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Sun Feb 3, 2013
Emmanuel Scanlan answered:
Hello Steve,

You can start by using a real profile on Trulia. Who are you, where are you located and what is your company name? Hiding behind a moniker does not leave a good impression.

What steps have you taken so far to market to RE Agents?

Emmanuel J. Scanlan
PS Inspection & Property Services LLC
214-418-4366 (cell)
TREC License # 7593
International Code Council, Residential Combination Inspector #5247015-R5 (Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Building)
Certified Infrared Thermographer (ASNT-TC1A Standards)
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Third Party Warranty Inspector #1593
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Inspector, County Inspection Program
Texas Department Of Insurance, VIP Inspector # 08507061016
Hayman Residential Engineering Services, Field Technician
CMC Energy - Certified Energy Auditor

Knowledge is power, but sharing knowledge brings peace!!
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Sun Jun 14, 2009
Dallas Texas answered:
We handle many relocations across country your best option extended stay hotel OR corporate housing. You won't find a short term lease offered with apartment complexes OR property owners.

Matter of fact I just blogged about this earlier today

Here is a direct link Arlington homes for sale

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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Dennis Anderson answered:
Contact a local Realtor directly. We can provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis which will help you appeal the assessed value of your poperty.

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Sat May 9, 2009
Jackie Rankin answered:
Hi Erica,

Your best bet is to contact a lender for a full explanation. They are experts in their field. If you need the name of a good one, just send me a quick email at and I will be happy to provide you with contact information. Thanks and good luck!!

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Tue May 5, 2009
All credit pulls within 14 - 30 days are treated as ONE credit pull.
Older versions of the FICO scoring model is 14 days. If your lender uses the updated version it is 30 days.
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Thu Apr 30, 2009
David & Marlene Macbeth answered:
I was talking with a lender about a downpayment assistance program called "The Nehemiah Program" but she then found out that it went away. Sorry that is not very helpful but you could check the web and see if anything else links to it. Sometimes you can negotiate up to 6% credit toward closing costs, discount points from a seller, even if it is an REO or Short Sale but I have not seen it for strictly downpayment. but my area may be different than yours.

Good Luck.
Marlene Macbeth, e-PRO, GRI
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Mon Aug 25, 2014
barbbri44 answered:
How do I get a job assisting a real estate agent or in A REAL ESTATE OFFICE? bARBARA
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Thu Apr 9, 2009
Cindie Stewart answered:
Yes, it does. Normally the smaller the sqft in an area the more price per foot it will bring the larger the lower the price. Unless, all are about the same this is a general rule to go by. I hope that helps. ... more
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Tue Oct 15, 2013
Bruce Lynn answered:
Treshawnda....probably best to get with an apartment locator. I don't see any post on here, but you can probably google for Arlington and find one.
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Sat Aug 16, 2014
Cindie Stewart answered:
Simple answer is no because of the way it is given to you. Here is more information for you on the program.

New $8,000 Tax Credit for First-time Home Buyers
Great news for first-time home buyers in 2009! The stimulus plan that President Obama signed into law contains a new $8,000 tax credit for qualified first-time home buyers. And, unlike the $7,500 tax credit from last year, this credit does NOT have to be repaid to the government, as long as you stay in the home for at least 36 months after the purchase date.

Remember, a tax credit is much more valuable than a tax deduction. A tax credit reduces dollar for dollar the amount of tax you owe. A deduction merely reduces the amount of your income that is taxable. This means the home buyer credit can be claimed even if the taxpayer has little or no federal income tax liability to offset.

First-time buyers or anyone who hasn't owned a home in the 3 years prior to a purchase of a primary residence may qualify for a tax credit of up to 10% of the purchase price or $8,000, whichever is less. To qualify for the full credit, the buyer's modified adjusted gross income must be less than $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. Partial credit is proportionally reduced for incomes under $95,000 (single) or $170,000 (married). For married taxpayers, the homeownership history of both the home buyer and his/her spouse are taken into account. This means if you or your spouse has owned a principal residence in the last 3 years, neither you nor your spouse qualifies for the credit.

According to the IRS, a primary residence is the one you live in most of the time. It can be a house, houseboat, housetrailer, cooperative apartment, condominium, or other type of residence. If you constructed your main home, you are treated as having purchased it on the date you first occupied it.

The $8,000 tax credit is available for qualifying home purchases made from Jan. 1, 2009, until Dec. 1, 2009. This is not a typo. To receive the credit you must purchase a qualified home before December 1st, 2009 – not the end of the year.

Unfortunately, you can NOT use the credit as a down payment. To receive the credit, you must purchase a qualified home first and then claim it on either your 2008 or 2009 taxes. If you make a qualified purchase after April 15, or after having already filed your 2008 taxes, you and your tax professional can submit an amendment to your return. To claim the credit, use form 5405.

The current combination of lower home prices and lower interest rates makes for an amazing opportunity to buy real estate. Add to that this $8,000 gift from the government, and renting a home just doesn't make much sense.

If you or someone you know is ready to stop paying the landlord's mortgage and start building equity in your own home, give us a call. We'll run the numbers and see what makes sense for your individual financial needs.
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Fri Jan 23, 2009
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
Hello Frank,
Banks in Texas are exempt from providing a sellers disclosure because they didn't live in the house and are not able to speak about the condition. However, you bring up a very good point about the liens. Those should have been disclosed to you. Those are known prior to the home going on the market so time is given to cure those issues before an offer to purchase is received.

You should be getting a title policy that will protect you against any claims in the future that transpired during the previous ownerships.

Your Realtor should be able to read your contract and tell you if you can back out of it. Has the closing date past?

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Thu Dec 18, 2008
Jeff Kessler answered:
You should see what the $540 covers. It could just be for a year so they can do some repairs. The HOA may cover everything, Electric, water, sewer, gas.
Does the HOA have a pool, gym or other amenities.
It could be in a lawsuit.
There are many reasons.
I would contact the Home Owners Asso. and see if they will fill you in.
Let me know what happens.
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Tue Feb 3, 2009
Scott Godzyk answered:
Yes, they sure do still offer the no money down loan. your best bet is to contact a local and trusted mortgage broker who can look at your financials and pre approve you for a VA loan. they will be able to give you the info on what price range you should look in as well as what your monthly payments will be. good luck ... more
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Tue Oct 21, 2008
Fred Glick answered:
Not really. Bank Owned means just that, the bank owns the property. They most likely acquired it in a foreclosure action but they old owners may have just gave it back to them in an action call deed in lieu of foreclosure.

The timeline depends on the efficiency of the bank. I have seen it take months. Hang in there!
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Fri Jan 24, 2014
Christi Cooke answered:
Terry -

This home has sold. I would love to help you with other properties.
You can reach me @:

Christi Cooke
(817) 980-5970
Keller Williams Realty
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Mon Oct 20, 2008
Rita Moriarty answered:

A short sale owner owes more on the property than the current market value. The downside is in negotiating the sale because the contract is subject to the lender's approval. Which means the owner can accept your offer, but the lender can reject it.

Make sure to find a Realtor who can explain the short sale process and negotiate for you. If you find a short sale property, have your Realtor ask if the short sale is approved by the lender. If the short sale is not approved, the lender might not be aware of the sale.

Short sales can be frustrating. Know the market you are looking in so you have an idea of market values. Ask your Realtor/agent to do a market analysis or provide sales comps before you make the offer.

Also, ask your Realtor if there are bank-owned (REO) properties available. Negotiating a sale on a bank-owned sale can be much quicker than a short sale. Get your pre-approval done before making an offer and offer a short escrow if possible. Banks are not emotionally attached to the property. They want a market price, approved buyer, and short escrow.

Regardless if you buy a short sale or bank owned property, you should have a professional inspection.

Good luck in your home search.

Rita Moriarty
Broker Associate/Realtor
Realty Benefit
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Thu Apr 9, 2009
Nakia Evans answered:
Are you interviewing buyer's agents who specialize in the lofts you're interested in? If so, you might contact them and ask for assistance in providing the data you need to make a reasonable offer. ... more
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Thu Sep 25, 2008
James Downing answered:
Often lenders only run your credit at the beginning of the lending process. Sometimes they do run it a second time. I would be extra careful and if they do notice these issues; be prepared to give them an answer as to why. ... more
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Fri Jun 16, 2017
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
It depends on the size of the yard too. If the pool doesn't take up the entire yard then I think it would hurt you in the long run when it comes to selling. So many people want to have a pool in Texas. Also, depending on the condition of the pool, does it need to be replastered? painted? if it needs too much work, then you are better off filling it up.

I am also assuming that you are talking about an inground gunite right?

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Wed Sep 10, 2008
Joshua Hanoud answered:
I wouldn't necessarily go so far as to say that ALL Realtors in VA are refusing to work with short sales...but I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of the agents you encounter would rather not deal with them.

Do some homework and find out WHY they choose not to work with's quite possible that you might make the same decision as a buyer...

Take a look at the link below for some information regarding short sales and how they work from a buyer's perspective...
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