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Home Buying in San Rafael : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jun 1, 2017
Fariba Khosrownia answered:
Seller can accept a higher offer as a back up offer.
In Georgia, seller can not terminate the contract,
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Mon Aug 29, 2016
3tm asked:
re: Los Ranchitos neighborhood in San Rafael -- Looking for the warmest of neighborhoods within San Rafael. Is this one of them? And info about Los Ranchitos: general size of homes, lots?…
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Sat Jul 16, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Bijan,

You would want to work with a builder to verify that what you have planned would be buildable on a certain property and verify all the details, and then also ask for a cost estimate and a time estimate.

Kind regards,

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Wed Jun 1, 2016
Leslifullerton asked:
1052 Los Gamos Rd and 260 Merrydale Rd in San Rafael, CA are both pending, if they haven't actually closed. Why do they both keep coming up on my search as still for sale?
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Mon Feb 29, 2016
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Are you an agent?
Only agents can post or edit listings here

if you're an agent go to the top right hand corner of this page, and let the mouse hover over "My Listings"...then click on Manage may then edit your listing ... more
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Mon Feb 29, 2016
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
sadly, no one from Trulia will see or respond to your question here - there haven't been any moderators in a long time...a very long time

No one will fix anything here anymore
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Thu Feb 5, 2015
Robert and Gail Ruetten answered:
We bought the house and than found out it was the wrong HOA papers. Seller and sellers agent will not talk with us. If we had read the right HOA papers we would not have bought the house. Now, what do we do? We went to the master board meeting to let them know we were given the wrong HOA papers to read and accept before we bought. They told us to throw away the HOA papers and gave us the right one. We do not want to live in this community with what we read in the HOA papers handed to us.???? ... more
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Tue Jul 22, 2014
Cindy Davis answered:
Sun Feb 23, 2014
Alexander Greer answered:
It is to far away to tell. No one would know at this point. Email me if you need anything further.

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079
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Tue Sep 24, 2013
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Call Greg Loberg at Wells Fargo Mortgage. He will walk you through the process. they have several renovation loan programs. His contact information is below:

Greg Loberg
Renovation Specialist
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage| 1020 B St.| San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 256-2119 Tel
(866) 682-6730 Fax
visit my website:
NMLSR ID 459508
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Wed Aug 14, 2013
Daniel Nebenzahl answered:
Hi Tim,

I have held many open houses over the years (nearly weekly) and met thousands of buyers and sellers. .. If I were you, I'd would look for an agent while checking out houses you're interested in. It's the perfect time to interview them. First, you eliminate the agents who are too busy to focus on you be case they do not do open houses. Second, you get to see the person in action and find out how much they really know... about the house, the neighborhood, current inventory, prices etc...
I agree with some other previous answers in that building a good rapport with your chosen agent is important.
Not important is the agent's bragging rights of organization or clubs they have joined or payed to join.
A short informal conversation with the agent holding the open house is the best way to meet the right person and while you're there listen to how they treat other people at the open house.

I have a preference for myself but you have a lot of great agents to choose from! Now, go find a house and an agent!

All the best,
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Tue Apr 16, 2013
Omar Cain asked:
Tue Mar 26, 2013
Ashley Bock answered:
The best place to look is craigslist! You can even post a need for housing listing your specific criteria.
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Sun Jan 6, 2013
Claudia Muller answered:
Steve is correct about health and safety
The appraiser will make comments and most likely not give it any value.
I just had an FHA appraisal where an out building had been a garage and need roof repairs. Appraiser mentioned and stated it was given no value due to disrepair. ... more
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Wed Nov 28, 2012
Scott Lawson answered:
Townhouse is not a truly recognized term in real estate. Find out if it's either a condo or a PUD. If it's the latter, there is no HUD requirements. The property is treated the same as a single family residence.

Scott Lawson
(415) 796-0336
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Wed Nov 28, 2012
Scott Lawson answered:
Yes, PUDs are treated the same as a single family residence. The only requirement the lender will have is they will require a copy of the master insurance policy and to have your new lender added as loss payee. The other difference from an SFR is that you will be required to carry an HO6 policy on the unit.

Call if you have additional questions.

Scott Lawson
(415) 796-0336
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Fri Oct 19, 2012
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Sat Oct 13, 2012
inna ivchenko answered:
What bank?
Can take awhile usually , depends a lot on a bank( only one lien holder there?) and type of a short sale( HAFA can take longer, even they promise only 30 days). Yet, sometimes you get lucky and get all approved in 30 days.
Be patient:)
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Sat Oct 13, 2012
inna ivchenko answered:
We don't see the address.
But my suggestion: just google the address of that community. You'll get a basic idea about HOA fees.
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Wed May 16, 2012
Thomas Bohlmann answered:
David has provided a good answer. as I think 10% success is very high.

with low interest rates it is still much easier to qualify for and purchase through conventinal means.

There are other Rent-to-own challenges too.

Good Luck
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