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Rentals in Albany County : Real Estate Advice

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Kristyne Mar…, Home Buyer in Alfred, NY
Wed Oct 12, 2016
Kristyne Martin asked:
When I bought my house, a rental unit had been in place for decades (safe to say it was grandfathered). I continued to rent the unit until my then-husband began using it as a home office…
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Brian, Both Buyer and Seller in Albany, NY
Tue Jun 7, 2016
Brian answered:
I've lived here since 1999 and never had a problem. It's quiet, safe (of course the lock your car/house doors rule applies, no valuables left in the car etc but that's everywhere now) and a great location for downtown/plaza workers to live. If you're a condo/homeowner you get 2 off street parking spaces. 1 if you rent apparently. I do agree property values won't rise much but you can live here and own for less than rent anywhere. ... more
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Afeym, Renter in Albany, NY
Sat Apr 23, 2016
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Guy Rochelle, Renter in 12047
Thu Apr 7, 2016
Guy Rochelle asked:
I have good job for NYS which I have had for going on 9 years. I have never been evicted nor have I ever been late ion my rent. but still I have to spend application fee for credit check…
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Amelia Robin…, Real Estate Pro in Falls Church, VA
Wed Nov 25, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
Zillow reviews are repeated on Trulia and vice versa. They should be exactly the same.

Zillow purchased Trulia some time ago and merged agent profiles and reviews.
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Dennis Evans, Real Estate Pro in Clifton Park, NY
Tue May 12, 2015
Dennis Evans answered:
I know its been quite some time, but wondered if you were able to find a home? Altamont is such a nice place....
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Taryn B. Mor…, Renter in Clifton Park, NY
Thu Apr 9, 2015
Taryn B. Morvillo answered:
Yes, but only if you are willing to sacrifice an extra hour to commute to work, or, if you work from home, the feel of belonging to a community - I personally love areas like Delmar and Saratoga Springs, which have a very high "Walk Score", as does the nicer portions of downtown Albany - but that's going to cost you an extra $250 - $600 per month. Also, because the catch-all of security once known as "investing in real estate" - AKA owning your own home - is now and forever will be a false sense of security, as the cost of owning a home - including the phantom or shadow costs like roof replacement and repair, regular maintenance and reasonable updates to keep your home relatively energy-efficient, modern, and in good condition (windows, water heaters, low-flow showerheads and toilets and new pipes and weatherproofing or replacement decking, mold inspection and mold-retardant everything, keeping your HVAC system clean and running smoothly) all adds up to an expensive proposition that carries NO GUARANTEE of your ever recouping your expenses when you sell the house - in fact; all over the Capitol Area, even in the nicer suburbs like Ballston Spa, housing prices have been on the decline ever since the bottom fell out of the housing market in the early 2000s and will never, ever be the a "good investment" in the way we have traditionally been taught to understand: I believe Trulia estimates between 5% - 12% just over the past couple of years, and this is technically AFTER the recession. Owning your own home is not a safety net - it's a liability. The popularity of rent-to -own programs ONLY SERVES TO HIGHLIGHT how far homeowners are haaving to go to just break even when seling their houses. There's no middle class with good credit and and a sizeable chunk of money to put down from their savings, and banks aren't lending it to anyone but the wealthy. So homeowneers are turning to exploitative programs (for both renters and owners) in the hopes that they won;t have to sell their home at a loss of 12% - and that's not adjusting for inflation or "shadow/phantom" costs. There's NO SECURITY in owning a home, and unless you are flipping real estate in a knowledgeable way using money that isn't yours (this happens a lot more than you would believe), real estate is a crappy investment. The idea of of the American Dream, a phrase coined by none other than Fannie May in the mid-1900s - when we DID have a middle class, and the average family could afford to live in a home that was a good investment - is now and forever an antiquated notion...

An expensive apartment for which you are not ultimately responsible when the price drops by another 12% in five years is a better investment than buying a home or renting-to-own: the one reason to buy a house is because you love it so much and don't care wht it costs to live there or maintain it. Houses are the new boats. No one ever made money from investing in a boat, but they might have had the time of their lives going fishing every weekend, in which case the money was well-spent.
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Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Wed Apr 8, 2015
Anna M Brocco answered:
Rent to own is really not a good idea, therefore consider fixing whatever is preventing you from purchasing outright. Rent to own can be risky and one could stand to lose a bit of money, it favors the owner; therefore inform yourself well in advance of your search, and consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in real estate before considering the idea and or before signing any agreement. If you haven't done so yet, visit with any licensed loan officer, see if you can buy outright, or simply continue renting until a purchase can be made. ... more
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Ron Krauch, Real Estate Pro in Crestwood, IL
Tue Mar 17, 2015
Ron Krauch answered:
You're very wise to recognize this scam. Agents in this Q&A forum do not have the authority to deal with an issue like this. However, I will pass this along to my account representative. I'm sure he knows to whom to send this for action.


Ron Krauch
Emerald Estates Realty, Inc.
Palos Heights, IL 60463
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The Graveline…, Real Estate Pro in Longmeadow, MA
Mon Mar 9, 2015
The Graveline Group answered:
Understand that ANYONE can post a rental. Trulia is only displaying 3rd party info, and there are ways for scammers to post fake listings on other websites which then get mirrored on trulia, zillow, realtor, etx.. When a deal seems too good to be true, it is.. ALWAYS verify EVERYTHING you see online with a local Realtor. Realtors adhere to a strict code of ethics which offers you consumer protection and piece of mind. Flag the listings and email Browse the agent directory to find a well reviewed local Realtor. ... more
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Dennis Evans, Real Estate Pro in Clifton Park, NY
Sat Mar 7, 2015
Dennis Evans answered:
Please contact the school for specific information. They normally will have pamphlets or can give you details.
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Charlotte Tu…, Real Estate Pro in Williamsburg, VA
Sun Feb 15, 2015
Charlotte Turner, ABR®, e-PRO® answered:
If you still have the email, you can forward it to Trulia at
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madeline Nie…, Renter in 12866
Sat Jan 3, 2015
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Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Sat Oct 4, 2014
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Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Kitty Hawk, NC
Mon Sep 29, 2014
Tim Moore answered:
Some landlords don't pull credit numbers, some don't. There is usually always a way around being told no. Offer 2 months rent in advance and keep it like that for the whole lease.
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JB Farrell, Real Estate Pro in Lafayette, IN
Thu Sep 25, 2014
JB Farrell answered:
All of the trulia values are very rough estimates. I Realtor or a property manager will give you a much more accurate value of a particular property.
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raymond frey, Home Buyer in Tampa, FL
Mon Jul 21, 2014
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