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Fri Jun 19, 2015
Scott T Cooley answered:
The quick answer is better schools and no state income tax.
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Tue Apr 28, 2015
Kary Krismer answered:
I'm going to assume this isn't a custom built house. If you didn't negotiate this item as part of your purchase, I'm a bit more surprised that they are including the opener on any doors than the fact that they aren't putting in an opener on all the doors.

To answer your question though, I don't think there is a "normal" on this sort of thing. It's whatever the contract and/or the builder's promotions include.
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Sun Mar 29, 2015
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Sat Sep 20, 2014
Diana Hellman answered:
If a buyer is concerned that during the first year or so, they want coverage of appliances and systems and have less anxiety about the possibility of their having to shell out a great deal of money for things that may go wrong, this is definitely something practical for a buyer to look into.. ... more
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand.
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Mon Feb 3, 2014
Debb Janes answered:
Hello Patricia. Here's a little history about Prune Hill:
One of the developers we work with developed the Deer Creek community starting in 2005. We specialize in homes in the area, so feel free to give me a call and we can help you. Debb Janes ... more
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Fri Nov 8, 2013
Martine Gibbons answered:
Of course, none of us enjoy being outside during a downpour, but house shopping continues for buyers that are relocating in to the area or have a need to buy. This time of year is more affected by the holidays than by weather.
Martine Gibbons, ReMax Equity Group
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Fri Nov 8, 2013
Martine Gibbons answered:
Any realtor can look up the sales history of a home through RMLS and tell you who was the realtor.
Martine' Gibbons, ReMax Equity Group, 360-910-4628
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Sat Jun 29, 2013
Gloria Matthews answered:
Hello... Well its true.. but there must be something about Camas that people find desireable!

.....and there is a reason why you are asking about CAMAS... Lets talk about that!

"Camas" covers a wide geography, and it is not all subject to the horrors you fear. There are other nearby communities that you may not experience any of the maladitites described.

The MILL is on the edge of Downtown, its a limited production paper mill, mostly paper towels for restuarants .. has been rebuilt and much of the production has moved towards paper product dispensers. It is under the highest scrutiny for pollution control... and most days.. you dont notice.

Still lets talk about what YOU are looking for and WHERE you can find it.. that meets YOUR GOALS

You mention "LAND", .. and if you are looking for acreage, that is pretty much going to eliminate downtown Camas anyway and towards some of the charming communities to the north and east.

Washougal, Fern Prairie, even Brush Prairie. I suspect that you want to be in reasonable geographic proximity to employment, airport, or some other target area, and within a certain time commute.

These things are entirely possible!! but it takes a little effort to listen to YOUR GOALS, desires and needs. Get in touch with me, if you'd like to really work at finding the gem you are hoping for.

I've attached the environmental report, in the link below I can only include ONE LINK, but can resource additional information for you

Gloria Matthews
Council of Residential Specialists
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Laura Birtar answered:
Hi Augie, it is possible that those updates were offered you for a ‘trial period’ which obviously expired. We, the realtors have the most accurate & up to date data on available properties. I have a “prospect” program for buyers where I need to fill in your info (e-mail and what you are looking for, price range, area) and from there on you receive via e-mail the detailed info. on properties as soon as they hit the market. Let me know if you’re interested., or check my web site: Good luck, Laura ... more
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Mon Sep 3, 2012
Dan Tabit answered:
There could be some reasonable explanations. Sometimes refi's appear as new purchases, but the ownership remains the same. Same thing when a second mortgage is recorded. This would explain the rapid succession of sales and the wide range in pricing.
Regardless, I'm not sure how the history would impact your interest in the home. If it is in great shape, priced and located well and an excellent inspector goes through it with a fine tooth comb so you know what you are getting, move forward.
Check crime stats and history too on the outside chance that the home or area has a past you want to know about that may have affected its previous ownership.
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Sun Jul 8, 2012
Gloria Matthews answered:
Hi Wendi... I believe you are talking about offers to build new homes on land you already own.
The prices seem incredible!!

There are lots of things that go into this process.. the first is buying the land. Land is difficult to finance in the present market environment, without a house already on it. so right there you can expect to have to pay for the land itself.. depending, that could run 60,000 to 120,000 CASH, depending on the location and size. BE SURE it has utilities! Then there are permits, and depending on what ad you are looking at, it can be to "pre-finish", Loads and lots of details.

I read your profile, and frankly I dont think this is something you are prepared to take on, without knowing more about your PREQUALIFICATION to make a purchase.

Typically you need 2 years of employment history, in the same field.

If you would like to have a discussion about the home buying process, give me a call. or drop me a note through my website... the link is below.

Gloria Matthews
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Thu May 3, 2012
Chris Dobbs answered:
In short no, those specific numbers don't mean that homes are overpriced. In fact those numbers by themselves don't have anything to do with the value of a home, and here's why.

One shows the "average" price of homes coming on the market, and the other shows the "median" price of the homes that sold and are now off the market. The other thing to know is that "average" and "median" don't mean the same thing. And while most people understand the definition of the words "average" and "median" individually, very few understand how to interpret what it means when compared to each other, and are different?

How an "average" list price of $417,000, and a "median" sale price of $151,000 could be interpreted is that there is a pretty good size gap between the most expensive priced home and the least expensive priced home. It could also just mean that last month the homes that sold were lesser expensive homes, and the homes that came on the market were higher dollar homes? There's a lot of other variables you'd need to know for sure and ones that an experienced Realtor who specializes in that area should know. For example the actual "average" sold price last month in Camas was $309,100, which is considerably more than the "median" sold price of $151,100.
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Wed Feb 22, 2012
Jirius Isaac answered:
What you are asking sounds impossible to me. But, then again, your question is vague & not complete.
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Sun Aug 1, 2010
The Cascade Team Real Estate answered:
In real estate, a short sale is a sale of home or property in which the proceeds from the sale fall short of the balance owed on a loan secured by the property sold. In a short sale, the bank or mortgage lender agrees to take a reduced amount on a loan balance, due to an economic or financial hardship on the part of the mortgagor. This negotiation is all done through communication with a bank's loss mitigation department. The home owner gets a contract on the mortgaged property for less than the outstanding balance of the loan, and turns over the proceeds of the sale to the lender. The net amount, after commissions and excise tax, is usually less than the outstanding debt. In such instances, the lender would have the right to approve or disapprove of a proposed sale.

Extenuating circumstances influence whether or not lenders will discount a loan balance. These circumstances are usually related to the current real estate market and the borrower's financial situation. If the homeseller of a property has the financial ability to bring cash to the table at closing for a mortgage debt short fall, this scenario would not be considered a short sale.

A short sale is typically executed to prevent a home from going to the foreclosure auction, but the decision to proceed with a short sale is predicated on the most economic way for the bank to recover the amount owed on the property. Often a bank will allow a short sale if they believe it will result in a smaller financial loss than foreclosing, as there are carrying costs associated with a foreclosure. A lender will typically determine the amount of equity, or lack thereof, by determining the probable selling price from a real estate Broker Price Opinion (BPO) (also known as a Broker Opinion of Value - BOV) or through a home valuation by an appraiser.

In short, a short sale is nothing more than negotiating with the lender, a payoff for less than what they are owed. Because of the number of short sales banks are currently reviewing, the time it takes to get an answer from the lender has increased. The average short sale is now taking, on average, around 90 days to obtain as response from the lender. This timeline can sometimes be longer if there is more than one loan on the property.

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Sun Jun 6, 2010
Lori Jeltema answered:
Where does it say that all parties have to be treated fairly? The code only says 'honestly'. It can't always be assumed that an agent has acted unethically just because he recommended on contract over another. As Kary mentioned, there are many various reasons why one offer is selected over another. If the listing agent had an offer for $500 and his client asked him to disclose the offer amount to another purchaser in hopes of securing a higher offer - then that agent should do so. I rarely see banks consider escalation clauses. It's usually 'highest and best'. What i have known to be true is the banks timing guidelines. I submitted an offer for a client a short time ago and it was followed by a higher, cash offer but the cash offer came in 15 minutes past the deadline and was rejected. Lucky for my buyer as they were going 203k.

I just bid on a home on a 'highest and best offer' scenario. I knew what the other offers where and bid higher and the bank still rejected it. That's the way it goes sometimes. It can be frustrating but just because it's a bank, we can't forget that the bank/investors are the clients of somebody and somebody is watching out for them. If we owned a property that was up for sale, we would want our agent representing us and negotiationg the best deal possibly for us. Sometimes, the best deal has been a lower offer but with a more solid buyer..bigger down payment, higher credit score, more experience, whatever that may be.

I know it sounds rude but you were actually fortunate to even get a response informing you that the bank did not accept escalation clauses. They could have just ignored your offer but now, at least you have learned something and will know how to bid better next time.

Best of luck and I hope you do find the perfect place.
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Mon May 24, 2010
Julie Baldino answered:
Thanks for the thumbs up guys!

Vinh-there are very few banks that will do ANY repairs. I know the banks I work with, would immediately throw an offer in the shredder that said "repairs limited to 15k".... because "as-is" means exactly that. The home is being sold as it sits at the present time with NO repairs. That is precisely why they are priced the way they are... they are already discounted for possible repairs needed. If that verbiage is in your offers, that is exactly what is keeping you from getting them. There are some rare exceptions of banks that will do a few repairs to prepare a home for an FHA/VA buyer, but they are few and far between.... usually local community banks and credit unions will work with you on stuff like that.

In order to get around that, my recommendation would be to do a pre-inspection (prior to making an offer), or bring a trusted contractor with you to each home, and find out what you are getting in to ahead of time. Then you can make the offer without a contingency for inspection (because you've already done one), or a shortened inspection period (because your contractor has seen it, and inspector would only need to address the items he questions). It may cost you a few hundred dollars up front, but it might get you the house... possibly without having to go 50k over asking price. That will really give you a leg up on the competition. Definitely do not ask for a repair allowance up front... thats a deal killer.

On a traditional sale with a regular seller, the process as well as my advice would be completely different.... but this a whole different ball game, and a very competitive one at that. If you need myany further assistance dont hesitate to contact me personally.
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Thu Jan 29, 2009
Patrick Beadle answered:
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