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Thu Nov 16, 2017
Faith T answered:

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Thu Apr 21, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Actually Zillow needs to approve it; it takes them several days.
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Tue Jun 30, 2015
Laineema asked:
Check the LAUSD website. All houses east of Tampa, and north of Rinaldi, have Granada Hills High School as the assigned school. This error is very damaging for those individuals selling…
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Wed Jun 24, 2015
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Sat Mar 28, 2015
Sean Seckar answered:

In the Castaic are of Santa Clarita, there is a community called Stonegate which are modular homes on purchased land. Other than that, the rest of the parks are on rented / leased land

If you would like additional information on Stonegate, or any other properties in Santa Clarita, please contact me at anytime.

Sean Seckar – Realtor
RE/MAX of Santa Clarita
BRE License # 1336429
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Sat Feb 7, 2015
Jacqui Rum answered:

I just represented a buyer in that same exact situation. VA loan, 0 down. I'd love to help if you still need someone.
Feel free to email me
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Sat Feb 7, 2015
Todd Schneider answered:
If the bank has approved a certain price the listing agent should know what that number is. The Listing agent will usually place that information on the MLS for agents to see. You have to treat each house as there own separate situations. Generally the pre-approved number is the number the bank wants, and they won't budge. Although I have seen situations where the house has been on the market at that price for a long time, and ended up taking a lower offer. It will really depend on the bank, and what they are willing to do. ... more
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Mon Jan 12, 2015
gloriaadDeum asked:
Trulia's coloration of an area has an impact on the resale value of homes in that area, so it is extremely important that the crime data be accuate.
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Wed May 21, 2014
Jeff and Cheryl Fox answered:
Hello Mr. Seidani, In addition to Mr. Moore's answer the majority if not all foreclosure sales do not allow contingencies. Therefore you have to do your due diligence before you purchase the property.. ... more
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Wed Apr 16, 2014
Tim Moore answered:
Sorry, but I can not figure out what you are asking here with this:

Can one sell on a contingency buying cash from the equity in the home?

As for the rest, you need cash to buy at a foreclosure auction. You might not need to have it on you, but you need it soon and a loan will not go through fast enough. You can get a home equity loan established where you can just get a certified check for an auction purchase. ... more
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
Danielle Smith answered:
New laws have passed, it can be as short as one year. How long has it been since your short sale?
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
Jill Murty answered:
If the seller was aware of this and did not disclose it, you may have some recourse. If you were to learn that the previous escrows failed to close for the same reason, it would be rough for the seller to deny knowledge. ... more
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Fri May 3, 2013
Emily Knell answered:
Here's an easy example.

The house is listed at $500,000 & the owner owes to 1 or more banks, $1,000,000.

Be for you make an offer on this short sale home, you need to find out if any of the loans are cashed out Equity loans. If there are equity loans YOU could be the one paying as much as 10-20% of the current balance in order to get the lender to release the lien as paid in full for the seller. Sellers usually do not have the means to contribute towards these payoffs or the 1st lien holder won't allow it.

I don't look back on this same Trulia posting for answers after mine.

Emily S. Knell
562-430-3053 c
Realtor Since 1996
Realty ONE Group
Short Sale Listing Agent
100% Success Rate in CA
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Caroline Harabedian answered:
If you are representing the Buyer, the first line of duty is to the Buyer. However, you have to be morally accurate in all transactions. You don't have to tell the seller what your Buyer's max is, or any other confidential information. And always, you share what you learn about the seller with your Buyer if it will somehow affect the purchase.

To answer your second question, repetitively, you have a fiduciary duty first to who you represent. If you represent both buyer and seller, you have more of a duty to protect that who you were in contract with first, yet both at the same time. Sounds tricky, but a good agent can do it. Usually when one partner represents buyers and the other represents sellers, it just means one of them feels like showing houses, while the other doesn't. Each has their own duty to their clients.

Any further questions or clarification, please ask.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Todd Schneider answered:
In California Buyers agents, and sellers agents are the same thing as many here have said. The Listing agent is the one representing the seller. As the buying/selling agent you represent the buyer, and have a fiduciary duty to your buyer. Why are there so few exclusive buyers agents? This is mainly due to agents not wanting to limit there options. We as agents can choose to represent buyers, sellers, or be exclusive to one or the other. Agents can also represent both parties in some cases. This has to be disclosed to both parties, and agreed to by both as well. Hope this helps. ... more
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Wed Nov 7, 2012
Caroline Harabedian answered:
I would say to never work with more than one agent at a time. If you don't like what one agent is doing for you, tell them you don't want to work with them anymore. They will appreciate you more. It is definitely one of the hardest things to show someone houses for a while, only to find out they went and bought something with another agent. Be upfront with your agents. Also, if your agent is sure you are only working with them, they are more inclined to work harder for you, rather than just assuming you will go with someone else, so might as well not work hard to find you a good deal, or the best home. ... more
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Sun Jan 1, 2012
Carl Ben Witzig answered:
How did it go? More than 120 days since you posted your question.
The SS approval letter takes weeks, months after an offer is submitted and seller's agent pushes and pushes the lender to make a decision and, the closer to list price, the shorter the time to approval.
You may mean the owner's letter indicating the lender will entertain a short sale, based on a completed application and owner's hardship. All that lender scrutiny and investigation is not begun until a qualified offer is made. They would then order an appraisal to see how much they will loose, if any. You hope the agent knew what they were doing when they priced the house, close to its value so the lender will not delay an approval. Many offers are far below the value that the lender either does not respond or counters with a reasonable offer based on their appraisal. Tell us what happened.
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Fri Aug 5, 2011
Sheryl Cross answered:
Hi Donna,

I am a Realtor who has worked very hard in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas for the last 10+ years helping Buyers to find their perfect home. I also grew up in the area, and recently graduated from CSUN in 2005, so I feel I am well-equipped to help you. If you are still looking for a home, please let me know.

There are many homes available in the CSUN area, as well as surrounding areas. You mentioned that you are looking for a Triplex, but what other amentias do you require? For example, how many bedrooms in each home, how much total square footage each for each home, any yard requirements, and most importantly, how soon do you want to move in?

If you like me to, I would be happy to personally conduct a search of homes and send you an email with information about the homes that are available and comps of other homes that have sold in the area. I can also send you a personalized informational packet complete with details about the neighborhood, such as: schools, stores, restaurants, parks, etc.

If you see any homes that interest you, please feel free to contact me and I can get more information, or even go to take pictures and email them to you since you are in Arizona.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope I can help find a home for you and your family.

Sheryl Cross,
Realtor, DRE #01363620
Keller Williams Realty
(818) 606-7962
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Tue Jan 11, 2011
Raffi Philiposian answered:
Hi jazz,
I used to live the Conejo Valley until last July, and I work in that area, and member of the MLS.
Please contact me so that I help you with your search.
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Mon Nov 8, 2010
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Dear Mehran,
Actually, you can be near the airport without the plane noise as long as the planes are not traveling directly over your home. Playa Vista has little to no plane noise and is very near LAX while other areas such as Playa del Rey do have some plane noise. The airport has installed dual pane windows and other soundproofing to homes in the area so protect the home owners from excessive noise.
I advise you do spend time in the area you are considering (at least 4 hours) to see for yourself how the noise level is, before purchasing.
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