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Bob Gerughty, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Bob Gerughty answered:
is it a good idea to buy that lot listed on Plateau Ave Los Altos and build a house there?
Lot is land locked. An access road needs to be built, and utilities need to be brought in from the street. Must take into account these expenses if considering this lot. Also, the lo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 5, 2014 Home Buying in 94024
Douglass Mcn…, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
Douglass Mcneil answered:
Discount for homes in unincorporated Santa Clara County and homes with Cupertino Schools?
OK thanks. I wouldn't have thought the discount to be as you big as you reference (5-20%), but I haven't done the analysis.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 5, 2014 Home Buying in Los Altos
Alex Greer, Real Estate Pro in California
Alex Greer answered:
No sidewalks, no street lights: positive, negative, or neutral to buyers?
It is just neutral. There are many different types of neighborhoods and people like different things. SO, people who like that that neighborhood will be fine with that kind of stuff. Em ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 13, 2014 Home Buying in Los Altos
Juliana Lee,…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee,MBA answered:
Los Altos remodeling, adding 700 sf on a 2100 sf house. how much will be property tax increase?
If your home is in a flood zone your addition is getting close to the percentage which requires the whole house to be brought up to current requirements to avoid/minimize flood damage. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 9, 2014 Home Buying in Los Altos
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
Impact on home values: quality of the elementary, middle, or high school? Or some holistic view of the school district overall?
Hi Douglass,

I live in the area you mention, and I think some parents put more focus on the high school, and then the middle school, perhaps due in part to the many private schools l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 5, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
Moving to the area, looking to rent roughly 1500 sqft with yard. Have no idea where to start. Never been to there, love the Eichler homes online.
Hi Lisa,

Depending on the price you are looking to rent for, Mountain View (next to Los Altos) may also have some Eichlers for your consideration.

All the best,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 27, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Suzanne Bakh…, Real Estate Pro in Monterey, CA
Suzanne Bakhtiari answered:
When is usually a good season to buy i.e. more houses on the market, in Los Altos?
Hi Maria,

For the past two years the inventory has been very low in Los ALtos. There is a high demand for properties in this area and not enough inventory which leads to a multiple o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 22, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
Is it worth updating older stucco in L.A. Hills, great bay view, 3300 sq feet, 3 car garage, pool?
Hi Dan:

Frankly, unless you have the money and time (both the time needed to plan, obtain permits, and construct AND the time needed to sell in a less densely populated market) to re ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 21, 2013 Home Buying in 94022
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
Can you get a mortgage for a condo that has no formal HOA?
Hi James,

I know you've probably already purchased, but just in case anyone is looking at this question...

A "condo" is the definition of a TYPE of ownership (airspace bounded by ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 21, 2013 Home Buying in 94022
Susan Sweeley, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Susan Sweeley answered:
Why is this property 1434 Fremont Ave, Los Altos still on market after 20 days?
The home listed for $1,478,000 on April 10th. Sold for $1,450,000 on May 14th.

Yes the market was really moving fast then with multiple offers after one weekend on the market. Thi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 17, 2013 Home Buying in 94024
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
Why this house is a short sale? http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Altos/10549-Creston-Dr-94024/home/1764446
This house (10549 Creston Dr.) finally was sold for $1,245,000 (http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Altos/10549-Creston-Dr-94024/home/1764446)

Now compare the above house with its almost si ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 15, 2013 Home Buying in 94024
Juliana Lee,…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee,MBA answered:
can anyone recommend any general contractors/home inspectors?
Inspectors who do a lot of work for a particular real estate agent will often respond very quickly to requests made by that agent. It is one of the factors to consider when you choose y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 16, 2013 Home Buying in 94022
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
Is a RedFin Agent or Discount Broker a Good Choice for the Savings?
Hi Luke,

Everyone here is trying to get your business as a real estate agent, but I am not. Thus, I will present my opinion based on my experience so far.

As I am also a home b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 26, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Flavio Tejada…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Flavio Tejada, MBA,Realtor/Own answered:
Does $2.2m really only get you a tear down/ major fixer upper in Los Altos now?
Hi,
Los Altos is an excellent choice, but you may want to expand your search to other cities or you may miss out on great opportunities for a nice home

good luck!
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1 vote Share Flag Sat Jun 22, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Matt Skrabo, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Matt Skrabo answered:
Is it a good time to buy a house in Los altos?
Hi there,

Los Altos has become a very hot market this year Spring, hitting numbers that put it right under Palo Alto. Home buyers like the flat land, the larger lots and great school ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 16, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
How bad is the traffic noise for properties with backyards that are right against Foothill Expressway? (e.g., Deodora Dr.)?
Most people here have already concluded that it will be noisy to live with the backyards against Foothill Expressway, but there are ways to seal off the noise so it is more quiet inside ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 29, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Juliana Lee,…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee,MBA answered:
Does it makes sense to build a high end modular home (i.e. livinghomes.net) type home in Los Altos if the cost (excluding land) comes to about $400/SF
Building a house for $400 per square foot puts the cost about in the middle of historical returns when building in Los Altos. See http://julianalee.com/los-altos/new-los-altos-homes.htm ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 18, 2013 Home Buying in 94022
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Home sales/Los altos,ca
Notice! nine month's old!
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 14, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
Can some one publish data on home purchases in Los Altos by investors vs. individual families?
Perhaps you should contact a Realtor in your community!
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 9, 2013 Home Buying in 94024
Philip E. Ca…, Real Estate Pro in 95051
Philip E. Cabral answered:
What is the typical property tax on average for a 1.0M, 1.5M and 2.0M SFH in Los Altos?
The assessor's office re-evaluate individual property taxes on an annual basis and there can be reductions based on tax incentive laws passed on any given year but the general rule of t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 13, 2012 Home Buying in Los Altos
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