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Danielhoff123 answered:
I believe that depends on the cost of refurbishing, the amount of work you can do yourself if you purchase a fixer upper and the cost to do all the finish work and your ability to do it with a shell constructed by builders.
The cost of a contractor constructed home I wanted near a lake in Pa. excluding the 1 acre lot, the well, the building permit, and the sewer hook up was north of $250,000.00. I had the contractor build the shell, install heat, vinyl siding, Marvin windows , air, partial electric, downstairs drywall. poured concrete 9ft ceiling basement, install basement stairs and maple stairs to second floor. install shower and soaking tub in main bath, install bath tub and shower on second floor, insulate main floor, and plumbing for 160 thousand dollars. I did the remainder of the work including all hardwood floors on both floors except the master bath which I installed a marble floor, made all the trim from cherry and highly figured maple, built the kitchen cabinets from cherry and curly maple (book matched panels). Installed all the sinks in the three bathrooms and made all bathroom cabinetry, built a gas fireplace using cherry and curly maple, dry walled the second floor, built banisters for stairs, and painted all the rooms, put electric in upper floor and basement. I don't think I missed a lot but will probably remember after I post. The cost for the materials I used for what I did was around 50 thousand. All the wood I used to build cabinets, trim etc. was rough sawn maple and cherry that I had to plane and cut. The 2000 square feet of flooring was purchased from a local retailer
When I called the insurance company for insurance they came to the house, took pictures and said the cost to rebuild would be at least to 300 thousand considering all the custom features. This was in 2006. I looked at homes that I thought were similar and he was correct. When I got my property tax and school taxes he was right on the money.
The work I did took nearly two years of all my time that I wasn't working as the chief of a police dept. who got called out when a serious criminal matter popped up.
I would encourage anyone with the tools to do their own work to do so. I had some experience as I built a nice size woodshop on my previous home and built furniture and cabinets for myself and a few friends. It isn't rocket science if you take your time, are willing to take a chance, and are willing two learn. It is obvious I had at my disposal some good wood working equipment but I could have done nearly just as well with less but think of the equipment needed an investment in a home you will probably get emotionally attached to especially if you make the decisions involved in building. If you can read and are not a motor moron you can do it.
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Shelly.dowen answered:
I will give a fair offer and if someone else bids higher, it’s theirs. I have a house on the market and my agent informed me she would tell me if there’s an offer. I just don’t sweat it. ... more
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Gosia Miras answered:
Need to buy, need to sell, looking for a rental I can help you, I am just a click away...
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Imdeve2 answered:
Also selling mobile later the new purchaser is required to have a structural inspection which is out if buyers pocket!
That's even with an appraisal as well as a personal home inspection, I know this because I had found a beautiful land with a nice very nice mobile which would have cost me about 2500 more and that's a loss if there would have been issues... A stick home is much better as well as better insurance coverage. Find a good Realtor to work with who will be your advocate. ... more
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Frank S. answered:
Hello Beefer Sutherland, 401's vary so you would have to look at the fine print.
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Dev Khosla answered:
Can anyone please share the end result of their tax proration issues? We purchased middle of the year and were only credited the portion of taxes based on previous years statement which of course was for land value only and the actual statement if for fully developed value.
They are not replying to my messages.
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Reginawelch73 answered:
what realators eccept section 8 voulchers in ronoke va area
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Frank S. answered:
Hello Marlenewilkie, if you are asking about condos or homes on leased land you can check the web reference link below...
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Goldenheartgr answered:
I have a question. I am disabled and under 55 can I live in.a 55 and older Community?
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cerickson62 asked:
What exactly needs to be done in the house? What would the lease to own price be?
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Frank S. answered:
Hello Phillip, yes but why rent if you may qualify to buy and pay less than rent? You may be required to put additional deposit on top of the first, last and security that most rentals require. How much do you pay in rent and what is the maximum payment you are looking to afford?

The rentals in Camarillo start from $1,800 for a studio apt and the single family homes start from $2,395 for 3bd 2ba home. The purchase in Camarillo start from 294k for 1bd 1ba condo and the single family homes start from 439k for 3bd 2ba home.

Do you have fico scores or not? You may qualify to buy with minimal out of pocket expenses with down payment and closing cost assistance programs in CA. Check out the RENT vs BUY web reference link below...
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Paigeamerson1991 answered:
Can anyone and we this if you have. Fha loan can you move in way before closing day. I'm trying to buy my parents house and there going through divorce and want out asap.
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