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Wed May 3, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:
Does your MLS and/or your Office have an MLS feed set up?

All the best,

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Thu May 12, 2016 answered:
The best way to block inside photo's of your house is to call the realtor who listed your home last and request them to go into MLS and delete the inside photo's. Outside photo's are public and most of the time cannot be taken down. ... more
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Thu May 12, 2016
pachamoz asked:
Not always is possible to have a good internet connection
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Tue Dec 11, 2012
Lbrigman10 answered:
How can I find an old historic home to buy in Frisco?
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Fri Jul 23, 2010
Bob Georgiou answered:
Call the city (or county). Most areas have means to haul away nuisances and bill owners.
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Fri Apr 2, 2010
Dan Chase answered:
I would say modern ice. Although it sounds silly at least you can say it right. The other one I would not be sure I could pronounce right even after living there for 15 years.

Which is really best? Which offers you the most of what you want for the best price? That is the real answer. Check out the crime stats, and make sure both are safe. Once done, choose what you like most. ... more
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Mon Feb 8, 2010
Lucy Liou answered:
yes. You can check from the website :
But not for recent data.
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Tue Aug 4, 2009
Antoine Pirson answered:
Hello 123:
If the listing was sold via MLS, any Realtor can pull up that data for you. If not in MLS, you will have to ask the Realtor to go research tax records.
Have fun.
Antoine (510 ) 485 7270 ... more
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Fri May 29, 2009
Edee Campbell answered:
How was it valued when you purchased it? How long have you owned it? Do you have P&L reports?
I own a 7-11 Convenience store in Lake Tahoe and my best advice would be to find a good Realtor who specializes in businesses and have them do a market analysis for you. If you don't know anyone, I would be happy to refer you. ... more
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Mon May 4, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello 2whom and thanks for your question.

Depending on how you purchased your home with your significant other--tenants in common or joint tenants--each side is entitled to a proportionate share of the interest and property tax deductions on the home. The form of ownership, however, will determine how that much each partner is entitled to deduct.

Beyond this little bit of advice, however, your question is best asked of a CPA or tax professional rather than a real estate agent or real estate professional. We are not licensed in providing tax assistance--only real estate help. The IRS provides a lot of useful information at their website at You may also use the IRS "help" line at 800-829-1040 to receive advice from live IRS technicians every week day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

Good luck and thanks again for your question!

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
Tel 408-426-1616
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Thu Apr 23, 2009
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Here's a link to Financial Calculators --- there's a calculator for every purpose

And...I do have clients who are buying residential income properties for different reasons.
1) For owner-occupancy
2) For investment

They find that the current market environment is very kind to buyers especially because of recent tax breaks and programs that are available. such as the first time buyer tax credits, California's mortgage insurance program, FHA 203 (loan for properties that need repairs/rehab). Add to that the current low interest rates (some of the lowest in 40 years!)

In Berkeley, Oakland and Hayward, there are rent controls. So sometimes, it's best that the properties are delivered vacant so that the buyers can find their own renters, unless the current rents are at market value.

Because there are so many foreclosures, it has an effect on the rental market in the sense that the folks who lose their homes will need a place to stay. So rentals are holding steady.


Rehab a Home with HUD's 203(K)
The Section 203(k) program is the Department's primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties. As such, it is an important tool for community and neighborhood revitalization and for expanding homeownership opportunities. Since these are the primary goals of HUD, the Department believes that Section 203(k) is an important program and we intend to continue to strongly support the program and the lenders that participate in it.

California’s Mortgage Protection. On April 2, 2009, the California Association of Realtors announced, through the Housing Affordability Fund Mortgage Protection Program, that first-time home buyers who lose their jobs due to layoffs may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 per month, for six months, to help make their mortgage payments.

First Time Home Buyer Credit. A tax credit of up to $8,000 is available for eligible first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. Unlike the tax credit enacted in 2008, the new credit does not have to be repaid.

Tax Credit for NEW Home Purchase. A tax credit of 5% of the home’s purchase price or up to $10,000 is available for qualified buyers who purchase on or after March 1, 2009 and before March 1, 2010, a principal residence that is new construction and has never been occupied. This is not a loan and does not have to be repaid as long as owner lives in the house for 2 years after buying the home.
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Sun Nov 16, 2008
Lisa Cartolano Ellen Diamond answered:

As already mentioned, the information is fed from the MLS, so if there is an updated picture on the MLS, then the picture of your home should appear here as well. This would be the case if your home is currently listed and active on the MLS. If updated pictures have been added to the MLS, then your Realtor can update them directly on this site as well.

Take care,

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
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