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Thu Feb 9, 2012
Ellen Friedman answered:
Not really, although there should be a disclosure stating either that they are not working or that their condition is unknown. Certainly the statement that there are two fireplaces without such a disclosure implies that they are working. Good luck.

Ellen G. Friedman, Keller Williams Realty,
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Mon Jan 23, 2012
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
You have would to call the schhol district. I have heard of drug free and gun free.
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Wed Apr 8, 2015
Tim Moore answered:
Asbestos will cause a problem at some point when the house needs to be torn down. Until then it should not be a problem really. It will hurt the value, to some degree, because buyers don't understand it and so they fear it and will shy away because they have heard bad "things", sort of like how people incorrectly think a modular house is inferior to a stick built one. ... more
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Thu Oct 13, 2011
Sarah Goulart Nathe answered:
Hi Kathy,
What do you mean by 'similar'? I may be able to suggest some towns that would work, I just want to know what exactly you are looking for. Is it the history you like? The downtown area? The price range of homes? The school district?

I might suggest:

or even Kingston or Plymouth...although they may be too far to commute for some (45 mintues to an hour or so).

Again, it depends on what you are looking for.

Good luck in your search!
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Sat Feb 18, 2012
Richard Shapiro answered:
Condo and townhome might be used interchangeably. Both refer to a condominium style of ownership where you own your unit but are also part of an association that owns the common areas. Further as a condo/townhome owner your ownership on the association wll be a percentage based on your unit size relative to the other owners. Condos generally have a common entrance. Townhomes would refer to a unit with it's own entrance.

Apartment is similar to a condo in building style.

Single family is a one unit home on a lot of land.

Multiple family is a home with several living units. Common in ma is a multi with 2-4 units.
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Thu May 18, 2017
Terri Vellios answered:
Asbestos is dangerous when it is disturbed and the small particles are breathed into the lungs. Left alone, as I understand it, there is no worry. Asbestos was very common prior to 1980's and with the siding on homes built in the early 1900's. Google asbestos for suggestions on what to do with it. Your local community may have rules as to how to handle it if you are to remove it.

All the best to you.
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Thu Mar 24, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
If the negative was satisfied, do give your proof of payment to your loan officer--he/she can best help you resolve the matter....
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Sun Oct 3, 2010
Lori Lincoln answered:
I am not a mortgage broker or bank, but believe that with enough equity, they are still available. I will check and ask around tomorrow and get back with tomorrow evening.
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Mon Jan 23, 2017
Mack McCoy answered:
I think the important thing for a homebuyer, especially a first-timer, is to get the best agent they can, regardless of whether they get a rebate.

Home shopping is different than looking for rentals, where "this'll be fine" is just good enough.

A buyer's agent should know enough about homes to help you find one that fits your lifestyle, help you evaluate the home for livability (not just, here's a bedroom), help you anticipate the quality of the finishes and their place in their life cycle (nice kitchen, but the finishes are pretty cheap for such an expensive house), help you anticipate potential maintenance and repair problems (shake roof vs composition, wood gutters vs vinyl), and the potential for remodeling and improvements (is there a ready place for a stairway if you wanted to build up, for example).

On top of what you would presume are the basics, which is to open the door for you and write up the paperwork.

Oh, and to make sure you're not missing out on a better house than the one you decide on.

I'm sure I could think of more things, but I'll leave that to my colleagues.

All the best,
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Thu May 27, 2010
Scott Godzyk answered:
kenny in the past if it wasnt in writing, it wasnt enforceable, Now with the new electronic signature laws, emails are considered valid if all parties agreed and there was "a meeting of the monds" some states however may have different laws so checking with a real estate attorney or googling your states laws may be best. ... more
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Wed Feb 3, 2010
Paul Stonkus answered:
Have you seen a for sale sign on this property? It is not currently listed for sale through MLS. If you can give me some more info as to why you believe it is for sale I may be able to help you.
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Wed Sep 2, 2009
CCC answered:
In some cases, like this one that you already search for a Mortgage it could be a very good idea to call the listing agent / broker of such properties. They must know 2 or 3 places to get a loan. ... more
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Fri Aug 28, 2009
Andrew Adams answered:
It is not unusual to see realtors or sellers come back and ask for the highest and best offer. Offrer what you are willing to pay. Even if it is what you already offered. You may have already offered more than the other buyer is willing to pay. ... more
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Thu Apr 23, 2009
Jason Discipio - Buyers Agent & Flat Rate Listing Specialist answered:
There are programs that you maybe able to fit into depending on your DTI (debt to income and how much money you have in the bank. If you would like more information and to maybe get preapproved, give me a call.

Jason DiScipio CBR
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Wed Mar 9, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
No trouble at all. Tax assessments bear little or no relationship to the value of the property. Tax assessments are often vastly "off" from the real value of the property, even when the jurisdiction claims to be assessing at 100% of value. What you want to do is determine the real value of the house. That's done by looking at the "comps"--the comparables. You want to look at what's sold that's comparable to the subject property, generally within the past 180 days...and preferably a shorter time period than that. You should also look at properties that were listed but not sold--either the listings expired, or were withdrawn. That generally suggests those properties were overpriced, and therefore can provide a "ceiling" on values in the area.

A Realtor can do all that, and will be willing to do so for you. One other word of caution: Do not rely on online, automated sites like Zillow. Sometimes the numbers are fairly good; sometimes they're horrible. I personally prefer because it allow a user to more finely tune the comps. But even that's nowhere near as good as having a competent Realtor run the numbers for you.

But, just to reiterate, pay no attention at all--none, nada, zilch--to a tax assessment when trying to determine the value of a property.

Hope that helps.
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Wed Aug 29, 2007
Deborah Madey answered:
Do some preliminary research on the internet looking at housing, and make note of your likes, dislikes, wants and needs. It will be important to discuss your financing options with a loan officer and obtain a preapproval. This will give you guidance for the price range which will make sense for you. The loan officer will take into account the type of loan program that you qualify for and are comfortable with.

If you have a referral for a Realtor to represent you, start working with that person. I suspect that might not be the case, since you are posing this question online. Ask friends and family for names of agents who they would recommnend. Upon meeting with a Realtor, discuss uprfront what your expectations are and how they work. Don't be timid about asking a lot of questions. Speak with a few Realtors, find the one that's right for you, and work closely with that person.

If you don't find an agent through friends or family, go to a few open houses, and correspond with a few agents online.

I do recommend that you find one agent who you work with closely.

Best of luck to you!

Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group, Inc.
(800) 973-5855
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