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Walter Rock, Real Estate Pro in Round Rock, TX
Walter Rock answered:
Is it better to take a lower offer with no contingencies or higher all cash offer that has inspection contingency?
Higher for sure. You can allow $30k in repairs and still net $10k more.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 28, 2015 Home Buying in 94610
Contest, Home Buyer in California City, CA
Contest answered:
How can I compete against all cash buyers in a short sale (Oakland / Berkeley)?
Cash is king from the standpoint that a sale can be closed very quickly. A property that has been foreclosed on or a bank is allowing a short sale for is already costing them money on t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 25, 2015 Home Buying in 94610
Brenda Marie, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Brenda Marie asked:
Did I win the house???? I entered the contest along with my daughter and we are so excited to find out if either of us won this house?
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 13, 2014 Home Buying in 94610
Ernest Villa…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Ernest Villafranca answered:
what is the official mls site for Alameda County?
There is not a single official MLS for Alameda county. The county has the unique situation of having three independent, competing MLS’s in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, tha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 21, 2012 Home Buying in 94610
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
Seller is delaying closing by not signing title, what now?
Hi monstertaco,

Wow, this is like "crossing the border" into a state of confusion!

Clearly, there are details not being shared; and as such, I'll pass on adding to the "clarifica ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 1, 2012 Home Buying in 94610
Cheryl Berger, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Cheryl Berger answered:
What Oakland neighborhoods are most up and coming but are still a bargain? Temescal? Oakland/Berkely border?
We are seeing areas in both Berkeley and Oakland go through a transformation in the last couple of years. In Berkeley around the San Pablo Park area and in Oakland I would say that a bi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 13, 2012 Home Buying in 94610
Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
How bad is the crime rate in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Oakland?
As agents, we are prohibited from taking a position as to whether something is a good neighborhood or bad. This is called redlining, and we just can't do it.

There are great fo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 6, 2012 Home Buying in 94610
Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
I am buying a new home and the appraisal came in for less than the accepted offer. What are my options?
I'm with Liz (below) on this. The first thing you and your agent (you did use an outside agent, I hope) should do is review the appraisal. Did your appraiser live withing 20 miles ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 6, 2012 Home Buying in 94610
Chimere Wash…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Chimere Washington answered:
Could someone tell me more about NACA - non profit organization to help people borrow money for mortgage?
Hi Bunnyin,

NACA is an awesome program. I have 4 clients who are currently going through the process of purchasing a home through NACA who are very pleased thus so far. If you have a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 18, 2010 Home Buying in 94610
Vicky Chrisn…, Real Estate Pro in 20132
Vicky Chrisner answered:
can i find my own lender for a bank owned property?
Yes, you can find your own lender for a bank owned property.
The issue with the owner only being willing to do a 203K for that property sounds odd, unless it is the only renovation loa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 3, 2009 Home Buying in 94610
Jessica Dela…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Jessica Delaney answered:
Bank-owned property in disrepair - is it normal that a bank won't give you a loan?
Are you trying to get financing from a bank who already owns the property (REO)? Or is it a problem that your lender is having with the condition of the property you wish to purchase?
... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 20, 2009 Home Buying in 94610
HappyHome, Home Buyer in 94704
HappyHome answered:
Can a previous homeowner qualify as a first time buyer?
And Rob wrote a full explanation on his blog. Awesome dude! Thanks
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 14, 2009 Home Buying in 94610
Krista Miller, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Krista Miller answered:
Should we gauge our offer price against rental rates?
Hi Chris,

I like your thinking! Generally an offer price is determined by local sales history, the condition of the unit, how many offers are on the property, how long it has been o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 26, 2008 Home Buying in 94610
Benjamin Syk…,  in 94607
Benjamin Sykes answered:
I'm a single woman first home buyer. I have a 300K preapproved loan, but less than $5K to put down.
Hi Bogash,
Please call me at your conveinience to discuss your goals. I already have some properties in mind that will fit your criteria. But I need to know more to give you specific ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 9, 2008 Home Buying in 94610
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