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Home Buying in 94566 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Dec 12, 2017
Ray.joann answered:
How about this....We are using an agent that did not have much time for us. She listed our home and did nothing. The house finally sold to our neighbor and we close the end of the month. We had a sale fail a few months ago and during that time I found a house to view - she did not find it. My husband was working so I checked it out. During the whole, brief tour the agent kept looking at her watch. It was so uncomfortable. I did want my husband to take a look and asked her to make another appointment. We went to the house and sat outside for over 20 minutes waiting for her. We called her and she said she was unable to make the appointment but forgot to tell us. My husband was not happy. Since the deal on our house failed we stopped looking. Once we had a good offer on our home we noticed the house we liked was still available but we did not want to go through our listing agent. We found an agent that we really liked and worked well with us. We signed a buyers agent agreement specific for that house and we bought it. We never signed anything with the first agent for the purchase of the house. We don't owe the first (bad) agent anything on our purchase....correct?? ... more
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you work with a local realtor to assist you.
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Fri Dec 9, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
I agree with Richard completely. I have yet to see a house that was cheap enough or special enough to justify the risk and aggravation involved with buying a foreclosure or short sale. There are plenty of dumpy homes that you can buy directly from the seller, not the bank. I suggest you buy one of those instead.

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Wed Mar 16, 2016
Barbara Miller asked:
I have verified this with Alameda county this month, Please correct this.
553 gerard court pleasanton 94566 1952 square feet
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Fri Feb 19, 2016
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
Yes the realtor was correct about needed a pre approval to write an offer but if you have one and they won't write the offer . why not? Because you didn't use their lender? Then get another realtor to work with. Tell that agent why you are working with another agent to write your offer before they find out in the middle of the escrow and cause problems for you. The agent should have communicated more with you on why your prequal will not work so your not asking here. We need more information from you. ... more
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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Hello Matt, yes they are trying to clarify something so when you have blacked out things or left out a page that raises a red flag to underwriters too. Hope it all worked out or let me know.

It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify and go over your options. Here are some links to study as well as web reference links to many loan program pages offered...

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Wed Jan 21, 2015
Ali Qureshi answered:
There are many fixer uppers hitting the market but thank God very few foreclosures and bank owned coming in.
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Tue Nov 25, 2014
Bryan Horn answered:
Based on the 150k answer below and assuming u owe about 200k. I could offer u a 350k loan to do your addition.
Rates are in the mid 4's

Call or email me for any questions

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Tue Nov 25, 2014
Ali Qureshi answered:
Rent to own is not a common option available these days, especially in a sellers market. There are certain risk involved for a buyer.
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Tue Nov 25, 2014
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Thu Nov 13, 2014
Ali Qureshi answered:
You need to check the county records to determine the exact zoning and what kind of construction you can do. For example, if a land is 1 acre and if it is zoned agriculture then city may not allow you do subdivide the parcel but perhaps authorize for 1 house. So city is the first step. If city is ok then call an architect to draw drawings. Once drawings have been finalized by you and your contractor then go to city and apply for permits. ... more
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Wed May 29, 2013
Doug Buenz & The 680 Group answered:
In my opinion there is no benefit to the buyer by using the seller's agent. It is unwise to make long term decisions based on a few thousand dollars, especially when making decisions involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Just my opinion...

Doug Buenz
The 680 Group at Alain Pinel Realtors
(925) 463-2000
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Fri Dec 28, 2012
Sally Blaze answered:
Thank you for the question. Jo and Carla Hunter have the listing on the unit you ask about. The HOA is $935 per month, per their MLS information and one of the residents must be at least 55 years of age. If you would like to have your own agent represent you in the possible purchase of this home, or to see other properties that might interest you, please contact me at the phone number or email below.

Sally Blaze
Alain Pinel Realtors
DRE 01856137
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Mon Feb 13, 2012
Anna Campbell answered:
Hello Kaplan123,

Please ask your Realtor to sit down with you and go over what your contingency time periods are, when they started and how much more time you have.

Your Realtor is there to serve you.

Congratulations on potentially finding your new home,
Anna Campbell
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Sun Feb 12, 2012
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
Ouch! What a mess. Before anyone uses a new realtor after that many years of service there should be a talk with them first. Maybe your old realtor wasn't giving you the proper advise in the offers written, Maybe you weren't listening to her advise. Why did your wife choose to work with another realtor? If there is tension there between them maybe it was a good move. Clearly you were feeling guilty of using another realtor. We all need closure on both sides. Nobody wants to be fired, just as most people don't want to do the firing. But both of you will feel better after it is done.

You also can not have the property shown to you by 1 agent and have a different agent write the offer, You are stuck dealing with that agent on that property.
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Sat May 7, 2011
Joanna Jensen answered:
Hi Buyer,

buying a short sale can be stressful.

There are a lot of things to consider. Who is the lender your dealing with?
what was the offer you submitted?
what is the current market value of the home?
You want to make sure that your working with agents that know what they are doing.

some agents will simply put a sign on the home and let it go.

You want to work with an agent who can negotiate with the lender and get involved. If the home needs work you want to have an agent or a negotiator who can prove that to the servicer.

One thing to keep in mind, depending on the lender some home owners will list their home for short sale but also try and do a loan mod with No Intention of ever Selling!!! this is very important to know..

I took buyers into a home last year when the home owner happened to be there. they let it slip that they were also trying to keep the home. that mean to me there was not way they would submit our offer. the would try and show the lender they were not getting offers.

best of luck
JoAnna Jensen
Legal Assistant / Realtor
Volo Law / Legal Realty
925 699 5041
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Sun Mar 13, 2011
Anna Campbell answered:
Hi Hollie,

I live in Del Prado and love the vast opportunities that surround this community. We can walk to the Alameda Fairgrounds, Starbucks Coffee, and three completely different parks. We can ride our bikes to the area elementary school (Walnut Grove) and middle school (Harvest Park).

We are also just minutes from downtown Pleasanton, all that fun shopping and dining!

Our homes range in price from $500,000 to $900,000 and range is basic age from 1967 to 1991.

Here are the current price ranges per neighborhood in Pleasanton.

And here is a page just about Pleasanton, Ca.

I hope this helps!
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Mon Nov 22, 2010
The Medford Team answered:

I assume you are talking about sites identified on the National Priorities List Hazardous Waste Sites directory as identified by a JCP Natural Hazards Report. They are sometimes called “Superfund” or “CERCLIS” sites. The National Priorities List (NPL) is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the EPA in determining which sites warrant further investigation.

All toxic releases are identified on this list. You can search their database here for toxic releases in any given city or region:

If this is what you are referring to, then the two toxic releases identified were actually in the Los Angeles area.

I have access to a number of recent Natural Hazard Reports from varying companies for the Pleasanton area and none of them show toxic releases within a mile of the Carlton Oaks neighborhood. I’d be interested in knowing exactly where these releases were that you are describing.
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Mon Nov 8, 2010
Tracy Parker answered:
This question is from November, but it is a question I get a lot. Ruby Hills is a very desirable gated community in Pleasanton- having said this, upon closer inspection or a quick drive through the community you will see a lot of homes for sale- many are bank owned homes or short sales due to the recent real estate crisis. Ruby Hills is a newer community and in the luxury price range which is where this economic crisis has really been reflected. As a community, Ruby Hills is a wonderful place to raise a family but at the moment it is in a state of flux. However, this could be a real opportunity for an investor or homeowner to capitalize on, with a large inventory of fantastic homes, you might find your perfect home at a price that is below what it cost to build it just a few years ago. Most homes are fully appointed inside and out and ready to move right in.

If you are interested in looking at distressed properties in Ruby Hills or the surrounding area, I can send you a list of homes in your targeted price range.

Email or call me for information that fits your perametors_

Tracy Parker
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Sat Sep 25, 2010
Joanna Jensen answered:
Hi All,

It is important to know that the appraisal does not necessarily reflect the true value of the home...

My husband is a Loan Officer very recently doing a loan for clients in the area. His appraisal came in $100,000 less than a competative appraisal. Owner did two applications at once.

The appraisal is only as good as the appraiser.

Make your decision on how much you like the home. $15,000 is a small amount.

Can you easily afford the payment at current price? Reducing it by $15,000 will not affect your payment by much... Also your down payment wont be that much higher.

Several ways to look at is.

JoAnna Jensen Legal Assistant / Realtor

925 699 5041
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