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Bryan Sweeley, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Sweeley answered:
Planning to buy a condo in Rickey's Way. Need suggestions on appreciation of these condos and location. Is it considered good HOA?
Prices for Condos and Townhomes in Palo Alto have appreciated on average 6.6% per year over the past 17 years. I expect appreciation rates to be in the 6-8% range over the next couple o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 23, 2014 Home Buying in 94306
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee answered:
780 Palo Alto Ave on the creek--does this make it more flood prone, especially in an earthquake? Is that why it hasn't sold?
I don't believe the flood hazard at 780 Palo Alto Ave is what would worry buyers the most. Much of the damage from the flood of 98 was caused by the narrow channel at the Newell bridge ... more
1 vote Share Flag Tue Mar 4, 2014 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Patrick, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
Patrick answered:
Past home buyers: What are the most important factors to consider in selecting an agent for buying a house in Palo Alto?
This may be a moot point since the question was asked last year. But my two cents... At the end of the day, there are two buckets of factors in selecting an agent in my experience. Fi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 1, 2014 Home Buying in Palo Alto
taipeiracer, Home Owner in Palo Alto, CA
taipeiracer answered:
We are looking for a home in the 1.5 m price range. 3 br 2 bath, decent commute to Google, great schools, family neighborhood /area. Help please :)
I am not a realtor, but I've been through the process a few times, and I live in Palo Alto. The first thing I will tell you is that, if you wish to have any chance at success here, you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 11, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Pqs0103, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
Pqs0103 asked:
Why the house on 751 coastland does not sell fast? The house looks good. problems with the neibourhood or the house itself? It's like 100k less than a similar house on the same street.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Dec 1, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee answered:
Price of 424 Homer Ave, Palo Alto?
Often a homeowner wants to "test the waters" and will not listen to the advice given to them. Perhaps they were in no hurry to sell but thought there might be one buyer who the house is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 20, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee answered:
Deceptive advertising - Including Garage SF in Home SF in the MLS?
The numbers may not be intentionally deceptive. Most older homes take the square footage from the assessor's records which gives the living space. New homes may not have accurate assess ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 20, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Alex Comsa, Real Estate Pro in PALO ALTO, CA
Alex Comsa answered:
I am seeking a 2-bedroom apartment in Menlo Park, Palo Alto,can someone help?
Lorraine:

My office is based in Menlo and I live in PA. I could definitely help you with your search.
Please call when you have a min or drop me an email: alex at comsagroup.com

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0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 17, 2013 Home Buying in 94306
Richard Litt…, Real Estate Pro in Orange, CA
Richard Littlefield answered:
Price increase after sitting on the market for 2 months?
You would have to ask them. If they had priced the property to sell without doing a certain repair and finding they can not sell it without doing the repair that could be one reason.
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0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 13, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
mark, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
mark answered:
Can someone tell me what subdivision regulations for a lot in Palo Alto are? I am thinking about buying a big lot for home and subdividing it.
How about 144 Tennyson in Old PA (7500 sq ft lot)? It was subdivided into two lots, 3750 sq ft each fairly recently.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 10, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
JR Thrasher, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
JR Thrasher answered:
is finished basement square footage considered equal to above grade square footage in price calculations in palo alto?
No, especially if there is no outside access from the basement.

J.R. Thrasher
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0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 6, 2013 Home Buying in 94306
John King, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
John King answered:
Looking for a duplex in Mountain View or Sunnyvale area for 1031 exchage. I have a rental house in Palo Alto. Does anyone know any seller of duplex ?
Yes. I have a client who would consider selling his duplex near downtown Mountain View. Please contact me at 650-483-2710.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 5, 2013 Home Buying in 94306
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee answered:
looking for contractors/companies to help with bathroom remodel. Do you have recommendations from past experience (quality reasonable) ?
Normally Frank takes on pretty big jobs but depending on what you are wanting to do, he may be interested. His work, cost management, and ethics are top rate.
http://greenquestbuilders ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 5, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
The Medford…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
The Medford Team answered:
Where do you think the Silicon Valley RE market is heading and do you think it is a good idea to buy or hold?
Evan, as a Realtor, you have access to past data and trends and should be aware that the Silicon Valley retained a higher percentage of value during the depression than outlying areas. ... more
1 vote Share Flag Tue Sep 24, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
Our Real agent deceived us!:(
Let's stop with this thread, it's FIVE YEARS OLD!
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 16, 2013 Home Buying in Old Palo Alto
Robert Chome…, Other/Just Looking in San Diego, CA
Robert Chomentowski answered:
When will interest rates affect home prices?
I think higher rates along with increasing inventory is slowing prices right now as we speak. The thing is a lot of the national data you get on home price appreciation is backward loo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 4, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Elena Talis,  in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
Do you think I'l be able to get what Trulia has estimated for my house if I ever sell it? Thank you!
It depends. Some homes are under-estimated, some homes are over-estimated. Trulia does not have any way to take into account the condition of the house and some other factors that are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 29, 2013 Home Buying in Duveneck/Saint Francis
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Home Buying Advice for Newbie Coming to California.
Here's a starter list:

1) Do you personally own real estate? (you want someone who understands the financial obligations of a homeowner)
2) How long have you been a homeow ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 29, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
and single-family home near Gunm or Palo alto school?
Sarah, both are great areas and schools, it's likely the decision will be based on your budget. Overall homes in Gunn High School sell for more than in Palo Alto high.

However are yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 28, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Jessica Bate…, Real Estate Pro in Beverly Hills, CA
Jessica Bateman answered:
A good lender for a Jumbo loan, great credit?
Why not go with a reputable broker, I know of a referral service that is free of charge I tell all my clients to visit The Lenders Network, I have had several of my clients get approve ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Jul 20, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
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