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Shane Milne, Real Estate Pro in Laguna Niguel, CA
Shane Milne answered:
Down payment options?
Hi dgraviano, yes there are.

FHA financing just requires a 3.5% down payment (there is also some down payment assistance options which can provide you with 3% to reduce your down pay ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 9, 2014 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Mary Kay & K…, Real Estate Pro in 94901
Mary Kay & Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Running into problems getting pre-approved for a loan as a self-employed person. Anyone have any advice on this matter?
Kristen,

Qualifying for a loan as a self employed person has become much more difficult over the last few years!! There is a lot more documentation required for anyone applying for a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 22, 2013 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Joe Sherer, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Joe Sherer answered:
When looking for a lot to build a residential property on in Mill Valley, what should a buyer look for? Where does one start?
You can find available lots and home ideas on our website LegacyBuilders.com. Since most flat lots will cost quite a bit of money, consider a down sloping lot with minimal retaining wal ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 12, 2012 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Miguel A Par…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Miguel A Paredes III answered:
I am looking to buy a house with the view to leasing it eventually. what is the demand like for long term rentals on 3 Bdr houses in Mill valley?
Brett,

There is a big demand right now. Email me your criteria. I will email you homes and what you can rent them for.

Warm regards,

Miguel A Paredes III
mparedes@fhallen.co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 12, 2012 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Amy E. Glaser, Real Estate Pro in Greenbrae, CA
Amy E. Glaser answered:
This may be a redundant question and apologies as I'm new to marin but what areas of mill valley are the warmest/have the most sun exposure?
Hi Brett,
The warmest areas of Mill Valley are Middle Ridge the area North of downtown in between Cascade Canyon and Blithedale Canyon and Scott Valley. Scott Valley is off of Camino ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 11, 2012 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
What is the typical premium per square foot paid for a newly built home versus a comparable existing home in the Mill Valley, CA area?
You are best asking a local pro like http://www.carriesherriff.com/ or http://www.marinmodern.com/renee-adelmann.php
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 31, 2012 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Barbara Major, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Barbara Major answered:
what is the best neighborhood in mill valley?
That all depends what you personally like, do you have children, do you need a yard, do you prefer the hills. To be honest, there really is no one best area. Sycamore Park is great beca ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 27, 2014 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Oggi Kashi, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Oggi Kashi answered:
We wanted to find out more about the Patricia lane foreclosure
Vicki

If you are referring to 8 Patricia Lane MV, it's already in contract and there will be no further showings. Here is a link to the listing:

http://norcalmls.rapmls.com/ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 1, 2011 Home Buying in 94941
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
hi there, we saw MV properties here - we are intrested in getting 2 br condo
It sounds like you have not enlisted the aid of a Realtor:

Please call Mike Rowland, Windermere Rowland Realty, 510-501-9133

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 10, 2011 Home Buying in 94941
Lance King-F…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King-Founder/Broker answered:
Seeking less square footage but want property valued at higher price?
Chick,

Renting first is a great idea if you don't know the area well enough to decide where you want to live. Although interest rates will likely rise over the next year, I don& ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 17, 2011 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Ryan Smith, Real Estate Pro in 92563
Ryan Smith answered:
I'm looking at a house in Mill Valley. How concerned should I be if a house is in very high risk fire zone and slope stability zone 4 (least?
It would be a good idea to talk with an insurance broker that can rate the property with multiple carriers and let you know the rates, some carriers may not even insure it. We have are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 19, 2010 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Kevin & Jova…, Real Estate Pro in 90069
Kevin & Jovana Keyser answered:
How do I find a Realtor to help me with foreclosures in the Mill Valley area?
Hi Patricia,
We have experience helping buyers with foreclosures. One thing that is really important: if you find a home you like, and get an accepted offer, be very careful to read th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 6, 2010 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Gerard Dunn, Real Estate Pro in Potomac, MD
Gerard Dunn answered:
What if we want to stop working with a buyers agent...Are we obligated in any way?
Check to see what the agency agreement says. You should have signed one that outlined the relationship between you and your agent.

All have expiration dates. See what the document ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 25, 2010 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Jes Sierra,…, Real Estate Pro in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Jes Sierra, B.Sc. answered:
Why are so many agents in Marin such flakes?
Hi Joe,
That really sucks, that bothers me too. I am dealing with the samething.
You will think they will try to sell a property as soon as possible.

Hopefully you will find an awe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 4, 2010 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Phillipa Cri…, Real Estate Pro in Belvedere, CA
Phillipa Criswell answered:
How much are lenders typically asking for as a downpayment (as percent of home price) in this economy,?
Hi Howard,
Typically lenders are still wanting 20% down on homes in Marin. but if you were eligible for an FHA loan then the down payment is less. let me know if you want me to check i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2009 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Liz Williams…, Real Estate Pro in 94941
Liz Williamson answered:
I am looking to buy a condo at Eucalyptus Knoll, I am only interested in the condo's 1-20. Please let me
One approach, is if your working with an agent, have your agent write a letter to the people in those condos expressing that they have a client interested in their condo. Know ahead of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 16, 2009 Home Buying in Mill Valley
David duPont, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
David duPont answered:
How do I know if I should offer more or less than the listing price in Mill Valley?
There is no easy answer to this question: You should work with a realtor that knows the area, the neighborhoods, communities etc. The access to public schools, weather and traffic patte ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 Home Buying in Mill Valley, CA
David duPont, Real Estate Pro in Mill Valley, CA
David duPont answered:
How do I figure out what home I can afford in Mill Valley?
Work with a Financial Planner (CFP) that can look at your entire finacial picture and make recommendations. The general rule of thumb is to spend no more that 30% of your income on you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 Home Buying in Mill Valley, CA
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