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Sue Shepard wrote:

Mortgage when moving to the US (H-1B + J-1)

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It can be done but you will have to go to a portfolio lender and will likely have to pay higher interest rate with more stringent terms. I have the name of a bank that one of my foreign clients used last year. Call me if you want the contact info.
June 05 2013
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how do you factor in added value for home improvements?

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I don't know exactly how Zillows zestimates work but I would imagine it just some sort of algebraic formula that utilizes the assessment, and sales in the area. Zillow can't possibly know what every homeowner has done (or not done) to their individual homes or condos. If you pulled permits for your improvements, they may be reflected in the assessment, and thus may be reflected in he price.  
May 23 2013
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Seller not budging on asking price, advice?

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1) Ask seller's agent for the comps they used to support the price. Maybe you are missing some comps.2) If you are concerned about the property appraising, insert a provision into the offer, "Subject to property appraising at or above purchase price," that way you will have peace of mind that the property will appraise.
December 20 2011
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Entry Only Showings, good or bad?

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Evan - I think we may be mixing concepts here. In my area, "Entry Only" means that the listing is posted to the MLS but the listing agent provides very limited service. An "accompanied showing" is a showing of the house to the buyer with the buyer's agent present and the listing agent present as well (thus the listing agent "accompanies" the showing.) Unless there is something very unique about the house that is not readily evident and thus requires the presence of the listing agent, I think that "accompanied showings" are best used for 2nd showings. Buyers find the presence of the listing agent too intrusive.  Hope this helps.
September 01 2010
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