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Van Buren County : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Aug 18, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Since you are in the due diligence period, you need to visit or contact the tax Assessor's office or buildings department for the county or town and verify the property card or what the local officials have on file. Does the county show this home as 5 bedrooms or 4 bedrooms?

As a former realtor, I have seen home's advertised as 5 bedrooms where the 5th bedroom was in the basement and it turned out the owner was using the 5th bedroom illegally. Owners will use basement space as a bedroom to save money on buying a larger home AND save money by not paying higher property taxes because as long as the county doesn't know it (it's a secret), the owners get away with it - UNTIL it's time to sell. Then the owners pray the buyer is a sucker and won't do their research.

Don't be the guinea pig - do your homework! Also, don't trust realtors. Remember, all they are interested in is making sure you sign the closing documents and move in so they can collect their commission check. Once you move in, they don't care about you anymore unless you're selling or buying.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
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Wed Feb 15, 2017
Melissaanderson1502 asked:
We are looking to buy land/build home and be around $300K-$375K. Thinking $130/sq ft. We'd be moving from Colorado. We are thinking Grand Haven/Holland/South Haven area. Right now, its just…
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Mon Aug 22, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
An inspection is really for your benefit, so it's up to you. It's not like you get an inspection on a house and it's "good for" a certain amount of time. If a month goes by, you'd think it would be fine. Use your common sense. If there's a big hail storm or flood, then you probably want to get it inspected again! ... more
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Sat Jul 9, 2016
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Thu Jun 30, 2016
Paula Peterson answered:
513 Broadway St South Haven, MI
I would start by asking your lender if they are the one that holds the lien on the property. Or it could be A legal question.
Paula Peterson, REALTOR

Jaqua Realtors
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Thu Jun 30, 2016
Paula Peterson answered:
I did a quick search for this property, and the condos at this location list in the 300k to 400k range. I'll dig deeper for a foreclosure there, but it's not likely.
Paula Peterson REALTOR
Jaqua Realtors
513 Broadway
South Haven MI.
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Fri Oct 23, 2015
Funlady50 asked:
My ex foreclosed on our house and I'm having a hard time getting 15,000 loan. Credit is low 600'a and they say I haven't had loans in years. Is there any help without getting…
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Wed Sep 2, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Trulia does not currently accept FSBO listings, try Zillow.
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Thu May 28, 2015
Kineta Harrington asked:
I am looking for a home for me and my 3 children in the South Haven, MI area but there are only vacation rentals or weekly rentals. Where can I find help with finding a home?
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Noah Seidenberg answered:
No not at all. If the property looks like there is termite damage it is advisable but not mandatory.
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