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Fri Jul 7, 2017
Hlawler94 asked:
Seller agent said they could initially close within two weeks because it was a cash offer with no inspections. However, three months later and I still haven't settled. The excuse for…
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Mon Sep 12, 2016
Maricris A answered:

I have close your Trulia account as you requested.


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Wed May 18, 2016
Beckbuilders answered:
If you take note on the responses here, you will notice that the ones giving answers are realtors. The bottom line is that yes the fee is not set in stone, but just try to get an agent to go lower then 6%. it is a lot of money! now they will have you believing that it is not because they only get half the 6%, but that is only if they are just the selling agent. if they are the listing and the selling agent, they get the entire 6%. and yes they have to give the to the company that they are working for. but that is there problem. we still have to pay the 6%. and on top of that, they also have a bogus fee in addition to the 6%, some call it a transaction fee. no I have seen this fee from $300.00 to $500.00. that as well goes to the real estate company. No one can honestly say what the is for. ... more
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Mon Aug 31, 2015
Gerald Feenstra answered:
Hi John,

If you continue to have issues with the photos of your home, I recommend reaching out to Trulia Customer Support. They can be reached at: 1 (888) 466-3501

Good luck!
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Tue May 5, 2015
Catherine Scott answered:
You should go to your bank and ask them directly. Because you are working with bad credit, using an institution that knows you and your history will help immensely. They can advise you. ... more
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Tue Aug 26, 2014
Nicolette Wayand answered:
Hey Anara,

Anything is Possible and Dreams are what Homes are made of. Find yourself a Local Banker that you like and trust that offers financing options with USDA and is also familiar with PA's First Time Buyer Programs. They can get you pre-approved for a Loan so you will know what your budgeting options are. Remember, you do not have to spend it all. They can also let you know what Not to do before making that big purchase.

Good Luck!!

Nicolette Wayand
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
learlady010 answered:
You need only to look at the CT judicial site and put in Probuilt Homes. This is a prominent modular company in PA. Look at memorandum of decisions. Large lawsuit. Had to replace the siding and roof. Rake boards had sections missing. Inferior materials throughout a 2000 ft colonial. Over $50,000 in repairs. More for lawyer fees. The list goes on. I won, for $80,0000. Probuilt had two big-shot lawyers. Please don't go modular. You have to pay them in full as soon as the home is delivered and you have no recourse except through a lawyer. Even with a favorable judgment these creeps never paid me a dime. ... more
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Mon Jun 3, 2013
Frank asked:
I work full-time out of my home office and am currently looking at possibly becoming a virtual real estate agent assistant (approx. 5 hours a week) to help supplement my full-time income.…
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Mon Sep 17, 2012
Midor Property Management answered:
That unit is currently off the renters market. (
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Wed Aug 22, 2012
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Sat Mar 10, 2012
Daniel answered:
if you are accepting a fee for ANYTHING in this country, Im sure that there is a tax agency involved. best that you contact your town / state agency that handles occupational licensees ... more
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Sun Dec 18, 2011
Erica Ramus, MRE answered:
THis is a huge problem with appraisers right now: lack of good comps. If you have similar ones unsold in your neighborhood that won't help you at all. The appraiser is given a list of rules he must stick to -- distance to subject property, 6 or 12 months, for example. If he ventures out of these rules he must explain that to the lender, and the lender may or may not accept out of area comps. ... more
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Wed Dec 14, 2011
Marshall Homes of York answered:
Hi Carmen,
Sorry, but Bill's link didn't work so I'll post the correct one for you here:

If you look at the left side of the page, you will see the dates of upcoming sales listed, click on one, and then you will have to go through each list to see if your home is on an upcoming sheriff's sale.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call. Also, let me know if you're interested in moving.
I handle both the purchase and rental of homes in York.

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Thu Dec 9, 2010
Erica Ramus, MRE answered:
Thu Oct 29, 2009
Richard Williams answered:
Rebecca, I agree with both Brigita and Pacita. It is typical for the buyers agents to ask you the seller to pay the brokers fee which again is typically 50% of the normal real estate fees charged. It has been my experience that For Sale By Owner transactions are more likely to sell for a higher price, be less headaches and close within a reasonable amount of time. I specialize in selling For Sale By Owners homes in the York and Lancaster County area. For a step by step approach to sell your home, if you choose to continue on your own, go to:
www.therichteam/ and click on the link FSBO

Good Luck to you Rebecca!
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Sun Aug 23, 2009
Sharon Harris answered:
Tell me more.. I am in York County as well.. I will try anything once.
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Fri Feb 6, 2009
David Atherton answered:
mtgguru, I think part of the problem with manufactured homes IS the lending industry's inconsistent treatment of these homes. Just like stickbuilt homes, there are bad, good, and great ones. There are good contractors who put them together and bad ones. To a certain extent, the value is affected by the inability at times to finance the homes. So, people are cautious about purchasing one because the First law of real estate is "When you buy, think about selling." Just because I can finance this home for my purchase does not mean I can finance it when I want to sell. This is a self fulfilling situation that reduces the value of the homes.

I grant the foreclosure rate is higher on mfg homes than site built homes. To a certain extent, this is a function of the cost of a mfg home is almost always lower than a stick built home that equates one to one in terms of what is there. So, the buyer who does not make as much is the one who buys the mfg home. Because he skates a lot closer to the edge than the more affluent members of society, he is more likely to fall into foreclosure than the buyer of a stick built home.

In the end, as a RE salesperson, I wish the lending community would concentrate on the buyer's ability to pay more than the type of house it is. In the end, that is what matters.

As to which to purchase, obviously, due to lending, if you can buy a stick or modular (technical term which does not include MFG even though they are functionally equivalent.) do so.
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Sun Nov 30, 2008
Trisha Wade answered:
Materials may be falling, but you will not know when they have hit bottom until they start going back up. Everything is a guessing game and your guess is as good as mine.
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Thu May 22, 2008
The Sold Team answered:
Travis, from the info you have provided sounds like you are able to get a loan for a home. There are many programs out there that are for first time Home Buyers like you and your wife. It is also a good idea to ask for Sellers help with the closing costs so you don't have to pay so much at the closing. There is a great program in conjuction with FHA called Ameridream grant. That sounds like it would work perfect for you. The first step is to talk to a lender, a reputable lender and see if they offer such programs. Different banks offer different programs and it does not hurt your credit to look around. Peoples Bank is a great bank in many locations in PA they have some really good programs. With the amount you pay for rent you can absolutly afford a home. Feel Free to call me with any questions.
Cindy Dine
The Sold Team
Century 21 Heritage
717-757-9487 ext. 359
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