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Home Buying in 01824 : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jun 22, 2013
Kevin Vitali answered:
I am not following your question.... Are you talking about an FHA appraisal and work required for the FHA to lend?
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Sun Jun 23, 2013
John Savignano answered:
Yes, it should be disclosed if the Listing Realtor new, this was the sellers position? But getting beyond that now, do you want to buy the house? It may be being sold as is, but assuming you had a home inspection contingency, you can now walk away or try & renegotiate the price. Sold "as is" usually means, what you see is what you get. But you cant see everything and are not a home inspector. So if the inspection brings to light (potentially dangerous) defects. this is different. We would need more info as to what you consider potentially dangerous? If it is truly a dangerous item it will need to be disclosed to any future buyers. If you have a Realtor look to him or her for advice or your attorney. Best of luck. ... more
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Mon Feb 13, 2012
Roxanne Kazda answered:
Are you sure you are reading this correctly?
The typical seller's disclosure asks if there has been water penetration with the ownership of the home.
Where are you seeing this?

Keller Williams Realty
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Fri Jan 17, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Much will depend on the size of the home and it's current condition--costs can't always really be pre-determined, things can, and do happen....
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Sat May 24, 2014
Heidi Zizza answered:
Rummus that all depends on the price for the home. Your buyers agent is the best person to answer this question.
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Mon Feb 14, 2011
Laura Feghali answered:
Hello Rummus,
I believe that there are many other factors involved when selecting a home than simply the style of the home. Location, lot size, condition of the home, neighborhood amenities, proximity to major roads, and of course price to name a few.
Style is strictly a matter of taste but colonials seem to be the most favored in the northeast. Elderly couples or those with disabilities might prefer a ranch because of a lesser amount of stairs.
I hope this is helpful!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Mon Apr 16, 2012
Michael Emery answered:
Changing tastes dictate home styles throughout the years. Homes from the 1920s to 50s tend to have formal dining rooms, big living rooms and multiple small bedrooms. They will have lots of hardwood and woodwork.

1950s and 1960s homes were often built with larger kitchens and living rooms but no formal dining room. They might have one good sized bedroom and several smaller bedrooms. Most will have hardwood floors but will have an absence of hardwood woodwork.

Homes built today tend to have open floor plans with big family rooms and an absence of formal living rooms and dining rooms. Kitchens aren't encumbered by walls. Instead they are open to the family spaces. Modern homes also tend to have more spacious master bedrooms with attached bath (as opposed to the bath down the hall). Also modern homes tend to have multiple car garages where homes of the past would be lucky to have 1 car garages.

It all depends on what you are looking for in terms of amenities that fit your lifestyle.
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Sun Feb 6, 2011
Karyn Rose answered:
It's really a matter of personal choice - the size of the family and their entertaining style. Most buyers will appreciate an open traffic flow between dining room and kitchen, no matter what the sizes of either. ... more
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Mon Apr 16, 2012
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney answered:
According to Neighborhood Link " The median age for men is 38.1 while for women the median age is 40.8" so I would say you have an equal distribution of younger, middle aged and older people in Chelmsford - So that being said the housing stock will reflect various lifestyles in this community. Style is of particular interest to a buyer - but which style? Maybe a ranch for the downsizers, agers in place....maybe the colonial two floor style home for the middle aged group with children who would like sleeping quarters on a different floor from entertainment area or the young group may be interested in the unique or contemporary. My advise is choose a style which works for YOUR lifestyle now but choose that style in a location which will encourage others when it is time for resale. The old adage LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION is the golden rule in real estate, choose the right location, pay the right price, purchase a home to meet your needs and when it comes time for resale you will find the right buyer! ... more
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Mon Feb 7, 2011
Sameer Punjani answered:
Well, you want to buy something thats probably good for the kids, ie parks and schools nearby, grocery and freeway access for the mother and father to go to work and even golf courses if you can find em. As far as the the actual home, you probably want a decent size yard, not too big though. As far as bedrooms, you probably don't want the master bedroom downstairs, since most parents want to be close to their kids. If you have a den / study room as well, thats great for the "stay at home working mom" to get her stuff done, while she can still watch the kids...

Hope this stuff helps. Thanks and good luck.

oh ps, you may want to check out those home shows on TV...they can always give you great ideas.

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Sun Aug 22, 2010
Joe Arnao answered:
Ellie, There are programs out there that can range from 0%, 3.5%, 5% and up. Depends on your credit score, income, veteran status and some other factor. The Mass Housing Authority and VA have 100% programs. There may be others too. Check with a local lender first. They usually have access to all the national and State programs. Then you may want to compare rates with a national bank for rate comparison. Be careful not to have too many institutions pull your credit. You should only have the one you decide to use do that. ... more
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Sun Feb 21, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you don't have an agent consider the services--you need to be aware of recently sold similar properties in the immediate area then factor in repairs in order to determine a fair offering price--Assessed value really has no bearing on pricing--keep in mind the bank wants to get as much money back as possible, therefore you can't necessarily assume money off a new mortgage--Having an agent looking out for your best interest is to your advantage. ... more
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Peter Mlaguzi answered:
Dear Fs,

How are you? I have conducted a comparative market analysis on that property, something a buyer's agent would do, and can email to you directly. Please email me with your contact info at: I will send the market analysis results to you directly. Thanks in advance.

Best regards,

Experience excellence

p.s. Of all of your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, who do you think will be the next one to move, buying or selling?

Peter J. Mlaguzi III
President of Real Estate Sales and Development
O: 617-395-1496 x703
C: 617-233-1476
F: 617-395-6867
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Thu Jul 10, 2014
Peg Ewing - Ewing Realtors answered:
If you want buyer representation to look out for your best interest it is advisable to locate a buyers agent that has knowledge of that locality. If you have a trusted realtor where you live, they should be able to help you locate a reliable realtor in the area you are interested in. Another way is to go on the web site of a broker you know and have respect for, and connect with a realtor in that brokerage. A web search of properties in your target area may help you identify which broker is most active there, and thus increases your odds of getting a knowledgeable agent for that locality. Going it alone has some protections for you if you deal with the sellers agent, but you would need to know something about the real estate process to best protect your own interests. The sellers agent has obligations to you as the buyer, but works for and represents the seller. Any number of sites can provide information about how to buy a home, and a web search there will help in the learning process. In the long run, finding a knowledgeable agent is your best protection in the transaction. ... more
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Mon Jun 7, 2010
Deb Nicholls answered:
The house will probably not be listed for sale. The biggest advantage of a Chapter 13 filing is it offers an opportunity to save a home from foreclosure. By filing under this chapter, homeowners can stop foreclosure proceedings and may catch up with mortgage payments over time. So they probably don't intend to sell.

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Mon Apr 16, 2012
John Savignano answered:
location, location, location!!!
of course there is a noise issue and yes ther e will be issues selling in the fiture, as there are now.
But price relative to issues overcomes all objections. in other words if a similar house in a location with no hiway issues would be 10% more, than its more attractive.

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