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Rent vs Buy in Houston : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Sep 27, 2016
Nic035 answered:
Looking for a small to mid church to lease
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Wed Apr 6, 2016
John London answered:
If you are still looking for a home I would love to help. The thing is, many times mortgages will be cheaper than a typical monthly rent. Also, the money you spend each month gets you one step closer to owning your own home free and clear and thus financial freedom. If you are looking for an agent to help find a great home (or rental) I can help.

John London-Realtor
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Fri Jun 27, 2014
Kim Benedict answered:
You would deb best to contact a mortgage broker to get the answers you need. If there is housing in the area you live that would allow for an income level of $3000.00 a month then they will be able to help you get approved then your house hunt will be on... where there is a will there is a way! Everyone should be able to own their own home... that what this country is all about!
Good luck to you!
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Fri Jun 27, 2014
Kim Benedict answered:
I would say a rent to won could be a good option for you till you get your credit issues cleared up and scores in a better range to get lower interest rates.

1) Start doing your home work on fixing your credit, hire a great company if you have to help.
2) Talk with a mortgage broker to see where you stand on buying to rent to own and on buying options, make sure you can qualify before you get to far ahead of yourself. You don't went to walk in with your eyes closed to find out later it won't happen....
3) Pay down debits, don't buy/lease a new car, or take out any loans.
3) get some credit cards if you don't have any only put small amounts of money on them each month and pay off balance as soon as bill is cut.

Hope this helps
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Mon Dec 30, 2013
Susan Cooke Peña answered:
Are you looking mainly to lease when you move here or would you consider purchasing?
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Fri Dec 27, 2013
Karen Friend answered:
You have a lot of good advice already in answer to your question, so at this point it might be helpful to interview a few agents who work in the area so you can assess their qualifications and find a good fit for you. I work with both renters and buyers who come into Houston from out of the country or out of the state for oil & gas jobs in the area and have lived and worked in this area for more than 30 years. I would love to hear from you to discuss the particulars of your situation.

Karen Friend
Better Real Estate Group
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Wed May 2, 2012
April Peart answered:
Hi Stephanie! I think we can find just what you are looking for! please call me at 832-654-2315 to set up a time to get together.

April Peart
Realm Professionals Realty
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Mon Jun 13, 2011
Nancy W. Suarez answered:
Thanks for your inquiry about Brookwood Elementary School and homes that are zoned to that particular school. I am a former resident of Brookwood and have sold homes in both of the premier neighborhoods that attend the school = Pine Brook and Brookwood offer many great homes. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your needs in a specific home. I have helped several people buy in the area also. Being a resident in the Clear Lake Area for over 15 years gives me great insight to this community.
I have also volunteered at the elementary school as my daughter has completed her entire education through the CCISD and ejnoyed her years at Brookwood as a leader in many areas!

There may be other apartments and patio homes that are zoned to Brookwood also. Please let me know if you have an agent that is helping you find just the right home. If I can be of assistance, please contact me and I will schedule time to meet with you. Also, you will want to get preapproved for a mortgage to speed up the process. If you are hoping to get settled before the fall school begins, call me today!
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Fri May 6, 2011
Vijaianand Thirnageswaram answered:
Yes you should be able to if you havea good employement history and rental history. I am a landlord myself and both of my tenants don't have credit score but they also don't have any recent criminal background which I check. So if your crimnial record is old enough and can support with good stream of income to pay the rent, landlord like me might be will to open and give a second chance. ... more
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Fri May 6, 2011
Vijaianand Thirnageswaram answered:
Yes you can do it if you know the landlord. Most landlords needs a security before giving the property to renter so they can sleep better having the money if anything goes wrong in the future. I am landlord myself in northwest area and I had some bad experience with tenants so I wouldn't do it myself unless I know the person very well.

Talk to the landlord and show you can pay off by using your paycheck or some financial backing and give it a try.
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Wed Jan 19, 2011
Roderick Kinney answered:
I agree that this question is definitely best answered by a attorney as any other answers will not be accurate.
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