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Dockgiv answered:
I am a realtor in Texas. I have access to multiple ITIN lenders. Some are banks, brokers, private. Give me a call to help with your real estate needs. I also have access to off market houses. ... more
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Mon Sep 18, 2017
Carol Roeske answered:
I work for a 100% commission brokerage. Advertising a lower commission rate works well for me. I would rather have more listings at a lower commission than less at a higher rate. I keep busy and I work with many different people which has turned into many referrals. Although, when I work for a lower commission, I take the lesser part of the cut. I know it should not happen, but I do not want to take a chance that a buyer's agent will skip my listing because of the commission. I may give a discount commission but I am very clear, that is where the discount ends. My service, professionalism or marketing strategy is not discount quality. I am trying to benefit both myself and my client. Face it, we all have to make a living and save where we can. Real estate is not hopping 12 months out of the year, we have our slow season and this helps me through. ... more
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Sat Sep 16, 2017
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Fri Sep 15, 2017
Alan May answered:
According to the MLS, 13320 S. Carondolet Avenue in Chicago is under contract with an attorney review, and inspection contingency.

You can contact Bill Kornblum (the co-listing agent) at 219-308-9629 with any questions. ... more
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Thu Sep 14, 2017
Tommygavin99 asked:
I live in a 3-flat condo building in Edgewater/Andersonville.
I'm hoping you can help me find the right person/people for the job.
We need:
Cement work - repair front stairs,…
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Thu Sep 14, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Your best method is to call several brokerages in that zip code or even nearby zip codes and ask to speak with the Office Manager or Broker in Charge. Then ask them to be connected to an experienced realtor who specializes in investment properties / property development. ... more
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Wed Sep 13, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
It is a Fair Housing violation to discriminate against race, gender, religion, family status, etc. If you want to work with a realtor of a specific race, gender, etc., your best method is to go to the local brokerage websites and see if they have pictures of their agents. Otherwise, on the listing pages, agents who pay monthly fees to advertise will have their pictures.

Realtors cannot tell you the name of a reputable black agent. They can only tell you the name of a reputable agent - no race included.
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Wed Sep 13, 2017
Chiefski2 answered:
What happens when a home is bought from a trust of one person. Is the other able to get half of the value in a divorce?
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Tue Sep 12, 2017
Alan May answered:
You're correct. You have a problem.

Your credit score is an indicator as to how seriously you take your financial obligations. A few months rent in advance doesn't cover-up the probability that your credit score tells potential landlords that you don't always pay your bills on time.

A low credit score tells landlords that you will not be reliable.
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Mon Sep 11, 2017
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Mon Sep 11, 2017
Carried201 answered:
I'm? a 58 year old Christian woman I have a section 8 voucher I also receive disability and and as of June went back to work looking for a 2 bedroom house with washer & dryer hookup my credit is not that great.Is there anyone that can help me. ... more
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Sun Sep 10, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Since you have plenty of time, start with your own bank first. Ask to speak with somebody from the mortgage lending department. You're already a customer and your bank wants to KEEP YOU as a customer. Lenders can easily give you side by side comparisons and tell you what you need to do if anything to improve your chances, how much it will cost you with fees, etc., what interest rates you will likely get, etc.

Remember, you do NOT have to stick with your bank's lender. You will have plenty of time later on to shop fees, rates, terms, etc. However, since you're already a customer, you need to start somewhere. Also beware - there are many types of loan products. Don't assume that FHA will be the best type of loan for you - there may be a different type of loan that is even better - but you don't know that yet.
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Fri Sep 8, 2017
Tshav Ci asked:
I'm 12 months into payments on my Chapt 13 BK. Never late or missed a payment. I\ve been renting for the last 3 years paying $2000 a month. What kind of loan would I qualify for? Are there…
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Fri Sep 8, 2017
Amyshields asked:
2039 W Thomas St, Chicago IL 60622
Open houses
9/9 11am - 1pm
9/10 10am - 12pm
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Thu Sep 7, 2017
Mary Robbins asked:
Thu Sep 7, 2017
Sam Maher answered:
Some are more dangerous than others.
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Tue Sep 5, 2017
Jessica Bateman answered:
A company many of my clients have used is The Lenders Network, they have lenders that can work with difficult situations like high debt-to-income ratios or low credit score. See if they can help you find a lender that can help.

Good Luck!
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