Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,All Real Estate Advice Topics,OR http://www.zillow.com/advice/OR/all/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Is there any rentals that will rent to ex-felons http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-any-rentals-that-will-rent-to-ex-felons/458314/ I was released from prison 2 1/2 years ago.<br \><br \>11 replies Sun, 02 Sep 2012 19:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-any-rentals-that-will-rent-to-ex-felons/458314/ 2012-09-02T19:23:00Z Building a custom home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Building-a-custom-home/572825/ <div>Hello Zillow Community,<br/><div>My wife and I are exploring the possibility of buying some land and building a custom home of about 3500 sq. ft. in West Portland / East Beaverton area. &nbsp;Do you guys have any recommendations for some builders in the area that do this sort of work? &nbsp;If possible, I would prefer to keep things simple and not try to get a construction loan, but instead get an ordinary mortgage.<br/><div>Any other advice on how to go about this and what to watch out for?<br/><div>Thanks.</div></div></div></div><br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Building-a-custom-home/572825/ 2015-01-20T17:44:00Z How hard is it to get a mortgage if you sell just after buying http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-hard-is-it-to-get-a-mortgage-if-you-sell-just-after-buying/572874/ Bought a house, lived here two months, want out due to issues missed by the inspector (they are fixable, but I don't want to live in a house that has had these particular issues). &nbsp;If I were to sell the house for roughly what I bought it for how hard would it be to get a mortgage to buy a different house.&nbsp;<br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-hard-is-it-to-get-a-mortgage-if-you-sell-just-after-buying/572874/ 2015-01-20T22:48:00Z delete saved homes?! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/delete-saved-homes/497556/ how do I do that?!<br \><br \>5 replies Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/delete-saved-homes/497556/ 2013-06-17T17:06:00Z Should a landlord include utilities and debt along with rent when calculating income/expense ratio? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-a-landlord-include-utilities-and-debt-along-with-rent-when-calculating-income-expense-ratio/572989/ Trying to determine best method of determining if a renter can afford the house I am renting out.&nbsp; Am looking at a 30% expense to income ratio but not sure what all to include in expenses.&nbsp;&nbsp; Do most people spend up to 30% of their income just on rent?&nbsp;&nbsp; Or should it be more restrictive?<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-a-landlord-include-utilities-and-debt-along-with-rent-when-calculating-income-expense-ratio/572989/ 2015-01-21T22:57:00Z Which areas to avoid in Salem? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Which-areas-to-avoid-in-Salem/573595/ Hi there! I am a female in my 20s that is possibly moving to Salem, OR in 5 months or so. I'm looking to rent a studio or one bedroom/one bath and am writing to see if anyone has any advice on places to avoid or places that are downright fabulous. My main concern is really just safety. I enjoy hiking, culture, and having things to do and meet others my age but safety is the priority of course. Any advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated!<br \><br \>1 reply Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Which-areas-to-avoid-in-Salem/573595/ 2015-01-27T16:11:00Z How much is my home worth? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-is-my-home-worth/573349/ 1 reply Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-is-my-home-worth/573349/ 2015-01-25T03:26:00Z Can a Realtor charge for an MLS listing PER MONTH instead of traditional Flat-Fee? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-a-Realtor-charge-for-an-MLS-listing-PER-MONTH-instead-of-traditional-Flat-Fee/571461/ In states that allow "limited representation," can you charge the consumer a monthly fee for an MLS listing? I know that there are plenty of Flat-fee MLS listing services, but are there laws/rules that prohibit a monthly charge? and if so, at what level are these laws/rules governed?&mdash;Would it be state laws, or individual MLS rules? (For instance, we list a home in the MLS for $50/mo. The home sells within 2 months. Instead of paying $300 flat fee, they only pay $100 because the home sold early. OR for instance, the owner decided to stop paying and we simply take their home off the market in the MLS) If you know the answer to these questions, could you please also include the source that I can refer to? Thank you!<br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-a-Realtor-charge-for-an-MLS-listing-PER-MONTH-instead-of-traditional-Flat-Fee/571461/ 2015-01-07T02:59:00Z how much notice to shut off water to apt building http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-notice-to-shut-off-water-to-apt-building/427505/ can apt manager give 2 hour notice to turn off apt building water for 4 hours for maintenance reasons?<br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-notice-to-shut-off-water-to-apt-building/427505/ 2012-01-03T19:01:00Z how much is my home worth http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-is-my-home-worth/572973/ 123 greenhill Dr. Yachats oregon<br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-is-my-home-worth/572973/ 2015-01-21T20:24:00Z Detention-retention pond on the Property itself. How bad does it hurt the property value? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Detention-retention-pond-on-the-Property-itself-How-bad-does-it-hurt-the-property-value/572994/ I am interested in purchasing a property that sits on .86 acre in Oregon. &nbsp;My problem is that there is a detention pond that is actually on the property itself right beside the house and is fenced. However it is an eye sore and not beautified in any way. When it rains it is filled with muddy green slush/water. How much does this hurt resale value? How maintains it? &nbsp;who is responsible for it? Do i have to provide an easement to the pond for city workers etc?? what else do i need to take in consideration? Any tax implications for the fact that i cannot use that piece of land on my proprty?&nbsp;<br/><br/>Your knowledge and answers are much appreciated.&nbsp;<br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Detention-retention-pond-on-the-Property-itself-How-bad-does-it-hurt-the-property-value/572994/ 2015-01-21T23:42:00Z How do we find history of a house such as deaths or disturbances. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-we-find-history-of-a-house-such-as-deaths-or-disturbances/192109/ 28 replies Sun, 25 Jan 2009 00:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-we-find-history-of-a-house-such-as-deaths-or-disturbances/192109/ 2009-01-25T00:35:00Z West Salem Rentals http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/West-Salem-Rentals/572566/ I am looking for a West Salem (97304) rental. &nbsp;My daughter goes to the middle school over here and they have done some amazing things for her, so want to keep her in the same school. &nbsp;The apartments we are living in, were great to start but the neighbors are rude and extremely inconsiderate. I am looking for something in the $600-$650 range, close to Straub Middle School. &nbsp;It is just me and my daughter and we really need peace and quiet and a first floor rental (or even a small house). 2 bedrooms.<br/>I am self employed and a full time student.<br \><br \>1 reply Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/West-Salem-Rentals/572566/ 2015-01-18T00:33:00Z Is it OK to offer 10-15% less on a brand new house? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-OK-to-offer-10-15-less-on-a-brand-new-house/572432/ <div>My wife and I are looking for our second house in the $500K range in west Portland. &nbsp;However we really like this brand new one for $575K. &nbsp;We could stretch our budget a little, but not nearly that much. &nbsp;In a down market I imagine some sellers might be happy to accept 10% less than the asking price. &nbsp;I don't know if this is a down market or not, in this area.<br/><div>I do know that the seller is building a lot more houses in the same neighborhood. &nbsp;That might work for and against me. &nbsp;For, because he has to sell a lot of houses. &nbsp;Against, because if he sells me a house at a lower price, he will have a harder time selling the rest at a higher price.<br/><div>Additionally I do not have a buyer's agent, yet. &nbsp;I am not entirely convinced that I need to add one more party that I have to pay. &nbsp;Sure I don't pay the either agent directly. &nbsp;But at the end of the day, it all comes out of my pocket. &nbsp;If the builder and seller's agent do not have to worry about the buyer's agent commission, then they may be more inclined to take my lower offer.<br/><div>Let me know what you guys think.</div></div></div></div><br \><br \>14 replies Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-OK-to-offer-10-15-less-on-a-brand-new-house/572432/ 2015-01-16T18:25:00Z Why is my FSBO home not on zillow? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-is-my-FSBO-home-not-on-zillow/572318/ 4 replies Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-is-my-FSBO-home-not-on-zillow/572318/ 2015-01-15T15:37:00Z How to find rental home by owner http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-find-rental-home-by-owner/460101/ 6 replies Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-find-rental-home-by-owner/460101/ 2012-09-16T07:27:00Z Looking to buy a house in $500K range http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-to-buy-a-house-in-500K-range/572215/ <div>My wife and I have started looking for a second home for our family of four. &nbsp;We currently live in a 1750 sq. ft. home in Hillsboro near Quatama train station and have outgrown it. &nbsp;We plan on renting out our current home. &nbsp;When I search on Zillow or Trulia for available properties with our criteria, I find maybe one or two houses. &nbsp;I was expecting there to be more available inventory. &nbsp;Either this is to be expected or I am not searching the right way. &nbsp;Here is what we are looking for.<br/><br/><div>- Around $500K in price.<br/><div>- Around 2800 sq. ft. &nbsp;3000 or more preferred<br/><div>- 4 or more bedrooms<br/><div>- West Portland, &nbsp;East Beaverton preferred<br/><div>- Good schools. &nbsp;We have 2 small kids.<br/><div>- Newer houses preferred. &nbsp;Something newer than 2010 strongly desired.<br/><br/><div>Like I said, we only see a couple of listings that match this criteria. I was expecting there to be more. &nbsp;Do new constructions pick up in spring and summer months? &nbsp;Should I just give it a couple of more months?<br/><br/><div>Thanks.</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><br \><br \>9 replies Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-to-buy-a-house-in-500K-range/572215/ 2015-01-14T18:15:00Z Title commitment for buying foreclosed properties http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Title-commitment-for-buying-foreclosed-properties/572253/ I know I cannot get a normal title policy for a home bought at foreclosure auction. &nbsp;I read online about a title committment policy offered in a few other states where they do a lien check and guarantee that in 6 months you can purchase a title policy from them with exclusions for a few items (rights of redemption, new liens, ect). &nbsp;&nbsp;<br/><br/>Anyone know a company that offers this in Oregon?<br \><br \>0 replies Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Title-commitment-for-buying-foreclosed-properties/572253/ 2015-01-15T00:33:00Z How do I remove my "home for sale" ad from Zillow? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-remove-my-home-for-sale-ad-from-Zillow/556243/ Please REMOVE 2580 Lutsinger Creek Rd. from your For Sale Listings. Thanks.<br \><br \>3 replies Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-remove-my-home-for-sale-ad-from-Zillow/556243/ 2014-08-24T06:41:00Z Title Company Adding Free http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Title-Company-Adding-Free/572041/ We purchased some property in Eastern Oregon.&nbsp; We had cash to pay for the property, but at the seller's request we set it up with a title company to pay one payment in 2014 and one payment in 2015.&nbsp; There was a Buyer's Closing Statement of fees, which we signed.&nbsp; We paid all of the fees with the 2014 payment.&nbsp; We made the 2015 payment, and today they called and asked for $110 more in fees.&nbsp; I called her back and asked why we had to pay more fees.&nbsp; She said that everyone knows that when you pay off a loan you call and get a payoff amount.&nbsp; We never borrowed any money from anyone!&nbsp; Can they ask for more fees?&nbsp;<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Title-Company-Adding-Free/572041/ 2015-01-13T00:20:00Z