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Home Buying in Vail : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jun 1, 2017
askbethbeau asked:
Sat Feb 4, 2017
Blah answered:
If my choice was between Pulte and KB Home, I would have to go with KB... Just comparing the methods of construction:

Pulte uses finger-jointed and glued 2x4 lumber on ALL vertical studs throughout their homes. Yes, technically it is No. 2 yellow pine, and yes it is technically one-piece lumber... It is scrap lumber that has been repurposed. KB Home uses single piece contiguous lumber on all 2x4 members of their homes. Not sure about you, but I want my 2x4s to be 2x4s.

Pulte also cuts corners (literally) when flashing their windows and bathtubs/showers. Not so with KB Home. They completely flash all water penetration points on their homes.

This may seem one-sided in my view, but I have owned several from both builder - I will never buy another Pulte/Centex home. Upon sale of my homes, the Pulte brand garnered me less of an ROI then KB by a wide margin.

I'll stick with the builder that has been in business for 60 years and is it's own warranty company.
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Sun Sep 27, 2015
Robert W Neill Jr answered:
A local agent should be able to help you with information on market conditions.
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Tue Jul 7, 2015
Jami bova answered:
I don't know what the official answer to that question is, and I certainly can't speak for all of Arizona. However, if you are looking in the Tucson/Sierra Vista area, then Vail schools are the best hands down. ... more
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Wed Jun 10, 2015
Jodileeo answered:
Many foreclosure auctions fail to bring in any bids. Banks or other mortgage lenders do not set foreclosure prices according to the home’s market value. The lenders try to cover their losses and fees. The foreclosure minimum bid price usually includes the balance of the unpaid mortgage loan, interest owed, attorney’s fees, and costs generated by the foreclosure process. Especially in a soft real estate market, the asking price could tower above market value.

Once a property becomes an REO, the lender will prepare the house for sale, including removing the occupants, clearing liens on the property, and determining a price. Generally, lenders do not do any upgrades or repair work on REO properties, which are sold “as is.”

When the home is ready for sale, the lender will work with a broker to put the property on the market.

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Mon Oct 6, 2014
Monsoons are not an issue for access to I-10 from Rancho Del Lago but timing is a factor if you are traveling between 7:10 (as Tim has stated) and 7:50. Traffic backs up from 7:15-8:00 a.m. some, but even if you catch a train or get caught in the flood of drivers heading to school and work it's never that bad. It may delay you 5-10 minutes on the worst day. My family and I live next to Del Lago and travel that way often.

Please let me know if you need any assistance with a home mortgage. I'd be happy to work with you.

Greg Kisiel, Loan Officer

Fairway Independent Mortgage

(52)0-349-8664 direct
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Sun Jan 26, 2014
Kay Arnold answered:
It all depends on the road your house is on and what kind of vehicle you have. I drive a regular 2 wheel drive full size pick up and have no problems get to the highway. My neighbors have a small four door sedan and they have no problem either. IMHO there is less of a problem in Vail than in parts of Tucson. ... more
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Sun Nov 10, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
Tie downs refer to a fastening process where the home is attached to the foundation. The term "affixed" is one way lenders determine whether a property is financeable. If you can pay to add tie downs, that would help, but the seller is unwilling or unable to do it, so they are limited to cash buyers.

The other question is about a road maintenance agreement. Those can be put together by the homeowner and neighbors, if they are willing. That is not always the case. The lender has concern that there will not be good access to the home (their asset when they lend on it).

The history on this home shows that it has been in contract that cancelled with another buyer. These issues may have been the reason, if they were unable to get financing. Marketing remarks say no conventional loan, but terms say cash or conventional.

Kat Tyree, Associate Broker
Tierra Antigua Realty
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Wed Jul 24, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
Yes, there are! Please give me a call if you would like more information, Victoriadiane.

Kat Tyree, Long Realty
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
Hi Glenn,
You are speaking my language...I don't want to live in the car commuting, but wish to be surrounded by all the natural beauty the Tucson area offers. Scenic beauty surrounds Tucson on all sides, but price range for your next home will dictate which areas are available to you.

Would you like to discuss it further? I have 16 years in Real Estate, and grew up in Tucson. Please call me for the next step, and I can answer any questions you have about area, price, etc.

Feel free to search for property on my website, which will show you everything listed in Tucson.

Kat Tyree, Associate Broker
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
Hi Sue! While many out of town buyers come to Arizona looking for pools, a home with a pool reduces the amount of buyers who will purchase it. Those who don't have extra funds or time for pool maintenance, those with small children safety concerns, etc, rule those listings out before they look. Savvy sellers know this, but it is only one reason that they aren't installed more. Primarily, A seller that installs a pool will only return a portion of their investment on appraisal, and it is a big ticket item.

If you want to stay in a home long term, a pool may be a wonderful item you can install once you buy, and have it built exactly as you want it.

Kat Tyree, Associate Broker
Long Realty Co
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
Short sales can, and are successful in many cases. I advise buyers of short sales to be committed to the property for a minimum of 3 months for a bank response. Some are quicker, and some can be very lengthy. Each short sale is unique, depending in part on the seller's financials. If you need a home on a set time frame, don't look at short sales. ... more
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Kat Tyree answered:
Range Price can be an effective listing tool, if used correctly. The range $ figure listed should also be supplemented in the remarks section of the listing. It should say, offers will be considered between ___ and ___, therefore disclosing the intention. Reading between the lines, I interpret that the seller REALLY wants the high end of the range, and there may be something unique about the property that will encourage that price. As with any property, you can make an offer that is outside of range, and the seller will have the opportunity to respond. ... more
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Wed Jan 9, 2013
Spirit Messingham answered:
Recommend you speak with a local Realtor, we can show you not only what is currently available in this subdivision but the surrounding areas as well.

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