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Karonstrahan777 asked:
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
The only types of homes that are not VA approved is co-op apartments and mobile homes. This means any condo, townhome or single / multi family house is VA approved. You need to contact a lender to be pre approved and based on how much of a loan your lender will give you, then you can start your home search. Beware: it is up to the seller whether or not to accept an offer from a buyer with a VA loan. ... more
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Lucasjames1979 asked:
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
What were you thinking? Clearly you made a HUGE mistake buying a home in New York City WITHOUT ANY ACCESS to the house before you bought it??? Please explain your statement - "I did an inspection before buying this home and there was no illegal wiring in the reported." Who did the inspection? You did OR did you pay for a professional home inspection? If you had no access to the home, how would a professional inspection be able to do anything? What report are you referring to? A licensed home inspector would have discovered the illegal electrical wiring. This makes me believe that you did not have a professional inspection.

At this point, it's your fault and you will need to pay the tenant for use of illegal electricity. You can try going thru the previous seller, but legally, once you close on the home, all the problems are yours. The seller is in the clear. The standard sales contract in NY gives the buyer a specific period of time to conduct all inspections and to have any repair issues fixed. This is supposed to be done before you close.

My other issue is in New York City, it's required that you have an attorney to represent you at closing. Did you? Any licensed attorney would have questioned this purchase and wondered why you did it all wrong. What about the realtor? Did you have a real estate agent? If yes, he/she would have stopped this too.

Sorry, but you will need to pay the tenant hundreds of dollars. Next time, do things the right way.
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
First of all, if you are paying your realtor a commission after your home sells, WHY are you doing your realtor's job for them? That is why you are paying a commission. I'm a retired realtor and it irks me when sellers are assisting their realtors for free and paying them a salary too. PLEASE give me a break. As a seller, your job is to relax and let your realtor do their job. Now for some pointers (which your agent failed to tell you):

When you signed the listing contract, your realtor is in charge of marketing, etc. Therefore any issues with syncing, uploading or updating pictures of your home to a website should be handled by your realtor. A seller should not have to ask the question here. Your realtor has colleagues (co workers) who pay monthly advertising fees to Zillow or Trulia to be "Premier Agents." I paid so I was a Premier Agent. Premier Agents have representatives at Zillow and Trulia with direct phone numbers. Your realtor can easily ask for a favor and have one of her co workers call their rep and have the listing corrected on Trulia in about 5 minutes. Your realtor may have to return the favor but so what? Your listing is fixed.

I'm sure your agent knows somebody in his/her office or a nearby office where an agent is paying for "Premier" status. If your agent refuses to call that Premier Agent, to me that spells "laziness." By the way, if you look at any of the listings on Zillow or Trulia, all the pretty faces of agents are "Premier Agents." Also Zillow and Trulia are the same company. They merged about 2 years ago.

If I were you, I would be asking for a reduced rate in your agent's commission.
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
Just curious why do you want to buy a condo in a non warranted building? It will be difficult to sell in the future because lenders refuse to give loans with a high percentage of rental units in a building. It's too risky. ... more
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Shawn Phillips asked:
I am a Keller Williams agent and have a listing at 302 Breckingridge Drive, Ladson, SC. It is on mls and on Zillow. What is going on?
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
The issue is you're looking in the expensive D.C. suburbs and landlords want tenants who can pay full market rents. Section 8 vouchers pay much less than market rents and landlords refuse to take a loss for the difference. If you can pay $1,000./month more than Section 8, you will have no trouble finding a rental. That means you need a job that will allow you to pay $1,000. extra per month. It;s legal for landlords to discriminate if the tenant cannot afford the market rate rents. ... more
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
Not real clear as to what you mean by "mixed use" and what kind of help are you looking for? Since I'm a former realtor in the NYC area, I'm pretty knowledgeable with NJ. First you need to contact some local agents who can help you find a rental. Your best method is to visit some of the large name brand brokerages and ask the Office Manager or Broker to connect you with an agent who just got their license. New licensed agents will start their career with rentals because they need the experience and to develop a client database. Once they have a database of clients and some experience, they move up to buyers and sellers. Since you're looking for a rental, an agent who is just starting out will be your best bet.

The other issue is your budget. I know you're looking outside the immediate Manhattan suburbs but still in your area, don't expect rental prices to be cheap. It's not as expensive as the towns / cities along the Hudson River but prices don't drop that drastically until you are further south or west in NJ (Atlantic City area or Flemington for example). If you're on a voucher or can't afford the average rent, it will be very difficult.

Good Luck.
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Markford3658 answered:
The property manager does no care about anyone but her own friends that reside there. She is very rude and has been proven multiple times of being a racist. So as long as your white, and kiss ass to all her friends that smoke pot on the front porch with small kids around,,, then yes this place is for you!!! I would love to know how I can go over her head and get any contact info to make a formal complaint bc someone else defiantly needs her job!!! ... more
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Bagsdlover answered:
According to realtor.com
"A pending sale means the seller has an offer but hasn't closed yet. (This is different from a contingent sale.) A property is placed in pending status the minute a contract is executed."
Contingent Sale
"It means an offer on a home has been made and the seller has accepted it, but the finalized sale is contingent upon certain criteria that have to be met. These criteria, or contingencies, typically fall under three major categories: appraisal, home inspection and mortgage approval."
I hope this helps. :)
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Mary asked:
We heard the rates are hovering around 3.75% for Vets right now! Is this true? We will be in our first home for two years this August and wanted to know if it's worth it to refinance…
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Lynn asked:
I am a first-time home buyer in California. Our realtor made a Septic Cert a contingency along with a Termite Inspection. A general plumbing inspection was performed shortly thereafter in…
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Randall Ortiz answered:
I'm a loan officer in California and I do ITIN loans. The documentation we need is ITIN documentation, drivers license, last two years tax returns and W2s, last 60 days bank statements, last 30 days paystubs and we run a credit report. If you need help with an ITIN loan, contact me. ... more
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Cindysthings answered:
Gilbert and Spectrum: We see lots of scorpions on the fences and in sidewalk cracks every night. My husband's favorite game is to take newcomers out scorpion hunting with a black light and let them spray the glow in the dark pests. I got stung last month when I was hosing off the back porch and stepped on one that I washed out of a crack. We've seen about 8 inside the house in two years. We can go out every night and kill at least 4 or more scorpions. Sometimes we'll see a dozen on the fences. Part of life in Arizona. We had rattlesnakes and prairie dogs with the plague in Colorado. Everywhere has its demons. Kind of the rose and the thorn scenario. ... more
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