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Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in Manchester, NH
Scott Godzyk answered:
When will housing bottom out? With foreclosures to increase and supply to increase greatly ?
In many areas it already has. The foreclosures that are left are mostkly due to moratoriums that delayed the enivitable for people 1 plus years behind on their mortgages. This inventory ... more
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Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
What a joke! These people are asking way too much for their houses in a recession! Nobody will buy these new houses at these inflated prices.
LISTING PRICE
Understand that the LISTING PRICE has one primary objective, to attract attention: It is not intended to be set in stone, and in many cases it is not even a good guidelin ... more
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John Richard…, Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
John Richard Wilson answered:
Can someone tell me about market conditions in West Oak Forest?
West Oak Forest is a very convenient area of West Ashley. It would be my guess that 65-75% are owner occupied with the balance rentals. As well as block houses, there are lots of brick ... more
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Kathleen Emde, Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
Kathleen Emde answered:
I am looking at buying my first home utilizing the SC Teachers Loan program in the LowCountry
Well what are you looking for? The facts are that this home closely follows guildelines and the house has to be habitable. Normally you could do some repairs. Why not look for a home ... more
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Shawn Pillion, Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
Shawn Pillion answered:
We have a ratified contract and were told today that the builder can't give us the bathroom we paid for. Can we get out of the ratified contract?
Do you have an agent representing you? Did you seek out a buyer's agent to look out for your interests in this most important transaction?

Is the bathroom specifically in the contrac ... more
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Josh Calvert,…, Real Estate Pro in Summerville, SC
Josh Calvert, 843-789-9860 answered:
What areas in Charleston are likely to appreciate in the next 5 years?
That is a very good question! Unfortunately, in today's economy it's difficult to judge what areas are going to grow and which areas arent. With that said, it's nearly ... more
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Margie Casey, Real Estate Pro in Florida
Margie Casey answered:
Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent
If a buyer is lucky, he/she had a great experience working with their agent on their last home purchase and go right back to that agent. If not, people usually ask friends, family memb ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 26, 2012 Home Buying in Charleston
Brian Beatty, Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
Brian Beatty answered:
What's the typical process when buying a short sale?
First of all, let me explain the meaning of a Short Sale. Many have the misconception that a Short Sale has something to do with time, as in “the sale is going to take a short am ... more
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Debbie Knowl…, Real Estate Pro in Mount Pleasant, SC
Debbie Knowles Realtor® answered:
What are some tips for first-time home buyers?
You can read all about buyer tips on my website. There is a ton of information. Then call me :)

http://debbieknowles.yourkwagent.com/atj/user/BuyerResourceGetAction.do

Debbie Kn ... more
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Robert Lewan…, Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
Robert Lewandowski answered:
Which costs are potentially negotiable in closing costs
Anything in realestate is negotiable. You can be as creative or straightforward as you want to be.
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 14, 2012 Home Buying in Charleston
Margie Casey, Real Estate Pro in Florida
Margie Casey answered:
What are some surprises that first-time buyers encounter when purchasing a home?
Private mortgage insurance if they are putting down less than 20% and prepaid closing expenses.

Warmly,
Margie Casey
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Shawn Pillion, Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
Shawn Pillion answered:
What is the average cost of flood insurance for a 2,000 s.f. house on James Island?
This depends wholly on the elevation. You have to start with the elevation of the land and add the height of the foundation to get the home's total elevation. You also need to have ... more
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Laura Sargent, Real Estate Pro in Mount Pleasant, SC
Laura Sargent answered:
Looking for a well-priced CHARMING cottage (2 or 3 bedrooms) needing some TLC in Charleston/Mt. Pleasant . Which areas should I consider?
Some of that answer will depend on the pricing you are interested in... Charleston will probably have more options but a great agent will search high and low to find you the perfect pl ... more
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Laura Feghali, Real Estate Pro in Stamford, CT
Laura Feghali answered:
Can a foreclosed home under contract still be shown even after repairs, by the buyer, have started?
Hello Susanne,
If indeed you have a signed contract by both you and the bank to purchase the property then it should not be shown any longer.

I suggest that you speak to your a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 25, 2011 Home Buying in Charleston
Kevin Olson…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Kevin Olson & Jessica Laude answered:
Are there any benefits to using a separate agent when buying a new construction home?
In most states that I'm aware of, builders charge the same whether another Realtor is involved or not. In my opinion it's always best to have one on your side representing you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 30, 2012 Home Buying in Charleston
Jen Pfeffer, Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
Jen Pfeffer answered:
I am doing research to buy my first home. Should I contact an agent right away or is it better to do research, find home then call agent?
Well, you're farther ahead than the average person! Doing research is GREAT! It's always best to educate yourself as much as possible before making such a big purchase. One th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 14, 2012 Home Buying in Charleston
Jim Bobo, Jr., Real Estate Pro in Charleston, SC
Jim Bobo, Jr. answered:
Do you have assignment mortgage in Charleston, SC?
Home buyer:
"Assignment mortgage" actually can have more than 1 meaning. It typically refers to the sale of a mortgage to an investor or other 3rd party (which is legal in S ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 14, 2012 Home Buying in Charleston
Eric A. Drap…, Real Estate Pro in James Island, Charle...
Eric A. Draper answered:
Retiring and Vacationing in Charleston, SC. Thoughts?
Hey Ryan!

I live on Folly Beach, SC just outside of Charleston. It is a funky, friendly beach community and has an identity all of its own.

If you are looking for something more ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 22, 2012 Home Buying in Charleston
Debbie Knowl…, Real Estate Pro in Mount Pleasant, SC
Debbie Knowles Realtor® answered:
whats a desirable area to settle in the charleston area besides Mt. Pleasant
There are many wonderful places. If you would like I can email you some places to look at with descriptions of each area that you might be interested in. Call or email me at your conv ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 18, 2013 Home Buying in Charleston
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