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Andrew Liebe…, Real Estate Pro in Sunrise, FL
Andrew Liebenhaut answered:
First time home buyer - tax credit for 2013?
There is a program that I use that provides 10,000 towards your down payment and closing costs. It is a zero interest and zero payment loan that is only due when/if you sell the home. I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 18, 2015 Home Buying in 94107
Lucy Logvino…,  in San Francisco, CA
Lucy Logvinova answered:
Is property insurance required for a condo unit, even though the Condo has a Master Insurance?
Master HOA policy will never cover your unit inside (finishes, kitchen, fixtures) that's why HO-6 wall to wall coverage is required by lenders. In addition you have the liability and pe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 9, 2015 Home Insurance in 94107
Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
How do I know if I should switch agents to sell my condo? I tried to sell my place (SF) this past spring, lowered the price 3 times with no offers.
If your condo is priced right, is marketed correctly and shows well (has been staged/decluttered/etc.), then your condo should sell quickly in today's market.
1 vote Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Home Selling in 94107
Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
how long will it take to sell my 2bed/2bath loft in potrero hill, if i put it up on the market in march?
If its priced right, and inspections are done ahead of time, it can sell very quickly. If you started today, you could get most of the pre-sale stuff knocked out this week - cleaning, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Home Selling in 94107
Joanne, Home Buyer in South San Francisco,...
Joanne answered:
is financing available at the Beacon?
yes i work for a broker who has lenders available and can lend on condos that are in litigation. We currently have 2 refinances in process and condo is in litigation similar to yours (S ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 29, 2014 Home Buying in 94107
Megan Sousa, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Megan Sousa answered:
I have a beautiful, new, centrally located apartment in Costa Rica that I want to sell. How can I list it in the US?
Sotheby's International Realty. We have offices world wide and we all network together. I can help you find an agent down there that will take very good care of you.

You can call me ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 21, 2014 Home Selling in 94107
Keith Boswor…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Keith Bosworth answered:
what is the amount of the credit for first homebuyers?
We offer a Arise reward points based on the purchase price of your home. This goes towards your closing cost. The home loan will cost you nothing.

I would consult your tax consultan ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 19, 2014 Home Buying in 94107
JR Thrasher, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
JR Thrasher answered:
In San Francisco SOMA area I'm very often asked to pay a "Refundable Security Deposit" before viewing. Scams?
Please don't send any of these scams money. As a matter of fact, you would help the whole community out by flagging the ad when you come across one.

J.R. Thrasher
www.SanDi ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Jan 8, 2014 Rental Basics in 94107
sadfr,  in 94110
sadfr answered:
As a condo owner, I was forced to rely on the property insurance that the condo association provided. That insurance co answered only to the
Master Condo Association policy often cover the structure out side shell. As for any interior known as Additions & Alterations this is why you should have your own seprate policy. Also ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Nov 17, 2013 Home Buying in 94107
Tony Abad, Real Estate Pro in El Cajon, CA
Tony Abad answered:
if purchased home in 2013 am i qualified foe first time home buyer credit.
Need to know more about your situation. For example, have you purchase a home before? Also, different cities have different programs. Email me for more info TAofSF@yahoo.com
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 7, 2013 Home Buying in 94107
Claire Morris…, Home Buyer in Martinez, CA
Claire Morris Dobie answered:
Is it standard for a Landlord or Property person to ask for 1st month & security to secure said apartment before able to see?
I'm not a real estate agent but we have rented enough apartments in the Bay Area to know that this is a bogus request. Just walk away!
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 18, 2013 Rentals in 94107
Annette  Law…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Annette Lawrence answered:
What is the difference between a Broker and Agent? Is it costly? Which is a better bet? Like who would have a better resource?
Those who have obtained a BROKERS license have completed and passed stringent competency testing. However, RESULTS are the better measure.
Of real concern is whether the individual ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 18, 2013 Rentals in 94107
Gabriel Rojas, Real Estate Pro in San Franciso, CA
Gabriel Rojas answered:
live in fl and want to buy a house. can i use my son and his ssi money to buy ? he has no credit no job and still in school.
Hello india19723,

First, are you looking to buy in Florida or in San Francisco?

Second, do you have a lender that you are currently working with? If not, I have a great team from ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Feb 9, 2013 Home Buying in 94107
Helen Yuen, Real Estate Pro in Oakland Ca 94605, CA
Helen Yuen answered:
For any live-in landlords renting out additional rooms in their primary residence, what sort of lease agreements do you use & where do you get
Hi, maybe this form will be helpful: http://www.housing.ucsc.edu/cro/pdf/rental_agreement-room.pdf
Make sure you all get along - have a chat with coffee/lunch if necessary.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 4, 2013 Rentals in 94107
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jed Lane answered:
When do the names of the buyers and their purchasing prices become publicly available for new condo developments?
Property ownership is public record. Right before escrow closes the title/escrow company records the name of the owner with the county recorders office. The "chain of title" can usually ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 14, 2012 Home Buying in 94107
Bryan, Home Owner in Texas
Bryan answered:
ISO of a reputable home warranty company. We're considering buying one for our new home...
I've had a great experience with Allied Home Warranty. They have a one page contract which makes understanding exactly what my warranty covers much easier for me. I don't have to spend ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 25, 2012 Home Buying in 94107
Alina Aeby, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Alina Aeby answered:
I'm considering a taking a job in Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Relocating from Plymouth, MA. Where should I consider looking?
Hello there! As a fellow parent, I can understand how important the schools are.

Not all the schools are bad in San Francisco- we have plenty of good ones, but it is either hard to g ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 8, 2012 Home Buying in 94107
Stig Mallovi…, Renter in San Francisco, CA
Stig Mallovitz answered:
How does property insurance work for condos?
Why are these "experts" so ill-adept at answering the simple question? He wants to know what an apartment owners' rights and obligations are with respect to getting his ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 18, 2011 Home Buying in 94107
Kristen Stue…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Kristen Stuecher answered:
How much more is SOMA real estate going to drop?
Hi Greg,

Values and pricing trends in SOMA vary dramatically building by building. There are actually some buildings in SOMA where values are increasing! The Arterra, 300 Berry in Mi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 2, 2011 Home Selling in 94107
J Mario Preza, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
J Mario Preza answered:
I am looking for a single family home on the North Slope of Potrero Hill. Have a cash buyer up to $1.3million. Does anyone have a pocket listing?
With a budget like that, you ought to be able to buy any number of properties in Potrero, I would think. Good luck.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 10, 2011 Home Buying in 94107
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