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Gary Swank, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Gary Swank answered:
do i need a buyer agent when buying a new home from a builder? what is the advantage and disadvantage?
I think it is always wise to have someone represent you in any real estate transaction.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 24, 2014 Home Buying in 95119
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
What's included in Staging typically?
Many Realtors do have at least a referral to a good local stager. Staging can be an added expense in marketing so if the agent does pay for it, you can expect a higher commission rate t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 18, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Is September and October still a good time to sell a house? I know we missed the window for the new school year. Do we wait?
While it's true that the Summer and Spring are our busiest times of year, it's also true that homes sell all year round! We were in negotiations recently right during Christmas season.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 18, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Oklahoma City, OK
Josh Barnett answered:
Should I upgrade my kitchen appliance while buying a new town house.?
Do not over build, review the CMA with your Realtor member to ensure that over building does not happen.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 13, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Sunil Sethi, Real Estate Pro in 94536
Sunil Sethi answered:
Where is it better to buy - Orchard Park new homes in berryessa VS Antelope hills in mission Fremont?
You have to check your priorities.
#1 will the location's commute to your jobs be tolerable?
#2 will the location's commute to your friends be tolerable?
#3 are the schools acceptab ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 6, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Diego Hernan…, Real Estate Pro in Modesto, CA
Diego Hernandez answered:
Should I back out as lender ask for VOR after conditional approval is cleared?
Hello Tom,

I know this was posted several weeks ago, but just in the interest of providing further information for other people who may stumble upon this Q&A.

VOR's cannot be perf ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 1, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Tracy, Renter in Waialae - Kahala, Ho...
Tracy answered:
Which lenders offer a second mortgage (HEL) at 90, 95, or 100 CLTV.
I need a HELOC or HEL that will go to 95% CLTV on a purchase with a 716 score and a loan amount of $82K - does anyone know of such a lender ? :)
The home is in San Jose, CA - THANKS.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 30, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
On a scale of 1-10, how important are pictures of the listing?
Photos are okay, and they are good for traditional MLS listings. However, the real "show" is in video of the home. A virtual walkthrough of any property is going to trump static photo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 29, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Huey Nguyen, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Huey Nguyen answered:
SFH in Milpitas vs Berryessa vs N. San Jose? How to choose a location as a first time home buyer?
Hello Suchit Shah,

My name is Huey Nguyen, and I have been a Realtor in San Jose and the Bay Area for quite some time. As my colleagues have stated, deciding on what neighborhoods y ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Sep 28, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Ben, Home Owner in San Jose, CA
Ben answered:
Structural engineer contact
Because of the three year drought, many houses in the Bay area are settling unevenly. The foundation for these houses need strengthening. there are some companies that specialize in t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 24, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
How do you find out the age of Furnace, AC etc...agent is saying for me to have someone look?? Shouldn't the listing agent have this info? Thanks
That depends on the in depth knowledge of the realtor. The s/n tells a lot.
Manufacture name and age of home is the clue. If an agent does not know Western from Trane. The least the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 22, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Shirley Bell, Real Estate Pro in Victorville, CA
Shirley Bell answered:
I'm a buyer and my real estate agent gave me a portion of her commission. She also sent me a 1098 recently. Is this taxable?
A friend of our family purchased a HUD house. Their agent convince buyer to offer 2k more then asking price. Their offer got accepted. When HUD asked for the extra 2k the buyer could n ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 18, 2014 Home Buying in 95141
James Loftis, Real Estate Pro in 33407
James Loftis answered:
We had a bad experience with a real estate agent today. Her attitude and behavior were offensive. We have
I would recommend that you report the behavior to her broker. All Realtors work for the brokerage

Please contact me, will be glad to help you with this or any other properties in t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 16, 2014 Home Buying in 95125
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 95124
Arpad Racz answered:
Making an offer without knowing the type of plumbing used
Hi,

Generally speaking if you have the inspection reports handy, it may mention the type of pipes in there.

How you adjust for it may depend on how much competition you are up ag ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 13, 2014 Home Buying in 95130
Maryanne Jac…, Real Estate Pro in 92020
Maryanne Jackson Broker CNE answered:
Can I use 2 agents on same property if first offer is not accepted?
Did you sign a Buyer's Representation Agreement with the first agent who showed you the property?

If the answer is YES, then you may be liable for 2 commissions. (Agent one has signe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 9, 2014 Home Buying in 95130
Robert Chome…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Robert Chomentowski answered:
Is there a down-payment assistance program? And are there any rent-to-own homes still in San Jose?
There may be some rent-to-own homes. Best place to look for those are Craiglist.com. Be careful with rent-to-own though, often the terms a highly tipped in favor of the seller. You'l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 7, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in 03109
Scott Godzyk answered:
Does a short sale go for its appraised value or the highest offer?
The sellers bank is going to make sure the offer is within a percentage of the appraised value. If your offer is within that formula, it will sell at your offer price, it will not be re ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 7, 2014 Home Buying in 95131
Meredith Div…, Real Estate Pro in 94542
Meredith Divita answered:
how can I find a perfect house with low money?
Hello Help,
The 1st step is getting pre-approved for a loan so you know what you can actually afford.
The reason this step is so important is you want to know the price range of what ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 5, 2014 Home Buying in North San Jose
Tristam Biel…, Real Estate Pro in Highland Park, Los A...
Tristam Bielecki answered:
Is anyone using Homesnap!?
Yes, I use it and get quite a few leads from it. The more snaps you take, the more impressions you get for possible lead inquiries.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 5, 2014 Home Buying in Cambrian
Andrea Wince…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
Buying home near train tracks
I had a listing once near the CalTrain tracks. A buyer in contract backed out of the sale during his inspection contingency because he realized the train proximity. My next buyer, pur ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 4, 2014 Home Buying in 95136
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