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Old 01-14-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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Thanks everybody. We are heading out for a quick look this next week. Any homes for sale or rent in Keller that you think we would love? Looking to rent for $1800 or less and buy for $275 or less (hopefully less). I have looked around a bit and am working with brokers, but the one the ground eyes are always the best!

We'd love to rent and we may for a bit, but yeesh-with extra pet fees associated with renting-it pushes the rent up so mich higher we may as well rent and get some of the tax benefits!
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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If I were you I would not hesitate to contact any seller whose house has been on the market for over 5-6mo and the property is empty to see if they would consider renting.
YOu may get even get someone willing to do a month to just ot get some income and someone in the house. Carrying homeowners on an empty house is way expensive.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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Good point. I will keep my eye out. Thanks.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:08 PM
 
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Good point. I will keep my eye out. Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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I don't think anyone with an empty house would consider renting for a month to someone from out of state--
that is really foolish and probably against their real estate contract...
BUT they might consider --IF their realtor gets commission--renting long term to qualified person and there are some homes that also say "for lease" in addition to sale sign

I would say find a neighborhood you like and call some realtors listing homes in area about homes for lease
I know the realtor we used when buying our current home said that most of the homes that are over 500K are often available for lease if owners have moved out--too many people in that price range have homes they need to sell first before buying and where ever that home is == the market is pretty stagnant--so she is seeing more and more high end people looking for homes to rent in interim
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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Thanks, again, all.

-Any threads or websites I should be checking to get an understanding of utility costs? I know it varies house to house and thermostat to thermostat, but some general ballparks will help the budget comparisons quite a bit. We usually keep the heat in the winter months at about 62-65 and in the summer keep the house around 72-75. Having never lived in TX, I am unsure what we might be in for weather wise and utility cost wise. Any thoughts?

Random: In terms of RE contracts, a seller can dump their broker at any time unless the house is under contract, right? I am not saying I promote that behavior, if it is unwarranted-but that is how it has been in CA, CO and VA. Hiring a broker has always been an at-will thing for while you want to sell or while you are liking that broker. Either party can scoot if they want without recourse except in special circumstances, right?
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