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haya.rubin, Home Buyer in Santa Clara, CA
haya.rubin answered:
Can a bank order an appraisal without me signing any documents. I was never aware when the appraisal was going to happen and never signed any papers?
You should not be on the hook to pay for an appraisal if you never signed any paperwork to initiate it. Banks like to do this but if you are not already a bank customer they cannot do t ... more
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RonS, Real Estate Pro in Concord, CA
RonS answered:
Can the bank request appraisal before home inspection is done?
One has nothing to do with the other, ever. Yeah, it sucks but again, they do not trigger each other. Event "A" doesn't lead to Event "B".

If you want out, sounds like this is the ti ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Home Buying in 95014
Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
If an inspector finds asbestos in a home you have contracted to buy, what are your options?
If you have found yourself in this situation, it is almost definitely too late to back out of your contract. I would first see how bad it is. Then, I would see what you can do to get th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 18, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
michaelsemail, Both Buyer and Seller in Cupertino, CA
michaelsemail answered:
Looking for local expert agent to help me in home buying process in Cupertino , Sunnyvale area.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 15, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Hi, We have been thinking whether to re-model or tear down and re-build our 60 year old house in Rancho area. Suggestions are welcome. Thanks
Is the purpose for your own enjoyment, or for resale?
IF it's for you to enjoy, then go ahead and tear down and rebuild the way you want the house to be.

If it's for resale, a sim ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 3, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Sammamish, WA
Dan Tabit answered:
have been approved from my bank for a loan on fixing house,new roof they want to send an inspector to seen how much house is worth,What do they do
Hi Annette,
Depending on the type of appraisal requested, they may just drive by or request a time to meet you and go through every room. If there are serious problems that need repa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 26, 2014 Home Buying in 95014
Annette Lawr…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Annette Lawrence answered:
How does per sqft rate scale up with the size of home?
In my area of Florida I use a value inversion of .009 for every 100 SF when size exceeds 400 SF.

When comparing properties with a mismatch in tangible assets I rely on factoring usin ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Aug 11, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
oscar012000, Other/Just Looking in Jersey City, NJ
oscar012000 answered:
How much does it cost to tear and build a new single family /single story home(say 2000sqft) in cupertino,ca?
hi ruthirama am adam from oscar contracting if you really need to do your house soon i can help you and save a lots of money to you good job fast and good quality just send me an e.mail ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 23, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
Mitul Patel, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Mitul Patel answered:
I understand that Cupertino is allowing R1 lots over 9000 SQFT to be changed to R2 so two detached Single Family homes can be built? Is this correct?
Hi Arvind,

I would suggest checking with City if you have a particular lot in mind. This will go thru public hearing as well so could be little longer process then typical planning a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 14, 2014 Home Buying in 95014
Larry Tollen, Real Estate Pro in Durham, NC
Larry Tollen answered:
How important is a home's walkability score to potential buyers?
Good question and I've enjoyed reading through the answers. In my area it definitely is more a demographic question. In general it's my younger (grad student) clients and older (active ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 8, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Are buyers deterred by pools in Monta Vista?
Most buyers prefer to use public pool. The high cost of maintenance a pool negates the brief uses. Suggest a quotation on filling the pool. If your pump or pool is at end of life. Go fo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 6, 2014 Home Buying in 95014
VERREOS, Tony, Real Estate Pro in California
VERREOS, Tony answered:
Regarding a recent sale in Cupertino, if this is not a real-estate bubble, what is?
One of the greatest falsehoods parading around as fact is the question of market timing. Certainly the stock market has an abundance of signals which tell an investor when to buy and s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 3, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
john, Home Buyer in Cupertino, CA
john answered:
10654 Martinwood Way. Remodelling questions and potential ?
Thank you all for the terrific replies. I will be checking the Cupertino city planning department for sure tomorrow to confirm. Here are some addition thoughts on my approach here:
... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 2, 2014 Home Buying in Cupertino
Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
Why do we need real estate agents ?
This is funny. This type of thread seems to pick up around the holidays.

Jim, let's keep la cosa nostra a secret from "them," shall we?

What's Redfin got to do with this? They're ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Dec 28, 2013 Home Buying in Cupertino
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Hi, I am interested in buying a multifamily home in Montavista area. But, looking at the listings, the resale of the house seems to take longer...
Did you ever decide on a multi-family or SFH yet in Monta Vista?

One thing to be aware of is if you buy a SFH it may be difficult to get the City to change the zoning to multi-famil ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu Nov 21, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
How common is lender's appraisal at exact value of asking price/bid price of sole offer?
My understanding is that is the objective. The buyer and seller agreed to what market value is. The lender's appraiser now has the job to justify if that value is correct.

The ap ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 3, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Would like some opinions on pricing for this particular home. The mls listing is at:
Any piece of land here with a structure in this school district is worth at least $800K
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 31, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
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