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Tue May 2, 2017
Simpleone1 asked:
I just moved back to Va. after being gone for 18 years .This was my grandmothers home. As a child I spent a lot of time there playing with my cousins. Its so run down.
I really hate…
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Sun Feb 22, 2015
ddetablan answered:
Staunton downtowners are a mix of artists, lawyers, business folks, educators, students, bankers and neighbors. It is like finding yourself in a small European city where the grocer knows which mouthwash (Tom's of Maine) she needs to special order for you, where the cinema owners know the movies you prefer (art house and indies), and where the restaurant chef and owner lists where the dinner menu items come from (free-range chicken from Polyface Farms or the olive wheat loaf from Newtown Baking Company, as examples). Aioli, Zynadoa and Mill Street Grill are my favorite restaurants. Of course, one should check out the Split Banana for the most original gelato flavors (try the hot chocolate) especially when it is freezing outside!

As you can tell, I love Staunton. I just have to warn you that when you actually spend time here, you will keep coming back. I actually ended up buying a house in Newtown. My friends from California also bought the house next door!
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Thu Jul 17, 2014
Jeremy Vogan answered:
I have a place that would work for you, call me at 540 487 0480
Jeremy Vogan
Lofton Leasing, LLC
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Thu Jan 9, 2014
Debbie Shickel answered:
One of the best places to look for rentals is www.valleylandlords.com


Debbie Shickel, GRI
Bishop Realty
459 Lee Jackson Hwy.
Staunton, Va. 24401
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Thu Nov 14, 2013
Carolyn Avalos answered:
I'm a seller in Staunton, VA -- and we have sold two houses and have two more for sale. One is $215,000 and one is $500,000. In both cases, we would CONSIDER renting with the option to buy. Your real estate agent may not be very creative and may not even contact sellers -- but ask them to do that for you. If the seller doesn't have a mortgage, they may be in a position where they could consider renting with the option to purchase. Usually a seller wouldn't LIST their property with this option, but if the right people come along and the terms and other conditions work out for BOTH parties, it can become a good solution. It's a lot of work for your real estate agent to contact all the houses in your price range to see if the sellers would consider doing this. You can contact me at StauntonBandB@Comcast.net if you want to ask me about our properties or if I can help you in general. ... more
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Fri Oct 25, 2013
Kathleen Kellett answered:
Go to Staunton. South on Rt 252/Middlebrook Rd. Continue a few miles past the intersection with the Rt 262 Loop..
Let me know if you would like to schedule a tour of homes with a licensed Realtor, my Team would be happy to work with you.
Good Luck!
KK's Team
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Thu Sep 26, 2013
Crystal Smith answered:
I would suggest you try rental sites. Valleylandlords.com; apartmentsharrisonburg.com has a staunton section; craigslist.com; Rent-VA.com; and zillow.com has a rental section. Best of luck in your search! ... more
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Thu Sep 26, 2013
Debbie Shickel answered:
I live in the Riverheads area and my son graduated from RHS. Rentals in the Riverheads area are a little hard to find. House prices vary depending on whether you want a subdivision, house size, lot size , acreage and restrictions. The best way to find out this information is to work with a local Realtor that knows the market and the area. Occasionally my office will have a rental in the Riverheads school district. There are a number of homes in the area for sale. If you want further information, call a local Realtor. If you would like to call me I can be reached at Bishop Realty in Staunton, Va. Our office phone is 540-886-2313. ... more
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Fri Aug 16, 2013
My NC Homes Team answered:
To begin with you must take possession of the property within 60 days of the closing date, failing to move in within this time frame constitutes mortgage fraud assuming you're getting a primary home loan (as opposed to a investment loan) Admittedly there aren't any mortgage police per se, but I doubt your attorney would advise otherwise.

Personally while this does happen I don't like it and if possible would suggest not getting involved with this. The Seller listed their home for sale with the intent of selling it, they should have thought things through and if they needed to buy another home they should have been actively looking so that they were prepared to put a home under contract. Were I you agent I'd suggest you limit them to no more than 14 days after closing, for which you should be reimbursed exactly what it's costing you to carry the home during this time. Otherwise I'd either suggest terminating your offer (which may get the seller to realize what they want isn't likely to happen and they can go rent and figure it out as it's their problem and not yours), or postpone your closing.

Speak with your agent and your attorney and see what they suggest. As Bill Eckler wrote, this has the potential to become a sticky situation and if possible it's best to avoid it if at all possible
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Thu Aug 15, 2013
Debowden Bauer answered:
You can agree to rent your new home back to them, as a part of the Purchase and Sales agreement, by way of addendum. Ask your agent to draft this up for you, and it will require a lease agreement to protect your interests. They would have to abide by certain conditions set by you, the new owner--in order to stay.
OR, you can choose not to let them stay, if you wish to get into your new home upon closing, which you have every right to-
OR, you can extend the closing date to accommodate their need to stay. This would put the cost of mortgage, taxes, insurance, etc., back to them until they are out of the home at closing.

Of course, I am answering this from Idaho, and I see you are in Virginia, so please check with your local real estate professional, and/or attorney, for allowances within the existing contract, which may be different for you, relative to your real estate laws in Virginia.
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Wed Jun 5, 2013
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
I would suggest you try the regular rental sites:

http://www.craigslist.com
http://www.apartments.com
http://www.trulia.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.zillow.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.realtor.com (Rentals Section)

Between all of those, you will get a very clear picture if you can find what you are looking for. Good luck!
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Tue May 7, 2013
Ed Davis - Realtor® answered:
I will have a house for rent in June. What breed of dog do you have?

Ed Davis
REALTOR
Real Estate Plus
Mobile 540-292-1221
ed@eddavisrealestate.com
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Brenda Canning answered:
Metal roofs are great but they make it hard to get out bed on a rainy morning. The sound is so comforting. I have one and wouldn't trade it.
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Fri Feb 8, 2013
Erin Chiles answered:
It's possible, VA is a great mortgage program, I am a local lender at Movement Mortgage in Fishersville. Text or call me at 540.746.8358, it would be my pleasure to look at all mortgage options available. ... more
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Mon Jan 28, 2013
Kathleen Kellett answered:
Hello Ron,
I have a few rentals to send to you... Feel free to email me at KathleenKellett@gmail.com so I can send you that info. :)
KK
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Wed May 9, 2012
Don Tepper answered:
The price per square foot has almost nothing to do with a property's value. It's not going to reflect such things as age, lot size, condition, improvement, or location. Here's a blog I wrote on the subject: http://www.trulia.com/blog/don_tepper/2010/07/price_per_square_foot_a_poor_way_to_determine_a_home_s_value

Yes, it can be a challenge if comps are difficulty to come by. You (and your Realtor) have to do the best you can. Find the best comps, then adjust them based on the difference between them and the property you're interested in.

I'd also bet that if you actually took a look at some of those houses, you'd easily see why there's such a wide variation in price per square foot. (Age, lot size, condition, improvement, location, etc.)

Hope that helps.
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Wed May 9, 2012
Anne Oliver answered:
I would suggest that you contact a real estate attorney about this issue. Once you close on the property it may be costly, time consuming and difficult. It is much better to address all concerns now. Best wishes! ... more
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Wed May 9, 2012
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