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Dirk Knudsen, Real Estate Pro in Hillsboro, OR
Dirk Knudsen answered:
Is it common for Portland area homes to have Foundation/Settlement Problems?
From my experience the Portland area is pretty sound. We see typical cracks and water issues in older homes with full basements. The Water table is pretty high up here. But I rarely ... more
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Lana Lavenba…, Real Estate Pro in Grants Pass, OR
Lana Lavenbarg answered:
What are the benefits and negatives between purchasing a home in Portland, OR vs Vancouver, WA?
I think what you need to look at Matthew is where you want to be...if Vancouver has the home for you in the right price range - go for it! There is easy enough access to get back and f ... more
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James Adair,  in Portland, OR
James Adair answered:
buying a home in portland?
Hi Nate,

first of all N. Portland is GREAT! I think for the budget of $180k you will probably have the most luck in the St. Johns neighborhood. There are some great property search ... more
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Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
My husband and I are first time home buyers. We would like to have a home in PDX. Any recommended neighborhoods for the possibility of family growth?
A short sale is when more is owed than the property is worth--As far as neigborhoods are concerned, do some of your own homework as well-- visit a neighborhood several times and at diff ... more
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., Other/Just Looking in Denver County, CO
. answered:
Am i supposed to get a copy of my contract from my agent once the deal is done?
Yes the agent is required to give you a copy of the contract. If you can't get her and she works for a company, then call the broker in charge. Whoever did the closing for you wo ... more
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James Adair,  in Portland, OR
James Adair answered:
my significant other and i are both disabled and on social security?with inherited money can we put a down on a home and get a loan?
The answer is YES. You will have to document your social security income, as well as your credit history and current debt service. If your income exceeds the total debts including new ... more
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The Stephen…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Where in Portland is the rental market the most successful?
Follow the Max line - or proposed Max line stops. This is often the number one draw for our commuter town.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 13, 2009 Home Buying in Portland
Katrina Bell,  in Portland, OR
Katrina Bell answered:
Is there any one out there that can honestly, I mean honestly tell me what the deal is with the new condos on Hayden Island? My husband and I are
I have a listing on Hayden Island right now so have been watching that market closely. There has been very little activity on the island in general over the past year or two and the in ... more
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Steve Roesch, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Steve Roesch answered:
am working with a couple that have just recently gotten together. I have sold and closed one's home, I have listed and am selling the
Hi Mike. Long time, no see. My guess is that it will act like a divorced couple fighting to get the exemption over one child.

Both can fill out their separate returns claiming th ... more
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Marge Bare, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Marge Bare answered:
I have never purchased a home but my wife has. I have a 647 fico score and unfortunately my wife has a 588 fico score.
Hi Matthew,
You need a good lender to help you with your question. The Real Estate Broker works together with your lender, but your lender is the person that helps you with your loan ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 8, 2010 Home Buying in Portland
Thesa Chambe…, Real Estate Pro in La Pine, OR
Thesa Chambers answered:
Warning to buyers -- get a thorough inspection even on a beautiful magazine-like remodeled house marketed as updated in and out.
It is not truly "monitored" however any material facts are to be disclosed. Good for you to have an inspection and do what is right for you - now that those items are "k ... more
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Wayne  Pruner, Real Estate Pro in Beaverton, OR
Wayne Pruner answered:
I do have an agent, and we did check the price history of the unit, and I am not overpaying more than what the unit is worth. Payinf cash.
You are probably just fine. You are experiencing the dreaded "Buyers Remorse". If you trust your agent and you were happy with the deal when you made it, then don't try ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 5, 2009 Home Buying in 97233
Theresa Brown, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Theresa Brown answered:
I am almost closing on a condo, after a minor repair is done...And all the addendums are signed. However, there are a couple of things I want to know
Sounds like you purchased this condo without a buyers agent and he wasn't represented either. I would contact your local taxing authority and get the facts about the tax exemption ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 18, 2009 Home Buying in 97233
Stacey Wyatt, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Stacey Wyatt answered:
Free access to complete and detailed MLS listings on your website (IDX or VOW) ?
Susie,

Through the MLS in Atlanta, we have the ability to set-up what is called Client Gateway. This is essentially a website for the Buyer (or Seller) to look at properties in the ... more
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Lana Lavenba…, Real Estate Pro in Grants Pass, OR
Lana Lavenbarg answered:
Applications that send filtered listings
Personally I like our MLS system it does quite a decent job and makes mine much easier.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 20, 2009 Home Buying in Portland
Wayne  Pruner, Real Estate Pro in Beaverton, OR
Wayne Pruner answered:
Licenses, accreditation, memberships, etc
From what I have heard, the CRS is one of the most difficult to obtain. ABR and CRS would have the most bebefit to the client.

What I think that these disignations reveal, is the are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 1, 2011 Home Buying in Portland
Conrad Hodgs…, Real Estate Pro in Brentwood, TN
Conrad Hodgson answered:
how much is the property tax in portland oregon the house cost aboit 100.000 dollars thank maria
Hi Maria,
Each year in late September or early October, the county assessor places the taxes certified by the taxing districts on the tax roll. Property taxes are placed on the tax rol ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 18, 2013 Home Buying in 97211
Steve Roesch, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Steve Roesch answered:
Can anyone tell me what HUD considers to be "health and safety issues" for an FHA loan? Or what the minimum standards for an FHA property
There are a ton of guidelines. Go to FHA website for more. But here are some:

dryrot, none
mold, no obvious evidence
crawlspace clearance, 18"
vegetation around the exterio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 17, 2009 Home Buying in Portland
Thesa Chambe…, Real Estate Pro in La Pine, OR
Thesa Chambers answered:
I just want to add that there is no lender involved, I am paying cash and we do have an addendum signed by both of us,
I can not answer your question - the answer is in your paperwork - talk with you agent about holding back funds in escrow so the seller will not get all the funds until the repair is co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 17, 2012 Home Buying in Portland
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