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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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Tue Oct 17, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
Is it the same appraisal company or is it the same person appraising the property?
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Thu Oct 12, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
Every buyer is different. To some home buyers it could be just what they are looking for, a smaller home. To others it may not be. You should always purchase a home that works for you first then considering re-sale second. ... more
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Wed Oct 11, 2017
Kim Perez answered:
Austin is a great area for investors, especially in the Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Leander areas where homes are affordable and schools are ranked very highly. Also, the economy here is very diverse with many large employers in tech, education, retail and medical who are attracting and relocating people into the area consistently. The sales market is very healthy, but there are many investment opportunities in nice areas which yield positive cash flows and appreciation. Investment homes in the $200-300k range in the areas mentioned above seem to do the best as rentals here, and are readily available, even some newly built homes! ... more
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Tue Oct 10, 2017
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Thu Oct 5, 2017
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Wed Oct 4, 2017
Michael Johnson answered:
Depends on what your mortgage person says. Mine needed it settled, since they could still see it even if it was removed from credit report. I used select us llc and they were able to settle $17k judgement for 5000 from since they negotiated it for me. They offered me 10k but those guys got it down to 5000. ... more
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Tue Oct 3, 2017
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Sun Oct 1, 2017
Kelly Long answered:
I had an appraisal come in 75,000 below offering now I don't know what to do with that information because we love the house ... but I don't want to buy a house that is not worth even close ... more
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Sat Sep 30, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
You need to put 3.5% down for an fha loan. You would need to talk to a lender to see how much home you'd qualify for. Just giving your total income and credit score are not enough. Do you have a car payment? Do you owe credit card money? Does that $40k includes overtime? etc etc. I would suggest that you pick up the phone and call a lender or two.

I hope this helps!
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Thu Sep 28, 2017
Worldwidefunding2017 answered:
Even with the poorest credit score getting a loan from, is easy as ABCD . You are just a message away from getting your dream home funded..
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Mon Sep 25, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
You should be asking your realtor your questions. Ask your realtor to provide you with comps and past performance of the neighborhood. Typically when a market is going south, condos will get hit first while single family can still hold up. However, having said that, every market is different. Also everything is new inside that condo and would likely that you have less maintenance. So again I would suggest that you talk to your realtor before making any decision. ... more
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Mon Sep 25, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
Maybe. However, having said that, all investors would like to make a profit and that's why they are in the business. So you may need to sell the home to them for less than market price. ... more
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Sat Sep 23, 2017
Rqregier answered:
Hi Josh!

Bottom line is you are not required to have your own agent/realtor to set up a viewing. However, asking the agent/realtor that places the house for rent means that you are meeting with the agent who represents the landlord. The landlord's agent is required to tell them everything they learned about you so be aware of that fact in case you intend to attempt a negotiation on your own. If you do not want an agent to represent you, then you may contact the listing agent as they are duty bound to be honest with you. Best of luck!

Rosa Regier, Realtor
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Sat Sep 23, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you talk to an attorney. Also review all your documents again. When you technician said there was nothing wrong, did you have this in writing? Did you give a copy to buyer? Did you purchase a home warranty for buyer? ... more
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Sat Sep 23, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
It depends on how the contract is written and at what stage you are now. Have you passed the option period? Have you passed the financing period? What do you mean by fund is available? Did the lender decline your loan? Where's your realtor? You should be asking her your question as she knows the details of you transaction. ... more
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Fri Sep 22, 2017
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Thu Sep 21, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
What contingencies do you have in your contract? Do you have one that states "HOA documents / bylaws must be delivered by ______". If your contract doesn't have this contingency, you will have to use one of your other contingencies to terminate your contract and lie about it in order to get the deposit returned. If you are getting a loan from your lender, you can use that contingency and explain to your lender that you need a foolproof excuse to terminate your contract.

Before doing the above, a very simple solution is WHY hasn't anybody contacted the HOA to get the bylaws in the first place? The seller can get it, the seller's realtor can get it, your lender can get it, so again WHY hasn't any of the above people contacted the HOA to get the bylaws??? Sounds like everybody is sleeping on the job or nobody gives a crap.

One final thought - Realtors and your lender want to close this deal quickly. FIRMLY remind them that if you back out because you haven't received the bylaws means they are NOT getting paid and their paychecks will be delayed because they will need to start from scratch and look for a new buyer. NOBODY works for free.
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Mon Sep 18, 2017
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