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Sat Apr 14, 2012
Martha answered:
We have a 3/2 bedroom with a large unfinished basement in a great area near ku and downtown. Bug lot separate garage. You can contact me if you are interested martha945@gmail.com. Thanks ... more
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Tue Mar 15, 2011
Toland Hippe ABR answered:
Dave:

Indeed, it is Bank of America that I am referring to in my earlier post. I have been in contact with them and have received the basics of the program which are as follows:

Program Summary The program allows up to 95% loan-to-value (LTV) for:

• Existing medical doctors who are actively practicing

OR

• Newly licensed medical residents who are currently employed or in residency

OR

• Newly licensed medical students who are about to begin their new employment/residency within 60 days of closing.

To be eligible for this program, all applicants must have a minimum credit bureau score of 720 and at a minimum requires a demand deposit account (DDA) with Bank of America.

I have a little more information about this program and you are welcome to call me with names of individuals you can assist you in finding out more.

Again, I would love to be of help to you in finding a home. Please feel free to contact me at : 785-393-8342 or tolandhippe@stephensre.com.

Best Regards,

Toland Hippe
Stephens Real Estate
http://www.stephensre.com
785-393-8342
tolandhippe@stephensre.com
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Thu Dec 9, 2010
Toland Hippe ABR answered:
Hello Daniel;

Right now there are 5 single family homes on MLS that offer HOA with exterior maintenance and further amenities for the HOA price. These homes range in price from $249,900 - $499,900. It would really come down to your needs in a home, your price range, your age (as a couple of these properties are for seniors), and other factors that are important to you as a home buyer. I would be happy to help you further with any of your buying needs.

Best Regards,

Toland Hippe
Stephens Real Estate
785-393-8342
tolandhippe@stephensre.com
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Sun Jan 17, 2010
Bob Kocour answered:
For many years the size of Lawrence has been restricted by the KS Turnpike on the North, the Wakarusa river on the South, Farmland Industries fertilized plant on the East and our City Commission in mid town.

It has an outstanding school system, great quality of life, and various activities at KU: Sports, theater, music, ect.

We do have properties available in various conditions and price ranges. Touch base with me and I would be happy to get you more information.

Bob Kocour
Stephens RE
785-766-1234
Bob@BobKocour.com
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Mon Nov 9, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Mtynester,

http://tinyurl.com/RobSellsHomes is a link to the the 23 properties that meet your criteria for city single family dwellings with maintenance free living. They range in price from $307,500 to $2,200,000. You can narrow it down to the price range you are interested in or give me a call to narrow it down further for you.

There are a few more to choose from as well for under $600 annually for HOA dues but they don't offer as many benefits.

Thanks and "Don't keep me a secret--I'm never too busy for your referrals!"
Rob Lang, CRS, ABR, ePro, GRI, CFPS Realtor®
Sellers http://www.MLSPlease.com (Marketing homes to 2 MLS's, to over 10,0000 websites, and virtual tours, and a $1,495 full service listing side option to save home owners thousands of dollars when they sell their home)
Buyers: Property Searches http://www.AskRobLang.com
http://www.tokbox.com/Rob0709 to Video Conference with me
Blog http://www.ActiveRob.com
Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate
(Serving Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Topeka, Olathe, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas City, McLouth, Wellsville, Ottawa, Berryton, Tecumseh, more)
785-813-1357 (cell) 206-339-3199 (fax)
Info@AskRobLang.com
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Fri May 8, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi John,

Thanks for your question. Your answer is the first scenario on the IRS Q&A website regarding the first time home buyer tax credit.

The answer given on http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206294,00.html is:

S1. If a single person (Taxpayer A) qualifies as a first-time homebuyer at the time he/she purchases a home with someone (Taxpayer B) that is not a first-time homebuyer and then later that year they marry each other, is the credit still allowed?

A. Eligibility for the first-time homebuyer credit is determined on the date of purchase. If Taxpayer A, a first-time homebuyer, buys a house and then later that year marries Taxpayer B, not a first-time homebuyer, the credit is allowable to Taxpayer A. Taxpayer A may take the maximum credit.

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=204671,00.html and
http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206293,00.html will answer other questions that you have.

You may want to visit www.MoveToLawrence.com or www.MoveToEudora.com or www.MoveToBaldwin.com or www.66049Homes.com or www.66047Homes.com or www.66044Homes.com or www.66046Homes.com to help you get an idea of house prices in the Lawrence Kansas area. Most people not from here are shocked about Lawrence's rank as highest average cost per sq ft for housing in the whole state.

I would be happy to automatically email you homes that match your search criteria with no obligation. Houses that you see online are outdated anywhere from 48-72 or more hours and sometimes are under contract before you see them if they are the best deals.

I'd be happy to research and get you additional info as well such as county appraisal, value of other homes on the block, etc. Let me know if I can be of help.

Thanks and "Don't keep me a secret--I'm never too busy for your referrals!"
Rob (FREE Home Warranty with every home you buy or sell through me!!)
Rob Lang, CRS, ABR, ePro, GRI, CFPS Realtor®
Sellers www.MLSPlease.com (Marketing homes to 3 MLS's, to over 10,000 websites, "Showcase" Realtor.com listing, and virtual tours)
Property Searches www.LetRobDoIt.com
Places for Rent or Lease www.KSLease.com
Blog www.ActiveRain.com/blogs/langrob
Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate (three convenient locations)
(Serving Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Topeka, Olathe, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas City, McLouth, Wellsville, Ottawa, Berryton, Tecumseh, more)
300 Rockfence Place, Lawrence, KS 66049
1037 Vermont, Lawrence, KS 66044
I'll meet you at the location of your choice!
785-393-2274 (cell) 206-339-3199 (fax)
Rob@YouWantHouses.com
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Thu Feb 12, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Kellen,

I have such an earth berm home listed right now (see link below). Local banks may loan money on these homes but it is considered a non-conventional loan.

For expert advice on home loans, I would suggest you get pre-qualified and ask questions through Bob Buchanan at 785-979-1073.

As to the value, an earth contact home has tremendous utility savings value, lower exterior maintenance value, lower value when it comes to re-sell on down the road due to difficulty in getting a non-conforming loan
over a conventional loan.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Thanks and "Don't keep me a secret--I'm never too busy for your referrals!"
Rob (FREE Home Warranty and FREE Home Values Report with every home you buy or sell through me!!)
Rob Lang, CRS, ABR, ePro, GRI, CFPS Realtor®
Sellers www.MLSPlease.com (Marketing homes to 3 MLS's, to over 10,000 websites, "Showcase" Realtor.com listing, and virtual tours)
Property Searches www.LetRobDoIt.com
Places for Rent or Lease www.KSLease.com
Blog www.ActiveRain.com/blogs/langrob
Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate (three convenient locations)
(Serving Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Topeka, Olathe, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas City, McLouth, Wellsville, Ottawa, Berryton, Tecumseh, more)
300 Rockfence Place, Lawrence, KS 66049
1037 Vermont, Lawrence, KS 66044
I'll meet you at the location of your choice!
785-393-2274 (cell) 206-339-3199 (fax)
Rob@YouWantHouses.com
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Mon Jan 19, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Mc,

I would be happy to email you a plat or aerial view of the property with its boundaries so you can see how much land goes with the Lawrence Kansas real estate that you reference in your question. Please visit my web reference below to see all the homes and acreages that match your price range.

Thanks!
Rob Lang
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Mon Jan 19, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Saeed,

Thank you for your question. My website reference below will show you prices of new construction by both price ranges as you have mentioned and by geographical areas and features that you need. When you find homes that you are interested in, I will get you additional information such as building material quality, county appraisal, comparison with other homes on the block, and much more. I will also put you in touch with professional lenders better equipped than myself to answer your financing questions. A few builders offer financing themselves and I will let you know which properties qualify for builder financing. Lawrence Kansas real estate appreciates faster than any other real estate in the state so you will be looking at the high end of your $150,000 to $250,000 price range for your brick, new construction Lawrence Kansas property.

Thanks!
Rob Lang
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Mon Jan 19, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Elias,

If you are looking for information on how to buy a Lawrence Kansas property, the best thing to do is visit some Realtor's website where you can search for information based on what features you need in a home. My web reference below will allow you to select homes by zip code (area of Lawrence) and by price range. Once you find the home or homes you would like more information about buying, contact me or the Realtor from the website you found the houses and we will give you more information on county appraisal, building material quality, get you more photos, help you get a pre-approval letter, and much more.

Thanks for asking your question and let me know if I give you more info, more photos, sellers' disclosures, etc. on any Lawrence Kansas real estate.

Rob Lang
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Thu Dec 4, 2008
Robb Spearman answered:
You need to work with an approved HUD broker. I would highly recommend that the approved HUD broker is a Realtor which means they are members of the National, State and Local Association of Realtors. To find an approved HUD broker go to my website. ... more
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Sat Aug 23, 2008
Scott Godzyk answered:
I dont see why not. Your best bet is to find a trusted mortgage broker, and not an internet lender and ask them what programs they have to assist you. There also should be a state housing authority in VA that can assist you with their programs. Good luck on your purchase. ... more
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Sat Aug 23, 2008
Scott Godzyk answered:
I dont see why not. Your best bet is to find a trusted mortgage broker, and not an internet lender and ask them what programs they have to assist you. There also should be a state housing authority in VA that can assist you with their programs. Good luck on your purchase. ... more
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Sun Aug 17, 2008
Chris Lengquist answered:
Marisa did a great job of breaking it down for you. You're going to have to decide between a little more urban and a little more rural. Have fun and good luck. Let me know if I can help. ... more
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Mon Aug 11, 2008
Michael Mcgrew answered:
There are a variety of loans available for those with good credit. The Lawrence area is lucky to have quite a few good competitive lenders. FHA is an option and lower down payment conventional financing is as well. Don't forget that Congress and President Bush just signed the housing relief bill that gives first time homebuyers a $7500 tax credit that works like a no interest down payment loan. One knowledgeable lender is Danielle Baker at Oread Mortgage, dbaker@oreadmortgage.com. Good luck! ... more
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Thu Aug 7, 2008
Dan answered:
It depends how much money you can put down for a downpayment. If you can muster up 20%, you should be fine.

Try seekingagents.com to find a real estate agent who'll help you find a home, a loan, and take you through the buying process smoothly.

Best of luck,
Dan
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Thu Jul 31, 2008
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Fostermamas,

To answer your question would be steering. As Realtors, we are only allowed to provide you ALL the houses that match your search criteria, your price range, and geographical area if you select one. If you visit my web reference shown below, you will be able to select homes in each of the zip codes such as 66044 that would include many of the Mass Street area homes. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

Thanks!
Rob Lang
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Thu Jan 17, 2008
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Phyllis.....

Did we determine which area you are looking in?
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Fri Dec 28, 2007
Chris Lengquist answered:
A lot goes into that answer. Much depends on your financial situation, cash on hand, risk tolerance and so much more. Be very wary of working with agents that don't specialize in investment property. Feel free to call me or email me. I have sold a few in Lawrence. But I'd rather give you the name of an agent that works Lawrence almost exclusively and will do a great job for you. I regularly coach him on investments. ... more
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Fri Nov 23, 2007
Lorie Gould answered:
You can obtain a list from the National Association of Home Builders whose website is www.nahb.org. A local agent can provide you with a list of builders and a lot of information on the builders which includes their reputations. It is important to also do research on any builders you are considering to learn about any pending or past lawsuits. ... more
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