While you certainly will want to pay for a professional inspection, there are a few things to look for before you even make an offer. 1. Look for water damage under sinks, near the dishwasher, along the walls in the garage, by the water heater, near the washing machine and by all the toilets . 2.Check for any termite, incest or rodent damage. 3. Be aware of unusual smells where mold may be present. 4. Check for the actual finish and fit of baseboards and drywall on the walls and ceilings . 5. You also want to make sure that the electric outlets are all functioning and the circuit/breaker panel is clearly labeled. 6. If you have access to the attic and basement check to see if there is any water damage there. 7. Open every cabinet, drawer and door.Of course you only would bother doing all of this for a home that meets all of you wants/ needs list and is a serious contender for your purchase and hard earned dollars. Having a list of your must haves and deal breakers will also help by having you think through the process instead of falling in love with a home, and overlooking problems. Good luck
Only the buyer has any interest in the inspection; why would anyone else pay for it? A qualified inspector should spend hours going over the property, checking all the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems of the house as well as the foundation, structure, roof and drainage. A seller could easily get a cheap, quick and non qualified inspection done just to have a report that states everything is in order. Several hundred dollars spent for an inspection is money well spent. I have seen reports that caused the buyer to back out, because items were discovered that made the value of the home much less than the original agreed upon price. NO home will get a glowing home inspection report, every single home, even new construction has items that can be considered flaws, however the buyer is the one that needs to weigh the repairs vs cost. I can't see any advantage to anyone besides the buyer paying for the inspection.
It seems as if you are asking about parking space? Homes/apartments/condos in cities often have parking available either to rent or purchase. If the foreclosed home had parking attached to the property, i.e., was previously owned by the property mortgage holder, then it would again be available to the new owner, for a price.
It is not too early to look. Call the base, they will have people that are informed of the rental and housing situation for military families. There is likely to be someone, or some agency that can get you the information you need. I would recommend you stay away from Craigslist and instead look at the military housing options and rental agencies that are directly involved with base families. Many times you will be able to rent something that a deployed service member owns.
I smell a rat too. Don't know the legal ramifications, but do take photos of the interior of the home, now and when you move. If he tries to keep the security deposit you can take him to small claims court. If you haven't had the work done for the trees yet, DON'T. You would not get your money back from the landlord, and if you deduct it from the rent he will likely take you to court. Instead, take photos, and let him know that you feel it is a liability and that you want to make him aware of how dangerous the situation is so he doesn't get sued. If you did have the work done, have proof of payment for the tree guys, and any other costs that you incur as tenant that he should of covered. Good luck.
It is rare that you would find the home you want from open houses. The open house is held to satisfy the seller that the agent is doing something, and usually gain some clients. That said, if you are not working with a buyers agent for your next purchase, you are missing a huge portion of the market. A buyers agent can narrow the field of houses on the market to just those that have the criteria you need, so that you can more readily find that perfect home. Just because you are having an open house does not mean that you will get an offer, you may not even get any actual buyers. While it is best to be prepared, do not be disappointed if the cards do not quickly fall into place. I would suggest you get a buyers agent, not the agent that is selling your home (no I am not one, but used one for the purchase of our last home), so that when you do get your offer you are not pressured to make a decision on a home, wondering if there was something better out there. You should also be aware of the average days on market for homes in your area, the financial situation of the buyer, (cash sale=quick close), and if you do find the perfect home and you do have a buyer for yours, that you may be able to rent back from the new owner your own home for a few days or a month. Good luck
The commission is split between brokers, so if you don't use a agent, the seller isn't going to save any money, commission will just go to the listing agent. You may be able to find a home, however a buyers agent will have access to more homes than you would every be able to find on your own. Very few homes are available as open houses, and many more will be taken before you would ever find out about them. You would most certainly want to use a lawyer to close the deal, but a buyers agent will steer you in the right direction and would be able to give you insight on properties that you do wish to look at. A buyers agent works for YOU, any other agent works for the seller. Good luck
Home Affordable Refinance Program. Google it for information, talk to your bank for your specifics. Not everyone can qualify.Good luck.
The appraised value is the VALUE of the house. It has nothing to do with how much anyone is putting down. HOWEVER, if the bank/appraiser states the house is only worth 350K, and the seller was asking 400K, you can ask the seller to come down to 350K; they may counter at 375K which may be helpful to you if you willing to split the difference, and you really want the home.You also need to remember that the appraised value is the VALUE even if someone puts more than 50% down, pays all cash or has less than 20% invested in the home. The loan does not equal the value.
For each of the homes we purchased (it has been 4 over the past 30 years) I just knocked on the doors of the immediate neighbors and told them I was considering purchasing the home next door, and what could they tell me about the neighborhood. It worked out quite well. Granted people move and dynamics of neighborhoods change, but I feel there is no need to hire an investigator when you can easily get the answers you need by being friendly. Good luck