Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Home Buying in Mercer Island : Real Estate Advice

  • All23
  • Local Info4
  • Home Buying5
  • Home Selling3
  • Market Conditions0

Activity 6
Sat Jan 29, 2011
Melissa Barkalow answered:
Yes there is a difference, detached literally means detached (no other home connected) as compared to a townhouse which might have homes sharing a common wall on one or both sides. There is also semi-detached where you have two homes that share one common wall.

Hope this helps!
... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Tue Oct 19, 2010
Robin Silverberg answered:
Keep in mind that Mark is asking for a jumbo loan, so he is not getting the adjustments for credit score that are the Fannie/Freddie overlays. Most likely this is going to be a portfolio loan, which means that the lender will hold your loan, and not sell it off. In addition, I am not sure who would say that a 780 credit scores allows someone to obtain a better rate, because that is not true. There had been a few lenders 2 or 3 years ago that had a bonus for that, but as long as you don't plan to live in your car, where you can get 0% financing if you have a 780 credit score, it is 740, as others have said. ... more
1 vote 10 answers Share Flag
Wed Sep 1, 2010
Dan Tabit answered:
How much do you want the condo? If you feel you'd have serious regrets if you lost out to another offer, don't ask for too much of a discount. Consult with your own agent for comparables and make an offer that represents both the value of the unit in general, and the value you place in it.
If you could take or leave it and there are more just like it, consult with your agent and consider being more aggressive. I agree that due to the short time on the market, the seller may not be considering a big discount, but you'll never know if you don't try.
... more
0 votes 8 answers Share Flag
Wed Jul 14, 2010
Jack Alhadeff answered:
If you can be more specific as to which building you are refering a good Realtor can find out if they allow pets, and if so, what limitations there might be.
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Fri Feb 26, 2010
jj answered:
Having a qualified agent in Mercer Islands #1 office is a great starting point. Coldwell Banker Bain has been the #1 office in Mercer Island for years and has many experienced and ";in the know" agents who can help you with your search. ... more
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Search Advice
Home Buying in Mercer Island Zip Codes