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Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in California
Sheryl Arndt answered:
are banks willing to sale at a short sale?
Hello melara65, yes they do sell and it is a process which can take months or longer depending on the bank. I have been on both sides of short sale transactions and they can be lengthy ... more
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Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
How would a new townhouse complex (8-10 units) affect rental and pricing of the old houses in its neighborhood?
If they are not the same sf (say larger on new units). There is no change. If they are of similar sf then new ones will carry more premium to the point making older units as competing p ... more
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Gina Haggarty, Real Estate Pro in 94010
Gina Haggarty answered:
How much would it be to buy a newer home (build in 2010 ) with 3,500 sqft and around 25,000 sqft lot in lakeview, Hillsborough?
Hi Annalee,

Thank you for asking. Hillsborough home prices range from $2,500,000 and up. If you were looking for a home that was about 4 years old the range will be around $4,000,00 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 27, 2014 Home Buying in Hillsborough
fosterkicks99, Other/Just Looking in 78052
fosterkicks99 answered:
Is okay to live near (3-4) blocks from Caltrain in the sunnybrae area in San Mateo or is it better to choose parkside home in San Mateo ?
There have been reports of smells that come from water treatment plants. They were never specific as to how bad they were or how far away you could smell it from. You should probably al ... more
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Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Can I expect the same results from an Agent who offers a commission Discount (rebate) compared to the traditional agent’s full-commission?
It's hard to say, and it probably depends upon what services the discount agent is omitting from the transaction. Most Realtors work on a sliding scale and have lower or higher commiss ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 17, 2014 Home Buying in 94025
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
Can I get my deposit back after loan contingency is removed?
You've mentioned the loan contingency only...my question to you is "have you removed ALL the contingencies." If not, you should be able to cancel and get your deposit back.

Do you ha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 15, 2014 Home Buying in South San Francisco
Dave & S…, Real Estate Pro in Belmont, CA
Dave & Sara Skokan answered:
Belmont/San Carlos homes taking longer to sell?
After a super aggressive Spring that brought our home values up to where they were before the crash if not higher, I believe we're starting to fade into a more normalized market where w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 3, 2014 Home Buying in 94002
Dave & S…, Real Estate Pro in Belmont, CA
Dave & Sara Skokan answered:
Overbidding by 300K, will market craziness ever stop??
It's a tough market to be a home buyer especially a first time buyer in the Bay Area, I not only say this as an agent who's helped many first time buyers over my career but also as a re ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 3, 2014 Home Buying in 94002
Mark DeWitt, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Mark DeWitt answered:
Available home loans with not so perfect credit
Mercy, Nice to catch up with you, give me a call.

Regards,

Mark DeWitt
VP Branch Manager
HomeStreet Bank
(858) 212-7054 Direct
(760) 331-2063 Fax
5800 Armada Drive, Suite 35 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 30, 2014 Home Buying in 94015
vvvein, Renter in Colorado Springs, CO
vvvein answered:
Should I consider buying a home near a school? I'm concerned about traffic/noise, especially in the morning.
It is nearly impossible to correct something like this but this question is really contradicting. We should realize that just the same as these respectable people deserve quiet and comf ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 28, 2014 Home Buying in Redwood City
jeffdlinn, Both Buyer and Seller in Glendora, CA
jeffdlinn answered:
How do i find the listing agent's contact information?
The main service that real-estate agents provide is convenience. All of the services they offer, finding a real-estate attorney (which they are not), coordinating home viewings and so ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 22, 2014 Home Buying in San Mateo
Jason Wheeler, Real Estate Pro in Pleasant Hill, CA
Jason Wheeler answered:
Anyone know of any Down payment assistance program for peninsula side in bay area California. First time home buyers.
There is a little known program in California for down payment assistance. This loan sounds like it might fit your loan scenario the way you've described it in your posting.

If you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 21, 2014 Home Buying in San Mateo
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
Building and/or remodel permits in atherton?
Hi Jonathan,

Do you know if the existing home would benefit from grandfathered in setbacks or other attributes?

I could recommend a local builder and architect that could give you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 16, 2014 Home Buying in Atherton
Joanne, Home Buyer in South San Francisco,...
Joanne answered:
just had the worst experience with a realtor and his wife, is what they did legal? ethical? moral?
Thank you all for answering my question, unfortunately He is a real estate broker and she is his wife. I had decided to do my own research in looking up real estate law and their action ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 12, 2014 Home Buying in South San Francisco
LisaMarie Ad…, Real Estate Pro in 94019
LisaMarie Adorno answered:
I would like to find some property overlooking the ocean somewhere along the coast.
Half Moon Bay and the many small towns along the coast are definitely a hidden secret worth considering. All of the towns (Montara, Frenchman's Creek, Moss Beach, to name a few) have ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 3, 2014 Home Buying in 94019
Paul, Home Buyer in 94027
Paul answered:
what percentage of total new construction cost would the contractor and the architect expect to be paid, in the San Francisco Peninsula area?
archiect 8-12% of construction costs if they are managing if you are just buying plans can do for much less contractors 15% to 18% of hard costs
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 28, 2014 Home Buying in 94028
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
1170 Godetia drive renovated without permits, what are pitfalls?
If purchasing with a mortgage and no permits and c/o's exist, your lender may not lend among other issues; so discuss further with your agent and or, attorney, and see what options you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 26, 2014 Home Buying in Woodside
Matthew Roge…, Real Estate Pro in 94010
Matthew Rogers answered:
Are houses currently selling near or over ask?
A lot of variables here. It depends on the particular property, first and foremost. There are also different trends with in different sub-markets. It is very important that you consu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 23, 2014 Home Buying in Daly City
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