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Nanette Kune…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Nanette Kunewa answered:
How different are Albany and Berkeley in prices and property taxes?
Albany's values are less varied overall when comparing to "Berkeley" because Berkeley has a larger geo footprint and a much wider variation on values. For instance Berkeley is quite di ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013 Home Buying in Albany
Devin Ratoosh, Real Estate Pro in Albany, CA
Devin Ratoosh answered:
Savings $30k and good credit rating. Am I able to get a pre-approval for $350k? I prefer not to have the FHA loans. Annual income about $140k gross.
The only problem I can foresee is that you may not have enough for your down payment. You should go ahead and call up a mortgage broker to find out. I would be happy to provide you some ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 23, 2012 Home Buying in Albany
David Cetina, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
David Cetina answered:
Albany's lack of inventory
There is a lack of inventory everywhere, not just Albany. That being said, you are correct, there are only two 3 bedroom houses currently available in Albany- however I don't believe th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 17, 2013 Market Conditions in 94706
Robert Chome…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Robert Chomentowski 858-922-7899 answered:
I see the ten year sales graph for Albany with a peak in 2005-6 and in 2010. Is this an idicator of a double dip in prices in Abany?
Not sure about Albany in particular, but in general in coastal CA what appears to be happening is prices in the middle and high tiers are reaching new post bubble lows. Where the low p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 6, 2012 Market Conditions in Albany
Devin Ratoosh, Real Estate Pro in Albany, CA
Devin Ratoosh answered:
Is there somewhere on trulia or otherwise where I can see housing prices in 2005, perhaps a list of the houses with selling price and location?
Hi Eric,

Not too sure if you can find this information on Trulia but if you go ahead and either send me an email or give me a call on my cell phone I would be happy to provide it for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 17, 2012 Market Conditions in Albany
Jeff Kim, Real Estate Pro in Hercules, CA
Jeff Kim answered:
Rec for starter home in the East Bay - Albany/ El Ceritto, Castro Vally/ Hayward. Great credit, $100K down payment; income 50-70K.
Congrats on your engagement. Its also a great time as a buyer. I am a local broker in the east bay area who also raises my family here. If you would like to look at homes, feel free to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 20, 2010 Home Buying in Albany
Jamie Edson, Real Estate Pro in Albany, CA
Jamie Edson answered:
lease option
this would be a much easier question to respond to with more information to work with. first, i will define what a lease option includes. an option is essentially a contract between a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 29, 2010 Crime & Safety in Albany
Eric H Wong, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Eric H Wong answered:
I went to the Open House for 1225 Brighton Ave in Albany, the price is $599,900 on the flyer. On Trulia it says $649,000. Which is correct?
The lower price is correct. It seems to take Trulia some time to catch up with any changes in the MLS.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 7, 2009 General Area in Albany
Liz Stevens, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Liz Stevens answered:
FHA loan Question - High Rise Condo
I do not know of any FHA restrictions due to "high rise" or too many units condos. Let me suggest you call the Mtg Broker I do business with, who does FHA loans, Chet Gohd, RPM Mortga ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 12, 2009 Home Buying in Albany
Nina Daruwal…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Nina Daruwalla answered:
I inherited 50% of the family home in 2007 when my father passed. I have lived here since 1998. The
Hi Gayle,

This ques is for a Lender, for a re-finance, I can refer you to a really good Lender- Kevin Lyon at The Loan Source, call and speak with him: 408-390-7044.
All the best,
... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 9, 2009 Home Buying in Albany
James Gordon…, Real Estate Pro in Cincinnati, OH
James Gordon ABR PBD SFR SRS answered:
How do I get my house for sale onto trulia? It is already on realtor.com & zillow.
Glenn just ask your agent to set it up and they can. Only properties listed on their local MLS system can be set up.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 24, 2009 Home Selling in Albany
rockinblu, Other/Just Looking in Austin, TX
rockinblu answered:
Advice appreciated to sell 2 bdrm 1 bath house in Albany, CA as quickly as possibly for as much as possible.
Susie,

Below are two links. The first one may help you land an agent that will do a terrific job for you. The second, since it is directed mainly to FSBOs, for the most part doesn't ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 15, 2009 Home Selling in Albany
Ken Lee &…, Real Estate Pro in Piedmont, CA
Ken Lee & Mary Burns answered:
I am planning to sell my two bedroom, one bath home in Albany, CA.
I used the Trendgraphix data that we have at Alain Pinel and the average days on the market for Albany in the last few months is 65 days.

It's difficult to estimate the market value ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 13, 2011 Home Selling in 94706
Ken Lee &…, Real Estate Pro in Piedmont, CA
Ken Lee & Mary Burns answered:
Sell my home in Albany, CA and buy in Lafayette, Orinda, or Moraga?
Hi Carrie,

I do not recommend that you over extend yourself financially. I understand that you really like the house in Lafayette, but from my experience in working with buyers, you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 6, 2010 Home Selling in Albany
Mr.P, Other/Just Looking in Arizona
Mr.P answered:
Adding expensive landscaping: worth it?
Maybe 40% tops, If it will improve the overall condition of your backyard.
I have had clients that the backyard condition was the most important thing.
Don`t go over the top, keep it ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 11, 2007 Curb Appeal in 94706
Keith, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Keith answered:
Why aren't there any BIG houses in Albany?!?
I've wondered about this too - from what I can gather, it is because Albany's roots are very working class and I'm guessing that the developers originally built housing for that demogra ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 7, 2010 General Area in 94706
Andy Kaufman, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Andy Kaufman answered:
Why are all the homes and lots in Albany so small?
In our understanding, its because a lot of the houses were built as homes for shipyard workers before and during World War 2.
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 23, 2007 Home Buying in Albany, CA
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