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Ddcuzzin asked:
I keep going from link to link with the ones that work. No explanation as to how to look within an area and price range with pools. wth
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Fri Aug 18, 2017
Cmartin0814 answered:
Mandarin is your best bet, especially when children are concerned.
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Fri Aug 11, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
The way real estate websites work is they charge realtors monthly advertising fees to have their pretty faces on listings they pay for. In addition these realtors are offered to have their listings show up first in searches BEFORE any For Sale By Owner listing. Your home is being advertised on Zillow and Trulia for free. Those "Premier Agents" who appear on your listing paid for your listing so in their mind, why should you have your listing show up first before theirs. Realtors are basically telling you since you didn't pay and you don't want to work with a realtor, you need to get in back of the line. ... more
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Fri Aug 11, 2017
Edgar answered:
My friend is a broker and he recommends to get a professional service done, because it's worth it. Even if the property doesn't sell for asking price. In her experience, she vouched that this helps buyers feel that the home was taken care for.

If your question is, How Clean is a Seller Required to Leave the House After Moving Out? Depends if it is from a bank or private seller, but read about it here

A few years ago when I purchased a home. I looked for a clean home and the one's that were not, nearly made up my mind instantly . The staging whether furnished or not, is important and to me, does include carpets cleaned.
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Mon Aug 7, 2017
Anagb answered:
My husband is a veteran and our family is currently looking for a place to rent. Can you please send us an email with information regarding your property?
Thank you,
Mrs. Bunton
My husbands email is
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Tue Aug 1, 2017
NH answered:
I'm not a realtor or anything, but trying to relocate to Jacksonville myself and it is very difficult, even when you have a SSN, driver's license, good credit, steady income, own property elsewhere, etc... The landlords here are not flexible at all and I have been looking for a year.
Assuming you have income, it must be 3x rent to even be considered for an apartment.
Your best immediate bet would be to live in an extended stay hotel until you can obtain the things you need to rent, the work permit, license, etc... Hotels don't require the unreasonable application processes. The smaller towns west of Jacksonville will have more affordable mom and pop motels you may be able to rent month to month. Pick up one of the local Clay County and Jax free newspapers and check the classifieds. Also call and ask the cheaper chain motels if they have a weekly or monthly rate, they don't always advertise them. Good luck.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You can call a title company or visit your county office and ask them for a copy.
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Fri Jul 28, 2017
Judyebell answered:
Is the loan in only your father's name?
If so, have him sign authorization for you to speak with the bank. Try to assume the loan or Refinance.
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Mon Jul 24, 2017
Tuklaw1990 answered:
Northside, Westside, and parts of Southside of Jacksonville are overrun by thugs and drugs from the northside and eastside (downtown) part of town, transplants from Hurricane Katrina, and Ghetto-ville of other southern states (Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia). Unless you're a part of this group, I suggest you move further south closer to Saint Augustine. It's like a Zombie Apocalypse in Jacksonville, Florida and the decent neighborhoods and people are being driven out. ... more
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Sat Jul 15, 2017
Erin Welch asked:
My client deleted the previous By Owner listing from Zillow and Trulia, but I am still seeing old info from that listing (contact info owner, home details, price). These will all be different…
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Thu Jul 13, 2017
Jdtanner7171 asked:
Thu Jul 6, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You can't expedite the closing. If the seller owes money to their lender and doesn't have the cash to pay the lender, how can they sell their home? Either the lender will have to take a loss (no way) or you will have to pay more money (possible) or the seller will need to borrow money from somebody. Until the seller has money to pay their lender, you are not getting the keys.

Best advice: Contact the seller or their realtor and find out about the finances. Ask if the seller is able to borrow money from somebody.
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Sat Jul 1, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Yes the owner can sell with the tenants still living there. You would be buying this home as an investor - not owner occupied. You will also be required to honor the tenant's lease until the expiration date. You do not have the right to evict the tenant. When the lease expires, then you have the right to either renew the lease at the current market rent or not renew the lease at all. You will need to check your state's laws for landlords.

If you want to buy this home, you will need to find out about financing from lenders. Be aware that owner occupied loans have a clause in the documents that state you cannot rent the home for the first year. This is why you will need a loan for investors.
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Fri Jun 30, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
The first question is have you contacted a lender to get pre approved yet? How do you know what you can afford? Just because you THINK you can afford $175K doesn't mean a lender will give you a loan for $175K. It's possible a lender will only approve you for $150K OR $200K. You don't know until you get pre approved first.

The issue is realtors will ask for a pre approval letter BEFORE you can submit an offer on a home. You need to realize that if you were to submit an offer and that offer is accepted, how embarrassed will you be when you find out a lender will reject you for a loan or lower the amount that you qualify for. Do yourself a huge favor. Save yourself the humiliation and embarrassment and get pre approved first.

Next - as for builders they need to make a profit. They work differently than a homeowner. Homeowners will negotiate because they need to move on (job relocation, retirement, etc.). Builders don't. They are just interested in making a profit because they had to pay vendors, laborers, permits, materials, etc. Builders might negotiate as long as it doesn't affect their bottom line. You need to understand that builders don't care how long that house stays on the market. It can be listed for sale forever. There is no time limit because nobody has to move out. Therefore, if it takes 1 year, 5 years or even 10 years to sell, who cares? As long as the builder gets the listing price - who cares? The builder is probably willing to continue paying property taxes until a buyer comes along to pay that listing price. So at this point, don't get your hopes up that a builder will accept $175K.
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Fri Jun 30, 2017
Wudrnsoul answered:
I assume you had the home and plumbing inspected BEFORE you bought the house. I advise you to seek damages from the inspector that passed the plumbing system.

Pre owned homes rarely come with a home warranty or Guarantees. Real Estate agents are much like used car salesmen. You can NEVER buy a house based on what the sales person told you. Have it inspected or get it in writing.

I will tell you this...googleSearch how to " unlock clogged drain field" sometimes biomass builds up in the soil just below the drainfield for your septic system... there is an additive you can buy from home improvement stores to "unlock" or dissolve this biomass which allows your drainfield to drain again....READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS it takes a while to work the soil.

BEWARE of estimates that recommend WHOLE NEW systems... they want to sell a septic system as bad as the real estate agent wanted to sell a house.
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