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Marilynne Pr…, Real Estate Pro in San Carlos, CA
Marilynne Pryor answered:
I bought a new home. For my previous home, should I rent it out or sell it now?
If you chose to rent your previous home, you should consider the management duties involved with rental properties unless you hire a management professional. Depending on the condition ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013 Home Buying in San Mateo
Diane Mollis…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Diane Mollison answered:
Lexington Ave in San Mateo
Hi Jessica,

My office does alot of business up in the Highlands. We have never received complaints about the wires or any noise, to my knowledge. The Highlands is a very desirable ar ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 23, 2013 Home Buying in San Mateo
David Gowans, Real Estate Pro in San Carlos, CA
David Gowans answered:
Bay Meadows, San Mateo
If they are anything like those next to Whole Foods, they will be quite nice. Everything you need within walking distance, from groceries to day care, dining to the mall. It'll be a hot ... more
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David 'TAP'…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
David 'TAP' Tapper answered:
Why is 94401 cheaper than 94403 & 94404?
It's simple, location location location. In most cities, pricing is determined by location and schools.

There is a listing coming up a couple of blocks away from Nortorn, completely ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 14, 2013 Home Buying in San Mateo
Annie Chang, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Annie Chang answered:
We have been waiting for a BofA shortsale approval from the "investors", does anyone have any good suggestions to speed up this process?
Hi Derick,

I am representing a Seller in a BofA short-sale with investors. We started the process in June, submitted a good offer in August, and the approval is still outstanding as ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 6, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
Does the debt/mortgage payment of my income property count against me if the income from it is greater than the mortgage/prop tax expense?
I know its late to answer this question, but...As long as you are claiming the rental income on your tax returns for the previous two years and you do have a minimum of 30% equity in yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 6, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Philip E. Ca…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara, CA
Philip E. Cabral answered:
How does San Mateo compare to Brisbane?
I was Chief Accountant for Juillard Alpha Wines & Spirits, the sole distributors of Seagram, Hiram Walker, and many local as well as International wines, based in Brisbane many years ag ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 9, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Philip E. Ca…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara, CA
Philip E. Cabral answered:
Making an offer
Regular sale, bank owned, or short sale homes each have their own specific situation.

The three things you would have to consider most are the current market condition, the condition ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 9, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
John Juarez, Real Estate Pro in Newark, CA
John Juarez answered:
I am buying a short sale house that needs work. Can the tax appraisal be higher than the purchase price?
Bryan,

Glad it worked out well for you. Fixing up a property...new paint, carpet, repairs...is considered maintenance and should not make any difference in the assessed value of a ho ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 23, 2012 Home Buying in 94402
David 'TAP'…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
David 'TAP' Tapper answered:
Family relocating from Los Angeles for a job in San Mateo. We're not sure if we should buy or rent. What neighborhoods should we consider?
Welcome to the Bay Area. The cities the others have mentioned are all great, with very good schools.

If I were you, I think it would be wise to rent first and get an idea of the lay ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 29, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Diane Mollis…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Diane Mollison answered:
San Mateo Eichlers and ROI
Hi Jessica,

You are right, that not everyone appreciates the Eichler Homes. However, this particular area has always been high in demand. My office handles a huge percentage of the l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 14, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
John Juarez, Real Estate Pro in Newark, CA
John Juarez answered:
Can a bank foreclose on a house during closing?
Don’t freak out because you have heard a story about banks foreclosing in the middle of a short sale. If the short sale lender has already approved your short sale it would be ag ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 8, 2012 Home Buying in 94402
Michael Kapr…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo County, CA
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hello,moving to Bay Area from Central Fla. Need to find a home between Palo Alto and SF. Looking for apprx 3500sqft and 1.5m Any location suggestions
Happy Memorial Day Frank & Family,
Below is a link to the local MLS, this link will take you to a search of all the homes in the cities of San Carlos, San Mateo, Burlingame and Millbra ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 30, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Suena Suen, Real Estate Pro in Foster City, CA
Suena Suen answered:
thnx everyone, wife will be working at PA and me mainly at SF, no children looking for 4br,3ba,split plan,balcony with view, 1.2-1.5m
Dear Frank,

There are several properties in San Mateo area that fit into your criteria. Depends on whether you want your house closer to San Franciso, or a bit south so you can enj ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 28, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Angie Disanto, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Angie Disanto answered:
I need a house with a guest/mother-in-law space in San Mateo County.
May have what you need! Beauty in Daly City
Angie DiSanto
Nest Property
1670 So. Amphlett

San Mateo
650 619 9676
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 30, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Haneen Hayder, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Haneen Hayder answered:
I'm looking for a house 3 beds , 2 beds , 1500 sq ft , price < 1M, good schools, knowledgeable realtor of San Mateo cities and not too busy
Dear Dan,

Schools are a big factor when you decide to purchase a home. What type of school are you looking for Elementary, Middle or High school? Because that would effect the your ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Lance King-F…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King-Founder/Broker answered:
Are you a knowledgeable realtor in San Mateo county market, not too busy and also expert in foreclosure? Please let me know
Please note David's comments about REOs. And I will respectfully disagree that there is no such thing as an expert in foreclosures. Although all banks have different processes, there ar ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 21, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Haneen Hayder, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Haneen Hayder answered:
Where are you seeing the best investment opportunities on the Peninsula (San Francisco Bay Area) for small single-family homes 300k-600k?
In my opinion you can find SF homes within the price you specified in Redwood City (lower parts of RWC), Daly City, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, and Shoreview in San Mateo
You can also ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 12, 2012 Home Buying in 94403
Haneen Hayder, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Haneen Hayder answered:
have house prices in the bay area stabilized? how about San Mateo?
The market has taken off. We are seeing a historically low inventory with multiple offers and all cash offers with no contingencies, so in my opinion the market in San Mateo County in g ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 12, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Diane Mollis…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Diane Mollison answered:
Looking for Investment Property
Hello,
I have been a realtor for 24 years and my office is located in downtown San Mateo.
There are a wealth of opportunities in the market right now, but I would need to know your s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 2, 2011 Home Buying in 94403
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