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Home Buying in Topeka : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 21, 2016
Reustr answered:
Give Michael Province at Corefirst Bank a call. Tell him Ron Reust from Mid-America sent you. He can run your report and tell you what you need to do to clear up any flags. Call Mid-America Real Estate when you are ready to buy, and we will find you the perfect home at NO charge to you (if it is a listed property). 785-221-3365 ... more
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Fri Oct 23, 2015
Josh Barnett answered:
Take the time to save up more for a down payment and continue to pay all the debts on your credit report.
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Fri Oct 31, 2014
Stan Zimmerman answered:
Maintained annually, service by reputable patio and pool.
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Fri May 16, 2014
Abtork92 answered:
My personal opinion is that I would not purchase a duplex or home to convert into a multiple dwelling in “Old Town”. The crime rate in that area is high, most housing is “Section 8” and I am certain that the property value in that area will never appreciate. You can view Shawnee County property appraisals at: and you can view crime rates at: or
Hope this info helps and Good luck.
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Mon Feb 24, 2014
Robert Hanson answered:
Like any other industry, there are good and bad players. Frankly the bank is sometimes less the issue than the representative that you are working with. You should find someone that offers a lot of different options for mortgage programs and is willing to spend the time to lay them out for you and go over the pros and cons of each. At that point you can check other lenders to make sure that the rate you are being offered is competitive.

I am available to help you at your convenience if you wish.

I can do a full underwriting approval ahead of time if need be and I also offer credit score improvement programs for free while we work on your mortgage.

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Robert L. Hanson
Gladewater National Bank
First Time Homebuyer Specialist

Direct: 240-752-7549 Cell: 301-651-7822
NMLS# 695929

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Tue Feb 4, 2014
Ken Schmidt answered:
To add to Miriam's response, the lending process is a bit easier now than it has been in recent years. Smaller lenders are bring new loan products on the market for all credit ratings. As Chris wrote below, Kansas has a new program aimed at first-time buyers (or those not owning a home within three years) which can assist with up to 4% of the down payment on any qualified government loan (FHA..etc.). I will link a great government resource which does an excellent job in describing the process. Good luck! -Ken Schmidt McGrew Real Estate Lawrence, KS ... more
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Tue Feb 4, 2014
Ken Schmidt answered:
Very good observation. There is a reason that department stores spend millions of dollars every year appealing to all your senses, including smell. Likewise, there is a reason why Cinnabon has World Famous Cinnamon Rolls--which I cannot resist in the airport.

-Ken Schmidt
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Sun Jan 26, 2014
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Sun Jan 19, 2014
Debbie Gillum answered:
They actually do. In 2013 I had two clients who used bridge loans to help with purchasing their homes. I have names of the lenders if you ever want them. Hope that helps!!!
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Thu Oct 31, 2013
Paul Dwyer answered:
1337 clay Red brook Apartment's Look Up Fire Ambulance And police File's City Code and Robinson Middle School Area Violation's Unlawful Company

To Trinity Properties LLC M.T.J LLC And All Joint Associates. As I Understand Trinity Properties LLC And M.T.J LLC Feel's I have Not Only broke my tenant agreement but Also should Vacate the premises when i did the place was vandalized i went to the valeo to Recuperate From The Eviction then the surprise three day notice on top of that for the bill of October stay and i been only there to remove item's i will not return again Today is first of November it very costly to move in such a rush without much time and help i will like no further contact from trinity properties LLC or its associates or any of it's management company owners and associates. yours truly Paul Saint Vincent Dwyer November 1 2013 P.S Good luck. I have no extra Money Available Due To This action i wish to End all Business etc. Relationship's And Communications with this company Trinity properties LLC and M.T.J LLC and All Contact's. Defendant :Paul Saint Vincent Dwyer ... more
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Sat Oct 26, 2013
Mack McCoy answered:
I wrote, "I don't think a lender has an ethical obligation to protect our client relationship, Marcia."

Marcia wrote back, "Wait until it happens to you."

So, my reply is: I don't think a lender has an ethical obligation to protect our client relationship, Marcia.

Of course, it bites that you don't get to double end this deal. I think all of us have had buyers take our preferred lender list and roll it up to wipe bird poop off their windshields, then gone off to a loan rep who has tried to steer them to their preferred real estate agent. That's the way it is.

- I will never send anyone to this lender again.

What's changed? You never sent anyone to them before!

I know this is upsetting, BUT. Deep breath, you'll get the listing sold and closed, and you can move on.

All the best,
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Sat Oct 26, 2013
Patty Clark answered:
Find a portfolio lender. This means they make a case by case decision and don't sell the loan to an investor because they keep it. Therefore their guidelines are their own and not FHA's. ... more
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Sat Oct 26, 2013
Patty Clark answered:
You can get a credit card from your bank with a very small limit. Buy something for say $50.00 then pay it back on time. Do this several times and your score will improve.
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Sat Oct 26, 2013
Patty Clark answered:
Interview the Insurance agent. Make sure they will take the time to sit down with your client and go over everything in the policy. I had one agent call me and wanted to meet up to start a referral program.
Met with her and turns out her pricing was much better that my current carrier and she saved me $1200 a year.
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Sun Oct 13, 2013
Marcia Kelly answered:
This depends on one's goals & values, among other things. My son went to Topeka West. He came from Calif. schools & his calculus curriculum wasn't in sync with Topeka West's. They gave him private math tutoring for a semester. The teachers gave him a lot of care & attention because he was 2 years younger than his classmates. He learned to speak Spanish fluently & won an award for testing #1 on the State language proficiency test. He had eastern schools trying to recruit him. He's an urban planner in CA now. What a wonderful school! ... more
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Mon Jun 24, 2013
Neva Smith answered:
There are places online that you can find this out, but I guess I am concerned, confused by several inquiries from different people asking questions on this site as to who lives at a this or that address. It really isn't a real estate question to ask the real estate pros. ... more
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Allison Rank answered:
I can assist you with finding out more information on those lots. What would you like to know? Please contact me at 785-691-7654 or at

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Wed Jan 30, 2013
Maria Glez-vallejo answered:
Why renting instead of buying? Let me know your price range and I will send you information about houses to buy. If you have a job here, I will be happy to help you to get the loan. Here is my phone # 785-221-2529. ... more
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