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Sun Nov 5, 2017
Nancy Blinstrub answered:
IMHO, as an oldster who didn't have internet resources when we bought our first house in the 70's, do some research on the web yourself before engaging pros that think they know best for you. Use whichever real estate site floats your boat, choose an area you're interested in, look at what's listed and what that price gets you. Then go to your next favorite area, then your third, and do the same thing. Look at the features of the homes and develop your "must-have" list. Then work seriously on what size mortgage you will be comfortable with, not what you qualify for. Measure it against the homes you've seen online and your must-have list. Get pre-approved for an amount that is on the outside of what you plan to spend. THEN interview realtors, preferably getting a recommendation from someone you trust. Lay out your spending level and "must-haves," and tell them where you've looked online. Don't hold them to the areas you've looked at since they have better ways of searching. Just be informed about what you really want and what you really want to spend, and browse areas they suggest to make sure there's nothing you find objectionable nearby (a lesson learned searching for our current house - realtors can't tell you "it's near a mobile home park, but...") ... more
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Wed Aug 17, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:

At this time, unfortunately, we currently do not have listings for rent to own homes. You may try your luck though and search our website using the Keyword section of the search filter which can be found in the All Filters button. However, these listings are extremely rare.

Please follow these steps to begin your home search:

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2. Enter your desired city and state in the search bar and hit Enter.
3. Click 'Max Price' to select what your highest price would be to pay for a home. Click 'Min Price' to set the lowest price you would pay.
4. Click 'More Filters'.
5. Select your preferred property type, square footage, etc.
6. Click the red 'Apply' button.

This will begin to pull up listings that are more tailored to what you are looking for.

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We hope your experience with Trulia is memorable and thank you for using Trulia for all your real estate needs.

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Thu Mar 12, 2015
Persis Behramsha answered:

Were you able to work with someone to help you with obtaining a loan for your purchase?

If you not working with another realtor, but are still looking, let me know. I will be happy to guide you through the purchase process.

All the best.

Persis Behramsha
REALM Real Estate Professionals
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Wed Jul 30, 2014
Adam Shrum answered:
That area is really hit or miss. I can provide you with a list of properties I would recommend checking out.
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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Vickey Wachtel answered:

The old saying you get what you pay for, is especially true when it comes to buying real estate. you may not need someone to protect you or guide you when you go shopping at a mall for a pair of shoes but when it comes to purchasing the most expensive item you may buy do you really want to go it alone. There is a reason why the state of Texas requires 210 hours of classes in order to get the license and another 60 the first year and 30 the second, just to keep it. Because there is so much that goes into purchasing real estate and so many things that can go wrong for both the buyer and seller. The fee or commission should not be the first concern. Please protect yourself and hire a Realtor even is you have to pay the fee. ... more
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Al Geffon answered:
Emily ...

Personally, I can't think of anything positive for buyers. The services and expertise of an experienced Realtor come at no cost to them, their interests are protected and professionally represented, and they receive a wealth of information not available to consumers who go it alone. There's so much more to purchasing a home than signing papers and writing a check ... believe me, it's a rare occurrence when all matters fall into place as anticipated.

Sellers, on the other hand, are simply looking to save money ... otherwise, there wouldn't be a reason to enter such a significant undertaking without their interests being represented. I guess they figure that since they can write their wills, incorporate their business, file for divorce, and pretty much do everything else online, selling a home should be simply a matter of following the prompts. There are several FSBO websites, and I've blindly inquired about listing a home on a couple. None would provide their success rate ... i.e. number of homes sold vs. those advertised.

The odds are great that the home will be overpriced ... most FSBO sellers factor in what I call "sentimental equity." They're also under the false impression that they can recoup every dime they spent since they've owned the place ... from the foundation repair to the drapes! Some sellers would entertain the idea of paying a buyer's agent while flying solo on their side ... again, it saves some money, but also pretty much assures them that the buyer is qualified. There's paperwork covering this, and it's possible to have a successful transaction (I've done a couple ... a little more work, but so be it). Your agent would have to approach the seller, not you.

Incidentally, the vast majority of properties beginning as FSBO's end up being listed with Realtors. It's pretty much like everything else ... if it were that simple, everyone would be selling their own homes. Given the fact that this market is thriving, and most Realtors are as busy (or busier) than they've ever been, that alone ought to tell you something.

I hope this helps ... best of luck.

Al Geffon
(713) 213-6350
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