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Sat Oct 1, 2016
Valhamby87 asked:
The house we are trying to purchase it did not pass inspection. There were quite a bit of problems with Plumbing, foundation, attic, ac and termits. Im thinking they will fix but im not…
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Wed Sep 28, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
If you don't pay the option fee you (buyers) do not have the unrestricted right to terminate. Unrestricted right to terminate means you can terminate for any reasons, changing your mind, cold feet, etc. The 7 days termination after seller's disclosure notice gives you another exit clause. The option isn't always there, for example, if the seller has provided the seller's disclosure from the beginning. Also the option period is not always 7 days, it's a negotiated time frame and can be shorter or longer than 7 days.

I hope this helps! I see that you are in Richardson, I'd be happy to assist you in in selling (or purchasing) a property in the Dallas area.

Susie Kay
United Real Estate Dallas
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Mon Sep 26, 2016
Angelica P answered:

Thanks for taking the time to contact us. I am happy to help you get your listing posted on Trulia.

If you would like to post a rental on Trulia, you will be redirected to use our partner site, Zillow Rental Manager, to list your rental on Zillow, Trulia and other top sites. Please follow this link for instructions on how to post a rental listing:

If you have additional questions or have issues with posting your listing, please reply back to this email and I will be happy to help you.

Zillow Rental Manger Help:

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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Sun Sep 25, 2016
Kevinbrylejohnson answered:
Do ask your broker just to be sure.

Alternatively, make use of technology to free up some of your time to focus on your most important tasks. Try property management apps such as which eases communication and payment reminders between property managers and renters. ... more
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Sun Sep 25, 2016
Mizzsanon answered:
I need 180 hours online best for me. I have a job but is interested in real estate!Need help
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Mon Sep 19, 2016
Josephsullivan5959 answered:
Hi Ophee0,
Yes, you can definitely list your rental property on Trulia without a real estate agent. Zillow Rental Manager provides a way to list your property. I use the new software, and it lists my property on Trulia and 40 other websites. Make sure that you are also doing a background and credit check on your applicants. I learned that the hard way.

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Thu Sep 15, 2016
Meredith.orf answered:
Hi -- I'm an investor-friendly Realtor! I actually started my real estate career a couple of years ago by going to RE investor meetings, and I got my license last year because I wanted to be able to participate on both the retail and investment side. My infrastructure is all pretty new (my website is meredithorf dot com slash real-estate -- not sure how link-friendly this forum is, so I wrote it out). I know a fair amount about creative financing, quick closes, etc, just from running in investment circles for a few years (and I partnered on a flip before getting my license). Please get in touch if you might be interested in working together! ... more
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Mon Sep 12, 2016
Deven Siggins answered:
According to CAR Form Res. Purchase Agreement
14 B 3
Buyer shall Deliver to Seller a removal of the applicable contingency or cancellation (C.A.R. Form CR or CC) of this Agreement. However, if any report, disclosure or information for which Seller is responsible is not Delivered within the time specified in paragraph 14A, then Buyer has 5 (or )Days After Delivery of any such items, or the time specified in paragraph 14B(1), whichever is later, to Deliver to Seller a removal of the applicable contingency or cancellation of this Agreement.

So the way it reads to me is - You must give your request for repairs before the inspection contingency period is over. Normally 17 days. After that you get a little break. Once the seller responds to your request you have 5 days to remove contingency or cancel.
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Fri Sep 9, 2016
Grobconnolly answered:
A great way to leverage your listings using a unique marketing strategy is

They connect you directly with people who are interested in your listings. You will be blown away by the response you get on your listings. ... more
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Thu Sep 8, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
That is a very general question. Even if you get the answer that doesn't mean that your home should be priced at that level.

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Thu Sep 1, 2016
Camrih asked:
Most of the homes I'm eyeing are ok, but have horrible kitchens. What can I expect to pay to update a kitchen? Not looking to implement a super luxury or gourmet kitchen. Just a nice, updated…
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Thu Sep 1, 2016
John Burke answered:
Hi Sly,

If you can go a little south of 78748 down to Buda, TX you may not need a down payment if you qualify for the No Money Down USDA mortgage!

One of the best things about the USDA program is the monthly mortgage insurance is substantially cheaper than FHA or conventional options.

For example: On an FHA loan of $150,000, the MMI (monthly mortgage insurance) would add $106.25 to your monthly payment but on a USDA mortgage it would only add $43.75 & it's going down starting in October 2016!

The other nice thing is USDA will actually allow you to roll in your closing costs as long as the appraised value supports it.

Take a look at the recommendations from some of my past clients on my Trulia profile by clicking the link below my phone number.

Please feel free to contact me for more information or help.

John Burke
Senior Mortgage Banker
Lending in ALL 50 states
Great Plains National Bank
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NMLS# 787231
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Wed Aug 31, 2016
Manoj.gunwani asked:
The Great Hills neighbourhood of Austin is wooded with many cedar and oak trees. Most houses come with with backyards that have at least a couple of these trees and some are entirely wooded.…
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Mon Aug 29, 2016
Brenda Reiss asked:
I am a Realtor/Broker in Austin and have a client interested.

Brenda Reiss
Zip Realty, Austin
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Sat Aug 27, 2016
Susie Kay answered:

I would suggest that you work with a local realtor. She/he can email you properties in your search criteria and in the schools that you want.
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Thu Aug 25, 2016
Dana Hoffmann answered:
Hi Ryan,

You will want to mitigate your risk as much as possible. Renting a property can be a great investment, but only if you streamline your process and reduce the chance of miscommunications and issues with tenants. Here are some posts to read that may be helpful:

Tips on showing your rental property:

Tips on screening tenants (don't forget to verify employment and prior landlords):

Tips on rent collection:

Part I of Declutter your Rental Process: Leasing

Part II of Declutter your Rental Process: Move In

Part III of Declutter your Rental Process: In Tenancy

Part IV of Declutter your Rental Process: Move Out

Other items: Make sure that you have a state-specific lease agreement

Good luck!
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Wed Aug 24, 2016
Maricris A answered:

You can take advantage of our vast network of agents here on Trulia:

To search for a foreclosure specialist using our site:

1. Go to the link that I provided, enter the location where you're at and click enter.
2. Click the 'More filters' button and choose 'Foreclosure' under specialties.
3. Click the 'Search' button.

We hope your experience with Trulia is memorable and thank you for using Trulia for all your real estate needs.


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