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What zip codes in Tampa, FL and Raleigh, NC vicinity are good to buy?

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Thank you, all for the Florida info.@Gary - I just plugged in the zips at the Fannie Home Path site and a couple of homes came up in my price range.  This is exactly what I needed!  Will call within the month.@Sunny - I've used city-data before and they give good info through the forums.  Had never heard of the zipskinny.com  website before.  Nice!

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Where Can I Buy Fire Damaged Houses?

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Just google "fire damaged homes for sale" plus the location. I have seen them come up in my listing searches although I tend to stay away from fire damaged homes as they need to be completely gutted and rebuilt.  You could also look for "shell" in your searches for homes as that's all you'll be buying if fire-damaged.

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Where Can I Buy Fire Damaged Houses?

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Just google "fire damaged homes for sale" plus the location. I have seen them come up in my listing searches although I tend to stay away from fire damaged homes as they need to be completely gutted and rebuilt.  You could also look for "shell" in your searches for homes as that's all you'll be buying if fire-damaged.

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Is it possible toPurchase an investment property with less then 20% down?

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Gordon -"Yes, with the Fannie Mae Home Path loan you are able to put as little as 10% down and the loan has no mortgage insurance."Do you have any additional details/nuances about the Fannie Mae Home Path Renovation loans?  My last R.E. always discouraged me from trying to pursue loans that clearly listed the property as eligible for Home Path Renovation loans even after I told her that the Fannie Mae Home Path Renovation loans allow investors.

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Need zip codes for tampa and raleigh vicinities

I am told that there are good neighborhoods in both old Tampa and new Tampa.  What counties and zips should I search on to view properties in these locations?I'm also interested in the areas in and around Raleigh, but all I know is Wake county.  Need zips for good areas there, too. 

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What zip codes in Tampa, FL and Raleigh, NC vicinity are good to buy?

I am told that there are good neighborhoods in both old Tampa and new Tampa.  What counties and zips should I search on to view properties in these locations?I'm also interested in the areas in and around Raleigh, but all I know is Wake county.  Need zips for good areas there, too.

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seeking local buyer's agent in:

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Thank you, Rita.  I don't know the zip codes in those areas.  Websites haven't helped all that much in my search due to the fact that I don't know those areas well.  What I want to do is find a good buyer's agent and discuss my needs before scheduling vacation time to go see homes in the areas selected.  I'm interested in Florida and NC in the areas listed above.  Primarily, I'm looking for quick to close foreclosed properties in good shape or properties that need minimal work at a good price. - 3-4 b/r w/at least 2.5 baths- living room, dining room- 1st floor master w/bath- 1st floor gas cooking- multi-level with either a basement or great room- central a/c and heat- back yard for cookouts, gardening, etc.- good neighborhood- close to shopping- optional:  garage, front porch/wrap-around porch/deck- optional: den/library- optional: garage- optional: storage shed

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