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Thu Sep 1, 2016
Jan answered:
80% of all "rent to own" deals are never consummated. But you are either paying higher rent or a non-refundable deposit or something which is costing you extra in the rent to own deal. Fix your credit, and wait until you can get a good mortgage rate with that fixed credit score. Meanwhile, cycles come and go, bubbles burst, and we may be near the top of one now. You won't regret doing things right. ... more
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Wed Aug 24, 2016
June Buerkle answered:
Usually, I'm not going to run a credit check on a lease renewal.

You are probably best to stay where you are until you can repair your credit.

With great income, credit repair should only take 3-6 months ... more
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Sat Aug 6, 2016
Solomon Greene answered:
So two things.

First, were the garage and sunrooms additions to the original structure. You may want to contact the county to see if a permit is on file. If those are, in fact, unpermitted additions, the appraiser will not capture that square footage. You'd do well to have those areas inspected and get the work approved by the county.

Have you checked your own credit history to see if anything is being reported without your knowledge? If the issue is debt to income ratio, something may be reporting in error.

Good luck
Solomon Greene
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Wed Apr 20, 2016
Moorecelena asked:
i want to pay all our debt so we can get a better rate when buying investment properties .
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Thu Feb 25, 2016
Gavin Fraser asked:
I had a foreclosure in October 2014. I am now $1,632.00 away from being completely debt free. How long do I have to wait to get a $30,000.00 loan to buy a mobile home and a piece of land?…
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Fri Nov 6, 2015
Janell Carter answered:
Hi sorry I am late in my response. You may want to try they provide current approved Section 8 options. I hope this helps.
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Sun May 17, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
Before getting an attorney, review your contract. If they fail to complete the purchase altogether, the earnest money may be the maximum "liquidated damages" you may be entitled to.
Before accepting another extension for any reason, request something in exchange from the buyer. You get what you negotiate for. Just remember your alternative may be to go back on the market. If things have improved, it may make sense move on. If not, then it could be worth hanging tough with this buyer. It's up to you. ... more
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Wed Mar 25, 2015
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Fri Feb 20, 2015
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Tue Dec 16, 2014

I would love to help you get through the process.

Give me a call for more information.
Cottell Cooper, Realtor
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Wed Jun 4, 2014
Kaylane Peters-Davis answered:
Hello It seems as though you need the expertise of a buyers agent. I would be happy to assist to make sure you get the best possible deal. Contact me

Kaylane Peters
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
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Thu May 29, 2014
Rowan Reid answered:
You should be able to get a home for 80,000, however you will have to work at it. You will be competing with investors. 80,000 is the typical price point for investor looking to purchase homes.

I suggest you look at HUD home at and only try to bid on homes under the First Look option which prevent investors from bidding on the home.

Finally you must move fast if it is something that you like don't waste time since there is always another buyer looking at the same property.
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Sat Jan 18, 2014
Joseph Neely answered:
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Wed Jan 8, 2014
Abbye Love answered:
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Mon Aug 19, 2013
meghan.price answered:
Hi Ada,
I am not sure if you have a buyers agent but you may want to consider Redfin. Unlike Trulia and Zillow Redfin is an actual real estate agency serving the Lawrenceville area with local agents. PLUS it has a database of homes available that is updated multiple times from the multiple listing service rather than depending on people posting homes and updating their status.

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Tue Oct 30, 2012
Regina Ambrose answered:
I am an Associate Broker, buyer agent and lives in Lawrenceville and know the area extremely well. Brookwood schools are also in Snellville. Feel free to call me at anytime so we can discuss further ... more
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Sat Oct 6, 2012
Rodney Mason answered:
Purchasing a home via short sale is not at all an easy process. A lot will depend on how experienced the Listing Agent is.

Short sales have so many ways in which they can go wrong. Many short sales simply never close after several weeks or months of work. This is a fact that every buyer needs to completely understand.

A lot of the reasons for the fallout depend on the seller. To qualify for a short sale, the seller must submit all of their financial documentation AND prove that that currently have a financial hardship. Many sellers don’t submit the proper paperwork resulting in delays. Some sellers cannot demonstrate the required financial hardship. If a seller files Bankruptcy during the process, that will cause a delay. There are countless things that can and often will go wrong. Some can be overcome, some cannot. No Listing Agent, no matter how good they are, can control every action of a seller.

A short sale is VERY time consuming for all parties involved. A Buyer’s Agent has absolutely no control in the short sale process. They are solely dependent on the Listing Agent and the seller.

If your sales price is very low, then your real estate agent is correct. They will probably make very little money for all of the time they have invested on your behalf. Some don't even make minimum wage when it's all finished. When the transaction falls apart, they make zero. Understanding these types of sacrifices is very important before you say someone is not looking out for your best interests.

There is no reason to expect that another party would give full disclosure of something like a Bankruptcy. Sellers often do not think about or sometimes care about the consequences of their actions. Your agent cannot be held responsible for those things.

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Tue Oct 2, 2012
Lisa Cross answered:
As below, real estate agents are, by law, not allowed to "steer" clients to or away from areas. Do check your local police department and also the local Gwinnett County website for useful information. Good luck with your search! ... more
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Mon Oct 1, 2012
Sandra Robinson answered:
Hi Dede:

If you have an agent who is representing you as the buyer, your question should be asked of your agent. Many people make the mistake of buying directly from the selling agent and therefore may not have representation, but even the selling agent may answer your question.

You didn't say whether you paid cash or had a loan on the house. I have represented several cash buyers and under those circumstances you work directly with the insurance company in making the payment. If you have not closed your transaction as yet, I suggest you put the insurance agent in contact with the closing attorney and make the payment as part of the closing (Do not pay in advance of closing just in case it does not close). After the closing, the insurance company would bill you directly on an annual basis going forward (sometimes you can setup payment arrangements).

If there is a loan involved, again you would put your insurance agent in contact with the closing attorney and your loan officer. Normally, you are required to make a upfront full years' payment, plus establish a monthly payment going forward that sets up an escrow for the payment for the next year. Your loan officer can explain this in more detail.

Again, you should have an agent representing you in your transaction whether cash or loan.

Good Luck.

Sandra Robinson
Associate Broker
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