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Cecile Hawki…, Real Estate Pro in Corte Madera, CA
Cecile Hawkins answered:
Short sale - at what point is the property "contingent - no show"?
The property should be reported as contingent, continue to show within 24 hours of acceptance of the offer by the seller. If the property goes pending, no show during the 45 day wait, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 14, 2012 Home Buying in Marin County
Christopher…, Real Estate Pro in kentfield, CA
Christopher Barrow answered:
Which communities (neighborhoods) within Greenbrae, CA are the most family-friendly (flat, good amentities, friendly, good schools, etc.)?
Cape Marin is a great sub-division. Most of the homes are within walking distiance to Bon Air shopping center, Corte Madera Creek walking/bike path and there is a community pool. That s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 16, 2012 Home Buying in Greenbrae
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
How much HOA per month for this property?
Hi Keming:

Please provide a link or the address to the property you are interested in. I will then be able to check for you.

Thanks!
Sylvia Chang Barry
Frank Howard Allen Real ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 13, 2012 Home Buying in San Rafael
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
2012 CAN I GET AN FHA LOAN FOR LAND AND MODULAR HOME BUILT ON THE PROPERTY IN , PLACER COUNTY CA $ APPRX 205,000
The home must have a permanent foundation.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 19, 2012 Home Buying in 94903
Miguel Pared…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Miguel Paredes answered:
I am looking to buy a house with the view to leasing it eventually. what is the demand like for long term rentals on 3 Bdr houses in Mill valley?
Brett,

There is a big demand right now. Email me your criteria. I will email you homes and what you can rent them for.

Warm regards,

Miguel A Paredes III
mparedes@fhallen.co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 12, 2012 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Amy E Glaser, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Amy E Glaser answered:
This may be a redundant question and apologies as I'm new to marin but what areas of mill valley are the warmest/have the most sun exposure?
Hi Brett,
The warmest areas of Mill Valley are Middle Ridge the area North of downtown in between Cascade Canyon and Blithedale Canyon and Scott Valley. Scott Valley is off of Camino ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 11, 2012 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Moe Rubinste…, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Moe Rubinstein answered:
small house in Marine county
Yes you can find a house or a condo in many parts of California in that price range.

Once you are focused in on an area then it can be narrowed down. In Marin county it is very diffi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 13, 2012 Home Buying in Novato
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Novato lies in the flood zone, does anyone have any experience in Novato's wet winters? I'm concerened when I see dainage pipes scattered all over the
Hi Genevieve:

No, Novato is not a huge flood zone and covered with drain pipes. It all depends on where the property is. We did have a big flood back in the 80's (I wasn't here), b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 15, 2014 Home Buying in Novato
Mary Kay and…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
What are the property taxes in Marin City?
Leslie,

The base property tax is 1% of the purchase price/year and then there are charges that are particular to the area such as bonds, assessments, etc., which are typically an add ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 9, 2012 Home Buying in Marin City
Matt Hughes, Real Estate Pro in Larkspur, CA
Matt Hughes answered:
When will bidding on the 800K-125M props come to an end? in Greenbrae?
The way an offer is composed today could make your offer the winning bid. With limited inventory, multiple offers are the new norm. Let me know if you need help buying, and want to stop ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 31, 2012 Home Buying in 94904
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
property tax question / marin county
It's likely an owner who has held on to the property for 40-50 years. The original cost basis was likely just a few thousand dollars and slowly incremented by annual inflation adjustme ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 18, 2012 Home Buying in 94920
Moe Rubinste…, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Moe Rubinstein answered:
Buying an REO directly from the bank
I am a long time Realtor in Marin.
I am not sure how to direct you maybe another person will know. What you are asking of a Realtor is how to bypass what we do for a living and how we ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 18, 2012 Home Buying in 94920
Beverly Shwe…, Real Estate Pro in Greenbrae, CA
Beverly Shwert answered:
How does Greenbrae compare to Kentfield re: weather, home prices, proximity to amenities?
Hi Tm,

Being a Greenbrae resident myself I am happy to try to answer your question from my point of view. Personally I think Greenbrae is one of the best kept secrets in Marin. As ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 17, 2012 Home Buying in Greenbrae
Tom Bohlmann, Real Estate Pro in Wake Forest, NC
Tom Bohlmann answered:
We have an offer put in on a short sale. It's been 6 weeks. How long can it take for a bank to say either yes or no??
It would depend on the bank.

Most respond within 4 weeks. Many within 48-72 business hours.

Others Banks, it could be well weeks and weeks.

it also depend on how your OFFER co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 13, 2012 Home Buying in San Rafael
Roland Vinya…, Real Estate Pro in Sprakers, NY
Roland Vinyard answered:
How important is a living room fireplace to a buyer? My contractor advised removing the fireplace due to spare the air and environmental concerns.
How interesting that he would say that. If you don't use the fireplace, there will be no smoke.Why would it need to be removed? By and large, my experience has been that folks really li ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 10, 2012 Home Buying in Marin County
Oggi Kashi, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Oggi Kashi answered:
What is the minimum amount of interest a person can charge on the sale of their home, if they are carrying the loan?
Zero. You don't have to charge interest if you don't want to.

Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 6, 2012 Home Buying in 94925
Jim King, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Jim King answered:
I heard that as of Jan 1, 2013 home owners selling their home will no longer be allowed to carry the loan.
Hi,
In general a homeowner will be exempt from the new laws and will be able to offer seller financing on their own house. For more details check out this link http://www.realtor.org/ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 6, 2012 Home Buying in 94925
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
i just bought a townhouse and am using a fha loan. the townhouse is in the process of getting reapproved by fha. is there any way to close now?
It sounds like FHA and your Realtor know what they are doing.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 28, 2012 Home Buying in 94903
Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
What is the typical premium per square foot paid for a newly built home versus a comparable existing home in the Mill Valley, CA area?
You are best asking a local pro like http://www.carriesherriff.com/ or http://www.marinmodern.com/renee-adelmann.php
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 31, 2012 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Barbara Major, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Barbara Major answered:
what is the best neighborhood in mill valley?
That all depends what you personally like, do you have children, do you need a yard, do you prefer the hills. To be honest, there really is no one best area. Sycamore Park is great beca ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 27, 2014 Home Buying in Mill Valley
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