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Gregorio Den…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Gregorio Denny answered:
Got a counter on short sale w/ unpermitted room I offered on. Not sure my agents explaining/understan ...
You should know that you won't get financing on this property. Unless you are paying cash, this is a bad move.
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Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
so I am buying a home that may have an illegal bathroom? Does anyone know how much it will cost me to make it legal?
If the bathroom is illegal--your best source of advice is your attorney--do consult with him/her before the closing.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 5, 2010 Home Buying in Queens
Dp2, Other/Just Looking in Virginia
Dp2 answered:
We are thinking of turning our attached (but not accessible) garage into a family room and extra bathroom. (3br/1ba Lancaster, PA) Our garage is
Before you do that, you should check with your local/county zoning and planning department (ZP) to see whether you're allowed to do this, and whether or not you'll need permit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 27, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Lancaster
Team Albert -…, Real Estate Pro in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Team Albert - KW Port St Lucie answered:
How to handle an gigantic unpermitted addition when needing to sell? Must one come clean with the city or a ...
A buyer is not going to IGNORE this issue. In fact if the current owner does not clean up this mess the buyer will have to. Call your building department, there is a cure. In my area ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 16, 2010 Home Selling in Danville
Sue Wylie, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles County, CA
Sue Wylie answered:
What step should I take next to resolve purchase of rental property with unpermitted second house on lot in ...
Dear W Maynard:

You say you are a buyer and a seller - you do not say why you are concerned over this un-permitted use. Is it because you are planning to sell, or if you are hoping t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 17, 2010 Tech Tips in California
Kim And Kris…, Real Estate Pro in 90403
Kim And Kristine answered:
What constitutes a bedroom in Los Angeles? Does a "walk through" room with no doors count?
Hi Meredith,

Great question, the tax records will inform you of how many bedrooms are legally in this house. If it's not listed then it's not permitted with the count tax ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 9, 2012 Home Buying in Los Angeles
Dan Chase, Home Buyer in Texas City, TX
Dan Chase answered:
The home I like has a bedroom and bathroom added without permits. No one seems to have an straight answer as to whether or not I am going to have a
Any unpermitted work can end up having a court order to be torn down. ANY unpermitted work. Sometimes the town will work with you and try to allow you to get a permit after the fact. So ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 10, 2010 Home Buying in Los Angeles County
Catherine Kim…, Real Estate Pro in Pembroke Pines, FL
Catherine Kim Owens answered:
Buying house but one addition has no permit... what can we do? Hollywood, Florida
Could be ok, or it could be a can of worms...depends on whether you're receiving a mortgage or not, and whether they did the addition to building code or not.

The building dept ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 2, 2010 Home Buying in Hollywood
Emelia Sanch…, Real Estate Pro in Ontario, CA
Emelia Sanchez answered:
So many homes have garages that have been converted into living space, and have kitchens and bathrooms put into them illegally. Am I going to have a?
If you are using FHA forget about buying any of these homes they will not qualify under the guidelines. If you are using another method of financing then it does depend on what conditi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 28, 2013 Home Buying in 90005
John Barry, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
John Barry answered:
I was going to make an offer on a house. Listing sheet said it was 1350 sq feet. The house did not look that big, so I measured it and it was
Hi Joshua,

The appraiser will actually measure the property to verify the square footage, and not just go by the property profile information. As a side note, the square footage of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 1, 2010 Home Buying in 90005
Joe Nernberg, Real Estate Pro in Calabasas, CA
Joe Nernberg answered:
in los angeles to meet "code" what does a house need to have in the way of garage/carport etc
Hello Yc,

I can't find the specific code, but I recall every home needs permanent vehicle parking. Exceptions would include areas of Topanga and Laurel Canyon where homes were b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 22, 2012 Home Buying in 90272
Joan Wilson, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Joan Wilson answered:
I am approved for FHA loan for 225,000 but can't find any single family houses that will pass FHA in my area of 92116 or nearby I am open to
I would be glad to help you. Email me with your email address and phone number, and I will help you find a great FHA approved home.

It is my goal to have you and your family as clien ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 19, 2012 Home Buying in 92116
Joe Nernberg, Real Estate Pro in Calabasas, CA
Joe Nernberg answered:
Unpermitted extra bathroom and FHA loan
Ask the loan officer if a 203k loan will address this issue. I think you may be able to get the permit after-the-fact.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 8, 2010 Home Buying in San Jose
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
Is it illegal to turn a garage into a room in San Jose? If you can turn a grage into a room in San Jose what must one do to get this done and livable?
For accurate information check with your building's department--see link.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 6, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Eric H Wong, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Eric H Wong answered:
When using C.A.R. forms, do you have to use the RIPA form whenever a client puts an offer on a duplex?
While best practice is to use the RIPA contract, I have seen the RPA contract used to make offers on multifamily units. But, if you have access to a computer, why not use the correct co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 12, 2010 Home Buying in Berkeley
Eric J Soder…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Eric J Soderlund answered:
Converted their garage to additional interior square footage without permits
As long as you disclose that it has no permits and there are no building violations you are ok. It won't be considered liveable space or count as square footage with regards to the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 2, 2010 Home Buying in Danville
Lorian Maddox, Real Estate Pro in Lake Tapps, WA
Lorian Maddox answered:
I am purchasing a house listed as 650 sq ft. but the appraisal just stated it is 550 sq ft. Doesn't this affect the sale price? Should I?
It depends. Did the home appraise for value? If it did, the next question to ask yourself is does the home meet your needs? If it does, you might want to proceed despite the fact the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 28, 2010 Home Buying in 49720
Joseph Domino, Real Estate Pro in Scottsdale, AZ
Joseph Domino answered:
Can I put a mailbox on an unpermitted unit? If so, should I put a "1/2" address on it?
Putting a mailbox and permitting occupancy are two different things. You can talk with the Post Office about the address issue and mailbox/mail delivery. You will likely have to speak ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 25, 2010 Rentals in Riverside
David 'TAP'…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
David 'TAP' Tapper answered:
Recently added 590 sq footage. Last home sold in our area was a 2300 sq footage at 1.3M and updated here and there. Ours is about 200 sq foot
Hi Alex, the value of a home is usually based on location, condition, price and current market conditions like supply and demand. Interest rates also play a major factor.

It sounds l ... more
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