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Rebecca Riop…, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA
Rebecca Riopelle answered:
Are property values in Arlington, MA affected by school districts? If so, by how much and which districts are the highest?
Yes, the Brackett school is the highest ranked elementary school in Arlington. For this reason, buyers and renters often seek properties in that area first, affecting those property val ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 5, 2013 Market Conditions in Arlington
James C Trano, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA
James C Trano answered:
Purchasing after a Short sale
Please contact Fred Allard at www.fredallard.com and mention my name. He is a reliable mortgage professional and should be able to answer your questions. Or call Meredith Spence at Mere ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 22, 2012 Home Buying in Arlington
Michael Emery, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Michael Emery answered:
1st time landlord here. What are qualities I should be looking for in a tenant? What's something subtle that I might not think to ask? Thanks!
Do they have pets? Do they smoke? Who is going to be on the lease with them / be living with them? How long do they plan on renting? Can they afford the rent? Does their background chec ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 10, 2013 Rental Basics in 02474
Deb Nicholls, Real Estate Pro in Concord, MA
Deb Nicholls answered:
Is a large home in Lexington heated by electric baseboards and propane fireplaces (that fans the warm air out into the rooms) attractive to buyers?
Interesting question. I think it would depend on a number of factors... For example, how expensive will various sources of energy be in the future? How well insulated is the house? You ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 27, 2014 Home Selling in 02474
James C Trano, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA
James C Trano answered:
How can I find 1 bedroom appartments in Arlington, MA or nearby which accept section 8 vouchers?
I have a Rental Agent in our office that may be able to assist you; however I would like to send you the following link for you to do some additional research.

http://arlingtonhousin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 25, 2011 For rent in Arlington
James C Trano, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA
James C Trano answered:
My bid for home is @ asking price with no continqencys., Other offer lower. Does realor have right to still carry on negotiations?
Yes Nikolas, the Listing Agent/Realtor is not the decision maker in the transaction. They are responsible to the Seller and must act on their behalf. My concern is that you and the ot ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 22, 2014 Home Buying in Arlington
Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Pro in Raynham, MA
Lew Corcoran answered:
We want a home loan which we know we will be able to pay off in 5 years. Which is the best mortgage for that ? Are there any 5yr fixed rate mortgages?
If you know that you'll be paying the mortgage off in 5 years, you'll be better off with a 5/1 ARM or a 7/1 ARM. These are 30-year hybrid adjustable rate mortgages. A 5/1 ARM ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 8, 2011 Financing in 02474
Tean Wong, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Tean Wong answered:
I HAVE BEEN IN THE US 5 MONTHS ON AN L-1 VISA, DO I QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE? WHO CAN HELP?
L-1 Visa is a transfer employee visa. So you are working in this country legally and have taxes record. You will have to talk to a good mortgage broker. I did represent many internation ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 17, 2011 Home Buying in 02476
Andrew Adams, Real Estate Pro in 01915
Andrew Adams answered:
Can a house be rented after it is already in preforeclosure?
Like what? The bank will foreclose and have to then go through the standard eviction process. Your protection is in the eviction process.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 9, 2010 For rent in Arlington
Scott A. Nel…, Real Estate Pro in 02155
Scott A. Nelson answered:
Can the landlord continue to ask for rent at the point that the bank put the place up for auction?
You should consult a real estate attorney but yes, you still owe your rent to your landlord until the lender actually takes control of the property. You should look into your individual ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 17, 2010 Rentals in Arlington
MDM REALTY H…, Real Estate Pro in 01701
MDM REALTY Heidi Zizza answered:
What home improvement projects provide the best payback when you sell your home?
I think kitchens and landscaping
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 10, 2012 Home Selling in Arlington
John Savigna…, Real Estate Pro in 01748
John Savignano answered:
Here's an interesting question for Realtors, et al! Let me set the situation: You're a listing agent and you get a listing for a nice
poison ivy can be anywhere, just like mosquitos. its not something we think of disclosing? maybe this will become a new category? Maybe home inspectors should inspect for this?
This se ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 27, 2014 Home Selling in 02474
MDM REALTY H…, Real Estate Pro in 01701
MDM REALTY Heidi Zizza answered:
Which, in your opinion, is the "greenest" town or city in Massachusetts?
H0nestly I dont know how to answer this. Its an interesting question and I would love to read some more answers on this. My town has curbside recyclying but I am not familiar with the & ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 13, 2010 General Area in Arlington
MDM REALTY H…, Real Estate Pro in 01701
MDM REALTY Heidi Zizza answered:
I was wondering if anyone can recommend attorney who is pro in Short sales?
Do you have a negotiator? You should call someone who is a team. Is it your listing? Do you allready have an offer? Who I recommend would depend on these answers.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 26, 2010 Home Selling in 02476
Elizabeth J.…, Real Estate Pro in Northampton, MA
Elizabeth J. Herbert answered:
what are the programs offered to first time buyers in Arlington/in Ma?
There's the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit until April 2010, then there are programs through FHA and HUD. The FTHTC is automatic, but a mortgage officer would know which one of t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 2, 2010 Home Buying in Arlington
Tim Cahill, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA
Tim Cahill answered:
What are the trends for rental properties in East Arlington? Are rents oing up? down? remaining steady?
Hi Dana,
Rentals are doing fairly well in Arlington, just as the housing stock has done. Arlington survived the recession pretty well and didn't lose much value - at least not as ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 4, 2009 Home Selling in Arlington
Michael Giles, Real Estate Pro in Beverly, MA
Michael Giles answered:
Are Realtors making a good living in Arlington and Medford these days? I'm interested in becoming a sales agent and wondering if it is a good
Hi Julia,
I'm on the North Shore but I suppose the answer is the same in any market. In sales it really shouldn't matter if it is a buyer's or seller's market. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 13, 2009 Home Selling in Arlington
Scott A. Nel…, Real Estate Pro in 02155
Scott A. Nelson answered:
What's a real estate agent's responsibility with regards to lead testing?
As a real estate agent we're required to review the Property Transfer Notification Pack with each buyer/seller/tenant. This is required both federally & state. Only a licenced ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 10, 2009 Home Buying in 02474
Mary Ann Lip…, Real Estate Pro in Spring, TX
Mary Ann Lipsey answered:
My partner and I are buying a house together. The mortgage will be under my name her name will be on the
depends on the laws in your state
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 16, 2009 Home Buying in 02476
Bob Bittelari, Real Estate Pro in Belmont, MA
Bob Bittelari answered:
where can i get info on prices asked versus sale prices for single family homes in Arlington, mass?
Hi Liz,
I have ben Realtor in Arlington for over 20 years. I would be happy to provide you with the information on a sspecific property, or if you log onto my website you register for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 22, 2009 Home Buying in Arlington
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