well as great local amenities and public services.
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 17, 2015 Home Buying in 01581
Numoto, Home Buyer in Lynn, MA
Numoto answered:
I am looking at a home in Lynn, Massachusetts but I am having a few reservations about the purchase.
Lynn,
is the most
up and coming city
invest in it now...
Prices have gone up 20% in the last year alone..
and since it is so close to Boston,and the Ocean
property will continue ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 15, 2015 Home Buying in Lynn
Joannairise, Home Buyer in Tucson, AZ
Joannairise answered:
VA Home loan pre-approval (not qual), but loan denied?
* Buying and owning your own home is part of the phenomena known as the American Dream. Property ownership here in these United States is emblazoned as something of a right and takes on ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 14, 2015 Home Buying in Boston
Greer, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Greer answered:
Does central air conditioning vs wall ac increase the asking price of a place in boston?
There is a price differential as well as the less tangible "desirability" factor/perception of less hassle. However, let me be clear that it would most likely you cost you more to ins ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 12, 2015 Home Buying in 02446
SanjeevJha, Real Estate Pro in 02494
SanjeevJha answered:
Is electrical grounding usually a dealbreaker?
I won't consider this as a deal breaker any time. You can change the electrical grounding with very little cost and I have helped clients with that. In fact, I had to to for my own hous ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 12, 2015 Home Buying in Newton
James, Home Buyer in Atlanta, GA
James answered:
Is a retaining wall crack considered a structural issue for USDA loans? Should I even bother moving ahead and wasting my appraisal money?
I get calls like this all the time, the part that is difficult to convey to most perspective homeowners is that not all imperfections are signs that the wall is in a state of failure. T ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 12, 2015 Home Buying in 01440
Caleb Hart, Renter in Orem, UT
Caleb Hart answered:
if i buy a home with asbestos siding is it dangerous? a lot of homes ive looked at have asbestos siding in our price range.
There are a lot of things that you should check on your house before you buy it. Have you had somebody come and take a look at it? You should make some phone calls and look at some more ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 11, 2015 Home Buying in 01970
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
Is there more or less crime in any of the Yarmouths (So. Yarmouth, West Yarmouth, Yarmouthport). Any areas we should avoid?
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon May 11, 2015 Home Buying in South Yarmouth
bengibson4113, Both Buyer and Seller in Salt Lake City, UT
bengibson4113 answered:
Do I need an attorney for closing?
P, great question about having your attorney go over your P & S before signing it. There's so much to know about real estate, having an attorney go over anything seems like a good idea ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 8, 2015 Home Buying in 01810
garypuntman, Other/Just Looking in Los Angeles, CA
garypuntman answered:
why does home description indicate siding vinyl siding, not wood clapboard? This all impacts the value of our home?
It's good that they included this. They want buyers to be aware of what siding the home has. This is especially important if it affects the value of the home. http://www.marshbuilding ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 8, 2015 Home Buying in 01257
lewisremingt…, Home Owner in Rochester, NY
lewisremington19 answered:
Septic system replacement
I would make sure that your septic tank needs to be replaced, or if it just needs to be pumped. Sometimes if you're experiencing problems they can be easily fixed by pumping the tank. H ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 8, 2015 Home Buying in Mashpee
Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
I'm thinking of moving to East Longmeadow, Ma and I wanted to know what type of programs do the public school have for IEP regarding Speech Delay?
If your child has an IEP, then that should transfer with your child. As Christine said, check with the Special Ed dept for further information.
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 8, 2015 Home Buying in East Longmeadow
Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Oklahoma City, OK
Josh Barnett answered:
Suppose a realtor knows a home inspection by a previous buyer (didn't end up buying) showed a damp wall in a condo, do they have to tell the next buye
Great question, give the Florida Real Estate Commission a call at 850.487.1395 to find out.
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 8, 2015 Home Buying in Shrewsbury
Scott Saults, Real Estate Pro in 85143
Scott Saults answered:
If i have a 720 credit score and i make about 20,000?
A lender will be able to answer all of your questions. They will primarily look at 3 areas: Income, Credit Score, Debt/Income Ratio. Good luck.
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 7, 2015 Home Buying in 01107
Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Oklahoma City, OK
Josh Barnett answered:
Do you think Home Staging is an important component to consider when selling a home?
Yes, staged homes sell faster because a buyer can imagine themselves in the home easier.
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 7, 2015 Home Buying in 02601
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