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Lloyd Pittman, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Lloyd Pittman answered:
where can i get an honest property assessment?
The best way is to find a local Realtor that has been referred to you or one you who demonstrates the qualifications, experience and knowledge needed to give you an honest answer. I hav ... more
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Lloyd Pittman, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Lloyd Pittman answered:
Novato lies in the flood zone, does anyone have any experience in Novato's wet winters? I'm concerened when I see dainage pipes scattered all over the
FEMA recently updated their flood maps. I lived in Novato in the early 80's when there was significant issues in localized areas. Much work was done and virtually all of Novato has been ... more
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rfarra4100, Home Buyer in Novato, CA
rfarra4100 answered:
Where are the nice family areas in Novato with great schools and many stay-at-home moms? We would like a newer home (3500 sq.).
Curious what you found, I'm looking for the same. It's been a few years since you wrote your post so, you are hopefully all settled in. How do you feel about the community feel?
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Heather Pete…, Renter in Petaluma, CA
Heather Peters answered:
Recommendations for a Realtor in Novato familiar with first time home buyer, down payment assistance programs (EARN, MHA, etc.) ready to hustle!
I'm renting a condo in Novato for $1550 per month. I'd like to purchase something however, I'm looking for a program that has almost $100% financing. I'm open to purchasing in Petaluma ... more
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Nathan Kessl…, Real Estate Pro in Las Vegas, NV
Nathan Kessler answered:
What are the pros and cons to a rent-to-own property?
Hi kjwong80,
The points that have been made by the other agents are right on the money. But if I may ask you a question, what is preventing you from wanting to buy now? At City First M ... more
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
33 Piper Ct
33 Piper Court was taken off the market but came back on market June 22, 2012. Still active.

However, I presume you have found other properties by now?

http://norcalmls.rapml ... more
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
small house in Marine county
Hi Luna:

i think it is possible to find a small house in a nice neighborhood in Marin county for under $400K, but it will certainly take some time and patience to do so. Competition ... more
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Libby DeKorte, Real Estate Pro in Sonoma, CA
Libby DeKorte answered:
How do I know if I should offer more or less than the listing price in Novato?
Imagine the property sold to someone else for $X and you are disappointed you did not get it, what is that number?
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 17, 2012 Home Buying in Novato
Carol Courtn…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Carol Courtney answered:
Can an REO company require a buyer to use their preferred lender? Buyer has to use their preferred lender or their contract will be cancelled
Recently I completed a transaction at 12 Burdell Court in Novato. The bank preferred us to use their lender of choice but the buyer used his own lender. It is not required!
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 28, 2011 Home Buying in Novato
Jola Jankows…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Jola Jankowska answered:
What is Mello-Roos? What is it for? Can it be imposed after you have purchased a property? Does it ever end?
Jean, I am new to Trulia (but not new to Real Estate) and wanted to add to the answers already posted. You can search County records for a Mello Roos amount assesed to the property. You ... more
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
Is it easy to rent out an entry-level single famliy house in novato?
Hi Peter:

Don't know if you are still even on Trulia or where you live now, but I was looking for somethinig on Trulia and happened upon this old question.

Just want to fol ... more
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Jean Nicol, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Jean Nicol answered:
The property at 25 Atherton Oaks in Novato has been on the market for a long time. Can anyone tell me why?
This is a unique property that was originally overpriced for a buyer looking for a residence only. Have you been up to see it?
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 23, 2010 Home Buying in Novato
Tristan Cela…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Is the condo on Diablo ave a good place to live?
Read the first-time buyer guidance at http://homebuying.about.com.
Do NOT restrict your search to condos.
Determine your price ceiling then investigate everything within your geograph ... more
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
Is the area around Denlyn and Cambridge Streets a good area to buy a single family house? How about flooding or mudslide problem in the rainy season?
Hello J2n4k6:

Is this question spurred by the current listing on Denlyn? Just wondering. Anyway, the area around Denlyn and Cambridge is in general a good area for a single family ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 6, 2010 Home Buying in Novato
Carl & Kurt…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Carl & Kurt Engel answered:
Can some one give me advice on areas in Novato?
James,
It really depends on what kind of area you are looking to live in. If you want to be in Novato, but with super fast access to 101 for a commute to the city, then Seascape is a v ... more
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Erinn Millar, Real Estate Pro in 94901
Erinn Millar answered:
Does anyone know anything about the new construction at Woodview Estates.?
Yes - what would you like to know? 415 328-4143 Erinn Millar
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 15, 2009 Home Buying in Novato
Mark Burns, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Mark Burns answered:
no money down
I'm sure they are 'for real' but involve a little more than you might expect.

A home can be bought 'subject to' an existing loan. This is an old real estate term that usually involv ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 16, 2009 Home Buying in Novato
Rob Spinosa, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Rob Spinosa answered:
How do I figure out what home I can afford in Novato?
Halley,

Determining the financing for which you would qualify is a very simple thing to do. It always involves an analysis of the "three pillars of approval." They are income, asse ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 29, 2009 Home Buying in Novato
Liz Williams…, Real Estate Pro in 94941
Liz Williamson answered:
Under what conditions can a home sale be nullified?
Home inspections can be very limiting. Although I aggree that home inspection should have caught the furnace placement, if indeed it is illegal., I'm not sure that it is. A City in ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 23, 2008 Home Buying in Novato
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