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Old 04-24-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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What are your all's recommendations on a website for finding a home to buy in the Las Vegas / Henderson area? I've been a renter here forever so this will be the first home I've ever bought and I'm new to the whole concept. I know that there are the bank sites and Real Estate agent sites. Have any you all would highly recommend? THX and have a good day.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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What are your all's recommendations on a website for finding a home to buy in the Las Vegas / Henderson area? I've been a renter here forever so this will be the first home I've ever bought and I'm new to the whole concept. I know that there are the bank sites and Real Estate agent sites. Have any you all would highly recommend? THX and have a good day.
I can't answer your question about home buying sites, but I can say that it is best to get a reliable Real Estate agent [mod cut-see forum rules re: recommending specific realtors] to help you find just what your needs are. Buying a home on your own has a lot of pitfalls that the average buyer is not aware of. Besides it costs you nothing as a buyer, and they have the resources to locate any home that is for sale, and tell you all about it, then if you want to see it, they should drive you to the site. For instance, they'd do a search based on whatever criteria, such as price, number of bedrooms, square footage, yards, pools, etc. and save you a lot of frustration. You really don't want to go to the seller's agent directly; you'd want someone representing you. It's like the old saying that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.

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Old 04-24-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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There is also a mountain of paperwork in buying a home, and RE Agents can easily handle that for you, besides helping you to get a loan, and go through the title insurance process.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:36 PM
 
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Most up to date sites are https://www.hbmnet.com and www.Redfin.com. Realtor.com keeps the homes on way too long, way after an offer has been accepted. The other sites will update you on any homes that you are interested in such as a drop in price, etc. Hope this helps
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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What are your all's recommendations on a website for finding a home to buy in the Las Vegas / Henderson area? I've been a renter here forever so this will be the first home I've ever bought and I'm new to the whole concept. I know that there are the bank sites and Real Estate agent sites. Have any you all would highly recommend? THX and have a good day.
Get your finances in order first, then get approved for a mortgage, then go house hunting. I'm sure your C-D inbox will be crammed full of offers from brokers and agents in no time at all. Most people hire the first agent or the first broker they meet. Don't be that person.

As for websites, I just use Realtor.com and Redfin. They aren't always up to the minute -- often they'll show homes that have already closed or have a pending offer. (That's where Realtors have a big advantage.) But for getting a feel for what sells for what, either site will work.

As for mortgages, it's best to already have a solid business relationship with a bank, then ask them for a loan. It makes a world of difference. If not, you can see what the lenders at sites like LendingTree offer. But getting to know our banker worked best for us.

The main thing is to have your finances squared away. Know what your credit score is. Pull your free reports (and not from the scam sites). See if there's anything on them that might affect your loan application. Fix any problems. Use a credit repair specialist if you absolutely have to. Most problems can be fixed by calling and writing to creditors and credit agencies. There are volumes of information online about how to do this yourself.

And whatever you do, don't finance a car, apply for credit cards, close accounts, pay a bill late, bounce a check, or anything else that might affect your credit.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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What are your all's recommendations on a website for finding a home to buy in the Las Vegas / Henderson area? I've been a renter here forever so this will be the first home I've ever bought and I'm new to the whole concept. I know that there are the bank sites and Real Estate agent sites. Have any you all would highly recommend? THX and have a good day.
Here ya go...and good luck in your search! Hope you find something you LOVE!!


: Property Search
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Here is a "video podsite", Getting REAL (Estate) in Las Vegas, that was very helpful in my search. I actually hired Bridget to be my agent. There is a vast amount of information on this site. Good Luck
Link to site:
Getting real estate in Las Vegas
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I've had good luck with Real Estate, Homes for Sale, MLS Listings, Real Estate Agents, Houses — Zip Realty, but they have downgraded their birdseye view from what it used to display - so you don't get as much detail. Also, and this goes for any website or realtor's assurance. If you are looking at a place with an HOA - call the HOA manager yourself and find out what the dues are, if a special assessment is being planned, what's included, etc. I'd say 80% of the time (in my experience) this info has been listed inaccurately in the mls. Good luck.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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I totally agree with Scoop. Try and get financing first. The banks can't make loans (although they would like to since they earn more interest than T-Bills) because they have a huge hole in their capital. TARP was not nearly enough, it just bought them a little time.
Good Luck!
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: North Las Vegas NV
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What are your all's recommendations on a website for finding a home to buy in the Las Vegas / Henderson area? I've been a renter here forever so this will be the first home I've ever bought and I'm new to the whole concept. I know that there are the bank sites and Real Estate agent sites. Have any you all would highly recommend? THX and have a good day.
1. Check your current FICO score at MyFico.com and get a copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com.
2. Make sure you have money saved for a downpayment and move-in costs.
3. Shop for a mortgage lender and get pre-approved for a loan(not pre-qualified).
4. Get a realtor to help with your search in your location and budget.
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