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Mon Oct 16, 2017
Jonathan Lahey answered:
Your question has been answered! I hope that you have found a Catholic Church near your area.
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Sun Oct 15, 2017
SJ Anderson asked:
I just found out that radon inspections are required by law. Was this ethical for my previous agent to advice against a radon inspection.
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Wed Oct 11, 2017
Rpjacuratsx asked:
I'm looking to rent an apartment around the intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Sugarbush Lane in North Bethesda (20852). Does anyone know if this is a good area? Is crime or safety…
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Sun Oct 8, 2017
Jonathan Lahey answered:
Hi,

Try to see this link , you might find a good answer for your question!

https://www.trulia.com/voices/General_Area/Where_are_some_easily_commutable_suburban_feel_are-9107
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Fri Oct 6, 2017
Alan May answered:
I don't know what the rules are in Kentucky. In Illinois, there is no such law that requires a radon test. And just because you're releasing the "contingency" doesn't mean you can't conduct a radon test anyway. It only means that if you have a high-finding, you can't cancel the contract based on that finding.

Radon testing will vary day to day. And that's one of the problems with Radon tests. They are only a snapshot in time. One test might register 3.1, and the following week, it might register 1.5. The best way to really determine if you have a radon problem is to put a test in place for several months... and over time you'll be able to get an "average". Obviously, a 3-month test would be for your information only... after you've taken possession. Radon remediation (if you end up with a high-finding) is inexpensive and easy to put in place.

Good luck.
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Wed Sep 20, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Don't do it. You will regret it. I'm a former realtor and currently VP of my HOA so I speak with experience. You have several issues / challenges:

Property taxes - if you convert your home to 2 bedrooms, you need to verify with your county tax assessor if there will be an increase in taxes. You will need to get a permit and the county will know about it.

Realtors and buyers - each bedroom needs to fit a bed, clothes bureau, nightstand, desk? and floor space to walk around. Will both bedrooms have enough space for this? I don't think so. You need to understand that buyers want "normal" size bedrooms - where they are not squeezed between furniture to get to where they need to. If buyers feel squeezed between furniture, they will reject your condo. By the way, buyers have more furniture than you think, so if your intention is to minimize the furniture - think again. Buyers will envision your bedroom with THEIR furniture in it AND their furniture needs to fit INSIDE the bedrooms.

Appraisals - you need to contact a few appraisers and ask them how they would evaluate your condo if you convert it. At least you will know before you start.

HOA approval - sorry but you cannot do any construction projects without HOA approval. The HOA is VERY concerned with damage to hallways, elevators, debris, whether contractors are licensed and insured, etc. Briefly, if the HOA discovers any damage to the condo complex, they will penalize you.
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Mon Sep 11, 2017
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Brian,

Zillow bought trulia - so you can do changes in zillow and they will populate in trulia.

Just go to zillow and search your address. When you find it, scroll down to 'Owners Section' and you can make a login, and then update the information listed about your home. Its best to do this BEFORE it's listed on the market, or the changes will be frozen for a while.

Feel free to contact me directly if you have any other further questions.

All the best,

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Mon Sep 11, 2017
Eddy answered:
If you have an idea of which area you want to live in, you can contact a local realtor to help narrow things down and give you options to work with. Check out upnest.com to pick and compare from top realtors in the area that can provide you with some professional insight. Good Luck! ... more
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Sat Sep 9, 2017
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I agree with Johnathan on the order of things - PreApproval is #1.


Since you do live in a very expensive area, you may consider buying a distressed property and fixing it up, if you are not afraid of this type of thing. There are many realtors who are very familiar with this process, and I have been doing renovation lending for over 20 years.

This process has helped thousands of people buy MORE house with less money, and actually make equity through purchasing it right and improving the property while they lived there.

Hope that helps and gives you something to think about.

If you'd like to discuss this option some more, feel free to contact me via the contact information in my profile and I'd be delighted to answer any further questions you may have.

All the best!

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Fri Sep 8, 2017
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Tue Aug 29, 2017
Omar asked:
Can I get a Home Loan with ITIN or Tax Id number in Maryland? Is there any Bank or Lending group available on these loans?
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Sun Aug 20, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Sorry for Jonathan's stupid reply. Leave it to a lazy incompetent agent who doesn't bother to check the address.

I looked up your address on Zillow.com. If you scroll down to "Price and Tax History" tab, open it and I found the following information:

06/03/2015 - Sold
01/11/2016 - Listed for rent $3,295./month Click the down arrow and the listing was posted by Fairfax Realty, Rockville, MD
05/11/2016 - Listing removed
04/15/2017 - Listing removed
07/18/2017 - Listed for rent $3,295./month Click the down arrow and the listing was posted by Fairfax Realty Advantage, Rockville, MD
08/20/2017 - Listing removed

You need to contact Fairfax Realty in Rockville and tell them to remove your home from their database and not to list it for rent. Zillow and Trulia are the same company (Zillow Group). This means that any information Zillow has, it will sync to Trulia in 2 days. This explains why Trulia has your home as a rental.

Considering Jonathan seems to be a realtor in Rockville, I would write him a negative review because it took me 2 minutes to look up this information. Goes to show you that realtors are lazy and don't know what they are doing.
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Sat Aug 19, 2017
George answered:
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Mon Aug 14, 2017
Jonathan Lahey answered:
I Agree with Mack, you should find an agent or interview an agent who knows or expert with the place, and can be devoted hes/her time with you!
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Mon Aug 14, 2017
Cinnca Anderson asked:
We are looking for a property between the two.2 bedrooms min but here's the problem bad credit....good rental history and good salary.
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Thu Aug 10, 2017
Jonathan Lahey answered:
Hi,

I know this was posted long ago, but if you need assistance in the future kindly contact our team, Thanks!
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