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Home Buying in 94123 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Feb 1, 2016
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Many banks will have loan officers who are fluent in various languages, including Russian. Contact your local bank and ask if they have someone who can work with you in Russian, or someone who can help with translations. Good luck! ... more
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Sun Jan 30, 2011
Laura Lanzone answered:
Hi John,

I'm an agent- and I actually own and live in a two unit building in the Marina. Most of these were built around the same time, so I would assume yours is similar in structure to mine. You might think of buying the place and doing the repairs little by little if you're on a budget, since the price sounds good. If you have some money to put into it, you might want to get an architect and open up the kitchen/living areas. Many people add master suites on top of the upper unit, sometimes along with a roof deck. There is also the possibility of adding a master suite underneath the bottom unit with doors out to the yard. Three bedroom units add huge resale value. I definitley don't think you will need to tear everything down unless there has been severe damage of some sort. Get yourself a good contractor and he will be able to work miracles. You will also want to consider whether or not it has had seismic upgrades before purchasing becuase if it hasn't, you'll want to do that before starting work- and it can be expensive! All that said, I think 2 unit buildings are the best deal on the market right now and it would be a great investment for your future... ... more
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