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Walter 'Skip'…, Real Estate Pro in 92870
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi - I want to make sure that the property owner is NOT a FRAUD/Identity Theft Individual - How can I know that???? Do you do a back ground check?
Hi Sevara,
I strongly recommend you not send any money without a signed lease. Does not sound legit to me.
Good luck,
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 25, 2012 Rental Basics in Santa Monica
DAVID COOPER…, Real Estate Pro in Las Vegas, NV
DAVID COOPER 1.888.616.6226 answered:
Rent vs. Buying in Santa Monica
Santa Monica is as expensive as Newport Beach. You can do a quick drive by on Sunday open houses and verify for yourself how expensive it is. Your rental numbers seem realistic

Dav ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 15, 2011 Home Buying in Santa Monica
BG, Home Buyer in Phoenix, AZ
BG answered:
In Fung Shui, how do you determine the "FACE" direction of the front door?
rule of thumb - you are standing at the door looking out to the West direction, that is a WEST facing door.

- prefer order : South, North, East and then West.
- major No No: T-corne ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 28, 2011 Curb Appeal in Santa Monica
Dp2, Other/Just Looking in Virginia
Dp2 answered:
Is it unwise to buy an investment rental property in a rent controlled area such as Santa Monica?
It depends on your exit strategy and your numbers.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 1, 2013 Home Buying in Santa Monica
John Juarez, Real Estate Pro in Newark, CA
John Juarez answered:
short sale
And what is it that you are asking about "short sale"?
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 8, 2011 Home Buying in 90403
Monique &…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Monique & Joe Carrabba answered:
We are looking for 2 bedroom house north of wilshire with the yard for a dog. must belong to roosevelt or franklin or even canyon elementary.
Hello Lara,

I am happy to help. Just let me know what your price range is and I'll send you some options.

Best,

Monique Carrabba
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Holly ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 5, 2011 Rentals in North of Montana
Heather Paul, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Heather Paul answered:
Are there any lease to own homes on the west side?
Yes, there are a few of them. Which area are you looking to live in Santa Monica?

Heather Paul, Realtor
"Your Local Real Estate Expert"
Coldwell Banker Santa Monica
424- ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 25, 2011 Home Buying in Santa Monica
Kathleen (Ka…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Kathleen (Kat) Becker answered:
Hi, I'm selling my home, and a few days ago we went into escrow. I'm having trouble getting a copy of the service contract from my
If you opened escrow, escrow will have a copy and will send you it or part of it to sign and certify. The contract becomes your escrow instructions. You can get it from your escrow of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 13, 2011 Home Selling in Santa Monica
Kristin Kanan, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Kristin Kanan answered:
Looking for a 3 bedroom, two bath holiday rental in santa monica for december 19 - 30.
If you are looking for a cool spot, I would check out this site: http://www.airbnb.com/
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 12, 2011 Rentals in Santa Monica
Tara M Moore, Real Estate Pro in Tucson, AZ
Tara M Moore answered:
i am buying a home. seller completed the wood inspection and provided report of work done on all section 1 items. Should i still do my own inspection?
Hi Umlia,

This is a great question. There are a few things to look at. Is the company they used reputable? What does your gut say about the whole thing? and what does your Realtor a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 14, 2011 Home Buying in Santa Monica
Elizabeth So…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Elizabeth Sorgen answered:
i am new RE broker. i have an accepted offer from seller. How do i ensure that i will receive the commission. How do i know how much i will receive?
Your listing agreement and/or disclosures should address this. Your commission will be according to your full commission agreement, unless you had a different agreement at the time of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 16, 2011 Home Buying in Santa Monica
Kristin Kanan, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Kristin Kanan answered:
Looking to relocate to SM next year and find a new job. Will I be able to secure a loan?
Hi,

I believe you simply need to provide proof of income in the same field for 2 years, not necessarily with the same employer. If you would like to find out for sure, I can refer yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 31, 2011 Home Buying in Santa Monica
Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
I have not been able to live in my condo for the past 8 mo due to foundation/structuals issues. Ground water/mud enter unit with rain or snow melt.
Wow.

Your HOA is not responsible for your mortgage and HOA dues while your unit is unlivable. In all probability, the HOA insurance will only cover repairs to your unit. However, som ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 20, 2010 Foreclosure in 90403
Jodi Summers, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Jodi Summers answered:
What is the best area to rent a condo/apt/townhouse in Santa Monica for a student going to SMC?
Sunset Park is the easiest commute to SMC.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 6, 2011 Rentals in Sunpark
Andrew Jones…, Real Estate Pro in Venice, CA
Andrew Jones (310)399-3740 answered:
What would be a good investment property in the Santa Monica area?
Hi Suzie,

As a home buyer there are good long-term investments for appreciation, but L.A. (& Santa Monica) don't have a lot of great opportunities for pure investors. Income ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 24, 2012 Home Buying in Santa Monica
Joseph Monte…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Joseph Montemarano answered:
If a bank owns a foreclosed house, will they sell to me if i can put $200k down and pay them the mortgage from my income and not through a bank loan?
If you indeed can't get a loan then your best option is to find a seller willing to do seller financing.
That said, if you find a really good mortgage broker, then he or she shoul ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 30, 2010 Home Buying in 90405
Tracey Henne…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Tracey Hennessey answered:
Anyone know of a cute apt, 2 Bds, 1- 11/2 bths with a little yard maybe...my son lives in Santa Monica on 3rd and Montana,rent controlled...has baby.
I have a nice 2 bedroom 1.75 bath on Princeton call me @ 310-779-6375 to see it. Or check it out on my website at Traceyhennessey.com. You can email me at traceyhennessey@hotmail.com a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 16, 2010 Rentals in Santa Monica
Kim And Kris…, Real Estate Pro in 90403
Kim And Kristine asked:
Do you have any pet peeves or annoyances with your Realtor? It would be great to know what is really important to clients. We want to give clients exactly what they want and then some. We want to make working with us an experience to remember....
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 23, 2010 Home Selling in Santa Monica
Don Dorsey, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Don Dorsey answered:
What is a settlement agents fee averaging in Los Angeles for a condo sale for both seller and buyer without a broker?
Locally in here in Southern California, we traditional use Licensed and Bonded Escrow companies. My suggestion would be to contact a local escrow company and find out what they charge ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 3, 2010 Home Selling in 90405
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
i will be working primarily near the west la va hospital & would like to buy in santa monica/venice most convenient for my commute. suggestions?
Hi Sarah,
I do know of homes in that price range which would be a short commute to your job but they are not located in your target area. You may also access the MLS from my website ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 21, 2010 Home Buying in Santa Monica
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