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West Allis : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Nov 1, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
You are not saying when the burglary took place.
If it was after the Closing, you were the owner and your insurance would be responsible.
If it was before closing, the Seller's would be responsible.
What does the Police Report say?

Good luck and may God bless
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Mon Jan 30, 2012
Chris Novak answered:
It is a great time to buy a home in West Allis! Looking around, there are a lot of deals!!!!
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Thu Nov 1, 2012
Linda S. Cefalu answered:
There are many homes available in West Allis. I would be happy to send them to you.
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Tue Dec 27, 2011
Scott Godzyk answered:
Simply put "Not likely"... First it depends if the original loan was a fha loan or had PMI (mortgage insurance). if so in is not BOa but them who have the final decision to approve or deny. The key is if the offer is close to current market value and how good the negotiator is for the seller. The approval is based clearly on if the seller is quailified to complete a short sale and if teh sales price is at or near market value. If either answer is no, the short sale could be heading for rejection. The key is to have your agent contact the listing agent or the negotiator for the seller to get ahold of the banks negotiator for a real life and up to date summary of where the sale is. In short sale we communicate with our banks daily on our listings, if you do not, it sits and sits... ... more
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Sun Oct 30, 2011
Debby Thompson answered:
You owed to the buyer from 1/1/ of the year you sold to the day you sold it to them. So if you had a escrow account and missed 2 payments you may not have had enough to cover this amount. Look at you closing statement and it will explain where your tax money went. You may still have money coming from your home insurance because that is paid up front for the next year. Taxes are paid monthly with sometimes only 2 months extra in the account.

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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Matthew Kaman answered:
You need to have sufficient income stream. As well as a credit, at 19 you might not have any credit. FHA financing will let you put down 3.5%. You should first consult a mortgage broker, to see if you can get a loan, then start evaluationg with your best move would be. Its never too early! ... more
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Sat Oct 7, 2017
Jeff K answered:
Hi Jeff,

I'm a little confused. You wrote that it was already turned into a single family but you want to "convert it into a single family". so ... is it still a duplex or is it a single family? What is the current zoning applied by your town - multifamily 2 unit or single family? Ultimately, the Town determines if it's a single famly or multifamily and a variance need to be applied for (and changes made) to convert from one to the other.

On the electrical bit. IF it's already a single family and you simply want ONE bill, then you can just do this by getting an electrician to do the work, applying for a permit with your town and notifying your electric company that you'll be doing it. They'll want to take their extra meter back afterwards. They also might possibly want you to use a different meter box than you have now (one rated for the new combined service.

Let's say that you are combining two 100 amp services into a single 200 amp service - the outside service box might need to be replaced with a larger one rated accordingly. And your current main panel in one unit- that will become THE main panel for both units - this may need to be changed from whatever it is now to 200 amp, etc. The the other main panel will become a sub panel, and connect back to the main by a brand new and expensive cable. These are MUCH cheaper at electrical supply places than home depot.

You might also be able to keep all your current breakers if you buy a panel that is compatible with them (DQ, Siemens, etc).

Please be aware that you may not "HAVE TO" combine your electrical services, merely because you take a duplex and make it a single family. I DID recently combine services in my place so I am intimately familiar with how it works here in my county and my state. It may be a bit different in Milwaukee WI.

For me, I did combine my services to basically save the extra "customer service charge" of $5.50 each month. I was already doing a lot of electrical upgrades anyway so it made sense for me to do the extra work to combine the two together.

So ... assuming that you do not "have to" combine electric services (and I think that the town won't require this), you may wish to work up what it will cost you to do this. If you can do your own electrical, then it will be reasonable.

Please feel free to provide more info and ask more questions!!! I know "one or two" things about electrical, having done a TON of it in the last 6 months.
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Thu Dec 11, 2008
Karen Wenzel, e-PRO answered:
First, I'm sorry to hear of your circumstances. The first thing you should do is to document what repairs your home needs, and if you do have photos that would help.
I am assuming what you meant to say in your question is that your Assessed Value (for taxes) is 169,900. But that the new appraised value is $83,000. You will want to make a copy of your appraisal and the comparable homes that the appraiser used to determine your value.
Contact the West Allis Appraiser, and make an appointment to bring them your documentation.

They will then most likely make an appointment to come view your home, and start the review of your assessed value.
It's definitely worth a try. I had 6 Buyers last year successfully contest their assessments and get their taxes lowered.
Here's the link to the West Allis Assessor's Office:
All the Best to You!
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Thu Oct 24, 2013
Geri Griggs answered:

If you have dealt with an Attorney upon filing bankruptcy, did you ask their advice?
Respectfully, such proceedings are looked upon with a stigma sense...
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