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Home Buying in Richmond : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 26, 2017
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Termites need to be treated....ask the seller to treat the entire house, not just a spot treatment. But unless there is a long history of termite infestation, or signifiant damage to the property, there's usually no reason to walk away.

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Thu Aug 18, 2016
ohsquirrel asked:
If you have no matches to my request how can I stop unwanted emails from you that I never requested which is a waste of my time.
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Mon May 16, 2016
Clark Goodrich answered:
Hi Carol, I am a Realtor who lives in Marina Bay and I have sold and shown homes in every neighborhood here and I've never heard or read any such thing. I think whoever told you this was mistaken at best, however if you have questions or want my information about Marina Bay and homes here feel free to call or email me. Clark Goodrich, Soldwell Banker, 415-717-0283, You can also find more information about and photos of Marina Bay at ... more
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Fri Apr 8, 2016

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Fri Nov 20, 2015
Why aren't you utilizing the Homepath mortgaage that should be offered with the property.
These loans are offered by Fannie Mae. You will not be required to have an appraisal (Fannie already knows value) nor willl Fannie require the reparis...your loan office may not have this program available.
I had this program and my company chose to stop providing...
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Roger Grubb answered:
If you plan to purchase a home in Carriage Hills, be sure to check the tax records. My first deal in C.H. the listing Agent incorrectly wrote down "El Sobrante" instead of "Richmond" in the MLS. I warned my buyer that I did not believe the house was in El Sobrante, but Richmond, and to brace himself for the big transfer tax. All Realtors worth anything know that Richmond calls for a $7.10 per $1,000 transfer tax in addition to the County $1.10 per thousand tax. At $500,000 that equates to an additional $3550 in taxes! Just make sure you get a good detail oriented, strong negotiator, local Realtor to represent you. ;-) I'm here if you need me! Call anytime. Roger Grubb 510-504-0402 ... more
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Wed Mar 4, 2015
Ricardo Velazco answered:
The school district is to big for its own good. However I hear the monies received from Chevron have a lot to do with it. At one point Hercules tried to break away and it never happened. The school district touches the flat lands of Richmond as far south to El Cerrito and as far North to Hercules. Huge foot print, hard to place a one size fits all. Its been like this for ever....and it will continue to be this way. ... more
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Fri Jan 2, 2015
Yes in my 25 years or so in the business. about 17 years ago I have had this last minute title search get me. I now call the title company in advance, and ask them to do the search up front. Before any inspections are done. It costs them $15 dollars so they wait to the last minute.

But now what do you do?

Be aware that they probably cannot sell this house to you even if you sue them. Your only chance is a short sale agreement between the two lenders.

Have the agents get to work on a a short sale with the banks. Both banks want to get rid of this seller. Clearly he is a bit of a flake based on the way he handled this.

If the seller were getting out a lot of cash in the sell, the lenders probably will not allow them to cash out more than $10,000 to move with. If there is enough equity to cover both liens you may be able to sue and force them into a specific performance agreement where they have to sell the house. I would guess they would trot out with a chapter 13 if you do that and it will be a waste of time.

If the seller's agent knew about this 2nd and failed to disclose he should pay for your appraisal and inspection. I would certainly push that issue.

The seller will not be able to buy another house anyway once the short sale and the default on the 2nd are factored into it. If there is enough equity to pay both you may be able to pressure the seller into selling anyway.

I would say taking them to court would be more stress than it is worth and you are not likely to get much if anything out of it.
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Wed Sep 17, 2014
Jeff Kim answered:
It seems as though Pulte is willing to offer some great deals to close out their inventory at Marina Bay. I just checked their website and they are providing a move in special as well as discounted prices on their remaining homes. ... more
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Tue Sep 2, 2014
valerieesl50 answered:
For some reason this question comes up when searching a different property on Northridge Dr.
Please note that there has not been any death in the Northridge Dr property that is currently listed for sale. ... more
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Thu Jun 26, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
You can visit and for in-depth stats.

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Wed Apr 9, 2014
meggie.nick answered:
Yes, the entire Richmond Annex and most of the surrounding neighborhoods attend El Cerrito High. The entire annex attend Fairmont Elementary, in El Cerrito.
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Sat Mar 29, 2014
Yes. I would be more than happy to set you up with a custom search link. Just send me an email if you have any further questions.

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Wed Feb 19, 2014
meggie.nick answered:
The children in the Richmond Annex and Southwest Richmond Annex both go to the same schools as nearby parts of El Cerrito. I would say this area is a best value for many people, especially young families. It is safe, clean and convenient while fairly cheap for how close in it is. You can pay a lot more for the same thing in a much worse neighborhood nearby. Richmond as a whole, although it has had problems in the past, is in a revival. Crime is at historic lows and development is increasing. ... more
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Thu Oct 31, 2013
Liz Stevens answered:
Hello Sam, my colleague Carl Medford sent your name and email address my way, but I must tell you, carl medford knows that area as well as I do, and I am managing an office full of agents. Gotta say though, Medford is a champ. Let me know if you agree! all the best to you Sam!
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Sun Oct 27, 2013
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
I completely agree with Steve's answer. Pre-foreclsoure just meams the owner is behind on their payments. It does not mean they are for sale.
Good luck,
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Sun Oct 20, 2013
Glen Bell answered:
Inventory's going up, interest rates may be up in the spring and how lenders qualify and process loans will be changing next year. (All point to a challenging spring for sellers). The trend is moving from a very strong seller's market, now leveling off and heading for a more normal market with buyers having more choices and leverage than they did in the past several months.

I just sold a condo in Marina Bay mid October. There's not enough inventory there. We had (6) interested buyers and ultimately ended up with 2 offers over asking. This was despite not having available conventional lending due to pending litigation with the HOA. (Depending on what complex you're in, lending may or may not be an issue). Yes we're seeing less multiple offers but it's still a strong market in Marina Bay with more upside.

As other agents have stated, buyers will continue to look even during the holidays, investors always will and during the upcoming holiday season, they're usually serious.
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Fri Oct 4, 2013
Brian Nguyen answered:
There are lenders like myself that are able to give you a loan with just an itin number. I would need to speak with you about other information as well to be sure, but it's definitely possible. I am a lender based out of California and I have done plenty of loans throughout the state. If you are seeking a loan for your situation I would happy to speak with you to help you get the loan that you need. Well I hope this helps! If you have any other questions or need a loan, feel free to contact me! Good Luck! ... more
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Sun Sep 15, 2013
Clark Goodrich answered:
I guess the first thing you should know about Marina Bay is that it is a neighborhood not, as the other answers below imply a single condominium complex. There are currently 11 existing HOA's in the neighborhood with one additional live/work space under construction and at least two additional single family home developments being proposed. HOA fees in the neighborhood range from under $100 a month to over $500 a month and they also vary by what they cover in terms of expenses and maintenance.

The Marina Bay area features lots of bay front land and nature while also having several parks and the Bay Trail running right along the Bay for well over a mile. If you have other questions regarding the area feel free to post them here or contact me directly.

Clark Goodrich
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