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Home Buying in Bessemer : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Feb 7, 2013
Aaron Sims answered:
Trulia's recent solds come from public record and can be considered accurate. As to what is recent, you'll have ot see if the date of sale is listed to make sure you are not looking at a sale that is over a year or so old.
Best of luck!
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Sat May 25, 2013
franwatkins914 answered:
I have a home available for sale in Bessemer if you are looking for one now. I know you are seeking a list. Did you try asking a local real estate office /bank for their copy?
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Thu Apr 24, 2014
Rodney Mason answered:
Hi Richard,
Getting Pre-Qualified for a mortgage should be your very first step. That will allow you to identify your financing options. Since you said fixed income, I am assuming that you are both retired and on Social Security and/or Pension income.

To get Pre-Qualified, you can submit a request online at

Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
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Prospect Mortgage
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
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Licensed in Alabama & Georgia

Prospect Mortgage offers a full selection of mortgage programs including:
Conventional | FHA | FHA 580-639 FICO | FHA 203K Renovation (Streamline & Consultant) | HomePath® | HomePath® Renovation | HomeStyle Renovation | VA | USDA | GA Dream | Jumbo Financing
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Thu Jun 30, 2016
Ron Thomas answered:
You could repeat the question, and leave out the word "Probate":
Realtors are THE BEST SOURCE for leads.
If you are only interested in PROBATE,
the leads can be filtered.

Good luck and may God bless
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Sat Jan 21, 2012
Annette Lawrence answered:
Of course we know about wholesaling.
It is not a secret by a long shot. For many real estate agents it does not fit their business model.
Most wholesalers embrace the idea agents want to work for FREE. That of course is good for some, but not others.

To think agents are unaware of OPM, self-directed IRA, note financing, options, hard money, cross collateralizing and other readily available financing options would also be shortsighted.

The question should be rephrased, "What are the professional standards that make such transactions/arrangements less desirable or forbidden for real estate professionals or those who are realTors?"
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Sun Jan 15, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Consider contacting and interviewing in person a few local agents from different realty companies, then choose the one you like best; choose your agent with care. You can locate some area agents here, under the find a pro tab; also ask friends, family, co-workers, etc., for recommendations. ... more
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Thu Jan 12, 2012
Tbodley asked:
What is this home worth and how much does it rent for? I am looking to buy and resell this home. I contacted agents in this area about the property, but no one responded back to me yet....
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Wed Aug 31, 2011
Gusty Gulas Group answered:
If you are buying a home you can utilize the services of a buyers agent and the commission for that agent gets paid by the seller. This solves your problem. If you are financing you can negotiate in closing costs to include the appraisal but many banks like for you to pay in advance the appriasal fee.


Gusty Gulas
RealtySouth- 52 Homes sold in 2010 (#2 Gold Club)
205.218.7560 -(Search all Birmingham area homes)
Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40
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Sat Jan 21, 2012
Jeanne (Genie) Barfield answered:
Dear Tbodley,
You need access to records of home sales. It is not always as simple as it seems. If you want to do a good job you can't compare apples and oranges. You say you want to invest in properties. Are you using a Realtor to purchase these properties? If so, ask your Realtor to do these CMA for you, he/she should be able to provide you with the information you need. When you are an investor it is helpful to have a close relationship with a Realtor, whom you feel is experienced, has a track record of working with investors, and is quick to move on deals once the homework is done.
Good luck.
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Mon May 19, 2014
Keith Andrews answered:

Where are you interested in living in the Birmingham area? Have you considered that some sellers may want up to $8000 down to make sure you have "skin in the game?" Many more questions to consider prior to finding a home. Let me know your thoughts and allow me to be of help if you need some. ... more
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Tue Jun 28, 2011
Oceanwindrealty answered:
1009 Rose Hill Circle
Hueytown, AL
FSBO... Me :-)
Asking $138,000 for it. Completely updated including new 30 year roof.

also, have one in dolomite, a 4bed/1.5bath for sale for $72,000. updated as well. both houses will sell for less than appraised value. ... more
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