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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
what is radiant heating?
To put it simply, radiant heating is a form of heating where rather than being pushed through a vent, the heat radiates off of a heating unit. It's not the best form of heating for a la ... more
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Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in California
Sheryl Arndt answered:
I am on disability with low credit score. I have a lien on an inherited life estate property. Will lien be paid off after house is sold?
Hello Kathleensheridan1, this is a legal question which we can not answer or post and this would have to be discussed with either a legal aide or lawyer. There are options depending on ... more
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Aromero, Home Buyer in Royse City, TX
Aromero answered:
In what ways can a seller's agent vet the financial qualification of potential buyers?
I guess I am a little confused. Indeed the agent's seller needs/wants to close the deal but no one can go the the lender that is financing the buyer and ask information, the wil ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 19, 2015 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Paz Bar-am, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Paz Bar-am answered:
What does zoning "A" mean in Santa Clara, CA?
Hello Jeff,

I would recommend start looking at the Santa Clara Zoning Ordinance
http://www.sccgov.org/sites/planning/PermitsDevelopment/ZoningOrdinance/Documents/ZonOrd.pdf
If you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 18, 2015 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Nora Moore, Home Buyer in American Fork, UT
Nora Moore answered:
security system keypad needed in 1st floor?
The security system keypad is on the second floor? I've never heard of that before, but I guess I can see what they were going for when they put it in the living space. Personally, I'd ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2015 Home Buying in 95054
Angela Killp…, Other/Just Looking in Rapid City, SD
Angela Killpack answered:
How do you negotiate a septic system in a sale?
If you have an inspector come out to see the septic system and the inspection passes, isn't that a good thing? If the system still works enough to pass inspection, I would ask the inspe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 18, 2015 Home Buying in 95051
Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
question regarding new AC and Furnace permit inspection
I think that I think that it would be best to get the furnace and the AC checked by the inspector, just to be sure. If he doesn't do so originally, I think it would be a good idea to as ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 23, 2015 Home Buying in 95051
Walter 'Skip'…, Real Estate Pro in 92870
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
How can I transfer my previous home to llc in Santa Clara? I bought it 4 years back and I would like to transfer at a new appraisal.
Your tax professional will be able to help you. Briefly, you will transfer your home (at current value) to income property for tax purposes. ( In my opinion this is not a taxable event ... more
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Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
How is "Mission Gardens" townhomes in Santa Clara, CA 95054? There are some good homes here but it is close to Levi's stadium so we are little concern
Hi NewBuyer:

Thanks for your question. It comes down to can you deal with the Levi's stadium
and are you content with the price values, your affordability of other homes,
the surr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 16, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
Appreciation potential in Rivermark?
Hi Ter:

Great question, while there will be 10-20% appreciation in Rivermark, you have to determine
commute, job location and convenience is important to you.

The issue of the S ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 16, 2014 Home Buying in 95054
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
I would like to be a property manager, do I absolutely need to get a broker license to do this? Is it worth it if that's the only thing I want to do?
Possibly under someone with a license. This kind of credential is also useful:
http://www.car.org/education/prodev/propertymanagement/
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 6, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Elva Wormley, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Elva Wormley answered:
What are pros and cons of purchasing a REO home? And can a real estate agent help find them for you?
Hi Eric,

I would not consider purchasing an REO as a first-time home buyer. As Diane mentioned, REO's usually require quite a bit of work.

I highly recommend you work with a Realt ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 14, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
Credit score is 700, less than 2 years history in the US (one W-2) Can I get a conventional loan with 10% downpayment to buy in California?
John: I am a lender in Fremont.
With documentation that you have 2 years (or more) experience in your field, you will be fine.
WIth the proper work Visa, you will be fine to purchase ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 15, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
Do tree roots in crawl space need to be removed?
Hi Pq,

Did the termite inspector mention Why they recommend removal? Was it a conduit for moisture or bugs?

All the best,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 13, 2014 Home Buying in 95051
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
How much does a violent death that happened in a house affect it's value?
Hello David:

For people wanting to Buy and move into the home, the reduction will be 5 -25%

Most buyers who have an issue with a death on the property will not buy it.

Those wh ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 8, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Huey Nguyen, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Huey Nguyen answered:
We have an offer contingent on our home sale. Wen do we do the home inspection on the new home?
Hi Kathy Aman,

As my colleagues have stated below, this is a matter for you to discuss with your Realtor. The contract and the timeline should be items that your Realtor have discuss ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 17, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Carl Medford, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Carl Medford answered:
fremont elementary schools considering buying house
Can you clarify your question, please? We'd like to be able to provide you with effective answers.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 8, 2014 Home Buying in 95054
Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Robert Lei answered:
I came to know that Milkin Elm school in SantaClara has an open lottery. How can I easily look up the schools which are considered local vs lottery?
Hi Minu,
Yes, just ask me and I will tell you.

You can check out this website:

http://siliconvalleyhouses.blogspot.com/p/silicon-valley-school-districts.html
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 8, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Robert Lei answered:
In the new community by DR Horton - The Homes at Central Park, are the single family homes worth buying at this point in time? @ Keily and Homestead
It's up to you, but from a long-term financial/investment standpoint, you would be better off buying an old house on a large lot. Here in Silicon Valley the long-term value is in the l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 8, 2014 Home Buying in Santa Clara
Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Robert Lei answered:
Is a tax reassessment reliable for home value?
The market value of a home is the price the house goes for in an open market. If other buyers like the house enough to pay X amount, then that is market value.

The tax assessment va ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 25, 2014 Home Buying in 95051
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