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Fri Jun 16, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You are correct. It is your responsibility to fix any needed repairs or paint touch ups. As a retired realtor, unfortunately you made a HUGE mistake. You were SUPPOSED TO have your own realtor come with you on your very first visit. The issues are as follows:

Builders use their own contracts written by attorneys to benefit them - not you. Builders do NOT use the standard state contracts that realtors use. Therefore, the contract you signed states something like "Builder will not be responsible for any delays, repairs, unforseen changes or substitutions." Read your contract carefully. I'm sure there is wording similar to what I wrote.

The sales agent at the site works for and represents the builder. Their job is to get you to sign a contract WITHOUT any outside representation (no attorney, no outside realtor and no outside lender). I'm guessing you did not use your own lender or attorney. If you used your own attorney, he/she would have changed the wording and terms of the contract to benefit you. If you used your own outside lender, you would have probably got lower interest rates and lower fees than the lender working with the builder.

The only thing the builder is interested in is PROFITS. Builders will price their brand new homes higher than comparable homes in the neighborhood. Builders know that buyers like you LOVE brand new houses and will quickly sign a contract and pay a higher price just to have a brand new built home.

At this point, you will need to pay for any repairs you want done. The builder WILL fix the repairs BUT they want you to pay extra money to fix it. Ask the builder what their fee is and I'm sure as soon as you pay them the money, they will fix the repairs.
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Thomas Hopkins answered:
Hi Rikkihummel,

Searching for a rental home with a pet can be tough. Landlords and property managers are always going to ask the following information -
1) type of pet and number
2) breed
3) size, weight
4) spade / neutered
5) and some will ask for shot records and any history of attacks / bites

You should also be prepared to pay a little more. Possibly a higher security deposit or an extra monthly fee to have the dogs. The other thing to consider is purchasing renters insurance and placing the landlord on the policy as a beneficiary. By doing this, if your dog bites anyone in the neighborhood, they will not be liable for the attack. This is especially important if the dog is on the restricted breed list that some property managers keep.

The best way to figure out how hard it is going to be to rent with your dogs is to make a few calls to available properties in the city you are moving too. Talk with the landlord and property managers and see what they say. Also be prepared to offer them references for your pets and send them pictures. Offer to bring your pet(s) to the open house. All of these things are good signs that your dog or pet is well behaved.

To best prepare yourself for a move, consider making a rental resume to share your rental information and history with your future landlords. This will open up your inventory of available properties. has a rental resume creator on their site. I have also seen on on a property manager's site here in San Francisco, but I can't recall the name. Maybe appartmentlist.
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Mon Feb 9, 2015
Doug Dawson answered:
I'm a Branson area Agent and If you Contact me by phone or Email I'd be glad to explain the Process.
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Fri Jul 18, 2014
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Wed Feb 13, 2013
Jim Robertson Team answered:
Here is a list of all closed units in Academy Commons for the last 12 months. There are two others for sale there at $44,000 and $50,000.

$38,000 135 Scholars Court, Bldg 1, Unit 4 Branson Academy Commons 06/29/2012
$48,900 135 Scholars Ct, Bldg 1, Unit 3 Branson Academy Commons 02/28/2012
$46,000 135 Scholars Ct, Bldg 1, Unit 1 Branson Academy Commons 04/13/2012
$85,000 128 Knowledge Ave. Unit B, Bldg 12, Unit B Branson Academy Commons 03/23/2012
$44,105 135 Scholars Court, Bldg 1, Unit 2 Branson Academy Commons 06/15/2012
Displaying matches 1 through 5 of 5

I'm sure this is not the news you would like to hear but I have to go on the facts. I would say you could count on a sale price around $50,000 per unit if they are real clean. Let me know if I can help.

Jim Robertson, Broker/Owner
Keller Williams Realty
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Mon Dec 10, 2012
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Thu Apr 9, 2009
SteveMattison answered:
Kc we do not grow enough during the off season to mention but during the tourist season we get huge, average almost 2 million visitors a year so hope that adds to the very professional answer you got from Chesterfield's great agent! ... more
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