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Fri Sep 26, 2014
Tammy Hayes answered:
In our area tax deed sales are listed by the county on a web site. Check with your local county see if they do the same.
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Tue Aug 12, 2014
You can use Any general contractor you choose. Depending on the type of renovations you need, you may need an FHA consultant too. 203k loans usually pay out a portion at the beginning of the renovation for materials; and then the rest after completion to make sure everything is done satisfactory to borrower . ... more
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Wed Nov 27, 2013
Don Tepper answered:
Here's a link to a blog I wrote on how to find lease-options. Contract for deed is somewhat different, but the characteristics of the owners are very much the same.

Hope that helps.
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Fri Nov 8, 2013
Thomas Moser answered:
It all depends upon the terms of your contract. This is really a question for your attorney.
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Tue Nov 5, 2013
Travis Petersen answered:
We have a property right now for 52,000. It is a 4/2 bath house. If she would like to put 40,000 dollars down, we can finance the rest. The house is located in Galesburg, IL please email me with any questions ... more
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Mon May 20, 2013
Brian Backman answered:
Absolutely, A finished basement will add to the market value of your home. Especially if there is no problems with water.. A real estate agent will take that into consideration when doing a comparative market analysis to determine a sales price. ... more
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Sun Nov 4, 2012
Karen Benjamin answered:
Some of the low taxes are due to owners have 2 to 3 exemptions, I can look up the tax rate for you tomorrow. Our population is somewhat older . There are generally a number of homes that needs some updating/fixing up. What is undesirable to one is not always so to others, we have trains, and businesses, and some industrial Rentals are available but not in an huge supply. Hope that helps ... more
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Thu Feb 16, 2012
Lightbringer answered:
Well isnt that interesting. What about vacant farm houses. Rent these if they are large properties? Hunting property lease? Cant build permanent but may be able to plop down a portable? Wilderness property rental? Seen cabins and such on the cheap. Of course could take the whole operation to MO, IN or somewhere with considerable less population density. Like to stay in Illinois if possible though. How about not actually buying all those acres but securing a plot backed up against a forrest or largely unihabited state park such as Shawnee? Also I recollect reading something about governmental land rentals on isolated government property. Cabins and such that looked pretty frugal. Have any experience with these? Well I think Ill definitely interface with a realtor on this. Any leads on such a realtor that may focus on this microcosm? THX! ... more
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Thu Sep 22, 2011
Annette Levinson answered:
It will depend on her status. Does she have a legal right to work in the US, green card or Visa. If she does, getting a mortgage will be the same as everyone else. Have her go to a mortgage officer to get preapproved. ... more
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Sun Aug 28, 2011
Mikel DeFrancesco answered:
Browsers who are sifting through all the sections of the daily paper.. some
True, qualified buyers = 0%

If you were making such an important purchase, would you search via a few abbreviated text lines in the paper, or online where you can search, sort, view photos, virtual tours, maps etc at no cost?
and before it comes up... I know not every person in the U.S. has internet access, but in the very, very low probability scenario that someone searching for a home does not.. that is what family and Realtors are for.

You will note.. the comment below refers to an open house visit, not a buyer, which is consistent with the theme that those looking through the paper are casual browsers.
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Mon Aug 2, 2010
Marsha Engle, CRS, GRI answered:
Homes are selling but the market is sluggish. The homes in the lower price ranges are selling best, the mid-range homes, maybe $65,000 to $85,000 are also selling well if they are clean, maintained and the price is correct. If you plan to put a home on the market be sure to clean thoroughly and be prepared to keep the lawn mowed and have the home in showing condition on short notice. Washing windows is something that makes a big improvement in any price range, let the sunshine in! The more expensive homes, like $200,000 and above are taking longer, more days on market to sell.

Thanks for the inquiry!
Marsha Engle, CRS
Century 21 Tucker-Swanson
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Wed May 5, 2010
Webster answered:
Yes -but not in Galesburg. It is in Fulton County - about 45 minutes south of Galesburg. Call me for details. 847-754-0457.
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Fri Apr 23, 2010
Marsha Engle, CRS, GRI answered:
There are some nice apartments in Oneida, the owners live out of state, they have a manager I believe or at least a person who could help you, her name is "Missy" but I don�39;t have her phone # off hand. If you call Todd Nelson, 309-879-2306 and tell him who you are looking for and why - I believe he has her #.
Good Luck,
Marsha Engle, CRS, GRI
Galesburg, IL.
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Wed Jan 20, 2010
Jo Whitlatch answered:
Hi Susan,
Of course the obvious source of available rentals would be to look in the local newspaper; however, have you tried calling a real estate office? Even if there are no rentals available right now, if you give them your name, contact number, and preferences (# bedrooms, price, etc), when something does come up, they can call you. I'd be happy to take this information and keep a look out for you.

Jo Whitlatch
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Mon Jan 18, 2010
Jo Whitlatch answered:
Since this is a relatively old post, guess I am asking if you are still looking to purchase a home on contract. If so, contact me at I work for Century 21 and have a suggestion or two for you. ... more
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Fri Dec 26, 2008
Lisa Schade answered:
Hi Amanda-
You can google "cleanout service" in Galesburg.
I found four.
Hope that helps.
If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to contact me directly.
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Thu Jun 19, 2008
Tim Churchwell answered:

I think I have the same questions as those below. Are you just looking in the Galesburg area? Or are you looking for a retreat? Want a waterfront country home in Smithfield, Virginia? Just kidding. I suggest you refine your question and I'm sure you will get lots of help. ... more
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