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Ron Jensrud, Real Estate Pro in Fridley, MN
Ron Jensrud answered:
First time home buyers
Well with selecting a real estate agent you need to understand there are 2 types of Buyer Agents:

1) Exclusive Buyer Agents - work in a firm that never represents sellers, they only ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 26, 2013 Home Buying in San Mateo
John & Janis…, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John & Janis Arendsen answered:
Recourse on undisclosed work performed?
I'm not totally sure that an improvement like a skylight would have to be necessarily disclosed perse. If anyanythinghing it would be more like saying they installed a new toilet or sin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 27, 2013 Home Buying in 94070
Marcy Moyer, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Marcy Moyer answered:
Are there realtors who specialize in trustee sales and who accompany their client to the sale on the court steps?
Sia,
Great question. So as you are probably aware, you need to go to the court house for the auction prepared to pay all cash and you must be able to pay off all the liens on the prope ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 12, 2013 Home Buying in Redwood City
Sue Vaterlaus, Real Estate Pro in Pacifica, CA
Sue Vaterlaus answered:
How foggy is it? Are there things to walk to nearby? how far a drive to work in Daly City?
Hi- It depends on the time of year and where you are located. We definately have micro climates here. It depends where you live and how far you walk regarding things to walk to. I walk ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 15, 2016 In My Neighborhood in 94044
Sue Vaterlaus, Real Estate Pro in Pacifica, CA
Sue Vaterlaus answered:
How foggy is it in Pacifica? IS that why the prices are lower there than elsewhere on the Peninsula?
There are areas of Pacifica that are more foogy than others. For example usually if you have an ocean view there will be more fog because you are closer to the ocean. There is actually ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 3, 2012 Home Buying in Pacifica
Omar Galindo,  in Redwood City, CA
Omar Galindo answered:
I have tried several websites with no luck. I even drove around looking for the old "For Rent" signs. Any suggestions?
I own a 2 bedroom duplex in Redwood City with a 1 car garage. We will be asking $2,000 per month but the place has been through extensive remodeling. Please contact me if you would lik ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 20, 2012 Rentals in Redwood City
Karin Cunnin…, Real Estate Pro in San Bruno, CA
Karin Cunningham answered:
What are our rights as tenants, should the house we live in be under foreclosure?
This is always an unfortunate situation for everyone. You have a contract with the owners because they are still owners. Looks like the house will be sold in the months to come so I wou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 20, 2012 Foreclosure in 94066
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
We have been waiting for a BofA shortsale approval from the "investors", does anyone have any good suggestions to speed up this process?
When a Client asks to see SHORTSALES, I caution them about the loooooong time element.
Then, when we submit an Offer, I caution them about the looooooooooong time element.
I am remind ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 6, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Karin Cunnin…, Real Estate Pro in San Bruno, CA
Karin Cunningham answered:
how do i get in touch with an agent? I dont live close but any phone number is nessasary please?
You can call me and I can show you the home and others like it! Several have come on the market in the past couple of days in this price range in San Bruno. Call me! 650-438-3504 Thanks ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 13, 2013 Rentals in San Bruno
Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
Give me you honest opinion on buying as a VA buyer. What are the odds. Can it be possible, are sellers willing to sell to VA buyers?
Odds are very, very low on a VA loan. If we go from the very top, even all cash buyers have pretty low odds of winning on a property. That's followed by conventional buyers with 50% d ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 12, 2012 Home Buying in San Bruno
Bart Gabe, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Bart Gabe answered:
Appraisal and Refi advice in San Bruno, CA
Was it an FHA or conventional appraisal?
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 11, 2012 Home Buying in San Bruno
Ryan Cassidy…, Real Estate Pro in Chapel Hill, NC
Ryan Cassidy Group answered:
My wife and I need to move immediatly and don't know what to do.
Have you tried the VA Assistance Foundation? The Veterans Assistance Foundation operates programs designed to assist homeless or at risk of becoming homeless veterans maintain or impro ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 8, 2012 Rentals in San Mateo County
Taj Weldon, Real Estate Pro in Tracy, CA
Taj Weldon answered:
Making an offer
Hi Joan,

Your REALTOR should advise you on each house that you are interested in.
There are definitely more buyers than there is inventory on the homes under 400k.Above 400k it gets ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 9, 2012 Home Buying in San Mateo
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Don Tepper answered:
I was in the process of buying a home but problems came up and we had to cancel our contract. The appraisal was done and they are charging me for it.
Yes. You are responsible.

You ordered the work, the appraisal. The work was done. Your decision whether to buy--and your use or non-use of the appraisal--are immaterial.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 13, 2013 Home Buying in 94015
Maria Gilda…, Real Estate Pro in Manchester, CT
Maria Gilda Racelis answered:
I do not have a very good credit score and I want to get out of renting would rent to own be more feasible than a traditional purchase?
My recommendation to you is to consult a loan officer to prepare yourself to trek the road to home ownership.

"Instead of looking at homes through the eyes of an economist, we†... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 8, 2012 Home Buying in South San Francisco
John Juarez, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
John Juarez answered:
I am thinking about bidding on foreclosures in San Mateo County. If I win the auction, how do I pay for the foreclosure? And how soon?
If you don’t know the answer to that question then I think you are a long way from being ready to bid at an auction. You pay in cashier’s checks and immediately.

There ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 5, 2012 Foreclosure in San Mateo
Elena Talis,  in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
Are bank owned properties occupied by former owners or tennants?
Can be either. It even can be vacant.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 5, 2012 Foreclosure in Half Moon Bay
Elena Talis,  in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
I would like to rent sometihng like a guest house or apartment in the area to be near my family and friends.
Start looking. Most of the rentals are posted on craigslist. There is housing shortage in our area so make sure to look for newer postings and respond fast.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 31, 2012 Rentals in Portola Valley
Elena Talis,  in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
Rental comps for 2br 2-1/2 ba town home, pool garage and garbage included
Check rentometer.com. I found the results quite accurate.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 27, 2012 Rentals in 94061
David Gowans, Real Estate Pro in San Carlos, CA
David Gowans answered:
I bought a new home. For my previous home, should I rent it out or sell it now?
Jessica. That's a call only you can make. I recommend having an agent CMA your house, look at recent comparable sales and determine a likely sale price for your home. From that informat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013 Home Buying in San Mateo
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