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aazmi, Home Buyer in Mountain View, CA
aazmi answered:
I hear WHisman Station homes in Mountain View have some toxicity concerns?
The toxicity concern was isolated to a sewer line running north of Middlefield. Whiman homes are south of Middlefield.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 25, 2015 Home Buying in Whisman Station
HelpUBuy Ame…, Real Estate Pro in 75019
HelpUBuy America answered:
Is it safe to buy a home with power lines in/near the backyard? How much will it impact the home's ability to hold/gain in value over time?
It's a bad idea to buy a house near power lines. You'll find studies that claim it is safe; others that state the opposite. Why take a chance? It's bad for resale and they are unattract ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 21, 2015 Home Buying in Mountain View
Nathan Steig…, Home Buyer in Forestville, NY
Nathan Steiger answered:
Are property taxes based on purchase value or on appraised value?
Neither bc taxes are not paid on "appraised values" they are paid on assessments. Look at yout town records and look at the assessment then multiply that by total tax rate, there is yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 9, 2015 Home Buying in Mountain View
Gretchen Swa…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Gretchen Swall answered:
Which is a good neighborhood for a great single family home (upto 1M) around Silicon Valley?
Tanya,

As Brett mentioned it depends on your definition of "great" single family home. There are ranges as you know from one buyer or seller to another. However there is plenty of i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 24, 2015 Home Buying in Mountain View
ctsseo, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
ctsseo answered:
What is the typical cost of remodeling per square foot, say if you want to add an extension to the existing home?
Just to give you a realistic idea on a couple more common costs, I pulled up the numbers from one of my past projects. This home was 1,200 square feet on two levels plus about an 800 s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 2, 2015 Home Buying in 94039
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
Affordable Housing for Young Adults - No Kids but PETS.
Hi Jordan,

I work in the Mountain View area. Please email me from my profile with your preferences as follows.

Preferences.
1. Price Range
2. Property Type (Single Family, Condo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 30, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
Annette Lawr…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Annette Lawrence answered:
Hi, I am looking for a fixer upper in the mountain view area. Any fixer upper specialists in that area who can help us find the right home.?
Huey and Sam have both offered to assist you.
Be aware, the competition is very significant for real estate of this type. You are getting into this market about three years too late. H ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 12, 2014 Home Buying in 94040
Julie Wyss, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Julie Wyss answered:
Buyer's Question : How serious should we take Drywood and Fungus/Dryrot? Opinions from Home Owners / Builders really appreciated
I agree that it is wise to address these issues now; they could become much more serious and costly if you wait. Also, you lender may insist that prior to obtaining your loan, you take ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 18, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
Phil, Home Buyer in Mountain View, CA
Phil answered:
Gables End Mt. View
MV, did you buy in the end? If you did, how do you feel about the situation now?
1 vote Share Flag Tue Jun 3, 2014 Home Buying in 94043
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Issaquah, WA
Dan Tabit answered:
buyer doesn't cancel contract
Scott,
Your contract contains the answer to your question. If the answer isn't clear to you or your agent, get an attorney to review it. We don't have your contract and that is the c ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 28, 2014 Home Buying in 94043
Mark DeWitt, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Mark DeWitt answered:
Do pre-approval letters still matter?
Hi melia ,

Yes, a lot of weight is given by the way your offer is written and the details of your pre-approval letter. We empower our clients by doing a few things that give our buy ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 27, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
Rob Spinosa, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Rob Spinosa answered:
Mortgage for high income, 40% down payment, no debt, but poor credit and short US credit/tax history/only one trade line
DW,

I'm not sure your situation is insurmountable. I guess my first question would pertain to your citizenship status. Are you a US citizen or other?

I'm happy to give this a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 19, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
PS, Home Owner in Mountain View, CA
PS answered:
Noise from Mosffett Field ?
Well the heavy aircraft (C-130s, I believe) fly over a large-ish region of Mountain View / Sunnyvale so it's hard to make any remarks without being more specific about the area of inter ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 13, 2014 Home Buying in North Whisman
Ruth and Per…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Buying a home with step-down kitchen/great room, next to garage and backyard - is this desirable?
Hi Stephen

Hope by now you have won the bid and all is well.

Certain cultures step down is not desired, its also tough for elderly with
knee problems.

Resale can be an issue s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 13, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
Bryan Sweeley, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Sweeley answered:
Buying an older home and planning to do Fumigation - home is unhygenic. Is it customary to rip out Carpet before fumigation?
I don't believe the carpet has any effect on the fumigation.

There might be a very slight benefit to removing the carpet prior to the fumigation as it is a little easier for the gas ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 23, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
Douglass Mcn…, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
Douglass Mcneil answered:
West of El Camino - inventory increase and modest slowdown?
I thought there were signs of a modest slowdown, but it does not appear to be the case. 2328 CAROL Ave, 2447 VILLA NUEVA WAY, 476 LEVIN Ave sold for $1.7M, $1.8M, $1.8M, respectively. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 19, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
kaybella52, Home Owner in Mountain View, CA
kaybella52 answered:
Ex-Mountain view resident and now wondering why is Mountain view gathering momentum on real-estate price
MOUNTAIN VIEW BECOME THE START UP CITY... BESIDE BORDER OF LOS ALTOS AND PALO ALTO ALSO A LOT OF COMPANIES HERE THAT IS LISTED IN THE S&P 500. $$$$$$$$$$$$$
1 vote Share Flag Tue Feb 11, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
Elena Talis, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
Permit for a mountain view homes does not show sq.ft,etc. Do we get into any issue when buying or selling later?
Go to to the city building department and see what they have on file. Ask them the same questions about the remodeling and bringing the home up to code. If you like the answers - I wo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 21, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
Douglass Mcn…, Home Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
Douglass Mcneil answered:
Why do some listings have no pictures included?
Thanks for all the comments.

Pictures just appeared in the MLS in the last couple of hours.

I guess I need to be more patient.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 16, 2014 Home Buying in Mountain View
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