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Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
what possible penalties converting detached garage into living space, keeping original look of the garage and its door in Santa Clara?
In many cities the garage has been converted with permit with the original garage door stay put.
Best is to figure out how to make it permitted or revert back to the garage status.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 11, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95050
Rob Spinosa, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Rob Spinosa answered:
In a rent back situation for two months will my owner insurance and requiring the seller to get renters insurance protect us from liability?
Hi Miriam,

I hope that by now you were able to contact your insurance agent and ask this very astute question and get it answered to your satisfaction. Personally, I don't think I'd ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 22, 2013 Home Buying in 95050
Zachary Dani…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Zachary Daniel answered:
I am looking to rent a studio for my son who is a college student, want to spend max. $800 - any ideas?(Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mt.View, or Santa Clara)
$800/month is on the low end of the spectrum. It'll be difficult to find a studio apartment. You may find a single room in a shared home or apartment for this rate though.

As an exam ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 25, 2013 Rentals in 95050
Andrea Gomez, Real Estate Pro in San Antonio, TX
Andrea Gomez answered:
When would lenders start giving loans using the new loan limits announced by HUD raising the limit to 729K?
Now. FHA goes up to 729k in some counties in CA
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 10, 2013 Financing in 95050
Andrea Gomez, Real Estate Pro in San Antonio, TX
Andrea Gomez answered:
Can a 15% down payment still get a jumbo non-conforming loan (say around 850-900K loan) in today's market?
Yes there are a few lenders that will do a jumbo loan with 5-10% down, The Lenders Network works with all of them I would speak to Randy he knows all the lenders that are flexible on do ... more
2 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 10, 2013 Financing in 95050
Juliana Lee,…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee,MBA answered:
Any thoughts on the Summerhill Homes near Santana Row? The prices keep going up like crazy, is it really worth it?
Santa Clara home prices haven't gone up as much as prices in Palo Alto, Mountain View, or Los Altos.

http://julianalee. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 7, 2013 Home Buying in 95050
Juliana Lee,…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee,MBA answered:
I live in Santa Clara, California. Can I convert my detached garage to attached? I will lose one of my two sideway access by doing so.
The building code generally requires an emergency exit from bedrooms in addition to the main exit. This is usually met by having a window of an appropriate size and location. Attaching ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 95050
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
Purchased townhouse IN '84 and have typical HOA policy as well as personal inside policy. Complex is 3 separate units. (4-4-2)
First, and pardon me for being so hyper-critical ( but as an HOA expert myself), how is it that your HOA manager did not know from the very first day that he or she took over the manamg ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 17, 2013 Home Insurance in 95050
Philip E. Ca…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara, CA
Philip E. Cabral answered:
With a budget of 700K to 725K.Where in south bay can I afford to buy a home with a good school district. what kind of home can this budget get me ?
Very good question.

Depending on where in the south bay, you can get a large mansion down to a small townhome/condo.

What I suggest you do is to get a good agent who will set you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 7, 2012 Home Buying in 95050
Juliana Lee,…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee,MBA answered:
How can I find a place who will rent to me with poor credit and I am newly self employeed? I am homeless now and my money is running out quickly.
Visit the San Jose homeless resources web page before you run out of money:

The HelpSCC website also lists resources that could help ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 6, 2012 Home Buying in 95050
Graham and T…, Real Estate Pro in Riverside, CA
Graham and The Home Team answered:
Short Sale Commission of 3.5% / 2.5%
It depends... If the listing agent wants to charge more for the listing, and reduce the buyer’s agent commission, they better give you some really good reasons why they have earn ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 28, 2012 Home Selling in 95050
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
Boulevard by Shea homes in Santa Clara.

"… we were not sure if the property would have some appreciation in the value over the years and also how safe is the area."

Local employment growth is THE key variab ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 3, 2012 Home Buying in 95050
Odeen, Other/Just Looking in Santa Clara, CA
Odeen answered:
Hello, I am considering buying a townhouse (Boulevard) by Shea Homes in Santa Clara, on the Scott Boulevard.
Something else to consider about interior vs street-facing units is light and views. The nice thing about those models is that the main windows face west, with a nice view of the mount ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Apr 16, 2012 Home Buying in 95050
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
Value of Shea homes Boulevard in Santa clara.
When it comes to resale value, the broader market's opinion is better than any individual's, even a Realtor's. Shea's Boulevard has been selling, albeit slowly. Th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 3, 2012 Home Buying in 95050
C Brumit, Renter in Santa Clara, CA
C Brumit answered:
Is it illegal to mark up the price of a home to justify paying a realtor's fee?
You may find a home for sale by owner, however... good luck! You are entering a contract for a lot of money on something that you know nothing about. As a Realtor (by the way it's ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 27, 2012 Home Buying in 95050
Matthew Hold…, Real Estate Pro in Menlo Park, CA
Matthew Holder answered:
My home is in the old part of Santa Clara near the Franklin Mall and I can't decide if I should sell my house or rent it out to Santa Clara
Hi there.

Coming a family with multiple investment properties...you will want to be committed to renting the home out if that is your decision. The home is your asset and you need t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 9, 2010 Home Selling in 95050
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
Broker said she can get 3% referral fee on new homes and rebate 2% to me. If I the buyer negotiate the selling price directly, will I get better deal?

Yes definitely, on a new home without an agent, you should be able to negotiate the entire 3%.

However, any agent worth his or her salt should beable to negotiate 6-10% i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 9, 2010 Home Buying in 95050
Grace Keng,…, Real Estate Pro in 95014
Grace Keng, CRS (408) 799-8887 answered:
How about 95050 zip code in santa clara?? there is some new homes coming up there...does any one have idea about new homes in santa clara and is it a?
The 95050 Santa Clara don't have too much brand new homes. There is one on 1745 Market St 3691 sf for 1.399 Millions.
There are townhouses built by Shea Homes in mid 500K ranage.
... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 30, 2009 Home Buying in 95050
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