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Yesterday at 12:51pm
Mary answered:

Please note that if your property is inactive on Trulia, there is no option to update new photos. However, we do have the ability to remove your home photos. Please be assured if you are intending to sell your home, you (or your agent if you choose to use one), will have the ability to create a new listing with new photos, and submit the listing to Trulia. The new listing will override the off market property page with the outdated photos.

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Yesterday at 11:02am
Rrobulock answered:
We moved to Palm Bay 7 months ago. Despite what people call it; Palm Boring & Mel-boring, you have to find things to do. The beach in amazing, Space Center, Brevard Zoo, lots of events in Downtown Historic Melbourne, shopping, bowling, Cocoa Planetarium. Yes, we have to drive 15 min to Publix, the store, even the gas station is about 7 miles away. Basically, you move here for peace of mind & relaxation. Here, no one judges you by the car you drive or the stuff you have or your nice landscaping. People just don't care about that here. So if you're one of those that likes fancy stuff, this is definitely not the place for you.
My cousin came to visit from Miami, she was not impressed with P.B.; then again she is 11 years younger than I & still likes to go partying occasionally, likes brand name purses, so you see, this is not a materialistic city.
In my opinion, the schools use a more traditional form of teaching & still make it fun. Kids here love to go to school.
Most of our neighbors work in Viera, Vero Beach, even Orlando. Like I mentioned, you move here for the practical reasons. It is affordable, although Palm Bay''s real estate is rising rapidly. The people are nice & friendly. Best move we made for our family!
As for the mosquitos, yes lots & they are gigantic. Do your best to protect yourself with repellant. This is nothing new to us born & raised in S. Florida.
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Wed Jul 26, 2017
Mark LeMenager answered:
Eight years later they sell in the $50's and $60's. Not a bad return if you managed to have positive cash flow the last eight years.
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Mon Jul 24, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Stuart, how much rent are you paying now and what is the minimum number of bedrooms and maximum payment you are looking to achieve? I am not sure if you can find the cost per square foot in a query but you can figure it out.

The rentals in San Francisco will vary on location but they start from $1,450 for a studio apt in Northeast, from $1,450 for 2bd 1ba 700sf apt and up. You should study RENT vs BUY listings to compare payments. The studio and 1 bd apts are usually between 250 and 350 sf or so.

You may qualify to buy with minimal out of pocket expenses with down payment and closing cost assistance programs.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve and you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria.

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Sun Jul 23, 2017
Elena Ravich, Esq. answered:
Here is a great tool for owners of Manhattan properties to check on their potential market value and prepare for sale

Here is a link to my website, where owners can easily check on a potential market value of their Manhattan apartment, whether they are just curious about it's current value or are considering selling. The way it works, the site gets 3 automated value estimates (when available) and then we also offer an opportunity to challenge an automated valuation and connect with me in person to get a more accurate and personalized value estimate, as well as receive consultation on current market trends and how best prepare the property for sale. This is a complimentary service I provide to owners. I am always happy to hear from you and assist with any real estate questions!

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! Check your NYC property value at

Elena Ravich, Esq.| MS in RE Finance & Investments |
Certified Negotiations Expert | Associate Broker
387 Park Avenue South, 4th Fl | New York, NY 10003
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Fri Jul 21, 2017
Scott Godzyk answered:
The only true way to see updated listings and sales is a search in real time from the MS itself. Not all MLS systems send data direct to 3rd party sites like this, in that case the listing agent must update it manually. As you can see, it is not done many times ... more
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Tue Jul 18, 2017
Jonathan Lahey answered:
Searching for a place now or stores is not difficult unlike before all you need to do is use google map or search on then it will pop up .hope you did find a a store nearest to your area! ... more
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Mon Jul 17, 2017
A. K. answered:
In 2013 no realtor wanted to list my property because they said with no comparables, a bank wouldn't loan on it. They all walked away.

Fast-forward to just 2 years ago when the market here boomed and they were all on me like sharks on a bucket of chum! NOW they claim they can "franken-comp" it with pieces of other properties, but I'm not seeing much to honestly compare.

Fast-forward again to last month and another realtor tells me I must price it by the tax assessment and my 100K garage is only valued at 10K... Uh, no. I don't think so. The tax assessment of the house jumped almost 50K and that is always a low amount. And with the tax assessment saying my garage is 425sq ft, I think they forgot that one burned down before I bought the place...

I'm too the point where I don't trust ANY realtor anymore. Their promises and predictions are all over the map and no two can tell me the same thing. I am reluctantly willing to eat 100K of my investment, but losing 150K? They don't care whatsoever. They get paid no matter what. I am retired on SS and can't afford an appraisal but the only comp I had appraised 55K higher than it sold for (mine has more features, younger, new roofs...etc..and should appraise much higher) Now I'm told it can't be used because it was 3 years ago??? ARGGG!!!!
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Mon Jul 17, 2017
Jesu49 answered:
Neither matters much. Appraised value is what the banks look at.
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Sat Jul 15, 2017
Delroysingh answered:
I have a 5 bedroom moving in ready in that school district contact me asap 404-274-7694
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Fri Jul 14, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Section 8 does NOT boost the economy. The economy is based on or boosted by people who SPEND money on big ticket items: houses, vehicles, retail and investments. Section 8 people don't have money to spend - therefore do NOTHING for the economy. Working at a job does not boost the economy. Spending money at grocery stores does not boost the economy because the amount of money spent is very small - not thousands of dollars.

As for realtors - it's a waste of time to work with Section 8 or voucher holders. You need to learn that the dollar amount for vouchers is not enough to pay the market rent. Landlords want tenants who can afford the market rate rents and they have the legal right to discriminate against you because your voucher is not enough money. Example: Let's say the average rent for a 2 bedroom in Boston is $3,000./month. Your Section 8 voucher is $2,000. If you have $1,000. Every month to pay your landlord, any landlord will accept you because your voucher + your $1,000. = $3,000. However, Section 8 people don't have $1,000. To pay their landlord, so the landlord rejects them. Landlords refuse to take a loss of $1,000./per month just to be nice and accept a Section 8 person. Forget it.

What Section 8 people need to do is contact their Housing Authority and get their name on a list for city owned housing or the projects (subsidized housing). Another option is to rent in the bad neighborhoods where rentals are cheaper. Landlords will accept you because they cannot charge high market rents like the better neighborhoods can.

Bottom line - Section 8 people did this to themselves by making bad decisions. Examples: not getting a college education, getting pregnant as teenagers, using drugs, not saving money, getting married as teenagers and spending money foolishly. If Section 8 people did NOT do any of the above, they would have successful lives and be rich.
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Thu Jul 13, 2017
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Mon Jul 10, 2017
Rafiaie asked:
I have a website that I need to show the price of the home OR market trend based on zip code or other data and I need this data to be displayed on my webiste. I dont mind to even metioned…
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Sat Jul 8, 2017
Rich Reed answered:
Here is a link to a chart that is "Live - Always updated with latest data" for Median Sales Price
95336: Single Family.

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Thu Jul 6, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
Speaking to an insurance agent to determine if a home has made a claim due to flooding. I'm posting below a link to the Harris Co Flood District Map that shows the recent floods. These don't actually indicate if the homes in these areas flooded, but it can give you a good idea if the area flooded. Use the map when searching for homes as well.

Mark McNitt
Bernstein Realty
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Wed Jul 5, 2017
Michael Ipock answered:
Whatever you do stay away from Innovative Home Group Jonathan Harris 813- 235-0937. He has stolen $3000.00 from our family when we tried to rent to own a home and he did not do the repairs required to move in and refused to refund our down payment. We are seeking legal ramifications at this time. The house was 27700 breakers drive, wesley chapel, FL ... more
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Wed Jul 5, 2017
Kabourlier answered:
We live in north port and love it. You can get a great home for a good price. Port Charlotte is close with mall, restaurants , and shops. Prices in fl are back on the rise!!
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Sun Jul 2, 2017
Gamehoppersyt asked:
Hi there! I am/was interested in a house that's a new construction and I kept checking up on the activity/status of the house for about a week before the listing was taken down on almost…
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