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Thu Oct 19, 2017
Steve Rogers answered:
Most people have the common decency to not park directly in front of a house. Most renters of homes, do not realize that they rent the inside of the home and the outside is not theirs to direct orders. They are tax payers, however, they are not property tax payers. The homeowners are the ones who pay for the up keep of the city, and the renters are only paying money to rent a space. Their pay-check taxes do not pay for the right to dictate who parks in front of your home. Any home owner would respect a neighbors space and privacy. After shelling out property tax payments every year to live on a well kept property, "that is expected from the city to be kept well"; The last thing a homeowner wants is a free-loader parking in front of their house. In your case, is it legal for them to park there? Yes, it is. Should they have the common decency to not park there? Yes! they should. ... more
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Thu Jun 12, 2014
Harold Lear answered:
We have a lease option program we call it Mortgage Alternative Program... This is how ours works...Minimum fico 500, 50% Debt to Income Ratio, 5% to 10% down, determined by your credit score... You find a home up to $2,000,000 that you would like to purchase... We will purchase that home for Cash... The lease payment is based on a 5% interest rate... You will have 6 years to exercise your option to purchase... The purchase price will increase 1% per year... We have a website that has a PowerPoint presentation that will give you all the details. http://www.shortsaleanalytics.com look under services.
or you can reach me at 858-945-1047.
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Seattle Girl,
Things are different in Texas than Seattle. For one everything is bigger in Texas, and we like our privacy so our state is a Non-Disclose state. This means your personal financial information is not made public. Purchasing a home is a financial transaction, so you have the right to keep that information out of the public domain. You would not want the general public to be able to look at your bank statement, why would you want them to know what you paid for your home?

However if you had an offer out on that home, you may ask your Realtor to look up the actual sold price of a home. However not all sales are recorded in the MLS, so this may not be possible. You may easily look up the property owners name in the Travis County Appraisal District's web site.

I wish you the best of luck!
Sincerely,
Betina
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Thu Dec 8, 2011
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear David,
I have done some Bond77 purchases, however the most important thing is to find a Lender that has experience with this program. The Lender is the one that has to jump through the hoops to get these loans to close. Make sure you choose someone experienced in these loans. Ask them how many of the Bond 77 Loans they have closed in the last year. Watch out for a lender that makes you pay money up front for a loan approval, as that is a scam to keep you loyal to the lender. Many lenders offer this type of loan, so be choosey. They can usually close quickly with the right mortgage lender working on the loan. Realistically you could close in 50-65 days.

Sincerely,
Betina
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Sun Oct 23, 2011
Bruce Lynn answered:
Yes it happens....not as often anymore as in the past go go days of lending.

If it has gone this far, probably the borrower is no longer paying, the house will go into foreclosure, the bank or investor will recover the property and it will be resolve with no prior liens.

It's happened all over the country, but it can be resolved and is resolved every day. That's the envirnoment we are in currently.

If you want to buy a house, work through a realtor and a title company to resolve these issues.
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Sun Oct 23, 2011
Bruce Lynn answered:
Well what happens in these cases is often the house will be foreclosed on, the loans and liens wiped out, then the house resold with clean title by the bank or investor.

It happens, but normally can be resolved. ... more
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Sun Oct 23, 2011
Bruce Lynn answered:
Typically before you can buy, liens get cleared or wiped out.
That's why you want title insurance.

Then if a problem pops up the title insurance company can handle for you.
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Sun Oct 23, 2011
vivianne dordea answered:
So, Want To Know How, what do you want to know?
Nobody forces you to buy any house. If this one seems to you to have anything fraudulent about it, look for another one.
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Sun May 22, 2011
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Although the price per square foot is an interesting number, it doesn't reflect what the market value might be for any particular home - that value can vary greatly depending on the location in the development, the proximity to amenities, and of course, upgrades.

Are you looking to purchase, or have you received a tax assessment for your home in Balcones Village and are wondering if you should protest?
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Sun May 22, 2011
April Mayo answered:
Anyone over eighteen years of age is required to be on the lease in texas. He needs to fill out an application and apply to live there. Often tenants who have criminal or credit issues will have one person fill out the application and leave the other one off so they get approved. I am not saying that is the case with your tenants but it is very possible. You are protected by your lease and can contact the Austin tenants council as well for help. If she qualifies by herself and he does not you may want to ask him for additional deposit or a co-signer to protect yourself. ... more
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Fri Aug 20, 2010
Victoria Pando answered:
Get an attorney and an accountant advice.
Good Luck!!!!
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Wed Mar 17, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Julie,
You have gotten some good answers. Have they helped you to decide to move forward with your dream of becoming a realtor? If you need more information or want to discuss it in more detail give me a call. I am happy to help.

(Dear Jackie, Thanks for the nod of approval. My MO is to be straight forward and honest, as the truth always comes out. Thihs business can be challenging, but it is its own reward. I could not imagine doing anything else.)

Sincerely,
Betina

Betina Foreman - Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
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Wed Dec 30, 2009
Guy Gimenez answered:
Doug, I'm a broker and investor, and I have a home in the same area. I'm looking for more investment properties in the area, so if you want to email me some info on the house, lease details, desired sale price, photos (if any) etc., I'll do some research and get back to you quickly.

Thanks.

Guy E. Gimenez ABR, CRS, GRI
CMG Group, LLC
512-507-5864
info@FastCash4AustinHomes.com
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Mon Jan 12, 2009
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Pat, The bounderies slice down the middle of some streets so the most effective search would not use streets or zips. I can set up an automatic search within this school district if you give me a little more criteria like number of bedrooms and price range, minimum and maximum square footage. You may follow this link to see the bounderies of Westwood HS: http://schools.roundrockisd.org/transportation/Boundaries%20…

You will find that you get less house for the money in Westlake HS area as this is some of the most expensive real estate in Austin. This neighborhood is very close to downtown and therefore more expensive. Your housing dollar will go much further in the neighborhoods that feed tinot McNeil HS, as it is further out of town (maybe 20-30 minutes from downtown). I serve all of Austin and I would be happy to send you the available listings in each of these areas.

Sincerely,
Betina Foreman, Realtor Keller Williams
512-771-6318
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