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Mon Mar 6, 2017
Edman asked:
I posted my rental on Zillow, and it appears the info was transferred automatically to Trulia. However, the 'available' date is incorrect, and I can't find a way to access…
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Thu May 26, 2016
Hartmbc3 answered:
Can a landlord put his trash in your trash can without your permission? If anyone knows the answer please write it here. Thank you.
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Mon Dec 28, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

To factor in the cost of permits and other costs, in addition to materials and labor, I would recommend getting a few actual bids, rather than using a general figure.

Kind regards,

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Sat Oct 17, 2015
Diana Hellman answered:
You can place rental ads on Zillow but I'm not sure Trulia does rentals. In addition, only real estate professionals can post on Trulia.
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Sat Sep 26, 2015
Josh Barnett answered:
Visit 5 to 10 different Brokers interview them, ask them the questions you want answered, make sure to find out about everything.
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Tue May 12, 2015
Mother Superior answered:
Already spoke with an attorney. You are very wrong, Mr. Littlefield. They waived their right to an inspection by giving themselves ZERO days to do their investigations. Glad you're not the seller's broker. There are NO CONTINGENCIES in the contract - none. Not property, not financing and not appraisal. And, once again, ZERO days to do their investigations. SMDH. ... more
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Sun Feb 15, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
Trulia doesn't sell or rent houses It is merely a website that posts information. I would check all rental information out carefully as there have been many scams recently. The owner may well have contacted you...that seems appropriate to me Just know not to pay any monies up front before you see the home.

Good luck.
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Tue Feb 10, 2015
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Trulia does not do any kind of check on owners who wish to list their homes for rent here. Nor do most other sites except those who only allow listings from licensed professional real estate agents. The result has been rampant internet fraud.

You can check with the property tax authority to verify the name of the owner, but a scam artist has probably done that already. NEVER wire money, period. If your gut says walk away, walk away. Insist on meeting face to face, at which time you will both sign the lease, and you will exchange certified or bank checks for keys.

If you do suspect fraud, please take a moment to go into the rental listing and scroll down to the MORE drop down menu that is just below the photo in blue. Click on FLAG you will get a dialogue box called listing error. Click on the down arrow called ERROR TYPE and choose suspected fraud. In the dialogue box, tell Trulia why you suspect this is a scam. The listing will be pulled down and if it is confirmed to be fraud it will NOT be put back up. And thank you in advance for making the world a better safer place.
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Fri Nov 28, 2014
Robert Lei answered:
She wants to present a tight offer and you should be glad that she wants the offer to be tight. She actually should check on the buyer's financials before submitting any offer. You don't want to get into contract with a buyer who will not qualify to buy your house. ... more
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Mon Jun 9, 2014
Terri Vellios answered:
I suggest you follow the link to the local Affordable Housing Website
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Fri Nov 1, 2013
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Tylisha, I hope you were able to resolve this.

Most individual homeowners are not familiar with how this program works, so they don't participate.

Your best bet is to contact either the Santa Clara County Section 8 authorities, or alternately, contact property managers in the Sunnyvale with Homestead High area to see which of their clients may accept Section 8 vouchers. ... more
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Thu Feb 7, 2013
Robert Lei answered:
Hi Bindu,
What did you finally decide?
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Mon Oct 15, 2012
Robert Lei answered:
Even though you are buying for rental, I would buy the one that YOU would want to live in if you had to. I always think long term and backup plan and flexibility. Some day you might find yourself in a situation where you need to live in one of your rentals as your primary home (e.g. perhaps for tax reasons before selling). Also, you will have to visit your rental to take care of things (e.g. show prospective tenants, do maintenance, etc.) ... more
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Thu Feb 9, 2012
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
I would use a licensed contractor that is a licensed (C-27, General B and C-8), bonded and insured company. This may provide the security that all work done is licensed. Because they are a general contractor, they can handle the whole project, saving the client the time of hiring several contractors for different aspects of the job. Pouring concrete, building bbq’s and pergolas is not something a landscaping only (c-27) is licensed to do by themselves. Get bids from a couple of contractors that specialize in outdoor work. Before signing any paperwork, I would check their license status with the State of California and verify their worker's comp insurance is paid up as well. You can go to this link:
I just came across your question today and see that it was posted back in November. Hopefully my info from today may still be of value to you.
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Wed Oct 12, 2011
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Bindu

Congrats on your near purchase.

The cost to extend the room will be about $150 / sq. ft.
The cost to remodel will be much less.

There are many terrific property inspectors, but here are 2 :
1.) Ken Collins at Magnum at 408-226-6200
2.) Perry Farnum at 408-866-5700

There are many excellent Roof inspectors:
1.) 831-476-9109

Hope this helps, if any questions call me.

Best regards
Perry Mistry
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Sun Sep 18, 2011
Travis Jackson answered:
When deciding on a townhome or SFR consider the costs and benefits of being in a townhome. Townhomes have a home owners association also known as a HOA. The fee is around $300 a month and they take care of landscaping and maintenance of pool/recreation facilities. For some people this is perfect because it provides a living environment with less maintenance compared to a single family residence. But what people often overlook is that the extra $300 a month will never be put towards the equity of your home. Even more importantly; if that extra money was used to increase your mortgage amount by $300 a month, you could afford a SFR which is $60,000 more (30 year mortgage) . This extra amount could put you in a much more desirable single family residence. ... more
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Sat Apr 16, 2011
Tina Lam answered:
While a 3/2 is not that much better than a 2/2 in a townhouse/ condo setting, townhouse with attached garage trumps a condo anytime. No upstairs or downstairs neighbor and garage adds a lot of storage. I work with so many clients that look at townhouses exclusively. They will not even consider a condo.

I am with you that I like the pruneyard area a lot myself, much more than santa clara. However a lot of buyers will find Santa Clara to be closer to 101 and thus a more convenient location.
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Tue Feb 15, 2011
Rebekah Owen, Broker answered:

[what a great user name :-)]

How'd you do? Did you get a super duper deal in Campbell?
How'd the process go?
Was is smooth sailing or was there a bottle neck?

I like to hear how clients view the market. It helps me allay their fears and avoid problems.

Thanks in Advance,

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Sat Nov 20, 2010
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Voices Member

Actually not only is Campbell a great town to live in, the building department is very easy to work
with, the Planning department allows for a lot of lot sub divisions then other towns.

Since you are looking at putting in sweat equity you should do just fine, as over the last 2 years we have
since a nice decline in Materials cost associated with building. We have material costs plummet 15%
and also be able to get another 10% off, through special programs at Building Materials stores or
Home Depot.

We know off a few homes in Campbell off the market, give us a call.
Also you can easily get a list of foreclosed homes from our web site and
help you negotiate the price down further.

Best Regards
Perry & Ruth
Certified Distressed Property Expert
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Sun Apr 26, 2009
Nina Daruwalla answered:
Hi Mohit,

I have friends who are constructing a home right can count approx $300.00 per square foot for construction = 1500X300= $450,000.
Now the Outer shell of the home has Standard Prices, BUT, it is the Detailing work INSIDE that will determine what the total costs will be. It will all depend on what level of Tiles, Granite, Crown Moldings, Flooring Materials etc etc that you pick to go inside.......each thing will have a range from cheapest to most expensive and that will decide on the final outcome of your Costs.
I have helped folks build homes....if you would like to sit down and talk about everything, Please Call me 408-7773823. Will be happy to help from start to finish and beyond......
Be well and safe, Regards,
Nina Daruwalla
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