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Mon Oct 10, 2016
Angelica P answered:

The photos have been removed from our display as you requested.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Mon Jul 11, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
What does your REALTOR say? What does your contract say? In a contract to buy you can terminate over inspection issues and still get your earnest money back. Or, if the property was inspected and it was fine at the time of inspection, but now it's not, I'd ask the seller to fix the a/c. You really need to discuss this with your agent and figure out what your options are. If you refuse to sign closing docs, you could lose your EM. ... more
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Thu May 12, 2016
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Sun Apr 24, 2016
Tina & Ken Anderson asked:
Your posting shows our next door neighbor. That's not our house, so your estimate is incorrect.
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Tue Nov 17, 2015
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
You'll need to ask your agent to do that - call him or her.

Trulia doesn't do any editing of listings................they only gather data and post it.
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Sun Mar 29, 2015
Le Green Schubert answered:
Even if you didn't put an expiration date, you have the right to withdraw your offer at any time before the seller accepts it. So have your agent contact the seller's agent and let them know you plan to withdraw at a certain time if it hasn't been accepted, so that you can go look at homes that the sellers actually want to sell. ... more
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Sun Mar 29, 2015
stephen webber answered:
Good Morning
Finding an experienced loan officer who works for a lender that offers all of the loan types for first time home buyers and who also has experiece with TX assistance and grants. Experienced loan officers work with credit every day and are your best source of information. Gather information before you choose your loan officer. Read, Consultation Interviewing Loan Officers, on You will also find artilces on loan types for first time home buyers and links to the TX agency offer assistance and grants. Be sure to read artilce #9 about the MCC tax credit. Best tax credit ever. After you have gathered up all the information you can carry you will have the questions for interviewing loan officers and know what the answers should be. Trulia is also a good source of information and when yu are ready you will find loan officers and agents from your area offering their services on trulia.
I have watched many people through the years gather information, set a plan and time line and be in there new home in no time. Best of Luck, Stephen
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Sun Mar 29, 2015
Eric Recktenwald answered:

Credit score is not the only measure of one's ability to purchase a home. I believe, most lenders will consider a FICO score of 550 or lower, to be outside of the acceptable range for most of their programs.

However, home purchasing is not always limited by a low credit score and there are numerous other options for purchasing a home. I am guessing you would not have asked this question if you had the cash on hand for an outright purchase, but cash is an option that does not rely on credit scores. Other options may include private held mortgages, owner carry loans, or other more complex transactions such as a lease purchase which will require an attorney's involvement.

For a better answer to your question about credit scores however, I would suggest checking with a reputable local lender. Often times your trusted Real Estate agent can provide you with contacts for those individuals if you do not have one.

In instances where you are concerned about your credit score and looking for ways to "re-score" or follow a rapid recovery program, the best lenders will also have programs or be able to assist you directly in the necessary steps toward repairing or improving your credit situation. Be cautious in this area, there are scams out there that will promise you results for an exorbitant fee that gets you little or no real results. Quality mortgage providers often will counsel and guide you on this process for very little or no out of pocket expense.
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Sun Mar 29, 2015
Wendy St Thomas answered:
Its all about neighborhoods--email me or text me if your still looking for help to purchase--I also have a great lender local as well--512-925-3271
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Wed Jan 14, 2015
Scott Godzyk answered:
That is a question for the listing agent managing broker or the state real estate commission. All offers have to presented to the seller no matter how good or bad unless the seller put in writing something like no offer under this amount or no offers from buyer who do include a pre qualification letter. ... more
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Thu Oct 9, 2014
Eric Recktenwald answered:

The options for this depend totally on location. Obviously some locations where developed lots exist are closer to being built out than others. What you may also need to consider is that there are restrictions against allowing mobile or manufactured housing on many developed lots, therefore many open lots will not accommodate your interests.

The other issue may be actual financing the balance of the purchase price. From what you are saying here it sounds like you will need financing for land. Improved or unimproved land financing is usually more difficult for a Buyer to obtain. Credit union and smaller banks tend to be more receptive with these things.

It is something that can be done, just need to know what your budget is and where you are willing to look.
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Sat Apr 19, 2014
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Tue Mar 5, 2013
Donna Ciccarelli answered:
Having sold farm and ranch properties for many years I welcome the opportunity to be interviewed! I sold two properties along Nameless and am very familiar with the area. I have a team of people who work with me that helps free up my time so I can focus on getting your property sold. Many agents try to do it all and some things fall through the cracks, but since I have a team we can use a repeatable, proven process to get your property sold for the best price in the least amount of time. AND, my statistics prove it!

In addition to what you have already done I would help stage your home for photos. Staging your home and staging for photos are slightly different. Professional photography will enhance all the attributes of your property and staging will present your home at its best.

An inspection will also help. When a buyer makes an offer you will want that offer made on the basis of full disclosure whether you choose to make the repairs or not. This action will most likely prevent a buyer from trying to renegotiate price during the Option Period (when the buyer is performing their own inspections). Yes, the buyer will probably want to get their own inspection, but we use the highest level of inspectors (there are 3 levels) to assist you.

Good marketing techniques also help your property stand out. I do a market profile of potential buyers and then skew the marketing to attract those buyers. We put your property on 30+ targeted websites - websites where other websites pull data from, thus scattering your info to a multitude of sites. I target buyers from our database looking for farm and ranch properties; equestrian centers where people with horses frequent; magazines that promote farm and ranch properties; other realtors who also sell farm and ranch properties.

For more strategies:

Donna Ciccarelli
Goldwasser Real Estate
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Dennis Matranga answered:
It may. Prop taxes are usually a little higher in Leander vs Cedar Park, around 2.5 in CP vs 2.7 in Leander but not much diff.

Dennis Matranga (R), SFR
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Tue Apr 26, 2011
Torquil Creevy answered:
Very wise to view the HOA guide before buying a property!!
If it is a new neighborhood, you can walk into the sales office
and ask for that info. If neighborhood is older,
the easiest & fastest way is to contact a buyer's agent (Realtor)

All the Best,
Torquil Creevy
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Wed Dec 1, 2010
Isabel Williams answered:
Hi Lynn,

FORECLOSURE AUCTION... I never recommend this for first time home buyers unless you have an agent or attorney (depending on your state). It leaves you open for too many costly what ifs... what if there is a large lien against the property (that you cant afford to pay off or is more than the house is worth)? what if the some one comes back to reclaim the property(even if you've already paid for it)? what if the home is unlivable(some actions do not allow you to do inspections and if they do its usually after your bound by a NO CONTINGENCY contract. Meaning you can't back out of the contract for any reason, even if the roof is falling down)? So unless you are a seasoned pro or have some one working for you that is, I don't recommend it. There are too many good deals on the market for you to risk everything you have on a FORECLOSURE AUCTION.

Good luck,

Isabel Williams
Your Best Friend in Real Estate.

"The more you know the better choices you will make."

I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Call me at 772-245-0810 or email me at:
It would be my pleasure to help you!
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