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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
Could you recommend a mortgage broker in Marin who is really good at their job? We have dealt with brokers in the past who lose the paperwork or who
Hi Jack:

Have you check with your Realtor on who he/she recommend? I am sure he/she has somebody that he/she trusts and can recommend. That should be your first venue.

If y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 21, 2013 Home Buying in Marin County
Gerard Dunn, Real Estate Pro in Potomac, MD
Gerard Dunn answered:
What if we want to stop working with a buyers agent...Are we obligated in any way?
Check to see what the agency agreement says. You should have signed one that outlined the relationship between you and your agent.

All have expiration dates. See what the document ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 25, 2010 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Frustrated B…, Home Buyer in Marin County, CA
Frustrated Buyer answered:
Does Bradley Real Estate not want to sell houses? They consistently hold open houses without listing the address.
(I should amend that to say that almost every week since September I've spend hours just trying to find the addresses of their open houses. Some weeks I just give up and only look ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 12, 2009 Home Buying in Marin County
Erinn Millar, Real Estate Pro in 94901
Erinn Millar answered:
Does anyone know anything about the new construction at Woodview Estates.?
Yes - what would you like to know? 415 328-4143 Erinn Millar
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 15, 2009 Home Buying in Novato
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
Why do these condos have a HOA fee of $400 / monthly. What warrants this? Of course they are needing to sell rapidly. this affects buying.
Hello Carrie and thanks for your question.

It's interesting, isn't it, that two identical homeowners associations can have such largely diverse assessments or HOA dues? I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 1, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael
Anne Mosnier…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Anne Mosnier Kennedy answered:
Properties in Novato back on the market...?
Dear Geo,
Well, depending on the source of your information about their "sold" status it might be that they did not actuall "sell" in the traditional sense but were ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 28, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael
Jes Sierra,…, Real Estate Pro in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Jes Sierra, B.Sc. answered:
Why are so many agents in Marin such flakes?
Hi Joe,
That really sucks, that bothers me too. I am dealing with the samething.
You will think they will try to sell a property as soon as possible.

Hopefully you will find an awe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 4, 2010 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Stefanie Wil…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Stefanie Willard answered:
What are the current market conditions in Dillon Beach, CA?
What are you looking for? Comps? I can send.

We all know the economy is low and previous expections are gone. But if you need to sell...well we look at the comps, features and condi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 22, 2009 Home Buying in Dillon Beach
John Brannan,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
John Brannan, 415-505-0634 answered:
Can some one give me advice on areas in Novato?
Hello James:

Seascape is a great investment but not the best area to live. There is a better location in Novato in the same price range that I would buy. Can we talk? - Best, John ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 14, 2010 Home Buying in Novato
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
We have made an offer on a wells fargo short sale. However, after completing the inspections there are several significant repairs needed. Can we?
Hello Makai and thanks for your post.

Typically, we do not recommend that buyers begin inspections on a short sale home until after receiving the approval of the bank for the sale be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 11, 2009 Home Buying in Marin County
Jes Sierra,…, Real Estate Pro in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Jes Sierra, B.Sc. answered:
Should I pay for a newly renovated home in this economy, or do the renovations myself.?
Hi Jake
It all comes down to preferences, some home buyers just want to move in and not deal with the renovations.
Other buyers look for less expensive homes and do the renovations th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 9, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael
April Tavares, Real Estate Pro in Saratoga, CA
April Tavares answered:
My house is under contract. When can I buy another house without risking the buyers changing their minds?
Hi Robert,

There is always some risk and I would suggest if you find another home to purchase, make the offer to purchase contingent upon the sale of your existing home. If you prod ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 10, 2010 Home Buying in 94950
Lynn911.com…, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX
Lynn911.com Dallas Realtor answered:
What is it like to commute to the city from Fairfax? Is this even a good idea?
Have you spoken to professional associates who would make same commute. Or visit local park, dining area speak with residences of that community.

National Featured Realtor and Cons ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 6, 2015 Home Buying in 94930
Leslie Jacob…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Leslie Jacobson answered:
Hi I was wondering how much a house sold for in the Chapel Cove development recently in San Rafael.
If you are referring to 18 Chapel Cove that property sold on 5/9 for $1,800,000. I suggest that you contact a Realtor to get a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) done on your property to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 30, 2009 Home Buying in 94901
Tristan Cela…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Do the sewage spills in sausalito(Bay) mean big increases in property taxes for a new system in the future?
The Marin Independent Journal continues to monitor the issue, see below.

http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=677 is official.
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 10, 2009 Home Buying in Sausalito
Cindi Hagley, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Cindi Hagley answered:
I looked up appraisals for a house on eppraisal, cyberhomes, and zillow. Zillow's number is $200K higher
None of these sources should be considered accurate for appraisals....your best bet is to higher an appraiser for a true value of your home. Some of these sites either use outdated srou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 6, 2010 Home Buying in Marin County
Phillipa Cri…, Real Estate Pro in Belvedere, CA
Phillipa Criswell answered:
How much are lenders typically asking for as a downpayment (as percent of home price) in this economy,?
Hi Howard,
Typically lenders are still wanting 20% down on homes in Marin. but if you were eligible for an FHA loan then the down payment is less. let me know if you want me to check i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2009 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Vicky Chrisn…, Real Estate Pro in 20132
Vicky Chrisner answered:
no money down
I can't speak to a specific ad, of course; nor can I speak to your state laws. However, sounds like these people may be about to lose their home to foreclosure if no one takes over pay ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 16, 2009 Home Buying in Novato
Bill Eckler-…, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler-Florida, answered:
can anyone help?
Alice,

To protect your best interests, it sounds like you need to place a call to the police department to find out about your rights and the eviction process. They may refer you to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 27, 2009 Home Buying in Marin County
Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in 03109
Scott Godzyk answered:
Under what conditions can a home sale be nullified?
If you have already closed on the home it is unlikely you can get the sale nullified but may have some recourse against your inspector and the seller. Without seeing the sellers propert ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 6, 2009 Home Buying in Novato
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