Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Denton- TX http://www.zillow.com/advice/Denton-TX/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Advice Needed! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Advice-Needed/555782/ Hey Zillow Community!<br/><br/>I am fairly new to real estate and investing. I am a 26 year old college graduate that has just entered the workforce. I work a typical 9-5 job at a great company - but this just isn't the right thing for me. I've dabbled in trading stocks and options but I really want to try real estate now (particularly flipping houses, renting, and tax liens).<br/><br/>I've been reading a lot about this stuff and checking out local properties using Zillow and other real estate tools.&nbsp;<br/><br/>My questions are the following:<br/>1) How should I go about starting?<br/>2) When I eventually purchase my first property and flip it, how does one handle the utilities and sitting costs of the property? (for example, I've finished flipping the property and now its on the market. If a real estate agent wants to show the house, I gotta have the utilities on so they can demo the house - how can I keep those costs at a minimum?)<br/>3) I need to find a good real estate agent that is willing to work with investors. How can I get one without them asking me if I pre-qualify? I am only 26 and not ready to purchase (yet) but I am dead serious about looking at potential properties.<br/>4) On average, how long should it take to flip a house?<br/>5) And for whoever answers my questions - a question for you: Do you prefer flipping, renting, liens or Section 8? and why?<br \><br \>3 replies Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Advice-Needed/555782/ 2014-08-21T13:55:00Z Lease with the option of purchase--good or bad idea and what should we watch out for? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Lease-with-the-option-of-purchase-good-or-bad-idea-and-what-should-we-watch-out-for/438046/ My husband and I live in Texas. We are currently looking for a house to rent and I stumbled upon a home for lease with the option to purchase. From what I have read I understand that the legislation regarding these type of agreements or selling tactics has been changing and I am having a hard time deciding whether or not it's even worth our time.<br \><br \>7 replies Fri, 06 Apr 2012 03:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Lease-with-the-option-of-purchase-good-or-bad-idea-and-what-should-we-watch-out-for/438046/ 2012-04-06T03:41:00Z Interested in building a home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Interested-in-building-a-home/394306/ I am interested in building a new home and have read that the best thing to do was to get a&nbsp;Realtor&nbsp;to help to get the most bang for your buck. This would be my first property. Is there a Realtor in the area you would&nbsp;recommended? &nbsp;<br/><br/>Here is a quick list of what I am looking for -<br/><br/>Denton, TX area (within a 15 mile radius)<br/>150000-200000 (I currently can put down 20% of 150000)<br/>1700-2200 square feet<br/>1 story<br/>3 bedrooms (would use one as an office)<br/>No carpet<br/>big kitchen with open concept<br/>3 car garage<br/>No formal dining room. &nbsp;This seems like wasted space to me.<br/>Would love to have enough room for a pool. &nbsp;Can a pool be put in at the same time?<br/>Modern style on the inside - I have mostly seen just traditional but not sure if the look can be achieved when designing in the "design center".<br/>It also seems all new&nbsp;developments&nbsp;have an HOA - I would prefer not to have one<br \><br \>3 replies Sat, 09 Apr 2011 13:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Interested-in-building-a-home/394306/ 2011-04-09T13:34:00Z What are ways that I can raise my credit score? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-ways-that-I-can-raise-my-credit-score/334552/ I was out of work for 10 months and that hurt my credit score. If I take at a small <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage/">loan</a> at the bank and pay it back early, will that add points to my score?&nbsp; I have been paying bills with my check card and I have no credit cards open at this time.&nbsp; If I open a credit card account will that help?<br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 16 Mar 2010 05:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-ways-that-I-can-raise-my-credit-score/334552/ 2010-03-16T05:25:00Z