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Home Buying in Lawrence : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Oct 23, 2013
Nathan Paradis answered:
Re: Transaction Broker. Explaining your reasoning for contract terms shouldn't place you at a disadvantage. You'd really do well to consider hiring a buyer agent though - the seller has very likely already agreed to cooperate with and compensate a buyer agent. That's essentially free representation. ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Stan Trekell answered:
Brian,
I have worked with a fair number of military personnel who rotate in and out of Lawrence. Most choose to buy because nice rental properties can be scarce and rental fees are high in Lawrence. If you would like to email me at strekell at sunflower.com, we can begin an online search for your housing needs.

Welcome to Lawrence, you will love it here.

Stan Trekell
Realty Executives Hedges Real Estate
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Fri Nov 9, 2012
John Evans answered:
Annie, Lawrence has a fabulous rental market . The University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, and being a bedroom community for Topeka and Kansas City creates good rental opportunities.

Before you ask where to rent you must ask, to whom you wish to rent. For KC commuters with young families, the east side of town is good. College students desire to be close to the campus and the homes there tend to hold their value well. There are several good locations in town but you really should talk personally with an agent to best determine how to reach your goals.
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Mon Oct 8, 2012
My NC Homes Team answered:
Almost any bank can work with you depending on your credit scores, and income. Your referring to FHA loans which are common.
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Sun Sep 30, 2012
Rob Lang answered:
Your Realtor can answer this question for you or you can go to the Register of Deeds and research the answer for yourself.

I would be happy to be your REALTOR if you need one.
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Wed Sep 5, 2012
Darren Abram answered:
Not having a job may present a challenge. The best bet would be to consult a mortgage professional first. Underwriting requirements have tightened and not having a job to go to may mean that you have to wait on finding employment. It may come down to how much money you have in reserves. ... more
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Sun Sep 2, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
If you buy a house with a general warranty deed you have the mineral rights, special warranty deeds and other types exclude, or can exclude, some things that are included in the general warranty deed. BTW, I doubt your house has many mineral rights, but your land certainly can. Consult your lawyer. ... more
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Rob Lang :) answered:
"Clear title" to the land is the short answer. There are lots of variables to this. Mineral rights, gas rights, water rights, etc. below the ground will be variables. "Air" rights above ground will be a variable as well.

Making a phone call to a title company will help as they all have either attorneys as owners/managers or have attorneys on retainer for answers to title questions such as yours.

Best of luck to you. I have provided the web address of a Lawrence title company.

Rob
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Wed Dec 5, 2012
Bob Kocour answered:
A quick MLS search came up with around 40 possible properties. If I can help let me know.
Thanks,

Bob Kocour 785-766-1234
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Thu Mar 17, 2011
Marty Henderson answered:
Thu Dec 9, 2010
Toland Hippe ABR answered:
Hello Daniel;

Right now there are 5 single family homes on MLS that offer HOA with exterior maintenance and further amenities for the HOA price. These homes range in price from $249,900 - $499,900. It would really come down to your needs in a home, your price range, your age (as a couple of these properties are for seniors), and other factors that are important to you as a home buyer. I would be happy to help you further with any of your buying needs.

Best Regards,

Toland Hippe
Stephens Real Estate
785-393-8342
tolandhippe@stephensre.com
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Fri Mar 8, 2013
Marita Topmiller answered:
Julie,

You can search the FEMA maps. Even better - call the local state house
and ask. The operator will direct you to the right person who can answer
your question reliably.

Regards,

Marita
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Sun Jan 17, 2010
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi L,

The prices are higher because the properties have appreciated in value faster than other areas in Kansas. The causes for faster appreciation is high demand due to 1) Being half way between Kansas City and Topeka to where one member of the household may work in KC area and another works in Topeka, Lawrence (and Eudora to the east) would be a middle ground to live to split the driving distance; 2) University of Kansas is definitely a draw to people making Lawrence be in high demand; 3) Low unemployment rate compared with other areas in the state; 4) Cultural activities, community theater, Lawrence downtown, etc. are all drawing points as well; and 5) Located on the K-10 business and industrial corridor.

Above all, high demand drives prices up. While there are older homes with character there are new homes in move in ready condition as well complete with all new appliances. There is something for everyone here.

What you need is an excellent resourceful Realtor who will help you find the best deal for the money here. I have done so for my clients through successfully negotiating some of the best deals in real estate in the area.

Give me a call so I can show you how I can be of help.

Thanks and "Don't keep me a secret--I'm never too busy for your referrals!"
Rob Lang, CRS, ABR, ePro, GRI, CFPS Realtor®
Sellers www.MLSPlease.com (Marketing homes to 2 MLS's, to over 10,0000 websites, and virtual tours, and a $1,495 full service listing side option to save home owners thousands of dollars when they sell their home)
Buyers: Property Searches www.AskRobLang.com
http://www.tokbox.com/Rob0709 to Video Conference with me
Blog www.ActiveRob.com
At Home Kansas (Serving Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Topeka, Olathe, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas City, McLouth, Wellsville, Ottawa, Berryton, Tecumseh, more)
785-813-1357 (cell) 206-339-3199 (fax)
Info@AskRobLang.com
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Sat Jun 10, 2017
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi L,

As I mentioned in my answer to your other question, what you need is an excellent resourceful Realtor who will help you find the lease/purchase properties that are available. I have experience with these options and in locating them for you.

Give me a call so I can show you how I can be of help.

Thanks and "Don't keep me a secret--I'm never too busy for your referrals!"
Rob Lang, CRS, ABR, ePro, GRI, CFPS Realtor®
Sellers http://www.MLSPlease.com (Marketing homes to 2 MLS's, to over 10,0000 websites, and virtual tours, and a $1,495 full service listing side option to save home owners thousands of dollars when they sell their home)
Buyers: Property Searches http://www.AskRobLang.com
http://www.tokbox.com/Rob0709 to Video Conference with me
Blog http://www.ActiveRob.com
At Home Kansas (Serving Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Topeka, Olathe, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas City, McLouth, Wellsville, Ottawa, Berryton, Tecumseh, more)
785-813-1357 (cell) 206-339-3199 (fax)
Info@AskRobLang.com
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Mon Nov 9, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Mtynester,

Yes, there are villas like Miller's Glen in Topeka but they will be for the most part more expensive than the $300,000 villas at Miller's Glen. They range from 1500 sq ft for about $154,000 which is less than the Miller's Glen places on up to about 4400 sq ft for about $475,000.

Give me a call and I would be happy to email you the listings on the market right now that match your search criteria or you can use my www.ActiveRob.com website to get all the listings that match your criteria.

Thanks and "Don't keep me a secret--I'm never too busy for your referrals!"
Rob Lang, CRS, ABR, ePro, GRI, CFPS Realtor®
Sellers www.MLSPlease.com (Marketing homes to 2 MLS's, to over 10,0000 websites, and virtual tours, and a $1,495 full service listing side option to save home owners thousands of dollars when they sell their home)
Buyers: Property Searches www.AskRobLang.com
http://www.tokbox.com/Rob0709 to Video Conference with me
Blog www.ActiveRob.com
Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate
(Serving Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Topeka, Olathe, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas City, McLouth, Wellsville, Ottawa, Berryton, Tecumseh, more)
785-813-1357 (cell) 206-339-3199 (fax)
Info@AskRobLang.com
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Fri May 8, 2009
Dana Schuster answered:
If an unmarried couple buys a home and one is a first time homebuyer,you can buy the home together & the credit is allocated to the first time buyer.This would also apply to a parent/child,sibling group,etc. ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2009
Dawn Lindner answered:
Very difficult to finance. You can get a loan, but not easy to finance. Peter Lindner- Valley Inc., Realtors
LindnerRealtors@yahoo.com
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Wed Jul 22, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Elias,

If you are looking for information on how to buy a Lawrence Kansas property, the best thing to do is visit some Realtor's website where you can search for information based on what features you need in a home. My web reference below will allow you to select homes by zip code (area of Lawrence) and by price range. Once you find the home or homes you would like more information about buying, contact me or the Realtor from the website you found the houses and we will give you more information on county appraisal, building material quality, get you more photos, help you get a pre-approval letter, and much more.

Thanks for asking your question and let me know if I give you more info, more photos, sellers' disclosures, etc. on any Lawrence Kansas real estate.

Rob Lang
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Wed Jul 22, 2009
Rob Lang :) answered:
Hi Saeed,

Thank you for your question. My website reference below will show you prices of new construction by both price ranges as you have mentioned and by geographical areas and features that you need. When you find homes that you are interested in, I will get you additional information such as building material quality, county appraisal, comparison with other homes on the block, and much more. I will also put you in touch with professional lenders better equipped than myself to answer your financing questions. A few builders offer financing themselves and I will let you know which properties qualify for builder financing. Lawrence Kansas real estate appreciates faster than any other real estate in the state so you will be looking at the high end of your $150,000 to $250,000 price range for your brick, new construction Lawrence Kansas property.

Thanks!
Rob Lang
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