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Gil Faust, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Gil Faust answered:
In a dream world, is it possible to offer and complete on a property in 14 days?
It would be very difficult to complete the mortgage process from beginning to end in 14 days. To best prepare yourself for a quick close, you should get completely pre approved, subjec ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Selling in Oak Center
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Alan May answered:
We have had 4 agents out to value our property, there is a big difference in the fee that they are charging ....
Personally, Martha... I wouldn't hire anyone who "badmouthed" the competition. But that's just me.

Selling real estate is not rocket science... but it's also not something that's fo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 29, 2013 Home Selling in Oak Center
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
I am looking to sell my house in the near future, my friends and family are advising me that I should use an Estate Agent
The power of the internet has helped broaden the marketing area, from being local to being global.

At Alain Pinel Realtors, we say that we market to the world.

Being established i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
I hate showing people around my home. I take it very personally if they do not like it. What are some agent tips?
Funny....you don't want to use a realtor to help you sell your own place.... but you're asking us for tips...

We ask sellers not to be present during showings for the very reason you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 17, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Why use an Estate Agent at all? I could put up a board in my garden and save on the fee’s that Estate Agents charge.
I'm sure you will hear from several folks on the whys.

You may find it interesting that the founder of ForSaleByOwner.com gave up on trying to sell his own place, and used a realtor ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 17, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Richard Matus, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Richard Matus answered:
Does building a "green" home necessarily mean a more expensive home (material-wise)?
Not always, sometimes it is a decision of using a different product at a similar cost. There is an organization called Build It Green (builditgreen.org) that has lots of good info that ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 3, 2013 Financing in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
What are ways to help sell a house in the Bay Area that has been on the market for awhile?
Guess one should look at the factors that may explain why the house isn't selling. Principles of marketing: price, product, placement, promotion,

The first thing we review is the p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Why is Lake Merritt in Oakland so dirty?
Strange....

I go to Lake Merritt quite frequently since my folks live in a high rise directly across the Lake. I have never thought nor seen it as "dirty". The City takes very go ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 6, 2013 Quality of Life in Oakland
Ellen Lynch, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Ellen Lynch answered:
Is Oakland the next Brooklyn?
Oakland already IS Brooklyn! The area from lower Park Blvd to lower San Antonio is on the old maps as Brooklyn. It tried to succeed from Oakland a long time ago. If you look on pr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013 Quality of Life in Oakland
CLAIRE WILLS…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
CLAIRE WILLS ® answered:
Oakland is to SF as _________ is to NYC?
I would guess Brooklyn. :)
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013 Quality of Life in Oakland
Keith Jean P…, Real Estate Pro in East Brunswick, NJ
Keith Jean Pierre answered:
How does one know when they are ready to buy a house?
The most important factor is your mental state. Are YOU ready to purchase? If you are ready, I would suggest calculating the mortgage payment you are comfortable with. There are many di ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013 Home Buying in Oakland
Antoine Pirs…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda County, CA
Antoine Pirson answered:
How does one determine the capital gains tax for selling home in California?
The only correct way is to ask your tax accountancy or lawyer. Although I did take an IRS course as part of my real estate education, I am not allowed by law to give you advice on thi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Good neighborhoods in Oakland, CA?
Downtown is thriving with new businesses, and there are many new condos/lofts available. Easy access to BART and other public transportation. By the Jack London area, you can also hop o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013 General Area in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
How do I determine the capital gains tax for selling home in California?
Here's a link on SF Gate regarding that question
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/estimate-capital-gains-taxes-real-estate-2613.html
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But there are other considerations for tax exemptio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Simone Hoover, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Simone Hoover answered:
What is the average number of showings for a home to sell?
We are in a seller’s market right now and if your property is priced correctly it should only take a few showings. I would recommend it being open at least one Sunday Open house, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Selling in Oakland
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Can my landlord raise the total rent if I take on a subtenant?
You should look in the terms of your lease first. Generally, the lease will indicate how many people can stay in the unit.

If you add someone to stay at your place, that may be seen ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 1, 2013 Rentals in Oakland
Michael Bard…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Michael Bardales answered:
Will lender give buyer a loan if a garage is converted into room without permit?
Possibly. They may require a larger down payment. I have a great lender who can help you with that. Let me know.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 31, 2013 Financing in 94603
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Ho do I find out about Bart hours and routes?
If you have access to the internet, you can access the info online http://www.bart.gov/

And if you have a smartphone, there's an app for that

http://www.bart.gov/schedules/mobile/ ... more
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