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Bradley Leim…, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
Bradley Leimer asked:
Are commute times round trip or each way?
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 14, 2016 Home Buying in 94549
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
Are there transfer fees in Lafayette a buyer should include in their closing fees?
Hi Ginny, Below is the real estate transfer tax information for your question.

$0.55 for each $500
No additional fee beyond the County assessment

Here is the lin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 11, 2014 Home Buying in Lafayette
Brian Rochfo…, Real Estate Pro in Moraga, CA
Brian Rochford answered:
Why would a home in Lafayette that has been up for sale since April, 2014 only display four photos? It is not a foreclosure.
Hi Ginny - Unfortunately, there are some agents that are not technologically savvy, and/or they don't think to double check their listing on sites like trulia, zillow or to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 17, 2014 Home Selling in Lafayette
Walter 'Skip'…, Real Estate Pro in Brea, CA
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Since my husband and I are over 60 years of age, will Contra Costa County laws allow us to use the one time home tax transfer moving from San Mateo
Hi Ginny,
Just google Proposition 60/90 and you should get your question answered132.
Good luck,
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 15, 2014 Home Buying in Lafayette
Jim Colhoun, Real Estate Pro in Orinda, CA
Jim Colhoun answered:
How does Via Roble/Quail Ridge Neighborhood in Lafayette compare to Happy Valley?
It looks like several Realtors have weighed in on this topic. Debbie Johnston, like myself, has sold many home on Quail Ridge, Via Roble. I'm surprised nobody mentioned the name "Tiffan ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 10, 2014 Home Buying in Happy Valley
Jim Simms, Real Estate Pro in Louisville, KY
Jim Simms answered:
can a married person in california sign a mortgage note with out their spouse?
I vote no if your STBE is on title. You’re not divorced yet…

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
I answer questions ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 14, 2013 Financing in Lafayette Hills
Suzanne Look…, Real Estate Pro in Lafayette, CA
Suzanne Looker answered:
San Francisco, CA
Hi Aamer,
My office is in Lafayette and I am familiar with properties in all of Lamorinda.
It's a very competitive market and having a local realtor is an advantage. Please con ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 8, 2013 Market Conditions in Moraga Blvd
Alan Kurpiew…,  in California
Alan Kurpiewski answered:
My mother wants to lease a town home in the Lamorinda area. How do I go about finding an agent with listings?
If your mother is looking to be a renter, she can find any agent with whom she is comfortable. An agent's commission would be paid by the owner/landlord, so in essence and agent ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 19, 2013 Rentals in Lafayette
Cmingo, Home Buyer in Lafayette, CA
Cmingo answered:
I'm having a pool removed in Lafayette. What soil compaction level is required in order for us to build atop of the area?
I you want to build a road or house atop, subgrades must be compacted so that the minimum dry density achieved exceeds 95% of the Standard Proctor Maximum dry density.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 23, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Lafayette
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
What can I do if I determined that my listing agent and the buyer knew each other and did not disclose their relationship.?
Most importantly;
KNOWING someone is not a disclosable "relationship".
You had to have signed the form for her to represent you both in a Dual Agency Agreement.
You had the chance to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 23, 2013 Home Selling in 94549
ClarkPeaceNow, Other/Just Looking in Lafayette, CA
ClarkPeaceNow asked:
3530 Deer Hill Rd, Lafayette has, or had, serious construction defects & it will soon be the subject of litigation. Diddo Clark --
This question was asked from this property:
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 30, 2013 Home Buying in Northridge
Scott Sans, Real Estate Pro in Lafayette, CA
Scott Sans answered:
How is the commute from Berkeley, Albany, and Kensington to Moraga?How bad is the traffic? Is there public transport?
The commute can all depend on what area you are coming from and going to, but is going to be roughly 20 to 35 minutes, depending on exact location. BART is a great solution for a commu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Buying in Lafayette
Scott Sans, Real Estate Pro in Lafayette, CA
Scott Sans answered:
My husband and I would like to know about the different areas of Lafayette. Specifically Burton Valley vs other areas. Thanks!
Although online research and looking at maps on the computer can be helpful, what I like to do with my clients, is physically get in the car and go on what i call a driving tour. I wi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Buying in Lafayette
Todd Scheid, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Todd Scheid answered:
I'm torn about buying in either Lafayette or Pleasant Hill/WC. Should we buy in Lafayette for the schools or should we save by purchasing in PH?

I know you got a lot of answers but I wanted you to know that I also went through this process. I owned a home in Lafayette and chose to move to Walnut Creek, in the Northgate ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Buying in Lafayette
John Souerbry, Real Estate Pro in Fairfield, CA
John Souerbry answered:
I need to set a realistic price an estate would realize for a 1950's 3,100 ft2 home on 1 acre with an adjoining lot . How should I go about?
If the property is held in an estate in probate and there are beneficieries other than yourself, I highly recommend you skip talking with an agent at this point and get an appraisal fro ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 25, 2013 Home Selling in Condit
Alison Hillm…, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA
Alison Hillman answered:
Dear Sirs: For several years I have used Trulia to develop comparables to check the assessed value of my house. (continued below)
Hey George,

Thanks for reaching out and letting us know that this is a feature that you enjoyed. We will look into it on our end, I will personally forward your request to our custom ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 10, 2012 Using Trulia in 94549
Christy Brock, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Christy Brock answered:
can you break a rental agreement before the move-in date? if yes, does your landlord have a permission to call your children's school to let
You should consult an attorney or legal aid for a complete answer. If you signed a 1 year lease, you will have some liability. You can not just cancel a signed contract. The landlord ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 10, 2012 Rental Basics in Lafayette
Sherry Saudi,  in Grosse Pointe Farms,...
Sherry Saudi answered:
When do you believe the distressed property market will truly start to recover, two years or three?
Every s often the real estate market cycles.
After each cycle the properties appreciate.
Look at the Market that your interested in and check out the sales activities perhaps that are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 6, 2011 Home Selling in Lafayette
Kyle Quesnoy, Real Estate Pro in Orinda, CA
Kyle Quesnoy answered:
We want to buy a house in the Lamorinda area and we are currently using a local real estate agent who was a referral from a family member.
I've been reading a lot of good answers and advice from the previous responders. The main question I would consider, is, "how high up on your current agent's priority lis ... more
1 vote Share Flag Fri Oct 28, 2011 Home Buying in Lafayette
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