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Keith L. Bos…, Real Estate Pro in San Leandro, CA
Keith L. Bosworth answered:
what is the amount of the credit for first homebuyers?
We offer a Arise reward points based on the purchase price of your home. This goes towards your closing cost. The home loan will cost you nothing.

I would consult your tax consultan ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 19, 2014 Home Buying in 94107
Paul Ponitko…, Real Estate Pro in Fairfield, CA
Paul Ponitkoff answered:
Great school district, close to 280, high resale value. preferably walking distance park and shopping, budget 800k. Any suggested area? Thanks.
I would recommend Millbrae. "20 minutes out of the fog, takes you into the all year sunshine"!
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 16, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Paul Ponitko…, Real Estate Pro in Fairfield, CA
Paul Ponitkoff answered:
What closing gifts do you give your buyers and sellers?
I have been purchasing a home warranty as a closing gift and it's been very appreciated. I like the wine idea, but not all of my clients drink.
1 vote Share Flag Thu Jan 16, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Kevin Murray, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Kevin Murray answered:
Is rent to own homes legal???
The typical method of "Rent-to-Own" is using a Lease which includes an Option to Purchase. This allows the Buyer to get into the home now and purchase it later when their financial p ... more
2 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 16, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
sdrehak, Home Owner in 94112
sdrehak answered:
Another question about San Fran foreclosures (Sunset / Parkside area or others nearby but not too close to really bad areas)
If you're buying at a foreclosure auction then it's cash only, and purchases are made with only a visual inspection from outside.

If you are buying a bank-owned property (meaning n ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 15, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
J. Mario Pre…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
J. Mario Preza, CRB, CDPE answered:
Do I need to have a real estate agent accompany me on the first visit to see the Madrone by Bosa property in SF? Can I bring an agent later?
A house that is for sale is open to whomever is interested in buying. This premise is precisely why doing open houses at random sometimes is risky business -- you never know who'll com ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 9, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Alex Greer, Real Estate Pro in California
Alex Greer answered:
I have a building that has a unit down stairs that I rent out and I live upstairs. I have a commercial loan thru the bank at a high interest rate
I would be more than happy to refinance you into a conventional loan.

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079
http://www.TheMortgageOutlet.com

408-352-5147
AGreer@TheMortga ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Jan 8, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
J. Mario Pre…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
J. Mario Preza, CRB, CDPE answered:
Which would command a higher price in San Francisco Marina District?
In your question you don't mention "non-conforming" unit, rather "legal" studio.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 6, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Jason Walter, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Jason Walter answered:
How do I get info on the owner of a property. I need the owners name and number.
That's not public information unfortunately.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 3, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Jason Walter, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Jason Walter answered:
How does a highly motivated buyer (with millions to spend) locate a buyer-only agent who deals in high-end San Francisco (city only!) residential real
ArbSecure-AAA,

I referred my SF clients to a fantastic SF real estate agent that did an amazing job for my clients. They just closed on a very nice house TODAY and my clients were v ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 3, 2014 Home Buying in 94121
Jason Walter, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Jason Walter answered:
Hi, I live in NZ and would like to find a list of recently sold properties including the price achieved. I am especially interested in foreclosures.
Hi,

Thank you for your question. I studied abroad in NZ years ago and absolutely loved that country - beautiful. Please send me a message or email with specific information that you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 3, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Jason Walter, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Jason Walter answered:
I know the specific building/block where I'd like to buy a condo. Is there a way to find out about listings that never make it to the MLS?
The best way is to get connected with a local Realtor that has the right connections in the City. I know of a very successful agent that does a fantastic job for her clients and mine. I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 31, 2013 Home Buying in San Francisco
Greg Bryan J…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco County,...
Greg Bryan JD/MBA answered:
If all you have is $400,000 where would you buy in San Francisco?
Katie:

As everyone has stated $400,000 is not much in San Francisco and will not get you much. For the East Bay I would consider Oakland, or Alameda. Berkeley is probably a little ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 30, 2013 Home Buying in San Francisco
J. Mario Pre…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
J. Mario Preza, CRB, CDPE answered:
Trulia Suggests emails - Suggestion
Information is obtained via MLS, and as such, is transmitted either complete or partial based on the source (and/or if Trulia's strategy is to secure a "lead").
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 18, 2013 Home Buying in 94127
Rob Spinosa, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
Rob Spinosa answered:
Are you a first time home buyer? If so, what are your biggest challenges to realizing your SF Bay Area home ownership?
David,

Most of the buyers with whom I work would tell you that coming up with the down payment is the biggest hurdle. And, of course, there are still many buyers who think they need ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 17, 2013 Home Buying in 94109
Lisa Cartola…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Lisa Cartolano & Ellen Diamond answered:
what are the bad things about building on the seaside cliff?
Hi,

Interesting question. You will want to follow a lot of the same principals that you would when building any lot that you plan building on. What are the local building codes? Are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 17, 2013 Home Buying in Sea Cliff
Kayla Tekus, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Kayla Tekus answered:
Whats the crime Like
I'd recommend checking out Trulia's crime maps: http://www.trulia.com/local#crimes/san-francisco-ca

They can give you some local info based on crime reports.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 13, 2013 Home Buying in Silver Terrace
Rob Regan &a…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Rob Regan & Ciara Piron answered:
i am looking for an agent that can be able to help my husband and i look for homes that are for "Rent-to-Own
Rent-to-own is generally only common in buyer's markets where sellers are desperate to sell in any way that can. Even with the global financial crisis rent-to-own didn't catch on in SF ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 9, 2013 Home Buying in San Francisco
Aaron Bellin…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Aaron Bellings answered:
I'm thinking about relocating to San Francisco but I don't know the area.
Laura,

I'm a San Francisco native and oddly enough spent some time living in Walnut Creek as well. I would be more than happy to chat with you further about your situation, what you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 2, 2013 Home Buying in San Francisco
Jacquelyn A.…, Real Estate Pro in 94010
Jacquelyn A. Pio Roda - Broker answered:
HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT?
Definitely interview a couple of agents. The right real estate agent for you would have the right personality fit and experience in helping the client buy or sell similar homes to what ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 27, 2013 Home Buying in San Francisco
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