Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Layton- UT http://www.zillow.com/advice/Layton-UT/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate First Time Home Buyer Layton/Farmington/Syracuse area http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-Time-Home-Buyer-Layton-Farmington-Syracuse-area/454217/ We&nbsp;have a few questions... I'll preface it with our situation. My wife and I are looking to purchase our first home in the Layton/Farmington/Syracuse area. We're looking to pay&nbsp;between&nbsp;$150,000 to $175,000, will have enough for 20% down, want a 15 year fixed rate,&nbsp;have excellent credit, and would like to buy anytime this next year or two.<br/><br/>1) We want to hold off for a great deal, and have the flexibility/patience to do so. Is it unrealistic to find a home&nbsp;with a current appraisal of&nbsp;$225,000 - $250,000 for around $150,000 in this area? Is it possible to find even a better deal or is this already pushing the limits?<br/><br/>2)&nbsp;Eventually&nbsp;I would like to invest in real estate, and to jump start that we're considering purchasing a duplex or home with a basement apartment to rent out. Good idea? Bad idea? Any advice if we go that route?<br/><br/>3) I have access and have searched some MLS databases to get an idea of the market. But what is the best way to find a great deal? Buyer Agent, HUD, Auction,&nbsp;Short Sale?<br/><br/>I greatly appreciate any advice, Thanks!<br/><br/>Jordan<br \><br \>1 reply Sun, 05 Aug 2012 23:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-Time-Home-Buyer-Layton-Farmington-Syracuse-area/454217/ 2012-08-05T23:33:00Z How to buy a Short Sale in Utah http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-buy-a-Short-Sale-in-Utah/395228/ <br/><br/><p align="center"><strong>10 Questions to ask when buying a short sale in Utah<br/><br/>Q: Does the loan have to be in default in order to buy on a short sale? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p>A: No, the Seller does not have to have their house payments behind.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Q: How long does a Short Sale take from start to finish?</strong></p><p>A: A typical Short Sale takes anywhere from a month to 6 months depending on the Bank, what the offer is, and how organized the Listing Agent is.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Please go to my website below for more details or Call today at (801)-589-2437&nbsp; utahhomes.biz/short-sales-in-utah</p><br \><br \>0 replies Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-buy-a-Short-Sale-in-Utah/395228/ 2011-04-15T17:02:00Z What is a good website to find all the mls homes for sale? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-a-good-website-to-find-all-the-mls-homes-for-sale/204306/ 8 replies Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-a-good-website-to-find-all-the-mls-homes-for-sale/204306/ 2009-02-26T20:09:00Z Is it unethical for a SS agent to tell clients the amount of offers received? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-unethical-for-a-SS-agent-to-tell-clients-the-amount-of-offers-received/279253/ <p class="MsoNormal">Our agent put in an offer for a SS (120 days- 370 days total on market).&nbsp; The listed price is&nbsp;524K- we offered 451K.&nbsp; When the seller's agent received the offer, he actually laughed out loud at my agent and said, "I told you the offer had to be at or above 500K to be accepted".&nbsp; Our agent felt ridiculed and told us she thought&nbsp;we low balled the offer.&nbsp; I know the SS seller's agent has a responsibility to his client but I believe he is attempting to get us to offer more for this home by telling each buyer what other buyers have offered.&nbsp;&nbsp;Is this unethical?&nbsp; Even for the sake of saving his client's home or making a larger commision?&nbsp; What recourse do we have?&nbsp; How do we know our offer was actually submitted?&nbsp; How do I know he will not tell other potential buyers what I have offered?</p><br \><br \>5 replies Wed, 16 Sep 2009 03:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-unethical-for-a-SS-agent-to-tell-clients-the-amount-of-offers-received/279253/ 2009-09-16T03:13:00Z