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Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
How far away does a home need to be from train tracks for it to be generally considered a "non-issue"?
For those areas, you should look for homes roughly 500 feet away from the train tracks for the noise to be attenuated enough that people don't mention it.

As you mentioned, there a ... more
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James Peters…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
James Peterson answered:
I am seeking a 2-bedroom apartment in Menlo Park, Palo Alto,can someone help?
Hi Lorraine,

I'd be happy to help in your search. Give me a call when you have a chance...

James Peterson
Broker Associate
Premier Century Real Estate Services
Cell: 408-836-9 ... more
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TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Is there high-demand for these DR Horton, Palo Alto Elevation homes?
Price and appreciation is relevant. When prices go up, they go up for all homes and when it goes down, they go down. Location always is the key to how much a property appreciates. Wh ... more
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Marcy Moyer, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Marcy Moyer answered:
I don't want to ask a question but to thank you all.
I am glad we could be of help.
Marcy Moyer
Keller Williams Realty
www.marcymoyer.com
marcy@marcymoyer.com
650-619-9285
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0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 6, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Elena Talis, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
what are pros and cons of new elevation homes in palo alto? 3bd 2 b priced at $1.4M. Isn't this over priced?
Pros: Palo Alto, new construction, proximity to Miki's, schools, commute routes.
Cons: Palo Alto, high density development, multi-story construction. proximity to the train line.

Ov ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 30, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Thomas Feng, Real Estate Pro in 95051
Thomas Feng answered:
Why can't I just use the seller's agent when purchasing a house?
You can.

However, would you want to be represented by an agent that is trying to get the highest price for their client, the seller?

A possible reason that the 2 agents gave you a ... more
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Elena Talis, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
What are all the possible accreditations an agent can get, and what do they mean?
The answers to your original question reflect the attitude of real estate professional towards these designations. If you are really interested in the meaning of these 3-4 letter abbre ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 5, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Deborah Herr…, Real Estate Pro in 07960
Deborah Herridge answered:
If I'm looking for a great agent, what kind of accreditation should I expect her/him to have?
First and foremost they should have the designation of REALTOR®
All Realtors® are licensed to sell real estate as an agent or a broker but not all real estate agents are Realtor ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 3, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Stephen Keese, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Stephen Keese answered:
Help getting estimates for renovation prior to purchase? Any builders/architects to reccomend?
Your agent should be just the person to answer that question. She or he probably has a list of good contractors who can give you an estimate and suggestions. You might try YELP or Ang ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 29, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Andrea Wince…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
Buyer in Palo Alto. Which form or contract should be used if I allow the seller to stay 1mth for free?
This depends upon what contract was used in the initial purchase contract. Are you buying a home and not using a Realtor to represent you? Usually in these types of situations, it' ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 5, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Jenny Wan-Me…, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Jenny Wan-Mernyk answered:
is buying in ventura something to consider? prices are a bit lower than other PA areas but comments are mixed re Ventura...what's your view?
Ventura is a good area to consider because prices are lower, and schools are very good. I have a client who bought a house in Ventura a year ago, and the price has gone up by over 15% ... more
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TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Homes that don't go on MLS for Palo Alto & Los Altos
I don't believe it benefits the Seller at all. When a property is not exposed to the buyers the Seller is loosing out on potential multiple offers.

I know this is happening in a lot ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 10, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Brian LeBars, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Brian LeBars answered:
A good lender for a Jumbo loan, great credit?
Hi P...

We directly fund loans from 3 major JUMBO investors. They include ARM products as well as a 30yr fixed option. We also have a great option of a 90% option with the old tradit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 20, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in 07856
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
looking at Palo Alto prices and the cost of ownership (prop tax rate interest), isn't it better to rent than to buy?
You also have to consider the tax implications. Homeowners are able to take tax deductions renters do not enjoy. As to prices increasing, it will probably not happen overnight, but wh ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 31, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Mindy, Home Owner in 94306
Mindy answered:
What areas in Palo Alto are likely to appreciate in the next 5 years?
I am not a real estate professional, but my experience is that whenever a new construction happens in the neighborhood, the existing homes appreciate as well. The reasoning seems to be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 19, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent
From the responses I get from my clients, see below;

They schedule a pre-meeting to discuss the buyers goals and objectives and to get an understanding of how the process works, alon ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 3, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Vicky Le, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Vicky Le answered:
I need a discount real estate agent for a purchase in Palo Alto
Hi JJ,

I am a Redfin Referral agent and would be happy to honor the credit. Please let me know if you would like to discuss further.

You may email me at vle@interorealestate.com ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 11, 2013 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Thomas Feng, Real Estate Pro in 95051
Thomas Feng answered:
What are some tips for first-time home buyers?
The first step to buying a home is to get pre-approved for 2 reasons. #1 so you know what you can afford, if you start looking for homes before this you are just wasting your time and i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 6, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Bill Mccord, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Bill Mccord answered:
Which costs are potentially negotiable in closing costs
Every County has "normal and customary" allocations of closing costs but in all cases these can be changed by mutual agreement between Buyers and Sellers. Your agent will know ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 3, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Paz Bar-am, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Paz Bar-am answered:
What are some surprises that first-time buyers encounter when purchasing a home?
For first time buyer this is the first largest purchase they are making in their life so educate your self on the process of Real estate purchase. The do’s and do not before, dur ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 7, 2012 Home Buying in Palo Alto
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