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Sat Jul 30, 2016
Steve Russak asked:
Fri Dec 18, 2015
Jeanie Short asked:
I am a widow of a Veteran WWII and Korean War. He served 9 years, honourable discharged, wounded, yes, but, was not discharged because of disability. Whilst alive, took out VA home loans.…
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Sun Apr 26, 2015
kev334u asked:
3 bed 3 bath. Downstairs family room. Fenced in flat back yard. Oversized 2 car garage.
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Thomas Hopkins answered:
I usually use 3 tools to determine the price range for a property with a specific spec. I welcome you to use the same method.

1) Craigslist map view. Constrain to properties that are 2br and 2ba then look at the property prices in the locations that you are interested in.
2) Zillow or Trulia. Perform the same method above and start to determine the price / sqft for your desired property location and spec
3) Rentometer - not the most accurate, but still a fun tool worth mentioning. Put in the address and it will tell you what the rent range should be.

The last thing I always do is use googlemaps to take a look at the street view of the location. This will usually give me a good idea of the type of community.

Here are some stats -
Median rent: $900
Average rent: $1042
60% between: $708 – $1376
80% between: $533 – $1552

Hope this helps,
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Thomas Hopkins answered:
Hi Rikkihummel,

Searching for a rental home with a pet can be tough. Landlords and property managers are always going to ask the following information -
1) type of pet and number
2) breed
3) size, weight
4) spade / neutered
5) and some will ask for shot records and any history of attacks / bites

You should also be prepared to pay a little more. Possibly a higher security deposit or an extra monthly fee to have the dogs. The other thing to consider is purchasing renters insurance and placing the landlord on the policy as a beneficiary. By doing this, if your dog bites anyone in the neighborhood, they will not be liable for the attack. This is especially important if the dog is on the restricted breed list that some property managers keep.

The best way to figure out how hard it is going to be to rent with your dogs is to make a few calls to available properties in the city you are moving too. Talk with the landlord and property managers and see what they say. Also be prepared to offer them references for your pets and send them pictures. Offer to bring your pet(s) to the open house. All of these things are good signs that your dog or pet is well behaved.

To best prepare yourself for a move, consider making a rental resume to share your rental information and history with your future landlords. This will open up your inventory of available properties. has a rental resume creator on their site. I have also seen on on a property manager's site here in San Francisco, but I can't recall the name. Maybe appartmentlist.
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Thomas Hopkins answered:
Property managers are different than landlords. Property managers have a minimum standard that they keep for all acceptable tenants. They usually set an income to rent ratio of 2-3x and a credit score of over 650 or 700, but this depends on the location. They also require that you are able to verify all this information with a credit report and pay stubs. If the tenant meets the minimum standard, by law - the FHA, they are required to accept them unless there is another tenant who applied at the same time and is more qualified.

Landlords, on the other hand, use a more traditional approach to selecting a tenant. They usually will have an open house or show the property to individuals and during the showing they will make a subjective decision on the tenant's cleanliness, ability to pay rent, and overall character. Then they will have them fill out a standard application and check their references. If they check out, they will offer them a lease agreement. I actually started a company ( to help landlords and tenants throughout the application, screening, and selection process. The new, younger generation of landlords are more inclined to look for a software to help with the tenant screening and verification rather than using the more traditional approach of using a fax machine and snail mail to verify employment and rental history. For the technically savvy landlord, there are many online software solutions to make their lives much easier. Experian even offers a tool - RentBureau - that lets landlords check rent payment history for an applicant.

With all the technological advancements in software and the interconnection of every tenant's rental information and history moving online I imagine a world where tenants no longer have to apply for a property, instead, they all have rental resumes that allow them to move more easily and landlords to rest easy knowing they have a great tenant.
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Thomas Hopkins answered:
It depends on the state. In California it is totally ok to rent to illegal immigrants. However, in New Jersey, there are communities that have made it illegal. Here is an article on the topic.

Housing Ordinances and Immigration

California does not prohibit the rental or provision of housing to illegal immigrants. However, there have been increasing efforts at the local level across the country to bar rentals to individuals residing in the country illegally. Such ordinances restricting access to housing typically face challenges in court, with widely varying results.

- See more at:

Hope this helps,
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Mon Feb 9, 2015
Doug Dawson answered:
I'm a Branson area Agent and If you Contact me by phone or Email I'd be glad to explain the Process.
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Sun Nov 9, 2014
Dan answered:
How long after picking a model how long as average from breaking ground to be handed keys to move in
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Fri Jul 18, 2014
Cassandra McDermott answered:
Sun May 25, 2014
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Thu Jan 16, 2014
Steve Mattison answered:
Yes it is a good house. When will you be in town?
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Tue Dec 3, 2013
golden1sun answered:
Because a condo is like or similar to living in an apartment complex (some better than others of course).
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Fri Sep 27, 2013
Kristopher Holmes answered:
The only ways to get back to the restaurants from here is to go back out T Hwy to 76 and cross Taneycomo downtown or stay on 76 through Hollister to Hwy 65.
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Sun Sep 1, 2013
lendersnetwork answered:
Yes it is I know of at least a few lenders that should be able to approve you on your own. Visit our site or email me I would be glad to help out.
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Wed Aug 21, 2013
Jordan answered:
I've seen the house at 253 Bingham, and I can pretty much say, be prepared for what you'll see. It's very much damaged by wood rot, and is FAR from the business sector of Branson.

I expected something very different... we ended up being chased away by hundreds of wasps. ... more
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