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dondressel, Other/Just Looking in Santa Rosa, CA
dondressel answered:
I, like many, am concerned about buying a KB Home in Petaluma, CA.
My final answer to you
Absolutely NO
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 11, 2016 Home Buying in Petaluma
Alysse Musgr…, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Thinking of buying a KB home in Petaluma, are people happy with their purchases there?Homes are close to the freeway, is that an issue when reselling?
Buying a home that is close to the freeway is a huge issue! Find another house.

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0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 19, 2016 Home Buying in Petaluma
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
Looking at 338 Stuart Drive in Petaluma selling for $83k and 418 Stuart Drive in Petaluma for $63k. How is this possible in this current market?
If it's too good to be true; it's too good to be true. Check it out on different sites, particularly Realtor.com which is far more accurate. If needed, call a local Realtor to check the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 25, 2015 Home Buying in Petaluma
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in
Claudia Muller Gravelle 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?
From a lender:
Your credit score can be as low as 620.
The better your score, the better interest rate.
You want to take 40% of your gross monthly income, back out your monthly revol ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Home Buying in 94954
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
why didn't the appraiser use the house next door to mine that sold the day after his appraisal inspection?
Hi Bruce! From a lender, the property must be CLOSED and part of the public record to be included as a comparible sale for an appraisal.
As a courtesy, they should have explained that ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Home Buying in Petaluma
Randall Ortiz, Real Estate Pro in Elk Grove, 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 Petaluma, CA
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
Marilyn Coff…, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
Marilyn Coffin 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
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 San Francisco, 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
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
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
Scott Lawson, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, 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
Robert Spino…, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Robert 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
John Burke, Real Estate Pro in ELK CITY, OK
John Burke answered:
How do I find homes in Sonoma County that qualify for the USDA loan?
Hi Michelle,

You can use the USDA eligibility map to see which areas are eligible and then have an agent pull up listings in those areas.

http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 31, 2013 Home Buying in Petaluma
Michael Sals…, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
Michael Salser answered:
Buying house with un-permitted converted garage
Congratulations to your Aunt for entering into a contract to buy a new home. It is not the easiest thing to do in Petaluma these days! The conversion would not be included in the "offic ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 5, 2013 Home Buying in 94952
Bill Sockolov, Other/Just Looking in Marin County, CA
Bill Sockolov answered:
What is RENT TO OWN HOMES? How does it work? What are the requirements to buy a new home. First time buyer w/bad credit....
Hi Laura,

Being on the loan side of the real estate business, I'd like to address your question regarding the requirements to buy a new home...and "bad credit." Not knowing what you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 18, 2013 Home Buying in 94954
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