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Home Buying in Beaverton : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jul 14, 2016
Juan.medina186 asked:
I am currently waiting on an underwriter to pre-approve my loan. What is the length of time it normally takes to be approved?
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Sun Aug 30, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
Congratulations saving that nice amount of money! The first step for you is to contact a lender - bank or mortgage broker, actually contacting one of each is probably your best route to understand your options.

Once you know how much you can afford, the next step is to find a great Realtor to represent you finding a home and negotiating a great price.
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Wed Mar 25, 2015
MK answered:
I am finding the exact same issue cheema. We have your exact same situation and preference of next home criteria as well. We had to expand our search south to Tigard, Sherwood and even Newberg (which has beautiful new homes in this price range for way cheaper than if that same home were in Beaverton!). I am actually using Zillow now as I find it very user friendly. And I try to use Redfin as well, because I am told they will get changes and additions quicker then some of the other apps. However, I find it to not be as user friendly as Zillow. Good luck--maybe you have even found another home by now! We have not yet. :( ... more
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Mon Oct 13, 2014
Ernie Behrle answered:
As you have read..you really need to have this discussion with your Realtor or his/her Broker in Charge. Personally, my company has no fees and in most cases, in your situation would probably wish you well and walk away. What you are doing is more of a Deed revision than a true sale. The fact that you are giving your ex compensation doesn't remove the other fact that you are probably already listed as a co owner on the deed and therefore already own the house legally. Again, have this conversation with your agent. ... more
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Thu Jul 17, 2014
Jean Hedges answered:
We can do up to 95% loan to vaue with no MI. Just connect with me. (We do loans in all 50 states)
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Wed Jul 16, 2014
Jean Hedges answered:
Vaction Rentals by Owner (http://www.vrbo.com/). Or Air B and B (https://www.airbnb.com/) I have had success with both.
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Fri Jun 13, 2014
Todd Adams answered:
There are many areas in Beaverton and around Portland in general that have experienced bidding wars on homes. The best way to position yourself is to be prepared with the following:

1) A Realtor that is good at negotiating

2) Know what you want

3) Don't ask for a lot of concessions

We are in a seller's market, so buyers who know what they want and can move fast, are the buyers who stand the best chance of having their offer accepted.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
Brock Lee answered:
Having a resource to help with HOA information and documents makes life easier for real estate agents. Recently, when selling a home in Ohio, Association Online provided me with all the HOA details for the listing, and then provided all the documents - by-laws, financial statements, covenants, etc. They made sure the package was complete, making my work easier. Their web site is well organized and very easy to use - www.associationonline.com . Call their team of experts – they are great to work with (970-226-1324). ... more
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Tue Mar 11, 2014
Jennifer Peterson answered:
It may be possible you have more than one search set up without realizing it. However, absolutely these sites are not 100% up to date. I often find homes that say they are for sale but are pending or actually sold. These sites do not have accurate info on may homes with regards to square footage, number of rooms, etc. It costs you nothing to use a Realtor to purchase a home, and they can create much more accurate search parameters for you. Let us know if you need any help.

Mandy Lewis and Jennifer Peterson
http://www.PDXRockstars.com
503-888-3180
Keller Williams
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Tue Mar 11, 2014
Dirk Knudsen answered:
This is not true. It is done all the time. But it may be in your case that might depend on the agent. We honor them all the time!
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Sat Jan 25, 2014
DippidyDog answered:
Oops, meant to put this in answers, not comments. . .

Brett is right on track here with his suggestion. I might add to do due diligence in researching consumer credit counseling help. I would think a certified, non-profit would be a good way to go. Non-profit does not mean there is not a fee, it just means that the fee is to cover their expenses, not make a profit off of you. Let me suggest a couple of things you can do. First, eliminate discretional expenses as much as possible. Second, look at your debt with the highest interest rate and pay as much above the minimum payment as possible, with all other debts pay the minimum payment. Once your highest interest rate debt is payed off, then start paying as much as possible to the remaining debt with the next highest interest rate, with minimum payments to the rest, and keep working your way down in this fashion. Once your debt is payed off, save, save, save for that downpayment. It is not JUST about improving your credit score, but also about improving your debt-to-income ratio! Good luck! ... more
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Sat Jan 25, 2014
DippidyDog answered:
As someone who lives overseas a good portion of the time, I can tell you that owning property is not the only thing that is looked at for meeting residency requirements. Where is her driver's license issued? Where is she registered to vote? Is she still dependent upon you, do you claim her on your taxes? If she does file taxes as an independent, for which state/s does she file income taxes? ... more
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Mon Dec 2, 2013
Jennifer Peterson answered:
Which Beaverton condo are you asking about? Or do you have a general questions? Please clarify. My team lives and works in Beaverton.
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
Annette Lawrence answered:
Two pavillion tents at Home Depot for $450
A quanset for $1400
2 Car frame, flat $8,000 (may not be allowed if in a snow zone)
2 car frame, trusses $17,000
2 car block, trussed, $40,000
2 car block, trussed, with a 3/2 on top, $235,000.

Not including demolitions, doors, drive, flooring, plumbing, electrical.
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Mon Jun 3, 2013
Shawn Yu answered:
http://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/home/district/attendance-area-information/
Click under High school boundaries
Or here:
http://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/pdf/dist/dist_AllHigh_2012.pdf
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Sat May 11, 2013
Jesse Poll answered:
Hi Madison;
Rent to owns can sometimes be hard to find in a market like we are in today. I think your best bet is going to be through a private owner or a Real Estate Agent that knows how to find this type of deal for you. You can give me a call at 503-941-6873 and we can discuss some different options that you may look into. Hope that helps.
Jesse Poll
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Mon Apr 29, 2013
Tni LeBlanc answered:
Hi Brooke,

What do you mean it has "cracks in it?" Where are the cracks?

My experience with FHA is that it depends on the appraiser.

There are certain things that almost always get called out on an FHA appraisal and then there are totally random things as well. And, you just can't predict those random things. I once had an FHA appraiser call out what he thought was a sloping floor -- turns out that appraiser just had the floor in his personal home leveled out and thought it was important. How can you predict that? You can't. I don't know another appraiser FHA or not who would've called that issue in that home. If those cracks are foundation cracks and indicative of structural problems, they will likely be called especially if they are obvious.

I would say that if there are repair issues, you should explore the FHA 203k loan program which will allow you to by a property with repair issues. If the repairs are not too significant you can do the streamlined program which is fairly simple. Either way, you should be prepared to deal with the property's issues and contact your lender about possibilities now.

Good luck!

Tni LeBlanc
Broker, Mint Properties
CA DRE #01871795
(805) 878-9879
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Mon Apr 29, 2013
Ken Pipher answered:
This is definitely a tricky one as most people won't feel comfortable answering honestly. There is a local Seventh Day Adventist church in the area that has a large Korean constituency, so you might consider checking with them. ... more
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Mon Apr 29, 2013
Ken Pipher answered:
Craigslist is also a good resource for finding places in Beaverton that would meet your needs. Good luck with your search!
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