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Jasonguychi9, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Jasonguychi9 asked:
Is there any house in San Francisco that costs to buy for $2500 to $5000 not rent but buy near Academy of Art University? I am going to San Francisco Academy of Art University so if I can get a house I would not live in their dorm, have privacy and not pay as much for college housing. At the same time I would…
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ShasayMoibay, Home Buyer in Palm Springs, CA
ShasayMoibay answered:
Redfin v. full-service agents
Here's my experience with my current Redfin "Partner" Agent.
This particular Redfin Agent prepared my purchase offer for a property I had searched for and had wanted for a long time, ... more
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Cheezeburger…, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Cheezeburgerzdeluxe asked:
How much money do I need to make to buy a condo in San Francisco? I really want a home. What do I need?
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 8, 2016 Home Buying in 94107
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
I'm a first home buyer, could you please tell me what other upfront charges except of course the 20% downpayment. thanks!
There are a lot of various charges that you will need to pay when you close escrow on your home. The exact charges will depend in large part on the price of your home, your lender, the ... more
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
I'm looking to purchase a parking space in the bay area to rent it out, but not sure if there are agents specialized or licensed in this area?
Purchasing a parking space alone without a condo/TIC or single family residence is rare in SF. I've heard of it happening occasionally when there are extra parking spaces in a condo bu ... more
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Jspetty2, Home Buyer in
Jspetty2 answered:
can a seller back out of an accepted offer?
The question was; they accepted an offer, not necessarily in a contract; can the seller back out after "accepting an offer?"
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 8, 2016 Home Buying in San Francisco
Rich Reed, Real Estate Pro in Arcadia, CA
Rich Reed answered:
We are refinancing our home. Original purchase deed titled, "John Doe and Jane Doe, H & W, CP wros".
Grant deeds and trust deeds are different. A grant deed is used to transfer ownership of real property. A trust deed is used to secure real property pledged as collateral for a loan. Ch ... more
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CJ, Home Buyer in Vallejo, CA
CJ asked:
I'm in the process of buying a SS home. Accepted offer 1/26/16. There are 2 lienholders. There were a lot of delays from inspection,
repairs,
etc. We asked for an extension 3 times. Our extension is will expire on 5/30/16 on both lienholders. The 2nd lienholder just told us that they will can cancel their…
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Mariuscezar, Home Buyer in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Mariuscezar answered:
As buyers, should we sign a seller's disclosure if some of the questions are not even checked/filled in? Should we sign one at all?
I have ran into the same situation buying bank own property. My agent suggested to add : 'Not filled by the seller prior buyer's signature'.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 6, 2016 Home Buying in San Francisco
Anton_tsuh, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA
Anton_tsuh answered:
Moving to San Francisco- need help choosing a neighborhood!
If you will need help in SF with moving, I can recomened you a very good service with real professionals- http://sfbayareamoving.com/ They can help you with
Packing and unpacking
Ass ... more
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John Burke, Real Estate Pro in ELK CITY, OK
John Burke answered:
Has anyone been successful in using a VA home loan to purchase a house or condo in San Francisco proper?
Hi Twinx32,

In markets where sellers are really ignorant about VA mortgages & basically discriminating against Veterans, I will tell Vets to submit their offer as a conventional & sw ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 16, 2016 Home Buying in 94121
Rich Reed, Real Estate Pro in Arcadia, CA
Rich Reed answered:
What´s the difference between buying an apartment or a condo?
For an apartment, you own the entire apartment project (as a co-owner) and an exclusive right to occupy an apartment in the building.
For a condo, you own a separate condominium unit ( ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 6, 2016 Home Buying in 94131
Julia, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA
Julia asked:
$2.7M for a 3 unit multi-family house in San Francisco Cole Valley, good or bad deal? My landlord is looking to sell the house and would consider selling to me but the price seems high. How much would you estimate it? This is an old house (earle 1900's) 3 units multi-family,…
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 22, 2016 Home Buying in 94117
Alysse Musgr…, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Buyer back out of contract, seller not signing cancellation form.
You are bound by the terms of the contract you signed. So is the seller. You don't get to change your mind in the middle of the transaction. I suggest you contact your own lawyer to see ... more
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Rick Van Ros…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Rick Van Rosendale asked:
room built without permit in garage
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 12, 2016 Home Buying in 94121
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
What is the customary sales commission in San Francisco? I hear buyer gets one half of that commission. This true?
5% is pretty standard these days - 2.5% going to the seller's agent and 2.5% going to the buyer's agent. Some agents will reduce their commission if they have a good relationship with ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 3, 2016 Home Buying in SoMa
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Appraisal came in over asking
I second the comment below - the appraisal isn't really an indication of home value, just a tool for your lender, so it should have no impact on the repairs the sellers plan to complete ... more
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
annual appreciation rate for SF SFD for past 30 years is?
http://thefrontsteps.com/2014/06/26/case-shiller-new-jump-in-bay-area-home-prices/

This link will show you some great information regarding changing home prices over the past 30+ yea ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 3, 2016 Home Buying in 94109
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Looking to buy instead of rent
I agree with the comments below - you'll definitely want to work with a knowledgable local Realtor to help you with this process as it can be quite complex and daunting, especially for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 3, 2016 Home Buying in 94107
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
my loan only conditionally approved. can I cancel and still get my deposit back?
If you didn't remove the contingency and it (or the extension of the contingency) has yet to expire you should be fine to pull out of the deal. Check with your real estate agent to fin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 3, 2016 Home Buying in 94107
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