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Home Buying in 95032 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Lan Zhang answered:
I would think of primary residence more as home for family. It is tough to make a trade off between living experience and resale value. Campbell schools might not sell as good as LG, but over time you should get decent return too. ... more
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Fri Jun 6, 2014
Mike Kenyon answered:
maybe they do not really need to sell it but if someone were to "overpay" they would sell... That is what this sounds like
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Sun Mar 23, 2014
yvonneanderl answered:
I have lived in Los Gatos Mountains for 20 years. We plan to eventually add an additional garage and workshop to our existing home. I was told by the Santa Clara Planning Department that we must have some level of partial completion of these additions every 6 months. Planning wants to come to the house every 6 months and see some amount of "moving forward" on the project. They are concerned
(for example) about having wood beams/walls exposed to the elements for too long.

We moved up here from Santa Clara and had no idea what what we were getting into.

It is SOOO expensive to live up here. Well maintenance, septic maintenance. paying for Propane with each fill (averages $1100 - $1300 per fill for a 1,000 gallon tank). Drainage is also a big issues when we have heavy El Nino years. You either need to be a handyman (we are) or have enough money to pay someone to perform all the maintenance that will come up.

That said, we love it up here. Nature, trees, deer, turkeys, space. It is gorgeous!!
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Fri Dec 20, 2013
Mike Kenyon answered:
Totally ask them if they would reconsider reselling! You don't have anything to lose and if you do not you will always wonder what if...
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Fri Aug 17, 2012
Jeff Strickland answered:
Hello Danielle,

In general, no--It is your agent's job to effectively present and follow-up on any offer that was submitted on your behalf. If you believe your offer was strong and competitive with other offers submitted, there IS a way to follow-up on an offer through the process.

In the case of a regular home sale (not REO/Bank-owned), it is ALWAYS within the right of a buyer's agent to request that your offer be delivered and presented in person to the seller and listing agent at an agreed upon time. In fact (although not often practiced), formal refusal in writing is required of a seller when your agent's face-to-face presentation of your offer is denied. In a multiple offer situation where a buyer agent is told he or she is not allowed to present the client's offer in person, it is a good buyer agent practice to ALWAYS recommend the listing agent provide the seller's refusal to you in writing. Granted, this has to be handled VERY delicately by your buyer's agent. Any sign of aggression at this stage will NOT be received well by a seller. Kid gloves only!

This is the most effective way I've used to handle this situation in the past, and I believe it is your best shot of putting your best foot (and offer) forward.

Best wishes Danielle.
Give us a call if you have other questions.

Jeff Strickland
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Tue May 22, 2012
Leili Mortaz answered:

I met Henry Dvorkan who is a 90 years old Real Estate investors, coach and author in a Conference on buying Notes. He actually wrote the book on buying Mortgage Notes which is worth reading.

He gave me an amazing advice during our lunch which I still try to use to keep deals alive. What he told me what the if one party in the deal will NOT move on PRICE, then the other party has to be allowed to dictate the terms.

If the seller is not willing to move from say $1.4M price, then you should agree on this price, but under your terms where you can pay him a $800,000 now and the rest in 5 years. And if you are convinced the property will appreciate by remodeling it or sheer force of appreciation; then you might want to offer him MORE to keep the deal alive.

It was amazing on how many examples he had on using this technique to accomplish difficult deal.
Good luck and keep us posted if this works for you since I can write to Henry and thank him as well.
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Fri May 6, 2011
Terri Vellios answered:
Elizabeth stated this very well. Some of the LEEP homes are located between Los Gatos Almaden and Ann Way. Although they are listed as Los Gatos the high school would be Leigh High.

You will read very similar language through out the MLS; such as Garcia, Eichler, and so on. By touring these homes you will get a sense of the style of home and whether of not it fits your criteria.

All the best to ou.
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Wed Sep 29, 2010
Leili Mortaz answered:
Hi Carolyn - I don't see this on the list of pre-foreclosures or trustee sale auctions either. Are u sure we have the right address?
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Sun Jun 24, 2007
Mike Kenyon answered:
Totally! I would be happy to do it for you if you give me the address. You never know
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