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Mario Pavli, Real Estate Pro in South Boston, Boston,...
Mario Pavli answered:
For a renter arriving from overseas, with no SSN/ ITIN / US credit history yet, what documents does s/he need in order to rent an apartment in Boston?
Just your I-20 and a copy of the passport will do. Also bank statement from whoever will be paying for your apartment will need to show sufficient amount.

Best Of Luck.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 7, 2014 Rental Basics in Boston
Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
Tim Moore answered:
Do renters need to pay an agent fee to realtors?
Usually if a Realtor finds a renter a rental the landlord pays any commission.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 26, 2013 Rental Basics in Boston
Joyce H Lin, Real Estate Pro in Leominster, MA
Joyce H Lin answered:
Realtors, agents, brokers, property managers. Licensed, unlicensed. What is the meaning of all these terms?
REALTOR® is a brand, it means the licensed individual pays dues to the National Association of REALTORS® and to the State Association of REALTORS® and to the local Board of REA ... more
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Meri Galstian, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Meri Galstian answered:
Do realtors have to tell you about the bad things that have happened to a home?
This is where choosing a good Realtor is crucial. If there are seriously bad things, they should advise against purchasing the home and wouldn't put you in that kind of situation. Howev ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 1, 2013 Home Buying in Boston
Boston Luxury…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Boston Luxury Residential LLC answered:
What is Boston known for?
Boston is known for bad traffic, missing street signs when you need them, good seafood, clam chowder, historic districts, tons of students, and a great walk-able city.
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Louis Wolfson, Real Estate Pro in 02030
Louis Wolfson answered:
What party of Boston or which Suburb provides the highest yield on rent?
South Boston or Brookline would be wise choices
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 17, 2013 Rental Basics in Boston
Rafael Herna…, Real Estate Pro in Jamaica Plain, MA
Rafael Hernandez answered:
What are the order of steps to purchasing and converting a single family to a multi-family? Looking in Boston/Cambridge/Brookline if that matters.
You first have to check the area for zoning restrictions, then check with the town to see what is allowed in that specific area. The more information you get on the town and restrictio ... more
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Rafael Herna…, Real Estate Pro in Jamaica Plain, MA
Rafael Hernandez answered:
Can I take out a first time mortgage that is greater than the cost of the house and use the excess money to pay off other debt?
Usually you cannot do this. If you are getting a rehab loan you can get a loan for the house and get addtional funds to do work to the house. I would recommend that you contact a mort ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 15, 2013 Home Buying in Boston
Rafael Herna…, Real Estate Pro in Jamaica Plain, MA
Rafael Hernandez answered:
Once a P & S is signed by both parties can additional provisions that both parties agree upon be added to it?
As long as both the seller and buyer agree to these provisions you may be able to have an attorney draft up these additional provisions. I would definitely recommend that you use an at ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 27, 2013 Home Buying in Boston
Bill Meissner, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Bill Meissner answered:
How much money will one need to bring to closing? It is safe to assume 2%?
Too many variables to say. You'll need to speak to your lender prior to the closing.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 27, 2013 Home Buying in Boston
Michael A Pa…, Real Estate Pro in Brookline, MA
Michael A Pallares answered:
Brother looking to buy our mother's So. Boston home - should we get an appraiser or real estate person to see what they think it's worth?
Hi Karen,

I think that getting the opinion of a licensed appraiser is the best way to go.

While I don't want to discount the value of having a real estate agent evaluate the prop ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 6, 2014 Home Buying in South Boston
Michael Suff…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Michael Suffoletto answered:
Do any lenders in the Boston area offer piggyback (80/10/10) or 10%-down jumbo loans?
The 80-10-10 options are certainly available. Not all lenders offer piggyabck above 80% combined loan to value, but there are options available. We also have a jumbo option which is a ... more
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Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
Once a P & S is signed by both parties can additional provisions that both parties agree upon be added to it?
Yes but you should discuss with your attorney and mortgage person to make sure these would be acceptable for your financing .
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 13, 2013 Home Buying in Boston
Rafael Herna…, Real Estate Pro in Jamaica Plain, MA
Rafael Hernandez answered:
Credit issues from many years ago are haunting us. We make great @ now & are both long term employees, no past due debt but our credit scores
You still can. Feel free to give me a call. What areas are you looking at. Also sometimes you find landlords that may allow you to explain your situation and if you both make good mon ... more
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Rafael Herna…, Real Estate Pro in Jamaica Plain, MA
Rafael Hernandez answered:
What is the best way to lower one's mortgage payments?
There a few ways but the best two ways is usually refinancing for a lower rate or if you have taxes and insurance included in your payments then another way is to lower your insurance p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 28, 2013 Financing in Brighton
Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
How likely is abolition of the mortgage interest tax deduction?
Doubt it will ever happen
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 14, 2013 Financing in Boston
Meri Galstian, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Meri Galstian answered:
What does "subprime" mean?
"Subprime" refers to a lending practice where loans are extended to people with high credit risk. This is what primarily caused the housing bubble to burst in the late 2000's.

Meri G ... more
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Thaddeus Kuz…, Real Estate Pro in Back Bay, Boston, MA
Thaddeus Kuznicki answered:
What is "robo-signing"?
Robo-signing is when a bank uses employees to sign court documents.
The problem is that these employees just skim over the paperwork and don' t actually know whether or not the person ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 14, 2013 Home Buying in Allston
Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
Will checking overdrafts cause my home loan to be denied?
Your explanation seems reasonable. As long as you have rectified the issue I wouldn't worry. If you get a mortgage soon you may have to write an explanation letter for the underwri ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 12, 2013 Home Buying in Boston
Justin Boivin, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Justin Boivin answered:
What places are close by?
Any specifics on what places you're looking for?
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