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Sat Jul 21, 2012
Heather LoRe - Available Now! answered:
Hello Diana,

For a budget of $99,000, you can find several options for your new home, including 2 bedroom condos in Peabody or the surrounding area. Condo prices are very low and buying will only require $3,500 down in your price range, which is usually about the same amount down you need for an apartment if you have to pay first, last and security. In addition, your monthly payment, including mortgage, interest, taxes, condo fee and condo insurance is usually less than your rent per month. You do get to deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage off your taxes at the end of the year and get some of that money back.

Your very first step is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. You can pick from the multitude of lenders available, banks, mortgage companies and more, to know if you can purchase rather than rent.

Once you do that, your next step is to pick a realtor who can help you find what you are looking for that is within your price range.


Heather LoRe, Realtor
Century 21 Spindler & O'Neil
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
So, you found some permitt issues after - you bought? you offered? you executed the P & S? What does your lawyer say? What does the association say? Did they present a 6D certificate? That may show they have no issues with the unit. Did you review the association docs and financials? Someone knows something. Is this a common / are these common change(s)? Do the changes require permitting? Condos are pretty strict. The association may ba a place to gather info.

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Thu Oct 4, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi Elizabeth,

You can get started on your search right here on Trulia:,MA/ (just change the city name to explore different cities).

Hope that helps,
Ali, Community manager
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Fri Aug 17, 2012
Michael Cheng answered:
If they're selling, then they're priced right. Their resale value is whatever the market will pay.

Why are you assuming they will depreciate?
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Wed Nov 14, 2012
Greer Swiston answered:
Whenever you have a concern or complaint regarding the real estate industry, there are number of steps to take.

1) Complain to the brokerage of the listing agent in question. In this particular case, that would be Daher Companies out of Methuen.

2) Since this is a REALTOR brokerage, they have committed to abide by the rules of the National Association of Realtors ... so you could also contact the local REALTOR chapter (which I believe is the Greater Boston Real Estate Board)

3) You can also contact the Real Estate Licensing Board at or find them at reporting the specific property and real estate agent in question.

For what its worth, the property just closed on November 10th at less than 1/2 original list price. I noticed that your post was in July ... perhaps you had brought your complaints somewhere and it resulted in an adjustment?
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
Most rent to own are done by the owners themselves. I am really wondering why you would even want to do a rent to own, they are loaded with pitfalls and are very much in the sellers interest more than a renters. You will still need to be able to get a loan in a year or two to be able to buy it and if the agreed price you will pay is too high in a year or two the bank won't loan you enough to buy it and then you lose all the money you have put up so far in the deal. They are not a good deal. ... more
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Heather LoRe - Available Now! answered:
Hi Maria,

I am just checking in to see if you have been able to see 24 Phillips Street in Swampscott or if you need any assistance in purchasing your new home.

Please let me know if I can help.


Heather LoRe, Realtor
Century 21 Spindler & O'Neil
Cell 978-604-6521 (talk or text)
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Mon Jul 2, 2012
Karol Flannery answered:
I handle rentals int he area and would be happy to help.

what is your budget? What kind of dog is it and how big? Lbs.? When are you looking fro move?

Please advise.

Karol Flannery
William Raveis
12 Federal St.
Newburyport, MA 01950


Please feel free to call me directly.
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Sun Jul 1, 2012
Jody Falkingham answered:
yes it is Short Sale All offer considered lender
& ATTORNEY & LENDER sAYsell open hse today 1-2:30
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Fri Jun 29, 2012
Peter Mlaguzi answered:
This is the most recent sale on that street.

38 Salt Island Rd Gloucester  MA  01930-1945  12/22/2010  $825,000  1-Family Residence - Contemporary 

Are you interested in listing your home? If so, feel free to contact me for a free market analysis.

Best regards,

We don't sell homes, we sell futures!

p.s. The highest level of gratitude my clients can show me is by referring their friends and family

Peter J. Mlaguzi III
M&A Real Estate
O:617-588-0087 x701
C: 617-233-1476
F: 617-395-6867
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Fri Jun 29, 2012
Wen Farina answered:
Send us your email address at we'll reply with the full report
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
You can look up the house on Realtor or zillow too for views.
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Wen Farina answered:
Which one are you referring to?? let us know
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Mon Feb 18, 2013
Marcie Gingle answered:
Yes, there is bus service to central square in Lynn where you can connect to other routes including Boston.
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Christopher Lefebvre answered:
Hi Sully, do you have a question I could help you with?
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Jim C asked:
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Wed Jun 13, 2012
Northeastgal asked:
Our commitment date is tomorrow, but appraisal hasn't come back yet, so we have been told that we need to file a request for an extension. We are supposed to close at the end of th...
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Wed Jun 13, 2012
Richard Shapiro answered:
Appraisals are a wildcard due to HVCC and now increasing volume from refinances in the past several weeks. The only thing you can do is ask for an extension.
Speak with your loan officer and find out when the appraisal was ordered and when the appraiser visited the property. Hopefully it should be completed soon. ... more
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Fri Jul 20, 2012
Kim Quintana answered:
I have a beautiful Victorian condo in converted mansion, close to 495N and S, 213 and Rte 93N and S. It is located in Prospect Hill, Lawrence, MA and will accept two 25 lb dogs.

It only has 5 condos in buidling, all original molding ,high ceilings, firelplace, 1-2 bedrooms, large living room, dining room, kitchen and bath.

Comes with garage space and 1 deeded space., Rent $$ is negotiable. Beautiful area, easy access to all shopping, commuting and displays beautiful in historic community.

Please contact me with any interest at 978-476-1342.

Kimberly Quintana
Exit Realty Group
44 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, MA
Cell 978-476-1342
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