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Mon Mar 23, 2009
Gail W. Nash answered:
What do you mean by a "builders program"?
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Thu Feb 26, 2009
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Sun Feb 22, 2009
Gail W. Nash answered:
I would check in the by-laws of the association regarding voting rights.
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Tue Dec 30, 2008
Lacinda answered:
Not sure what neighborhoods you are referring to. Send me a more exact area and I'd be happy to research further for you.

Lacinda Homfeld
H & Co. Real Estate ... more
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Mon Oct 20, 2008
Caren Hotchkiss answered:
That would be possible. If you would like, please email me with your requirements in the way of price, number of bedrooms, etc and I will be happy to do a custom search for you.
Caren Hotchkiss
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
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Tue Jan 25, 2011
Sean P. answered:
An 80/10/10 mortgage or a 'piggy back loan' saves borrowers from taking out PMI or private mortgage insurance. Any way within reason to avoid PMI, jump on the opportunity. Lenders are deceptive about who they let out of their PMI payments. Most banks will insist that a borrowers take out PMI, if they do not have a deposit equal to 20% of the home's appraised value. Supposedly once your repayments have contributed 20% of the homes value, they say you will no longer need to continue paying for the insurance (BS). Here's the rub, if your equity exceeds the 20% of the home's appraised value they may still make you jump thru hoops. I've seen people with 30-50% equity sent a letter from their lenders after they ask for their PMI to be dropped, with a list of requirements other then the 80-20 original rational. At closing you'll never be told the dirty little banks secret, because the mortgage broker is just trying to close the deal. If you've ever been late on your payments, they have the right to deny dropping the PMI payment. If you had other credit problems in the interim that they're aware of like a bankruptcy, they might not let you drop the PMI. If your household income has changed, they'll deny you too. They'll ask for your proof of income again, and you'll have to pay for an appraisal. My answer is anyway you can avoid the extra $1000 a year, grab the opportunity. If you're 45 or older and plan to stay in the house longer then the national average of 6-8 years, then take a 15 year mortgage. It's nice to turn 62 (S/S age) and own your house free and clear. ... more
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Wed Sep 10, 2008
Joshua La Force answered:
Hi Laura,
As you've probably heard before, location is everything but that depends very heavily on your own personal preferences. Elements usually associated with location are typically quality of schools, property taxes, proximity to work, community, cultural and recreational opportunities, just to name a few. I'd recommend starting with something measurable; the distance to places you visit regularly (i.e. weekly or more often) such as school(s), shopping, banking, work, medical services etc. A great resource to rate a neighborhood is After you get used to measuring or quantifying things like this, you can move on to less concrete items. Also, recent studies have shown that in the Houston metro area if you take into account the true cost of a commute to work you save nearly $400/month for every minute you shorten your commute.
Of course consulting a Realtor local to that area is always advisable.
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Fri Aug 22, 2008
Sharon Parker answered:
Sugar Land Texas,Great wood and Missouri City Texas (sienna Plantation). the area also depends on how much you want to spends on a home. What grade are you looking for. FBISD.
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Mon Aug 4, 2008
Margaret T. Hatcher answered:
In the past 6 months lots up tp 1/2 acre mostly up to 1/4 acre range from $7,500 to 35,000 in sold prices.
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Wed Sep 29, 2010
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Fri Jul 25, 2008
Bruce Lynn answered:
You must refer back to the contract to see if there is an expiration date. For example on a lease there is typically an end date. It is possible to set it up to continue after the initial expiration date for example month to month if both parties don't inform the other. On a typical sale there is no expiration date. Even if one party doesn't close on time the contract could continue until one party gives notice of breach to the other. Can you give us more specifics as to what kind of contract it is? ... more
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Mon Jun 23, 2008
Jeff Kessler answered:
If you are in a true condo then yes the insurance is covered, but in a true townhome then no. In a true townhome you have a very low HOA dues that just cover the common areas. In a townhome you own the land and roof. It is your job to keep the property up.
Hope this helps.
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Sat Sep 20, 2014
Bruce Lynn answered:
I like tile, but it may not look right in the bedrooms. Depends on your targert market. If you get wood though, no pets. There's no deposit you can get that will pay for replacement if they mess it up. ... more
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Thu Jun 5, 2008
Dallas Texas answered:
It maybe their standard practice I would contact the office if you have excellent history I am assured it is standard they fill them out for posting.
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Sat Apr 10, 2010
Bruce Lynn answered:
Call him, call his boss, remind him about the balance of the job payment you will pay to complete the work. If not you may need to take him to small claims court.
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Tue May 20, 2008
Yichin Tsai answered:
Hello Heidi, you can order free relocation guides from this website: There's a map of different areas and you can request information for all the areas listed. It'll help you get a general idea about areas around Houston. If you need any help or need some more information, please feel free to contact me! ... more
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Mon Sep 20, 2010
Infinity Realty Network answered:
Sometimes there are areas, where Trulia might not a have local agent in your community to answer correctly. I always suggest calling some local realtors and asking them to help you out. You would be amazed how talkative, and informative they can be.

Good Luck
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
Deborah Madey answered:
I haver never lived in Houston, but have spent time there. Living inside the loop will allow you easy access to the offerings of the downtown. Once one settles in the suburbs, their lifestyle tends to revovle around the strip malls located there, with less attention given to all the attributes of the center of Houston.

The Woodlands is nationally known if you prefer the feel of a master planned community.
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Mon Mar 13, 2017
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Jerry....what are you asking here? Are you looking for informaton fromthe county records?
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Sat Nov 16, 2013
Stephen Fritz answered:
Not very often. Some people along the bayou did get water in their house in Allison but the city has quadrupled the size of most drainage pipes and done many other projects in the area to help if another Allison storm comes. That being said, house values continue to rise in those areas. ... more
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