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Tue Dec 9, 2014
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Both are wildly inaccurate. They depend on old data and cannot assess certain critical factors, such as the condition of the home. Do yourself a favor, call a local real estate agent and ask hem to prepare a Comparative Market Analysis for your home. It will be far more accurate. ... more
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Tue Aug 5, 2014
Scott Childress answered:
I teach English and Broadcast Journalism at the high school. It is the third school I have worked at during my career, and I love it there. The students are great - very few disciplinary issues and the ones that there are are minor. Wonderful teachers as well. My only critique would be that the students are a little babied. Test scores are excellent and the graduation rate is 96%, I believe. Not a big school - around 800 students. They also are starting a STEM Academy for grades 7 and 8 this upcoming year, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math-based projects. ... more
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Thu Mar 13, 2014
Farrah DiPietro answered:
I work at Century 21 in Sandwich and am happy to address these questions with you. My number is 774-487-4941 and my name is Farrah DiPietro.
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Sat Feb 1, 2014
Margo Pisacano answered:
suggest calling town would have to add to an approved budget.. cost to be passed on to residents I am sure- always private pick up is available
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Fri Aug 16, 2013
Heath Coker answered:
Hi Cassie,

I would contact a local lending professional to help with this answer.
There is not enough detail in your question.

I know this guy can be helpful:
Bob Tranchell Total Mortgage Services LLC (508) 367-5731 cell

When you are ready to sell your property and buy another one, let me know and I'll help you or refer you to another great real estate professional.

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Tue Apr 3, 2012
W Murden answered:
Would I have to take a co-borrower off my loan because I cant refinance it. I owe to much on it and I also have a notaized letter that state that she asked to get her name off the deed and have it only in my name and I am going to give her $2000 for her half of the house? ... more
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Thu Mar 15, 2012
Kevin McDermott answered:
The wording of your question is a little ambiguous, but I'll assume you're asking about submitting offers on different properties at the same time, hoping one will be accepted.

First let me say I believe it unethical unless dealing with foreclosed properties owned by banks or similar institutions. Please don't forget that selling a home is often a stressful and nervous time for a seller, and it is unfair for anyone to submit an offer that a seller would accept if they don't genuinely intend to purchase the property. What would make things even worse is if a seller were to accept your offer over someone else's and then have the other buyer move on to a different property- believe me, I've seen that happen. A seller can find themselves with multiple offers one day and none the next.

That said, an Offer to Purchase, when fully executed, is a legally binding contract. Many people, agents included, look on the Offer merely as the step before the Purchase and Sale and don't give it due consideration. It is true that in most cases a buyer can withdraw an offer soon after it is accepted and not lose their deposit, or have a seller attempt to make them perform. Typically, a seller just wants to sell their property and they don't want to waste time and energy fighting with someone who doesn't want to buy it. Bear in mind, however, that a seller does have legal recourse if they choose to go that route, and you never know what the end result may be.

In answer to your question, I would add a clause to the offer stipulating that no binding contract is in effect until a copy of the fully executed agreement is HAND DELIVERED to you, the buyer, before the date and time of the expiration of the offer. It is important to follow up with the seller or seller's agent to make sure you are aware that your offer has been accepted, giving you time to revoke the offer before you receive a copy. (For reference see: Mailbox Rule)

One thing to bear in mind is that putting a clause like this, or any other unusual requirement, in an offer can make it unattractive to a seller and thus lead to none of your offers being accepted. My advice is to make one offer at a time, in a competitive situation make your best offer first, and sooner or later you'll be successful.

I am not an attorney. I advise consulting an experienced real estate attorney for all real estate transactions.

Hope this helps!
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Thu Mar 15, 2012
Catherine Jones answered:
The website given in the past 2 answers is the best one to check. The information about the clean up and the history of the plumes is great and should alleviate your fears. Homes are on town water which is tested on a regular basis and test wells have been drilled in various locations. I've sold many homes in Forestdale to buyers who love the area. It is true that the home values may be slightly lower but don't listen to rumors, get the facts!
Feel free to call me for a more in-depth conversation.

Catherine Jones
Today Real Estate
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Thu Mar 15, 2012
Annette Lawrence answered:
As others stated so well, it depends.
Here in FL, a bank owned single family home will sell 20% above listed price.
Here in FL, a bank controlled short sale may sell for list price but require a $100,000 cash payment in addition.
Here in FL, a 'move-in' ready home will sell 96 to 102% of list price.
Here in FL, a tired home can sell anywhere from 60 to 85% of list price.
Here in FL, a neglected or damaged home can sell from 20 to 60% of list price.
If you dump them all into one category, the data will not be applicable to the home you want to buy. It is similar to using national real estate statistics in a local real estate market. Only works by accident.

Best of success to you in buying your Sandwich home,
Annette Lawrence
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727. 420. 4041
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Thu Mar 15, 2012
Kevin Vitali answered:
As Andrew has suggested their are very few programs available for the first time home buyer. There are great lending programs available for ANY home buyer with as little as 3% down, some even offering 100% financing.

As everyone has suggested, think very carefully before cosigning for someone and understand the ramifications.
1-Your credit will be effected by the non-payment of the other party
2-If something should happen and the other party does not pay at all you are equally a 100% responsible for the balance
3- If you do try and purchase something else for yourself the payment that you have co-signed for will be factored as a 100% more drastically reducing your buying power in the future.
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Fri Feb 5, 2010
Ken Lambert answered:
Hi Jay- Have you ever owned a 2nd home before? There are a number of things to consider- if you are not used to it. How far away are you from it? Is it something that you would have to have a local property manager take care of and maintain, or are you close enough and handy enough to deal with that stuff yourself??
If you are looking at a bank-owned, ask the listing agent if all the water supply lines are still there. Many thieves steal copper water pipes from foreclosed homes.
Will you need financing? If so, the place really needs to be in liveable condition to qualify. Unless you want to go with a niche loan.
If you need any other help, please contact me. Thanks and good luck,

Ken L.
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Wed Apr 1, 2009
The Kelly & Colombo Group answered:
Hi Maureen,

I notice you are from Sandwich (or at least registered from there). Your local MLS system is Cape and Island MLS 9 . This is separate from the MLSPIN who handles most of Massachusetts. I believe they do syndicate all listings with Trulia; I know MLSPIN does. I would also suggest that you make sure that you’re listing shows in both the Cape and Island MLS and MLSPIN systems. These two systems do not merge their information and being so close to the "mainland" ( ha ha) buyers will be searching both systems to find homes in Sandwich. I do this with all of my Cape listings and it seems to attract more buyers. Good Luck!

It’s a Good Life,

Matt Kelly
"Team Kelly"
RE/MAX Executive Realty
Office: (508) 520-9669
Direct: (508) 294-3869
Fax: (508) 590-0278

Oh By The Way… I am never too busy for your referrals!
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