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Shelley Linde, Real Estate Pro in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Shelley Linde answered:
Help?
Hi Alj:

I will check in the office in the morning and see what is available. What price?? How many adults??
Pets?.....Lease? Shelley
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 25, 2011 Rentals in 94403
TON DANG, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
TON DANG answered:
We're looking for a house to rent in the San Mateo area, can anyone offer assistance? We're moving from Phoenix, AZ. Need a rental for
Definitely check our craigslist.org. This will be a great first step. Good luck!
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 2, 2011 Rentals in San Mateo
Phyllis Mcar…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Phyllis Mcarthur answered:
Bying virses renting
It reall depends on what you want. Renting gives you the freedom of coming and going as you please, yet your dollars are paying for someone elses mortgage.

Owning your own home, (at ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 1, 2011 Rent vs Buy in San Mateo
Mike Linkena…, Real Estate Pro in Jacksonville, FL
Mike Linkenauger answered:
Modification and short sale questions
The best place to start is to speak to a San Mateo Short Sale Specialist Realtor. Check out -
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 16, 2011 Foreclosure in San Mateo
Michael P Ka…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo County, CA
Michael P Kaprielian answered:
Looking to find a rental in the east bay...where should I start?
How much are you willing to spend per month?
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 14, 2011 Rentals in San Mateo
Lynn911.com…, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX
Lynn911.com Dallas Realtor answered:
I'd love to purchase in Foster City but it seems like even a small rise in sea level would be catastrophic. Thoughts?
Professional code of ethics would prevent any Realtor to render an opinion.

If you have concerns search for another area(s)

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Office ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 8, 2011 General Area in 94403
Matt Pickett,…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Matt Pickett, REALTOR® answered:
true or false? "In a short sale situation there should be only one offer that is being considered by the bank"
the answer is false, yes you only submit one offer however most agents like back up offers
1 vote Share Flag Mon Apr 11, 2011 Home Buying in San Mateo
Matt Pickett,…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Matt Pickett, REALTOR® answered:
where can I get a year year-by-year avg sq/ft sale price for all San Mateo zipcodes from 1999 to 2011? Or better yet, can someone post it?
look up the realtor association for the area and monthly statistics shouls be there
1 vote Share Flag Mon Apr 11, 2011 Market Conditions in San Mateo
Craig Kay, Real Estate Pro in Rockville, MD
Craig Kay answered:
Is the first offer the best offer?
It may not be the best offer, but you would be a fool not to take the first offer very seriously as it may go away if neglected. If they are serious enough to make a qualified offer, h ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 29, 2011 Home Selling in San Mateo
Kathryn Glav…, Real Estate Pro in Modesto, CA
Kathryn Glavaris answered:
What happens to the buyer's "earnest money deposit"?
It is held by the Broker until escrow is open then it goes to the Title company.
1 vote Share Flag Mon Mar 28, 2011 Home Buying in San Mateo
Romie Opling…, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Romie Oplinger answered:
in a short sale situation, if buyer A and B offer the same price, a FHA loan will "lose out" to a 20% conventional typically by lenders,
FHA may make the short sale process more difficult, because even in an as is sale, FHA is much more likely to require repairs than a conventional appraiser.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 23, 2011 Home Buying in San Mateo
Meredith Laws, Real Estate Pro in 98126
Meredith Laws answered:
How much home inspection (what type of inspectors to hire) should be done before closing the deal on a singe family home?
You should get as many inspections as you need to sleep at night about your new house! At the very least, get a whole house inspection by a licensed, experienced inspector. Follow them ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 23, 2011 Home Buying in San Mateo
Lance R King, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance R King answered:
I hear BofA is the slowest, hardest to deal with in a short sale - which bank(s) are easiest to deal with for the approval a buyer's offer?
Richard,

Wachovia used to be good, but they no longer exist in the mortgage business they were bought out by Wells Fargo and all mortgages have been transferred over to Wells.

In ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 27, 2011 Home Buying in San Mateo
Denice Nagel, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Denice Nagel answered:
What’s the best first time home buying strategy for the Peninsula?
Happy Holidays Oliver to you and your family.

Congratulations on expecting your first baby and considering purchasing your first home in a very opportunistic market and here in one o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 17, 2010 Home Buying in San Mateo
Stacy Rhodes,  in San Mateo, CA
Stacy Rhodes answered:
How's the Shoreview neighborhood in San Mateo, particularly the area near the 101 freeway?
Hi Sophia,
My experience is that San Mateo has a lot of wonderful areas for being a small town. Shoreview is not very close to downtown and it's not the most desirable area. The ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 7, 2010 Home Buying in San Mateo
Gilbert Rich…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Gilbert Richards answered:
Where do I go to find a dependable agent?
Referrals are the best source, if not put together a list of questions for what you want and seek referral from business associates as a secondary resource.

Even as a loan officer I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 16, 2010 Home Buying in 94401
David 'TAP'…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
David 'TAP' Tapper answered:
I am interested in the "San Mateo Village" area - It looks affordable (to buy), pros and cons?
I have young clients, both 25 years old with a 5 month old daughter that just bought their firts home in the Village. It actually closes escrow tomorrow. They liked the area and also th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 16, 2010 Home Buying in San Mateo
Go_leir, Home Buyer in San Mateo, CA
Go_leir answered:
Are there any "old town" areas in San Mateo?
I recommend the Hayward Park area. Just a few blocks away from downtown (4-12 blocks), fabulous neighborhood with houses from the 1920s, mostly charming craftsman cottages with lovely w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 4, 2010 Entertainment & Nightlife in San Mateo
Phyllis Mcar…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Phyllis Mcarthur answered:
Working with a buying agent but would like to put in an offer directly with the seller's agent .
follow your instincts, If you feel as though your current agent can't do the job in this particular area, then do it.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 24, 2010 Home Buying in San Mateo
Christine Du…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Christine Duncan answered:
What are the chances of a short sale accepting an offer with an FHA loan? Do banks tend to prefer 20% down instead?
Hi Winnie,
FHA loans can be approved for a shortsale although a 20% downpayment does make for a strong deposit. The deposit/downpayment is only 1 of many things considered. Banks are l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 28, 2010 Home Buying in San Mateo
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