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Home Buying in Great Falls : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Mar 19, 2013
Dina Azzam answered:
There are many steps to follow to get a home built. Starting with confirming zoning, permits, interviewing builders, reviewing designs, coordinating with the lender and so on.

Please let me know if you could do with my help. I am a Realtor and an Architect. I will not design homes anymore, but can certainly help explain the process and get it on the right track.

Thank you

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Tue Sep 18, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
You will have to read your bylaws and perhaps will need to meet with an attorney to get some advice regarding your specific state laws. Anything you do should be in writing with your proof they did not comply. ... more
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Sun May 6, 2012
Faiza Alvi answered:
Hello Travis:

Basically, it all depends on the exact location of the lot, condition of the land, perc approved etc. The approximate value can range between $450,000 - $650,000.

Here are some available:

If you need more information please feel free to contact. My team would be happy to assist you with your buying and/or selling needs.

Best Regards,
Faiza Alvi - Realtor®
Prince William Realty, Inc.
703-389-7973 (Direct)
703-580-9995 (Fax)
2011 - PWAR Million Dollar Club Member.

I believe:
Real Estate is about building relationships
& serving clients with honesty, integrity & passion.
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Sun Jan 9, 2011
Phil Rotondo answered:
Good Morning Fred;
It would help; but if the appraiser is an expert appraiser you should be in good hands.
It has been in my experience that appraisers will consult with local Real Estate agents and other professionals in the County to verifty the information they have collected. ... more
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Sun Jul 11, 2010
Dan Tabit answered:
What the blog describes isn't much different from what many agents do. Forget the phrasing, "facilitator" interview agents and discuss what services they are willing to provide, what their experience is and why you should chose them over the competition.
If you are looking to "drive the bus" as the blog indicates, make sure you choose someone willing to let you do this, but remember Agents have a responsibility to advise you when you are making what they may believe is a bad decision. Some will more than others based on thier knowledge and experience. That's why you should interview a few and decide who is a good fit for your expectations and experience.
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Sat May 31, 2014
Don Tepper answered:
In today's market, most appraisers tend to be on the conservative side. Very, very few are inclined to give an inflated value.

However, if you're in the market to buy a home, hold off on an appraisal until after you get a house under contract. An appraisal will cost about $300-$400 (roughly). So you really don't want to spend that until you have to.

Keep in mind, too, that an appraiser will look at the property's value from three standpoints: Market value, replacement value, and value based on income that could be generated from the property. That's fine, but really all you're interested in is the first one, market value. At this point--before you've even made an offer--an appraisal is overkill.

Instead, get yourself a buyer's agent--a Realtor representing you. The Realtor will be glad to run comps on any home you're considering at no charge. And because the agent is representing you, there's no incentive for the agent to inflate the value of any property you're considering.

When you make an offer, you'll include a financing contingency in your offer. And that, in effect, ties in with the appraisal. But the problem most folks are having today is that some homes aren't appraising for the contract price. You and the seller may agree on a price of, say, $400,000, but the appraisal might come back at $350,000. Almost never will an appraisal come back for more than the contract price.

Hope that helps.
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Thu Sep 2, 2010
William answered:
Wow, no one willing to consult? There are so many people on here willing to respond, I thought I would have 20 takers.....strange..
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Mon Mar 8, 2010
George Creed answered:
Good question. I have found that many third party approvals need 2 property valuations; often a BPO (which may or may not be worth much) and a second evaluation/opinion. In my experience, it is prudent for the agent to run a set of comps to send with the offer package to indicate where the market is at that moment. Once credible valuations are on hand, the negotiator can move the process along -- accept, or counter. Oftentimes with a good package - things can happen in 30 days; otherwise expect 45-60 days+. You need good agents who will stay on top of the process. ... more
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Thu Oct 22, 2009
Sue Richey answered:
Hi Anmarie, In Trulia, agents have to "claim" their listings and if they don't they are not linked to a specific agent and I agree, it does make it confusing who to call. It might be easier for you to simply find an agent you trust and gather your information through that person - a good agent will make your search easier! If there is any information I can help you with, please let me know. Thanks!

Sue Richey
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Wed Aug 25, 2010
Christine Shevock answered:
You're right, Langley is consistently in the top 5 high schools in Fairfax County and usually is #1.
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Wed Sep 16, 2009
Monika Kumar answered:
I feel you must have a short sale addendum attached to it and the SS approval letter was not yet delivered so I guess nothing much. But I feel the pain, the thing is lenders themselves are calling the folks to modify even though SS is in works! They want homeowner to keep the house and in your case they probably offered him good terms that were better than renting for them.

But this is becoming more common in this market.
703 626 3327
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