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Gary Birtles, Other/Just Looking in Scottsdale, AZ
Gary Birtles answered:
How do you negotiate a septic system in a sale?
This sounds like it could be a sticky situation. It all depends on if the seller is willing to replace it. A septic tank that old is bound to have some difficulties soon. If you are to ... more
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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
Do tree roots in crawl space need to be removed?
Hi Pq,

Did the termite inspector mention Why they recommend removal? Was it a conduit for moisture or bugs?

All the best,

Arpad
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Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
question regarding new AC and Furnace permit inspection
Be nice to your neighbors. The city normally doesn't go out of their way to look for unpermitted structures, but they may be compelled to check something out if a neighbors calls them ... more
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Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
Is a tax reassessment reliable for home value?
The market value of a home is the price the house goes for in an open market. If other buyers like the house enough to pay X amount, then that is market value.

The tax assessment va ... more
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Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
Lottery Schools - odds of getting in?
Your best shot is to ask the school or the school district these questions directly.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 25, 2014 Home Buying in 95051
Steve Parsons, Real Estate Pro in Salisbury, MD
Steve Parsons answered:
Question about well that has never been tested...
I always recommend that water quality be tested, regardless of the age of the well or home. You never know the nitrate level, bacteria, arsenic levels, etc. As long as water quality i ... more
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THE SAID REO…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
THE SAID REO GROUP answered:
can I buy a home on a 45K salary?
Certainly. The best place to start would be to get pre-approved for a home loan with a reputable Mortgage Lender or Broker. I specialize in 95051 and 95054 zip codes and feel free to re ... more
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Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
looking at buying a single family home in santa clara - OK school district vs small condos in cupertino with very good school district?
The area in Santa Clara that goes to Cupertino schools is the Eisenhower Elementary neighborhood. A rough idea is that the homes south of Pruneridge go to Eisenhower.

Santa Clara ... more
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Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
Aside from structural, home, termite and chimney inspection, should we ordered lead inspection?
Hi Pq,
Most people don't bother getting a lead inspection because they already pretty much know whether or not the paint has lead based on the age of the home. You will be paying for ... more
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Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
I am in South Bay own home in santa clara and looking to move to San Ramon/Pleasanton area for good schools [elementary, middle, high] for my 2 kids
Hi Amit,
What is your profession/industry?
Where are most jobs in your profession/industry? Santa Clara or San Ramon/Pleasanton?
Is your work flexible enough that you can adjust you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 23, 2013 Home Buying in 95051
Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
Looking for home in Santa Clara - budget 750K
Which is more important to you -- better schools or larger space?
To meet your budget you will have to weigh the tradeoff.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 23, 2013 Home Buying in 95051
Denine Smith, Home Buyer in Sacramento, CA
Denine Smith answered:
HI, I want to buy a 2bedrooms/2bath condo within 30K in south bay in Northern California. Is this possible? Do you have any recommendation on which?
hi Sara, I just closed a 1/1 for 30k in fresno. its super cute too!
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 23, 2013 Home Buying in 95051
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Appraisal price lower than offer price. No appraisal contingency. Can we still cancel the contract?
Do talk with your agent about this and carefully read your contract. In most cases in my 25+ years' experience, if there is still any outstanding contingency a buyer can cancel the cont ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 15, 2012 Home Buying in 95051
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
asbestos ducting. How much does it cost to replace?
You can look up the issues with Zinsco electrical panels. IMHO I would recommend that first. As far as ducting, are you also considering adding A/C? You have to change ducting for that ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 15, 2012 Home Buying in 95051
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Escrow closing requires all the buyers to be on site?
Talk to your title company. I work with lots of international clients and there are ways to ensure the signing still goes smoothly. If they are out of the country, they will need to hav ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 15, 2012 Home Buying in 95051
Frederick Ra…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara, CA
Frederick Raia answered:
Does anyone know the status about the new home construction near central park in santa clara, CA ?
Everything is on hold right now because of financial reasons. It will be a while before anything gets done there.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 8, 2011 Home Buying in 95051
Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
I am buying a home and will have mortgage on it. Can I take the title as a trustee of a revocable living trust ?
It's best to first just close the deal, then afterwards go back and change the title to your revocable living trust. It's actually easy and inexpensive to do that at anytime. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 30, 2011 Home Buying in 95051
Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in 95070
Robert Lei answered:
Added room not in county records why ?
Even if the listing agent already claims there are permits, your agent should double-check. If your agent doesn't want to check, he/she should know and point you to the appropriat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 30, 2011 Home Buying in 95051
Kamal Randha…, Real Estate Pro in California
Kamal Randhawa answered:
How do I get the BEST DEAL on a new home at Shea Boulevard on Hillebrandt at Scott and El Camino?
Hello Don,

As you can see from the answers below, in this case, you many not have too much space to negotiate. Best advice I can give is to get comps on similar propertes, see what t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 26, 2011 Home Buying in 95051
Bayarearesea…, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
Bayarearesearcher answered:
Taylor Morrison Laurel place a good investment?
I was a prospective buyer at Taylor Morrison's Laurel Place some time ago and did a lot of research on this topic. When you use the Zillow website and look at the tax history, you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 14, 2010 Home Buying in 95051
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