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Home Buying in Wichita : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Sep 29, 2012
Debra Cooper answered:
Wow...first things first. In the state of Kansas, you the Buyer will draw up an initial offer with an attached earnest deposit. Once the initial offer has been negotiated between Buyer & Seller and all items have been addressed, and all parties are in agreement, then all signatures are obtained (whether it be on an additional counter-offer addendum, or by intialing the original offer with changes). Next, the Earnest Deposit must be deposited in an Escrow account within 5 Business days of the acceptance (effective) date in the State of Kansas. I would make an appointment to sit down with your Real Estate agent and their Broker to sift through the details to help you better understand your situation. As always, you can seek legal advice. Best of Luck. ... more
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Mon Nov 24, 2008
Maria Morton answered:
There are three coops on the Plaza which is one of the nicest places in KC.
Whether or not they would be a viable option for you would depend on what you wanted in a home.
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Mon Jun 16, 2008
Chris Lengquist answered:
You really want to start with a qualified loan officer/mortgage officer that won't take you down a bad path. Start with a larger lender or go to your neighborhood bank. Feel free to email. With no obligation I will send you the names of three loan officers my clients work with regularly who do an excellent job. ... more
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Mon Jun 16, 2008
Richard Gataveckas answered:
There are no restrictions when somebody from overseas is buying real estate in South Carolina State (where I practice). However purchasing process in US is different from overseas in most cases and you need to know about this process. Also you need to get familiar with property taxes and fees associated with Real Estate here in US. Please let me know if I can further assist you with such information. ... more
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Mon Jul 14, 2008
Jeffrey Schnabel answered:

Square footage for a basement is virtually never counted in the conditioned space by an appraiser, nor the tax assessor. Some owners might want to count it, and some might even go so far as including it, but a true basement is not typically considered the size of the home. That said, if you had a full ceiling height walk out basement that is professional finished out, then it could be counted as living area, but that space would typically be discounted significantly in the valuation of the home.

Hope this was helpful,

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Wed Apr 23, 2008
Rebecca Hoskins answered:
Some of your questions will be difficult to answer since we don't have a crystal ball. There is a lot of new construction in the Park City area and the developments are looking very nice. Historically Park City may have had a reputation that it doesn't deserve because of the lower end homes that are there, probably in the area farther north. There is a lot of commercial property along N Broadway, some along N Hydraulic which is relatively quiet but is still a
"highway" style street with a higher speed limit. Hydraulic will carry traffic that is entering and leaving the Kansas Colliseum so that will depend on events that are occuring at that venue. No way to tell how much development will occur over a 10 year spread. You can check with the developers in the areas that you are interested in to see if they have a long-term plan for the area.
I doubt that it is under a flight path since it is so far north of the Municipal Airport. Again, you can call Air Traffic Control at the airport and ask them. I don't recall actually noticing a lot of Park City as I fly in and out of the city.
Crime statistics are available at, just scroll down to "crime" and you can check by zip code or by mapping.
Schools seem to be Chisholm Trail Elementary, Pleasant Valley Middle, Heights High School but can be verified by calling 316-973-4498.
You can check the school statistics/test scores at my website:
I'm including a link for you to view the last 6 months of sales and the actives in this area, you can also see the Days On Market. Don't be deceived if the DOM are very long because it could have been a model home.
I hope this is helpful, please feel free to contact me if I can assist you with anything else or in the purchase of your home.
Rebecca Dowty 316-655-5566
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Tue Mar 25, 2008
Chris Lengquist answered:
Better dig in and do your homework. Or work with a professional. You'll have to establish comps and repairs and other items to establish value.
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Wed Aug 15, 2007
Erin Stumpf (Attardi) answered:
Tough one there...practices differ from state to state. Why did you and/or your agent wait until "the closing table" to investigate this? Generally (at least in California), the buyer must investigate any and all conditions affecting a property, square footage included, and satisfy himself/herself with regard to the findings. Have you formally removed your contractual contingencies? If you have, you may be out of luck, and your deposit may be in jeopardy. ... more
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