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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Simon Hall answered:
So you're having foundation repair and they'll discount their work if they don't have to warranty it? I would run, run fast, get a new company ASAP. Any company that does not warranty thier work would not be a company repairing things for me and not a company I would recommend to any of my clients. ... more
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
Francie Little answered:
Abilene is a great West Texas town. I grew up in Midland, but visited Abilene ALOT because my cousins lived there. I am very familiar with the local community there and would be happy to refer you to a good agent. Let me know if I can help you in any way at all.

Francie Little, Broker, ABR, CNE, CRS,CLHMS, Green
Austin Portfolio Real Estate.
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Yes, get with an agent right away and let them take a look at your credit issues and determine what you might be able to do to clean it up prior to May.

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012) Call 512-261-4415 ... more
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Wed Feb 13, 2013
Gabriel Perales answered:
Vila, feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience and I'd be more than happy to help you.

Kindest regards,
Gabe Perales
Keller Williams Realty
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Bill Austin answered:
We are fortunate here in the Austin area, we are generally considered a "safe" city. Check out the APD website for specific crime stats. If I can help you with additional questions feel free to mae direct contact. Call ~ Text ~ Email ... more
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Mon Feb 18, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
Whoever you have been speaking with you should maybe stop. Buying a bank owned home is not hard or impossible, in fact it is pretty straight forward. Once the bank owns it and decides to list it there is not a lot of difference in buying in or Mr Jone's house. REO is a bank owned home, the bank now owns it after the foreclosure is over and they can sell it and lenders will give you a loan to buy it. You just need to speak with a lender to see if you can get a loan and then speak with a Realtor who will guide you on the way to do it.

Buying a short sale is a royal pain sometimes, but bank owned can be easy.
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Wed Feb 27, 2013
Moe Paknia answered:
My name is Moe Paknia and I live in Lakeway. There are great options in Eanes and Lake Travis schools. Also I'm very familiar with several custom home builders and planed comunity areas that you can custom build.
Please contact me at 512-468-8788, it would my pleasure to assist you with your famy's move to Austin.
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Lee Ann Seitsinger answered:
I have worked with many out of town buyers and would love an opportunity to work with you. I can also provide references with those past clients.

Lee Ann Seitsinger
Tula Properties
Owner/ Broker
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Sat Feb 9, 2013
John Crowe answered:
Tough get, Btalexa! Interior neighborhoods with the style of home you want is a challenge. You might look around the Wooten area. Not the style of home, though fewer students and some walkability.

Best, John

John Crowe, Broker
Keller Williams
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Fri Feb 8, 2013
Bill Austin answered:
The answer lies within your lease, refer to it for the answer.
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Tue Feb 18, 2014
It really depends on the age, condition, and finish out of the condo, but you can expect to pay somewhere around $200-$225 per square foot average. I do have a new listing that is not yet on the market that might be just what you are looking for. Feel free to contact me and I will be happy to go over the details.

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012) Call 512-261-4415
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
William Friedrich answered:
Hi Neiceedp,

I checked several properties in Killeen and looks like the tax rate is 2.468390%.

Multiply that times the Appraisal and you get the taxes owed. $152,000 X .02468390 = $3,751.95 tax

Of course you could have exemptions which may apply such as Homestead or Senior Citizen and that would affect the amount of taxes to be paid, but would not affect the Tax Rate.

Bill Friedrich
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Ronald Cullinan answered:
It entirely depends on the lease you signed when you moved in. Read your lease to find out. Generally, most leases charge an initial late fee after a certain number of days of delinquency, usually three to five. On top of that, they charge a daily fee for each day the rent is late, which you could call "interest" if you wish. In any event, the controlling document is your lease and it should spell out the specifics of delinquency penalties.

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Charlie McLagan answered:
There's no rule that says you have to, but everyone does. In the event that someone came along and claimed an interest in your property you could have to defend yours in court and that could get expensive. Other issues include encroachments, liens and easements. Having it is a good idea.

You can also run into trouble getting financing, or selling if the next buyer can't get financing. Lenders want to see a clean chain of title and by breaking that you may be asking for trouble.

The custom in Texas is that the seller pays for the title insurance, so in a sense it doesn't come out of your pocket - it's just built into the price.

Feel free to contact me if you have other questions or would like help making a purchase.

Charlie McLagan, CNE, SFR
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Sat Feb 9, 2013
Steven Nusinow answered:
I sympathize with your situation. It is tough to really want a home, and there is a possibility that you might lose out. It is tough to answer your exact question. How is the home priced compared to recent sales? What is the total price? Will there be appraisal issues?

You have a sizeable downpayment which is helpful, but you still might lose out to a cash offer. I would say having an option fee with a decent amount(perhaps $500) and a short time frame(7 days) and be willing to accomadate the closing date with whatever works for the seller.

As for a dollar amount above list, you and your agent will have to discuss what is best.(saying you will do the appraisal quickly might help)
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Fri Feb 1, 2013
Bruce Lynn answered:
You might check with the Community Resource officer at APD to see if they have a summary or something they send out.
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Sat Feb 9, 2013
Steven Nusinow answered:
I always recommend it. You learn a lot about the home you are getting ready to purchase attending the home inspection
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
Bill Austin answered:
I'd suggest you turn to your REALTOR who advised you to get into a lease to purchase deal in the first place. I"m sure they helped you with an exit plan.
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
Michelle Adams answered:
Hello Swest,

There are several home owners that do not have the preference for banning an "aggressive breed". Unfortunately they are not as frequent and it limits your options as far as location and the home itself may be concerned but it can be done! Are you planning on moving to Austin soon?

Also, buying is less expensive than renting now in Austin. I can help you through that process as well!

I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Michelle Adams,
Real Estate Consultant
Ultima Real Estate
512.574.2969 cell | 512.852.4412 fax | 512.22CONDO Office
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