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Home Buying in 95131 : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Oct 14, 2015
bob answered:
I would also like to know. I drove by but I'm not familiar with the area or the quality of KB Homes.
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Tue Aug 11, 2015
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hello braceanil:

This is usually a personal preference issue. I know that many East Asian/Southeast Asian buyers might believe that it is not good feng shui to have the house at a T-intersection, but this is not true for all buyers who believe in the same thing in those cultures.

I have heard of concerns of noise and possible crime/accidents, but I have never seen any concrete evidence this is actually true.

I encourage you to talk to your agent about your concerns and even ask the sellers about the noise/traffic and safety issues, if any.

Good luck,

Huey Nguyen
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Thu Apr 9, 2015
Joy Bechdolt answered:
This happened to me as well. I always check out any realtor I plan to do business with and in this case the agent didn't know his license was suspended. I asked him to have his broker rewrite the offer for the buyer, he did and the transaction went smoothly after. He got his license back before close and was pretty embarrassed about it. ... more
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Sun Sep 7, 2014
Scott Godzyk answered:
The sellers bank is going to make sure the offer is within a percentage of the appraised value. If your offer is within that formula, it will sell at your offer price, it will not be reduced if your offer is higher than their appraisal. Their appraisal will tell them what the retail value is and what the auction value is. ... more
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Thu Jul 24, 2014
ValleyBuyer answered:
The area around Rock Ave / Oakland road is reasonably safe - since there are some high profile properties and condo complexes nearby. I cannot comment about the mobile home in particular - esp. with regards to safety. There is a low income apartment property nearby - which could be a good or a bad thing.

The railroad track nearby is a siding track. There may be an occasional freight train - maybe once in a couple of days, otherwise it should not be any bother.
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Thu Mar 28, 2013
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Dear Kathy,
If you were "my" client I would tell you to never bypass your own inspection even with new property. If you look at your purchase contract we have many places that advise you to "get a home inspection" there is good reason for this caution.
Just for a quick example, I sold a new condo that looked perfect, but upon inspection the dishwasher did not work and the bathtub was installed by the builder wrong. Because of that, the bathtub did not completely drain. Save yourself frustration, and satisfy yourself with a good home inspection, it's worth it!
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Ron Kooyman answered:

Give your Realtor the opportunity to set things right? It may have just been an oversight in escrow.
Send him email, text and phone message. If he doesn't respond within 72 hours approach his Broker with this matter. If he is the Broker then call the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors to file your complaint (408) 445-8500.

Ron Kooyman
Better Homes & Gardens Ventura Barnett
Direct Line (408) 605-4122
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Thu Jul 19, 2012
Jim Guido answered:
Hi Sailam,

You have asked many important questions and is very hard to answer them here as their can be many variables. In my opinion you need to pick a good Realtor to work with first. Once you have a good agent helping you they can answer all your questions and help you get pre qualified for your loan.

Good Luck,

Jim Guido,

Realty World/Blue Property Group
Cell: 408-472-2074
DRE# 00700635
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Thu May 31, 2012
Mitchell Pearce answered:

Mr. Butterfield and Mrs Vellios make good points. The termite droppings could have been from furniture now gone or newly present. If from furniture now present, cleaning up the droppings and moving the furniture would be diagnostic. If new droppings appear again, under the present furniture in its new location, viola! the furniture is infested. Likewise, to determine if the droppings are from a new or old infection, vacumn them up and wait a week or two to see if any re-appear. If they do, it is an active infection. If nothing reappears after a month, knock on the wood where you think the droppings came from and see if any fall out. If they do, better be safe than sorry and treat the area. Also, infested areas may have a softer knock sound than non infected areas. They may also sound hollow in comparison to adjoining non-infected areas.

So "knock on wood" in hopes of finding no infection. I wonder if that is the origin of the expression or the expression came from prior to Christian tree involved worship rituals by the Druids?

BTW. I gave thumbs up to Mr. Butterfield and Mrs. Vellios.

When you are satisfied your problems with the termites have been resolved, please let us all know what you did to resolve them.

Mitchell Pearce
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Wed May 23, 2012
Robert Chomentowski answered:
Another great way to reduce your income taxes is to max out your 401k (if you have not yet). But if you really want to move and you will get what you need out of the larger house, you could get a sizable tax break. When you combine the tax write off of interest and property taxes + loan principle pay down, often your payment can be less than rent. ... more
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Sun Mar 21, 2010
Erica Glessing answered:
If you want a rough sketch, is a good place to review sold prices and homes all around any specific address. Zillow puts the value at $353K.

A realtor has access to sold data on the multiple listing service. Zillow also includes recorded data from foreclosed homes (where the 1st loan may set the price listed as "sold" price.)

The truth is usually somewhere in between. The true market value is usually "what someone will pay today if I sell my home." The closest number I like to find is the amount of pending sales for very similar homes in your same location with similar numbers of square feet, bedrooms, and even things like the direction your home faces. If you can find out what people offered within the last few weeks on pending sales, you have a good idea what people might offer for your home.

You may want to watch 1813 Sheri Ann, it is an active listing at $359K and see what happens. However, it is a short sale, and those will frequently go for less than a regular sale.

Good luck!

Erica Nelson
Keller Williams Silicon Valley
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Wed Mar 10, 2010
Guy Berry answered:
It actually works both ways. In California, there are no co-signers. Your dad will be a co-buyer and co-borrowers. So, if you don't pay or get a lien on you, it will affect dad. The same applies to to Dad. If he gets in financial trouble, it could affect you since he owns 1/2 the house. It might be worth seeing an attorney and setting up some kind of partition agreement.
I recommend Roger Wintle (408) 916-3044
If you tell him I told you to call, he will not charge for the first phone call.

Guy Berry
Expert Witness
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Tue Jun 24, 2008
Ulli Rieckmann-Fechner answered:
Hi Rhee,

I am a REALTOR with Cashin Company and have been living in this area for almost 30 years. The area zip code 95131 is in San Jose between 680 and 880 north of the municipal golf course. I have some knowledge about that area. If you like we could meet and I could advise you on how to proceed with the purchase of this home.

It is very important that you do have some comps of active listings as well as sold listings on hand to make sure you get a good offer in on that house.

Please call me at 408.679.0333 to set up an appointment.

Happy house hunting and good luck to you.

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Fri May 2, 2008
Terri Vellios answered:
Hi Khanh, an addendum can be made to change the purchase, and you will want to be sure that the lender is on board with this before you remove your finance contingency. Also, if you will close escrow before getting married you may want to talk with a real estate attorney regarding and agreement detailing the ownership division in the event you don't get married. How are the payments made, percentage of ownership, division. ... more
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