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Home Buying in Methuen : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jun 5, 2017
Madseller5150 answered:
The lowest offer likely to be considered reasonable by the seller would be around 80% of the sellers asking price for the home. In this case thet would be in the neighborhood Of $149,000. ... more
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Fri Apr 8, 2016
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Sun Sep 13, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
Alan is correct, you can try anything, but it isn't common and will potentially cause problems. Buyers want certainty. One wiling to accept that level of uncertainty will want to be compensated for it by offering a lower price than they might if they could plan their sale normally.
A buyer has to know when the can lock a loan, close a transaction, schedule the movers, utilities etc. If this is so important to you that you can offer your home for a below market price, you may get a taker, but for top market price I'd advise against it. It comes down to what's important to you.
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Sun Sep 13, 2015
Alan May answered:
You can accept an offer based on any contingency you want. You can make it contingent on Donald Trump becoming the candidate of the Republican party.

But contingencies like that will limit the number of buyers who will consider offering you a contract. After all, it leaves them in "limbo", until you find and get another home under contract (or until Hell freezes over for the Republican Party). ... more
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Thu Jun 11, 2015
Alexiskanee answered:
You can certainly close on the property even with a failed Title V, and have a mortgage on your purchase. The bank however, will require you to have estimates for the replacement system, and then have you put 2X the replacement costs into escrow (which they will hold), and give you a specific time frame to have the new septic installed. The septic company will be paid by the bank from the escrow, and any surplus will be returned to you when the job is complete (and inspected).

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Thu Apr 16, 2015
Christina Parris answered:
Hi Patty,

I just saw your post and would like to know if you found a way around your concern. I actually live in Methuen myself and am a Realtor also. My office is Moore-Tuttle in North Andover and if you are interested I work with severely low credit score lenders. I'd love to help and I look forward to hearing from you!

Christina Parris | Licensed in MA
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Tue Oct 28, 2014
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
You can disclose in the remarks that the basement is included or just say the area does not include finished basement.
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Mon Sep 15, 2014
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Christopher Lefebvre answered:
Eva, there is no mention of a washer and dryer being included in the listing. I contacted the listing agent to ask if there are hook ups. Other listings in this condo complex did have a washer and dryer inside the unit so there is a chance that it does. I'll post if I find out more details. ... more
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Fri Jan 17, 2014
Marianne Avila answered:
The possibilities are many. There could be multiple lien holders on the property, the negotiator did not like the offer price and countered, the bank is waiting for supporting documents from the Seller, the file was reassigned just to name a few. I am Loss Mitigation Certified and have seen a short sale take a year to close. Is this a property that you are interested in or are there similar properties that you have questions about. Please feel free to contact me at or 978-984-3188. I hope you found this information helpful. ... more
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Wed Oct 2, 2013
Paul Nartiff, Jr. answered:
There are different types of mortgage products available to buyers. I always suggest that buyers call a couple of lenders and compare the pros / cons of the mortgage products they offer, including the down-payment amount and other factors. Good luck ... more
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Fri Sep 27, 2013
Floyd Ribeiro answered:
yes, this particular property was sold 5/24/13 for 163K

is there any other property that I could assist you with in the Methuen area?

Floyd Ribeiro
EXIT Group One Real Estate
1501 Main St #19 (Route 28)
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Direct: 781 799 7540

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Mon Jul 15, 2013
Heath Coker answered:
I would use a local rental professional to save time and money and also to make sure you don't miss a great rental.

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Fri May 31, 2013
Gerry Harrington answered:
Good morning Alfred,
The simple answer is honesty, integrity,and experience ! A good agent is accessible,and returns call and emails promptly, in most cases, it would be within the hour.. You should feel comfortable with this person, and not feel rushed when asking questions. Knowing the market in the area of your search is important also. A good agent wouldn't be afraid to refer you to someone else in another market who knows the area better. The bottom line is , you should feel that the agent works , and works hard, for YOU, and always has your best interests as his ( or hers ) top priority!
Hope this helps!
Gerry Harrington
Anderson Treacy Real Estate
Stoneham 781-367-1647
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Sat Apr 13, 2013
Christopher Lefebvre answered:
Just to answer your question in general, in Methuen right now the average Sale Price to List Price ratio for the past year for single family homes is 97% of the list price and the average Sale Price to Original List Price ratio is 93% or the original list price.

However, the asking price of a home for sale is ultimately decided upon by the seller. Sometimes homes are listed much higher than true market value and some times they are listed at or below market value.

My advice is to work with a local real estate professional as your buyer's agent and when you find a home that you would like to purchase have your agent look up comparable homes for you to determine a good estimate of market value. Many homes right now are selling very quickly especially if they are priced near market value.

Here is a link to general price trends for home prices in Methuen:

Feel free to sign up on that page for a free monthly market report to be emailed to you.

I hope that my answer has been helpful. Thank you and good luck!

Chris Lefebvre
eXp Realty
Methuen, MA
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
Christopher Lefebvre answered:

The first step should definitely be to talk with a mortgage professional. If you don't have a local mortgage professional that you know and trust, I would be glad to give you some recommendations.

I actually wrote a blog post about the home buying process that might be helpful to you. Here is a link:

Based on your question you are looking at a down payment of around 5% to 7%. An FHA loan may be a good option for you. However, keep in mind that project homes that need repairs may not pass an FHA appraisal. A mortgage professional can tell you more about FHA programs.

Mass Housing is another program that you could consider. They have a program that allows for no mortgage insurance even though you are putting buying with less than a 20% down payment. Here is a link for more information:

I also have a first time home buyer's guide that I wrote that I would be glad to send you. Contact me if you are interested.

I hope this info helps you out. Thank you.

Chris Lefebvre
eXp Realty, Methuen, MA
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Thu Sep 20, 2012
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Sat Apr 28, 2012
Marilyn Ellis answered:
What does VRP seller mean? All of the agents answers are correct based on the actual concept of Prudential Real Estate and what the buyer should know about those type of listings. The goal has been accomplished when a property has this type of designation it creates conversation and good market valuation between the buyer and their agent. No matter if the property is listed as VRP or some variation in the remarks keep in mind that LOCATION, CONDITION AND PRICE should always apply in some way. ... more
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