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Tammy Hayes, Real Estate Pro in Port Charlotte, FL
Tammy Hayes answered:
does fha do a land and modular house combo loan?
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FHA loans have been helping people become homeowners since 1934. How do we do it? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) � which is part of HUD � ins ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Oct 20, 2010 Home Buying in 94903
Tristan Cela…,  in Marin County, CA
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Looking to buy in the north bay if I can get a really great deal. Recommendations for a realtor who only goes after short sale or foreclosures?
Do not restrict your consideration to short sales and REOs. Serious sellers compete.

You should actively contact prospective agents to interview. The added value will vary from agen ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 29, 2010 Home Buying in San Rafael
Liz McCarthy, Real Estate Pro in Greenbrae, CA
Liz McCarthy answered:
O.K. so we got zero for seven in the SF Kinder lotto! 2nd round to follow and maybe even 3rd!
Hi B, Just wanted to let you know I responded to your email, You have Yahoo email, and sometimes my email goes into Yahoo spam folderk for whatever reason. Figured that might have happ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 20, 2010 Home Buying in San Rafael
Mary Kay and…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Hello My husband and I have been renting a home in San Rafael for about 1 year and have been told the home is going on the market. We would love to
Hello!!

If there is a way for you to figure out a way to buy, we would certainly suggest that you explore it!! You will get tax benefits as well as be eligible for a tax credit if yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 1, 2010 Home Buying in San Rafael
Tristan Cela…,  in Marin County, CA
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Our daughter is getting divorced and wants to keep her home in San Rafael, CA. 5.5% fixed rate loan, upside down by around $40-$50,000. Good credit.
The responses received will get you along the way. http://HopeNow.com, 888-995-4673, provides free counseling and guidance for distressed mortgages from HUD intermediaries.

There is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 3, 2010 Foreclosure in 94903
Emily Erekuff, Home Owner in Menifee, CA
Emily Erekuff answered:
HI - My listing 21 Miraflore Avenue in San Rafael, www.21Miraflores,com is for sale. Trulia listed it first correctly as for sale, then somehow
Hi Sylvia,

Your listing at 21 Miraflores is currently live on Trulia. Please access the link below to review my response to your other question about this issue.

In regards to yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 7, 2009 Using Trulia in San Rafael
Emily Erekuff, Home Owner in Menifee, CA
Emily Erekuff answered:
Please put 21 Miraflores Avenue Back on Trulia and under my listing!
Hi Sylvia,

Thank you for reaching out to us about this again. It appears as though this listing is currently live and is shown under your profile. If you access the link below to you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 7, 2009 Using Trulia in San Rafael
Tristan Cela…,  in Marin County, CA
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Why do these condos have a HOA fee of $400 / monthly. What warrants this? Of course they are needing to sell rapidly. this affects buying.
You have received excellent advice so far.

You should check the management performance of each HOA before you buy, as part of the inspection/investigation phase. The current fee can ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 1, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael
Kelley Eling, Real Estate Pro in Palm Desert, CA
Kelley Eling answered:
I'm wondering why more people don't buy small lots in Marin and stick prefab cottages there. The cottages are often cheap (if you buy local
I have a really good listing at 6 Meadowcroft in San Anselmo that we just reduced the price on. Could be perfect for you:

http://www.kelleyeling.com/Nav.aspx/Page=%2fListNow%2fDefau ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 10, 2009 Financing in 94901
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Properties in Novato back on the market...?
Hi Geo:

Novato's housing market has seen a lot of changes during the past two years, and it has been very interesting to be in the midst (or forefront) of it al - even though I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 28, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael
Nigel Faulkn…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Nigel Faulkner, Cips answered:
My husband has a steady full time job working in the same place for 12 years, and we have the funds for a 20% downpayment on a single family home (2
Claire;
This is great start that your husband has a steady job & income for 12 years, and you have an independent contracting job where you income may vary from month to month. Yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 26, 2009 Financing in San Rafael
Mary Kay and…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Should I pay for a newly renovated home in this economy, or do the renovations myself.?
Jake,
Can you qualify for a loan on a renovated home? In this market, we are seeing homes that were purchased for significantly more than current prices that were recently remodeled ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 9, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael
Patricia R,  in Santa Rosa, CA
Patricia R answered:
Hi, I am first time home buyer in Marin California and am trying to determine the best financing options for
Hello Adzling,
I am a mortgage loan officer for Bank of America in San Rafael, CA. How did you decide on your price range? You had stated that you can't document income. I work with a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 17, 2009 Financing in 94901
Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler answered:
How bad is the San Rafael Canal area, really? I looked at the crime map on the police website and the stats
Summer,

Issues of neighborhood safety are often best referred to the local police department or county sheriff's department. They have access to the most current information and are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 16, 2009 General Area in San Rafael
Victoria Wel…, Real Estate Pro in Kentfield, CA
Victoria Wells answered:
Can anybody tell me what's the average price for a medium house in San Rafael,CA?
The latest data for :"solds" , which includes condos,8 sales -Lowest $ 158.000; highest $ 1,075.000; average $ 490,563. median: 445,000; Per Sq.FT $ 329,96. Victoria Wells - 415-710-409 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 1, 2009 Market Conditions in San Rafael
Scott Cherry, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Scott Cherry answered:
Hi I was wondering how much a house sold for in the Chapel Cove development recently in San Rafael.
The last sale there was 18 Chapel Cove that sold for $1,800,000. It wasn't quite the asking price of $1,895,000. It was on the market before but this time it was on for 81 days. I have ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 30, 2009 Home Buying in 94901
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
How would I get from San Rafael to Novato via bus?
Hi Nickdan4th:

You can check the Golden Gate Transit site http://www.goldengatetransit.org/schedules/pages/Bus-Schedules.php

There are a few routes between San Rafael and Novato ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 30, 2009 Traffic & Public Transportation in San Rafael
Kelley Eling, Real Estate Pro in Palm Desert, CA
Kelley Eling answered:
What would be the average net appreciation of two bedroom homes in gerstle park since 2002?
Gerstle Park is a great place to live. I grew up there and still have many friends there and indulge myself at the restaurant at Panama Hotel whenever I get the opportunity. The Yamam ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 5, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael
Tristan Cela…,  in Marin County, CA
Tristan Celayeta answered:
I have found a listing for a foreclosure that is well below market rate. There is no way I could afford a
Rebecca,

As you can see from the responses garnered "it ain't so simple".

I've attached a link to inside the website for The Mortgage Professor. Jack M. Guttentag is Professor of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 24, 2009 Foreclosure in San Rafael
Thomas Tremb…, Real Estate Pro in Lincoln, NH
Thomas Tremblay answered:
What are the benefits or drawbacks to expanding my home search to include FSBOs and foreclosures?
I look at For Sale By Owner sites from time to time to see what is available in our area. I have been selling real estate in our area for over 25 years and have a good handle on values ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 23, 2009 Foreclosure in San Rafael
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