Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,All Real Estate Advice Topics,TX http://www.zillow.com/advice/TX/all/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate if i refinance my home to a 15 yr loan...should i give a lump sum of for example 25K on 62K balance? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/if-i-refinance-my-home-to-a-15-yr-loan-should-i-give-a-lump-sum-of-for-example-25K-on-62K-balance/597707/ 5 replies Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/if-i-refinance-my-home-to-a-15-yr-loan-should-i-give-a-lump-sum-of-for-example-25K-on-62K-balance/597707/ 2015-07-29T02:14:00Z Cash Buyers/Investors? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cash-Buyers-Investors/597706/ I'm under contract with a contingency to sell my current home by a set date. &nbsp;It's open concept, 7 years old, in a very desirable part of the city. &nbsp;There are no issues and no repairs needed. &nbsp;I want to sell QUICKLY to ensure we meet the contingency deadline and before another buyer can make an offer. &nbsp;Are there any legitimate cash buyers or investors who won't undervalue real estate that's not in foreclosure or in dire need of repair? &nbsp;It would be a great rental property, but it's by no means a project for someone to flip.<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cash-Buyers-Investors/597706/ 2015-07-29T02:01:00Z how do I list a rental? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-I-list-a-rental/597676/ 1 reply Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-I-list-a-rental/597676/ 2015-07-28T22:49:00Z How does the EMD get disbursed at closing? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-does-the-EMD-get-disbursed-at-closing/585214/ I'm selling my home and received the HUD-1 statement a few days ago.&nbsp; The $1,000.00 EMD paid by the buyer when we signed the sales contract is calculated into the value on line 220 "Total Paid By/For Borrower" and is deducted from line 303 "Cash From Borrower" due at closing.&nbsp; This makes PERFECT sense to me.&nbsp; What doesn't make sense is how the EMD is being treated in the Summary of Seller's [my] Transaction.&nbsp; The EMD is listed in section 500 "Reductions in Amount Due to Seller" and is also calculated into the amount listed in line 602 "Less reductions in amount due seller."&nbsp; This means the $1,000.00 is being deducted from the "Cash To Seller" at closing.&nbsp; <br/>Since the EMD is being held in escrow by the title company, how will they disburse those funds at closing?&nbsp; I asked my agent and she said that those funds go back to the buyer.&nbsp; Why would the funds go back to the buyer at closing if the buyer is already being given "credit" for that $1,000.00 according to the HUD-1?<br \><br \>6 replies Sat, 02 May 2015 03:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-does-the-EMD-get-disbursed-at-closing/585214/ 2015-05-02T03:56:00Z Need a Sec 8 rental in Austin, TX NOW http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Need-a-Sec-8-rental-in-Austin-TX-NOW/554662/ 4 replies Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Need-a-Sec-8-rental-in-Austin-TX-NOW/554662/ 2014-08-13T19:28:00Z how to put my home in "coming soon" http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-to-put-my-home-in-coming-soon/597434/ 3 replies Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-to-put-my-home-in-coming-soon/597434/ 2015-07-27T14:15:00Z photos showing sideway http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/photos-showing-sideway/597456/ Can you advise why photos for property at 2825 Brookway Dr, Mesquite, TX 75181 are showing sideways they are not that way in the&nbsp; MLS listing.&nbsp;<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/photos-showing-sideway/597456/ 2015-07-27T16:06:00Z what is the current market trend in East Texas? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-current-market-trend-in-East-Texas/597439/ Lufkin texas area<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-current-market-trend-in-East-Texas/597439/ 2015-07-27T14:57:00Z The Renter is not Cooperating http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-Renter-is-not-Cooperating/597389/ Dear all,<br/>When I rented my home, I made it clear that selling a home is a priority for me. The renter is not cooperating now. He is not even letting me list the home. He is not even letting me fix the roof. Is there any remedy available for me?<br/>My contract does not have any stipulation with regard to one month notice to vacate. The lease is coming to an end on Jaunary 31. I already lost one of the buyer who wanted to buy my home but the renter did not cooperated.<br/><br/>Any help, advice.<br/>Please <br/>greatly appreciated<br \><br \>4 replies Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-Renter-is-not-Cooperating/597389/ 2015-07-27T03:32:00Z is there a zillow feature on homes for sale that indicate whether or not they can be rented by owner http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-there-a-zillow-feature-on-homes-for-sale-that-indicate-whether-or-not-they-can-be-rented-by-owner/597344/ 3 replies Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-there-a-zillow-feature-on-homes-for-sale-that-indicate-whether-or-not-they-can-be-rented-by-owner/597344/ 2015-07-26T18:18:00Z I have a listing on Zillow at 11001 Lakewood that has 3 bedrooms and Zillow says 2 bathrooms. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-have-a-listing-on-Zillow-at-11001-Lakewood-that-has-3-bedrooms-and-Zillow-says-2-bathrooms/596978/ My listing at 11001 Lakewood, MLS number 760454 is displayed on Zillow with 2 bathrooms. &nbsp;The house as 3 bathrooms. 1 full bath and 2 3/4 baths (that means it has a shower instead of a tub and shower). &nbsp;Will you please make the correction to 3 bathrooms?<br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-have-a-listing-on-Zillow-at-11001-Lakewood-that-has-3-bedrooms-and-Zillow-says-2-bathrooms/596978/ 2015-07-23T19:01:00Z Advice: Relocate to Dallas area but after few months http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Advice-Relocate-to-Dallas-area-but-after-few-months/593964/ Hi,<br/>We are planning to relocate to Dallas area towards this year end or 1st quarter next year. Can we get an advice regarding if we should start looking to buy a home now or sometime later. I'm not sure when will the relocation happen - depends on the employer. We have 2 girls, 8 and 4 yrs. Obviously school district is very important - looking for K-12 &gt; 8 rating.<br/><br/>Is it ok to start looking fpr short sales etc as it may take time and we are not in hurry, and if the purchase goes through, can we let it out for rent for few months?&nbsp;<br/><br/>Appreciate anyones advice and comments.<br/><br/>Thanks!<br \><br \>10 replies Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Advice-Relocate-to-Dallas-area-but-after-few-months/593964/ 2015-07-03T04:27:00Z Midway Corridor West Plano http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Midway-Corridor-West-Plano/526965/ How is this area to relocate my family to? I was looking at income maps and it seems like one of the upper end pockets in DFW. I'll be working in that area near Legacy Village but my wife would commute to North Dallas. We do need good schools. Our budget is $650k max but I would rather stay under $600k so we can take care of needed renovations or upgrades.<br \><br \>8 replies Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:40:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Midway-Corridor-West-Plano/526965/ 2014-02-03T14:40:00Z I want to pay cash, how do I get pre-approved? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-to-pay-cash-how-do-I-get-pre-approved/597226/ 4 replies Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-to-pay-cash-how-do-I-get-pre-approved/597226/ 2015-07-25T14:39:00Z El Paso Foreclosure vs. short sale http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/El-Paso-Foreclosure-vs-short-sale/597243/ Should I consider a short sale or foreclosure if i cant sell my house in the tierras<br \><br \>1 reply Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/El-Paso-Foreclosure-vs-short-sale/597243/ 2015-07-25T17:08:00Z Why doesn't zestimate work http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-doesn%27t-zestimate-work/597244/ I did over $25K of home improvements including hardwood floors, complete gut of the kitchen and bathrooms and zillow #zestimate reduced the value of my house. I checked with remax and they told me the value of my house was $30K more than what zillow is showing. Should I get an appraisal done to change what zillow is showing. I am thinking of putting it on the market but not if zillow is going to value my 2000sf home for $120K.&nbsp;<br \><br \>4 replies Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-doesn%27t-zestimate-work/597244/ 2015-07-25T17:13:00Z Possible first time buyer, don't know where to start. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Possible-first-time-buyer-don%27t-know-where-to-start/597170/ I'm a 24 year old unmarried man with no kids interested in getting into the housing market. I'm looking for a small, modest home (under 100k) in the area of Haltom City, Texas. I have a somewhat low income of 28k with about 3000 on hand. I have a credit score of 750 and no debt. I understand there are incentives and special loans available for low-income, first time buyers but I'm not sure where to start or what I might qualify for.<br \><br \>3 replies Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Possible-first-time-buyer-don%27t-know-where-to-start/597170/ 2015-07-25T01:07:00Z VA Loan / Foreclose http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/VA-Loan-Foreclose/596196/ <p>Greetings Zillow,</p><p>I will try and keep it simple and to the point. I had a VA loan for 5 years before I had to foreclose. I was involved in a motorcycle accident 1 1/2 years ago and I was out of work for a few months. I was able to return on light duty but with limited hours, and still a great loss of pay. With the sick hour donations, advance sick leave, light duty. and chapter 7 I was able to squeak by and put some food on the table. At the time I was a probationary federal employee and would have been fired at the first sign of financial distress making the bankruptcy necessary to keep my job.</p><br/><br/><p>It is now 1 1/2 years later and I am trying to find out how I go about getting another loan to reset my life to where it was before the accident. I make 82k a year, have returned back to full time work, and my credit score just passed the 640 mark.&nbsp;I spoke to the VA yesterday and they said I used a majority of my benefit, and&nbsp;only have the option to purchase between 140,000 &amp; 270,000. That was all the information they can provide. They told me to contact a loan officer for more details.</p><br/><br/><p>Can someone give me some assistance?</p><br/><br/><br/><br/><br \><br \>5 replies Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/VA-Loan-Foreclose/596196/ 2015-07-18T10:27:00Z Megatel Homes... Any Feedback http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Megatel-Homes-Any-Feedback/481717/ Any feedback on the Megatel Homes.. they are coming up with some new homes in Plano, TX.. nice homes.. no upgrades needed.. as everything is there.. but too pricey..&nbsp;<br/>Was not able to find any reliable feedback on the builder..&nbsp;<br \><br \>17 replies Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Megatel-Homes-Any-Feedback/481717/ 2013-03-07T15:55:00Z How to take house pictures off Zillow? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-take-house-pictures-off-Zillow/463664/ I have bought my house for three months, and the pictures of the house are still on Zillow. Wonder how can I take the pictures off the website.<br \><br \>4 replies Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-take-house-pictures-off-Zillow/463664/ 2012-10-11T18:26:00Z