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Ciscobenzpr answered:
With a credit score of 590 am I able to purchase a home if I have 15% down on a home to rise alpaca
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
You need to know that realtors restrict the information given to real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, etc. Realtors own the MLS systems which have far more search filters than what is available to you. Realtors restrict this because they need buyers like you to call them so they can stay in business. If investors like you had access to specific criteria, then you wouldn't be calling them until it was absolutely necessary. Well, realtors need you to call so they make it difficult for you to set specific criteria. ... more
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Brianfrieden1977 answered:
If you have not owned a house before, there is 1st time home buyers association that you can go through and will not need a down payment.
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Debrah Colter answered:
Hi trying to get a rent to own home at a good price around 900 call me 6332051544
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm not knowledgeable with coops in CA. However, buying and selling coop apartments is very common in my area - New York City. I do know for every coop apartment sold in the New York City area, an appraisal is done if the buyer is getting a loan from a lender. Lenders do require it. ... more
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
Hopefully you had a financing contingency on your contract. If you did not, the seller keeps the earnest money. If you did have a financing contingency, contact the broker in charge where your realtor works or the Office Manager. You can also contact the Title company. Last resort - contact a real estate attorney. ... more
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Michael asked:
But this Form says the Agent can take 5% of the selling price which just about takes any other Brokers out of the picture to sell the house.
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a retired realtor, your best method is DON'T BELIEVE CRIME MAPS ON TRULIA!! You need to know that real estate websites like Trulia, Zillow, etc. get their crime / school & other data from other websites - never the local authorities who will have accurate information.

Realtors are prohibited from giving opinions on crime, school quality, demographics, etc. because it violates Fair Housing laws. However, buyers NEED TO VERIFY everything that is important to you with local authorities.
Examples:

Crime - call / visit or go to the website of the local police departments. The issue is NOT ALL CRIMES are reported. The police departments will tell you the truth regarding neighborhood safety.
Schools - visit the school and speak with the administrators, office staff and especially the parent teacher organizations. Leave your contact information and have a parent call you. Another solution is be there during morning drop off or afternoon pick up and talk to several parents. Have some business cards if they're in a rush but ask parents what they think of their child's school. Parents LOVE to talk.
Neighborhoods - drive / walk the neighborhoods. Walk into local stores and observe. Try to talk with a few customers. Visit at different times and on different days. Nothing like observations in person. Visit local churches, playgrounds, parks, libraries, etc. Even the local city government.
Finally - ring some doorbells of neighbors where the home is located. Neighbors love to talk. You may even get some inside information about the seller. Just don't reveal too much of yourself. If you will be their neighbor - listen more than you talking.
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K5577y asked:
We're a family with two kids (1 and 3 y.o.) currently live in Trabuco Canyon.
I work from home and my wife commute to Irvine for her job.
We want to sell the house and buy smth new,…
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Heather answered:
Not sure why I couldn't enter more than those few characters-- We are set to close in a week. finally have our financing all set up and approved-- it was a bit of a "house of cards" process, and now I found out our county has been declared a FEMA disaster zone due to some fires in the far eastern part of our very large county and funding of all loans is on hold until it's lifted. Will the lender keep on nosing around in the loan until close? How does a FEMA zone designation impact closing? It feels like every time they nose into "piece 1" of the funding puzzle, they uncover some new issue with "pieces 2-8." ... more
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Kariann kirchner answered:
I have bad credit, and I'm looking for a apartment or house to rent in Old Bridge. My credit is in the works to going fixed. I need a place by Nov Dec 1st. Can someone help me. Kariannk9@gmail.com. ... more
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Khushbu Kaushik asked:
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a former realtor, no need to look for a broker now unless you ONLY want to work with a specific broker. The truth is most brokers will take any new licensed agent to work for them. You will need to interview at several of them and choose the one you feel most comfortable with.
BEWARE:
This is not like a real job interview, so no need to get nervous, anxious, etc.
Always remember, as a licensed agent, you are an independent contractor - NOT AN EMPLOYEE!! This means you are considered self employed and running your own business. This explains why when you "interview" at different brokerages, it is not the same as interviewing for a job at a company. You are NOT getting "hired."
Unfortunately in real estate - brokers know the golden rule: Out of all new licensed agents, about 80% will either quit, be forced to leave or run out of money within their first year or two. Therefore, brokerages look at new license agents as recruiting "bodies" to their brokerage - not recruiting an employee. The person you interview with is thinking "let's see how long this new agent lasts."

I'll post more separately.
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A few hours ago
Lisa A Johnson asked:
Hi we are military due to come to the area next June. We will be there for at least 3 years. Are owners willing to rent their "for sale" properties instead of buying?
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Mary answered:
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