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Home Buying in Washington : Real Estate Advice

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Yesterday at 4:29pm
Dave Skow answered:
NE Seattle as it will allow you more / easier accessibility to other areas / neighborhoods and likely to allow you to get more home for your $ ...still accessible to Harborview and downtown relatively easily ( but not quite as close as QA) ... more
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Yesterday at 8:14am
Wlkong asked:
I`m Non US Citizen, may I know the mortgage rules in Auburn, WA? And my son is US citizen coming to 18years old, did he qualified with support by us. We in our local country have bussiness…
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Wed Jul 19, 2017
Irina answered:
It should be part of the public record. First, "red tug" goes on the property Title. Second, you can contact local City and/or county Code Enforcement department and they should be able to give you the info. Local Code Enforcement departments usually have officers assigned to each red tagged property. ... more
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Mon Jul 17, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Your situation is typical with builders and why builders know they can get away with everything. Unfortunately, the builder's contract (which you signed) is written by lawyers to benefit the builder - not you (the buyer). Builders do not use the standard state contract that realtors use. Therefore, the builder's contract has terms that state they can delay your new home as long as they want. There is no deadline to complete your new home. Let me take a wild guess - you did not read every word in your contract. Instead you were "sold" and "pressured" by these sales people to get you to sign quickly. What you should have done was take the contract to your attorney and edit / add terms that would benefit you.

At this point, there isn't much you can do because your builder will firmly tell you to "read your contract". I've seen other complaints on this forum from buyers who claim there were defects, repairs or they were forced to pay for changes. Well, the typical builder's contract states - any repairs, changes, etc. is the responsibility of the buyer.

I'm sorry for your situation. Next time - buy a home from an individual seller - not a builder.
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Thu Jul 6, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Your question is confusing. Are you paying 100% cash to buy the home in full OR are you paying $15,000. for a down payment towards the purchase of a home and your son will need to qualify for a mortgage loan for the balance.

The best method would be to contribute towards a down payment, then allow your son to contact a lender and see if he can qualify for a mortgage loan. You can also contribute towards closing costs. It will be more complicated if you pay 100% cash for the home, then transfer title to your son afterwards.
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Wed Jul 5, 2017
Tinakennelly answered:

Unfortunately, we currently do not have listings for rent to own homes. You may try your luck though and search our website using the Keyword section of the search filter which can be found in the All Filters button. However, these listings are extremely rare.

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Wed Jun 28, 2017
Andy.brodigan answered:
If you know what you are doing, then there is nothing wrong with dealing directly with the seller's agent.

If you don't understand contracts in real estate, you have no business trying to go into an direct offer with sellers agent without being represented. It really is that simple ... more
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Sat Jun 24, 2017
Alan May answered:
If the seller has given them that direction, then certainly they can.

But the agent is doing their due diligence by requiring you to supply proof of funds. They could, however, easily "present" the offer, but not have their client counter or sign an agreement without proof of funds. ... more
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Tue Jun 20, 2017
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Mon Jun 19, 2017
Melanie Bishop asked:
My husband and I have made an offer on a home. Reading the contract, we have an inspection contingency, which is very important to us. This home is still in construction and will not be…
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Mon Jun 19, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a former realtor, you will need a reality check. Housing prices along the Pacific and northeast Atlantic coasts are way more expensive than anywhere in Middle America including Texas. A typical 4 bedroom home in Texas will cost you 1.5 x as much in California, Oregon, Washington on the Pacific side and about 2x as much in New York, New Jersey, Conn. and Mass. The major difference is the disparity in incomes and the cost of living expenses. As a guideline, incomes are generally higher along the coasts for the same exact job. Hopefully you negotiated to receive a higher income before moving to Seattle. Gas prices are higher in WA than Texas for starters.

Good Luck.
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Mon Jun 19, 2017
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Thu Jun 15, 2017
Tommcp5 asked:
Buying house in Mill Creek for 515K; appraisal was 520k. Comparables were 521K, 535K, & 514K but all had much larger & nicer yards. I found more comps with similar small yards in…
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Fri Jun 9, 2017
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