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Home Buying in Livermore : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Sep 24, 2017
Skdwivedi asked:
Escrow discovered that seller has some $ amount which seller can pay from the money seller gets as equity. it is more than 40days no news.
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Tue Sep 5, 2017
Anthony (Tony) Arsondi answered:
Hello Reachnaren.n,
I would love to answer any questions you might have. I specialize in the Livermore area and actually live in Livermore. I used to live in Castro Valley so I know the east bay through the Tri-Valley very well. Unfortunately I don't think there is any way to avoid the traffic in the Tri-Valley (Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton) area.

Traditionally you should always look at a single family home vs a townhouse. Most of the townhomes you find in Dublin will also have a $350 to $450 HOA. Keep that in mind when you are looking at the financing.

Livermore has a beautiful downtown, lots of community activities, over 50 wineries, and so many amenities to offer. Dublin has a TON of shopping. The closer you are to Isabel/84 the faster your wife can get to Bart. I would recommend the communities of Sommerset or Sunset West. These neighborhoods are close to Isabel/84 for quick access to Stanely which will take you the back way to Pleasanton/Dublin Bart through Pleasanton. The deeper you get into Livermore the longer it will take.

Properties in Sunset west:,CONDO/listingtype/Resale%20New/

Properties in Summerset :,CONDO/listingtype/Resale%20New/

I would love to chat for a little bit and answer you questions in more detail if you have some free time.

You can call/Text me at 925-315-8006 or email me through my website

Have a wonderful day!

Anthony Arsondi
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Karen Coleman answered:
I live in new York zip code 13166
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Sun Oct 2, 2016
Shikha asked:
I am looking to buy a property in Livermore but I am concerned on two accounts, Primarily the health of my family and Secondly, my investment, due the very close proximity of the LAB. I…
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Thu Aug 25, 2016
Valli Lopez answered:
Not true, I do have No doc loans but it does come with specific terms. Usually it's an arm loan and you must put a significant down payment down, at least 30%. Also, they prefer it to be a rental not an owner occupied unit.

What is it you are looking to do?

Valli Lopez
NMLS 980530
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Tue Feb 16, 2016
Mike Sears answered:

I believe you are asking about the new Shea Homes off of 580. They are Sage - Tranquility. I don't believe that the models are open just yet but should be opening in early Spring.

Purchasing so early at a new community has its pros and cons.

Pro - You will getting in early and probably at the lowest cost. Each new release will see an increase in pricing. You will also have a chance to get some credits when they have their Grand Opening Sales Event. Buy purchasing early you will have more opportunities to be able to purchase the model and floor plan you desire.

Cons - You will be living in a construction zone for several months if not years. If the market shifts you may see others purchasing for a lower price. Your HOA will be higher until the properties fill up.

I would be happy to discuss further with you should you have any questions or concerns, not just about this community but any others.

Mike Sears
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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Fri Oct 23, 2015
Farzin Yassini asked:
Hello, for the past couple of days, when I try to add a home to my board, my total number of homes saved is reduced by one instead of increased by one. For example, I had 5 homes, added…
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Mon Jul 27, 2015
There are more than one of those. There is a private 2nd and there are several set up through CalFHA. The City Programs are almost all the CalFHA

They have their good points and bad points.

The private one has a higher rate but it will usually close on time. They CALHFA has a lower rate but never closes on a timely fashion, it also requires a higher credit score. I have only done one of these and it closed three months after it was supposed to. I had sellers and sellers agents calling me every day screaming. That was in 2000 I have never done another one. They have such a bad reputation for closing late that many agents advise sellers not to accept offers containing this type of loan. So be ready to make a lot of offers. Your agent will earn every cent of that commission.

So what to do. The problem is that once they CALFHA loans are a week or so late, the sellers cancel the sale and go with someone else. Trust me the stress and hard feelings are not worth it.

But we have the problem of the other one being so expensive. Not such a problem really because in 6 months we can streamline refinance to a less expensive FHA loan ( assuming that rates stay the same. This might not be a good assumptions.)

If you are going to try the CalFHA or Chdap I would recommend going with Sheryl Arndt below, she seems to do a lot of them and so that may be your best bet.
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Thu Jul 23, 2015
Farhad Khan answered:

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Tue Jun 30, 2015
Mike Sears answered:

Unfortunately the builders will not allow you to purchase a lot and sit on it until 2017. They will more than likely be done building by end of year or first half of 2016, depending on which builder you are looking at.

You have a couple options; 1. you can always try to get pre-qualified with the builder's lender and possibly be able to purchase now, you don't have to have 20% to purchase. 2. You could see if you can get pre-qualified with an outside lender who may be able to approve you for a loan where you don't need 20% down 3. By 2017 you could have people who are looking to sell the homes they purchased now. 4. See if the builder has future plans to build in this area and plan accordingly.

I understand these options may not be exactly what you are looking for but like I said most, if not all, builders will not allow you to just purchase the lot.

If you have any further questions about this or any other builder I would be happy to help any way I can.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Mike Sears
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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Tue Apr 28, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Bob,

Where did the comparables put the market price at? Sometimes the starting price on a short sale is quite low, so I would benchmark how good your offer is based on the comparables rather than the asking price.

Kind regards,

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Tue Apr 14, 2015
Ruth Gewing answered:
Absolutely, as a realtor it is your job to keep your clients informed. Litigation in a condo association could turn out to be a very unimportant factor, but it could also be very important. You don't want the liability to fall on you for not disclosing something. ... more
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Sat Aug 9, 2014
Karen Crowson answered:
Previous responders have told you of those that are currently selling. Depending upon your timing John, there are several new communities that are planned for Livermore. Taylor Morrison is just breaking ground on new town homes at the intersection of Portola and First St. These will range in size from 1594-2056 sq. ft. These are 3 story units, with 2 car garages. Are you seeking a particular type of home? ... more
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Wed May 14, 2014
On VA I loan down to a 530 middle score. As long as you meet the other other guidelines you should be OK with a 615 middle credit.

Let's discuss your VA loan scenario in more detail. Contact me at 800 315 8803. My name is Bart and I am a proud vet that has been offering VA loans since 1987. I am happy to answer your mortgage questions, 7 days a week and review your loan scenario. Until then, I look forward to hearing from you.

Bart Gabe - Lending Nationwide Since 1987

800 315 8803
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Tue Apr 22, 2014
John Reeves answered:
Can you please paste here the property address?
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Mon Feb 24, 2014
Ali Qureshi answered:

It depends what you're referring to. If a foreclosed homes comes in the market it comes as an REO( bank owned) property. The sale is treated almost like a regular sale where you have a title company involved to insure your title. On the other hand, if a house has just been foreclosed it first goes through an auction process. The main issue with an auction is you don't know if the property comes with any attached liens or not. last thing you want is to be stuck with a lien that you had no idea about. A realtor would be the best source and your point of contact to keep you posted with any foreclosures that are about to come in the market or at the court steps. ... more
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Sat Dec 28, 2013
Ali Qureshi answered:
Depending on the type of market i.e sellers or buyers rent to own option can be good. If you really like a house and if its a sellers market then indirectly you're paying a "premium" for the home. If it is a buyers market, with an enormous amount of supply in the market, as a buyer you maybe able to get a deal! ... more
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Sun Sep 15, 2013
Matthew Smith answered:
The question is what are you trying to avoid? Paying too much? No one can make you do do that! However, it is illegal for a real estate agent to characterize any particular area as "bad" or "good", for any reason.

There are various sources of information related to schools, crime and other local conditions. The schools in Dublin and Livermore are better than average for the Bay Area and you can review information on sites like and Often, local home prices are related to the quality of the associated schools. So, if that is important to you, you will need to pay for what you get. Certain subdivisions may be more popular, newer, upscale or upsized than others, and that's true of nearly every community.

If you have any other questions or need further assistance, you can contact me directly and I would be pleased to be of service to you.

Best regards,

Matthew Smith
(510) 828-2732
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Wed Aug 7, 2013
Talk2fabian answered:
Yes... and even more. Reasonable doesn't exist in this market. You have to play to gain.
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