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Mon Jan 29, 2018
Wpan1003 answered:
I own a 2200 SF single family in North Natomas, Sacramento, and I pay approximately $90 monthly for water ($40 for 6000 gal), storm drain ($13.5), garbage/recycling/yard waste/street sweeping ($18.9, $5.9, $10.75, and $1.34 respectively). Additionally, Sacramento County charges wastewater fees for approximately $122 every other month, or $62/mo (Adm fees $1 if you choose to pay monthly). ... more
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Tue Jun 13, 2017
Derek Jones answered:
Do you need to live there before you sell it? No.

Are you looking to sell your current investment property and buy another investment property? If so, look up 1031 exchange and talk to a 1031 exchange company BEFORE you sell.

If you are thinking of selling it and buying a home that you will live in, talk to your tax professional about repercussions.
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Thu May 14, 2015
lynnnchase9 answered:
I'm also not sure what is required as I think it depends on your location. I would suggest calling a shed company in your area and asking them what the requirements are. They should know what you need to have based on their own sheds. I think this should help you with everything you need. I would recommend calling one around you soon! ... more
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Wed Apr 29, 2015
Hello Natalie, your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary. You can do the whole loan process from the comfort of your home if you would like...

You may qualify to buy FHA with fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down or as low as .5% half percent down payment program. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score.

You will need to be pre-approved if you decide to buy to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, home price, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent in many cities. It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify, go over your options and email you listings to study and compare. Here are some links to study as well as web reference links to many loan program pages offered...

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Sat Dec 21, 2013
Ed Favinger answered:

To follow up on your question about landscaping in the rear yard...? Heck yes that's important.

I got a landscape book once to get some ideas of what I could do and the opening couple of pages stressed the reasons for making landscape improvements.

The biggest reason that hit me in the face was: Landscaping can be an "extension" of the living area.

If you have a nice patio out side don't you think folks living there would use it? And, if that patio had a view of the back yard with a lush look of well maintained and shaped shrubs/trees and lawn, wouldn't that be inviting...? Can you imagine folks using it to have family/friends over with a back yard get together that included some out door lawn furniture and a grille for a BBQ...?

Can't really do that can you if you open up the slider and all you have is a 3 foot sq piece of concrete like I have seen in some places.

The new model homes don't leave out backyards when they are on display do they...?

So yes... I am with you, I think you attract a better class of tenant if you give them some "value" for their money.
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Thu Aug 1, 2013
Cindel Pena answered:
Hi! I'd love to help you. You can call me directly at 530-908-5408 or provide me your email address and I can email you more information about this property and others around it. I am familiar with the area and it's a great home! ... more
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Sun Dec 30, 2012
Jim Walker answered:

They have told you that "budget" house means "huge repair budget" house.

$20,000 is enough for a down payment. It won't buy you a habitable house outright in the Sacramento metro. ... more
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Sun Dec 30, 2012
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Sat Feb 11, 2012
Kylee Roe answered:
That home is owned by an LLC from Mill Valley, CA. Could be a rental, is definetaly not listed on the Metrolist as a home for sale.

Shelli Beck addressed this inquiry below. She's great! Giver her a call, maybe she can help you with rentals.
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Sat Oct 15, 2011
Lisa Jonsson answered:
I have represented buyers on several REO properties in Sacramento. You can contact me any time if you'd like to discuss it more, and make sure to visit my blog.
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Fri Sep 16, 2011
Tanya Aguilera answered:
My Experience on the 2 deals I am dealing with is that the bank has to actually acknowledge the cancelation from the previous buyers and then they actually upload the new offer order a new BPO and then they can present the approval but it does take around 2 months at the most still it is definately not faster as they state it is. ... more
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Tue Sep 13, 2011
Lauren Schenke answered:
I would start with the home inspection which will give you an idea of what other inspections to do. A good home inspector will recommend further inspections on "red flag" type items that may need further investigation. I would also recommend a pest inspection since it is a cheap report that could tell you a lot about any water damage or pest infestations that could cost you a ton of money down the line. The inspection itself is usually around $100.

If the home inspection recommends other professionals - roof, chimney, sewer, etc - highly consider doing those inspections. It's a cheap way to find red flags vs purchasing a money pit.

Walk around the neighborhood and meet your future neighbors. Chances are one of the people you speak with is the neighbor that knows everything about the home and can tell you everything you want to know about the home.

My recommendation - order the home inspection and pest inspection IMMEDIATELY upon opening escrow. Hold off on ordering your appraisal from your lender (if you have one) until those inspections are complete. If there are any red flags that these two inspections call out, and you choose to cancel escrow, you just saved yourself $450 or so in appraisal fees. If your initial inspections are clean, THEN order the appraisal.

Good luck!!
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Wed Jun 8, 2011
Sue Archer Reynolds answered:
I echo Elizabeth's response. But you might want to be aware, the respondents here cannot give you specific responses to what neighborhoods might be 'safe'. it's against federal law.

Rather, as 'Safe' is a relative term, we can refer you to websites that might give you the insight that you are seeking. Even with that, your best education is to drive the neighborhood in question at different times of the day and week. That observation will give you loads of information as well. In addition, ask neighbors in the area.

Last, the new tool by Trulia was announced yesterday so I'm sure we'd all be interested in your impression of how informative it is in answering your question. So if you would, please respond back here about what you think. Thanks so much!!
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Tue Dec 14, 2010
Ed Favinger answered:
Call Bruce Wilson from Cypress Landscaping at 916.792.5890 email him at
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Wed Aug 26, 2009
Jim Walker answered:
Nuances of the average DOM in 2009. The graph of DOM's is likely to look like: \__.__/ instead of __/*\__

By that I mean to say that a high percentage of homes sell with the first 20 days after they are listed, a small percentage sell near the "median" or "average" and another large percentage take several months to sell.

This phenomena is in play because many REO's and investor owned properties sell very quickly when priced correctly, while most short sales and many overpriced houses take months to close.

Thus, an "average days on market" figure is still interesting, but largely insignificant statistic these days.
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Thu Nov 20, 2008
Paula Swayne answered:
No, this is not true. In the city, you pay one bill that includes water, sewer and garbage. If you live outside the city, you pay a county bill. Even their services differ a bit. I would assume you could google the county or city and find out the fees. Good luck! ... more
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