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Mon Oct 21, 2013
Emil Tadros answered:
Hi, What are you looking for? The number of bedrooms, cat or dog, is a town house ok, what is your price range? With town houses, you get double the space, the bedrooms will be on the second floor and quieter than the first floor. ... more
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Sat Jan 19, 2013
Heath Coker answered:
Pets can be a problem for landlords.
I would use a local rental professional to save time and money and also to make sure you don't miss a great rental.

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Thu Nov 8, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
The public transportation here in MA is not the same as NY NY.
The best way to find your answer is to consult the MBTA website.
There is a place for you to put in a starting point and a destination.
Look on the left middle of the page where it says Rider Tools

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Sun Aug 12, 2012
Eleanor Reilly answered:
9 Mylod Street has an open house today from 12:30 to 2:00. The house is currently being used as a single family. Having not seen the house I'm not sure what improvements are needed to convert it back to a two family.

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Tue Jun 19, 2012
Amy Mullen answered:
Hi Suz,

It really depends on what is going on with the short sale. In some cases the bank will postpone the foreclosure auction with a signed PnS to allow for the short sale to process.

You can verify the auction date/time online. I would ask the negotiator who is handling the short sale what the status is...there are so many factors that could affect that.

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Wed Jun 6, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
For several years, minds better than yours or mine have tried to come up with creative ways to circumvent this; both as a buyer and a seller:

Here's the secret; you got 2 choices;
wait until it goes thru foreclosure, and buy it as an REO,
walk away and find another house.

good luck and may God bless
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Wed Mar 19, 2014
Sophia Ricci answered:
This may be why you have received no replied. We as agents are not allowed to discuss or label something as safe. You may want to check crime stats and read the Norwood Patch history to find out on your own. ... more
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Wed Apr 25, 2012
Greer Swiston answered:
Just answered your question in another thread, but here it is again.

Since "good to buy" is always in the eye of the beholder, the best I can do is point you at a couple of resources with data and let you decide for yourself what is most appropriate for you.

For various crime statistics, you can always call the Fitchburg police for the latest crime statistic, or you can look at some stats on the web like and perhaps the local paper

Compare those stats with perhaps other neighborhoods with which you're currently familiar, perhaps where you live now ... so you can have some context.

If you're interested in school ratings and if MCAS results matter to you, you can look at the state website at ... again, I highly recommend that you compare it with a neighborhood with which you are familiar so that you have some context.

Best wishes and let me know if I can be of any further assistance!
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Fri Jan 8, 2016
Scott A. Nelson answered:
You'll have to get your own attorney to see if it's possible. They can best advise you as to the current status of your property and what any auction terms might be and if there are restrictions. Often times there are opportunites for the owner to reclaim the property but depending on your financial situation they might be limited. A housing/real estate attorney can best advise you. You can also go to the Massachusetts website through the attorney generals site and find out state authorized resources available to assist you.

Hope that helps,
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Wed Apr 25, 2012
Brian J Greenwood answered:
Bill, you can research and compare schools on this website... This is also on my website. There is also a link on my website to compare the towns in general from demographics to cost of living to commuting. ... more
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Mon Apr 25, 2011
Patricia Ng answered:
As a buyer in today's market even though you can find a lot of answers from the internet, you still need an experience person on your side to negotiate especially in FSBO situation to take the emotion from both sides ... more
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Fri Oct 8, 2010
Jane Grant answered:
Bill: There has to be a Broker Price Opinion submitted and a price is arrived at by looking at "Recent Sold Comparables", in the immediate area of the home that are the same or similar, number of bedrooms and square footage.

It's the same information that is used by an appraiser. Don't try to look at Sold prices on line in the public sites because they use information from the Tax Assessors office that state the Trustee's Deed price which is much different than, "Recent Sold Comparables".

Find a Real Estate Agent in your area that subscribes to the MLS and have them tell you what the, "Recent Sold Comarables", are for any home you are considering that does not have a price yet.

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Fri Oct 8, 2010
jo answered:
Anyone here giving you their opinion, is just that, theirs. Go drive around the blocks around each unit. Talk to people who live in the neighborhood. Talk to shop owners. Heck, call the police station, see what they think of the place (crime rate, etc.). It's what you feel inside of you while you're in that neighborhood that matters the most. ... more
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Mon Jan 25, 2010
Keith Manson- Metro Milwaukee Wisconsin answered:
Every bank handles it differently, Each bank may use a differnt stragegy, some list it low to create overbid situations and other list it at market value and try to hold to that number. However, most if it does not sell after being on the market for 90-120 days the address price more aggresively. The key to evaluate the value with a buyers agent and make a fair bid.

The process should not be that complicated, just understand you are buying the property in an as is condition and understand what you are buying. Banks want to close and forget about the property and do not want delays once they come to an agreement.

Keith Manson
First Weber Group
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Metro Milwaukee
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Tue Dec 20, 2011
Patrick Thies answered:
There are two ways to find out if a townhouse is FHA approved. You can contact the Home Owners Association if you know who it is. It will be in their by laws. Another way is to check with your lender. They usually have a list of FHA approved properties. ... more
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Fri Oct 23, 2009
Don Tepper answered:
Check with your local tax assessor.

In many/most cases, the tax assessment will change to the latest purchase value. If it doesn't, then the tax assessment can be appealed. So long as the transaction was an arms-length transaction (not a parent selling a property to a child at a reduced price, for example), the sale is very strong evidence of the true value of the property. ... more
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Tue Sep 8, 2009

I would depend on the day you lock. It probably was there last week. This week, rates seem to be a little up-meaning you might have to pay for it. If you want me to send you a GFE, i would be more than happy to work up the numbes for you. You can reach me at We can discuss your goals/needs in order to structure the loan properly.

Danny Castagna
SR Loan Officer
E-Mortgage Management
800-793-9633 x 185
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Wed Jul 22, 2009
Scott A. Nelson answered:
You should consult with your mortgage professional to see if it is possible to get funding for this unit. There may be a special circumstance that could allow for it. The mortgage guidelines are rapidly evolving these days, check back and let us know what your mortgage professional says.

Good luck,
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
Catherine "Cathy" Chaudemanche answered:
Hi Peter,

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There are few things you can do on your own to drastically increase your organic ranking and in the same time increase your daily unique visitors metric:
Make sure all your tags/metatags are relevant and completed (page title, page description, page keyword). Did you submit your site to Google, Yahoo and MSN? Is your site full of original content with industry keywords repeating in that content? Advertizing in site like Craigslist with link to your pages will also help (Google crawls Craigslist and they will be able to find your site within a few weeks). You might want to edit your content at least weekly to give a reason to Googlebot and Yahoo Slurp to come back every day to your site. The more linking (you can use Trulia also to link back to your main site) and the more traffic you will generate to your main site. This might not help much in your ranking but at least it generates quality traffic.
First make sure your site is indexed (go to the search engines and plug your entire website :ie and see if it returns your site. You cannot increase your ranking, if you are not indexed.
There are a lot of site that could give you the SEO 101. has some self kit help for SEO.

Cathy C.
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