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Home Buying in California : Real Estate Advice

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Sandeep Gunecha answered:
Yesterday at 11:54pm
J.alexander88 answered:
Your going into it knowing that there are issues with the property, if there were no issues they would not be wholesaling the property.
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Yesterday at 2:26pm
Faith T answered:
Hi,

I have emailed you regarding this concern.

Thank you for using Trulia!

Faith
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Yesterday at 2:08pm
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Yesterday at 1:15pm
alita.hines asked:
I'm interested in purchasing a mobile home -- does that take different agent / broker qualifications that purchasing a home?
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Yesterday at 12:24pm
Mary answered:
Hi,

I have emailed you about this concern.

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Mary
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Yesterday at 8:54am
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
Hello-
The HOA in Laguna Woods does NOT include property tax. It does include structural insurance, but you still need what's called "walls-in" insurance, which runs about $300/year.
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Yesterday at 8:53am
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
Hello, Tricia-
In order to bid on an Auction property, you need to have a cashier's check in hand for the minimum amount required (varies by property, but is always on the auction listing). Then you do need to provide guarantee funds immediately upon acceptance. Keep in mind, these properties do not allow for an inspection period, and you take possession in "as-is" condition with no warranties.
Please reach out to me for additional assistance!
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Yesterday at 8:49am
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
You should consider Tustin, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo as well, as these areas have highly rated schools, and are an easy drive to Irvine.
Happy to assist you!
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Yesterday at 8:46am
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
Please consider North Tustin area. LARGE lots, private and secluded, spacious ranch-style homes, or mini-mansions, depending on location. Super-easy commute back to Irvine.
If you are set on South OC, Lake Forest or Mission Viejo might be your best options. .... older, established neighborhoods tend to have larger lot sizes (and hence, more space between neighbors). These areas also are an easy drive back to Irvine.
I would be happy to share a few listings with you, please reach out to me!
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Yesterday at 8:45am
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
Please consider North Tustin area. LARGE lots, private and secluded, spacious ranch-style homes, or mini-mansions, depending on location. Super-easy commute back to Irvine.
If you are set on South OC, Lake Forest or Mission Viejo might be your best options. .... older, established neighborhoods tend to have larger lot sizes (and hence, more space between neighbors). These areas also are an easy drive back to Irvine.
I would be happy to share a few listings with you, please reach out to me!
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Yesterday at 8:06am
Susie Kay answered:
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Thu Oct 19, 2017
Brianfrieden1977 answered:
If you have not owned a house before, there is 1st time home buyers association that you can go through and will not need a down payment.
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Thu Oct 19, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a retired realtor, your best method is DON'T BELIEVE CRIME MAPS ON TRULIA!! You need to know that real estate websites like Trulia, Zillow, etc. get their crime / school & other data from other websites - never the local authorities who will have accurate information.

Realtors are prohibited from giving opinions on crime, school quality, demographics, etc. because it violates Fair Housing laws. However, buyers NEED TO VERIFY everything that is important to you with local authorities.
Examples:

Crime - call / visit or go to the website of the local police departments. The issue is NOT ALL CRIMES are reported. The police departments will tell you the truth regarding neighborhood safety.
Schools - visit the school and speak with the administrators, office staff and especially the parent teacher organizations. Leave your contact information and have a parent call you. Another solution is be there during morning drop off or afternoon pick up and talk to several parents. Have some business cards if they're in a rush but ask parents what they think of their child's school. Parents LOVE to talk.
Neighborhoods - drive / walk the neighborhoods. Walk into local stores and observe. Try to talk with a few customers. Visit at different times and on different days. Nothing like observations in person. Visit local churches, playgrounds, parks, libraries, etc. Even the local city government.
Finally - ring some doorbells of neighbors where the home is located. Neighbors love to talk. You may even get some inside information about the seller. Just don't reveal too much of yourself. If you will be their neighbor - listen more than you talking.
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Thu Oct 19, 2017
Heather answered:
Not sure why I couldn't enter more than those few characters-- We are set to close in a week. finally have our financing all set up and approved-- it was a bit of a "house of cards" process, and now I found out our county has been declared a FEMA disaster zone due to some fires in the far eastern part of our very large county and funding of all loans is on hold until it's lifted. Will the lender keep on nosing around in the loan until close? How does a FEMA zone designation impact closing? It feels like every time they nose into "piece 1" of the funding puzzle, they uncover some new issue with "pieces 2-8." ... more
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