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Home Buying in Forney : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Nov 7, 2017
90michael.f answered:
yes i can give you feedback - they build a nice looking home. do they stand behind it, well that remains to be seen.
Issue No. 1 - the materials used are not worthy of the price of home. building materials mainly interior are what i am referring to, granite, paint, carpet (even upgraded). i have seen a lot better exterior materials used in other homes. other customers reflect the same sentiment.
item no. 2 - four months into our NEW home and i have cracks in the concrete - they are hiding behind their warranty and not fixing these cracks; in any way shape or form.

i will add more as i think about it.
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Thu Aug 4, 2016
Jojomachete answered:
My house did not pass inspection. At this time we hire an attorney to get the deposit back since Altura refuse to give it back.
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Sat Feb 27, 2016
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Fri Aug 14, 2015
Joshua Marriott answered:
There are some new construction homes on lots that big, but not "subdivisions". Lot's that size have very large homes. If you're looking at a high price range contact me. There are some 1 acre lot subdivisions in Justin & Ponder. ... more
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Sat Jul 4, 2015
Asher Almas answered:
You need to speak to a mortgage expert about the loan. I doubt everyone offers this type of loan. If you like I can find out for you.

Asher Almas
Keller Williams
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Fri Dec 26, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
You need an attorney to prepare the proper limited forms. Prepared paperwork can be very risky as they leave too many options open. Find a local attorney to prepare this, it can be inexpensive but worth it it necessary. ... more
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Wed Dec 10, 2014
Your Hus answered:
They build poor quality homes. We have been in our house for a year and a half and noticed a leak in the ceiling. Our neighbors across the street and next door have Megatel homes and their ceiling leaked as well. We called Megatel to get our house repaired and Megatel flat out refused do it. Stating they only repair builder defects after a year. They also have had over 37 complaints to the Better Business Bureau in the last three years and have a "B" rating.....what does that tell ya..... ... more
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Sat May 3, 2014
Ali answered:
You're welcome, Bill. I just posted a longer response to your earlier thread here, which explains in a bit more detail what we're doing to mitigate the spam both short and long term: ... more
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Sat May 3, 2014
Blake Harrison answered:
I've recently helped a buyer client win in a bidding war for a home in Desoto, and their loan is FHA (similar to a VA). Here's how:

1. They did offer over list, but only 5% over list. In fact, the seller received offers higher than ours. But, our offer seemed "reasonable" based on the comps, and the seller picked our offer because we were NOT the highest, and I sent the comps to show that our offer would likely appraise. The other higher offers most likely would not have appraised.

2. My clients got PRE-UNDERWRITTEN on their loan 2 weeks before we started writing offers so that we could submit their offer with NO 3RD PARTY FINANCING contingency. That means, their offer seemed like a "cash" offer to the seller, but they buyers were still protected that the property had to appraise and meet lender requirements, or their Earnest Money could be refunded. Win/Win for seller and buyer.

3. My clients did a short, 7 day option period, and only asked for a Home Warranty as a concession.

4. I personally wrote a heartfelt, sincere, email to the seller/listing agent on behalf of my clients to explain why these first time buyers were dedicated to seeing their offer make it thru the option period, inspection, and to closing.

When the listing agent called to tell me our offer won, over 4 others that were much higher, and "all cash" she said the seller felt my letter, the realistic terms of our offer, and the extra effort I took to go to bat for my buyers, made the difference.
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Sun Apr 27, 2014
Barbara Smith answered:
I have a Megatel home in Liberty Hill TX. My utility bills are very low. Even the ladies at the utility co are surprised when I go to pay my bills my highest electric bill last summer was 225.00. My house is 2150. Sh ft and I keep the air on all the time. Just be sure they put gutters all the way around your house. They didn't put them in the back of my house and now I have deep holes in the yard from the water running off the roof. I asked the Co. Rep about it and they won't fix the problem. ... more
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Fri Nov 15, 2013
Showcar69 answered:
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Shoqcar69, Home Buyer in Mesquite, TX
My sister has bought a megatel home in Greyhawk . She has had nothing but trouble with the house cracking . They have been out about eight times trying to fix what they say is warranty work and now one of the owners of the company will not even call her back and a house is only two years old . I would never buy a megatel home
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Wed Jul 31, 2013
stephen webber answered:
Hi Tom

Yes there are special programs for first time home buyers in Texas and most likely the MCC Tax Credit. The MCC is a very worth while tax credit.
At you will find three articles about the MCC and will also find a link to Texas assistance for first home buyers.
Because your first choice is one of the most critical in your process, selecting your lender and loan officer, the article Consultation Interviewing Loan Officers will serve you well.

Its important to choose a lender and loan officer who has worked with Texas assistance and the MCC. I am receiving email from people all over the nation indicating their loan officer is explaining there is no tax credit when in fact there is and the MCC is one of the best tax credits yet. If loan officers have not worked with the Texas agency of assistance they will deny it exists.
After you have gathered up all of the useful objective information you can find and are ready to interview loan officers you will find them from your area on Trulia offering their services.
Best of Luck, Stephen Webber, Retired After 34 Years of Real Estate for First Time Home Buyers
If you find answers on Trulia that serve you be sure to give the thumbs up so other people can find those answers
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Sat Jun 29, 2013
Tamika Goree answered:
Hi Nikki,

Your first step is to contact a lender to get you prequalified. Since you are relocating to the DFW area, I'll be more than happy to email you a few lender referrals. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Make it a Great Day!

Tamika A. Goree
Broker | Owner
The DFW Property Shop
Cell: 972.697.1178
Fax: 972.665.7148
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Thu Jan 3, 2013
Hi Chris,

Give me a call and I'll go through the all of the differences with you.

Here's one:

At $270,000, minus the 3.5% down payment, an FHA loan at 3.25% will give you a principle & interest payment of $1,153.77 plus the monthly mortgage insurance of $271.41 for a total payment of $1,425.18 plus taxes and insurance.

With a USDA mortgage, you can actually increase your buying "power" because the monthly mortgage insurance is substantially less. Here's how:

At $300,000, a USDA mortgage at 3.25% will give you a principle & interest payment of $1,332.26 plus the monthly mortgage insurance of $100.00 for a total payment of $1,432.26 plus taxes and insurance. So you can increase your buying power by $30,000 and keep your down payment in your pocket!

Like I said, give me a call and I'll answer all of your questions.

John Burke
Senior Mortgage Banker
Peoples Bank & Trust
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Chayaburson answered:
Hi Taurean Lewis,

2041 Shawnee sold for $139,000 and the seller paid $4,110 in closing costs for the buyer, and 2000 Carriage sold for $158,000 with the seller paying 5,000 towards buyers closing costs. Hope this information is helpful for you:) ... more
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Mon Aug 15, 2011
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
Drees has 2 only lots available in Devonshire right now and 65 floorplans for you to choose from. I have coupon for $1000 in upgrades. Feel free to drop me a note and I'll be happy to discuss further.

Naima Sumner
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Tue Jun 28, 2011
Monika Simmons answered:
Did you have sales comps to use as back up for your claim? Did the tax office provide you with their sales comps? I protested my own taxes years ago and was successful in doing that and would love to help you get the same results if possible. Feel free to contact me through my website below privately if you'd like. ... more
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Sat Oct 2, 2010
Rena asked:
Are there two different water suppliers in Forney? One being much higher than the other. Can you choose electric company or is there only one? Do you find that property taxes are higher/lower…
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