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Sat Jul 15, 2017
Mark Bosio answered:
Brentwood is a great place to live if you work in Brentwood. What amazes me is how friendly everyone is.... until you are driving on Vascgo pretty much any time, not just commuting hours. People who drive it every day know where it backs up, yet they race at dangerous speeds usually to end up one car ahead. If these warriors would just chill and go the speed limit, we would all get through a lot faster and in one piece. ... more
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Tue Jul 11, 2017
Roy answered:
Condominium first floor units are subject to the same inspection requirements as stated in the section titled "existing construction"; (the inspection is to include ground floor attached and or detached garage, shed, and other structures that are a part of the subject.) If the unit is on the second floor or above, then a wood destroying pest inspection is not automatically required. However, if the appraiser detects evidence of possible dry rot or infestation by some wood-destroying organism, the appraiser must call for the inspection report. In order to waive the repair requirements on a condominium, a letter from the homeowners associationlisting the date of scheduled repairs, name of the contractor awarded the work, and acknowledgment that the funds necessary to pay for those repairs has already been budgeted and/or collected should be attached to the home buyer summary with a copy included with the request for VA guaranty.

Roy Koldaro
2017 MPA HOT 100
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Sun Jul 9, 2017
Lorraine1168 asked:
fee. When i signed the lase, that fee was left blank. Can they charge that fee and if so would i need to send them a 1099?
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Tue Oct 18, 2016
eveial14 answered:
I was in my apartment for 13 yrs and pm services are charging me 4,990 in damaged which I disputed in a letter to them .what is considered normal wear and tear?
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 answered:
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Mon Jul 4, 2016
June Buerkle answered:
If you are in a hot sellers market .... it won't matter much. As long as it has floors it will sell.

If you are seeking a high end buyer or buyers have lots of choices .... you will want to refinish the floors so they will pop and bring in a top dollar deal. ... more
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Sat May 21, 2016
Tfriend436 asked:
Tue May 10, 2016
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Fri Apr 1, 2016
Munirashami12 asked:
I have Section 8 I am looking for 3 bed rooms 2 bath I work at college of alameda and I live in san lorenzo
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Thu Nov 19, 2015
We do these all the time!

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Thu Aug 27, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
Understanding location is critical when making a buying decision, I agree a potential buyer will consider the house next door when making an offer on yours. Since you too have understanding of this fact, why haven't you inquired about this sooner, enlisting the help of city and county building, fire, and safety codes to have the property condemned and razed? A vacant lot would be better in my opinion than a house slipping off it's foundation.

You mention recoup. Recoup from whom? If the house next door is literally falling down, it's likely the owner doesn't have a pot or a window. That, or they simply don't care. If you are able to prove damages, with time and expense you can take them to court, and "may" (if you are lucky) receive a judgement. Now what? It could be blood from a turnip.

If it were me, and I were you, I'd employ self-help methods. You know what you've got. It can only get better.

Wishing you success!
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Wed Jun 24, 2015
Pacita Dimacali answered:
If it's your home, you certainly can do what you wish as long as you are not violating any laws.

If you advertised single occupancy at a certain rate, you are not obligated to have the same rate for double occupancy.

I don't know of a law that will prevent you from charging a higher rent for double occupancy, especially if it's in your own home. Double occupancy also means higher chances of wear and tear in the room.
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Thu Jun 18, 2015
Richard M answered:
I was approached by this cell of scammers too last year when I was searching. Pretty nice sounding, honest approaching cell. I use the word cell because I do not know so much about who it really is. They mask themselves behind this unregulated sphere of electronic cover. I was excited, and then disappointed that I would think for a minute that I would give them the time of day. But I did give them a thought, contacted the named source, and was asked for information and money. That was the extent of my being involved. Now this year during my search, I was approached again. I ignored them and they went away. I do not ignore people as a common practice. But these whoever they are, dishonest needy thieves? I'm on a quest to find them out. Protect yourself and good luck! ... more
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Wed Sep 10, 2014
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Someone asked this question and this is what I found
Here's a link that may describe what's considered basic wear and tear versus items that would be considered damages

Here's another link that addresses carpet


One common method of calculating the deduction for replacement PRORATES the total cost of replacement so that the tenant pays only for the REMAINING USEFUL LIFE of the carpet the tenant has damaged or destroyed.

For example, suppose a tenant has damaged beyond repair an 8 old carpet that had a life expectancy of ten years, and that a replacement carpet of similar quality would cost $1,000. The landlord could properly charge only $200 for the two years’ worth of life (use) that would have remained if the tenant had not damaged the carpet.

Expected life of carpet 10 years
Depreciation charge ($1,000 / 10) $100 per year
Age of carpet 8 years
Carpet Life Years Remaining 10 years - 8 years = 2 years
Value of 2 years Carpet Life Remaining 2 years * $100 per years = $200


-Holes in wall from hanging pictures, removal of Decals on the walls. Larger gouges etc.

-Tear in carpet, animal stains (even if landlord knew you had a pet). Burn marks - iron, cigar, cigarette, ground in stains.

-Doors with holes. Doors or windows broken. Glass etc.

-Clogged drains caused by your misuse of sinks or toilets. If you rent to women (college girls for example) be sure to remind them to dispose of feminine products in the trash, not the toilet.

-Broken or missing blinds or curtains. If they were there when you moved in, they must be there when you leave. If you don't want them, discuss this with your landlord. If he says "I don't care" send him a letter to we discussed..

-Eliminating Flea infestations caused by tenants animals. The same for smoke damage from smoking or burning candles.

-Excessive Bathroom mildew. Use a good cleaning product like Tilex or Spray 409 weekly.

-Broken shelves in a refrigerator. Excessive dirt/dust in the refrigerator vents. This is the area under or behind the unit. Vacuuming improves performance. Every time you vacuum, vacuum around the unit,

-Excessive dirt or filth in an oven or refrigerator. Defrost the refrigerator if not frost-free. Stoves can take 2-3 hours to clean if you have it cleaned. Use Easy-off. That's why the named it that.
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Mon Dec 2, 2013
Kate Fomina answered:
I recently moved to Alameda and I am loving it! It is a very safe family oriented cozy city. I live near Shoreline St beach close to the shopping center. My office is in San Francisco and commute has been ok so far. I think any area South will be very safe. You can find apartments in your price range there.

Good luck!
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Wed Oct 30, 2013
Dianna Wyman answered:
As long as the buyer still has an investigation contingency he can cancel for any or no reason.

Mark Wyman,
Bayside Real Estate
Lic.# 01018021
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Thu Sep 26, 2013
Candy L. answered:
I find that unethical for a agent to tell you to use their loan officer. She probably gets a kick back for it. Find a new agent. Just myon personal opinion .
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