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Home Buying in 94025 : Real Estate Advice

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Sun May 31, 2015
Casey Mooney asked:
i'd like to only see houses that are on the market, not houses that are in default but not on the market
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Sat Apr 4, 2015
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Casey, why would you want to do that? You will need all the inventory to choose from in this competitive market. The purchase in 94025 zip code start from 799k for 2bd 2ba condo and up.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

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Thu Mar 19, 2015
Brett Caviness answered:
Absolutely Not. There are discount brokerages and there are full service brokerages. Its like shopping at a Walmart where you expect poor quality at a cheap price and shopping at a Bloomingdales where you get wonderful attention, customer service and quality.

In our market it is crucial to have an active, respected agent who works hard and has an excellent reputation. Your offer with them will be seen much higher than if you are offering with a discount agent. The seller's agent knows they are hard to work with and thus run the risk and liability to the seller that the transaction could fall through. In our market, it is not worth it.

Happy Hunting.

Brett Caviness,
Broker Associate

Coldwell Banker Menlo Park
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Thu Mar 19, 2015
Brett Caviness answered:
The Willows has seen a huge increase in demand, desirability and construction/investment. People are now flocking to the area because of its access to 101, downtown Menlo Park AND downtown Palo Alto.

Brett Caviness,
Coldwell Banker Menlo Park
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Wed Feb 12, 2014
Katy Thielke Straser answered:
This is easy! I sell lots of homes this way – writing letters to the sellers in that area – I have all the addresses of the farm houses in PV – happy to send something out on your behalf to find an interested seller! Hope this helps:) Katy Thielke Straser – 650.888.2389 cell ... more
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Wed Jun 19, 2013
Susan J Penn, PA,SFR,CDPE answered:
You need a real estate agent so start looking.

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Wed Jun 19, 2013
Michael Cubstead answered:
Well, you left off the asking price but more importantly the selling price. The value of a pool, depends a lot on the pool it's self. Above ground vs in ground, fiberglass vs gunite, coating, water features etc. Sometime a pool might even lower a property value if it has a certain combination of poor condition or insurance challenging features, such as dive board over a 6ft deep end.

I would suggest you forget the sellers view point and ask, does the appraisal make since to YOU.
Also ask , how do you know the pool was the factor?, There could be other features of the property that the appraiser did not consider as valuable as the seller did.

I don't know your area, but a lot agents like to "blame the appraiser" for over priced properties, but the appraiser is supposedly pulling the same data from the same data base, no matter where they are from, and are pricing based on the worst case scenario for a quick sell.

In summary, if YOU feel the appraisal is sensible, then call the title company, your agent and your lender and start getting the finance contingency info etc., Try getting your lender to share the appraisal with you.
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Sat Feb 5, 2011
Gilbert Richards answered:
Have a realtor that works in the area you are looking in get the information for you.
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Mon Mar 29, 2010
Gilbert Richards answered:
This is an easy question. If you are working with limited down, do an FHA 203(k). If you are working with a large down payment there are a couple resources for remodel/rehab financing that I know of that are quite easy to attain.

If you want more information e-mail me at or call at 925-335-6074 and I will give you the information.
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Tue Sep 1, 2009
Lisa Lewis Hoeflich answered:
Hi John,

If you would consider renting now, I happen to have a client looking in Menlo Park for a 4 bedroom. If your place fits the bill, please give me a call. I'd be happy to give you a general idea over the phone as well as to the current rental value based on your property's characteristics. I think obtaining actual rates from MLS history is far more reliable than Craigslist since craiglist does not reflect the actual negotiated rate.

All the best,
Lisa Hoeflich, Broker
A Piece of the Planet
Direct 650-804-6764
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Mon Jun 29, 2009
voices member answered:
Hello Margarida,

Here is a helpful post that details six easy ways to stage your home for under $1000 dollars. This will not remove the train noise, but making your home as visually appealing as possible can help make up for it.

Good Luck!

Joseph Capote
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Wed Jun 18, 2008
Earl Girbovan answered:
Nice two bedroom apartments in Menlo Park rent in the range of $1600 - $2000. You'll find most of them are in 4-plexes or small, less than 10 unit complexes. Check Craig's List or Fogster to see what's available. ... more
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Wed Apr 30, 2008
Dan Robinson answered:
To give you a little more info on these homes...The Camino De Los Robles home was originally put on the market in March of 2007 for $3,450,000 and has been reduced 3 times to get to it's current asking price. There have been 4 other homes sold in this area that were at least 4000sq/ft and each has sold for more than $4,000,000.

The Stanford home just went on the market last week.

Five homes have sold on Stanford Ave in the last year and 3 on Camino De Los Robles. Having a good understanding of what has sold recently in the neighborhood gives a good indication of the current market. If you want further information on these homes, just send me an e-mail, and I would be happy to share that information with you.
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