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Sun Jul 31, 2016
Pietje8 asked:

Trulia is showing a home with a crime rate of "Lowest": 7611 Stermer Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49048. When I scroll through the list of crimes "near" that address,…
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Sun Jul 24, 2016
Korrinth asked:
I know Zillow owns Trulia, but I specifically use Trulia because it doesn't have the annoying map, and I can search for homes on land based on acres and not square footage. Now I can't…
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Sat Jun 18, 2016
Nancy Domoff asked:
Looking for one to two week rentals for family visits.
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Mon Jun 13, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
Because if you're not pre-approved, it's a waste of time. Your time, my time, the listing agent's time, the seller's time, etc. If you're a serious buyer then you need to get pre-approved first. Just because you think it won't be a problem getting pre-approved, doesn't mean you necessarily will. It takes a lot more than a decent credit score. Lenders are going to look at your income, job history, debt to income ratio, savings, etc. They'll ask for tax returns, pay stubs, and bank statements. Not sure what the market is like in MI, but here in CO we are in a hot seller's market. If you want to be taken seriously, then you need to be prepared and be pre-approved and have a letter in hand. ... more
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Thu Jun 2, 2016
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Tue May 24, 2016
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Thu May 5, 2016
Jaben97 asked:
Can an owner sell their house and move into their rental without Tax penalties as long as they stay there a minimum of 2 years?
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Thu Apr 28, 2016
Martin Chilcutt asked:
Fri Apr 22, 2016
B.payne3222 asked:
site so I assumed it wasn't accepted. What reason would it be declined? What do I need to do to successfully post my rental?
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Fri Mar 25, 2016
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Wed Feb 10, 2016
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
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Thu Dec 17, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
for legal help, you should consult with an attorney who knows your local landlord/tenant laws
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Mon Dec 14, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
This property is likely not available yet for sale. The so called "foreclosure" listings you find here and on other sites aren't necessarily real, or available. In this case, the property is not technically listed "For Sale". (if it were, it would say so, and you'd see an MLS number). It's listed on Zillow as "Pre-Foreclosure" which really doesn't mean much. The owner has likely missed a few payments, and the bank is in very early stages of foreclosure proceedings. The foreclosure process can take months or even years. Even then, you may not ever see it listed for sale here. It may be sold at auction to an investor or flipper. Check your local newspaper for notices or your county website. To buy a foreclosure at auction, you'll need to pay all cash, which not many people can do. Also, keep in mind that not all of these actually end up as a true "foreclosure" aka "Bank Owned" or REO (real estate owned) property. Sometimes the home owner can stop the foreclosure process. Your best bet for searching for a home is to find a good local REALTOR who can search the MLS for all available properties that fit your search criteria. ... more
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Thu Nov 26, 2015
Joel Nelson answered:
Generally speaking, it's a good move to buy something close to campus. The closer to campus the property is the more expensive it will be, but you can buy a 3 BR home within a mile or so of campus for less than $100,000. There are also some pretty decent condos (usually 1 or 2 bedrooms though) for less than $50,000 that are close to campus.
The real estate market has been pretty hot this year. Assuming the market continues to improve, which my crystal ball says it will, the property should be able to be re-sold in 4 years for a small profit.
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