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Tue Feb 28, 2012
Alan May answered:
What's reasonable is whatever the two of you can agree upon. Forget about what they're planning on using it for... just consider it part of the negotiation. Are you comfortable getting $4,000 less for your home, in the condition that it's in?

If the answer is yes, then accept. If the answer is no, then try to negotiate a better deal. It's really that simple.
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Fri Apr 20, 2012
There are many apartment complexes that will provide a short term lease. Expect to pay a bit of a premium for this option. Also, many leases can be broken for a price. For example, they may allow you to cancel your lease with 2 months notice and a financial penalty. This may be something to try to negotiate down before you sign. A realtor may also be able to assist you with this so hiring a realtor to show you around is another option. I can sen you a search of rentals on the mls if you are interested, please contact me. BTW, I was also a Pennsylvanian who relocated to NC. ... more
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Fri Apr 12, 2013
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Mon Dec 26, 2011
Scott Godzyk answered:
You will need to check with your town hall if there are restrictions on height or placement and get a permit and to install them within your town or cities rules. Same thing with placement of a shed. If your neighborhood has a HOA or covenants you need to abide by them as well. ... more
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Tue Nov 22, 2011
My NC Homes Team answered:

Not sure that I would reccomend spending the money to put a backsplash up in your laundry room, however if this is something you want to do, it should be the width of the counter top.

I live in the 27705 zipcode (Duke Forest) and if you'd be interested in having me come by and take a quick look and offer some thoughts, I'd be happy to, just contact me through my profile here on Trulia.
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Thu Oct 20, 2011
Gus Pishue answered:
I suggest contacting your home owner's association (if you have one) to see what their rules are for your neighborhood. If you do not have one, I suggest calling your city official's offices. They should know the laws regarding the issues you are asking about. Good Luck. ... more
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Mon Oct 3, 2011
Steven Pahl answered:
Foreclosures should be looked at as "buyer beware". They are generally sold "as is" with no seller disclosure since the bank/lender has never lived in the home, so you need to have a thorough home inspection of all systems to determine the condition and weigh this into the price. Lenders are getting better at determining "market value" and generally price the home at or just slightly below this price, often creating a bidding war which drives up the final price. There are very good deals to be found, but don't think you will be able to get 20 - 30% or more off the initial asking price unless the home has been on the market for many months. Additionally, if a house is priced considerably below the selling price of comparable homes in the same area, the repair costs will likely eat up any initial savings unless you are a jack-of-all trades do-it-yourself type of person. Good luck with your purchase! ... more
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Thu Oct 20, 2011
Lynn Hayes answered:
I have rental properties in Durham - it's a terrific place for rentals because the homes are affordable and the cash flow is good. My favorite neighborhoods for rentals are Northgate Park, Lakewood, certain areas of Walltown near Duke East Campus, Old West Durham. Let me know if you'd like me to send you some listings. ... more
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Tue Jul 26, 2011
My NC Homes Team answered:

I live here in durham and am very active in real estate, I have not heard that NACA has any events planned for out area. I just checked out their website to see if they had any dates listed for this area and could not find any. You may want to visit their site and post your question there, certainly there are plenty of local folks who could benifit from having them visit. ... more
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Thu Jun 16, 2011
Nesha123 asked:
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Tue Aug 16, 2011
Anne Aylin answered:
Durham has many neighborhoods that fit the bill. I'd love to get more information from you as to your specific needs so that I can help narrow down the field, if you are not already working with a Realtor. ... more
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Sun Mar 20, 2011
Arn Cenedella asked:
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Wed May 25, 2011
Sharon Lewis answered:
I think the best answer for you as you are not a nationalized citizen is to talk to a loan officer. Do you have a credit union or bank you deal with on a regular basis? Ask them.
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
SarahGray Lamm answered:
Hi KDR. I am an experienced buyers agent and work both of those zip codes regularly. I currently have a listing for a small home in the Tucscaloosa neighborhood but as I'm sure you know, the homes range considerably in size and price in this popular neighborhood! I can provide you with plenty of references and would be happy to have a chat with you about what your needs are. Do you Skype? ... more
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Sat Feb 12, 2011
Jk answered:
I'm asking because I have not seen sidewalks in photos of any of the homes I've seen listed here. To me, sidewalks are an important part of a safe "walkable" community. I have mostly been looking in OWD. ... more
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Thu Feb 10, 2011
Phil Rotondo answered:
My office is located at:

Phil Rotondo, Realtor, ABR, SRES, e-PRO
ERA Showcase Properties & Investments
8195 North Wickham Road, Suite #100
Melbourne, Florida 32940-8285
(321)-698-5893 [Cell]
(800)-780-7770 x-7878 [Office]
(321)-576-9623 [Fax]

If I can be of assistance to you, please let me know....
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Tue Mar 29, 2011
Janet Sebile answered:

It's not the buyers who are demanding beige. It is suggested to most sellers to use neutral colors because those colors tend to make a room appear larger. Second, it9;s generally easier to visual ones funishings against a neutral color such as beige. In addition, most buyers once they are in a home will customize to their liking including the colors they want in their new home.

That being said, many more sellers are making greater efforts in preparing their home for sale including painting, staging, repairs, landscaping, etc. Although you would think all of this is standard, it can sometimes be difficult to get a seller to make changes to get a quick sale. But in this market, the competition can be fearce and standing out can be critical to getting that sale.

Many sellers are turning to staging which is huge to making a home stand out. Many stagers use an array of neutral colors to enhance a home's appearance but you must be wise in choices.

If you are considering selling and painting, I strongly recommend getting assistance with color choices. You want to choose colors to make a room appear larger, inviting, set a positive mood and make a buyer want to linger long enough to consider this "his/her" home.

Best of luck and happy painting.
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Mon Jan 10, 2011
Brett Bushnell answered:

NDSEP would usually stand for "needs septic". NOPRK could mean the property does not perc or it very well and more likely could mean they do not have a recent perc test in hand, they are usually valid for 5 years. Many land sellers do not have the county perform perc tests before they list property for sale.

I hope you found these answers helpful. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


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Thu Feb 17, 2011
James Gordon ABR SFR SRS answered:
Mygalsal buyers are all over the place right now. Currently I have a buyer doing a purchase with a 203k loan. I also have an active buyer that asked me if the sellers on a short sale property would paint the entire home inside to colors that they would like as the home was painted in colors they did not like.

By the way the first buyer was realisstic about what is out there. The second buyer will buy but but the home need to be in pristine condition.
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