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Jack Vollenb…, Real Estate Pro in Flemington, NJ
Jack Vollenberg answered:
i am buying a home, in which the owner converted the Garage into Living room and it is not yet approved. ...
Hi Saro,

You definitely want this potential issue resolved before you buy the house. To answer your questions in order:
1. Yes, your tax assessment almost certainly will be reassess ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 23, 2010 Home Buying in 07034
Thadeus Brew…, Real Estate Pro in Scottsdale, AZ
Thadeus Brewer answered:
How can houses with additions without permits be OKed by the city. Or how about unpermitted work?
It is possible to get an as built permit. This will take a building inspector approving the addition is to current building code or making corrections to bring it to code.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 22, 2010 In My Neighborhood in Leimert Park
Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
can i rent out non-conforming bedroom?
Renting out an illegal (non-conforming) apt. or room, leaves you open to all kinds of liabilities. Do so at your own risk. Check with an attorney.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 2, 2010 Home Buying in San Francisco
Elizabeth J.…, Real Estate Pro in Northampton, MA
Elizabeth J. Herbert answered:
how do I buy a foeclosure?
Foreclosures can be tricky purchases. My husband and I are interested in a foreclosure and it's been a rollercoaster, and not in a pleasant way. You are going to be liable for an ... more
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
What are the consequences when selling your home of having a rental unit in the basement that does not have ...
Then don't sell it as having a rental unit.

Actually, I don't know what D.C. would require. Sounds as if you've done some research in the matter. But, to make sure, yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 8, 2009 Home Selling in Washington…, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX Dallas Realtor answered:
I'm looking to buy a house in West LA or the Valley. Many houses I've seen include "unpermitted" structures, (eg. owners
If structures have not been permitted city can order for entire addition removed, torn down, and additional taxes paid . If your lender is aware of structure not approved by city they ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 19, 2009 Home Buying in Los Angeles
Carl Medford, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Carl Medford answered:
Tax records updated but city says addition was not permitted

The City of Fremont Building Department is the final authority on all buildings in the City of Fremont. If they say the permit was obtained but that the final inspection was ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 22, 2009 Home Buying in 94555
Heidi Nichol…, Real Estate Pro in Greenville, SC
Heidi Nicholson Sipe answered:
I leased a home in january 2009 ith a verbal opton to purchase. Recently when applying for loan i found out
Dear Home Buyer! A Real Estate professional is definitely needed to guide consumers through these types of situations. The home owner/Seller would need to provide a Certificate of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 20, 2012 Home Buying in Six Mile
Linden Moe, Real Estate Pro in 07302
Linden Moe answered:
what do you hear about the altessa in Union City, NJ?
The Honest truth is that it is an amazing building, however, the financing will be tough based on the occupancy rate.

The pro's are for the amount of amentities, you cant get th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 29, 2014 Market Conditions in 07087
Bill Eckler-…, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler-Florida, answered:
One owner rents house out without Certificate of Occupancy?

You are correct in being concerned and should take action to protect your interests by contacting an attorney for their advice.

Good luck
The Eckler Team
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 21, 2009 Rental Basics
Annmarie Bel…, Real Estate Pro in 01564
Annmarie Belair answered:
What is a reasonable commission for a real estate broker when you already have a buyer?

Appropriate compensation can only be determined between you and the agent. In this particular case I would discuss a flat fee with the seller. Interview a few of the experienced ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 20, 2010 Home Selling in San Diego
Tracey Simms, Real Estate Pro in Harford County, MD
Tracey Simms answered:
I'm possibly going to purchase a house that is a short sale in the near future. Any advice?
Short Sales can take quite a while to get an answer.
You must first make and offer to the seller, once the seller accepts your offer the paperwork is then submitted to the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 23, 2009 Home Buying in Sicklerville
Christopher…, Real Estate Pro in Westchester, NY
Christopher Pagli - ABR, GREEN answered:
Does the quoted square footage on listings include basement square footage?
Hi, Typically basements should only be calculated in the square footage if they are finished, heated, living space and also have a CO. The same goes for attic space. Now that doesn't ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 7, 2009 Home Buying in White Plains
Emmanuel Sca…, Real Estate Pro in Collin County, TX
Emmanuel Scanlan answered:
Can Occupancy be issued without a gas meter?
Hello Melinda,

For a home to be occupied it must have all facilities to provide sanitary and safe living conditions. If you heat your water with gas then you would not be able to ha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 19, 2010 Home Buying in 91706
Richard V Ha…, Real Estate Pro in 10011
Richard V Hamilton answered:
is a non-windowed bedroom legal in nyc? a non-windowed kitchen? a non-windowed bathroom?
There ios no such thing as a non windowed Bedroom.
To qualify as a Bedroom legally in NY it must have a non-lot line window and bne a min of (I think) 78 Square Feet.

And just putti ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 5, 2013 Home Selling in 10022
Jefferson, Home Buyer in Bucks County, PA
Jefferson answered:
If a seller is selling a house as is then can you still ask for an inspection contingency?
Hi Danielle,

That sounds funny. Breach of contract is breach of contract - you don't have one. I don't see anything wrong with an offer that has a stipulation in it - they can acc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 6, 2009 Home Buying in Port Saint Lucie…, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX Dallas Realtor answered:
The seller didn't disclose that major renovations were made without permits, what can I do?
Work with your buyers agent, could be bank may not approve the loan w/o permits .

~ National Featured Realtor and Consultant, Lecturer regarding Credit Repair, Mortgage ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 25, 2009 Home Buying in Metuchen
Craig Fox, Real Estate Pro in Chapel Hill, NC
Craig Fox answered:
I have a garage that was converted to a bonus room. There is no central heat/air but there is a permanant wall

If the room is heated and cooled by the wall unit, it may count as living area if other criteria are met. Go to the following link ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 23, 2009 Home Selling in Raleigh
Renee Porsia, Real Estate Pro in Philadelphia, PA
Renee Porsia answered:
What extra steps are necessary if purchasing a home in Philadelphia for the primary purpose of renting i ...
Hi Jeff,

Happy New Year!

If you are looking for an investment property, you will just need to get pre-approved prior to starting your search.. Once you find a place that meets you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 2, 2009 Home Buying in Philadelphia
Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
Maureen Francis, Birmingham MI answered:
Is it true i can buy a house for less than 1000 dollars? As the John Beck's commercial says?
I don't know who John Beck is or what his commercial says. If something seems to good to be true it generally is. A house that would cost less than $1,000 probably needs tens of thous ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 5, 2014 Home Buying in 48917
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