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Home Buying in 94611 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Aug 26, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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Thu Aug 27, 2015
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Joseph Roraff answered:
Trulia is not MLS. Talk with a Real Estate Agent in your area to get access to the MLS. It is free.
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Joseph Roraff answered:
It might be better to just build if house prices are that high Oakland and Berkeley.
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Thu Feb 23, 2012
Kathy Dolch answered:
You should contact your real estate broker and have them go in and remove the pictures. You too are able to go in and claim the listing as your own if you register, and can then delete the listing yourself, because you are the owner. ... more
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Mon Mar 21, 2011
Mitch Larrivee answered:
The answer depends on how much you want the house. If you REALLY don't want to lose it to a different offer, then give them what you truly feel it's worth.

Look at the comparables.. The bank (and your competition) is going to look at the same information. If you offer too low you will likely lose out. Don't be afraid to offer higher than the asking price - just make a fair offer for what you are willing to pay. If someone else gets it, that just means they thought it was worth more.. ... more
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Wed Mar 24, 2010
Elynne Maree Allen answered:
Hello Matt,

You mention "young family" which suggests that you want to live in a good school distrist to raise your family. Have you checked out So. Walnut Creek which is in the Acalanes School district.? Ther are a few properties available today in the $500 +/- price range. Lamorinda is excellent also, there are townhomes and Condo's under $500,000.

The Bart Train is also a awesome way to commute along the 24 Fwy 580 and 680 corridores to Oakland or San Francisco.

Hope this is helpful! Feel Free to call anytime 925.788.9101 or visit my webside at www. or send email to:
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Wed Mar 17, 2010
I tend to agree with what many of the other agents have said. Your definition of affordable and competitive may differ from others. Prices have come down throughout most of Oakland...Areas that seem still semi-untouched are Rockridge and Glenview. Montclair, Redwood Heights and Keller areas have dropped...sometimes as much as 15 per cent from a couple of years ago. It is a great time to purchase in these areas. You can get great views in some of the areas, Montclair (depending on the area and if you get approved (auction) have some good schools, and homes are affordable. I have seen some great homes in the $500-600K range this last year that were surrounded by $700-800+K homes. Both foreclosures and short sales have appeared and sometimes you can get an incredible deal. Usually on a well priced home-or below market home (REO/SS) you will find competition...although its not like it was before with offers coming in $100K+ over like in 2005-7. I would love to send you some listings of homes that have sold recently and you can see for yourself the asking price vs the sold price and the days it was on the market.

If you would like help with this or in getting to know the areas better, please don't hesitate to call. I live claose and work in the Montclair area and am well acquainted with the hills. Hope to hear from you. Rose Nied, Alain Pinel Realtors, 510 530 7011
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Tue Jun 23, 2009
Scott Ward answered:
Hi Barbora:

This is an interesting house - been on the market for 172 days.
It has an in-law unit that was renting for $900.00 - but this info/sqf does not show up on the tax data.

In September of 2008 it was listed for 449k.
I am not certain that it is an "offical" auction - if it ends up being one it will be a private auction rather than public (foreclosure on the court-house-steps) - the MLS shows that it is a Short Sale.

I have experience with both private auction and short sales.
Please feel free to give me a call if you have any further questions.


415.225.4593 - cell
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Mon Aug 11, 2008
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Take a look at the tax credit for home buyers. This is the relief that YOU as the buyer would want.

It talks about "aspiring home owners who find their goal stubbornly elusive. The newly enacted legislation providing a tax credit of as much as $7,500 for first-time home buyers might just be the opportunity of a lifetime.

Like so many of the good things in life, time is of the essence for buyers who want to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity. Only homes purchased on or after April 9, 2008 and before July 1, 2009 are eligible."

Trying to time the market is an extremely difficult thing to do. We all know we should buy low, sell high. But the only time we really know where the bottom is, is almost 6 months later when the upswing has already happened.

What you should focus on is what you are comfortable doing, what programs and incentives are available. Even if prices should fall --- and right now, they're practically at 2003 levels which is the height of the buying frenzy --- the interest rates are starting to rise. So how will you compute how much you save by waiting? If you buy after July 1 2009, you won't be eligible for the tax credit. And who knows where the interest rates will be in one year?

If you find a home that you believe is a good and fair value, and you have a good loan program, consider testing the market after you and your realtor determine the current market comps and trends.

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Tue Aug 5, 2008
Nicole Bailey answered:
Hi Bogash,

Jumping back in here...

I would never presume to tell you to get into the market or what to offer, but if you hear Realtors talking amongst themselves, one of the biggest complaints they have is that buyers won't make an "under-asking" offer.

Listing agents have a delicate balancing act with their sellers, providing current market information and encouraging sellers to price correctly with the market while still expressing a positive attitude about marketability of the home at the present price. Often the listing agent may realize that the market has dropped even through the listing period.

Making any offer begins a conversation with the seller that could result in a sale. It is definitely worth tossing the pasta at the wall and seeing if it sticks!


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Sat Dec 29, 2007
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Piedmont is a high demand community due to schools and lifestyle. The inventory is always tight and especially during the holiday season.

A local Realtor can get you signed up on a listing watch so you are immediately notified when a new property hits the market. Good luck.

Pam Winterbauer
Serving the East Bay
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