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Far North Dallas : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Dec 3, 2015
Bruce Lynn answered:
Now is a great time. In the past we had seasons, and we still have some seasonality, but now homes sell all year long.
Your in a great neighborhood where homes sell all year long.

Valuations can be tricky in your neighborhood, so make sure you get a great realtor who will price your home accurately and help manage the process...or you can get stuck with a low sales price and low appraisal.

Even though you're in a seasoned neighborhood, there is great demand for good homes in your area.
I was at an open house last month that had 75 groups of people through it. More than I've ever seen house though with lots of updates.
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Sat Mar 28, 2015
Lee Lampl answered:
Hi, I have done the research for you - here are all of the DISD exemplary middle schools (in some cases I am not positive they are middle schools).

Another option might be to go to a neighboring ISD? Depending on where you will be working I can make some recommendations if you like.

• Dallas Environmental Science Academy (middle?)
• George B. Dealey International Academy (6–8)
• Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy (middle?)

• Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard (middle?)
• Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership
School (middle?)
• Charles Rice Learning Center (middle?)
• Judge Barefoot Sanders Magnet Center for Public
Service: Government, Law and Law Enforcement
at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center (middle?)
• School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A.
Ewell Townview Center (middle?)
• School of Business and Management at Yvonne A.
Ewell Townview Center (middle?)
• School of Education and Social Services at Yvonne
A. Ewell Townview Center (middle?)
• School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell
Townview Center(middle?)
• School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A.
Ewell Townview Center (middle?)
• Erasmo Seguin Community Learning Center (middle?)
• Harry Stone Montessori Academy (6–8)
• William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the
Academically Talented and Gifted (6–8)
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Tue Mar 17, 2015
Macheleharp answered:
I am looking for a small house with 2 bedrooms that accept Section 8.
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
You can try asking the property management company for the apartment that you are interested in.

Good luck!
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Mon Jan 5, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest contacting Trulia customer service.

Susie Kay
Realtor & Certified Stager
United Real Estate
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Mon Jun 9, 2014
Jeff Dean answered:
I also own an apartment locating company in Irving. We can help you with finding section 8 properties. You can call 972-869-3733 or visit
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Tue Mar 18, 2014
Kenneth "Kenny" Bebensee answered:
We need more info please?
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Fri Sep 6, 2013
Barbara Wilson answered:
Some houses allow pets and, depending on the size, may take more than one with a larger pet deposit. Allowing pets is just one of the criteria that can be put in a search. Please let me know if I can help you find a home.

Barbara Wilson
StarCrest Realty
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Sat Aug 3, 2013
Kenneth "Kenny" Bebensee answered:
Just pick any 1 Realtor to assist you. It is that easy. :)
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Mon May 6, 2013
Derrick Sakai answered:
Some banks are open to negotiation. But the price should not go too low to be rejected.
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Joe Fox answered:
It is all about who does the stucco. Some companies have done well, other's did not. If there is any question, hiring a Stucco Specialist is important.
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
kricket0428 answered:
u. should be more concerned about those huge bradford pear trees that can snap easily in high winds and damage property and cars..........than the crime rate in the area. just an idea...
contact any good realtor and they can advise u on checking crime in area thru police dept.
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Dixon Wong answered:
Hi Patsy,

yes you just need to show your bank statement and your old job history. The goal is to show landlord that you can afford to be job hunting and cover your rent for 3 months, etc.

Please let me know if you need any help.

You can search for rental at


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Fri Jan 4, 2013
Lance Blakeway answered:
Hi Alejandro- I specialize in apartment locating and know exactly where that is and would love to show it to you. PLease give me a call through my contact info. Thanks
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Sat Apr 9, 2011
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
This home was listed for sale for about 8 months and was last priced at $294,000.

It went under contract about 4 months ago but has not yet closed. We don't know the exact amount of the contract price, since it has not closed.

It might return to market if it doesn't close soon.

If you're interested in homes like this one, there are 4 just north of that I could send you similarly sized and priced and in nice neighborhoods. Just send me an email.
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Wed Mar 16, 2011
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
I hope you're understanding there are 2 issues here and we're flipping between them because we don't recognize the term "nonwarranted, non FHA approved"

A. Properties that have multiple owners, like a condo or a townhouse, must not be owned mostly by investors. FHA will not approve a loan on properties in that development until the percentage of owners rises above a certain level. Condos where you can buy are "FHA approved".

B. FHA will not insure homes that have certain defects in them. Usually these, as Becky points out, are HUD foreclosures sold as-is, and are labeled "uninsurable". Those defects can be corrected using a renovation loan. FHA has a 203(k) loan that sets aside an escrow account for the repairs to be done after closing. Only certain lenders will offer a 203(k), because they are a lot of work on the lender's part.

So, if the problem is "A" (that the property is owned by too many investors and is not approved for FHA loans), there is not much you can do except use a conventional loan.
If the problem is "B" (that lender-required repairs must be completed to qualify the property), you can use a 203(k) loan from a lender who offers them. By the way sometimes a 203(b) will actually work, too.
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Mon Aug 23, 2010
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
Without knowing the particulars of the property it would be difficult to give an answer that fits the situation.

It's possible the house is appraised well under market for its amenities and condition, but on the other hand the tax appraisal could be accurate or above market. Please remember that sellers don't offer properties at the lowest price they'll take - the list price is usually the highest they think they can get. Some will come down from that, others won't.

Ask your Realtor what comparable houses are selling for and from that decide a negotiating starting point.

Check out the area and prices at
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Tue Mar 30, 2010
Kupke & Tackett, REALTORS® answered:
As others have said, it depends on many factors. The proximity of the lines to the home, the size of the lines and the poles or towers, is there also an unsightly power station there?

In any event, a home close to power lines will cost less to buy, but will also fetch less when sold. Some buyers may not mid th lines at all and be thrilled by the discount, knowing that they will have to discount when they do sell.

My most memorable personal experience in selling such a home came at the bottom of the housing crisis a couple of years ago. A beautiful Drees home in north Plano, which I am sure would have otherwise gone for $350,000 was finally sold after a lengthy listing for $300,000. I don't believe the discount would be as steep in 2010. The house was immediately adjacent to a greenway with huge power poles.
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Wed Jul 8, 2009
Kim Hayes answered:
If the tenants aren't paying rent, then why aren't you evicting them? I don't think the lenders could or would stop you from doing that because as you said they don't want to let the property go. I get this sense that you think you can't do anything because its the lenders property and not yours. Or, that they are partners with you, almost like investment partners. Either way, this does not absolve you. Understand the lender does not own the house, you do. it seems you forgot that you own this house and they funded it for you. Whether your tenant is paying or not, you sill have to pay the house or lose it. It's obvious you know what to do because you basically list it for us and you know what will happen if you don't do anything. So, the question should be why you aren't doing anything and why you don't consider yourself playing a bigger role in this because you do. ... more
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