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78613 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Mar 15, 2011
Elliott R. Oliva answered:
I have been lending in Texas, specifically Austin for 13+ years and would be more than happy to show you what your options are. For a no cost and no obligation quote feel free to contact me at your convenience. Thank you.

Elliott R. Oliva
Mortgage Banker
Envoy Mortgage
512.825.8309 direct
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Thu Jan 12, 2012
John Watts answered:

I live in Cedar Park and it is a great city. I would be happy to speak with you about Cedar Park and provide you a relocation package concerning this area. Feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and desires. My contact information is available on my web site. ... more
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Tue Mar 1, 2011
Scott Butcher answered:

It depends on the size & depth of the pool your looking to install. Generally speaking, anything West of I-35 has a Limestone rock base. You are correct in that it is MUCH more costly to put a pool where your going to have to cut the rock out to make room for your pool.

I'd talk to multiple pool companies to get multiple quotes and go from there.

Know this going in, when you go to sell the property you'll likely only get about 25% (approx.) of the value from the pool versus the cost of putting it in, not to mention that it will limit the universe of potential buyers for your home.

Hope this helps.
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Fri Jun 13, 2014
Isabel Elsesser answered:
It will make it more attractive to perspective buyers. And you can enjoy it in the meantime.
This will conserve on your air conditioning unit. It can add about 2-3 thousand in value.

I love mine and everyone comments on how nice it looks when they visit my house.
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Wed Dec 8, 2010
Doyle Beekman, CPA answered:
I haven't heard any news about a new high school in Steiner Ranch but if it is being planned it could be a while since Vandegrift High School was just recently opened about 3-4 miles away near the intersection of highways 620 and 2222.

Doyle T. Beekman, CPA
The Beekman Group-Keller Williams
Real Estate Sales and Investments
(512) 637-8171 O - (512) 297-8609 C
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Mon Nov 1, 2010
George Kiefer answered:
Your agent can filter larger lot properties for you on the MLS system so you can focus your search on those types of properties.
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Fri Feb 11, 2011
Tom Priester answered:

You really need to analyze the prices that homes in the area you are looking have sold for. Looking at days on market, percentage of list price, price per square foot, percentage on county valuation and making adjustments for the quality, features, condition and location will help you determine what a house's value is in todays market. The seller's motivation and financial situation, as well as the inventory levels in your area will also play significant roles in what a seller may end of accepting.

At this point a qualified Realtor® will be a huge asset to you in your search for the perfect home. The right agent will go a long ways towards your success in fully understanding the area around Cedar Park and ensuring you find the right house to meet your needs and negotiating the best pricing and terms. A couple things I would tell you is to NOT sign a buyer's broker agreement with anyone. This is a form an agent will use to tie you up and ensure any transaction you make will only be through them. Find an agent who is happy to perform their services with the knowledge that if they do not properly meet your expectations they will lose your business.

Second, NEVER call a listing agent about a home they have listed as their initial relationship with the seller will prevent you from working out the best deal.

Finally, I would recommend that you interview at least three qualified agents in your area to assist you and select one who you feel will have your best interests as their primary goal. If you would like I can recommend agents in your area and help you along your path to finding the perfect home. It is a great time to buy so please let me know if I can be of any help.

Always at Your Service,

Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"

Keller Williams Realty
561 308-0175
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Wed Jun 27, 2012
Nanci Zimmerman answered:
Contact the broker or company that the realtor is associated with -- to see if there is another agent that can help you during the time frame that is convenient for you.

What area in Texas are you looking at?


Nanci Zimmerman
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Tue Jan 26, 2010
Brian Iguchi answered:
Now is the best time to buy anywhere really. When was the last time that you got paid to purchase a home? With the new home buyers credit running out very soon, now is the time to start looking. There is plenty of inventory in Cedar Park right now. My family and I live in Cedar Park and we love it. Homes in the Cedar Park/Austin area have been holding their value very well over the past few years. We do have some foreclosures, but resales are holding their value well. Please contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns. We would love to help you into your new home!

Brian & Melisa Iguchi
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Lloyd Potts answered:
You should also check oout The Preserve @ Gann Ranch!
It is the only sub-division that has private pedestrian acccess to the new Veteran's Park it is a 47 acre park in the making, it has a brand new pool with water feature. the schools are excellant ! Knowels elementary and Running brushy are great! Lots of parental involvement. Really safe neighborhood and minutes away from shoppoing and 183A! ... more
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
George Kiefer answered:
Price and Condition. Sounds like your condition is good to excellent. If your home is priced right you will get an offer every 10 to 15 showings. Keep in mind that in 78613, you have 4 major seller groups all competing for the same buyers: 1) regular sellers (like yourself) 2) builders 3) foreclosures 4) short-sales. So to get the attention and interest you need to get a contract you really have to be a "price leader" (for comparable homes of similar size, age, location, features, and condition). ... more
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Mon Apr 5, 2010
Tommy Burris answered:

Robert, I linked you to a short article about how FHA allows for co-borrower. I do a lot of these loans.

The co-borrower doesn't cure bad credit. It can help with income though. You must be able to qualify for the home with your credit.

If you were to use a co-borrower, you can still claim the $8000 tax credit.
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Sat Apr 3, 2010
Patrick Thies answered:
You can put an offer in for less than the asking price, but don't expect the bank to pick up any closing costs. Most foreclosures don't even pay for some of the things that are usually the sellers costs. For example, they may not provide a survey or pay for any village repairs that may be required before closing. Usually the property is As-Is with no credits given for repairs and the buyer assumes alot of the costs that are normally paid by the seller. Every area is different, but this is usually the norm. ... more
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Mon Jul 13, 2009
Jacqueline Martin answered:
Primary borrower's credit score needs to be 620. There are a few lenders left who will finance borrowers with scores below 620. Write a good explanation letter for the medical lates.
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Thu May 28, 2009
Jeffrey Nyland answered:
Hi Elena,

I hope you are having a super day! I live and work in the Austin area and even though they are extremely rare here, I have seen basements in this area.

A home can be built with a basement here if you wish. Again, a basement here is very rare but I'm sure a builder will do it for you. There is also a way for a scouting report to help pinpoint basement criteria for you on an existing home here.

How else may I assist you?

Jeffrey Nyland, REALTOR®, GRI, SRS
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Fri Jul 29, 2011
Jeff Kessler answered:
Hi Stephanie,
Carriage Hills is a pretty nice neighborhood.
It really depends on what you are looking for in a neighborhood.
Here are a list of homes in Carriage Hills.
If you have any questions please email or call me.
Thank you,
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Thu Mar 5, 2009
Jeffrey Nyland answered:
Hi Stefanie!

Here is a great place to start....

Do you know if there is any Tex-Mex there? Ouch!

All the best!
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Wed Jan 21, 2009
Scott Godzyk answered:
Robert why are they asking you to pay $395? are you past due that amount? I have heard of some management companies charging a small fee for doing such but if their fee is $395 it is a complete rip off. You could try to contact a local real estate attorney and perhaps a letter from them will get the HOA moving. good luck working things out ... more
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Sun Sep 7, 2008
Bruce Lynn answered:
That sounds like a bit of a stretch to me. We need to get you with a loan officer though who can check your credit, other debts, discuss how firm the $9000 is, your savings and reserves. These days they're not only looking at income, but at the total picture of your financial situation. If we can't get you approved at that amount, perhaps they can give you some goals on what to shoot for. Perhaps a larger down payment, a little more income, debt reduction, etc. Getting prequalified is really the first step. ... more
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Wed Aug 13, 2008
Kathy Fisher answered:
In my experience here in Wise County (North of DFW), THEY DO NOT WORK and are a waste of time. The last open house that I held last year, was WELL publicized before and on the day of and I had six people show up. That may sound pretty good for an afternoon, HOWEVER, four of the people were a Mom, Dad and two kids, the other two were a couple. TWO CARS.....THAT'S IT! Four hours totally wasted. All Realtors in our area have the same type results and we just don't do them. ... more
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