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Home Buying in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Aug 28, 2012
Jeffrey Nyland answered:
Start with the Austin Rezoning Department. They used to be South of the River and they would have the step x step process and details. Having a property rezoned is a simple process, just a few hurdles so don't be afraid to go for it!

Jeffrey Nyland, REALTOR®, GRI, SRS, ABR
The Nyland Team
Prudential Texas Realty
512-626-8552 (Direct)
512-267-3640 (Fax)
Jeffrey Nyland TX AUC# 16644
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Mon Aug 20, 2012
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Sun Nov 25, 2012
Dallas Texas answered:
Recommend contact planning office for city in those particular areas.

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Credit Repair Advisor
Multimillion Dollar Sales Producer

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Mon Aug 20, 2012
Eric Hegwer answered:
Interest rates are more closely tied to your earning potential and credit than the home/land/property.
Rates are near an all time 70 year historical low right now. Feel free to contact me if you want to chat more about this.

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Fri Sep 19, 2014
Perry Henderson answered:
Typically the buyers. If the sellers did any work that required permits, then that should be the exception as it would be disclosed in the sellers disclosure.

Open permits can be a little costly but there are specialists who can help expedite the process, typically old employees of the city. If you need one, drop me a line. ... more
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Tue Aug 21, 2012
Dallas Texas answered:
WITH ANY REALTOR should provide you same service you referenced when comparing an Austin agent to other Realtor. Sorry you are having problems !! If you continue have issues notify me happy to provide a referral .

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Credit Repair Advisor
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Mon Aug 13, 2012
Barbara Coker answered:
Is this your homestead? We do Texas Home Equity Loans. You can email me with your situation.
Barbara Coker
Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer
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Fri Sep 14, 2012
Daniel Leipsic answered:
Good Afternoon Delia,

There are several answers to this question depending on your current financial situation. The average down payment is 10% although there are programs which allow lower down payments. FHA are 3.5% down while others are 0% down with down payment assistance programs. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Best Regards,
Daniel Leipsic
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Sun Aug 12, 2012
John Crowe answered:
The Austonian facilities are nice, with a work out area and a separate room for classes - yoga, pilates, etc. If you are really interested in a gym, I'd suggest something like Spring or ACL - both are pretty much next door to Pure Austin. ... more
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Mon Aug 13, 2012
Don Groff answered:
Hello Jonathan,

It is really hard to say. Each listing stands on it's own. Meaning that it may be priced well or it could be overpriced. Also each seller is in a different financial position with different requirements and different level's of flexibility when it comes to what they would accept for their home. In the end the market determines the value and not the seller or their agent. That is why it is truly important to fully understand the market and what is going on.

If you have any questions on the homes or financing please let me know. I am a Realtor and mortgage broker in the Austin area. Even if you are working with a Realtor already I can most likely help you with your financing options and save you thousands on your financing because I am wholesale mortgage broker who works with many different lenders. This allows me to always get you the very best deal on your financing. If you would like to discuss please give me a call or email me anytime.

Best of luck to you,

Don Groff
REALTOR® | Mortgage Broker
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
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Thu Aug 2, 2012
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Wed Aug 1, 2012
Thomas Cantalini answered:

You should discuss this matter with your Realtor and your loan officer. They should be best prepared and most willing to assist you.

Tom Cantalini
Broker Associate GRI, SFR, MBA
Century 21 HSK and Associates
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
vivianne dordea answered:
I am a reliable agent and would like to help. Contact me by email or phone.

Vivianne Dordea
Sierra Homes Realty
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Mon Jul 30, 2012
Perry Henderson answered:
You need to be HUD certified vendor. If you qualify for that program, the agents will call you...
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Mon Jul 30, 2012
Ronald Cullinan answered:
There are several ACC campuses around town. Probably the one with the greatest number of available rental units as well as public transportation is the Northridge campus just off of Metric on Stonehollow Drive (7878). MLS area 2N alway has a lot of rentals available in quite a wide range of prices.

Have them contact me for help in finding the right place. I do a lot of leasing for folks.

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
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Mon Aug 13, 2012
Craig Tapley answered:
This is one of those questions that most realtors can answer with good confidence. Trouble is it is really dangerously close to offering legal advice, which we as realtors are not allowed to do.
You can read over the lease agreement with your renters and I think find the answer you need there, but I fear that agents are going to have to mostly pass on answering this question for you for fear of committing the 'unauthorized practice of law'.

Realtors have a very specific niche. If you look closely at what we all do on a day to day basis it is, in fact, practicing law. When we add elements to special provisions in contract that is creating a legal contract. Normally that is reserved for lawyers who have passed the correct state bar, and it would be against the law for anyone who has not to do such a thing. The law community has recognized a real need for a community to be able to do this specific set of things without law degrees... good for our local communities because it saves our clients a BUNCH of money compared to hiring an actual lawyer to show them houses and fill out contracts.
Still there are good reasons that you should not ask a realtor to answer this kind of question. A very well intended answer that is only slightly wrong might well land you in some serious hot water. My suggestion is to find... well, just about anyone you know that has a law degree and ask the very straight forward question that you have asked here and get an answer from someone that actually has studied the law enough to be sure the answer is correct and complete.
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Mon Aug 31, 2015
Scott Godzyk answered:
Most hard money lenders will not loan to owner occupied properties. Hard money is for typically 6 mo to 1 year than need sto be paid back or risk heavy points. hard money is best used to buy, fix and sell. not live in ... more
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Mon Aug 13, 2012
Guy Gimenez answered:
If you used the more or less standard TREC / TAR contract form, then yes it would not only be normal, it would be imperative as the seller is "required" to have all utilities on prior to inspections. Essentially, the seller may have already breached the contract by not doing so. Therefore the seller would be wise to accommodate your reasonable request since the seller caused the problem by failing to meet their contractual obligations. ... more
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Mon Aug 13, 2012
Laura Mcmillan answered:
If you are a serious renter/purchaser, please contact me or another REALTOR who can be more specific with your request. There are many questions we need to ask you to truly help you make your decision and your transition smooth. Our service can be free of charge to you as we will be compensated after closing. But we need to prepare a researched analysis on what seems to be such a simple inquiry. I do hope this helps you and understand that we are here to guide you in the direction YOU want - a pleasant, stress-free transition.

Laura McMillan
Avalar Austin Real Estate
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