About: I began my real estate career in February 1998 the day after I retired from IBM. My educational background is St. Ambrose University '80 with BAs (Cum Laude) in computer science and business administration. Since becoming a Realtor, I've achieved further studies in Real Estate by acquiring the follo...
About: I began my real estate career in February 1998 the day after I retired from IBM. My educational background is St. Ambrose University '80 with BAs (Cum Laude) in computer science and business administration. Since becoming a Realtor, I've achieved further studies in Real Estate by acquiring the following certifications: CRS, ABR, GRI, e-Pro, CLHMS. These intense courses help prepare a responsible Realtor to handle the multitude of questions and issues that arise in any normal Real Estate transaction. I work throughout the greater Austin, Texas area including Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lakeway, Lago Vista, Westlake Hills and other close by communities.See More
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Answered: Jul 8, 2014
You should expect this from a buyer that has a good agent. Basically, they want to make sure the home is as it was when they made the offer which was accepted.
Answered: Aug 10, 2013
In answer to: I wanted more info on your listing MLS: 269134.
Hi folks. Can you give me a little more information on this property? The MLS number you have put in here is invalid so I can't identify the property to help you. Please contact me with what information you do have and I'll see what I can find out for you.
Answered: Jun 1, 2013
In answer to: how do you go about buying a forclosed house
Good afternoon Lesson. The first thing to do, is secure the services of a good agent to help you through the process and more importantly, make sure you are aware of foreclosed properties as soon as they come on the market. There are a ton of investors looking at all the foreclosed homes and it is very competitive right now. While foreclosed homes can be a bargain, they often have problems associated with them, and inspections can be expensive because they usually have the services turned off and it's up to the buyer to pay for reconnection to accomplish their inspection. If you're not working with an agent, feel free to contact me to discuss at length what it's all about and help you decide if it's the right thing for you to do, versus purchasing a new or ordinary resale. Just hit the "contact me" link to get started.
Answered: May 30, 2013
In answer to: could you send me more pics of this property?
Good day Nicci. As already noted, we would need to know which property you are asking about. If you are already working with an agent, then you should ask them to provide you with the pictures. If not, I'd be delighted to help you, just hit the "contact me" link and send me an E-mail letting me know which property you are referring to.
Answered: May 9, 2013
Hi Craig. It's difficult to answer that question or help you without the address. And, in general you should enlist the services of an agent to work for you in getting the answers about property so you are represented, not the seller. If you're not already working with an agent, contact me and lets discuss what you're looking for and see what is out there that will fit your unique needs. Just hit the "contact me" link and send me a note. I'd be delighted to assist you.
Answered: Feb 27, 2013
Frances, if you're not already working with an agent, just click on the contact me and I'll set you up with your own access to the MLS system where you can refine searches of the actual listings to your heart's content.
Answered: Feb 23, 2013
In answer to: Is this the actual price of 3400.00?
Willie, I'm sorry but it's impossible to give you an accurate answer because you didn't put in any information other than price. If the home is for rent, then it might be. If it is for sale, then likely not. If you have specific questions about real estate for sale or rent in the Austin area, contact a real estate agent. I would be happy to help you. Just hit the contact me button and send me a message.
Answered: Feb 22, 2013
Amy, there was a house in Lakeway for $3,650 for rent. Is that the one you mean? It was leased in December. Unforunately, many sites like this have out of date and/or inaccurate information. If you're not working with an agent, hit the contact me button and send me an E-mail. I'll be able to help you get timely and accurate information.
Answered: Feb 22, 2013
Hi Amy. The link you have here, doesn't indicate an address. Where is the house? Once I know that, I'll let you know.
Answered: Feb 21, 2013
Hello. I might know of something that would work well for you. Are you an agent, or working with an agent already? If neither, then hit the contact me button and send me a note.
Answered: Feb 12, 2013
In answer to: Can I get additional information on this listing
Hello Rudy. You may not be aware that the listing you are asking about doesn't show up in the note you posted so we cannot answer your question. Please update this with the property address or MLS number and I'll get information to you. It would also help if you let us know what you are looking for, in specific terms. Just hit the contact me button and send me an E-mail and I'll be happy to help you. Ron Cullinan
Answered: Nov 2, 2012
What property are you asking about? It's not showing up as a link.
Answered: Nov 2, 2012
What property are you asking about?
Answered: Aug 22, 2012
Hello Ignacio. I'd like to help you, but you'll have to contact me to give me the particulars on the home before I can answer your questions. Just click on the contact me link and send me an E-mail or call me. Best wishes.
Answered: Aug 15, 2012
Your question is a common one. The dollar/square foot ratio is an attempt to compare costs on a property by an arbitrary "normalization." It is basically the price of the property divided by the square foot (in itself, often inaccurate) of the property. The price is market value of the property and size of the lot, construction of the property, upgraded things like cabinets, floor coverings and lighting fixtures can have a dramatic impact on its value. Therefore, the dollar/sq ft ratio can, and often does, vary greatly between two properties that are thought to be similar.
Answered: Aug 5, 2012
Amy, are you looking for an apartment, or a house? There are currently 8 houses and/or duplexes renting for 1,100 or less in Hutto. It's a good rental market and things are always coming on the market there, particulary about a month before they are ready for occupancy. Just click on the contac me to get in touch, I'd be happy to help you find what you're looking for.
Answered: Jul 11, 2012
Kothman, that's difficult to answer without some more detail. Did you sign up on someone's website sponsored here on homes(dot)com? If so, then you will have direct contact information for that person. If not, and you have questions about real estate in the Austin, TX area just contact me either via the phone or E-mail and I'll answer your questions and provide assistance. Just click on the link at contact me to get in touch.
Answered: Jul 3, 2012
Hi Celeste. That property did accept cats and dogs, but it went pending (meaning someone has been approved) on the 29th of June. I did a search and there are no other four bedroom homes there for 1,150 or less. Please contact me to talk about what you are looking for in more specific terms and I'll send you all the available properties out there that fit your needs. Just click on the contact me link to find me and I'll help you.
Answered: Jun 25, 2012
The Austin homes are in Travis County, the dripping springs homes are in Hays County. You can see the accountability ratings of all the schools in any district by visiting the Texas Education Association website. This site won't let me post the acutal URL, but the website is easy to use. Click on the contact me icon if you would like some help in finding homes in any area that fit your needs.
Answered: Jun 22, 2012
Dear latasha, yes it is still listed as active in the MLS system. Click on the contact me link to send me an E-mail and I'll call to find out if there is any action on it. If it is not available, there are quite a few in this price range in Hutto and I'm sure I can help you find the right one.
Answered: Jun 17, 2012
I Roy. I just checked and the house you are asking about went pending yesterday. I've pulled all the homes in the same MLS area and there are five available at this moment in prices ranging up to 175K. I'll send them along to you shortly. Please reply to the note or call me to discuss if you would like to see others or anything else.
Answered: Jun 1, 2012
In answer to: can I search for homes for rent with a pool in yard?
Yes. Just click on the contact me and use my website to search with the parameters you want. Alternatively, you can send me a note with the details of what you're looking for and I'll send you a complete list that matches your criteria. Good luck, and call or E-mail anytime for help.
Answered: May 2, 2012
In answer to: what county is Lago Vista?
Kimberly, Lago Vista is wholly contained within Travis County. If there is anything else that I can help you with, just click on the contact me next to my picture and send me a note, or call me.
Answered: Apr 10, 2012
It depends. If you are looking to rent, they should come up under the lease category. If looking to purchase, then condos and townhomes are usually listed under the "residential" category in the MLS, and duplexes in the multi-family section. With IDX searches, which are provided by many websites, a duplex that is selling the seperate side may come up in either segment. Find a Realtor to help you, as you'll get fresher information and avoid running into extraneous "hits" from your searches. Click on the contact me if you would like to discuss this, or anything else regarding residential real estate in the greater Austin area.
Answered: Mar 15, 2012
In answer to: Real Estate Investing
Juany, you should be able to talk with a reputable real estate attorney to get clarification on exactly what you'll need to do. He/she will also be able to help you deal with the City offices with respect to ensuring the zoning of the lots will allow your plans. Also, if it is in Austin, be aware that there are limits on the amount of space you can use in a lot (it's called impervious cover) and includes the buildings and any hard surface driveways.
Answered: Jan 31, 2012
In answer to: Can I buy a forclosed home with an eviction?
Hello. I'm not entirely sure I understand your question. I am going to assume you are asking if you can purchase one if you have an eviction from a domicile in the past. It will depend on several things, but the two most important are whether or not you are a cash buyer, or in need of a mortgage. If it is the latter, then only a mortgage professional can answer that question. You would need to talk with one or two (be careful about applying to too many places, as it can negatively affect your credit score), then if you can qualify for a loan it is just a matter of finding the right property in the right price range to suit your needs. I can help you with all aspects of it, feel free to contact me using the contact button next to my picture and I'll get right back to you with answers for any questions you may have.
Answered: Dec 12, 2011
Lisa, in my experience helping dozens of clients find property to rent in the Austin area, most private landlords don't go by credit score. They tend to look at rental history as the most important criterion and then overall credit history rather than the Fair-Isaac score. Most will also ask for a back ground check as well. In cases where there is a poor record, they might ask for two month's rent up front as well as a security deposit, but even that is rare but done when there is a problem. No one can say for sure what the response would be because every landlord is different. In some cases, your Realtor who is helping you can contact the leasing agent and ask for some guidance, which is often given. Click on the Contact Me icon to the right of my picture if you would like to call me or E-mail me to discuss this or any other questions you might have.
Answered: Nov 23, 2011
In answer to: Is this home avail for the usda loan?
Hello Michael. The property you are asking about is no longer on the market. It was withdrawn on November 22nd. Since it was offered as a short sale, this often indicates that the property has been foreclosed on. If you are already prequalified for a USDA loan, I can help you find a property. If you haven't already qualified, I can also help you find a lender who can help. Just click on my contact information next to my picture and send me a note. I'll respond to any questions you may have, or call you to discuss your options if you provide a phone number. Good luck and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Answered: Oct 24, 2011
Hi Molly. Realtors who do leasing (like myself) can provide you with the necessary information. If you click on the "contact" button and send me an E-mail with your contact information, I'll call you and begin the process.
Answered: Oct 3, 2011
Hello Nancy. The best way to find out is contact an agent who does leasing as well as sales. You will get the information you need to make an informed decision about both. If you click on the link next to my picture and contact me, I'll call you and discuss how I can help. I will also send you a package of information about Austin to help you become more familiar with the area. If you're like the overwhelming majority of folks I've helped under similar circumstance, you'll decide to stay here. It's a wonderful place to live!
Answered: Sep 5, 2011
Dory, I went ahead and did a search. There are two houses listed in Wells Branch with a 3/2 and at $1,200 or less. There is one additional one avaliable October 1st and listed at $1,250. There is also a home listed in Scofield Farms available Oct. 1st for $1,175. Again, just contact me if you want some assistance.
Answered: Sep 5, 2011
Hello Dory. Send me an E-mail (click on the contact me next to my picture) and I'll send you a list of available homes in the Wells Branch area. I assume you're interested in a specific location due to schools. If so, we should talk briefly before setting up the search for you to make sure the home is of the type and location you want.
Answered: Sep 5, 2011
In answer to: Yeah right! What's the catch??
Jason, it is not at all unusual to see what looks like a stunningly low price when a property is listed for short sale. Often they are under imminent danger of foreclosure (as this one seems to have been, since it did get foreclosed.) The price the agent lists a short sale is very subjective and tends to be lower than the bank will actually accept. It's one of the reasons they take so long to get closed. Anyway, the current price it is pending under, is $139,900. That doesn't mean that is what the offer is for either, but it is what it was being listed for by Fannie Mae (FNMA). If you would like an inside track on foreclosed properties, drop an E-Mail to me and we'll talk about how I can help you.
Answered: Sep 1, 2011
In answer to: Can i see pictures of this house?
Hello again Diane. I sent the MLS listing to you just now.
Answered: Aug 30, 2011
Diane, I answered this question over an hour ago, but it hasn't posted. Trying again. The house size is somewhat ambiguous. The listing shows the "total square feet" as including the 12X20 ft cabin and is listed at 1,448 square feet. To answer your specific question, there are 24 pictures total in the MLS listing. If you click on the "contact me" link next to my picture, and send me an E-Mail, I'll be happy to forward you the listing so you can see those as well. If there is anything else I can do to help you with Real Estate, feel free to contact me about that as well.
Answered: Aug 29, 2011
That home is currently pending (meaning someone has offered on it, but the lease is not yet final.) The home is on a well with septic system. The listing also says propane for gas and phone line available. Click on the contact me next to my picture, if you have more questions or I can help you with anything else.
Answered: Aug 21, 2011
The house asked about has and entry of NO pets in the listing. Not unusual, and sometimes landlords will even change their policy regarding pets (usually after a home has been on the market a long time) but it is entirely up to the landlord. Click on the contact me link and let me know what you're looking for. I'll do a search of the MLS system and send you some possible properties for your consideration.
Answered: Aug 18, 2011
In answer to: Is this property still available for rent?
This property went "pending" on August 6th (means it has an offer under review, awaiting lease signing.) Use the "contact" link next to my name and picture if you would like some help finding a property.
Answered: Aug 14, 2011
The house in question was sold in July. Most likely the outfit that posted it is just leaving the ad up there to attract buyers. I'll send you what I can find that is similar.
Answered: Aug 10, 2011
In answer to: Why does texas have so many homes for rent?
Most would say it is the economy. It is difficult for many people to get mortgages these days, and they are turning to renting out homes they want to sell. However, Austin is a bright spot in that many people are moving here, so the occupancy rate has been climbing for some time. If you have questions or are looking into the market and want some help, just click on the contact button and send me an E-Mail.
Answered: Aug 6, 2011
Hello. The property you are asking about is in an area that contains manufactured homes. The specific property you asked about is under contract as of August 1st this year. There are a lot of properties available out that way with many different price points. If you would like some assistance finding one for your needs, please contact me by clicking on the contact link next to my name and either call me or send me an E-Mail with a number for me to call you along with a convenient time and I'll make the call. Thanks & regards,
Answered: Aug 5, 2011
Erik, this unit is listed as active. It is currently leased, and possession is listed as available November 1, 2011. If you would like help finding something available, click on the link next to my picture that indicates contact, and I'll be glad to assist you.
Answered: Aug 5, 2011
Erik, that unit went under contract on July 15th. It just hasn't finished the lease process yet.
Answered: Aug 5, 2011
In answer to: is this rental still available email@example.com
Sorry Erik, that listing went under pending (contract) status on August 3rd. Our market is very active right now, and good homes are leasing very quickly. If you are not using a Real Estate professional to help you, you will continue to miss out. Contact me by clicking on the link next to my name if you would like for me to help you.
Answered: Aug 3, 2011
Unfortunately, that property was leased on the 28th of July. Please feel free to contact me by clicking on the link next to my picture if you would like some assistance in finding a rental property in the Austin area.
Answered: Jul 31, 2011
H K it sounds like you're interested in renting a different place. Is this correct? If so, you'll need to contact me by clicking on the contact link and I can help you find a new place. Like John Crowe said, it does not appear to be an active property in our MLS system, nor is there apparently any information available on the web.
Answered: Jul 26, 2011
Hello Tonya. Like John says, it depends a lot on what your preferences are and your budget, whether renting or purchasing. We can sort all of this out to your satisfaction if you contact me. I offer a free relocation package of information for my clients and would be happy to send you one. Just click on the contact link and get in touch and we'll discuss your needs and what I can do to help.
Answered: Jul 26, 2011
We have many nice subdivisions and suburbs here in the Austin area. To understand all we have to offer, please feel free to contact me so we can discuss what you're looking for and what areas of our wonderful city would best fit your needs. One example would be the Steiner Ranch subdivision. Many people I've helped relocate from California tell me: "it's just so much like back home in California." That's because of the hilly nature, miles of trails and multiple recreational areas it has, not to mention large well built modern homes.
Answered: Jul 24, 2011
Hello Aska. That property is listed as active as of this writing, but because it is listed as a "short sale", it may actually have offers in on it. It is in the city of Round Rock's jurisdiction, but the Pflugerville school district. I can show this home to you, or any other home listed in the greater Austin area. Just click on the contact information for me and either send me an E-Mail or call.
Answered: Jul 21, 2011
In checking the listing, it would appear that the agent doesn't include his address. Contact me by clicking on the link next to my picture and I'll help you get an answer to your questions from the agent.