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Randall Ortiz, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
Randall Ortiz answered:
Exactly how much does your income need to be and how good must your credit be in order to buy a home rather than rent?
It's not necessarily how much you make, but what your debt to income ratios are, how long have you been working and your credit score, among other things. You should speak with a coupl ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 24, 2014 Home Buying in 94954
Randall Ortiz, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
Randall Ortiz answered:
How can we get Trulia to send us properties ONLY east of Hwy 101?
A local realtor can set that up for you. Let me know if you still need help with that.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 31, 2014 Home Buying in Petaluma
Jen Birmingh…, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
Jen Birmingham answered:
What programs and groups for young parents does Petaluma have?
Hi Janice,
As you can see from the great info Peg provided, Petaluma has so much to offer for families with young children and it is an outstanding place to raise a family. As a transp ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 16, 2014 Home Buying in Petaluma
Gary Swale, Real Estate Pro in 94951
Gary Swale answered:
We're planning to sell our family home in California and retire to Oregon. Our friends are telling us to rent first, should we?
I think a few visits to your desired area, internet searches of demographics, and connecting with a local Realtor is your best strategy. Do your research and do it right the first time.
1 vote Share Flag Wed Feb 5, 2014 Home Buying in 94954
Mcoffin, Home Buyer in Petaluma, CA
Mcoffin answered:
For 1555 Royal Oak Dr, the price listed is $65,000 and property taxes $24,300! Is there an error in mentioning the taxes? ----- Ram
Hi:
The taxes reflected in the tax rolls and also in many of the Natural Hazard Reports reflect the taxes for the entire Park. Since some MBH's are liscensed and not on the tax roll ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 9, 2014 Home Buying in Petaluma
Paul Claeyss…, Real Estate Pro in Sonoma County, CA
Every year, we have cold spells during the winter months.  We also have Rain and less daylight hours.  Still, the serious Buyers and Sellers realize they have less competition at this time of year… Read more
Blogged Fri Dec 6, 2013 by Paul Claeyssens Home Buying Home Selling Financing
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Shad Cloney, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
While the holiday season from November to January is often considered a slower period for the housing market, there may be a number of advantages to listing your home now rather than waiting until the… Read more
Blogged Wed Nov 20, 2013 by Shad Cloney General Area Home Buying Home Selling
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Terry Bell, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Terry Bell answered:
Is there a well/septic on this land? Also, is there a building? The listing notes a residence towards the bottom.
Looking for country property? As I lived on 80 acres and had a manufactured home built on top of a mountain, I can tell you a lot about my experiences! Buying country property is an i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 11, 2013 Home Buying in Petaluma
David Poulsen, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
David Poulsen answered:
I am interested in a lease purchase. Can you connect me with any sellers who are interested in a 3 year lease purchase arrangement? Mechelle
Hi Mechelle,
Instead of a lease purchase, which many Sellers are afraid to do, how about looking for a Seller to offer Seller financing? This would be a case where the Seller acts as t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 11, 2013 Home Buying in Petaluma
Shad Cloney, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
The Bay Area's luxury housing market turned in another strong performance in September, according to Coldwell Banker Previews latest luxury market reports released this week. But there are indications… Read more
Blogged Tue Oct 29, 2013 by Shad Cloney General Area Home Buying Home Selling
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Shad Cloney, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
Marketing a home has changed dramatically in just a few short years. It wasn’t too long ago that selling a property meant sticking a for-sale sign in the front lawn and taking out an ad in… Read more
Blogged Tue Oct 15, 2013 by Shad Cloney Home Buying Home Selling Home Ownership
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EMERALDEYEZ5…, Home Buyer in Petaluma, CA
EMERALDEYEZ504 answered:
Does anyone know the average cost for Petaluma's water and garbage bill?
Thank you both! Very helpful!
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 11, 2013 Home Buying in Petaluma
Shad Cloney, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
There truly may not be a time like now in which to make your move into a new home. While buying a home is one of life’s most important investments and exciting adventures, there’s much more… Read more
Blogged Tue Oct 8, 2013 by Shad Cloney Home Buying Property Q&A Moving
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Jan Frost, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
Jan Frost answered:
We made an offer on a bank owned home, they countered and we accepted. We have now been waiting 3 weeks to
Hi Sara,
Bank owned homes can often take a little longer because of all of the "behind the scenes" paper work
that is involved - but they are well worth the wait in my opinion. Often ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 2, 2013 Home Buying in 94952
Shad Cloney, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
The housing recovery here in the Bay Area and across the country remains solidly on track, according to a variety of industry reports. But a handful of economic headwinds, from higher interest rates to… Read more
Blogged Mon Sep 30, 2013 by Shad Cloney Market Conditions Home Buying Home Selling
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Scott Lawson, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Scott Lawson answered:
Want to know how to effectively compare lenders to get the best rate? Do you even need to compare or are rates so similar in Petaluma, Ca?
When shopping for a mortgage, you really should be shopping for a professional. People frequently get rate obsessive and end up hiring the best story, but get a big surprise when it's t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 26, 2013 Home Buying in Petaluma
Shad Cloney, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
“To buy or to rent?” That seems to be the million-dollarquestion these days. Recent graduates, young couples, relocatingprofessionals and even current homeowners have likelyconsidered both… Read more
Blogged Wed Sep 25, 2013 by Shad Cloney Home Buying Moving Military Movers
Rob Spinosa, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Rob Spinosa answered:
Rent back question...
Ken,

I think the answers below have already addressed the main question. I just wanted to add that most lenders will permit up to 60 days of rent back in a purchase situation. Trul ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 10, 2013 Home Buying in Petaluma
Jen Birmingh…, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
Jen Birmingham answered:
Three Single Family Houses on One Parcel Near El Rose Drive.
PB,
The MLS search criteria would be "2-4 family". It is difficult for you to find comps for this type of property on public home search sites because 1.) their interface is geared mor ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Sep 8, 2013 Home Buying in 94952
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