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Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
Planning to buy an Eichler and it has 60amp electrical boxes. I plan to put new appliances in the kitchen. Do I need to update electrical to 100amps?
Ken:

“We are not changing the total number of appliances or even the location, just pulling out the old stove, oven, dishwasher and fridge. We plan to update with newer, modern ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 20, 2011 Home Buying in San Rafael
Oggi Kashi, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Oggi Kashi answered:
We wanted to find out more about the Patricia lane foreclosure
Vicki

If you are referring to 8 Patricia Lane MV, it's already in contract and there will be no further showings. Here is a link to the listing:

http://norcalmls.rapmls.com/ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 1, 2011 Home Buying in 94941
RealtyChick…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
RealtyChick StephanieSabo answered:
33 Piper Ct
It's interesting because it's a beautiful property, the kitchen and baths are all remodeled, and it has a detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage. But parts of it are dated - see ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 13, 2012 Home Buying in Novato
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
hi there, we saw MV properties here - we are intrested in getting 2 br condo
It sounds like you have not enlisted the aid of a Realtor:

Please call Mike Rowland, Windermere Rowland Realty, 510-501-9133

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 10, 2011 Home Buying in 94941
Barbara Jo R…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Barbara Jo Roberts Berberi answered:
How do I automatically (email alerts, etc.) be made aware of single family residences for sale that have a detached rental unit on the lot? Thanks.
You need to contact a buyer's agent in your local area and ask them to set you up with a search for exactly what you want. As listings that meet that criteria come on the market, y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 4, 2011 Home Buying in Marin County
Dave Corbin, Real Estate Pro in 95401
Dave Corbin answered:
What is the percentage of rent to own success rates and are companies like ownerwiz.com a predatory scam?
Hello Strokes510,

I am not sure what the percentage of rent to own success rate is (my guess is that it is pretty low) however it appears that ownerwiz.com is a scam. Go to http://w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 16, 2012 Home Buying in San Rafael
Cyndi Bell, Real Estate Pro in Cedar Park, TX
Cyndi Bell answered:
Can an REO company require a buyer to use their preferred lender? Buyer has to use their preferred lender or their contract will be cancelled
I don't believe RESPA would allow any seller to use a specific lender in order to execute a contract. I read law group's blog that RESPA was coming down on builders that requ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 28, 2011 Home Buying in Novato
Lance R King, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance R King answered:
Seeking less square footage but want property valued at higher price?
Chick,

Renting first is a great idea if you don't know the area well enough to decide where you want to live. Although interest rates will likely rise over the next year, I don& ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 17, 2011 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Kenny Tan, Real Estate Pro in Diamond Bar, CA
Kenny Tan answered:
How does one begin an arbitration against a buyer or seller. Does an attorney have to be hired?
You begin an arbitration by making a written demand on the other side to arbitrate the dispute. Of course, there must first be arbitration clause -chances are it's there if you hav ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 5, 2011 Home Buying in San Anselmo
Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
Tim Moore answered:
What is the monthly payment for a 250K home, with 50K down, 30 year fixed mortgage at 4% interest, including principal, interest, taxes and insurance?
The easy part is the principal & Interest which will cost you $955 each month. Now you need to add in the insurance and taxes and since you didn't tell us what those amount to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 11, 2012 Home Buying in 94904
Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
Tim Moore answered:
where can I find laws/policies on real estate buying and selling agreements?
Since each state's laws vary a little I would suggest contacting the state real estate commission to see what they can provide to you. You can also contact an attorney that deals w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 10, 2010 Home Buying in 94950
Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
Tim Moore answered:
Can a seller rent out his property during the closing process? Is it illegal?
Sellers can do what ever they want with their property when they own it. If they rent it and a new buyer buys it then the lease conveys with the property while it is in force.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 16, 2010 Home Buying in 94950
Mary Kay and…, Real Estate Pro in 94901
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
How do I find out if a townhouse qualifies for a FHA loan?
Ida,

There are lists put out by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. You can also look to see if any sold units in the development mention a FHA loan in the financ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 14, 2010 Home Buying in 94903
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
pud fha APPROVED
Ida

If a property is a PUD, it does not have to be FHA approved.
Just condos.
There is a list of condos, have your favorite mortgage broker look up the complex name for approval at ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 28, 2012 Home Buying in 94903
Momoftwo, Home Buyer in Novato, CA
Momoftwo asked:
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 11, 2010 Home Buying in Novato
Dave Corbin, Real Estate Pro in 95401
Dave Corbin answered:
Where are the nice family areas in Novato with great schools and many stay-at-home moms? We would like a newer home (3500 sq.).
Good morning Momoftwo!

I would be happy to assist you in finding a home in Novato that fits your needs. Please feel free to contact me at 415-328-5186 at your convenience. I have liv ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 16, 2014 Home Buying in Novato
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
hi there pleasse can you let me have the details for 5 coleman drive san rafael california 94901 should the property become available, many thanks,m
If you are interested in knowing if and when the property of interest becomes available, do consider working with an agent of your own, he/she can keep an eye out and notify you should ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 7, 2010 Home Buying in 94901
Kevin Olson…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Kevin Olson and Jessica Laude answered:
does fha do a land and modular house combo loan?
Hello John,

I have seen it done, but there are several things that need to happen in order for it to work. I know US Bank has been able to do this in the past, and Wells Fargo seems ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 5, 2013 Home Buying in 94903
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
are property taxes in Sausalito CA still 1% of the sale price?
Hi Brian, the basic property tax for all of California is 1%; however, there's more to finding out the TOTAL tax, which you can read in detail here: http://www.trulia.com/blog/stev ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 19, 2010 Home Buying in Sausalito
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
Is it true the buyer must pay all escrow fees in Marin?
Hi Joe:

In CAR Purchase Agreement, there is a paragraph designates Escrow and Title fee responsibilities; and 'TRADITIONALLY', buyers will pay for the escrow and owner' ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 11, 2014 Home Buying in 94930
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