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Dennis Eison, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Dennis Eison answered:
Buyers agent asking additional broker commission from buyer
Good evening coffeeshop,

It is normal practice that the commission is negotiated and agreed upon and ratified as part of the listing brokers listing agreement between the seller and ... more
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Oggi Kashi, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Oggi Kashi answered:
what are the implications of having escrow close on a condo without the buyer being given a 3r report?
If permits were pulled but never closed or modifications where made without permits, then you might inherit potential problems and/or safety issues. You may also have problems when it's ... more
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Alina Aeby, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Alina Aeby answered:
is it ok to rent the main floor of a single house to section 8 tenants while renting the illegal inlaw to others? Any problem w/ section 8 inspector?
Hi there, let's just say that renting out any illegal units will open up a lot of liabilities with any type of tenant and eventually city inspector/fire department..etc...But you proba ... more
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Oggi Kashi, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Oggi Kashi answered:
what are the implications of closing on a condo without a 3r report?
If permits were pull but never closed or modifications where made without permits, then you might inherit potential problems and/or safety issues. You may also have problems when it's ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 12, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Amy Blakeley, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Amy Blakeley answered:
OK to bid on property without seller's disclosures?
Hi Jack,
It's more likely that the property was "in contract" to be sold within a certain time period, not actually "sold" yet. While some people do have cash and are willing to take ... more
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Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
How often should C.C. & R.'s be updated in California?
As needed?

Realistically - how many covenants, conditions, and restrictions are you going to add? You're certainly not going to remove many . . .

Is it possible that you have ano ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 1, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
Does anyone know the percentage of singles VS. couples buying houses? Nation wide... tia
Sounds like a fun research project that should last a few months or years, depending on how precise you want to be with the answer. First, you'll have to define what you mean by couple ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 28, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Kevin Ho, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Kevin Ho answered:
What's the best picture for a real estate agent? Suit and tie or casual?
It's about what type of dynamic you're looking to have with your clients and the ones you want to have - but in rhe Bay Area clothes may be a false indicator of who wears them ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 1, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Lance King, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King answered:
First time home buyer, looking for in the bay area: 2-3 bedrooms, 1-2 bathrooms, around 550K, what areas would you recommend? Work in Downtown SF.
San Francisco does have strict tenant laws, but the rules regarding tenants who lease a property in its entirety are much different that for roommates. As for where to live, it depends ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 30, 2012 Home Buying in 94133
Astrid Lacit…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Astrid Lacitis answered:
Can I be financed for a home in SF?
Those condos are BMR (Below Market Rate) units meant for owner occupants who, if I recall correctly, are first time home owners. They are not meant as rental investments.

Sorry.
... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 25, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Gabriel Rojas, Real Estate Pro in San Franciso, CA
Gabriel Rojas answered:
I'm looking to buy in a young Business professional neighborhood in San Fransisco....any suggestions?
Megan,

Take a serious look at SOMA or the Mission District. The Mission does have a hipster scene but that increases by the day in SF, sorry. Not all of the hipsters there are colleg ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 30, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Felix Hung, Real Estate Pro in Irvine, CA
Felix Hung answered:
One day before closing date, seller refuses to sign lender required document. What should I do now to protect myself?
Bill,

What is the seller specifically refusing to sign? What kind of transaction is this?

Felix
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 23, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Dino Zuzic, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Dino Zuzic answered:
Not including open house visits, on average, how many people tour a home before it's sold?
Hi Alex,

Assuming it's priced right, and marketed with a well-known brokerage / agent that offers a robust marketing platform then I would say to expect between 10 - 20 private showi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 28, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Jim Olive, Real Estate Pro in Key West, FL
Jim Olive answered:
Is it better, as an investment, to buy a house or condominium or put your money in the stock market?
Good question Ali. Numbers I've seen suggest a historical appreciation rate for stock portfolios at around 10% (long haul, averaging out the big ups and downs), while real estate figur ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 29, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Pam Crawford, Real Estate Pro in Spencer, MA
Pam Crawford answered:
Is it ethical to suggest a higher price for a listing than you think the market will bare, just to get the listing?
If you are a realtor, check your code of Ethics, you will find the correct answer.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 15, 2012 Home Buying in 94110
Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
When do the names of the buyers and their purchasing prices become publicly available for new condo developments?
Depending on the phase of the condo development, you should expect to see the public records on the buyer names and purchase prices in about 45-60 days after the close. If you would li ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 14, 2012 Home Buying in 94107
Kevin Ho, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Kevin Ho answered:
If I buy a home in SF for my own primary residence that is tenant occupied, do I have to pay the tenant to leave?
You'd hope the answer was straight-forward, but because we live in such a special place, there are all kinds of special cases that will change the answer, which is it depends on a build ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 12, 2012 Home Buying in Bayview
Lance King, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King answered:
Best place in SF to buy for fenced back yard and high dog friendly & walking score?
It really depends on your criteria and budget as there are many neighborhoods with yards that are dog-friendly. If you send me your criteria - max price, min beds/baths - I can put toge ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 12, 2012 Home Buying in San Francisco
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
Looking for experienced VA Loan Officer in San Francisco, with multifamily experience
Hi Paul,

VA loans a specialty for us.
With rental experience, that is a plus.
I would be very happy to have an opportunity to help you.
I am located in Fremont just steps from t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 7, 2012 Home Buying in 94114
Helen Yuen, Real Estate Pro in Oakland Ca 94605, CA
Helen Yuen answered:
i'm a overseas contractor and need a lender to approve me for 10% down of a 95,000 dollar loan,I've been approved but most lenders want 20% ATL GA
Hello:

Are you an overseas citizen or are you a citizen of ATL GA in the US?

If you want to borrow 10% to make your 20% downpayment, there may be a private lender for you but t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 5, 2013 Home Buying in San Francisco
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