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## Augusta : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Apr 4, 2013
There is a playground and a pool.
Sun Jan 11, 2015
You can check my website at www.augustarealtor4u.com for all rentals available; if any. Chris
Sat Feb 2, 2013
If you are selling your home, you would need to have it listed with a Real Estate Agent. That will make the home easy to locate for potential Buyers and their Agents. Just posting your email address and that you have a home for sale is really not going to attract a buyer. ... more
Thu Jan 31, 2013

I think if you would really like to purchase and home and have something that is yours to make your own, it is a great investment and would not be a bad decision. Just be careful that you do not overpay and be mindful of the neighborhood you purchase in and where you see that neighborhood being in the next few years. If you intend to sell the home when you leave, purchase with the intent of selling in mind. If possible, consider a home that is a great deal and maybe needs a little TLC that you feel comfortable with so that when you sell, you have added value to the home.

If you are not already working with an agent locally, I would be happy to assist you as a buyers agent in finding a home that would be great for you. If you need any assistance, please contact me. Good luck with your move.
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Wed Jan 23, 2013
A lender typically has to work on a file for a 30 to 45 days, with that said, ask yourself, what do you, as the consumer expect to earn from your personal job for 30 to 45 days worth of work.

For example:
1. Lets say 4,200 dollars for (45 - 8 = 37 days of labor) taking away the 8 is an estimate for weekends.
2. Lets say the lender's tax rate is around 26% (4,200 * .74) = 3,108 dollars.
3. So take the 3,108 and divide by 37 and you have 84 dollars a day
4. Take 84 dollars a day and divide by 8 hours and you have \$10.50 per hour

So if you think your lender worked hard enough for \$10.50 per hour to earn your business, then this origination charge is "A" OK.

NOTE: A 2.75% rate is an AWESOME RATE!!!! Congratulations on your rate.

I hope this helps,

Josh Barnett, Realtor
Metro First Realty
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Wed Jul 17, 2013
Hi Jonathan Icenhour, an option is you can advertise that the home needs some TLC and
even sell the house "AS-IS", meaning the buyers will be aware that you will not make any repairs and they are purchasing the home in its current condition.

Best with the sale of your home!

Laquita Baez
Licensed Realtor in NJ and GA
Weichert Realtors
973.687.7095
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Sat Oct 19, 2013
I would suggest the Evans, Martinez and Grovetown areas in Columbia county. These are anywhere from 1 to 10 miles from the base and feature much of the new growth in the Augusta area. The schools in these areas are also highly rated. Even if your child is to young for school it will still help your resale value being in a good school district. ... more
Fri Oct 5, 2012
Eric...The best was to get this question answered is to call the county sheriff dept..also to drive thru the area several times at different times. We as realtors cannot legally answer these 'steering' questions....sorry..if u need any other help..please feel free to call me.
Donna Barbour 803-634-07740
Meybohm
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Tue Sep 25, 2012
HI Cassie,

You should work directly with an agent who can help you learn more about that specific property (and probably will know a lot about similar properties in the area). To find an agent, just click on the yellow button on the property's listing and you will be able to start a dialogue.

ES
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Thu Aug 22, 2013
Don't use the military service as a crutch or excuse - I gave over ten years myself as have thousands of others - we are a special breed that volunteered - and leave it at that. You also know that despite all of the nonsense about supporting troops, Washington really could care less about vets. So....

Get with a reputable credit counseling service and have them evaluate your situation. You need to spend less than you make and despite what you think your family deserves, they will get what you provide. You are at least working, seem motivated to do what it takes and seem to be porperly motivated - that alone puts you in good shape. Another opinion from a counselor will help - get on it.

Hank
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Fri Jun 29, 2012
You should have been working with a closing attorney early on. The \$5000 should be in trust with the Realty Company. I would ask status from your Closing Attorney's office since they should be drafting up the loan documents and amortization schedule for you.If the Attorney is unable to close for one reason or another and no fault of your own, a Termination Agreement should be prepared by the Realtor and signed by buyer and seller . This form provides disposition instructions for the Eanest Money Deposit/Down Payment. As always, check with the attorney's office. ... more
Sun Jun 10, 2012
I'm sorry Mary Beth,
We are a Real Estate site, run by REALTORS:
While we do have some experience with construction and remodeling, we are not Contractors.
You need to have some Contractors come out, look at what you are talking about, and do an estimate for you.
What you are proposing, over the internt, is impossible.

Good luck and may God bless
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Wed Jun 6, 2012
National Hills is very convenient to shopping, dinning, interstate, downtown, schools, etc. Personally, I believe National Hills is a good, established neighborhood.....you should ride around & check it out to make sure it works for your needs.

The residents range from college students to retirees. Should you decide to purchase in National Hills, you can make tax-free money by renting for the annual Masters Tournament...if you're an owner-occupant, etc.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks
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Wed May 23, 2012
There sure are - from time to time. I wish you had caught me before I just put some tenants in this beautiful Goshen home (in video below). If you can give me your information, I can help you track when the current tenants move out. Who knows - it may be available when you are ready to buy.

With kind regards,
Mark Mulich - Realtor for Mulich Realty
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Sat May 12, 2012
I've had two sellers list there home at a reasonable price and I recieved offers for both within two weeks. Both of these sellers have listed in the last month and a half.

There surely are buyers out there so price it right and they will come.

Best wishes and let me know if I can help.

Thanks
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Mon Apr 23, 2012
Hi Carmen:

It certainly is...but there is a "it depends." I would need to know of your expectations. What type home do you want? Where exactly? How large/small? Pool? Acerage? Do you insist on a new car? If so, how much of a cut of the \$1692? What other debts do you have?

Generally speaking, the cost of living in Augusta GA is relatively cheap compared to most other places in the United States. Unless you have very expensive tastes and wants, you could chew up that \$1692. If you have a very simple lifestyle, you could easily stay within \$1692 in Augusta Georgia.

Hope that helps.

With kind regards,
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Mon Apr 23, 2012
Hi Carvonne:

I remember the college days, but unlike you, I was no where near ready to buy because I was moving around so much.

Knowledge about those particular loans will vary from Lender to Lender. The FHA Kiddie Condo Loan is a loan where the parent consigns for a child. Child must have credit scores. Aside from that, it is a normal FhA loan. The Lender I partner with is capable of doing that type loan.

Down payment and closing costs are very much different. What the seasoned *buyers* agents try to do is get the Seller to pay your closing costs for you. Then you are left with just coming up with your down payment (I'm assuming you are not active duty). An important bit of advice would be to not fall in love with that particular property. You want to find one that will suit you economically and is a sound financial decision (which means you'd be willing to walk away from that home if you don't get your terms.) In a Buyer's market, there's no reason for you to not get your closing costs paid, and to find a home that you like where the Seller is willing to pay.

If you would like to discuss a little more about it I'd be pleased to assist. Give me a call any time.

With kind regards,
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Fri Aug 3, 2012
It doesn't HAVE to be difficult at all. Find out how much of a mortgage you can afford
(if seeking financing) to start with, then team up with a Realtor to assist you with finding and securing your home.... ... more
Tue Jan 31, 2012
I am a Realtor with Meybohm and I'd be happy to assist you. Are you relocating to the area?
Mon Jan 23, 2012