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We have been looking to buy a SFH for the past 2-3 month's and havent been very successful. One thing we feel is that the no. of houses on market are very few and hence we have fewer choices. Is the…
Agents be careful of the Homes.com Auction site in our mls.
If you win the bid they send the contract directly to your buyer via duc-u-sign. no mention of paying you for your service. Listing agent does not care about you and has no answer to any questions your…
When buying a home at an online auction what are the pitfalls?
How much does a lender or a municipality expect to sell the property for compared to non stress other properties on the market? Can I bid on a house when a lender is bidding to protect their asset in…
What is the time limit for reporting hidden damage found on a home we purchased? Have been in house almost 14 mos & discovered hidden damage.
Air conditioning repair guy found buckets & towels in a nailed shut part of the house where air condition had leaked. Huge part of sub-flooring rotted...looks like it has been leaking for many years.…
Getting ready to list land for sale. Besides C.A.R. disclosures what other reports about soil, etc. do I have to provide to the buyer?
First land transaction/listing, going to partner with another agent. I want to learn first hand what other reports if any do I have to provide to the buyer as the sellers agent? Is anyone interested in…
How do I search for income properties?
We are interested in purchasing a duplex or income type property. We do not want to purchase a townhome or one side of a duplex. We are looking for properties that are all encompassing. For example, a…
Can someone please recommend a good buyers agent for the Scotch Plains/Fanwood, Westfield, Cranford area? Lower price range/Pre-approved.
I've contacted two agents and not received a reply (I thought they'd at least refer me to someone else if they weren't interested). Any advice appreciated.
Where can I find comps on vacant land?
All of the sites I've found only have comps on homes. We are doing FSBO and need to find a good offering price
What are your thoughts on using a reverse mortgage to buy a summer home?
Present home is worth around $500,000 and has no mortgage. Would like to spend around $200,000 for summer home.
Any loan programs for credit score of 578? Possible down payment assistance programs?
I have been looking at different lenders (i.e. High Tech Lending, Quicken Loans, etc) who say they can offer FHA loans for people with credit scores under 620. I can't tell anymore if they are serious…
Is there any cost advantage to buying land and hiring your own contractor to build, versus buying from, say, Toll Bros, for example?
My wife and I are considering moving to Center Valley area. We've purchased new homes before, but we were wondering it there is any cost advantage to simply finding a nice lot... buying a blueprint for…
is it a law that realtors have to disclose the criminal history of a house?
like if there were a serious crime like murder or if the house was used as a meth cook house. or even if the house has reports of being haunted.
What to do when in contract but waiting for a permit/job signoff?
In contract to purchase but there's an open permit from '11. Cleared to close, but at this point have lost 60 day int. rate lock, and have what seems like no control over when the signoff will…
Are Trulia estimates usually pretty close to professional appraisals?
We looked at a house that has a contract on it. They are doing the appraisal before the inspection to see if they can even get a loan on the house. Not to be disrespectful, but I gotta admit, I hope the…
How can I rent a home while active in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
I just relocated from Louisville, Ky to Birmingham, Al. One of the things that I forgot to consider when relocationg due to work was the fact that I had filed Chapter 13. Everywhere I turn is a closed…
what happens if my name isn't on the deed or mortgage and my spouse dies? Am I automatically entitled to the home?
We decided due to my lower credit score and my lack of qualifying income not to add my name to the loan and was not able due to VA requirements, couldn't just put my name on the deed and not the loan.…
We are looking to move to the West Palm Beach (or surrounding area) from central Pennsylvania.
We have 4 German Shepherds. Our original thought was to rent for about a year and then purchase a home. However, all the homes for rent (that will accommodate dogs) seem to be between $1000-$1500/month…
I'm wanting to cancel a contract based on inspection. Can I request cancellation ONLY if the seller agrees to release the deposit?
I'm within the inspection period and there are noted repairs, but other issues have come up and we're getting the impression the seller won't sign off on the release of deposit form. So, I'd like to cancel…
As realtors, have you observed a time when a buyer couldn't cancel and recover deposit based on inspection?
I'm asking as it relates to the newest version of the FR/BAR contract. In other words, if a buyer is in accordance with all terms for cancelling due to inspection (cancels within the days specified, provides…
How to buy villa in lake Como, Italy within budget?
If you are looking to buy a villa in lake Como but do not know anything about the rules of buying property in lake Como, Italy then you must contact a person who knows everything about property investment…
Home inspection
Has anyone used or would recommend Perdido Inspection services, Pensacola Insurance inspections or A Pro home inspections? Are their any places you would recommend? Need to find a home inspector and many…
Is Mirassou a good condominium? Good area to buy and rent?
I´m interested to buy an apartment for investment. My budget isn´t so big, but I need an apartment or house easy to rent.
What is the market's perception of Candlewood vs. Squantz Pond in terms of property appreciation,
buyer perception etc? Are there any restrictions on water activities for Squantz Pond compared to Candlewood?
Buying a condo with private backyard in Hoboken/Jersey City. Nervous about flood zones.
How has Sandy affected buying a condo in a flood zone in Hoboken? What should we be conscience of when buying in that area? Our condo fees claim to cover the building but naturally we would have to get…
Hello, we have been renting a home in Florida that now wish to purchase using my husband VA eligibility.
My husband is a retired veteran and I I hope to use my income to apply for a VA loan. I have a very specialized job that recently required me to move from Florida to Georgia. However, my son goes to college…
Cash purchase - best way to hold title?
I am purchasing a home for cash for my daughter to live in. What is the best way to hold title so that either of us could take property tax deductions, claim homeowner's exemption, avoid probate,…
Bozman Farms in Wylie ?
I have fallen in love with this community, from afar, but have some concerns. It seems like there is a high number of listings in the community as compared to other areas, why the high turn over? I see…
I am trying to do a search for condos in a bunch of neighborhoods in downtown manhattan. So, Chelsea, West Village, East Village, Greenwich Village...
HOW DO I SEARCH MULTIPLE LOCATIONS? I can't enter it in the location field and I can't draw on the map using my macbook air, the application just thinks I'm trying to move the map. Help
What is the most reliable website to find rental homes?
I am looking in Pekin, IL and most of what I find is not real homes. Everything I click on seems ti be an ad or a scam. I just want to know what is currently for rent.
We are relocating to north San Diego County from Florida. We have two boys in elementary school, one with special needs. Work will be in Northeast
Oceanside... Although we would like to be close to the office, schools for the boys are of the most importance. I will also add that we are not as interested in coastal living, we would like to have some…
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