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elijahali21, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA
elijahali21 answered:
Found high voltage transmission line before closing, what to do?
I would definitely call a professional to find out what you can do about that. You should find someone who is an expert in your area.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 24, 2013 Home Buying in 95129
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
I am interested in a unit in the Meridian Woods, San Jose 95129. Can I add a washer-dryer myself?
I had a buyer recently interested in doing the same thing in this complex. The listing agent checked with the HOA and was told "No, a washer/dryer could NOT be added."

While Charles ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 4, 2013 Home Buying in 95129
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Is a raised sidewalk due to tree roots a big deal?
You've been given great advice here on tree roots and sidewalks and how to deal with the problem. Also check if there are tree roots causing problems for the foundation/house.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 23, 2013 Home Buying in 95129
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Is the Strawberry Park neighborhood in the West San Jose inside the flood zone?
Here is where you can verify this yourself online: http://quake.abag.ca.gov/floods.

Learn more about FEMA, flood maps, etc. here at
https://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 23, 2013 Home Buying in 95129
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
When purchasing a HomeSteps property and your in the 15 days, 2 biders, what can I do to get the property?
For this situation, it is definitely a "highest and best net offer" for the short answer. However if you're competing with an investor and you plan to owner-occupy, you could win.

Ha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 23, 2013 Home Buying in 95129
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz (213) 814-5238 answered:
I am considering a 4 unit complex. Our real estate agent is using a gross rent multiplier in order to value the property that we are considering.
Dear Jason,

The formula's for evaluation of a commercial investment, is what you actually need. A Commercial Broker will have access to this and it's actually called, IRR. This is th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 1, 2013 Home Buying in 95129
Flavio Tejada…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Flavio Tejada, MBA,Realtor/Own answered:
I'm a signal mom that wants to find a home that I can rent to own a home in the 95129 area code or near by.
Hi,
you may be interested in reading this article on rent to own
http://www.trulia.com/blog/flaviotejada/2012/02/who_loses_when_the_lease-to-own_term_ends
Good luck

Buyer 50%-60% ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 17, 2012 Home Buying in 95129
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
West San Jose in flood zone?
Hi

Regarding your question on flooding do go to http://quake.abag.ca.gov/floods/

Also keep in mind that any home in a True Flood zone is required to have Flood Insurance.
This w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 17, 2012 Home Buying in 95129
John Dutra, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
John Dutra answered:
Buying townhomes is fremont- Mission
Orange,

Most of the new development in Mission has been luxury home units in the $1.5m range. There are however, some nice townhouse units the Valle De La Paz complex for sale ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Apr 6, 2011 Home Buying in 95129
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Hello, I am a first time buyer. Townhouse/SFH?
It all depends on your actual goals as a homeowner, Brad. If appreciation is your primary consideration, SFH generally do better than TH/Condos. If containing your monthly & repair ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 16, 2011 Home Buying in 95129
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
Backout after removing contingency and a day before COE?
Hi Setsquid

Regret to hear your problem. Clearly there is a disconnect between the County records on permitted area and Stated square footage on the MLS. Generally a listing agent ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 18, 2010 Home Buying in 95129
Lang Lequang, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Lang Lequang answered:
Hello I have a question. Does a cash sale under Homesteps get first consideration?
It all comes down to the net amount the lender will get back after all costs, expenses, losses! Any offers that will net the lender more more more is in their favor!
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 15, 2010 Home Buying in 95129
James Wehner, Real Estate Pro in South Scottsdale, Sc...
James Wehner answered:
I am interested to buy a 4plex in the range 200-250k. Where in the west could I get the best bang for the buck as rents, with the understanding that?
In Arizona! There are great ROI here with multi-family homes. There is even pretty good returns on single family homes as well.

There are currently 96 four plexes in the Phoenix met ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 29, 2010 Home Buying in 95129
Larry Goodrow, Real Estate Pro in Lincoln, CA
Larry Goodrow answered:
How does Siena@Saratoga townhomes compare with Rivermark or Whisman station townhomes?
does anyone know if the Siena of Sratoga is an approved condo complex? I am trying to do an FHA refinance and ned this one approved but thought it was a tojnwhouse not a condo, can anyo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 28, 2010 Home Buying in 95129
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Do the association fees at Meridian Woods in include insurance? If yes by whom?
If you want to have a professional review of any association you are considering buying into you can hire this company http://www.hoadocumentreview.com Jacquie Berry started this compa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 17, 2010 Home Buying in 95129
Mike Hart, Real Estate Pro in Albuquerque, NM
Mike Hart answered:
popcorn ceiling and asbestos - is this a major concern for buyers looking at old homes in sunnyvale etc.
It only needs to be removed if it is damaged or cut into making it "friable asbestos". Otherwise, it is not considered hazardous.

Do not remove it yourself with just an asbestos rat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 19, 2009 Home Buying in 95129
Emmanuel Sca…, Real Estate Pro in Collin County, TX
Emmanuel Scanlan answered:
Slope and foundation question
Hello Bob,

No need to get overly worried about this just yet. Also the Associations your Inspector belongs to (Re: below the ASHI certification) has little to do with their abilitie ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 17, 2009 Home Buying in 95129
Mark Burns, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Mark Burns answered:
We're considering a small SFH in Lawrence/Stevens Creek area. It has new roof in 2008 and other upgrades
I answered your similar question a few minutes ago but will add a few more thoughts here.

A phrase I've heard for 24 years in the business is: Price Cures Everything.

This is the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 24, 2009 Home Buying in 95129
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
First time home buyer looking for buyer's agent
You asked this in January. Did you find your agent? If so we would love to hear how it is going. I listed a home in 95129 for $489,900 and it went pending in 6 days, we had 3 offers ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2009 Home Buying in 95129
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