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John Bender, Real Estate Pro in Corona, CA
John Bender answered:
Is Now A GOOD Time to buy a HIGH PRICE home ?
LOL. Debra, this question was posted almost 3 years ago. I think the agents that posted an definitive "yes" probably are no longer in the business.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 13, 2012 Home Buying in 94024
Debra Ahn, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Debra Ahn answered:
If I sell my home in santa clara county after November 2011 but before Feb 2012, do I have to make the Feb 2012 property tax payment?
Hi,

If you have paid the first installment of taxes, due no later than December 10, but have not paid the 2nd installement due no later than April 10 and you close escrow before Apr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 13, 2012 Home Selling in 94024
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
Looking for 1 BD / BA rental cottage in Los Altos area - am monitoring rentals websites - asking for creative proven "ideas".
Some of my ideas
1) Put a rental wanted post on Craig's List
2) Check out any homes that have put on the market for sale for long time and don't sell. Approach the listing a ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun May 22, 2011 How To... in Los Altos
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
what are the pros & cons of buying a house creston area (94024 zip in los altos/cupertino)?
I live in the Creston neighborhood. The pros are that you are close to everything. You'll get on and off 280, 85, 87, 880, 237, 101, etc very quickly. It is a nice neighborhood. Yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 15, 2011 Home Buying in Los Altos
Bryan Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Robertson answered:
How can I update my property to show the secondary dwelling (guest house) 999 sq ft addition completed in 2007 and correct errors in your listing?
Hi Gary,

You'll need to call the county assessors office to ask them to adjust the assessed value of the home to include the new guest house. If you have lots that aren't ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 7, 2011 In My Neighborhood in Los Altos
Bryan Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Robertson answered:
We recently ran into an agent who specializes in "off market listings", although we're not sure if these are really listings or just
Most of the time an "off market listing" is a home in a price range most people can't afford. In Los Altos, the off-market listings I'm aware of are at the high-end ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 16, 2010 Home Buying in Los Altos
Bryan Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Robertson answered:
How long does it typically take Trulia to pick up a new listing from MLS?
In short, 24 hours for syndicated data (straight from the MLS) and immediately for manually entered listings. Agents can post listings themselves which often results in duplicate listi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 16, 2010 Home Buying in 94024
Bryan Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Robertson answered:
Cost and ROI of Los Altos remodels
Having done many major remodels myself, I'll give you the short answers.

Cost Per SqFt
New construction: $250/s.f.
Remodeling: $300 s.f.
Both figures assume a quality level ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 30, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Los Altos
Essex Mortga…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Essex Mortgage Bank answered:
Hard Money Loan
Joe - One of the best "Hard Money" lenders you can work with if you are looking for a lender that is quick,professional and courteous is a company that has a California Privat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 3, 2010 Financing in Los Altos
Bryan Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Robertson answered:
Los Altos home prices ?
I'm a little late to this party but have to chime in with an answer. Los Altos has NOT declined this year and is trending up slightly as I predicted at the beginning of the year. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 26, 2010 Market Conditions in 94024
Stu Carson, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Stu Carson answered:
How do i search for a house that comes with a cottage??? Or a property that allows me to build a cottage (in addition to the main house? Thanks
While you could rely on a Realtor to make the determination, that is a risky proposition for both of you. And while the answer is essentially able to be found in the planning department ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 11, 2010 Home Buying in Los Altos
Gilbert Rich…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Gilbert Richards answered:
Can someone explain to me why a couple of homes in Los Altos valued at above a million dollars, yet sold in June 2010 for only $136,000 or $224,500?
I would agree with the previous postings. It was either a family transfer where they retained the assessed value or it could be a foreclosure on a 2nd mortgage. I doubt the ladder great ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 10, 2010 Home Buying in 94024
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
Can I reasonably expect to buy a 3BR townhouse or SFR in Los Altos for 240k down on a base salary of $135k and good credit? What would rent be?
SFBay and Tony,

As with all things, there are certainly areas within Los Altos and Mountain View where the occasional bargain property can be found. For example, a home on Levin - 4 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 9, 2010 Home Buying in Los Altos
Allyson Ales…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Allyson Alessandrini answered:
I got my California Broker's Lisc. I have my DBA recorded with the county . What is nexxt?
Milo I have to agree with the other agents, you can't possibly service clients with the utmost in professionalism when you do not know " the ropes". Please align yourself ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Apr 14, 2010 General Area in Los Altos
K, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
K answered:
Listing a 1600 sf old home on 2 acres adjacent to Los Altos Hills. Looking for value opinions on this unique and beautiful wooded creekside property.
Hi Ed,

I am curious about why you say it is adjacent to Los Altos Hills? What city is it in, and what is the school district - Palo Alto School district will be slightly more desire ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 4, 2010 Agent2Agent in Los Altos
Bay_area_ll, Home Buyer in Oakland, CA
Bay_area_ll answered:
Several predictions in the media expect that high-end home prices (> $1 million) will in general significantly drop in the year 2010 and 2011 due
In my humble opinion I do NOT expect to see any significant declines in areas like Los Altos.

I dont have any affiliation with Los Altos other than working there. My job happens to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 27, 2010 Market Conditions in Los Altos
Dave Blockhus, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Dave Blockhus answered:
What is the Property Tax rate increase for remodel and home expansion per square foot in Los Altos?
Kay,

When I did my remodel (4 years ago), the county assessor's office asked a series of questions in order to determine the "market value" of our remodel. They compu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 1, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 94022
Andrea Merten, Real Estate Pro in Redwood City, CA
Andrea Merten answered:
what do you think of Peninsula Real at los altos? they have sold 60% of the units but escrow has been
Hi Animalfarm-

We are now over 70% sold at Peninsula Real. It takes about 8 weeks for us to close a home because we allow our buyers to custom select their floors. Since we are sel ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 9, 2009 Home Buying in Los Altos
Allyson Ales…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Allyson Alessandrini answered:
does age of the house impact resale?
Yes it does for some, but how fixed up the home is and the LOCATION are the main criteria for resale value.
I think Grace pretty much covered the main points for you, just make sure th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 1, 2009 Home Buying in Los Altos
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
I got a call this weekend from my agent informing me that a recent housing market is very active,
Optimizedprime has pointed out several key points for Los Altos that so far don't make much logical sense according to the current real estate market.

P/R (price-to-rent) ratio ... more
3 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 10, 2009 Market Conditions in 94024
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