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TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Can a room in a detached cottage be considered a bedroom in the house bedroom count?
I would not count it. The tax records will show what it considers bedroom count. In any event, it should be clearly disclosed.
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Chris O'Conn…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Chris O'Connor answered:
Do buyers prefer carpet or hardwood floors? The seller is deciding if they should repair damaged wood and refinish, or put new carpet on top.
Every buyer is different but it seems most buyers consider quality wood flooring to be a significant upgrade to carpeting. If your clients floors can be repaired and refinished that may ... more
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Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
How long does it usually take for a recorded deed in Alameda County to be mailed to the owner?
That Deed should come to you within a week or so of recordation.
If you need it immediately, you can go to the county and have them get you a copy of it...immediately.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 12, 2014 Home Buying in Berkeley
Flavio Tejada…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Flavio Tejada, MBA,Realtor/Own answered:
Is a house with an elevator a bad buy?
hi, it depends on your needs...and you should consider the cost to maintain and remove...at resale, it will depend on that buyer's needs...

Click to see "ACTIVE" listings for sale in ... more
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Jodi Selene, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Jodi Selene answered:
We are looking to buy a vacant lot in Berkeley, Alameda County. Is anybody doing lot loans? Thanks in advance.
Hi Tom, you might also consider buying a major fixer upper and getting a renovation loan on the property.
This way, you can buy the infrastructure (electrical, plumbing, etc.) alread ... more
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Carl Medford, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Carl Medford answered:
How quickly after closing can I transfer partial interest in my property via a quitclaim deed?
The answer is immediately, but, as Liz stated below, make sure it does not impact the loan. Typically, if you are adding a spouse, you can do it right away with no loan consequences. We ... more
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Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
I'd like to buy a condo in Berkeley that has an actual yard, with grass. Not a balcony. Is there such a thing? Where would I look?
There are actually a lot of converted duplexes and triplexes now in Berkeley that have gone condo. Many of them are Victorian style or Craftman and have some shared yard space. They sel ... more
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Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
Renting to own.
Parissa and Jim, your query doesn't really say why you want to approach the market this way. Perhaps you don't have the funds for a down payment, or you may think you can get the prop ... more
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Paul Talbot, Real Estate Pro in 94702
Paul Talbot answered:
How do I determine what homes have a bonafide panoramic view of the bridges, SF, the bay, etc?
Hi Louis,

The realtor you choose to work with should be going on a broker's tour to find you homes with a true panoramic view of the bay. Whenever I have a client with a specific req ... more
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Paul Talbot, Real Estate Pro in 94702
Paul Talbot answered:
Thanks for telling me what will be the total cost to me an house sold for 1000 000 dollars regards
Hi Sylvie,

You need to assume between 2.5-5% for closing costs and inspections. Depending on what improvements you decide to make or negotiations made during the transaction, it is d ... more
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Matthew Smith, Real Estate Pro in San Leandro, CA
Matthew Smith answered:
I'm looking for a family friendly neighborhood in Berkeley or Oakland. Any recommendations?
There are so many possibilities... It would be good to know some of your additional requirements, including your price range. If you are not sure, a lender consultation will help and al ... more
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Ira & Ca…, Real Estate Pro in 94707
Ira & Carol Serkes answered:
What's the average house price in the Thousand Oaks area of Berkeley?
Hi Ms. Kelly

There is a diversity of prices in our Thousand Oaks neighborhood ... so thought that an interactive maps would be helpful for you.

You can zoom in to Thousand Oaks .. ... more
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Economides a…, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley Hills, Berk...
Economides and Hill answered:
how to rent a very upscale berkeley house for the month of october?
Why don't you try VRBO ( vacation rentals by owner? They seem to have quite a few houses for rent on that basis.
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Jessica Brus…, Renter in Oakland, CA
Jessica Bruscato answered:
Can anyone recommend good architects and general contractors to remodel a home in the Berkeley/Kensington area?
www.arcsine.com/

We are a small design firm located in Oakland and welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding your remodel. We enjoy collaborating on residential projects h ... more
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Rick Trono, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Rick Trono answered:
Is there any way to search for homes with in-laws?
2 Fams,

Work with an agent...then you wont have to do the searching yourself.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 26, 2013 Home Buying in Berkeley
Chlo, Home Owner in New York, NY
Chlo answered:
First time every buying a condo. How much money do I need to save up for the down payment on a condo in the Berkeley/East Bay Area?
1. Stay out of debt. That means no fancy clothes, meals, trips, ect. Dont buy a car - take the bus or walk. Don't rent an expensive apartment in the meantime. Don't have kids.

2. Do ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 27, 2013 Home Buying in Berkeley
Glen Bell, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Glen Bell answered:
How can I see Pre Forclosure Home in Trulia?
The number of distressed properties available has been declining for some time now. They are less of a factor in our market place here in the East Bay. As of the end of April, foreclosu ... more
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Glen Bell, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Glen Bell answered:
Is Berkeley would be really hard to by a house to rent without being scared of the rental control laws that could easily rune my investment ?
This will depend on your risk and reward analysis. If you’re looking for strong cash flows, you may consider other areas. However, if you’re looking for a secure investmen ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 14, 2013 Home Buying in Berkeley
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Do small studio-type apartments exist for sale in Berkeley? I can't find any on your site.
The best way to find listings that are actually listed for sale is to engage a realtor to alert you whenever something comes up for sale that meets your requirements and budget.


No ... more
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Jeff Weissman…, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Jeff Weissman, REALTOR® answered:
Foreign investor seeking mortgage?
Dear Hang,
According to my sources, the only outlet that would be able to consider foreign nationals is Bank of Internet, as they will allow them for 2nd home transactions (investment ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 3, 2013 Home Buying in 94705
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