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Sun Mar 3, 2013
Ken Richardson answered:
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Sun Mar 3, 2013
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Sun Mar 3, 2013
Ken Richardson answered:
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
aperlich answered:
Hi Eric,

Saw that you may be looking for a home in Columbia City? We have a home that we are going to be listing in Churubusco which is approx 10 mi east of Columbia City. It is a very nice home on two acres, 6years old, custom built. If you have any interest let me know and I will give you more details. Thanks, Amy
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Thu Nov 15, 2012
Maria Cipollone answered:
With mortgage rates historically low and home prices down 30 percent, this a good time to buy if you can qualify for a mortgage loan. Contact a mortgage broker that can explore your financial options and advice you.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone
Century 21 Tenace
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Wed Nov 14, 2012
x answered:
Strongly consider renting. First of all, you are going to throw money away on interest payments. Don't forget to factor in closing costs such as loan origination fees and closing costs that you will have to pay when you sell. Factor maintenance costs, too.

If you hire a listing agent when you go to sell, prepare to pay up to 7%. Property taxes are another consideration. You need to assess your own situation to determine how much not having a mortgage deduction will affect your income taxes. But all things considered, the housing market here would have to improve drastically for you to break even. Ask yourself if you want to take the risk of the house not selling or of ending up with a loss.

No one can offer any assurance that home values in the area will even remain stable, let alone increase. I don't have a product or service to sell; I just want to help others with lessons that we learned the hard way!
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Wed Nov 7, 2012
Scott Straub answered:

The first one that comes to mind would be Canterbury Green. It is rather large, and was populated well with younger people. Not sure what the mix is, but probably a pretty safe bet. Feel free to give me a call if I can be of further assistance. Thanks! ... more
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Wed Oct 3, 2012
visitor answered:
Canterbury School has the best preschool; also check out Pine Hills Learning Place on Coldwater Road. I have had my children in both of these and was very happy with them.
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Julia M. Bellucci answered:
Hi Yamara, There are 3 reasons that a property doesn't sell; wrong price, bad condition and poor marketing. Take a look at these 3 areas with your Realtor and see where the problems lie, then make adjustments. If the condition is poor, you may need to lower your price or pretty it up with some fresh paint.

Perception is everything, if you can give the place a fresh coat of paint and shampoo the carpets it might make a huge difference, then take new photos. Make sure you have good curb appeal and show photos of the surrounding amenities, eg park , restaurants etc...ask yourself why would someone want to buy your home? Staging works and it doesn't have to be expensive (I'm the owner of a Staging company - Focal Point Designs, in VA), remember the 3 staging rules, clean, declutter and depersonalize, if the property is still lived in.

As to the market, have your agent do a broad market search, not just looking in your own neighborhood. Buyers are looking around your subdivision, not just in one place. Take a look at the sold in the past 60-90 days to get a more accurate picture of what the market is doing...

I hope this helps some.
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Tue Sep 4, 2012
Sheri Ricketts answered:
I've recently moved out of the Willows of Coventry apartments, which are located in Southwest/Aboite Fort Wayne and in the Aboite Elementary school area. They are very nice units and do offer short term lease options. There are a few more apartment options in the area as well. Feel free to give me a call with any Southwest living questions, or if you would like a map of the school zone areas. You may reach me best at (260) 479-9952, or ... more
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Edward D. Tobey answered:
Go to and print out your report from one of the 3 credit bureaus.
Bring it with you and show it to the landlord or his agent. If the report is satisfactory it could
give you an advantage and save some time.If it is not good, expect to be turned down so you'll need
to work on it.
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Sun Jul 22, 2012
Annette Lawrence answered:
HomePath is an excellent option to snag a great value.
As you have observed, these homes are placed on a scheduled price reduction program. The price will be consecutively reduced until it sells. Your real estate professional will be able to advise you regarding the reduction intervals.

You need to complete a comprehensive analysis of what you believe the property is worth in it's present condition. This number will very likely be the very same number all the other potential buyers have calculated also. The consequence of this is the home will sell for 15% above this value.
Too many HOMEPATH buyers don't grasp this sufficiently early and watch as some great homes get purchased by others.

If the current price is 40% above the calculated value, you can anticipate another reduction, but if you wait for the price to drop 40%, another buyer will purchase the home with only a 30% reduction. Fear of overpaying often becomes a road block to a truly great deal.

Best of success in your home purchase,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
727.420. 4041

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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Nick Staker answered:
The best way is to drive thru constantly and see if there is any signs up. Another good place to check is They post rental places on there.
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Nick Staker answered:
Try or get set up with a good realtor. I am not a realtor but anyone you feel comfortable with can help you out. Most of the people who post on here are solid referral sources. ... more
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Nick Staker answered:
In May of 2013, the new, lower tax bill will come and your payment should go down at that time, significantly. You will also receive a refund from your escrow account due to overpayment of the artificially high taxes.

This is actually a benefit to the new homeowner due to the large proration at closing. As long as the borrower realized the higher payment will go down and the overpayment will come back to them, it is a win-win for the bororwer.
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Amy Vorhees answered:
The only way to truly know is to schedule an appointment to check it out. Foreclosure listings usually do not give much detailed information. I can show it to you anytime,so give me a call. You can also do an extensive up- to- date search on my website
Sometimes websites like, Trulia, etc are not updated frequently enough.

Amy Vorhees
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Amy Vorhees, Real Estate Pro in Fort Wayne, IN
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Sun May 20, 2012
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Sun May 20, 2012
Christopher Spurr MBA answered:
That would be a GREAT question for the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD)
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Thu May 3, 2012
Jenn Tippmann answered:
As fun as it isn't, it will help you in the long run to build up your credit. I work with some really great, easy going lenders who will guide you in the process.
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