Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:23 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most people will never forget where theyMore >>
Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:32:40 GMT
There's an ongoing search for Jones County resident Ashley Clark, 31. According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department they received a call at around 7 a.m. Monday about a missing person. VolunteersMore >>
A Jones County resident that was missing since Sunday morning was found dead around 12 p.m. Monday. More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:23:32 GMT
The Marion County Sheriff Department is actively investigating the death of a person after a burned truck was found on East Reservoir Road near Bunker Hill Baptist Church. Investigator Jamie Singley saidMore >>
The Marion County Sheriff Department is actively investigating the death of a person after a burned truck was found on East Reservoir Road near Bunker Hill Baptist Church.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:45:31 GMT
A UPS semitrailer wrecked in the southbound land of Hwy 49 past MS 589 in Covington County around 10:00 a.m. Monday. Major traffic delays are expected. Two people in the semitrailer have been transportedMore >>
A UPS semitrailer wrecked in the southbound land of Hwy 49 past MS 589 in Covington County around 10:00 a.m. Monday. Major traffic delays are expected.More >>
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You think you've found the right home. But is it really worth what the sellers are asking?
Before you give away your hard earned money, do some thorough research.
First, ask your agent to prepare a comparable market analysis (CMA). This is a compilation of sales prices of homes similar to yours in the neighborhood which have recently sold.
You'll also want to check out the school district, crime statistics, and whether property values have been generally rising or falling in the neighborhood. Visit city hall to learn about future development plans for your new neighborhood.
Next, consider location. Assess how close the home is the property to schools, your job, transportation, shopping, hospitals, community centers, the downtown core of a major city, cultural and utilitarian services, and the airport. All of these factors affect price, as does the square footage of the lot, the size and age of the house, the amenities it has, the condition it is in, and how anxious the owners are to sell.
Look beyond the basics and have the property inspected. Is it in a flood plane? (Again, you can check this at city hall.) Are there cracks in the foundation, a wet basement, environmental contaminants? Are major systems in working order? While you're not going to hire a professional home inspector to go through the property until you've agreed on a price, you should certainly look for major flaws.
Make sure the seller provides you with good title through a staked survey and title insurance.
If you're buying new construction, check out land prices. Ask the town's land planner about current zoning requirements and any proposals to develop nearby land. Visit the developer's unfinished and finished projects to check the quality of housing and ask neighbors if the developer delivered all that was promised and in a timely manner.
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