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Home Buying in Great Falls : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 26, 2017
Gene Eddleman asked:
I would like to buy a small place (mobile on its own lot) in MT, I would need to sell my current place in MO to pay for it. I'd like to do it with no loan, just sell one and use the…
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Wed Feb 10, 2016
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Mon Jul 20, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
What is your question exactly?? What property are you referring to? If you're interested in buying a home, you really should be talking to a local REALTOR. He/she can search all available homes in the MLS. ... more
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Wed Dec 10, 2014
Lynn Kenyon answered:
Belt Valley Bank in Belt, MT says they will loan on no foundation homes, but expect higher rates, higher downs and shorter terms. Good luck.
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Tue Oct 21, 2014
Luci Edwards answered:
The simple version:
A sleeping room, aka bedroom, requires the following: A source of natural light (8% of the floor area) a minimum of which 50% shall be openable, a minimum horizontal dimension of 7 ft, a minimum ceiling height of 7'-6", code complying means of emergency egress, a source of permanent heat, and a smoke alarm. ... more
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Fri Mar 7, 2014
Hank Wilson answered:
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Stacy DiMaggio-Good answered:
I would be more than happy to put my knowledge and experience in Real Estate to work for you. I like working with everyone, we all have our own unique story of why we are in the market. Please contact me for personal service and help in finding that perfect property. Stacy Good, Real Estate Broker (406) 868-9509 ... more
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Mon Dec 23, 2013
Cmaekizer answered:
The monthly payment estimates don't include taxes or insurance.
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Kim Martin answered:
I'm going to guess you are talking about 1213 45th Street South??? It's not the house, it's the fact that it is a short sale - and there's nothing short about a short sale!
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Tue Nov 6, 2012
Mark Daly asked:
Thu Mar 29, 2012
Melaine Loy answered:
Hello Mtgirl,

I cannot tell from your question whether you have a condo picked out already or not. If you are not sure and don't know what the Home Owners Association (HOA) fee covers, it is very important to know every condo association does NOT have the same coverage. I can only give you a couple suggestions for the interior if you are looking for insurance outside of the standard homewoners policy. I suggest you take your insurance agent a copy of the documents for the HOA and ask them to go look at the condo with you. They may have a formula for Sq Ft and age of structure to help you make an informed decision which is the key . It is very smart of you to research as you are doing so you can be an informed consumer.

Melaine Loy
Real Estate Salutions of Great Falls
(406) 231-0520
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Tue Aug 23, 2011
Lyle Wolf answered:
Remember that while foreclosures can be good deals they are sold "AS IS" and are often in need of repairs and updating. As they say "buyer beware".
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Thu Aug 12, 2010
Mark Daly answered:
Even better, here in Cascade ( 20 minutes from Great Falls) we have many river front properties on the Blue Ribbon stretch of the Missouri River, one of the best trout streams in the world! ... more
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Sat Apr 3, 2010
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I feel like this is something that could be written by one of my clients sometimes. There are times when we have sent those last remaining conditions in, and we are waiting for the underwriter to sign off on them. Sometimes this is done in a day, sometimes it takes a week, and we are also sitting there on pins and needles waiting for that final sign off. We have no control. If I am doing a loan for someone who we are banking, meaning that we are the direct lenders on the loan, sometimes if things get delayed I can ask to have the one or 2 conditions signed off on. However, if it is a brokered loan, I can check the banks website every other hour to see the progress, but I can't do anything to move that person's file to the top of the heap.
I know that when you, as a buyer, are in the midst of the process, you feel like you are the only one waiting for your loan to be cleared. Sometimes it gets held up by things like too many underwriters taking off for spring break because their kids are off from school. Sometimes its just because through the normal flow there are more loans at that moment, and they are not planned for. Eventually, someone will get to it. Yesterday, most of the bank underwriting departments closed early for the holiday weekend. Your LO has nothing to gain, they don't get paid until your loan closes.
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Wed Nov 18, 2009
Amber Corrow-Scott answered:
Hi Paul,

My name is Amber Corrow and I am a Broker with ERA American Horizon Realty. We are the local brokerage for the CARTUS network which works with the military lender, USAA. I have been in the Great Falls area for 28 years. My father was stationed at Malmstrom and when he retired, we stayed. My family has been here for over 50 years now.

To answer your question, much will depend on what your price range is going to be. There are several very nice areas in Great Falls with prices ranging from $165000 and up. The upper Riverview area seems to be popular with quite a bit of newer construction with an average price of $259000. One of my more favorite areas is the Fox Farm area. Values in this area are around $200000. The other area I would recommend would be the Christianson Addition with values starting in the mid $200000 range. Again, newer construction.

There are several other nice neighborhoods in our area since we are a small town :) but those are the areas I would start with if that is within your range. If that is a bit higher than you are thinking, then I would look at the upper east side which is very close to the base with an average value of $145000. If you would like, I could search for homes within your range and send you available listings, or if you aren't sure yet what you would like to do or who you will be working with for a Realtor, you can go to our website and search for homes there. We have a link that allows you to search all available listings in the Great Falls and surrounding areas. My website is www.eragreatfalls.com.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you. Have a great day!


Amber D. Corrow, Broker
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Mon Jul 20, 2009
Doug Maas answered:
If you are moving to Great Falls, take a look at http://www.MaasProperties.com. I can also send you an updated list of rentals if you visit my website and send me an email. www.DougMaas.com ... more
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Wed Jun 10, 2009
Charles Lewis answered:
Yes, if either of these conditions are met:

1. You buy on your own, close before you marry and file an amended tax return for 2008 to claim the credit,

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2. It has been at least 3 years since he has owned a home ... more
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