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Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Issaquah, WA
Dan Tabit answered:
Can I get a loan without income verification and less than 5% down?
Lionheart,
No, I can't think of any program that would consider your current situation. Lending rules tightened up significantly after the mortgage melt down. Even then, someone in ch ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 6, 2016 Home Buying in Daly City
Karen and Pa…, Real Estate Pro in Cameron Park, CA
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
Overbidding by 300K, will market craziness ever stop??
Almost 2 years later it is still a crazy market. We have had a few people from the Belmont area selling high, retiring and moving up to the foothills.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 25, 2016 Home Buying in 94002
VERREOS, Tony, Real Estate Pro in Brisbane, CA
VERREOS, Tony answered:
Why the difference in price between these two homes?
1. Compare actual sales not asking prices.
2. Compare features that drive price. The homes have many differences you can see.
3. As the realtors noted: listing prices are intended to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 22, 2016 Home Buying in Brisbane
Tina Peters, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Tina Peters answered:
I currently live in CA and plan on moving to WA. I want to purchase a home instead of renting, can I purchase while still living in CA? What steps?
Hi Perrick86,

Congratulations on your decision to purchase a home. I would recommend talking to a mortgage broker who will match you with a lender, and then a realtor who is licensed ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Dec 27, 2015 Home Buying in South San Francisco
Perrick86, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Perrick86 answered:
I am planning to buy a home in SSF and looking mostly at buri buri and westborough. Is parkway area a good neighborhood?
I have lived in Winston Manor area which is a skip from Buri area and Westborough. Honestly, if your family is small and not looking for oversized, then Buri Buri would be good. The ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 26, 2015 Home Buying in South San Francisco
Bryan, Home Buyer in California
Bryan asked:
The GreatSchools ratings are out of date in my area, when will they be updated? In my area (SF Bay Area), the school ratings do not match the data on GreatSchools.org. When will this data be updated?
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 12, 2015 Home Buying in 94402
Jebbert99, Home Buyer in South San Francisco,...
Jebbert99 answered:
WHAT CLOSING COSTS ARE INVOLVED IN A CASH SALE?
I am paying cash for a house. How much would it cost for tittle transfer in Illionis?
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 11, 2015 Home Buying in South San Francisco
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
HELP, i need home insurance!
Hi,

Ask your auto insurance company if they have home insurance.

All the best,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 11, 2015 Home Buying in San Mateo
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
Should we avoid living close to a high voltage power pole? How close is too close? any safe distance?
Hi Karim,

Also consider the resale value of a property with this kind of issue.

All the best,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 11, 2015 Home Buying in Foster City
Biolocustter, Home Buyer in San Mateo, CA
Biolocustter asked:
Is Portola Highlands area foggy? I'm considering buying a house in Portola highlands. I visited the open house twice and the weather doesn't seem foggy or wet. But I'm not sure how it is like usually. Any local insights?…
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 26, 2015 Home Buying in San Bruno
Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in Manchester, NH
Scott Godzyk answered:
I am purchasing a house in Pennsylvania for 24,000 and I am paying cash. Could you tell me approximately how much closing costs would be?
You should contact a local title company or real estate closing attorney who can quote you how much to close.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 18, 2015 Home Buying in South San Francisco
Susie Kay, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX
Susie Kay answered:
What are the safe neighborhoods to buy home in Bay Area?
I would suggest that you contact your local police department and find out the most current info on crimes and go from there.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 8, 2015 Home Buying in Redwood City
Kristin, Home Buyer in Foster City, CA
Kristin answered:
Is the Admiralty complex in foster city a good investment compared to other foster city projects?
Word on the street is the Admiralty has been struggling with a massive, over-budget construction project for quite a few years. They were apartments that converted to condos. They the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 12, 2015 Home Buying in Foster City
Taljulavit, Renter in Menlo Park, CA
Taljulavit answered:
What is the Belle Haven Neighborhood in Menlo Park like?
Not safe, if you want a closer look i would suggest the menlo park police departments records.

http://www.menlopark.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=63

Most reported crimes in menlo park are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 1, 2015 Home Buying in Menlo Park
Taljulavit, Renter in Menlo Park, CA
Taljulavit answered:
Belle Haven section of Menlo Park
I would check out the Menlo Park Police logs.
http://www.menlopark.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=63
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 28, 2015 Home Buying in Belle Haven
Casey Mooney, Home Buyer in Chadds Ford, PA
Casey Mooney asked:
how do i hide foreclosures? i'd like to only see houses that are on the market, not houses that are in default but not on the market
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 31, 2015 Home Buying in 94025
Lilaora, Home Buyer in Laguna Woods, CA
Lilaora answered:
I have about 10% down payment for an FHA loan of $450K . We want to avoid the PMI if at all possible- Can my parments co-sign to avoid the PMI?
If you're in the market to buy a home, you've probably heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20% to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) ... more
1 vote Share Flag Tue May 12, 2015 Home Buying in 94020
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in Woodland Hills, CA
Sheryl Arndt answered:
can I have the closing cost incorporated into my fha loan with 10% down?
Hello Sandra, yes sure you can cover closing costs within the rate with premium financing with whatever down payment you choose or qualify for. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 29, 2015 Home Buying in 94020
Javier Monti…, Real Estate Pro in Covina, CA
Javier Montiel answered:
I am the listing agent for 1342 Cloud Ave, Menlo Park 94025. The information on Trulia is incorrect and doesn't match either the MLS or the
If you have a Trulia account you can manually enter in the listing and make the corrections.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 9, 2015 Home Buying in Menlo Park
raymondwalt…, Real Estate Pro in Menlo Park, CA
raymondwalton asked:
I am the listing agent for 1342 Cloud Ave, Menlo Park. The information that Trulia has is incorrect and doesn't match the MLS information. The square footage listed for the lot size is incorrect and doesn't match either the MLS information or the county information. How can this be corrected?
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 9, 2015 Home Buying in Menlo Park
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