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Home Buying in Kingwood : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jan 6, 2015
James L. Smith answered:
Contacting the listing agent is the best avenue in order to find out whether the property is under contract. You can find the listing agent's information of the same page as the property's information. ... more
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
James L. Smith answered:
It is rare to find lease to own properties the the suburban areas of Houston but, you can always ask a seller who owns investment properties for lease. Lease to own usually consist of owner financing with a lease agreement/contract. In some cases the seller will allow the buyer to lease the property for pre-determined amount of time. Normally, this time frame is from 1 to 5 years depending on the terms of the contract. There are other cases if the buyer can not qualify for financing the seller will owner finance the deal stipulating their own terms. I see most owner financing deals with 20% down and the seller determining the interest rate. ... more
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
James L. Smith answered:
The buyer will usually pay a $100 option fee, as stated in the contract, giving them 10 days for the inspections. The buyer will then contract and pay for the inspections of their choose during the 10 day option period. If the buyer moves forward with the purchase after the 10 option period; the buyer will be credit back the $100 at closing. ... more
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
James L. Smith answered:
On a mortgage note...I wanted to advise you as a former mortgage professional. Not only have I read and heard a lot of negative things about the online and big lenders such as Chase, B of A, Wells Fargo, Quicken Loans, Capitol Mortgage but, have personal experience as well. Most of the large banks and financial institutions let many smaller to medium sized loans slip through the cracks of the bureaucracy type style of their corporations or what we call back burner deals. Having personal experience with a lot of these large non personable entities and it is risky to do business with them.. to say the least or just a big headache! They can offer decent service at times but, you may be rolling the dice as to whether you receive that service. The majority of the time you are not even dealing with a Texas state licensed loan officer or loan processor but, someone who is an employee of the bank only following a broad guideline of policies and under an umbrella brokerage license covering multiple states...not a unique approach to your loan.

To have a smooth and enjoyable real estate experience from all sides of the deal and I think a nationally know mortgage company with a personally touch may suit you better than these online/phone service companies or conglomerate lenders. Having a physical person to meet with at their place of business or wherever you are at and whenever you need to see them.. if needed...is a major advantage in my book. The nationally recognized mortgage companies will have all the same loan products as the big lenders and more! One of my favorites is Envoy Mortgage.
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
James L. Smith answered:
The Kingwood market area is just as susceptible to foreclosures as any other market in the Greater Houston area. There are many reasons for a home to be foreclosed.. for example, job loss, reverse mortgages, delinquent payments, nonpayment of taxes or even passing away. The REO and distressed properties within the Kingwood market are at normal levels being below 30% of the active listings and/or recent sales within the last 6 months in comparison the the broader Houston market. ... more
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Sat Dec 27, 2014
James L. Smith answered:
Having an in-ground pool on your property adds value to the property and possibly a selling point if kept in good condition along with updating. The HOA community pools do offer a non maintenance option but, the down side is the community pools are only open during certain hours and months of the year as well as little privacy. If you know you will enjoy having a private pool and will use it on a regular basis...a heated in-ground pool is a great addition to a property. ... more
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Sat Dec 27, 2014
James L. Smith answered:
Most of the subdivisions in Kingwood have structures in which the backyard is larger in proportion to the front yard. The common placement of the structures is toward the front of the lot within 15 to 25ft of the street. As the lot size of the property is increased...in most cases the backyard is enlarged. A great way to view the properties is on a site like Google's satellite view or HCAD's plat maps which will give a good idea of the size of the backyard to the front. ... more
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Mon Feb 28, 2011
Cherin Cox answered:
It did sell. Closed January 31st.

Appeared to be a good price... Nothing else is for sale in Woodstream right now less than $190k something.

I typically don't work in Kingwood but have sold and leased there many times over the last 11 years. If you need any assistance whatsoever. Let me know. I'm happy to answer your questions. ... more
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Wed May 26, 2010
Amanda Seidel answered:
Hi Nina! Any local Realtor can give you this information. I would also be happy to provide it to you. My email address is seidel@kw.com, or my cell is 713-885-8781
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Tue Sep 8, 2009
Doug Erdy answered:
If you get a basic gunite in ground pool you can expect to pay in the 20-25k range. If you want to add a hot tub or heater you can expect to pay in the high 20's.
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