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Home Buying in Durham : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Nov 8, 2017
Faith T answered:

I have emailed you regarding this concern.

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Wed Nov 1, 2017
E asked:
Hello, I would like to somehow change the emails I receive about properties in Durham, North Carolina....I am looking for properties within three miles of the downtown are, not near Southpoint.
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Wed Oct 18, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm sure there are but realtors cannot tell you because it violates Fair Housing laws. You need to research safe neighborhoods yourself.
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Thu Oct 12, 2017
Ngaster answered:
Sad and bizzare that Trulia hasn't added this yet. It's so easy to just add a layer to the map!
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Thu Sep 14, 2017
Zeren Li asked:
I'm a PhD student (F1 visa). I wanna buy a condo or a house in Durham. The price would be around 200K and I can down pay 120K. I have been here for over 1 year and still 5 years to…
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Tue Aug 22, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Lenders will not give you a loan because you will need to pay for an appraisal and a home inspection. When the lender reviews the appraisal and home inspection reports, they will reject this home. Bottom line - the seller / owner cannot sell this home unless they get a cash buyer who doesn't care about the unpermitted space. The seller violated the building code to avoid paying additional taxes on the home. Therefore, the seller owes the county / city $$$ in back taxes. ... more
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Tue Jul 25, 2017
Joshua Brown answered:
Polybutylene pipes leak because the chemical composition of the material breaks down over time. higher levels of chlorine and treatment chemicals accelerate this process which results in pipes eventually bursting or leaking. some think it's just at 'connection' points but thats not accurate. leaks can happen ANYWHERE in a polybutylene pipe system.

now "PB" pipes when written could also be confused with LEAD pipes since the chemical and elemental symbol for Lead is "Pb" which is also a problem but usually more of a health concern rather than a water damage issue. be sure to read your home inspection report carefully to determine the "PB" type being referred to.
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Thu Jun 15, 2017
Abel Bautista asked:
time new bid came and seller went with the other buyers. The earnest $ was already cashed. Do we get that $ back or do they have to sell to us now?
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Sat Apr 8, 2017
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

The best thing to do is to get a pre approval.

If you have any other questions or would like help with this you are welcome to get in touch with me. ... more
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Mon Aug 29, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
A buyer agent should be well experienced with new construction. The easy part is finding a neighborhood and builder. The hard part is negotiating a great deal for the buyer with upgrades and extras. The hardest part is making sure the home is built to specification. Many builders only pay a small amount to buyer agents. There is not much to split. You may find many discount agents willing to split are not that experienced with building, listing new homes or selling new construction from start to finish. You should ask up front what experience they have, what they can do for you and what they may charge ... more
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Sun Jun 19, 2016
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Mon May 30, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
What is your question exactly?? You shouldn't pay any attention to what a seller bought a property for. It has zero to do with what its value is today. If you're a serious buyer, then you should hire a Realtor as your Buyer's Agent. He/she can help you find properties that fit your budget and search criteria. They can also create a market analysis for the property to determine "fair market value". ... more
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Thu May 26, 2016
Sharleenahryel asked:
I am told by realator that I need an attorney to conduct my title search in NC.
I am buying a brand new home from a reputable home builder ...shouldn't it be a simple title search…
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