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Home Buying in West Haven : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Aug 11, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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Tue Feb 25, 2014
Daniel D. Thomas answered:
Hi Liz, it may be possible for you to buy, but it will depend on what exactly is currently on your credit. Do you have any recent missed payments? How about any active collection accounts? Typically after foreclosure there is a 6-7 year waiting period, however, there are a few portfolio lenders that maybe willing to assist you if you have other favorable circumstances. ... more
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Thu Dec 26, 2013
Dorene Ekman asked:
moving to Fairfield ,Ct.because the apt was $1350. And wouldn't you know it.I passed out in my bathroom.Fractured my ankle and broke my toe.To this day I can't fit in the same shoes.My worker…
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Thu Jan 3, 2013
Tara Stirk answered:
Oh I wish I had a crystal ball for real estate! It is so hard to say where we are going to be in the market in the next year, 5 years, 10 years. I can tell you that the addition of the new train station that is being built on Sawmill Road between Hood Terrace and Railroad Avenue will help West Haven. Many people who work in NYC are always looking for towns where they can catch the train. Taxes are not cheap in West Haven so you are correct on the high taxes. If you are looking for cheaper taxes Shelton is a great town with much lower taxes. Please do not hesitate to call or write if you have any more questions. ... more
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Sun Aug 26, 2012
redbow6 answered:
I will give him a call Monday! Thanks so much for the advice and guidance ! Look forward to hearing what he has to say.
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Fri Aug 24, 2012
Tara Stirk answered:
654 will be able to get you a loan however, there are many other factors that come in to play when applying for a mortgage (income, job history) just to name a few. If you are still looking to purchase a home in West Haven give me a call. My office is in Milford and I sell in West Haven all the time so I am very familiar with the area.
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Sun Aug 5, 2012
Tara Stirk answered:
Corey this home closed on 06/15/12 for $196,000. If you are still looking to buy I am happy to send you over listings. Sorry you didn't have a respond to your question.
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Thu Jul 5, 2012
Natale Terranova, Jr answered:
Score alone is not the deciding factor. What is reflecting on the credit? Have you had a prior foreclosure, bankruptcy or are there any collection accounts or judgments on your report? Most lenders will require a minimum of a 640 credit score but that is if it's clean. If there are issues with credit, they will have to be dealt with and it doesn't necessarily mean you won't qualify for a mortgage. If you want to get pre approved, give me a call! ... more
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Wed May 23, 2012
Gabby Addison answered:
As with most short sales, it depends! However, generally if the Bank has processed the offer and countered, if you accept they will let you know within a couple of days--usulaly 48 hours. Good luck. ... more
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Tue May 15, 2012
Julie Traver Lucia answered:
Hi Kristen, I am a local real estate agent, please contact me with the address and I can look it up for you. Julie Lucia, Realtor, Showcase Realty. 203-578-5631, ... more
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Wed May 9, 2012
Julie Traver Lucia answered:
Hi Corey, Dave is right, you do not need to wait until there is an open house but I just checked the MLS system and it is listed as under deposit/continue to show since 4/17/12. I would be more than happy to send or show you some similar properties. I can also find out more about the current offer status if you like. Please feel free to contact me at 203-578-5631, or; Julie Lucia, Realtor, Showcase Realty ... more
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Fri Oct 28, 2011
Natale Terranova, Jr answered:
Have you owned a home in the last three years?
How much income is there in the household?
How is your credit?
Do you have any landlord experience?
Are you looking at their 100 % financing with closing costs assistance or do you have a down payment to put down?
Do you have over 5K in assets?

These are just a few questions that you will need to answer.

hope this helps!
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Thu Oct 27, 2011
Hi Robert,

It depends. Will you be living in one of the units? If so, you can go with an FHA loan with just 3.5% down.
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Wed Oct 26, 2011
Julie Traver Lucia answered:
I have sold many foreclosures and distressed properties. Most of the time the bank takes into account the condition of the property when listing and pricing it. The longer the property is on the market, the bank will opt to negotiate more than one just listed. You can definitely do inspections, the cost is always on the buyer. The bank usually will not make any repairs but if sufficient enough, they may give a credit as they are conveying the property in "as is" condition. It always help to know what you are getting into. Please let me know if you need any further assistance or listings. Julie Lucia, Realtor, Showcase Realty, 203-578-5631; ... more
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Wed Oct 26, 2011
Carol Perdew answered:

There are foreclosed homes on the market that are available for sale. The banks are looking for the highest and best offer typically no less than market value. Your real estate professional can assist you with the bank-owned homes in your area

Be aware that the banks do not know the condition of the bank-owned homes and they are sold as is. Buyers are encouraged to have inspections and investigations for a bank –owned home purchase to be aware of the condition of the home. You do not want to be surprised with unexpected repairs after you move into your new home.

Carol Perdew
Prudential California Realty
(209) 239-7979
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Mon Dec 27, 2010
Chris Jahn answered:
Hi, Unfortunately, 78 Alling St Ext is currently on deposit. However, I can let you know if the deal falls through if you want to send you email address. I'd also be ale to help you with something else if you're interested. I see great deals like this on a regular basis. Let me know. Thank you for your consideration. - Chris Jahn (203) 809-8454 COLDWELL BANKER REALTY 2000
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Sun Sep 12, 2010
Marley answered:
Hi SeasideSam:

This house is in the mls as closed in 2/26/10 it sold for $171,400. If you want to receive current listings I work with buyers in the new haven county areas, and would love to send you current listings on properties. Let me know if you are interested.

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Fri May 21, 2010
John Poulsen answered:
Hello Osvaldo,
You can call by my first name, John. I am sorry to say the 467 3RD ave. house you were looking at is off the market because it has taken a deposit yesterday according to our MLS. Unless you are the person who put the deposit on it you missed out on this property. I would be more than happy to try to find another to invest in but we would have to meet so I can get familiar with your situation. Feel free to call me at 203-494-9830. If you are currently under contract with another agent please let me know and you should contact them for assistance, otherwise give me a call. ... more
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Wed May 19, 2010
John Poulsen answered:
Hi Osvaldo,
Finding a two family to flip may be more dificult if you have not done it before. You would need to consider that you may need to rehab two bathrooms, two kitchens, two furnaces and so on. This can be very costly. Have you considered a single family? This may be more cost effective and finding the right location would probaly be easier. I have lived in West Haven for over 35 years and can show you the neighborhoods that are in demand for buyers. As you make more on each home you can then expand to multifamilies. West Haven is a hot market if you know where to buy. I know, I will be closing my 4th sale in 6 weeks by the end of the month in West Haven. My office is in Woodbridge but my market is West Haven.

I hope to serve you,
John Poulsen - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - 203-494-9830
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Wed May 12, 2010
Nancy Allen answered:
Thank you for your question. I am able to send you statistics of recent market activity. If you are interested, you may send me your contact info to my email address at

With regards to your question about the house being a good deal, it is not a simple yes or no question, unfortunately. I would want to understand all aspects of the property and your situation to determine whether it is advisable to proceed. A few questions I would ask. Have you inspected the property, and if so, what issues arose? What if the property does not sell immediately? Are you able to rent it out and cover the mortgage? What will the $60k be spent on: kitchen upgrades, bathroom upgrades or increasing the square footage? This is the key element of a flip. Where did you arive at the value of $218 upon completion?

This is a difficult market for. A flip may easily turn into a slow turn. I want to ensure that you are armed with as much information as possible before proceeding.

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