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Mon Apr 18, 2011
A.m.a.n.d.a. asked:
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Fri Oct 8, 2010
Bill Eckler answered:
Kiss,

I'm confused............

Why would someone want to know the price of a home that was neither "for sale" or for "rent?"
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Sun Aug 22, 2010
Scott Godzyk answered:
There are alot of variables... Are you going to act as teh general contractor or are you going to hire a builder to take care of everything? The next step is drawing up the plans, then getting your approvals and permits to build, if you are going to act as teh GC you must have experience in doing so, if you have no experience you should get several estimates from area builders who can complete everything for you. Check to see if they are licensed, insured and ask for references, look at what they have built, talk to the the people who hired them. good luck with your new property ... more
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Wed Jul 21, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Any local agent(s) should be able to help you, contact any realty office(s) and inquire--or for by owner, check local print media, word of mouth, etc.
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Mon Mar 15, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Just how bad is your score--If you haven't visited with any qualified loan officer(s) yet, do consider it--see exactly what your budget can handle and check your credit score again--your officer may offer suggestions on how to best improve it in the fastest time. Currently FHA loans do require a minimum score of 620 with 3.5% down--there may be some lenders that will go with a lesser score but the interest may be higher--in the meantime work diligently on repairing your credit, pay off old debt, dispute old negatives, pay down debt, pay bills on time, keep credit cards below 50%, etc.--again any qualified loan officer can best advise ... more
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Sun Dec 13, 2009
Joan Braunschweiger answered:
Brittany I wish I could help you but this is a real estate website.
It sounds like you are on a rough road and I hope you find the help you need.
Good luck with starting college, sounds like a great step to take to improve your situation but I know it isn't easy. ... more
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Thu Dec 10, 2009
Michael Young answered:
Check the tax records. It's public information and many counties have the information online these days. If not, then a visit to the county office where the tax records are kept will show the lienholder. They may charge a nominal copy fee. ... more
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Mon Dec 1, 2008
Jody Jones answered:
Jason,

Your best bet is to print up some flyers and business cards, and start talking to the realtors and mortgage folks in your area. Perhaps offer some type of incentive for them to try you the first time? Its all about getting your name out there and gaining the trust from folks to use your services. Join the local Chamber of Commerce, or at the very least some of the local service organizations like the Optimists, Lions Club, etc.
Network, network and more networking! Good luck!
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Sun Oct 26, 2008
Tom Vornholt answered:
Here you go: The Bryant Company, Inc. Office Phone: 317-253-7500 Listing Agent: Raymond Cox 219-405-7269
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Mon Sep 22, 2008
Erik Armstrong answered:
Alright, every market is different and so I can't speak for Evansville but for Terre Haute I can help out a little. The number of MY CLIENTS that have actually hired a third party home stagger is zero. For the most part they will watch HGTV and ask me for some tips. They might even go find a book or DVD on home staging but that is about the extent of the investment into home staging that I have seen. I do get plenty of business cards from hopeful home staggers.

Now, you might have better luck if you focus your home staging marketing to the more expensive neighborhoods. Perhaps $150,000 and above. You'll want to walk those neighborhoods regularly and introduce your self to them. Hand out flyers, brochures, business cards, and anything else that might help them remember you when they decide to sell their house.

You should try to get on really good terms with all the local Real Estate Agents. Visit their brokerages, remember their names if you want them you remember yours, be willing to speak at their sales meetings, and leave them plenty of marketing material that they can give to clients.

You'll also want to be careful about your degree in college. Do I care if my home stagger has a business degree?...Not really. Would I be impressed by a degree in Interior Design...YES. A business degree will help you run the business when you have employees that your paying, payroll, taxes, management, etc.. But impressive work and developing a portfolio, will comes first and you will be in competition with other home stagers.

Starting a business is much like being in sales, your product is yourself. Good luck.
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Thu Jul 31, 2008
Tonya L. Kozuch answered:
Contact the title company that prepared title for your mom's property, this will save you some money on the search, since they will have most of the info on file already. Your mom can negotiate a fee with the title company (they probably have a set fee for this type of transaction) to prepare title, and a quick-claim deed. The gifting, in lue of an exchange of proceeds you should check with a qualified tax adviser, on the guidelines and benefits of gifting and or 1031 Exchange, and how these may apply to your situation. We also have new laws in effect for first time home buyers. Congrats & GOOD LUCK! ... more
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