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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Jim Olive answered:
An excellent question for your Realtor. It depends largely on the inspection clause of your contract. Many contracts allow you to void the contract without penalty for ANY reason ("at the sole discretion of the buyer"). What does yours say?
A problem like that, found during inspection, can be an good bargaining tool, and here's how that might work: You are concerned about the grade and the cost you will incur to correct it. If the seller is unwilling to share or cover that cost, you will be unable to afford the home and will need to void your contract and walk away. The seller wants to sell. If s/he is concerned there won't be other buyers ready, willing and able to step in where you left off, they will be invested in keeping the contract alive. In that case they will work with you.
Another possible outcome is the seller will say "okay, the grade may be low and the drainage may be bad, but we've never had a problem with it".
Work with your Realtor and navigate this cirmcumstance to the mutual satisfaction of you and the sellers. Best of luck with your home purchase...
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Mon Apr 8, 2013
Joshua Jarvis answered:
If it's in a flood zone, then you might be required to get it. If it's not in a flood zone you need to make your own judgement. In most cases the answer is no.
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Capital Home Builders answered:
Here is a website that you can take a look at for more information.
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Michael Hammond answered:
Most standard, non-builder warranties last for a year. They are all different in regards to what is covered and excluded, the deductible(s) and who performs the work. Consider getting your Agent/Broker to go over the details, if you choose that option. Please call, text or email if we can provide further assistance. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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Fri Jun 17, 2016
Janice MacMillan answered:
I always recommend a home inspection regardless of the age of the home. Some builders are better than others but none are perfect and neither are the contractors that they hire. It is better to have the inspection done to catch anything that they may have missed in the building process and have it taken care of prior to closing. Otherwise you may be paying for it on day 366. Purchasing a home warranty after that first year is also a great investment to protect you even further. ... more
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Tue Apr 23, 2013
Mike Hill answered:
Alyson, I manage over 200 houses in Valdosta, many near VSU, but it's gonna be hard to answer your question without knowing what your rental budget is. You've said how many bedrooms and baths you want, now if you'll send me what kind of rent you want to pay for those bedrooms and baths, I can narrow down your search a little. Thanks, hope to hear from you soon. Mike Hill, Mike Hill Real Estate, Valdosta, GA., 229-242-1401. ... more
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Tue Oct 22, 2013
Chasity Luke answered:
Usually new construction gets asking price but MAY have room for closing cost. Thanks chasity Luke
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Sun Jun 30, 2013
Marlene Bienes-Realtor answered:
Hi Linda,

You need to contact a local Realtor that can assist you with what you want to find in a home. They are able to tell you whats available exactly in the area where you want to be. Realtor's are in tune with what is available and their price range. Hiring a Realtor to work for you is the right thing to do, you will not regret having them on your corner looking out for your best interest. ... more
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
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Mon Mar 4, 2013
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Sun Jan 5, 2014
Travis Jackson answered:
It would be in your best interest to use a qualified Realtor to sell your house. A Real Estate agent works in your best interest to get top dollar for your house.To assist you I can refer a top agent in Valdosta to sell your home. Send your name, phone number and address to and I will have an experienced agent contact you asap.

Travis Jackson
Century 21 M & M Associates
(408) 316-5954
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Mon Dec 17, 2012
Morgan Campbell answered:
The minimum credit score needed for USDA home loans is 620. I can definitely help you and your wife! It takes me 5 minutes to Pre-qualify you for a loan and give you a preapproval letter. Please go to my website and apply online. It takes only 5 minutes! You can call or text me if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you! 229-563-5903

Morgan Campbell, Mortgage Banker
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Tue Dec 11, 2012
Mike Hill answered:
Latondria, I suspect that's going to be hard to find and if you do find it, probably over-priced compared to furnishings you could pick up at garage sales, if your furniture requirements are anything like mine were as a college student.

Out of all the houses we manage, none are furnished, the wear and tear and potential damage to the furniture is more than I want to be responsible for as a property manager. That said, if you'll let me know a general idea of how much you want to spend, I may be able to refer you to a property manager with several furnished units, altho I don't know what's likely to be vacant by fall 2013.

Generally, the most notice property managers get from tenants about to vacate a house is the required 30-days, making it practically impossible to know what's vacant as far out as next fall, so it's going to be more effective to start your search 60-days out from when you'll need a house.

Welcome to Valdosta and Valdosta State University, you'll find it a friendly town.

Mike Hill Real Estate
3365 Country Club Road
Valdosta, GA 31605
229-560-7772 c.
229-242-1401 o.
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Mon Dec 10, 2012
Mike Hill answered:
Corey, I tell ya, man, finding that is gonna be a challenge. We manage about 200 houses in Valdosta of all sizes & rental amounts, but i don't have but one four bedroom (occupied) and none with four baths. When or if you do find something that'll work, I expect it's going to be right at the top end of your rent range.

Based on 36 years of property management, you guys might want to be sure you've got a written agreement between you and your wife and the husband and wife of the other couple about everything from noise to paying rent and utilities on time to thermostat settings to space in the fridge to what happens if one of you is transferred and the other isn't. It can get complicated and I've seen best friends for life fall out over things like that.

I don't know what kind of dogs you have, but you might also be aware that more and more, insurance companies are refusing to cover a landlord's house if the tenant has one of the dogs on the list -- like pit bulls, chows, even German Shepherds and Doberman's are on the list of some of the insurance companies.

I wish you the best of luck, you're probably going to spend more time than you want to find a place. As I said, I don't have anything like that vacant right now, but start with the other big management companies.
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
Property Manager answered:
Hi Shontell,

I rent apartments and I have 2 bedrooms available in your price range! However, I do not have any houses. Would you be interested in an apartment? We do include water, trash, and sewage in our rent! If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us at 229-244-5350.

Thank you,
Lakeside Apartments
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
Mike Hill answered:
Iris, there are often classified ads in the Valdosta Daily Times for "lease to own" properties, but while I've seen exceptions, there are problems with the entire concept from both the owner and tenants side. The tenant often wants a lease/option because poor credit scores mean buying is out of reach. Owners will often turn to lease/options because they can't sell an over-priced property.

Some of those owners are savvy investors who'll charge more rent and a higher purchase price than the property is worth, so don't care whether you ever buy it or not, especially if you've made a cash deposit they'll get to keep, if you don't eventually buy. Many will also make you responsible for the repairs and maintenance as part of the lease/option agreement.

Usually, the only way rent-to-own or lease/options work for the tenant/buyer is for the tenant to nail down a specific price today and stay in the property long enough, even at over-priced rent, for the property to increase in value higher than the "own" or option price, while the tenant cleans up credit problems.

It's not always possible, of course, but the best position is to have the credit and income to get a mortgage for what you want, so you can offer the seller cash. Interest rates are so low right now (below 4% for owner occupied houses) that payments on a $100,000 mortgage (30 years) are less than $100,000.
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Fri May 24, 2013
Property Manager answered:
I have an apartment complex and I will have a 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bathroom ready by the end of November. We include water, trash, and sewage in the rent. The rent will be $725.00 for this apartment. If you are interested please call me at 229-244-5350 for further details! Thank you ... more
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Wed Sep 19, 2012
Kaylane Peters-Davis answered:
Well I dont think its ever to soon just to start checking things out figuring out the exact area you are gonna want to live in. 3months prior to you should have a place secured for yourself ... more
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Wed Aug 29, 2012
Missy Sherwood answered:
Hi Ann,
Call Valdosta Properties at 229-242-7575 or visit their website at to look for a rental. If you get ready to purchase a home or know anyone interested in purchasing, please keep me in mind! Best of luck to you!
Missy Sherwood, Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate
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Fri May 24, 2013
Kaylane Peters-Davis answered:
All landlords or management companies aren't so concerned with yiur credit score actually just depends on the individual. If I can help you in anyway let me know i'd be happy to be of any assistance. Kaylane Peters. Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta 504-373-9696 ... more
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