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10/16/11 7:23 A

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Disclaimer: I AM a Realtor! (My link is below)

Ask your Realtor for information. If they use the word REALTOR in their signature or advertising, they have to be certified and will have the answers or can get them for you. I use an inspection company that is meticulous. Go to the Better Business Bureau as a reference.

I'm not soliciting your business, but saying that your local Realtor can help probably help you out. Right now is a great time to buy because of so many homes on the market. If you want to ask me specific questions or need a referral, please email me. I'm happy to help.



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10/10/11 6:18 A

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Not all home inspectors are trustworthy. Ours missed an electrical issue. And we discovered another problem that eventually we will deal with above the drop ceiling in our kitchen----want to take it out but can't right now til we get money for the other repair. But like anything, Homes are always in need of a little repair here and there---but keeping up on that often helps keep you from having the major expenses.

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10/10/11 1:48 A

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All great advice! Realtors are often helpful in giving good sources for your area and finding out about these things. They also can probably give you rough estimates of projects that need to be done. Good luck to you!

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6/14/11 10:58 A

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I would also suggest getting your own home inspection person out to look at the house before you buy it. They will be working for you and tell you honestly what needs to be done and when. Good Luck!

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6/13/11 2:14 P

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I agree with the rest... talk to your realtor. If they have no real suggestions, make your search engine your best friend. There are lots of sources of info out there, but be careful of scams.
You can always look at
grants.gov/
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6/13/11 9:01 A

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emoticon LECATES, GLAD TO HEAR THAT YOU GOT A GOOD DEAL ON YOUR HOUSE. . THERE'S SO MANY DOWN FALLS TO BUYING A HOUSE. WE GOT OURS THRU VA OVER 20 YEARS AGO & AFTERWARDS FOUND THINGS THAT WEREN'T REVEALED WHEN WE BOUGHT IT ..............LIKE WITHIN 6 MONTHS WE HAD TO PUT ON A NEW ROOF & A NEW WELL PUMP. JUST HAD TO SUCK IT UP. THEY DO BETTER ON INSPECTING THE HOMES FOR SALE NOW. emoticon

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I'm with OKANOG, a lawyers opinion, although pricey sometimes, is a good move. It's a lot of money to muck about with if you're not sure of all the pitfalls etc.

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6/12/11 10:11 P

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I am not familiar with your US laws in regards to purchasing a home. I would recommend you go through a lawyer. A lawyer would advice you of your legal rights.

Is the owner of the home working with a realator? Or is the owner, offering you a purchase of the home, on a rent to purchase basis. Don't sign anything or give any money up front, till you have legal advice. Often these types of deals are scams. Protect yourself.

Make sure you get a written agreement and legal document for the sale of the home, from the owner of the home, don't sign anything till you can get legal advice from a lawyer or a notary public person. If the person is going through a realtor to sell, the home, you still need your own lawyer.

In Canada a lawyer initiates the land title search from documents recieved by the sellars realtor and issues document changes, as to ownership also registars the new owner on deed at land tiles office as new land ownership [which includes buildings on the land.] Cost last time I did a real estate purchase, was under $200.00. Would probobly be less in US as everything costs more up here.

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Best people to ask this question would be the real estate agents in your area. Best of luck! WE got a really great deal buying a foreclosed house---only had to do a few minor repairs to qualify for Federal loans to buy the house.---replace some broken windows, put a railing up at back step, and paint the basement window sills outside.

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I have a question....

I have the chance to buy our home. Ive heard that there are grants that help you to fix it up and all, do any of you know about those and how to go about finding the real ones(not the fake advertisement ones)?

I cant wait til all this red tape is done and I can begin on the home improvement projects that I love so much!!

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