Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Dallas- TX http://www.zillow.com/advice/Dallas-TX/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate I'm having a problem with pulling comps can anyone really help me? I'm a new investor... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I%27m-having-a-problem-with-pulling-comps-can-anyone-really-help-me-I%27m-a-new-investor/567646/ 11 replies Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I%27m-having-a-problem-with-pulling-comps-can-anyone-really-help-me-I%27m-a-new-investor/567646/ 2014-11-24T00:58:00Z I'm having a problem with pulling comps can anyone really help me? I'm a new investor... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I%27m-having-a-problem-with-pulling-comps-can-anyone-really-help-me-I%27m-a-new-investor/567646/ 10 replies Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I%27m-having-a-problem-with-pulling-comps-can-anyone-really-help-me-I%27m-a-new-investor/567646/ 2014-11-24T00:58:00Z Looking for a Real estate agent specializing in Investment Properties http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-Real-estate-agent-specializing-in-Investment-Properties/566424/ Im looking for an investment property around Dallas uptown area. I need an agent that is an expert in this area and know the current opportunities etc...Im ready to buy..Thanks in advance for your help.<br \><br \>3 replies Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-Real-estate-agent-specializing-in-Investment-Properties/566424/ 2014-11-13T00:05:00Z Looking for a Real estate agent specializing in Investment Properties http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-Real-estate-agent-specializing-in-Investment-Properties/566424/ Im looking for an investment property around Dallas uptown area. I need an agent that is an expert in this area and know the current opportunities etc...Im ready to buy..Thanks in advance for your help.<br \><br \>3 replies Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-Real-estate-agent-specializing-in-Investment-Properties/566424/ 2014-11-13T00:05:00Z How does a Realtor rebate work w/respect to closing funds? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-does-a-Realtor-rebate-work-w-respect-to-closing-funds/560238/ Can someone clearly explain how Realtor rebates work at closing, this would be for new construction? Please do not debate the merits/numbers, why someone <u>needs</u>&nbsp;a full service agent, etc.&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;<br/>Assume the following:<br/>- Home price, post upgrades = $600K<br/>- Lender closing costs = $5K&nbsp;<br/>-&nbsp;Realtor "rebate" = $27K (4.5%)<br/>- Buyer has 5% funds for down payment = $30K&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Assume lender selected/pre-approved. TX property.<br/><br/>After rebate covers the lender closing costs, there's $17K leftover. What happens to this amount? Is this used towards (a) reduction of financed amount, (b) counted into "down payment" bucket, or (c) other/explain?<br/><br/>Thanks, haven't found anything conclusive via google.<br \><br \>9 replies Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-does-a-Realtor-rebate-work-w-respect-to-closing-funds/560238/ 2014-09-22T19:46:00Z Looking for cheap Homes in Dallas Tx http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-cheap-Homes-in-Dallas-Tx/560974/ First time renter looking for a home for a single family. Trying to see if there are something for first time renter or home owners.<br \><br \>6 replies Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-cheap-Homes-in-Dallas-Tx/560974/ 2014-09-28T18:26:00Z Buy a home remotely http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-home-remotely/563521/ I am an IT Consultant home based, need a lot of travel. We are 4 members family with two young kids.<br/>We are currently renting in Indiana, but considering relocate to Dallas area due to easy travel and good public school system.&nbsp;<br/><br/>I am thinking of buying a brand new house remotely with one or two onsite visit. The primary goal is good school system. The second is diversity of the community? Is that possible to close that way?&nbsp;<br/><br/>Any suggestion will be appreciated, agents&nbsp;advertising are welcome as well.<br/><br/>Thanks<br \><br \>9 replies Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-home-remotely/563521/ 2014-10-20T01:43:00Z Can overseas investors purchase property in tx? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-overseas-investors-purchase-property-in-tx/550165/ I'm wondering if an overseas alien investor with no residence (green card) can purchase property. Do they need to register a social security number? How does it work with paying real estate tax? Can they purchase land? Can they purchase properties at auctions?<br \><br \>9 replies Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-overseas-investors-purchase-property-in-tx/550165/ 2014-07-18T12:34:00Z Buying a house vs rent vs buying a condo http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-a-house-vs-rent-vs-buying-a-condo/561707/ I'm a 24 year old recent college graduate that currently lives with my parents and I'm starting to feel like I need my own space. I rented an apartment for most of college, except for senior year (moved back in with parents), and so I'm wondering what would be best: going back to rent, buying a condo in the Dallas/Downtown area or buying a house in the suburbs. The reason why I want to move is because of location. My parents live in Denton area, about 45 mins from downtown Dallas and I work downtown Dallas mon-fri. I find myself driving for up to 1hr15min to get home after work and this is just driving me nuts. Not to speak of tollway fees and gas consumption even though I have a pretty gas efficient car. I absolutely love the idea of living in the downtown/uptown area, it completely fits my lifestyle so right now a condo sounds like a great idea because it doesn't look like it'll be as expensive as a house for a decent modern/contemporary condo and location wise it would be closest to my job than a house in the suburbs. Also, I'm single and have no kids. Buying a house scares me bc, like I said, I like contemporary/modern styles and they seem pretty expensive. Not to mention hidden costs of maintenance and etc (don't think I can handle that right now). Lastly, I'd plan on living there for about 3-6 years until I go back to school, get my master's, get a better job and by then I'd probably be able to afford the house I want. I just don't want to waste money on rent, I want to invest in something that I'll at least get something out of later. Also, if I should buy a house or condo, how much should I be looking to spend and put down as a downpayment. For a condo I'd be content with a 1bed/1rest, 2bed/2rest would be optimal. For a house, my dad says look for a minimum of 3beds/2rest and that would be more than enough for me. Please help! Thanks in advance<br \><br \>10 replies Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-a-house-vs-rent-vs-buying-a-condo/561707/ 2014-10-04T22:12:00Z 1st Time HomeBuyers: Where do we start? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/1st-Time-HomeBuyers-Where-do-we-start/564015/ We are currently looking into buying our first home in the Dallas area. Our annual income is 85k and our credit scores are a bit shakey at around 620-635. <br/>We dont know where to start, or how to go about starting the process.<br/><br/>Please help. Any advise is greatly appreciated :)<br \><br \>11 replies Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/1st-Time-HomeBuyers-Where-do-we-start/564015/ 2014-10-23T17:22:00Z Recommendation on property management company http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Recommendation-on-property-management-company/553706/ Just purchased 2 house in Plano and Allen and need to hire property management company to take care of them. Any good opinions on these two companies?<br/><br/>1. Jogip Property Management<br/>2. Oneprop Inc.<br/><br/>If you have other suggestion please let me know.<br \><br \>3 replies Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Recommendation-on-property-management-company/553706/ 2014-08-08T02:08:00Z First Time Buyers with a Not-So-Good Credit Score http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-Time-Buyers-with-a-Not-So-Good-Credit-Score/559363/ We are looking into purchasing our first home in the Northern outskirts of Dallas, Tx (PLANO, FRISCO, ALLEN,LEWISVILLLE) Both our credit scores are within the 620-640 range w/ a combined income of $85k. The homes that we have liked in the areas named above are between $175-200k. We went to a bank a couple months ago and were advised that due to our income we would not qualify for first time buyers programs and that it would be difficult to get approved for a loan due to our credit scores. <br/>Any advice is greatly appreciated. Our families have not purchased a home in over 45 years and aren't to up-to-date with knowledge in the subject of finding a mortgage lender.Thank you!<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-Time-Buyers-with-a-Not-So-Good-Credit-Score/559363/ 2014-09-15T18:53:00Z Can i get a mortgage loan if I pay a repo I have ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-get-a-mortgage-loan-if-I-pay-a-repo-I-have/555615/ I really want to get a house within the next 3 months but only thing stopping me is 2 repos I have. If I have pay the repos is there any way I can get a home loan? This is what I get for trying to help my family with getting them cars.<br \><br \>3 replies Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-get-a-mortgage-loan-if-I-pay-a-repo-I-have/555615/ 2014-08-20T14:47:00Z We are looing to move to dallas area and are looking for a personal home and a fixer upper home? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/We-are-looing-to-move-to-dallas-area-and-are-looking-for-a-personal-home-and-a-fixer-upper-home/533359/ 6 replies Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/We-are-looing-to-move-to-dallas-area-and-are-looking-for-a-personal-home-and-a-fixer-upper-home/533359/ 2014-03-22T19:45:00Z Where to relocate in Plano http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-to-relocate-in-Plano/500678/ <p>Hello<br/>I just moved to Dallas area last week and looking for an apartment initially and then buy a house in next six months or so. I have three kids (two are in high school) and one in elementary. I am looking to move in to Plano area but could not decide which neighborhood is better. I need some advice and help to decide and buy a home in a good neighborhood. Any help would be greatly appreciated.<br/>Thanks</p><br \><br \>8 replies Sun, 07 Jul 2013 14:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-to-relocate-in-Plano/500678/ 2013-07-07T14:44:00Z Can my Husband and I use our VA loan with 600 credit scores? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-my-Husband-and-I-use-our-VA-loan-with-600-credit-scores/557351/ We have no bankruptcies or foreclosures. Is there anyone who can help us?<br \><br \>3 replies Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-my-Husband-and-I-use-our-VA-loan-with-600-credit-scores/557351/ 2014-08-31T17:18:00Z i need help with my loan http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/i-need-help-with-my-loan/557142/ Me and my husband have been planing on buying house for while. After couple years, we have found the one. My husband has stable job, in October 2014 he will be 7 Y with same company.<br/>Our annual income is 60k + and we have 20% + down payment for the house we would like to buy. But we have one problem. We both have only tax ID # and no SSN. Is there anything we can do, or is there place that offers loan with just tax ID.<br/>Both our banks wont and even though we can have family member with ssn co-sigh, we prefer to get loan and have house on just our name.&nbsp;<br/>thank you Mrs S.<br/>&nbsp;<br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/i-need-help-with-my-loan/557142/ 2014-08-29T18:33:00Z how much can you negotiate with Meritage Homes? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-can-you-negotiate-with-Meritage-Homes/455627/ We looked at some floor plans, and liked one. The base price is 263k and added upgrades brings it to 283k. Not sure if there are other costs associated. But do anyone of you know how much you can negotiate with newly constructed homes vs spec homes percentage wise?<br \><br \>5 replies Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-can-you-negotiate-with-Meritage-Homes/455627/ 2012-08-15T15:20:00Z Investing in Dallas rental properties http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Investing-in-Dallas-rental-properties/546163/ Want to invest in Dallas rental properties. Looking to build up a portfolio in Texas market. Any idea which area I should focus for rental market? Can you guys throw me a few zip code to start with? I live in San Diego and don't know any agents in Dallas. Anyone who can help please feel free to leave the contact and we will talk more in details.<br \><br \>8 replies Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Investing-in-Dallas-rental-properties/546163/ 2014-06-19T05:46:00Z what is the best school district in Dalls Texas location http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-best-school-district-in-Dalls-Texas-location/544992/ 10 replies Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-best-school-district-in-Dalls-Texas-location/544992/ 2014-06-11T00:05:00Z