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Greenbriar Horizons - Overbuilt?
I see alot of homes for sale in Greenbriar Horizons. Is the development in trouble? Did they overbuild? Any insight is appreciated.
Is it reasonable to ask for agent to give up part of their commission to make a deal?
I am in the offer process at this time, and the seller and I are off by 4% of the seller's price. The seller's agent is also my agent (dual agency). My understanding is that the agent now gets 6% of the…
How do I know if I have to pay the school district tax or an equalization school tax? What's the difference?
I'm thinking about starting my search in Irving where some of the homes fall under the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district tax. Well that tax is very expensive as are most school district taxes.…
Compared to buying a single family home, what is the resale value of a townhome?
I'm a first time homebuyer. Townhome living is ideal for me right now. But will I be hurting myself in the long run by buying a townhome over a single family home?
Property Tax Appeal Questions
Closed on a property roughly 2 and a half months ago in orange NJ (Essex county). Current taxes are very high and assessed on a value of roughly 360k for a tax bill of almost 12k (very painful tax rates…
Any company provide loan to new immigrants (i.e no credit score) ? I can put up to 25% down payment.
I am an immigrant to USA, just landed here a month ago. I want to buy a condo ($60-70,000). How can I get a loan ? Are there any company who gives loan to immigrants (i.e no credit score) ? Can anybody…
chicago loop town homes
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outbid every time, should we just rent?
we have been trying to buy a house for a yr. we're doing an fha with down payment assistance of 3%. we only have to come up with .50% for down but need an additional .50% to cover fees and such. we…
Hi all, I want to buy a Condo or Town house in murrieta/temecula to 100k or around, with all cash or 50% down, I am a foreing with ITIN.
I just have one property in Murrieta and Very Good Score. Is for rent income.Thanks. -- This question was asked from this property: http://www.trulia.com/property/3093083600-39161-Flamingo-Bay-Murrieta-CA-92563
We are looking for a home to rent in Mount Vernon, any ideas?
If you know of a home that is for rent could you please let me know
is buying a townhouse through faculty housing plan a good idea?
the university i work for has a program for faculty housing. They will buy it back for what i paid, but I cant gain much equity over time (capped)
I'm considering some ski mountain real estate where I'd use it primarily in the summer and as a vacation rental in the winter. I'm
thinking Breckenridge or Winter Park might be a good fit for my needs in the summer. What should I be looking for in a vacation rental (what rents well)? What does it cost to have a part time property…
I am purchasing a HUD home with a VA loan. HUD is refusing to sign a form for the VA lender....
The house is appraised for more than what I am buying it for. It has passed all the inspections. Apparantly, there is a protocol letter VA loans require stating that they are not responsible for the loan…
"Proof of fund" - In SHORT SALE situation, when does the bank need to see our "PROOF OF FUND" for cash buyer? thank you
My agent did ask me 'prrof of fund" when we made an offer ( /- 40 days ago) and then he ask me again since now it is older than 30 days. Showing a bank how much we have - I do not think is a…
Is the decision on Fiscal Cliff going to drive the housing market in Bay Area down ?
The Key Indicators (Sales, Manufacturing and Consumer Spending) are either going south or are completely stalled. The only silver lining is the Job Growth (but that factor is very volatile). Also Prices…
What are all the possible accreditations an agent can get, and what do they mean?
I tried asking this yesterday but I phrased it wrongly so the answers weren't what I needed. I know accreditations don't necessarily translate to a great agent. But I would like to know WHAT…
I'm looking for a house in philly around the east falls, roxborough, west mt airy area
I'm looking for something not too expensive and i'm open to looking at foreclosures in addition to regular homes. I'm not too open to short sales right now as i've realized they take forever. Earlier this…
how do you get to 84684 happel ln.?
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Looking to rent a home or take over payments
We're looking to rent a home or a buyer that wants someone to take over their payments in Dougherty or Lee county our range is $700-975 we have pets
Can he buy a house and be approved from a lender?
My brother has no credit and would like to buy a house. He has money for a down payment of 10% depending on home price. Will he be able to buy a house?
Investment property in Houston Texas is my interest. Where can I maximize my return?
I'd like to my out of pocket to fall between 20% of between 60k and 120k. Is that possible? If so, what type of property are we talking about? Distressed? I'll need an agent that can connect me with…
I'm told if my house doesn't appraise to the sales price, the buyer is not allowed to make up the difference in cash on a conventional loan. True?
This makes no sense to me, because all a lender should care about is the LTV, and the market would never rise if houses could only sell at the appraised value or below, even if the buyer was willing to…
Changing Agents
We think that our realtor is also representing a seller of one of the properties we are looking to lease. (commercial) We don't feel that he is looking out for our best interests. He just keeps…
If i am married in Texas , can i still buy a house under my name only?
I am married and want to buy a house under my name only. I got approved for a loan by myself and only i signed the contract. At closing is there anything my husband can sign saying that it can be in my…
Working with 2 mortgage brokers?
I am working with two brokers to try to get a letter of commitment. I decided to go with one and now I feel that he doesn’t feel that there is any competition so the fees and rates aren't as good.…
Is it okay to ask my agent for showings while I'm in the middle of an offer process?
I am in the middle of negotiating price on a place. I'm not sure if the sellers and I will be able to come to terms with pricing. I also found a couple other places have come up that may be suitable.…
This website shows larceny and burglary in Mount Pocono is unusually high -http://www.clrsearch.com/Mount_Pocono_Demographics/PA/18344/Crime-Rate.
Generally, the question is how secure must your home be to deter criminal acts within the Poconos? Specifically, do many homeowners secure their homes with electronic surveillance prtotection systems?…
I am considering purchasing a beautiful one-bedroom apartment in a townhouse on 16th street and Irving Place in NYC. But its across from a public HS.
The HS is classified as an under-performing high school made up of struggling students. Other schools listed as being similar to this one are in very poor neighborhoods. The HS is Washington Irving HS--…
Can you put verbiage In contract asking for leftover closing cost credit be heldover as an appliance credit?
I am in Washington State buying REO property where seller is offering 3.5% credit. Would like to use re ain't monies for new appliances.
When real estate brokers purchase a home for themselves, do they get a commission?
Can a licensed real estate broker collect the buyer's agent portion of a commission when buying a home? (In essence, acting as their own buyer's agent)?
How Much could I sell my House for and How long will it take ? 12803 Edwards Ct NE, Albuquerque,NM 87123
i understand it requires coming by and looking at my house to better pin a price . I am still thinking about taking that step forward but till then I am hoping someone might have a pretty good guess what…
My husband and I are looking to purchase a home in Colfax, IL, but this would be our first time buying.
We are just not sure of the actual steps that need to be taken, and how much is average for a down payment, or what the minimum amount would be. We currently live in a townhome, but our lease will be coming…
needed answers pls....
08/24/12- Property was originally listed 199k, according to listing agent got his VERBAL ShortSale APPROVAL on 10/19/12 which the first buyer had backed out, then price increase to 208k. As a 2nd buyer,…
my credit score is 749 but i have student loan debt. Can I get a home?
My student loan debt is 1,234 a month and I bring home 4,250 a month. Would I be able to qualify for a home loan?
So what is going on with the sub divsion, Grand Peninsula? Im thinking of buying a home in that area.
I want something that will hold value? Which has a better rep. Grand peninsula or Mira Lagos?
Can you get a train to newark airport?
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What is the HOA and contact information for Columbia Heights Condos?
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What is the story with Loft22 at Univeristy Town Plaza, 6506 America Blvd, Hyattsville MD. Are they a good buy? I need your thoughts...
What is the story with Loft22 at Univeristy Town Plaza, 6506 America Blvd, Hyattsville MD. Are they a good buy? I need your thoughts...
Hello...looking for advice, please. We'd like to keep our current home and rent it and purchase a larger home for our growing family.
We have excellent credit. We would like to stay in the same area...would we need to put down a higher down payment?? Would it be difficult to acquire another loan for a new primary residence? Thank…
I don't live in the US. Is it better to buy a condo or a single family home with a rental management company for better rental income ?
Is it better to buy a condo so that all maintenance , management etc. is taken care of or is it better to buy a single family home and hire a reputed rental management company to take care of the management…
"Off market" listing?
Why does a listing jut go "off the market", a few I've been following have done this, does anyone know why this happens?
I am a Home Buyer interested to put an offer on a existing home, however realized last year that home was listed as lis pendens.
I have understood what lis pendens means, [Litigation Pending] Lis pendens is Latin for "suit pending."[1] This may refer to any pending lawsuit, but my real question is if I could get a clean…
Can selller(in this case Bank) prepone the closing date, after the house is in contract?
We made an offer on a house (short sale) the bank approved the offer and the closing date was schedule for Dec 29, but the bank wants to close by Dec 25, is this allowed ?
I don't want to ask a question but to thank you all.
As a new comer to the area, your questions and answers are so valuable! not only we get answers but we also think about the questions we didn't think of having!
What kind of service I can expect from an real estate agent ? I am an Canadian Citizen but I am currently of
Canada right now, it is very possible that I may not come to AZ personally to buy the SFHs I want . So I may rely on an realtor to help me to find the property. I am thinking of giving the agent $500…
I sold my house last year as a short sale due to a job transfer, How soon Can I purchase another home?
The short sale went without a hitch, I was only late on one payment (to be able to do the short sale). The house sold within a week and the late payment never hit my credit. I am curious how soon I can…
We have 45,000 dollars to put down on a home and plan to search in the 80k-100k range. With no credit can I get a loan for the remainder of the costs?
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Are any furnishings included in this listing?
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what are the specifications on a house like paint peeling or anything that might need fixing up when getting a phfa loan?
we are looking at a round house but there is nothing to compare it to in our area what are the chances of phfa loaning us the money
Closing Fees for Cash Purchase?
I will be buying a house in NJ for $128,500 cash. What fees should I expect to pay at closing? I already know my attorney's fee. I'm looking for an idea of the dollar amounts typical for things…
what is the hoa fee 150? or 200? per year. I have seen the hoa fee vary in this development
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What are the negative about Pioneer Crossing as a community?
Crime, Neighbors, Community culute, activities
Im a first time buyer. What can go wrong after lodgement of the documents?
I want to build on , but am afraid to waste monies should something still be able to go wrong after lodgement. I dont want to wait as it need to be done before builders holiday 14 Dec. Can anything still…
Has anyone in the Lake Stevens, WA area built a home with a cabin home kit? Can you give any advice, recommendations, etc.?
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Does Rockwall, TX have tornadoes?
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