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How much does a school district impact home purchase decisions?
Trulia recently published stats on school districts that people flock to and flee from. The Bay Area's own Saratoga Union School District was ranked most attractive in the country. How important is a school…
Are there really programs out there that help with Down Payment? Even on FHA loans?
The only programs I have found have income requirements and the requirements are far too low. We want to buy but we want a little more money in savings so that we aren't "house poor".
When is it a good time to look for a house?
I'm currently enlisted in the military and I qualify for a va loan. My enlistment will be up in 1 year and 2 months. Is it too early to look into buying a house now or should I wait until I come back…
Do you provide a rental management service? If not, where can I find a management co. that can manage my rental units in Las Vegas?
I am planning to buy a rental property in LV, NV. What are the process envolve when I sign for a mgt. agreement and what are my responsibilities? Thank you.
I live in Australia and was thinking about investing in a property in Las Vegas.
Can any one give me some idea of what the costs would be with having a rental property. Who pays for the electricity, gas, phone - would that be the tenant's responsibility. Is there rates and taxes…
Take a second chance on an iffy Realtor, or find a new one?
Let me just start by saying it is HARD to find a short sale Realtor in my city. There are few with real experience. With that said, I used a Realtor to short sale one of my two investment properties…
Can I get an American mortgage while living abroad? Where do I find a realtor with experience dealing with foreign purchasers?
I am a US citizen who has never lived in the States and therefore has no credit there. I would like to buy an investment property while still living abroad. Are there American institutions that will give…
we are pre approve for a loan, we saw a house we like, they won't show the house unless we summit a bid.. is that how it works?
how can we put a bid on a house with out even seen the house? is the first house we like but I haven't even seen the house.. the realtor told us that in order to see the house we need to summit a…
Can a foreign national get a mortgage in the Woodlands?
My fiance's father would like to buy us a townhouse in the Woodlands... our problem is my fiancee and his family are not citizens, although he does have a visa. Is there a way his father could get a mortgage…
manufactured homes
Are they a good idea? Any investment potential?
Why is WELLSFARGO underwriter making it so difficult?
Got pre approved then loan got approved but during final review the underwriter requested again my driver license and now after 5 days is still revieing the file...The underwriter asked again for a copy…
What does it mean when a listing is being brokered by a certain real estate firm? Are they the seller's agent or buyer's?
Must you go through this company to purchase the home listed? Or can another real estate brokerage step in?
needed sort of idea
How many days is the approved short sale appraisal good for? This property that we put offer to was appraised for 221k, more than a month ago, is there a possibility that they gonna ask for another…
Bank counter offer accepted 2 wks ago, we were expecting an approval letter, now bank wants addtl asset stmts from Buyer, how much longer?
The counter offer came from B of A two weeks ago same sales price just less in closing which we accepted. We were expecting approval letter, but just got an update that they are requesting more bank statements…
Buyer's agents willing to be paid by buyer instead of seller?
Hey all y'all. I'm an economist, and so I am keenly sensitive to aligning incentives properly. The traditional 3% to the buyer's agent paid by the seller strikes me as problematic. A buyer's agent who…
Hi, I need input in deciding between Mansfield and Easton. we have decided for now to buy something inthese
two towns keeping the schools, and commute to either directions Boston (back bay) and newbedford. Not able to decide between Easton and Mansfield as Esaton has better schools, and mansfield has the train…
Homepath rules help
--- We recently found a house that was a Homepath Property in the First Look stages. We offered a little over the asking price because the comps showed that was what was going on in the area. We got the…
Is this shady or what?
An agent that advertises short sale homes not yet listed on web sites like these and announces they are not yet listed. The agent then gets the buyers to go direct and lists the property for a few minutes…
first time home buyer
i am really interested in buy this property my agent says its active but he cannot put a offer because homepath hasnt reset it its listing as under contract. i called london property to ask if house was…
Which area should I focus on and why?
I am looking to buy a house 20 minutes or less from Tolleson (where i would be working). I am married, 30 years old, wife is 25, we have no kids but plan to in the next 1-3 years. We are looking…
Using a 30 year fixed FHA loan with 20% down then refinancing to a 30 year fixed conventional loan in 3-6 mos.
Using a 30 year fixed FHA loan with 20% down then refinancing to a 30 year fixed conventional loan in 3-6 mos. What are the pros/cons of this? I do not qualify for a conventional loan due to my work history…
Sibling Co-Owners: One is moving out, how do we fairly manage this?
My sibling and I purchased a home together about five years ago. This home was a foreclosure and great deal. We seized this opportunity as a good investment with a low enough mortgage that we could afford…
I have looking for a home or foreclosure home, im in the first time homebuyers program. i have 100,000 pre-approved and 15,000 in first time homebuyer
im looking in the 76549 area shoemaker high, iduma elementary are kids school.Is there anyone who know how to find listing of foreclosure...
Please tell me about property taxes in the area. 2 tax periods/year, correct?
My family and I may be relocating to the Chelsea-Saline-Dexter-AA area in the coming months. Looking at listings in the area, I've noticed many note summer and winter property taxes which is totally new…
What ae the HOA fee at Treetop Village?
Looking to purchase a tree loft unit at Treetop Village?
Looking to rent
I am interested in a 3 bed room home to rent ASAP ($1200-$1600), close to Austin. Would like it to be at least 3 acres, barn for horses would be nice, but can build a shelter if necessary.
I signed a contract to buy a condo. Inspector says there are areas within the condo that needs to be repaired.
What is the deadline for the repairs by the seller. Is it before the closing date?
I live in another state and will be moving to Winston Salem in June of next year. What zip codes should I look for a house in?
I want to spend about 150,000 -- What zip codes should I look for a house in?I have been told that 27106 is good and 27012 is good. Are there any others that you wouild recommend? My husband and I are…
Would you buy a home with an onsite septic system?
For some great homes there is no connection to a public sewage system. Would onsite septic make you hesitate in purchasing a home. For agents, does it stop your clients from making an offer?
Should we buy a home or stay in our rental?
My husband and I are a young couple, newly married and newly out of college (I am still finishing up my final year in fact). Prior to moving in to our apartment, we had explored the option of purchasing…
How can I be sure its not a scam renting from someone who is out of state?
The person that is renting the home is out of sate and doesnt want to go through an agency.
Looking to buy a Manufactured Home on at least 1 acre
My Husband and I are looking for a Manufactured Home with 3-4 Bedrooms and at least 1 acre in East Orlando, Bithlo, or Christmas area. We are going to be getting an FHA loan, and we would like to stay…
Homesteps Freddie Mac -Chicago
How much earnest money should my agent should submit for a property worth $95000? (no requirement is noted on the website) Also,is it recommended to offer $91,000? Thanks!
I'am a first time hud home loan buyer there is only a little area to look for houses in my aproval mount .
I am having problems with the area. All the houses in my credit approval they are in a bad area or very sad and has a lot to be fix up. Being low income and having a chance to get a home and all you…
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