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Fri Aug 5, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
The only option is to buy sight unseen at foreclosure auctions. Your local county courthouse should have information about when those are held.

If you want to see what you're buying and have it inspected, you cannot take the agent out of the process. Banks don't sell houses. They need someone involved who knows what they're doing and can deal with basic things like keeping the grass cut. ... more
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Mon Oct 26, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
LOL. Yeah...those sites really have zero to do with us "Lazy Realtors". Those sites are just advertising make money off us lazy realtors! Even! Their data is notoriously outdated and inaccurate. If you want the most accurate and up to date info...I'm sorry but you're going to have to deal with a lazy Realtor. We have access to the local MLS which is really the ONLY data source you should rely on. I work very hard for my clients to ensure they are receiving the best, most accurate listing info possible. I will check multiple MLSs (not every agent belongs to every MLS). In additional to that...I will turn over EVERY rock to find the right listing for my buyers. Even searching for "FSBO"s on Craigslist, or "Make me move" listings on Zillow...searching expired & withdrawn listings from previous years to see if maybe the seller might be interested in selling again....mailing letters to neighborhoods....even knocking on doors of people to see if they might be interested in selling.

So yeah...I don't really like it when someone lumps all Realtors into one category. In my mind...if you're a serious buyer, you should be doing a lot more work than just sitting at a computer and searching bogus "real estate" websites. You need to take the job seriously and hire a PRO. You need to find a REALTOR who will find the right house for you! There are plenty of us out there who are willing to work our butts off to find you the right house! :)
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Fri Jul 3, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
For Sale By Owner listing are not permitted on Trulia. Properties for sale can only be posted by real estate professionals.
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Mon Jan 13, 2014
Donna Brazill answered:
Very simplistically, the difference is that the owner or seller is the bank. Some, all or none of your rent payment goes to the loan or down payment, interest rate is typically higher for a rent to own, you would usually have less documentation process with rent to own. Often a short term arrangement until you get a standard loan and purchase. And, if you default often there is no credit reporting. Its important for you to seek legal counsel to review the documents at the very least. You do not own the property, you are renting.

With a "typical" mortgage, buyer goes through purchase process and lending process and once you close on the sale, your payments go to the mortgage. If you are late, or default, the credit reporting process proceeds as with any other default. On the upside, if you pay well and stay on track your credit report gets stronger showing that you are able to handle your debt well. But, you own the property.

With a rent to own the owner sets the rules with a typical mortgage the lender and govt sets the rules and regulations.

If the owner has a loan on the property and enters into a rent to own or "owner carry" type situation, his lender can call the note due. Again, seek legal counsel as you need to protect yourself in case the seller is less that honest.
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Wed Nov 6, 2013
Susan Girten asked:
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Sun Oct 20, 2013
Edith Karoline Jasser answered:
Not sure how you end up with asking this question.... may be you tried to list your home which is for sale by owner on Trulia, you can not, only licensed Realtor and Brokerages with listings on their MLS can list homes for sale on Trulia.
URL for a property, is the individual internet link to the property listing!!!

You really should work with an experienced local Realtor to market and sell your property.....
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Wed Aug 21, 2013
April DeNio answered:
Highland Meadows' rules on animals is as follows: No animals or livestock of any kind shall be kept, housed, or raised on any lot, except those which are commonly accepted as domestic pets and horses. This is coming from the covenants dated 2005. ... more
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Thu Aug 15, 2013
Donna Brazill answered:
A local, licensed realtor would be able to answer your questions. And much information is available on Teller County's website.
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Thu Aug 15, 2013
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Fri Jul 19, 2013
Christy Lowe answered:
Sure ! If you need assistance finding a property, let me know. Christy Lowe, RL Select Properties 719-660-0207
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Sun May 19, 2013
Christy Lowe answered:
Please call me with any questions you may have. Christy Lowe, Realtor Real Living Select Properties. 719-660-0207
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Sat Nov 24, 2012
Bernie Miller answered:
No, per the subdivision codes. No horses in Floissant Heights.
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Fri Jun 22, 2012
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
What property are you referring to? For a listing to appear on Trulia there almost always has to be a source of the information, generally found at the very bottom of the web page.
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Thu May 31, 2012
Guidrys777 answered:
We've lived in Teller County for two years & love it! The school located 4 miles from us is small & just completed a new campus. Crime is low & if your family enjoys skiing or snowboarding, Breckenridge is 90 minutes away (with a gorgeous drive through the mountains). Woodland Park is the largest town with a WalMart (our favorite & great employees), a couple of hardware stores, numerous restaurants, hospital & numerous physicians, dentists, many services. Would recommend a realtor that has an extensive real estate background & a wonderful disposition: Mary Kay Livingston with Dorman Real Estate (719) 623-1000. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Nov 28, 2011
Carrie Miller answered:
Internet can be gotten in many different ways out here; and that is best answered property by property. If you want, email me directly and I would be happy to be able to further assist you in your search. Getting educated prior to re-locating in any area is always a good idea. I cannot see your complete email address on here so can't email directly.
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Wed Jun 8, 2011
Wendy Marks answered:
You have received some good answers to your basic question. Your dad would be able to take any money he made from the sale of those properties and apply it to his home here in Teller County. Of course if he had any capital gains tax owing that would have to be taken into account - best bet talk to a tax accountant or tax attorney. Now if he made enough money to be able to buy free and clear that would be great. However, if he has to take out a loan to purchase as well, than that would be best to speak with a loan officer. Sounds like he might possibly qualify for a VA loan and/or your wife might also have to put onto the loan in order to qualify for the loan. As you are probably aware there are quite a few loan requirments to be met to qualify with all kinds of variables coming into play depending on type of loan, income, and sometimes even the type of home/property - again, best to speak to a loan officer.
I also work in Teller County and would be more than happy to give further assistance if needed!
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Tue Oct 19, 2010
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
Hello Johnny,

I've never seen 200 acres for 20K in Florissant, so without knowing the exact parcel of land we are talking about finding annual property taxes is next to impossible. ... more
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Mon Oct 18, 2010
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
Hello Janet,

Currently there are 6 "realistically" prices parcels of land right around 20 acres in Bear Trap Ranch, with an average list price of right around $70,000. The price range for these parcels is $57,500 - $85,000. There is one rogue property priced at $179,900, however it appears it has a mobile home and a garage.

In 2008 there were 2 sales with an average sale price of $68,250 with a price range of $67,500 - $69,000.

In 2009 there were 3 sales with an average sale price near $75,000 with a range of $64,000 - $85,000.

There have been no sales in the 20 acre range this year.

All lots considered above are right around 20 acres (I searched 15-25 acres for lot size). In this area, lots larger than this are in a separate category altogether. Mixing in the larger lot sizes just distorts value because there can be much more demand for them. The value of the larger lots shows no consistency, as it seems they are worth whatever a buyer is willing to pay. I realize this isn't necessarily what you would like to hear, but it's what the MLS shows.

If I can be of any more assistance, please contact me. Bear Trap Ranch is a beautiful area, and the "slowdown" for sales in the area this year I would attribute to the economy. It's a remote area and the buyer pool is much smaller than in other areas.

Best Wishes,

Kevin Olson
Higher Living Team
ERA Herman Group Real Estate
(719) 799-3686
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Thu Nov 19, 2009
Dorothea Lowe answered:
You bet! I have several of them on my website, take a look:
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