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Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Do small studio-type apartments exist for sale in Berkeley? I can't find any on your site.
The best way to find listings that are actually listed for sale is to engage a realtor to alert you whenever something comes up for sale that meets your requirements and budget.


No ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 9, 2013 Home Buying in Berkeley
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
How do I determine what homes have a bonafide panoramic view of the bridges, SF, the bay, etc?
Sometimes, the tried and true ways work...when in doubt, go check it out for yourself!
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 6, 2013 Home Buying in Berkeley Hills
Gina Odom, Real Estate Pro in Santa Cruz, CA
Gina Odom answered:
First time every buying a condo. How much money do I need to save up for the down payment on a condo in the Berkeley/East Bay Area?
It depends and you should really speak to a Mortgage Broker to find out how much you will need. If you are buying into a condo association that has been FHA approved you may only need a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 27, 2013 Home Buying in Berkeley
Lance King, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King answered:
Foreign investor seeking mortgage?
The only lenders who might do this with 20% down are likely going to charge you a LOT of money for the loan. The bank that most of our foreign investor clients work with is HSBC and the ... more
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Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
buying an auction house
No, you don't, but do plan on facing a bid for that amount.
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 17, 2015 Home Buying in Berkeley
The Medford…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
The Medford Team answered:
Buyers and Lender's Title Insurance
ALTA Lender’s title insurance is always packaged concurrently with the Buyer’s title insurance – if you buy them as a package it costs less. Like any other insuranc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 4, 2012 Home Buying in Berkeley
Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
How many 1-family homes with 3 bedrooms have been sold in Claremont during the last 12 months, and how long did the majority stay on the market?
How long something stays on the market has everything to do with whether it is well-priced and well prepped for the market. In general, homes are selling very quickly in all these area ... more
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Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Can anyone recommend good architects and general contractors to remodel a home in the Berkeley/Kensington area?
Call Sinan Sabunguolu
(510) 772-0146

He is both an architect and a builder, as well as proprietor of Berkeley Design Center,
3195 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 652-6 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 12, 2013 Home Buying in Berkeley
Eric H. Wong , Real Estate Pro in Albany, CA
Eric H. Wong answered:
Looking for fairly safe neighborhoods within 1 mi of a BART station on the Fremont line, to buy 2 or 3 br home. Contradiction in terms?
North Berkeley Station, El Cerrit0 Plaza Station, El Cerrito Del Norte, MacArthur Station at the edge of Temescal and the growing NOBE neighborhood...all great areas. It depends on your ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 1, 2012 Home Buying in Berkeley
Christy Brock, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Christy Brock answered:
Where can one find non warrantable loans for property in Berkeley, CA?
Why is the property non-warrantable. Makes a difference as to who can lend.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 31, 2012 Home Buying in 94709
Lance King, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King answered:
I am considering buying a TIC home; is it important / valuable to use an agent who is experienced in TICs?
It's not only important, it's crucial. There are many issues with TICs that don't exist with any other kind of property, and using an agent who doesn't know TICs to buy is about as smar ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 29, 2012 Home Buying in Berkeley
Michael Abram, Other/Just Looking in Los Angeles, CA
Michael Abram answered:
non warrantable loans for Berkeley CA?
What is making your condo non-warrantable exactly? There might be solutions around it.

Michael Abram
RPM Los Angeles
Cell: (310) 995-0975
mabram@rpm-mtg.com
www.rpm-mtg.com/mab ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 30, 2012 Home Buying in 94709
Jodi Selene, Real Estate Pro in Albany, CA
Jodi Selene answered:
Where's it the best value for rentals in the Bay area? Something that will hold value and ideally increase in value in better times.
I think you're absolutely right, Paul, in that rentals near the University in Berkeley are always in demand.
Berkeley is seeing a rise in prices right now, due to scarcity of invento ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 28, 2012 Home Buying in Berkeley
Eric H. Wong , Real Estate Pro in Albany, CA
Eric H. Wong answered:
familiar with VA loans around Berkeley?
The biggest problem with VA loans and the housing stock in Berkeley is the VA requirement for a clear section 1 on the pest report. The homes in Berkeley are, for the most part, 75 to 1 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 24, 2012 Home Buying in Berkeley
Bill & Elijah…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Bill & Elijah Fletcher answered:
Is South Berkeley - near Berkeley Bowl - safe?
I love south berkeley! The energy is awesome. Loads of diversity , New cafes new restaurants. Now there's the tuesday evening farmers market As far as safe goes , You have to deci ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 24, 2012 Home Buying in South Berkeley
Fred Yancy, Real Estate Pro in Woodstock, GA
Fred Yancy answered:
Not sure if my realtor made an honest mistake or if he was trying to sell a house.
This disclosure statement is a disclosure of the condition and information concerning the property, known by the Seller. Unless otherwise advised, the Seller does not possess any expert ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 29, 2016 Home Buying in Berkeley
Elisa Uribe, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Elisa Uribe answered:
Hi, I am professor from Malaysia who will be spending my sabbatical at UC Berkeley from September 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013 (6 months). I am lookin
Hopefully you are aware of this portal too: https://calrentals.housing.berkeley.edu/UCBOCH/och.htm Best of luck and enjoy your stay in the U.S. If a property I manage becomes available ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 26, 2012 Home Buying in South Berkeley
Davey Cetina, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Davey Cetina answered:
Can anyone recommend good mortgage brokers in Berkeley?
Peter Barnes of RPM Mortgage (a direct lender) is my preferred loan consultant. His office is located in Berkeley and they offer many great loan products- including a 20 day close, conv ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 15, 2012 Home Buying in Berkeley
Davey Cetina, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Davey Cetina answered:
Is a house with an elevator a bad buy?
It is not necessarily a bad buy- it will even be a bonus for buyers with disabilities, if you plan to sell it in the future.

The only downside, as with any additional feature (such ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 6, 2014 Home Buying in Berkeley
Bill & Elijah…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Bill & Elijah Fletcher answered:
My husband and I are moving to Berkeley and will be there in March to look at some homes, any realtors who can help would be appreciated!
Benita
I'd love to interview for the job.
Reviews and info available at link below
Best wishes
Bill
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 27, 2012 Home Buying in Berkeley
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