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Home Buying in 94513 : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Mar 23, 2016
Isaiah Y. answered:
I highly recommend contacting Home Loans For All. They can find you a lender(s) that can work with you OR they have lenders/partners that can also get your credit scores up quickly so that your credit isn't hindering your chances of getting approved. We send most of our clients to them. Just do a quick Google search for......Home Loans For All. Hope that helps. ... more
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Mon Mar 21, 2016
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Thu Jan 7, 2016
Beenthere answered:
I lived in Disco Bay for 10 years and I can't recommend it for many reasons. One of the reasons is that you count on County Sheriff support which is very lacking. The County looks at Disco Bay as place to get their money and provide little service. Also it's a place that anything can go on there do to code or Sheriff support you will pull teeth to get any assistance. There are so many reasons to list that my personal opinion is be AFRAID... VERY AFRAID of considering moving there. ... more
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Fri Feb 22, 2013
Shannon Sherman answered:
Your best bet is to talk to your agent about your concerns, and see what they and the sellers agent can work out.
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Fri Feb 22, 2013
Sherri Burris asked:
Moved in Feb. 1. House was not clean and 3 bedrooms could not be used for 14 days due to the heavy smell of urnine. Can I deduct a portion of the rent for the days a portion of the house…
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
Let me throw something into the mix here – MANY flippers are doing all the work without pulling a single permit. When you sign the “AS-IS” clause (and, as stated below, it’s the norm for flips), then you are removing the seller from any responsibility for corrective work if inspections reveal work not done to code. It’s a catch 22 – if you sign, you get the house. AND any issues that go along with it. Don’t sign … you don’t.

Here is a post that may be helpful:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 3 CRITICAL Things To Know About Flips
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Wed Dec 26, 2012
Joye Graves answered:
I am a 20 year resident of Brentwood. I have friends that commute to SF on a Daily basis. Living in Brentwood, which is a really wonderful place to live and commuting to SF works if you do not have to do it every day. It is a grind. ... more
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Thu Nov 29, 2012
Nancy Gonzales answered:
Hello Regina,

My approach is to always personally meet with my buyers and have a consultation BEFORE we get in a car and "shop". I also introduce you to my preferred lender of choice, who will also spend about an hour with you to get all the necessary documentation in order to get you pre-approved for a loan prior to anythng else and go through the loan process.
The one on one approach is so much more valuable than a 1 hour, slam, bam info session. I love it when I can build the repore and trust with my clients upfront and have a professional yet fun experience. I can be reached at 925-200-3585 or Wishing you the best!
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Wed Sep 26, 2012
Jack Howell answered:
The rental market couldn't be any better. Under 300K is definitely available. I specialize in Active adult communities and would love to assist you.
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Thu Aug 16, 2012
Nick Solis answered:
HUD homes are awesome, we sale a lot of them. Very easy to work with and obtain financing. They are not auctions, they simply use a online offer system which add a ton of transparity. HUD deals have specific details and the question you need to ask you Agent is how many HUD homes have they sold to a Owner Occupied seller in the last quarter. You will be surprised. The homes have already been appraised and inspected for section 1 damage prior to listing. There is also a repair list to see what your getting into before you ever waste your time seeing it. The home will show if the home has a insured or non insured FHA loan on it, this is key and a way to test your Agents knowledge.... If using a FHA loan its a great fit, you save on the appriasal and section 1 repairs which are a minimum of 600 in savings and maybe thousands. They will also provide a repair escrow for additional repairs but be sure your lender can work with those, most cant and will only find out when your at closing. We do them all the time. Again these homes are something we do a lot of, and we also finance them with all types of financing, but FHA is the best fit and will increase your chances of acceptance. Also they are only for offer by Owner occupants and non profits for the first sales period. Act fast. We are at 1210 Central Blvd Suite A if you need to meet with us. ... more
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Thu Aug 2, 2012
James Tan answered:
There are many areas in Brentwood which are good. I am sure you can still get properties below $250k, even under the present market conditions, where there are so many buyers and so little inventory.
However, if you want to reach a cash on cash return of 8% or more, you should probably look for other areas, such as Pittsburg or Antioch.

I would suggest to look for smaller single story older homes (1980s or older) in areas that do not have mello-roos. Then you should renovate the property, update the kitchen, bathrooms, etc. This way your yield can be higher and you should be able to achieve your objectives.

Call me if you have any further questions: 916-230-5250.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012
Jack Howell answered:
There is no hard and fast answer. Probate issues can be very simple at times. On the other hand it only takes a one legal issue to stall the proceedings.
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Tue May 15, 2012
Kamal Randhawa answered:

i just purchased a 5 bed/3 bath home for $245k...there is very little crime in the brentwood area. The home is currently rented for $2000 a month. Please let me know if you would like to view some homes in person..thank you ... more
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Sun May 6, 2012
Carolyn Zeigler answered:
Regarding your over 55 benefits, you can transfer your tax basis within the county which most people cannot.
You might want to contact the tax asessor's office for CCC and see there are any additional benefits. I am only aware of a reduction on property taxes.

Carolyn Zeigler
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Fri Apr 13, 2012
Gene Riemenschneider answered:
There is not enough here to judge your complete situation. However, Cash is a big, but not the only factor. An asking price offer is always a good place to start - but it may take more to close the deal. Properties are getting multiple offers.
There are some properties out there that are priced unrealistically low - many of them Short Sales. They are priced to generate an offer - but will not sell for that price. There is less of this lately.
235K in Brentwood is on the lower end - but there are properties in Brentwood (and good ones) for less.
I am a Brentwood Broker.
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Fri Apr 6, 2012
SERGEY FEDNOV *** 424-777-9377 answered:
I personally think You cant go wrong with Brentwood! Entire Brentwood Area is Great, the most important is where you feel comfortable and if the property is a right fit for you.

If you wish to see some properties in the area - i'll be happy to arrange private showings for you.

Please call me anytime - 424-777-9377

Should you have any questions - please feel free to call me Toll Free: 1-855-TRUST-55 (1-855-878-7855) ext. 777.

Sergey Fednov

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Residential & Commercial Real Estate
Toll Free: 1-855-TRUST-55
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Sun Apr 1, 2012
Jenny Garcia answered:
full asking price its pretty good i will believe you have a great chance at the bank accepting the offer trust me i just got a client offer half asking price.. good luck
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Wed Mar 14, 2012
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Wed Mar 14, 2012
James Tan answered:
I believe there is a PARK/RIDE bus that takes you to the BART station at Bay Point, from Hillcrest exit. So theoretically, you can take the Hwy4 Bypass from Brentwood and park there.

According to the plans, by 2015 there will be BART extension all the way to Hillcrest, while Hwy4 will be widened. Check out this url:

My client has properties in Deer Ridge/Shadow Lakes areas, it is beautiful out there. I agree with Ed, I would suggest buying now, while prices are still low, and interest rates as well. If you do can't take the traffic, why not rent it out first. ? In 3 years when commuting is easier, then you can move.
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Wed Feb 22, 2012
Sally Blaze answered:
Buying at auction can be extremely risky...and it can be profitable, if you know what you are doing and have done your research. There are many things you should be aware of before you make an "offer" on an auction. If you want to have a conversation on this topic, please contact me off line.

As for making an offer on homes in your community, I can help with this. I've had clients buy homes at below list price, even in competitive markets on lower cost homes, such as you describe in your question, in Brentwood. A real estate agent works for you, and has a fiduciary responsibility to you. Perhaps that is your challenge. Interview other real estate agents and make sure you work with someone you respect and who respects you and your objectives. It is hard to imagine a real estate agent suggesting you make an offer above the amount you are able to pay.

Sally Blaze
Alain Pinel Realtors
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