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Home Buying in 95138 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Feb 17, 2017
Korenekskakes answered:
We are looking at our appraisal. We find a dicrepency between the apprasial and our paperwok. It appears that the appraiser used the inside house diminsions while
the paperwork used the outside dimensions. Which is the accurate dimension? ... more
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Fri Oct 9, 2015
Cynthia_arp answered:
It's true the mail theft and car break-in's are a problem. Recently there have been garbage and recycling scavengers. I fear identity theft....
On another note, if you want to pay 500,000 + for a condo that is next to a driveway that has been turned into a playground with screaming children and rude parents. This IS the place for you. Oh and the renter/owner ratio is obviously a problem....which contributes to the entitled attitude of the rude parents. ... more
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Wed Jul 24, 2013
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Sun Feb 24, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
I don't recall seeing HOA document costs that high. For a little more info see:

HOA documentation often involves a couple hundred pages or more. I often see costs at the high end of the range the article says are normal ($75 - $250) charged to my sellers when the documents are obtained to post online.

If the $800 fee is charged to you as the new owner, there may be other fees than just providing document copies.

San Jose real estate information at

Juliana Lee

Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty
Over 30 years experience
Over 1,000 home sales completed in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
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Fri May 4, 2012
Robert Chomentowski answered:
If it is a fixer upper that buyers with loans would having trouble financing, yes you can get a good deal. If it's not a fixer upper and FHA buyers could easily buy, you probably will not get that great of a discount. ... more
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Thu May 3, 2012
Elena Talis answered:
Get your agent and the loan broker review the situation. Don't sign a contract without your loan broker agreeing to 21-day escrow. The conditions stated by the listing agent seem fishy to me. ... more
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Sat Jun 20, 2009
Micki O'Toole answered:
Good morning Angie,

I am going to echo the other agents below. Howeve, I will add that unless your agent is the listing agent he/she will NOT be able to contact the bank for any information as the person calling has to be on file as being authorized to speak to the bank on behalf of the seller.

That being said some banks are in fact more overwhelmed (Countrywide -now BofA- being one of them) and thus they are taking much longer. It also depends on if the bank has delegated authority to make the decision. If not, then they have to bring the offer with all of the supporting documentation to the investor(s) to get their approval.

I always tell my buyers who are interested in short sales that unless they are willing to wait it out for the LONG haul, it might not be in their best interest to persue. The listing agent as MIchael noted below has to be diligent in contacting the bank and take excellent notes to ensure that the file moves along...

I know it is frustrating but please understand this is not unusual.

All my best,
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Thu Mar 12, 2009
Keith Sorem answered:
All situations are different. You situation is not specific, so in general responses can vary a great deal.
For example, if the home has not yet been approved for a short sale, it could take weeks. Once it is approved and the price set, it may take a few days.

It all depends on the lender and the manager assigned to that case. The better the listing agent, the better it will go.
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