Hi Christian, not sure if your interest in this property is casual or serious. If it's the latter, you can always contact a Realtor to approach the owners to gauge their continued interest in selling. -Steve... more
Wing - there are BMRs in San Ramon. Currently the City has a wait list for the properties. Occasionally these homes also appear on the open market as well but mostly are on City and County Sale Lists. The first step is to see which types of BMR Homes you are eligible for.
San Ramon has 2 categories. Homes that fall under the City of San Ramon Plan and guidelines and Homes that are part of the County guidelines. Each have slightly different requirements. There are also BMRs in some of the neighboring Cities as well.
You will also need to enroll in a First Time Home Buyer Certification Course Provided by either the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center in Livermore www.tvhoc.org or The Mt Diablo Housing Opportunity Center in Concord www.mtdhoc.org Both of these organizations are severely impacted dealing with foreclosure counciling but there are work arounds.
Special financing is also required for the purchase of BMRs. Most lenders are not familiar with processing these loans. There are specialist lenders that work primarily with BMRs and Down Payment Assistance programs. These are the folks you want to seek out.... more
Ask a licensed contractor (a few of them), get an idea of the materials your home requires to rebuild. How's the quality of the construction...are you using high quality materials or normal grade? What are the labor costs in the area? Depending on alot of factors, you're looking at $150-$350 per sqft.
The insurance company will use what they call Marshall and Swift calculations http://www.marshallswift.com which is their basis for construction costs.
Again, get with someone that is familiar with construction costs and rebuilding and match it with the insurance company.... more
All 66 condos at the auction were sold by about 2:30pm. The Refelections had 25 for sale. The 2bd/2ba units sold for an average of $325,000. A few of the 2bd/2ba sold for sold for as low as $305K, a few sold for as high as $350K and the rest were in between except for the one 2bd/1ba and one 1bd/1ba which sold for less than the $305k. Let me know how else I can. I am dedicated to helping you find your perfect house. Joanne@JoanneLiotta.com... more
Cindi, I think you have gotten a great range of answers across the board. I'd approach it first, as Bridgette commented, by taking the position of asking if there is something you have done- and how can we make this work bettr for everyone. Let the agent know, however, that you really can't have negative comments made to your buyers about your professionalism, and that you are going to be here "to help through the whole transaction" whether or not the builder expects that.
Then, if the other agent still seems condescending, uncooperative or negative you need to go to whoever is above them and let them know it is happening. Keep each conversation along the way, including the past comments in a log, so that you have documentation for your broker and the other agent's broker if needed.
As Michelle stated, some people are just jerks! But, in my opinion, we- as professionals need to see to it that the level of professionalism is kept up as high as possible- so we can't just allow the jerks, "ethically challenged, etc just continue "willy nilly" without commanding respect for ourselves.
Good luck. If you ever have clients with needs in the North San Diego area, please give me a call. I'll make sure YOU look like a STAR by taking great care of them!
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