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Romeo, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

what is better for a new buyers house?

Asked by Romeo, San Francisco, CA Fri Oct 5, 2007

I'm on the stress to make a decision for my husband if we are going to buy a house in Oakland or Richmond and where. My options are Oakland 68th ave near 14th st you know international? OK its small i like it it doesn't need as much work a few repairs i think(2 bed, 1 bath), second in Oakland is (2 bed, 1 bath) near martin Luther king blvd and west MacArthur blvd i don't like the area as much and i have the idea of much crimes i saw the house at night and scared so not much information about it but my husband likes the price 199,000 . then i love one house in Richmond that is out of my range 327000 but there is one near for 269,000 and is in stucco final work i like the house etc it needs privacy its open to everyone and it has a big window in front that i can change but I'm not sure if is a expensive fix with the fence and the stucco, my second choice here is a small 2 bed 1 bath cute not need to repair. we are a 3 family, we have work and school in Sn Fco. my realtor don't help much

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Remember the key words in realt estate are: location, location, location. Always purchase in an area that you feel safe in. Better to buy smaller in a better location.

I am concerned that you say your Realtor won't help much....what do you mean by this? I am also guessing you have been preapproved by a lender to assure you a smooth loan process.

Are you choosing these areas because they are close to work or affordeabality? There are safe areas in Oakland that are affordable, ask your Realtor to show you some.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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I am concerned that you say your Realtor is not much help. Did you sign a buyer/brker agreement with this Realtor?

My advice is to choose a home where you and your family will feel safe. Your home choice should not be entirely driven by price, however be careful not to over buy.

How do you feel about Hayward? There are a lot of homes on the market and there are some amazing deals being negotiated there.
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Cindi Hagley, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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The house for 269K would make the most sense. Try to get the seller to finish the stucco. Do not worry about the fence...you can get a premade fence at Lowes to get the idea of how much the material would cost, and get a handyman to install at $150 per day....it will depend on how much fence there is to install.

The big window is an easy fix...that is minor issue and not a deciding factor. You concern about safety is...ask your husband what is the dollar value of you and your kids life worth relative to a "deal" on a house.

Get a house that fits your family and lifestyle within your budget...then your house is more likely to become a home.
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Hi,

I don't know what you mean when you say that your Realtor won't help much. Has he/she provided you comps and helped you walk through a comparison of sold, under contract, and competitive properties?

I suspect that none of us on Trulia Voices will be able to provide you specific advice about the properties and it seems that is what you really want and need. In order for any Realtor to advise you on these, we would need to have a command of that market and an understanding of your needs and objectives. That is probably beyond the scope of what this board can provide.

That, however, does not mean the people here on Trulia won't try to help you. Perhaps we can help you get what you seek in terms of help. Mansur makes an excellent recommendation of speaking w/ your Realtor and his/her manager. If you can elaborate on what help you want, maybe be can make some suggestions for increasing the help results you are getting from your Realtor.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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