Everyone's situation is different, and every transaction is different; so I am sure the repsonses you will recieve will vary accordingly.
should you find a property you like but just need a little more time to secure a downpayment, the lease to own could allow you to move into the property and then purchase it at the time specified in the contract.
It is a risk to both the buyer and the seller.
For the seller, they are taking the home off the market and should the deal fall through they have to start all over to sell it. Also for the seller should the market improve, by the date it closes, perhaps the property is worth more by then.
For the buyer, often the contract is written so that the deposit is kept by the seller should the property not close on the future agreed upon date. Depending on the amount of the deposit this could be a serious risk. Also there are alot of unknowns, just like for the seller the property could increase in value, in this market it is alsp possible for the buyer that there is a risk the property will decrease in value by the time they close and could be hard to get financing on the contract price.
I could go on and on.... but bottom line it is all about *how* the contract tis written,
I suggest you contact a locat Realtor who can guide and advise you through this process.
Tony you definatelt do not want to complete any work that you have to pay for until you own the property. The risk is too great in a short sale. A short sale is never completely accepted until you are all signed and handed the keys.
The 203k would be a good way to go, ask you loan officer for guidance. they should be able to inform you of you ooptions. th eother option is to ask if you can put the 8k in escrow, so when you close the bank knows that money is there to complete the mold.
Also you didnt state anything about the price you are paying, hopfully you are getting a good enough deal to make it worth while. The mold shoudl have been tested by an expert as well as teh other parts of teh house to make sure the spores are not through out the house,
Good luck with your purchase
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FOLLOWING IS THE FHA GUIDELINES FOR NON PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIENS LOOKING
to obtain a FHA insured mortgage within the Continental United States:
1.) Property must be the borrower's principal/primary residence
2.) Borrower must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)
3.) Borrower must be eligible to work in the U.S. as evidence by his/her Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) issued by the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Note: Social Security card alone can not be used as evidence of work status. Although Social Security cards may indicate work status, such as "not valid for purposes," an individuals may change without being reflected on the actual Social Security card. Therefore your EAD must be used instead.
if your EAD expires within 1 year and a prior history (12-24 months) of residency status renewal exists, must lenders (including us) may assume that the EAD continuation will be granted. If there is no prior renewals, a lender will determine your likelihood of renewal, based primarily on information from the USCIS.
REFUGEE OR ASYLEE STATUS:
Aliens that have been granted refugee or asylee status by the USCIS are automatically eligible to work in this country. Therefore, an EAD is not required.
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Since I'm kinda the Lease-to-Own guy here on Trulia, maybe I can help you.
To be able to find/move into a lease-to-own house, you'll need at least 3-5% upfront. If you decide to purchase the house, the 3-5% (or whatever the seller will need from you) will be credited towards the purchase price when you buy BUT if you decide NOT to buy the house, the 3-5% us non-refundable. I may be able to even offer you Rent Credits.
If your serious about finding a house and have AT LEAST 3-5% upfront (I DO NOT WORK WITH TIREKICKERS), shoot me an email with what considerations you have for your new house (ie...3 bed, 2bath, no garage, etc and what you can comfortably afford for a monthly lease payment & purchase price) and i'll start looking to acquire a house for you.
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Currently, there are no programs available for non-permanent aliens. There are loans for non-permanent resident aliens, however it seems that you are not a resident as any status. You039;ll have to buy the house in the name of your american spouse and use your income as a compensating factor. You may also get an HB1 Visa through an employer in the states, get a social security card allowing you to work in the U.S. and then buy the house.... more
there doesn't seem to be any link to follow and I don't see an address either. Which property would you like to know the price of my email is josborn@VisionInvestmentProperty.com
feel free to drop me an email with the address and I'll be more than happy to give you a price and my opinion of it and some comparative sales in the area to give you an idea if the price is in line with other similiar homes in the area... more
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Your question is best possed to the real estate agent representing you in the purchase of the home since there are far too many factors to consider when answering this sort of question. The operative question for you to answer is whether or not you have any additional contingencies to exercise. If you don't I would start by offering the seller of the house your earnest money as liquidated damages, but would also be prepared for them to yell and scream. I know that this is tough, but please consider the fact that you made this agreement and that you owe it yourself and your inegrity to do what you can to hold it together.