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Home Buying in 94605 : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Oct 22, 2015
Ed Jurenka answered:
List it or put a FSBO sign out front. Nothing you can do about neighboring properties unless they are in code violations as this is a free country and people have a right to live how they feel or can afford. I ran into the same thing in NJ. I had a 3 story granite Victorian with 13 rooms and 4 fireplaces built in the 1880's and years later all smaller homes were built next to me going up the hill. I could not sell, and wound up turning it back to the bank and doing a bankruptcy. ... more
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Tue Jan 13, 2015
Alexander Greer answered:
I would be more than happy to recommend a real estate agent to you. Have you been pre-approved for your purchase?

I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or question email me here:

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079
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Wed Aug 13, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
First find the house on Trulia
Second add the link to your house data, in your text, as found on Trulia.
Then the folks at Trulia can help you.
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Sun Feb 9, 2014
Jesse Crum answered:
This is typically negotiated up front when making your initial offer. The more of the costs you are willing to absorb the stronger your offer will be when compared to others for the same property in a multiple offer situation. Many factors go into making a competitive offer other than the offer price. Closing costs and timelines can be tweaked and adjusted to make your offer stand above any other offer, the result is getting it accepted. But in a weaker market where there is more property for sale than qualified and willing buyers it may not be necessary to make such a strong offer, make the seller pay. There are several indications that a seller is getting desperate, the main one is how many days that property has been on the market.
I want to also explain the importance of using a knowledgeable experienced Realtor who makes your offer. As a listing agent there is nothing worse than receiving an incomplete offer from an incompetent Realtor. When I have several offers and mistakes or missing information is in your offer I will ask for it to be completed and if it is not done promptly I will reject it on my sellers behalf. The reason is if I go into escrow with another Realtor who doesn't know what they are doing or do not do what they are supposed to do when they are supposed to do it the chances are the deal will fall apart. Time and money wasted for me and my seller. So an incomplete offer is a warning sign of what is to fallow, if you are using a Realtor like this you will have a difficult time getting a property no matter how much you offer or who pays for what.
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Sun Jun 30, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
Need a question to answer - please let us know what you are asking.
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Thu Nov 15, 2012
E-zplumbing answered:
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Wed Sep 12, 2012
Brandon B answered:
In addition to accessing crime maps on the property detail page (as Jeff mentioned), you can also see comprehensive crime data on the map view of our search results page (just click the local info link, and select crime). Here's an example for Oakland:,CA/x_map#for_sale/Oakland,CA/x_map/density_pcrimes

Also, you can see crime maps on the majority of our local info pages. An example for Oakland:

This is also available for neighborhoods too.

Hope that helps!
Brandon (Trulia product team
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Sun Aug 5, 2012
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Thu Mar 1, 2012
Harold Sharpe answered:
DO not plan to lease back. You could be jeopardizing the short sale and possibly bank fraud.
Move on and rent somewhere else and don't think about it.

Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes Realty
(951) 821-8211
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
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Mon Feb 22, 2010
Great area. Well established. Reasonably priced. Close to Parks. Minutes from driving to stores/restaurants...but feels like you are living outside Oakland. I agree with the others to do a search for crime stats as we, as agents, cannot say if a neighborhood is good or bad...If you would like a personalized tour of the area...Please do not hesitate to call. Rose Nied, Alain Pinel Realtors, (510) 530 7011 ... more
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Fri Sep 18, 2009
Bill & Elijah Fletcher answered:
I am happy to schedule time to meet with you and to see if we are a good match for each other. I have helped a number of clients find great properties in el Cerrito. I;m sure you could speak with any of them about their experience with me. Please check out my website, and my blog, and let me know if you want to meet. And best of luck in your home search!
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Kamal Randhawa answered:
Hello Thg,

Are you, by any chance, working with the same realtor who is listing the property? If not, then in todays multiple bid market, it would be difficult for your agent to know what other offers are at unless the listing agent was forthcoming with that info. The pest report can be obtained from public records. Best thing to do is look at comps and bid what you feel comfortable bidding. If you like, I can give you comps on the property. Just drop me an email. Good luck!

Kamal Randhawa
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Shania12 answered:
Real Estate nowadays are making it's adjustments, but i will urge you to invest in real estate today, in the next few years all those affordable properties will just go out of it's current rate it'll go up, it's evident today that bank owned properties are slowly picking up and has a bright future ahead.

Alternatively you can ask a professional Realtor to help you where you should place your hard earned money.
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Fri May 8, 2009
Lisa Cartolano Ellen Diamond answered:
Hello Freeman,

The 94605 area code covers quite a diverse area in Oakland with several different neighborhoods located in that area code. The Oakland Zoo is located in this area, the Sequoah Heights area, Oak Knoll and Bishop O'Dowd, a private high school, just to name a few things in this zip code. It is a pretty diverse location and as with most of Oakland, you can go 2 blocks in one direction and hit a completely different area.

Have you had an opportunity to drive around and check it out for yourself? Your own first impressions will really be your best inclination for the area.

There are bus lines in that area, but you would need to drive or bus it to BART. If you want to check out the crime stats for the area you can do so online at:

I hope that helps!

Lisa Cartolano
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Mon Feb 23, 2009
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Are you thinking of getting your property tax assessment adjusted?

If so, it is helpful to provide the address, the type of property (condo? townhouse? detached single family home?), configuration and the condition of the home.

You should specify a period of time --- for example, from April 1, 2008 - Oct 2008 to get the best possible comps during the applicable period of time.

Otherwise, you will be deluged with literally THOUSANDS of sold properties sold before Oct. 2008, from all cities, from all neighborhoods, for all types of properties. I don't think that's what you want.

Please go ahead and engage a realtor to consult with you on selecting the appropriate properties for your review.

Lately, I've had quite a few of my clients requesting my assistance in determining the comparable market value of their properties within a certain period of time so that they can properly apply for a tax adjustment.

If this is not the reason for your request, you will still need to provide details about what you are looking for.
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Thu Nov 6, 2008
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Just so you'll know, the bank foreclosed on this property at $334K in Sept 2007.

If you want to offer $45-50K, go ahead.

But how much do you know about this property? I saw a duplex on Wallace that was listed at $37K. I thought it was a mistake, until I found out that the house next door, as a few other houses on that block, are sliding down the hill. With the next heavy rain, it might be part of a mud slide.

What's stopping you from writing an offer as close to asking price as possible? Can you build a house on a lot for this price?

What does your realtor say?
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