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Joyteachem, Home Buyer in Pauma Valley, CA
Joyteachem answered:
How common is lender's appraisal at exact value of asking price/bid price of sole offer?
Come on people, it's a poker game! If you are REALLY the only one interested enough in the property and the seller KNOWS that? It is whatever the market will bear, who flinches firs ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 12, 2016 Home Buying in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Can a bank order an appraisal without me signing any documents. I was never aware when the appraisal was going to happen and never signed any papers?
This sounds unusual; however if this is a loan officer you've worked with in the past, maybe he or she made an assumption. Usually they require you to pay for the appraisal before they ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 20, 2015 Home Buying in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
have been approved from my bank for a loan on fixing house,new roof they want to send an inspector to seen how much house is worth,What do they do
They have a right to know condition and value of the home in order to give you a loan. Primarily they measure, take photos, do research, ask questions about current improvements (when, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 20, 2015 Home Buying in 95014
RonS, Other/Just Looking in Concord, CA
RonS answered:
Can the bank request appraisal before home inspection is done?
One has nothing to do with the other, ever. Yeah, it sucks but again, they do not trigger each other. Event "A" doesn't lead to Event "B".

If you want out, sounds like this is the ti ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Home Buying in 95014
Mitul Patel, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Mitul Patel answered:
I understand that Cupertino is allowing R1 lots over 9000 SQFT to be changed to R2 so two detached Single Family homes can be built? Is this correct?
Hi Arvind,

I would suggest checking with City if you have a particular lot in mind. This will go thru public hearing as well so could be little longer process then typical planning a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 14, 2014 Home Buying in 95014
Sam Shueh,  in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Are buyers deterred by pools in Monta Vista?
Most buyers prefer to use public pool. The high cost of maintenance a pool negates the brief uses. Suggest a quotation on filling the pool. If your pump or pool is at end of life. Go fo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 6, 2014 Home Buying in 95014
Bryan Sweeley, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Sweeley answered:
Hi, I see lot of Houses ~200K to 300 K in cupertino which seems unbelievable. How I could get more info on these?
Falls under the saying, "If it looks too good to be true...."

Not happening in Cupertino. The demand is way too high for Cupertino schools. I do extensive research and it is really ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 8, 2014 Foreclosure in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Hi, I am interested in buying a multifamily home in Montavista area. But, looking at the listings, the resale of the house seems to take longer...
Did you ever decide on a multi-family or SFH yet in Monta Vista?

One thing to be aware of is if you buy a SFH it may be difficult to get the City to change the zoning to multi-famil ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu Nov 21, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Would like some opinions on pricing for this particular home. The mls listing is at:
Any piece of land here with a structure in this school district is worth at least $800K
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 31, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
Robert Lei, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Robert Lei answered:
Looking for a Fixed upper, private selling house in Cupertino, San Jose west, or Mission school district
Hi Ashok,
Are you still looking for help with this?
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 25, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
I'm thinking of replacing my Cadillac with a Ford Focus. The gas is killing me on the Caddy? You think clients will mind?
While you'd think the type of car doesn't matter to clients, it depends on the clients. Some are status conscious. Some are not.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 6, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
If I want to start looking to buy a house, how do I approach the agents? How does it typically happen? How do?
And, it was asked FIVE YEARS AGO (nod to Ron Thomas), so maybe it didn't need to be resurrected?
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 31, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Leucadia, CA
John Arendsen answered:
I am considering to put an offer on a home - during pre-inspection, they found a creck and exposed piece of rebar near stem wall - shall I worry?
Great big huge red flag. If you really like the property I'd go the distance and hire a structural engineer to do a thorough scope on the entire foundation. Once you have transelated hi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 30, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
Jerry, Home Owner in Cupertino, CA
Jerry answered:
Like to know actual cost of all permit fees (school, park, inspection, gas, electric, pluming) to build a new home in Cupertino for approx 2900 sqft.
I just finished a new residential construction in Cupertino last year. For the school fees (they call it "Developer Impact Fee"), CUSD charged $1.782 per square foot while FUHSD charged ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 2, 2013 Home Buying in 95014
Richard Ho, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Richard Ho answered:
Is this a bad time to buy a home in the monta vista area in cupertino?
Why worry?
http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2012/07/27/housing-isnt-a-horror-show-anymore/

Great WSJ article. Have you been reading all the other horror stories and have night and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 28, 2012 Home Buying in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Can a listing agent and also the owner of the house work with a buyer directly?
For clarity, are the listing agent and owner the same person? Or are you referring to you talking to the listing agent and also talking to the seller directly? Most sellers hire a listi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 14, 2012 Home Buying in 95014
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Coppertino, AL
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
can I chose to do the mediation before I sign the release of deposit?
Hopefully you've resolved this. In California, we try to work it out at the agent level first, then the brokers, then mediation, then arbitration. Getting a free consultation from a rea ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 14, 2012 Home Buying in 95014
Daniel Shi, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Daniel Shi answered:
Hi, I am curious how a foreclosure works?
Christy,

As Roland rightly pointed out, there're three stages of the foreclosing process:

1. Pre-foreclosure (Short Sale): because most likely it's still owner-occupied, showings ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 22, 2012 Foreclosure in 95014
Erica Glessi…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Erica Glessing answered:
Comparsion btwn cupertino and palo alto area homes. Which would be better for life style , schools and resale
Hi Mike!
I grew up in Palo Alto, went to Addison, Jordan and Palo Alto High School...later I worked in Cupertino in real estate for 8 years, with an office on the corner of De Anza &am ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 25, 2012 Home Buying in 95014
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