Go visit the Sunnvale building department and ask to view all building permits and records for your property. Most cities keep records for all permits issued. The original building plans would probably indicate if the wall was part of the earthquake reinforcement or if it supported weight above it.
You need to be careful with your HOA. After you find any existing engineering records you need to be certain that the HOA allows structural changes. I represented a buyer who was interested in purchasing an townhome which the owners had remodeled, including a vaulted ceiling. The HOA had no record of the vaulted ceiling being approved. The sale never completed.
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Difficult for any realtor make a comment we could be held liable, perhaps confer with attorney or follow code. WOW never knew if you replaced windows require a permit. SHOULD the contractor notified you of permit if contractor in violation of city code you might be able to work situation out. GOOD LUCK... more
No such thing. Space rents range from 750-1250 depending on the park. Once you pay off your MH you can then just pay the rent. Remember the rents are set in stone to go up like 3% per year once again depending on the park. But no! There are no MHP in which you buy the space.
You are obviously a buyer without small children. I say that only because, as a parent, a bathtub is essential if you have small or younger, school aged children in the family. Without a tub, you drastically reduce the number of potential buyers for your home, which will definitely affect the length of time that the home is on market and can negatively affect the future resale value of your home.
So, no, from purely a "usage" point of view, I would not recommend removal of a tub from the bathrooms. At least one bathroom should have a tub. Also peak with your gent, he/she should have valuable insight regarding remodeling.
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So…you seem to be doing your homework. Have you talked to the City of Sunnyvale program administrator? I suspect that you will get some guidance in regard to the need for professional assistance and guidance in making your purchase.
Given that the seller pays the agent’s commission, what do you expect to gain by DIY home buying?... more
My understanding from working with builders in the past is the credit to agents, commissions, etc. are automatically built into their marketing budget. So the builder isn't going to credit you "commission or agent bonus". With that said, they have different sales incentives offered throughout their selling cycle and it all depends on the supply and demand, plus if they are trying to draw from their construction loan in order to release a new phase.
Some of the incentives Builders will offer is interest rate buy down, upgrade credits, and credit towards closing cost. My experience lately is that the only incentives builders are offer (because of the high demand) is credit towards closing cost and interest rate buy down. When they have a less than desirable lot they will make special pricing on that location which often times has some awesome upgrades.
When purchasing new construction beware that the builders pass on to the buyer most of the closing cost which usually are paid by the seller. Also, they have their own contract which has language a buyer needs to understand how that can affect their earnest money and closing.
As for future, Q4 has leveled just a bit, but I haven't seen prices drop for new construction. Predictions are 3% or more increase next year and possible interest rate increase. What the Fed. to see how this plays out.... more
Best resource...talk to your Realtor. He or she will have a list of reliable contractors that you can use. Second, look to Angie's List for a list of contractors in the area.
While I'd love to recommend my contractors, truth is, they're pretty busy doing my own work.
So talk to your Realtor and consult the websites like Angie's List for assistance.
Allison James Estates & Homes
Buyer Rebates up to 50 Percent of Commission to Agent, and Low Cost (1%) Listing to Sellers... more
Thanks for your post. To determine if an application for transfer would be accepted, it's best to get the information directly from the schools administrative offices or from the district. As to the likelihood of getting into either West Valley or Stocklmeir, at this time both schools are so impacted that even those children who live in the Stocklmeir boundary are being told that they will be in a lottery to get into that school and the overflow will go to West Valley or Nimitz. So, in short, you will be unlikely to get admission for your child into other Cupertino schools without compelling reasons for transfer (special needs, etc.). If it is important for your child to be at a school other than Nimitz, you should consider a home purchase within that schools boundaries. Hoping for a transfer is an extremely risky proposition especially in a highly impacted school district--I know, I tried a few years ago with my son and was told my son would likely be out of elementary school before an opening became available at Stocklmeir.
Best choice if school is very important is to buy a home within the school boundaries.
Grace Morioka, Allison James Estates
Commission Rebates to buyers up to 1.5% of purchase price... more
Not really, unless you undertake More work , and need Permits and the City Inspector Comes along and finds what you already have Not up to Code! Then they may ask you to re-do.....
If you are working with a Realtor, seek their advise, if not, do get in touch with me, here to help!
Be well and safe, regards,
In between San Jose and San Francisco are generally safer then the two cities comparatively.
Great schools, safe quiet and expensive.We love it here. Sunnyvale West is a quiet and safe nice family neighborhood. The schools are great, there are views of the western hills/mountains, and we're close