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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
we need to remove a tree because it is against the house . Will the tree removal cause issues if we plan to add on in a few years.?
Hi,

I would ask a local inspector to look at it and ask the city as well.

Kind regards,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 21, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in 94022
Grace Morioka, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Grace Morioka 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 Wed May 13, 2015 Home Buying in 94022
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
Does a 5 bed room have better resell value than a 4 bed room for 2700 SQF house? We are planning a remolding project in LA.
As a buyer, I say a good easy flow and esthetically pleasing floor plan, and good lot location without any permanent defect that can't be fixed to due intrinsic location and city regula ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 5, 2014 Home Selling in 94022
Grace Morioka, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Grace Morioka 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
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee 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
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee 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
Grace Morioka, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Grace Morioka answered:
How do "podium" condos hold their values?
Hi Joe and thanks for your post.

I do agree with the others that, right now, we're seeing as much value retention in the condominium market as we are in some single family homes, and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 5, 2012 Home Buying in 94022
Hob9, Home Owner in Los Altos Hills, CA
Hob9 answered:
Is there an inexpensive way to get someone to sketch our your existing floor plan? I thought I remember seeing a poplar service in bay area?
Anyone should be able to do this themselves with even a grammer school education and a tape measure from Home Depot.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 4, 2012 Home Buying in 94022
Marie Souza…, Real Estate Pro in Centerville, MA
Marie Souza Team answered:
Can you give me some ball park cost figures?
What did you decide to do?
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 15, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 94022
Christina Chu, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Christina Chu answered:
Don't you have rules against agents advertising properties they sold three years ago?
If the agent is advertising the Sold property like its available for sale than that's totally unethical and misleading to the public.
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 17, 2012 Home Selling in 94022
David Blockh…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
David 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
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