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94609 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Sep 11, 2017
Justin Oakland Buchanan asked:
I live in a house on 51st St right near Telegraph. I am renting and have been here for a while now. I had discussed eventually buying the house with t
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Sat Sep 9, 2017
Justin Oakland Buchanan asked:
My landlord decided to sell the Temescal home I am renting. I would love to buy my house but am self-employed and need a year or so before I am able to do that.

This property has a lot…
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Sun Mar 20, 2016
Catherine Clock answered:
Call a local real agent and they can provide you historical and local forecasts.
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Fri Jul 31, 2015
Corinneclawson asked:
How much would it cost to Lift and build a 1st floor onto a 1914 Craftsman home in Oakland, CA. The home is currently a 2 bedroom/2 bath 1200 Sq. Ft
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Mon Jul 20, 2015
Antonio Prado answered:
I would have Real Estate attorney take a look at the lease agreement you signed to see if there is a way out. Might be worth the consultation if you truly wants to stay at this location.

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Mon Apr 6, 2015
Hello Miranda, yes it very well could be. Beware of the many rental scams out there these days on all sites. The scams are on all of the rental listing sites except one that us agents/broker use such as mls, multiple listing service.

You should not give anyone any funds or personal information without confirming with a licensed agent/broker or management company to find out whom you should be dealing with and the status of any address of interest.

The rentals in 94609 zip code of Oakland start from $1,795 for 1bd 1ba apartment. The purchase start from 379k for 3bd 1ba single family home which is as low as $1,900 down payment with a minimum 580 fico score.

You should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent in many cities. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

You may qualify to buy FHA with fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down or as low as .5% half percent down payment program. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

You will need to be pre-approved if you decide to buy to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, home price, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs.

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

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Wed Jan 7, 2015
Rebecca Ciccio answered:
Hi Temescalian -

You may have already listed and sold your home at this point, but if not, the great news is that the real estate market in Temescal is extremely strong right now. I recently listed a property on Manila, and it sold in 12 days with 8 offers, at almost $250,000 over the list price.

Regarding your question, I would recommend obtaining a bid for both the dry rot and sewer lateral replacement, and make an educated decision based on the bids. You may decide to tackle one of the issues, both, or neither, depending on the cost. Your real estate professional can help advise you on the matter once you have the bids in hand.

I live in the area and am well acquainted with the real estate climate in Temescal. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions!

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Fri Jan 25, 2013
Kevin Skipper answered:
Yes Duffy,
Your best bet is to connect with an agent and/or a developer/contractor for assistance. I have worked with a couple of developers who have done this type of work in recent years. If you seek out a commercial agent, be ready to SHARE your complete financials and business plan before they give you the time of day.

Give me a call or email and I can make some direct recommendations for you.
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Thu Oct 28, 2010
Qitpp70 answered:
Hello. Does anyone know the HOA contact info for the condos at 485 West Mac Arthur Blvd. Oakland, CA?

Any info would be greatly appreciated. I think I can help with this questions.

Daniel (
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Thu Jul 8, 2010
Antoine Pirson answered:
Hello Erica:

First of all, congrats "oranje".
Secondly, this may not be the correct question to aski. I am sure there is more to it then just this. Almost every state has their own "foreclosure" periods and laws. California, where I am licensed, the shortes period is 3 months and 21 days. But that does not mean the bank will ACT that quickly. From the banks perspective ther are many other "issues" to consider. As an example, how much is the mortgage payment? Who is "processing" the loan? Who actually holds the loan? etc.
Therfore, again, I think there is another questions behind the one you asked.
Let me know if you want to write to me.

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Thu Jun 3, 2010
HappyHome asked:
Is there a better way to be in the know about early foreclosure opportunities? I would be buying all cash.
(I get mls listings of low priced properties too.) Thank you.
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Wed Apr 14, 2010
Antoine Pirson answered:
Hi Diana:
Allow me to point out that "market value" is what a buyer is willing to pay for the property under the current financial and real estate market conditions. That of course is different for you and me and all the appraisers, who will give you "an opinion" of value at any point in time.
Calculating value is not as easy as many poeple make it out to be. But there are good and bad "methods". I prefer not giving away these methods on a public site, but allow me to inform you I have done several "fixers" myself and have advised several clients of mine on how to make sure there is a profit on fixers.
I am an investment adviser and inform buyers and sellers on real estate investments every month.
I can advice you if you contact me.
KInd regards
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Sun Apr 6, 2008
Bob Wegener answered:
I have posted the sales, in detail, on my blog for you and all to see. Enjoy!
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