Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Germantown- MD http://www.zillow.com/advice/Germantown-MD/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Is there a need for real estate agent when buying my parents home? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-need-for-real-estate-agent-when-buying-my-parents-home/530793/ I have recently decided to buy my parents home. The house is valued around $375k. I already have a pre-approved mortgage and my parents have agreed to sell me the house under market value at 300k. I will receive a gift of equity and include extra money for the down payment. Since I am not searching for a home, I'm guessing there would be no need to involve a real estate agent. Can a real estate lawyer help me proceed with the documents and complete this transaction?<br \><br \>7 replies Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-need-for-real-estate-agent-when-buying-my-parents-home/530793/ 2014-03-03T22:48:00Z I would like to buy a house one day http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-buy-a-house-one-day/513940/ <div class="content mb15">. The area I live in is very expensive. I would have to buy a house for the least would be about 300k. I make about 55k a year. My credit now is about 650. I want to wait till it goes up. But my question is will I qualify for a 300k home? I dont want to pay more then $1500 a month. And there is no way to buy a home for under 300k. but i would have much to put down. I can probably save 3%</div><br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-buy-a-house-one-day/513940/ 2013-10-03T12:38:00Z Is it illegal to contact the seller of a property directly? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ There is a property Im interested in but the agent told our agent there is an offer that they think will get signed. I have the owners contact information through seeing it on the disclosure paperwork.Can I contact them directly? I may be able to offer a better price.<br/>Is there some legal issue I need to be aware of if I choose to do this?<br \><br \>24 replies Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-illegal-to-contact-the-seller-of-a-property-directly/427807/ 2012-01-06T15:02:00Z Contacting the Architect / Builder of a property. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Contacting-the-Architect-Builder-of-a-property/478362/ I have a quandry, the seller is also the Architect and Builder of a property.&nbsp; The property is somewhat quirky being a single bedroom with certain deed restrictions placed on it by the board of health.&nbsp; Given that the Architects firm lists the property on their website I thought it would be OK for me to contact him with specific questions about, adding a room, septic design, building codes --- I felt I would get a better answer from the architect than the real estate agent.&nbsp; Now the agent is upset that I contactec the Architect/Owner/Builder.&nbsp; Your thoughts?<br \><br \>7 replies Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Contacting-the-Architect-Builder-of-a-property/478362/ 2013-02-12T21:12:00Z tips on buying from a builder http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/tips-on-buying-from-a-builder/468330/ I am looking to buy a new townhome in a new community from a builder (first time buyer). Any advise on dealing with a builder sales rep in this situation? Would it makes sense to bring my own buyer agent with me to get the best deal?<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 13 Nov 2012 02:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/tips-on-buying-from-a-builder/468330/ 2012-11-13T02:26:00Z How Dose Zillow rates home construction quality? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-Dose-Zillow-rates-home-construction-quality/441648/ I am living in DC area. I made research on zillow.com and found that home built in some area even if they are new (2005-2010) they have been rated for construction quality below 8. Mostly 6. However in some other area the the construction quality rated as 8. Does the same builder build houses in different area (county) with different standard? Has different county different construction quality code? what is the basis for Zillow to grade&nbsp;construction&nbsp;quality? How is it ethical for one builder to build houses with different&nbsp;construction&nbsp;quality&nbsp;and keep its reputation? Please&nbsp;explain&nbsp;to me.<br/>Thanks<br/><br \><br \>1 reply Sun, 06 May 2012 01:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-Dose-Zillow-rates-home-construction-quality/441648/ 2012-05-06T01:15:00Z Question on 13113 Shadyside Lane in Germantown. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Question-on-13113-Shadyside-Lane-in-Germantown/429478/ I have a question on the property at 13113 Shadyside Lane in Germantown, Maryland, Lot # 10-158. <br/>The lot as shown on your site, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13113-Shadyside-Ln-10-158-Germantown-MD-20874/37083662_zpid/" title=" (Full address: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13113-Shadyside-Ln-10-158-Germantown-MD-20874/37083662_zpid/) (Full address: http://www.zillow.com/hom ... 662_zpid/)">http://www.zillow.com/hom ... 662_zpid/</a>, appears to be in the wrong location. The correct location should be on the other side of Shadyside Lane, and at the unit at the top of the photograph. At least that is the unit marked 13113.<br \><br \>0 replies Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Question-on-13113-Shadyside-Lane-in-Germantown/429478/ 2012-01-21T17:00:00Z Need a real estate agent in Montgomery Co, PG Co and DC area. First time buyer needs good advise! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Need-a-real-estate-agent-in-Montgomery-Co-PG-Co-and-DC-area-First-time-buyer-needs-good-advise/419489/ I'm a first time buyer and really need advise and&nbsp;&nbsp;a good organized,&nbsp;knowledgable agent&nbsp;about the areas I'm considering. A person aware of all options to me - foreclosures, short sales etc. and know the ins and outs of buying in this area is what I'm looking for.<br \><br \>8 replies Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Need-a-real-estate-agent-in-Montgomery-Co-PG-Co-and-DC-area-First-time-buyer-needs-good-advise/419489/ 2011-10-16T23:16:00Z 15921 Green Meadow Rd 20878 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/15921-Green-Meadow-Rd-20878/366082/ What is the status of this listing? &nbsp;It no longer shows a sales price, and there is no status information.<br \><br \>2 replies Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/15921-Green-Meadow-Rd-20878/366082/ 2010-09-13T13:07:00Z what does it mean when the zestimate says "none"? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-does-it-mean-when-the-zestimate-says-none/358590/ <p>does that mean the property is worthless</p><br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-does-it-mean-when-the-zestimate-says-none/358590/ 2010-07-20T14:18:00Z We put an offer on a bank-owned townhouse last friday. Asking price is 164900, and we offered 160 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/We-put-an-offer-on-a-bank-owned-townhouse-last-friday-Asking-price-is-164900-and-we-offered-160/228457/ We are the only ones with the offer. It has been sitting there for 2 months? Our agent wrote the closing date as 05/27. What do you think our chances are? We also paid $2000 for deposit.<br \><br \>9 replies Mon, 27 Apr 2009 19:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/We-put-an-offer-on-a-bank-owned-townhouse-last-friday-Asking-price-is-164900-and-we-offered-160/228457/ 2009-04-27T19:45:00Z The location and square footage of this home as shown are incorrect. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-location-and-square-footage-of-this-home-as-shown-are-incorrect/309933/ The home is at the end of the cul-de-sac and is approximately 6800 square feet.<br \><br \>0 replies Tue, 29 Dec 2009 17:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-location-and-square-footage-of-this-home-as-shown-are-incorrect/309933/ 2009-12-29T17:21:00Z should you buy now or not? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/should-you-buy-now-or-not/278553/ 1 reply Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/should-you-buy-now-or-not/278553/ 2009-09-14T12:51:00Z Tax Credit of $8000 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tax-Credit-of-8000/249913/ What are the steps for getting $8000? I closed on a home , and I filled out a 1040X and I have form of 5405 that says First-time home buyer credit. Are these all I need to send? <br/>Thanks<br \><br \>2 replies Thu, 25 Jun 2009 20:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tax-Credit-of-8000/249913/ 2009-06-25T20:50:00Z Closing http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Closing/249472/ We had a closing today. We signed all the papers. This was for a foreclosured home. After signing papers, we were told that we would be getting our keys a day later because the money was not wired to them and the seller bank needed to sign just 1 page of paper . Does this happen often or is it our luck?<br/><br \><br \>7 replies Wed, 24 Jun 2009 20:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Closing/249472/ 2009-06-24T20:53:00Z Underwriting http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Underwriting/248182/ Hello<br/>I have a question. We have the closing scheduled on 06/24/2009. I still have not heard anything from my <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/lenders/">lender</a> about the final approval. Last week he said they were waiting for the final <a href="http://www.zillow.com/fha-loan/">FHA</a> approval. I am working with&nbsp; a terrible lender . He never answers questions, and gets very irritated when you ask questions. Almost 2 days left to the closing,and we are living in an apartment scheduled to vacate on 06/29. What do you think I should do? What should I say to my lender? I am so hopeless, and still waiting from him.Any suggestions?<br/><br/>Thanks<br \><br \>7 replies Sun, 21 Jun 2009 17:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Underwriting/248182/ 2009-06-21T17:17:00Z out of state property alerts http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/out-of-state-property-alerts/205919/ JeAr thank you for your reply.<br/><br/>Some how I am getting email alerts for the properties that are out of state.&nbsp; How can I edit this alerts?<br/><br/>Thank you.<br \><br \>0 replies Tue, 03 Mar 2009 11:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/out-of-state-property-alerts/205919/ 2009-03-03T11:22:00Z Will we still be able to take advantage of the excellent home prices? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-we-still-be-able-to-take-advantage-of-the-excellent-home-prices/198285/ <p>The prices in my area are extremely low and my husband and I would love to take advantage of them, but we are in a lease until December. At the current rates and prices, we can finally afford a home. They were nearly 30% higher just 2 years ago. My fear is that when we can finally move, prices will climb back to unattainable for us. Any comments or insight?</p><br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-we-still-be-able-to-take-advantage-of-the-excellent-home-prices/198285/ 2009-02-11T19:08:00Z At what point should I start touring homes? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/At-what-point-should-I-start-touring-homes/198276/ I&nbsp;want to move in December 2009.<br \><br \>3 replies Wed, 11 Feb 2009 18:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/At-what-point-should-I-start-touring-homes/198276/ 2009-02-11T18:54:00Z When should I prequalify for a loan? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-should-I-prequalify-for-a-loan/198273/ My husband and I are interested in moving this Dec. (currently restricted by rental lease) and we want to <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm">buy a home</a>. I would think you'd want to begin the step to home purchase as soon as possible, but I'm hearing from some that this is not always recommended. Is it true that prequalifying is bad for your credit? If so, how do you find out if and how much of a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage/">loan</a> you may be approved for? I'm really confused. Am I supposed to wait until 2 months before buying a home? I have to give notice to my complex, and quite frankly, I don't want to rush this process.<br \><br \>3 replies Wed, 11 Feb 2009 18:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-should-I-prequalify-for-a-loan/198273/ 2009-02-11T18:50:00Z