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Spence Ralston

Agent

Associate Broker

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation

Advice

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short sale price?

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Sorry, but I'm not showing a short sale. The last time it was listed in 2011 it was priced at $570,000.

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short sale price?

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Sorry, but I'm not showing a short sale. The last time it was listed in 2011 it was priced at $570,000.

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I just want the value of our home!

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Don't count on a Zestimate being accurate in New Mexico (Zillow itself gives NM its lowest confidence score). If you want to know the most accurate value of your home in order to convince the county assessor to lower your property taxes, you'll need to have an appraisal done by a licensed appraiser. Bring that to the assessor's office and they will consider it.  If you are curious about the value because you're considering re-financing or getting a home equity loan, then your lender will require an appraisal done by a licensed appraiser chosen by an appraisal management company. If you're considering listing your home for sale, then a Realtor can give you a pretty good idea of the price range your home would bring in the current market. If that's the case, send me an email with your address, and I'll do the research and get back to you.Hope this covers the bases,SpenceBarker Realty/Christie's International Real Estatespencer@santaferealestate.com

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how do I find a house (372 Calle Loma Norte, Santa Fe, N.M.

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This property went under contract yesterday, June 2.There are a few other properties for sale in that neighborhood, that we can talk about if you'd like.Spencer RalstonBarker RealtySpencer@SantaFeRealEstate.com505.231.1528

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Zestimate on my home has dropped by 30,000! WHY??

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Zillow is trying to improve their Zestimates, but in non-disclosure states like New Mexico all they often have to go by is the public record - which is primarily foreclosures and auctions. Sometimes Realtors disclose a sales price to them. Thus, the Zestimate is usually unrealistically low for our state and gives sellers a headache, and buyers an unreal expectation of what a home's value is. Except for their Zestimates, I think Zillow provides a valuable service (along with Trulia, Realtor.com, and several other similar companies).

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Second home

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Based on the information you provided I believe your chances are pretty good. Among other things, you'll need two years' tax returns and proof of current employment. If you've been employed by the same company, or at least in the same field, for at least the past 2 years that would be an important consideration. And just so you know, a second home generally requires a 25% down payment. It's important to note that the underwriting requirements of lenders change fairly often and only a lender will be able to give you an accurate answer to your question after they take a look at the information you will be required to submit. I'd advise you to work with a local lender. There are several very good ones to choose from here in Santa Fe and if you'd like some suggestions, you can write to me at the email address below and I will be happy to give you some.I wish you well,Spence Ralston[content removed by Zillow due to spam.  Please refer to our Good Neighbor Policy for details.] 

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Full-Time and Self Employed...

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Mortgage lender requirements change very often, so you really do need to check in with 2-3 to see what they say.I'd think you'd be in good shape as you're new jobs are in the same field and your credit scores are good- but I'm not a lender, and often moving to a new place is most problemmatic even for otherwise well-qualified buyers.The fact that you're planning to buy from a large tract developer/builder is a plus. They often have arrangements with lenders  (perhaps the one funding the project), so the requirements may be more flexible.Good luck!

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For a forclosure home, how much of a down payment would be needed?

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It'll be up to the bank you are getting your mortgage loan from. For a conforming loan for use as a primary residence you'll need 20% down, but for an FHA loan you can get in for between 3-4%, but you'll then have the costs of mortgage insurance to add in to the mortgage costs. If you're buying it as an investment property, you'll generally need 25% down for a conforming loan. Most banks that own real estate (foreclosures) will require a buyer making an offer to submit a letter of pre-approval before they will consider an offer. So talk with your lender, get your pre- approval and know what you can afford; then you're in a position to pounce on a great deal when you find one. There are really good deals available now with sellers who are not short and/or facing foreclosure. It's often a better choice than buying a short sale or foreclosure. Talk with your Realtor so you go into a purchase situation knowing all the pros and cons. Spence Ralston Barker Realty 505.231.1528

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Sellers signed to provide us (Buyers) $5000 at Closing and haven't paid full amount.

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The purchase contract rules - so if it's not in the contract, it doesn't matter whether one party "promises" to do something or not.You also should have gotten a copy of your HUD statement showing all costs, etc.at least three days before closing, so what your costs, and the sellers', would have been on that. So this should not have been a surprise to you.Title companies are usually on top of all contract stipulations and, in my experience, it's extremely rare for them to err. As another poster said, your contract probably allows up to $5000 to be applied from the sellers' funds to be applied toward the closing costs. It would be illegal from what I know for the sellers to give you money over and above what is allowed and stipulated in the contract.You've got a new home, hopefully at a great price. Enjoy it and don't worry about the small change - which you in all probability weren't entitled to.

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