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Home Buying in 78704 : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Mar 16, 2016
Awhome asked:
Sat Jun 6, 2015
Ksandcs1 answered:
Which real estate agent specializes in foreclosed home in the DFW area?
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Wed Jul 23, 2014
Carlie Sky answered:
I would be happy to show you around Austin, so you can find a home you can flip. There are many opportunities here and would be happy to help.
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Salvador, the prequalification stage is the first step of the process and doesn't take very long. I can prequalify you in a matter of minutes. I would recommend that you find a mortgage broker or loan officer that has your best interests in mind and communicates with you constantly throughout the home buying process. ... more
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Sun Mar 24, 2013
Lara Pavanelli answered:
Definitely a lender who knows all about VA loans! I have a great one to recommend. Email me or call: 512-909-5807 Warm regards.
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Wed Aug 22, 2012
Shibuyaben answered:
Well in the end, it was a transaction based on lies in every direction. Seller's realtor would lie about progress.. would state things that had been completed and we go to see that nothing has been completed. It's not hard to find the signing date of the others--either the unit was available at my time of purchase or not. This unit had been available which means that when I signed, I could have signed for the other one. They fessed up to them having some health related issue which is why they pushed and prioritized theirs up.

The Ditlow team represented this complex and after moving in, the other residents have now said what an awful experience they had dealing with the incompetence, ignorance, lies, and outright unprofessionalism that Barbara Ditlow and Matthew Ditlow portrayed during their transactions. If anyone in Austin is looking to do business with them, avoid them at all costs because they'll end up being ignored, lied to, having things misrepresented, and no follow through with things that should be commonplace when dealing with a purchase of a new home. Thankfully, I'll never have to deal with them or Realty Austin ever again, and I'll do everything I can to make sure my story is heard by my peers who are looking to purchase in Austin to ensure they have a better experience than I did. Everyone involved in my transaction should be ashamed of themselves, including realtors, brokers, and the title company for showing such incompetence, misinformation, backpedaling, and ignorance on specs/issues that arose during the transaction. Absolutely pathetic!
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Sun May 6, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
pr 3, 2010 - [x] delete

Dear Forrest, Maple Run has continued to be a popular south Austin neighborhood with entry level homes. It is possible to find a nice home in Maple Run under $200K. Give me a call if you want to go see some of the current homes for sale.
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Sun Apr 22, 2012
vivianne dordea answered:
If your tax appraisal comes in higher than the $235K you paid, then you can protest it by showing them the closing HUD statement. If it comes below that amount, than sit tight and don't do anything. I would hope that before buying the property, you or your agent did some research on property taxes in that neighborhood and on sold comps and based on that you paid the righ price. ... more
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Tue Feb 7, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear JJ,
I am sorry for hijacking this post.

Dear Trulia,
Can;t you close this question to new answers? It hardly seems relevent in 2012, since it was initially asked in January of 2009. Thank you!
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Wed Apr 7, 2010
Guy Gimenez answered:
My guess is that since this was originally posted almost two years ago, the issue has been resolved.
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Sat Apr 3, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Forrest,
Things are picking up which means more buyers competing for entry level homes. The good news is now that its spring more Sellers will be listing their homes for sale. So you will have more inventory to choose from. Hang in there and I am sure your agent will help you find the perfect home!
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Thu Jan 28, 2010
Julie Mattoon answered:
The House and Senate passed legislation to extend the $8,000 home buyer tax credit to May 1, 2010, for first-time buyers and add a $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers if they've lived in their home for five of the past eight years. Home prices are capped at $800,000.
Please contact me for further info.
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Sat Oct 31, 2009
Sari Inoue Pearce answered:
Hi there. You have not mentioned buyer agent, so I assume you did not have one. I have been on both sides of the transactions where the $1000 deposit was asked to be returned. In all of the cases, NO attorneys were involved. However, you do have to have a legitimate reason for withdrawing, based on the contingency in the executed offer, such as concerns that were raised based on inspection. If such was the case, and if you gave the request for refund in writing BEFORE the P&S date on the contract, looks like you have a case there. Since the seller agent is trying to pass the responsibility on to the attorneys, I would try to get in touch with the sales manager of the CBRB (Coldwell banker) branch that holds your escrow. If you have been following the contract to the 'T', then the sellers are obligated to sign off on the refunds. Having a reliable and knowledgeable buyer agent to represent you in a future might be a good idea...Remember, buyer agents job is not about just finding a home but getting to a closing table successfully. Good luck!

Sari Pearce, Realtor, ABR (Accredited Buyer Agent)
Century 21 Commonwealth
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Sun Aug 16, 2009
Betina Foreman answered:
For the record Cherry Creek and Grand Oaks are not in 78704. Cherry Creek would be my choice over Grand Oaks due to the location. It is a mature neighborhood with reliable resale values. I wish you the bset of luck!
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Mon Oct 13, 2008
Ray Mungia answered:

I recently sold a two condo unit in Hyde Park. Depending on how the HOA is written will depend on what you can do with the landscaping, etc. In our case, there was an invisible line that started at the party wall and went thru the front and back yard. Each owner owned their part of the yard. They are free to do with it as they see fit. Each unit had to have 2 parties on the HOA, therefore if they want to hire a lawn service or paint their unit, it would have to go to a vote. Both parties would have to agree on changing the color, paying a lawn service to cut both yards, etc. We had one of our owners that wants to add a closed in porch on her side. Since it is viewable from the street and will change the look of the unit, she will have to get the approval of her occupant neighbor. Since no one is living their yet, you would need to talk to the developer to see if they would be willing to amend the HOA Master policy. This would be a good time to have a Realtor, that could use this as a negotiating lever. If you have any other questions regarding HOA Master Policies, please don't hesitate to contact me. 512-922-4267 ... more
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Fri Feb 22, 2008
Betina Foreman answered:
You should have an attorney that specializes in real estate look at your contract and see if you have any recourse. Most builders won't want to give you the money back. But it may be possible depending on the contract used. If you need a real estate attorney , please shoot me an email and I will give you some names. I am sorry to hear about your health problem. I wish you a speedy recovery and positive resolution to this issue.

Realtor Austin Texas
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