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TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Why this house is a short sale? http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Altos/10549-Creston-Dr-94024/home/1764446
The Seller may have taken out a second equity line of credit. It may have been a negative arm loan and the principle increased.

The bank will only approve market value.

Your best ... more
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TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Are the homes located near St. Francis HS more expensive than the homes not located near the high school?
Homes located in higher ranking school districts are higher than those not located in higher ranking school districts.

Home values are determined by their location. A home right acr ... more
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Linda Lorenzo…, Real Estate Pro in 75070
Linda Lorenzo - (214) 578-3131 answered:
I want to transfer my property to my living trust in Santa Clara.
You need to either contact a real estate attorney or a local title company (this would be the cheaper alternative) for guidance. Title companies are a wealth of information and should ... more
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Elena Talis, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
What are some tips for first time home buyers to compete with the powerful investors in the San Jose market?
http://www.trulia.com/blog/PaloAltoRealtor/2012/06/how_to_be_a_buyer_in_a_seller_s_market

Still relevant.
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Travis Jacks…, Real Estate Pro in 95008
Travis Jackson answered:
What is my next move.?
If a Realtor told you they were going to "kick you ***" I would defiantly report them to the DRE. Did they make threats before or after you used them to purchase a house?

Travis Jac ... more
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Jennifer Str…, Real Estate Pro in Milpitas, CA
Jennifer Strohfus answered:
Is it worth to buy a 2bed/2bath town home ('92 built) for $400k near dixon landing park.?
Smelling issue is getting better and better. Milpitas schools are improving a lot for the last few years and Milpitas housing market will be more and more desirable. When the land in Mi ... more
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Charles Butt…, Real Estate Pro in Saratoga, CA
Charles Butterfield answered:
Opinion regarding Summerhill homes Evergreen, San Jose,CA
Thank you for your question:

Evergreen is an excellent location. Summerhill is a good builder.

Right now we are in a seller's market. There are far more people who want to buy hom ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 9, 2013 Home Buying in San Jose
James Peters…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
James Peterson answered:
swing structure in front yard?
Hi RG,

I would not suggest it, I know you might think it looks good however I can attest that most of your neighbors might think it is tacky.

It depends on the neighborhood though ... more
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James Peters…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
James Peterson answered:
investment property around San Jose
Hi RG,

As an active investor myself I have learned that it is very tough in the Bay Area to find a great investment property that produce a great return without being speculative.

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Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
Can some one publish data on home purchases in Los Altos by investors vs. individual families?
Perhaps you should contact a Realtor in your community!
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 9, 2013 Home Buying in 94024
Bill Mccord, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Bill Mccord answered:
Clean history perfect credit score pre-appr $800K but can't find decent homes in Evergreen, San Jose. Not disappointed but worried abt
This is the Free Market in it's most perfect form. Housing is a Commodity where there is currently more Demand than Supply. (At least in Silicon Valley)
Sellers sensibly sell to the be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 8, 2014 Home Buying in Evergreen
Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
Working in Cupertino - which is the best place to commute from?
At $500K for a SFH, you have to look at rather rough areas where homes are still that cheap. Within 20 miles of Cupertino, you can check out Alum Rock, Alviso, or downtown San Jose. B ... more
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Bill Mccord, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Bill Mccord answered:
IS THERE ANY DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS IN THE SAN JOSE AREA OR SANTA CLARA COUNTY ?
The Santa Clara County Housing Trust have probably the best 1st time buyer assistance programs in the state. Their 3 programs provide significant help.
For example. The MAP program req ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 9, 2013 Home Buying in San Jose
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Homes on Almaden Hills Estates Neighbourhood
Almaden Hills estates consist of 137 homes built in 1979 by Shapell Homes. Since it has been over 30 years I would assume that the current finishes is going to vary home by home as m ... more
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Lamson Dang…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Lamson Dang Broker answered:
How about schools for Arbor village, Evergreen San jose. Does this fall under Evergreen Elementary/Chaboya Middle?
Dear Kumaresh,

Yes, Arbor Village seems to fall under Evergreen Elementary and Chaboya Middle, Evergreen Valley
High School. You need to call the district to verify since they kee ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 6, 2014 Home Buying in Evergreen
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Are there houses that rent for $800 to $1000 in San Jose?
Sorry, no, there are none. www.RentOMeter.com will help you determine market value.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 27, 2013 Home Buying in San Jose
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
I am buying a short sale home. The bank is extending my loan . Is there anything I can do to help increase my credit score.?
What is the real question here?

You are buying a short sale, has it been approved by the seller's lender?
Why is your bank extending your loan?
Is your bank stating that you need ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 31, 2013 Home Buying in 95135
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
How far away does a home need to be from train tracks for it to be generally considered a "non-issue"?
For those areas, you should look for homes roughly 500 feet away from the train tracks for the noise to be attenuated enough that people don't mention it.

As you mentioned, there a ... more
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Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
do you need to do your own inspection for 8-year old townhome/condo if the seller already provide theirs?
You don't need to, but I would get my own. You have no idea who the seller's inspector is. Over the years,I've seen some inspectors miss way too much. You're buying a home that costs at ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 28, 2013 Home Buying in 95131
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
I have a loan for a short sale home. I cannot get the bank to give me a closing date. closing date from the bank.
Unfortunately, that's not quite common. Hopefully your Realtor explained what you were getting into with a short sale...every detail, price, terms, dates, are all on the bank's terms.
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