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Sat Jun 10, 2017
Doo_doo24 answered:
I am looking for a home to rent in Lawrence area for me my wife and three boys. Looking for a three bedroom or two to make ends meet. Any information would be greatly appreciated
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Wed Jan 18, 2017
Chandraschmitt asked:
3 months ago we found a real estate agent to purchase a home. We were required to sign a 6 month contract that stipulated we would only use their firm to purchase a home. We are doing a…
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Sat Oct 22, 2016
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Thu Apr 21, 2016
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Tue Apr 12, 2016
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Sun Mar 20, 2016
Dulcimar67 asked:
I need to contact only by e-mail because I am in Brazil. I have one boy (13) and a girl (10) and no pets. We will arrive in Lawrence in August 1st/2016 and we will come back to Brazil…
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Wed Dec 16, 2015
Scott Godzyk answered:
This is not the right place to look, for personal look at brokers check out Active Rain (see link below) to sign on for free. Then search your area, you can read first hand what they stand for, how they do business and if they may be a good fit for you. ... more
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Wed Dec 16, 2015
My NC Homes Team answered:
Your friend doesn't know what they are talking about and you need to understand that Trulia adn Zillow have nothing at all to do with real estate other than advertise it. As a new agent your best bet in terms of training an opportunity will actually come from one of the larger franchises and after working there for a couple of years and gaining experience then you could look at some of the smaller firms. Starting at a small firm is almost a gaurantee that you like 80% of all new Realtros won't be in real estate within two years. ... more
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Mon Nov 30, 2015
Taycollins42 answered:
I think it's really important to look around before hiring anyone for something like this. My suggestion would be to talk to people you know that have had fences put in recently. They should be able to tell you who to talk to. Once you have some suggestions, you should meet a few of them. That way you'll be able to pick the best option, and you can be more confident about that decision.
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Thu Jun 4, 2015
Tmdillon72 asked:
The middle school listed for 633 Arrowhead Drive in Lawrence, KS is incorrect. The school listed is Liberty Memorial Middle School; however, the correct middle school for that development…
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Tue Jun 2, 2015
Brenda Haase answered:
Unfortunately you can not list your home on Trulia as a FSBO. It has to be listed with an agent in order to be listed here. I do list homes in your area and would be happy to help you. Please call me for a free market analysis. Thanks, Brenda Haase, Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty 785-342-1234 ... more
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Sun May 10, 2015
Diana Hellman answered:
I recommend your reaching out to local agents in the area rather than this general forum, by either contacting through trulia those agents who service the areas you are interested in or by googling established real estate agencies in that particular area and starting a dialogue. ... more
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Sun Oct 19, 2014
The Housing Hawk answered:
Hi Kim! I run a local rental guide in Lawrence called The Housing Hawk to help renters find apartments and houses in town. You can search the active listings on our website, or you can call/email me and tell me more about what you're looking for so I can send over a list of properties that meet your criteria. If we don't have anything listed on our website that works for you, I can also get in touch with the landlords and property managers who work with us to see if they have any properties that are coming available soon. Also worth mentioning - the service is free for renters. ... more
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Sun Oct 19, 2014
The Housing Hawk answered:
I run a local rental guide in town called The Housing Hawk and we work with dozens of landlords and property managers to help connect them with renters. You can check out all of the active listings on our website, or shoot me a message and I'd be happy to point you in the right direction. ... more
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Fri Jul 18, 2014
Laurabarnett2012 asked:
are there any lenders in Lawrence that would lend to someone with a 595 score for an FHA?
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Mon May 19, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
They are the ones found on the MLS printout, sorted from highest price to lowest, at the bottom of the page.

Most buyer start from the bottom and often never reach the top. That why overpricing can prove fatal to getting a viable purchase offer.

Need more details? Pick up the phone and call a local REALTOR.
They will ask, "How do you plan to pay for the purchase?"
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Fri Apr 11, 2014
Brian Boyle answered:
The Kansas Homeownership Assistance Program (KS-HAP) is a great program. It is a 'First-Time Homebuyers' down payment assistance. FHA requires a minimum cash investment of 3.5% of the purchase price to be included in the financing. The KS-HAP program covers 4% of the purchase price, which would cover the necessary cash investment and leave some funds to cover items paid outside of the closing or earnest money deposit that was made at contract.

The USDA/RD program is available in areas very near Lawrence and is a 100% financing program with NO downpayment required. This is the "Guaranteed" program. A VA loan is of course an option, if you qualify. Not all banks and mortgage lenders are participating in the program.

Here is a link to the website:
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Wed Jan 22, 2014
Ken Schmidt answered:
Hello Todd,

Rob offered some excellent advice. I would add that right now is a great time to re-start you search if you took a break over the Holidays. Each day new listings are added to the local Lawrence MLS and based upon your budget, many would fit that budget nicely should you choose to purchase. I would also love to offer my services if you need assistance in our area. I work with some great local lenders who would enjoy speaking with you about lending options.

My company, McGrew Real Estate has very solid working relationships with well-reputed rental agencies if you have decided that leasing is most fitting.

Warm Regards!
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Wed Oct 30, 2013
Marcia Kelly answered:
I just wrote a blog article on this. Check it out:

Consider 6 counter-top materials popular on the West Coast.

Recycled Glass.

Colorful, recycled glass mixed with cement. Contractors can color or stain them for more variation. Recycled glass along with cement mixed with fly ash from coal-burning stoves saves these products from the landfills. This option makes your home attractive & cutting edge.

End-Grain Bamboo Kitchen Counters

Bamboo is an Eco friendly substitute for wood--it's fast growth makes it more renewable. (I know this for a fact, as I was forever cutting down the ever-growing bamboo branches at my home in California.)

Recycled Paper Kitchen Counters

Recycled paper in a resin base. Comes in thickness from .25 to 2 inches. Not only can it be integrally created in many hues, but it's a lot more stain resistant than marble or laminates.


Comes from coconut palms, & it's stronger than oak. Don't worry about destroying palm trees. This one comes from old, non-fruiting palms.


Created from recycled fly ash, stone & shells. It beats granite for durability.


Popular on the West Coast, this countertop displays a stupendous patina. it's created from reclaimed wood from wineries, such as oak wine vats.

Marcia Kelly, CRS
Keller Williams, Topeka, KS
(785) 249-3989
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