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Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
Steps in buying a home
To add to Miriam's response, the lending process is a bit easier now than it has been in recent years. Smaller lenders are bring new loan products on the market for all credit ratings. ... more
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Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
If your credit score isn't high enough (620-640) will mortgage brokers tell you what you need to do to help raise your score or do you have to
Your question dips into a grey region in human nature. Yes, you could find a reputable mortgage broker who might help you; you might not. Rather than spend time judging the nature of ... more
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Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
Adding Oomph to Open Houses
Very good observation. There is a reason that department stores spend millions of dollars every year appealing to all your senses, including smell. Likewise, there is a reason why Cin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 4, 2014 Home Buying in Topeka
Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
Is it a good idea to let faucets drip a little in listings to prevent frozen pipes in cold weather?
Winterization would be the safest answer. If the heat is on low and the house is empty, you can find the main water shutoff, generally in the basement, and turn the water off yourself. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 4, 2014 Home Selling in Topeka
Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
Where can someone with a 590 credit score get and FHA refinance loan to buyout their two siblings.?
Your observation is right. Most lenders have overlays, which are institutional guidelines directing the lending process, which require credit scores of 620 to 640. In many cases, loca ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 4, 2014 Home Buying in Manhattan
Hallie Armst…, Real Estate Pro in 67037
Hallie Armstrong answered:
What is the average number of Days for a house to be on the Market in Rose Hill?
I live in Rose Hill, Give me a call and I can get your days on market for the exact area your home is located in.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 4, 2014 Home Selling in Rose Hill
Hallie Armst…, Real Estate Pro in 67037
Hallie Armstrong answered:
what stores are located there for shopping?
I live in Rose Hill KS and am a Full TIme agent as well. There are a few stores in Rose Hill KS. Is that what you are asking about? If so there is a Dollar General, Apple Market, Chi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 4, 2014 General Area in Rose Hill
lindahuston.…, Renter in Iola, KS
lindahuston.2014@gmail.com asked:
is there a pawnshop or any other sources of help in chanute?
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 31, 2014 Rentals in Chanute
Larry Markham, Real Estate Pro in Topeka, KS
Larry Markham answered:
This is not 501 School District. It is 450-Shawnee Heights
Thank You , I have sent a message to have Trulia to update school information
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 23, 2014 Market Conditions in South/Southeast 3
Larry Markham, Real Estate Pro in Topeka, KS
Larry Markham answered:
Whats up and coming in 2014 in Highland Park
Walmart will be Building a New Store around 25th and California in 2014 .
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 23, 2014 Shopping & Local Amenities in Central Highland Park
imamessman, Home Buyer in 67220
imamessman answered:
I am new to Kansas (recently moved from NJ) and I am apartment/townhome hunting. Is Derby a great place to start versus the oaklawn area of wichita?
I agree! Oaklawn is actually an area that was "temporary" housing for military families years ago. It was not intended to still be a developed area but rather, replaced with newer homes ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 23, 2014 Quality of Life in Derby
Marcia Kelly, Real Estate Pro in 66614
Marcia Kelly answered:
Why does my creek side house have comps with non creek side houses?
He Lee,

Are you a Realtor? If not, you might ask your agent to find better comparables for the appraiser. Appraisers perform appraisals by gathering the sales of properties simila ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 22, 2014 Home Buying in 66062
Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
What are the HOA fees in Lake of the Forest? How big is the lake?
Hello Collette,

According to a quick web check, Lake Of The Forest is a 40 acre lake and the HOA dues generally run ~$2000 annually. That area falls within the Heartland MLS area, o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 22, 2014 Home Buying in Bonner Springs
Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
I would like to purchase the data you have for crime in the state of Kansas.
While I am unsure whether the KBI has a state-wide interactive crime map, you may visit most of the websites for larger cities in Kansas and each generally have a link for a local inter ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 22, 2014 Crime & Safety in Kansas
Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
Tell me about Transaction Brokers?
Shelly and Christopher provided two very good explanations. You may also research the Kansas Brokerage Relationships in Real Estate Transactions Act, commonly referred to as BRRETA on ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 22, 2014 Home Buying in 66062
Ken Schmidt,…, Real Estate Pro in 66049
Ken Schmidt, MBA, REALTOR® answered:
Just moved to Kansas, and I work in Overland Park, I need to find a 3 bedroom for under $1000. where should I start?
Hello Todd,

Rob offered some excellent advice. I would add that right now is a great time to re-start you search if you took a break over the Holidays. Each day new listings are ad ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 22, 2014 Rental Basics in Lawrence
Neva Smith, Real Estate Pro in Kansas
Neva Smith answered:
Is 394 Main Street Harvey-ville,Ks still available?
This appears to have been taken off the market, but I can check into it if you are interested in purchasing it. Please call or email me for more info.
Thanks,
Neva Smith
RE/MAX Conne ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 21, 2014 Home Buying in Harveyville
Robert, Real Estate Pro in 66213
Robert answered:
Do not buy homes from Vic Applebaum. I recently tried to buy one and found that the home was built poorly.
I have heard many bad things about applebaum realtors as well. I refuse to buy anything associated with Vic or his son and partner Jeremy.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 20, 2014 Home Buying in Olathe
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