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Tue Mar 25, 2014
Lisa LeBlanc answered:
Hi, Melissa

A real estate agent can do a CMA for you for free. You can call any real estate office or get a personal referral from someone that has been happy with the agent they have used. I would be happy to provide you with a CMA, as well. It would require me to come out to your home and take a look. Please let me know if you are interested, I would be happy to help you. Thank you !! ... more
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Tue Feb 12, 2013
Laura Rieff answered:
Hello. The home at 522 Stickler is for sale not for rent. If you are in the market to purchase a home I would be happy to show you the home. Thank you. Laura
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Mon Feb 11, 2013
Rose Keyser answered:
You can find the walk to everything and 600 rent but why rent when there are buys that would be less a month nicer and your down would not be much more then your rent deposits and you would be building equity. The sellers can share in closing costs. Give me a call and lets see what we can do to help you own your own home for less and there may be a place that would let you have chickens and most yards have room for a garden to help with the food cost. Rose Keyser Owner of A Home Real Estate 574-292-0468 ... more
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Thu Feb 7, 2013
Lisa LeBlanc answered:
Hi, Laura

Thank you for posting your question. It sounds like you have done all the right things to your home to make it salable:) I can't say for sure how long it would take to sell your home without seeing it, however, like I said, you have done the right things. I can tell you that our spring market has already started and we are seeing great numbers. I am having listings sell with multiple offers, which I haven't seen for years. That combined with the amazing low interest rates are keeping the buyers out there. I would be happy to take a look at your home and do a market analysis to tell you what it's worth and the approximate amount of time it would be on the market. If you are interested in setting up a time for me to see your home, email or call me anytime. Take care! ... more
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Tue Jan 22, 2013
Lisa LeBlanc answered:
Hello. If you are nor working with a real estate agent, I would be happy to email you the listings that we have available in those areas for rent. Typically, as we get closer to spring the homes we have listed in the MLS tend to shrink because most sellers will continue to try and sell through the spring and summer seasons. That being said, I would be happy to send you what we have available. You may also consider looking at Craigslist, the South Bend Tribune and for additional rentals. Thank you for your question. ... more
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Sun Jan 27, 2013
Marybeth Saunders answered:
Greetings namlahav85,
I get the sense you are seeking an investment property, which is very smart in this market!

I'd look in the Near Northwest neighborhood, and the neighborhood due west of the central downtown area. Those neighborhoods boast affordable houses with great character; they just need TLC!
Many investors are purchasing houses in the price range you mention, so please don't hesitate.

As far as maintenance companies, I'll assume here that you mean a property management company. If so I'd start with Portage Corp. They handle all aspects of property management/maintenance.
I wish I could give you an idea of rent, but until I have a better idea of the specific property and the work it needs, I simply cannot offer an opinion.

The best way to get started is to jump in.
Contact me if I can help further.
Best to you!
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Thu Apr 18, 2013
blad.3 answered:
I have a 3 bdr, 1 bath a block form Stanley clark School, on High Street. The rent would be 650 + utilities. The zip code is 46614. If this is interesting to you, please email me at blad.3@nd,edu. Thank you. ... more
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Marybeth Saunders answered:
Greetings Alicia,
I would suggest you check the following link I have heard very good things about Kramer Properties.

If you are planning on staying in the area for five or more years, I would strongly recommend buying a home. Right now the interest rates are at or near all time lows, and South Bend has amazing houses available at very, very low prices.

Don't hesitate to contact me!

My Best,
Marybeth Saunders
Weichert Realtors- Jim Dunfee & Assoc.
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Sat Apr 27, 2013
Allen Grace answered:
You have an interesting question that can have different factors to consider. First of all in todays market you can buy cheaper than renting, period. Buying is without a doubt the cheapest option not considering time. Your qualification of being near Notre Dame may be a deciding factor as buying or renting near campus is generally higher than the community as a whole due to demand. You can buy today considerably less than it will cost you to rent house. The problem is the time period that you are here. Appreciation in this area in good times have been in the 3-5% range/year but due to the market conditions over the last few years has been O or less. When you sell you will need to plan on about 8-10% of the selling price to go in selling fees and taxes. Your challenge is to determine if you can buy smart, live for 3 years at low mortgage cost and sell at a price that will cost you less than what it would cost you to rent for 3 years. Depending on the house you may of course have maintenance cost that you would not have in renting. I would believe that buying may be a better option but probably not in your perferred area considering the 3 year time you have established.

Call if I can clarify further in some way.

Good Luck.
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
Carla Myers answered:
I work, live, shop and play in that very neighborhood! There is a wide variety of housing stock and the type of property is important when offering a home for rent. Are you thinking of investing or simply renting out the home you live in? The overall Erskine market is healthy. Call me if you have questions @ 574-993-0467 ... more
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
Andrew Wilkinson answered:
Hi there Skylarlynavance,

Here are the search results for your following criteria;

- Rental Apartment
- 1 or 2 bedrooms
- Nearby IUSB campus (within 10 minutes driving)

Here is what I found:,IN/1-2_beds/APARTMENT_type/x_map#for_rent/14_zm/41.643565,41.688863,-86.284202,-86.182948_xy/1-2_beds/APARTMENT_type/x_map

Good luck!

Community Manager
Trulia Voices
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Sun Oct 28, 2012
Laurie LaDow answered:
The closer to campus the usually the better. Most prefer to be able to bike or walk.
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
Chelsea Abraham answered:
If you are not working with a Realtor feel free to e mail me your contact info and I can start looking and e mail the homes I find that meet your criteria my e mail is ... more
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Thu Feb 28, 2013
Michiana Homes Team answered:
I would be happy to help you. I am an investor myself and work with rentals. Feel free to send me an email.
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Tue Feb 11, 2014
Rose Keyser answered:
The recession, Job losses and general bad three years.
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Sun Sep 16, 2012
James Gordon ABR SFR SRS answered:
It all depends. I list quite a few short sales with BOA and the quickest that I have done is 45 days list to close. I have also waited 60 days for an appraisal update to be ordered and completed so that we could proceed. The level of the negotiator with BOA does not matter. I have found the best turn around time comes from normal negotiators not operations managers. ... more
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Sun Sep 16, 2012
Rich Homer answered:
Best to go directly to a local pro at "Find a Pro" in the header of this website.
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Fri Jun 8, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
So, someone made an offer on your house, and it is contingent on them selling their house; correct?

And I know that you have a Realtor guiding you in this transaction, correct?
And therefore you put in the Contract that you can accept back-up offers, correct?
And you included that you will give your Buyers a 48 hour "Notice to Perform" if you get another Offer, to protect yourself, correct?
And I know that you are listening to your Realtor, correct?
Then you know that he told you that hardly anybody has accepted a contingency like this for years, correct?
And he told you that this could take from 6 weeks to 6 months to happen, correct?
And you listened, correct?
Then you don't need us, correct?
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Thu May 31, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
It depends if you NEED to sell. If you do not have a must to sell now, you need to assess what the home is worth and how much you will net and is that acceptable. there is no doubt prices will rise in the future. When renting the key is having a good tenant who will pay and will not damage the house. Carefully check a tenants ability to pay and my favorite thing is to look at where they live now and how they take care of their home. That is probabily how they will take care of yours. ... more
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