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Home Buying in Essex County : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Christopher Lefebvre answered:
Middleton is a very nice area and the schools are ranked high.

The median home price in Middleton is around $400k right now. Send me a message if you have any other questions about the area. I would be glad to help you out.
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Sun Jun 13, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
You can find out if it's on the market by calling any Realtor.

The Realtor probably can find out the answer as to why it can't be shown.

A Realtor can also tell you how many days the property has been on the market. Or try checking Zip Realty ( ) That site tells you how long the property has been on the market and what price reductions, if any, have been taken.

Hope that helps.
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Tue May 25, 2010
Kevin Vitali answered:
Unfortunately the tax liens have to be paid before the house can be sold.

I am not a lawyer and I would certainly talk to one. Specifically, the seller was under contract to sell the home to you. They can be sued for non-performance where you can recoup any lost costs. The problem is two fold. One it is probably more money than can be done in small claims court and two it is hard to get money from someone who doesn't have any. The questions to ask is how much money do you need to spend to try and get some money from the seller and what is the likeliness you will actually get it.

Again, I am not at attorney and you should definitely speak to one.
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Tue May 25, 2010
Kevin Vitali answered:
There are three properties in North Andover that meet your criteria. Paste the link in your browser to view the properties. ... more
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Sun May 13, 2012
Amy Mateus answered:
It all depends on the buyer but in my experience 3 bedroom homes seem to have better re-sale value.
Hope this helps.
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Jeffrey Carter answered:
Hello Yingnming,

Andover Gardens is a desirable community. Please visit my website for neighborhood values and community & school reports. I believe that you'll find it very useful.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you would like more info on this complex. I can represent you as a Buyer's Agent when you are ready to make a move.


Jeffrey Carter, ABR
978 717 9015
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Tue Jun 1, 2010
Kevin Vitali answered:
Who knows!! No one can make any guarantees on time of approval when it comes to short sales. There seems to be no rhyme or reason when dealing with the banks. It seems about on average the banks are taking about two and half months for contact associated with a short sale approval. Of course some are quicker and some are slower. ... more
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Sun Apr 17, 2011
Victor answered:
also im shopping around for a new lender
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Fri May 7, 2010
Amy & Dan Schuman answered:
Hi Dot,

From our experience, BOA is one of the worst banks to deal with for short sales and not very quick to complete the BPO. You may have to wait 6-8 weeks. If you are working with an agent or there is an attorney or negotiator involved, they may have a better idea of the status of the BPO. Short sales are very frustrating so hang in there and hopefully everything will work out for you.

Dan Schuman
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Fri May 7, 2010
Steve Shaw answered:

That answer is different for all mortgage companies. They each have th their own process that they follow. The BPO gives the mortgage company an estimated value. The mortgage company may also order an appraisal. It sounds like that the mortgage company is still in the decision making stage of determining whether to accept the short sale or maybe counter offering.

Ask your realtor to ask the negotiator at the mortgage companay that he is dealing with to give estimated deadlines on the current task that they are working on.
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Wed Feb 16, 2011
Dan Tabit answered:
Hi, Start by calling some of the big companies, Allstate, State Farm, Gieco and get quotes from them. They will need an address, or at lease city you'll be buying in, value of personal possessions, any special items; i.e. guns, jewelry, collectables etc.
Agents at these companies will give you a good overview and sales pitch for their company. Set some boundaries as to what you want, low, med, or high deductable.
Before you purchase a policy, speak to a local insurance broker who represents multiple companies to see if a local company may be more competitive.
I hope this helps get you started.
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Sun Apr 25, 2010
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Sun May 9, 2010
J.M.Jones - 978-335-9092 - Homes & Rentals answered:
The building dept is closed and tomorrow is a holiday - so who knowsn the exacts with details - I think they need to be heated if FHA - Anyone know for sure....?
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Fri Apr 16, 2010
Susan Costa answered:
This is Realty Trac and other compnaies trying to sell list to buyers and realtors. Like you said this is (as you put it BULL) I hada buyer that found a property that was listing on Trulia with Realty Trac for 180K when it was in MLS for 256K. When I called the lsiting agent, he was not aware of this.

They also advertise property with NO address to get you to contact them.

For buyers - consult a Realtor they can give you information on current properties on the market.

If I can help, please contact me or visitmy sght at
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Tue Mar 23, 2010
Dan Chase answered:
I could be wrong....

You could be looking at a foreclosure that is in such bad condition that it is needing to be torn down. That could account for the price.

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Wed Mar 31, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Yes, it's possible to get a loan-- however they do look at your credit activity for past year--also see links for additional information.
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Sun May 16, 2010
Matt Heisler answered:

Whether or not Brookside makes sense depends on what you need for space, condition, floor plan, convenience and price. The short answer is anything that is A) smaller B) Cheaper is a downsize option. Whether or not it's an option for you depends on your needs and preferences. Without knowing them, it's hard to make a true recommendation. ... more
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Thu Sep 5, 2013
Scott A. Nelson answered:
Automated values are good at coming up with "average" values for properties. They have problems adjusting for unique qualities such as waterfront, curb appeal, mature plantings etc. Where did you come up with the $590k? Only an appraiser can give you the spot on appraised value by doing an in depth analysis of your property and the most recent sale data and take into account the unique qualities of your property.

A real estate professional can give you the market value of your property given the current market for properties such as yours using the same data. An appraiser may say that your home is worth X but if there are alot of properties asking the same but with better qualities or lesser qualities your market value might differ either positively or negatively.
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Thu Mar 1, 2012
Melissa K. Addis answered:
Hi John,

How are you? Manchester, as I'm sure you know, is a wonderful town and community with an excellent school system. Are you looking to move there or sell your current home? I believe values are still slipping but less so in a town such as Manchester.

Let me know if I can help you in your home search. I am an Exclusive Buyer's Agent in Wenham, MA and do not have the conflict of interests of typical traditional agents. I look forward to negotiating the lowest possible price for my buyers and do my due diligence to protect my buyers in the process. Let me know if you'd like to meet for a home buying consultation to interview me to see if you think we would enjoy working together. We would discuss agency relationships, buyer advocacy, fiduciary duties to my client etc..

Feel free to call me with any questions or if you would like a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis).

Call me at:

Melissa K. Addis
Exclusive Buyer's Agent
Buyer's Choice Realty
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Tue Jul 21, 2015
Jeffrey Carter answered:
Hello SPL35,

I know that area well. Kosciusko Street isn't known for flooding. However, If the surrounding grounds aren't pitched right or the gutters are damaged/missing that could bring water into the house. Your best bet is to consult a Buyer's Agent. This agent represents your best interests and will look into the water issue and any other issues that may be of concern.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.


Jeff Carter
978 717 9015
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