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Mon Sep 16, 2013
Jonathan Robert answered:
I would really like to help answer any questions you have feel free to call me anytime!!!
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
REO's usually run 2-4 weeks for ACCEPTANCE, and 45 days for the Escrow.
For SS's; we have seen 2-12 months for acceptance and 45-60 days for the Escrow; if there is a 2nd Lien, you can increase that logrithmically.

On a SS you probably will get better conditions (the house) and you will be helping the Homeowners.
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hey Maria-

Average price per square foot for Branford FL was $174, an increase of 138.4% compared to the same period last year. If you have additional questions, I would recommend reaching out to an agent in your area: http://www.trulia.com/voices/directory/Branford-agent--6820

Please let me know if I can help with anything else!

best,
Ali, Community Manager
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Sun Jul 29, 2012
Joseph Runfola answered:
Location
30 South State Street & 490 Washington Boulevard
Stamford, CT 06902
(33.0 miles to Grand Central Terminal)
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
Cedric McNeil answered:
Hello Jennifer,

The short answer is work with an agent that knows.

Even a "fixer upper can be financed with a "FHA 203k" which allows you to put the cost of the work into your mortgage.

For the most part find a home that is move in ready with no broken windows, peeling paint or major safety issues. Even these issues can be solved by the seller if asked.

For a more detailed description or if you need any additional questions answered feel free to contact me at any time. We'll sit down and make your buying experience a perfect one.
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Mon May 26, 2014
Phil Rotondo answered:
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Sat Oct 18, 2014
Jeannette Batsikas answered:
Put your name in every real estate you can because each real estate has there own clientel and Try calling landlords on your own if you don't get any Realtors to help... I know it seems frustrating but don't give up, go to your local section 8 office and explain the situation ask them for help and ask them if they have landlords that they currently work with. Which they do, they should be able to offer you a list being that you have a section 8 voucher. I wish you the best and hope I helped in some way!!!! Jeannette Batsikas ... more
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Sun Aug 5, 2012
Tara Stirk answered:
Hi Eliot,
I just want to make sure you are fully aware of all the pros and cons of rent to buy deals. Hope this information helps. Also, what are you looking to pay monthly? I may have a few places in Stratford that would work for you.
Here's how it works: Instead of outright purchasing a property, a potential buyer draws up a contract with a seller in which the monthly rental payments, based on the home's value and often above going rates, count toward an eventual sale. All rental payments made pay down the principle if the renter decides to exercise the pre-paid option--typically 1% of the sale price--to buy. The date at which the agreement expires varies by contract but is typically between two and five years. At that point, the renter can choose to buy the home at the original listed price minus the equity he or she has built. If not, then the homeowner has the option to evict them and keep all payments.
Of course, there are pitfalls. If a renter eventually decides not to buy, not only do his rental payments disappear, but the premium option fee he has paid for the right to buy also evaporates. In addition, if the price of the home goes down considerably over the next three years, then the renter has been paying a rate based on that amount and will find himself overcharged. On top of that, many contracts in rent-to-buy situations disallow late rental payments from counting toward an eventual sale. Those with punctuality problems might lose equity.
They can be helpful for those sitting on the fence but shouldn't be utilized by anyone who isn't serious about eventually buying the home. Rent-to-buy should be made as part of a plan to own a home, otherwise it will end up costing more money in fees and above-market rent payments. Make sure the eventual purchase is driving the decision to enter a rent-to-buy.
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Hannelore Kaplan answered:
Hi,
The best way to get a concrete answer is to call the police station to find out
why the orange rating for that street.
Norwalk police resources
http://www.norwalkct.org/index.aspx?nid=139
http://norwalk.patch.com/listings/city-of-norwalk-police-department-8


Hannelore Kaplan
William Raveis Real Estate
CHAIRMAN'S ELITE TOP AGENT
NEW CANAAN OFFICE #1 PRODUCER 2011
Mobile: (914) 450-3880
Email: Hannelore.Kaplan@raveis.com
Website: http://hannelore.vflyer.com/home/flyer/home/160844002
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Thu Aug 30, 2012
Jay Cooke answered:
Hi Mark,

Westport is a delight but may be too pricy for comfort. Fairfield is another great beach town but the commute might not work for you. A number of my buyers have fallen in love with the Rowayton section of Norwalk. It's a watefront enclave with a cute downtwon section, very Nantucket and very charming.

Stamford is a city with great restaurants and an active downtown scene. There are some really neat sections here as well. In Greenwich the prices are steeper but your budget will find you options in Old Greenwich - a young and trendy section of the town. And if you want to look North, cast your eyes to Ridgefield. It has a Main Street out of a book on Americana and a very famous modern art museum - The Aldrich too.

Generally, you will get more house for the money in Westchester. But with higher the real estate, sales, property transfer and other taxes is usually is more expensive to live there.

Let me know if I can be of assistance. Jay Cooke
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Mon May 27, 2013
Cassandra Ritone answered:
Hi there,

You can try the market insider on this site (click the link below) to get more school information. Just enter the zip code you are looking for. Have fun searching!
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Wed Aug 22, 2012
Todd Turcotte answered:
Hi B,


That is a tough question to answer.

Basically you need to speak with someone who you feel can help you, and you need to feel very comfortable with them in order to make selling a home out of town a success.

I am an agent in your Norwalk zip code and would be happy to talk with you more about your situation.

I have helped many people in different situations, including people from out of town who I only spoke with on the phone, or emailed, but didn't meet.

Check out some of my testimonials from my clients: http://norwalkrealestatetodd.com/testimonials


Feel free to contact me any time and I'd be happy to go over some of your potential options!


Sincerely,

Todd Turcotte

http://norwalkrealestatetodd.com/
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Sat Jul 28, 2012
The Garthman Team answered:
We have several properties available for rent that will offer a 6 month term. Of course, the selection of rentals depends on your specific criteria and price range. We also require a credit check to show credit worthiness.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

Good luck.
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Tue Aug 21, 2012
Laura Feghali answered:
Hi,
You may wish to consider some of the managed luxury rental complexes in the downtown area of Stamford such as: Avalon Greyrock, Parc Grove, Morgan Manor, or Glenview House. They sometimes offer 6 month leases but you will usually pay a bit more per month than if you were to sign a yearly lease.

I suggest "googling" them to find out more information about pricing, availability, and the amenities they offer.

Good luck to you!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Gloria and Steven Lage answered:
You are correct. The deposits should only be cashed once you actually have a deal, which is once the contract is signed by buyers and sellers. I would check with your Realtor.
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Sun Aug 5, 2012
Tara Stirk answered:
Hello
Currently there are no rentals with full inlaw suites. Do you need a full suite or would a room with a full bath do? If that would work for you there is a raised ranch with a large room and full bath downstairs. If you need any additional help please do not hesitate to ask!
Tara
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Wed Jun 27, 2012
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Thu Jun 28, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Most Counties and States do not recognize Basements as part of the Squarefootage.

But a Buyer visiting the house will certainly take it into consideration.

Good luck and may God bless ... more
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Fri Jun 29, 2012
Jacques Ambron answered:
Rarely is a basement included in the square footage because there is no certificate of occupancy. Attics too are not considered for the same reason
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