When I moved to San Antonio, TX, I used a Realtor to assist me in the purchase of my home, which was a New home from DR Horton. I believe that everyone should use a Realtor in the transaction of purchasing a home whether New or not. If you think about it, the builder has an in-house sales rep that assists you in buying the builders home, but they work for the builder, so in essence, the represent the builder. Why not have someone that knows the market and the ins and outs of the industry to represent you on your behalf and to ensure they walk you through the entire process?Now I am a Realtor here in San Antonio but just medically retired from almost 11 yrs in the Army. I was not a Realtor when I purchased and I would use a Realtor anytime I buy a new home in any state.A little insight: You pay the Realtor nothing, the seller pays them. The Realtor can help negotiate a better price or incentives on your behalf. The builder cannot legally give you a better deal on your home for having or not having an agent on your side. I hope this helps and wish you the best in your search!
Unfortunately, renting a home may be very hard if not impossible through a property management company. With an eviction, you are too risky for the investor or home owner to take the chance of having to go through that process again. Your best bet would be to look for an apartment that is more lenient or for someone that is trying to rent their home out on their own and not through a rental company.
It all depends on your market area and the terms of financing. Like cash buyers typically put 10-20% down as earnest money then pay the rest at closing. - if you are financing the loan either conventional or FHA, I request 1-3% for earnest money then the rest of the down payment to be paid at closing table. - putting the entire down payment up front as earnest money, just puts it at risk if you were to back out of the purchase after the option period was over. I hope this helps a little and have a blessed day!
A 7 foot entry is a decent size for an 1800SF home. The 21 foot long is the part that scares me, unless there are rooms off to the sides of it. If it is just one long hallway, that is almost 10% of the house. It really depends on personal preference and the layout of the home. I hope this helps some and good luck! Have a blessed weekend!