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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
Are there any benefits to doing a chimney inspection prior to purchasing? What would be included versus in a general inspection?
Hi Kaleb,

Yes, it is a good idea to have a chimney inspection, since a broken chimney can be a hazard, and can be costly to repair. It is a good idea to have any safety or expensive ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 30, 2015 Home Buying in 94703
Simon Watson, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Simon Watson answered:
Can a room in a detached cottage be considered a bedroom in the house bedroom count?
I was an appraiser for 6 years and the rule then was any detached unit/cottage is not part of any
living space or bedroom count unless it is zoned multi unit or duplex. It can be co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 16, 2014 Home Buying in 94703
Val Damico, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
Val Damico answered:
First time renting with my boyfriend, how do I go about this?
Megan,

A typical rental will require a few documents to ensure landlord acceptance.

1, w2/ Tax Returns for both you and your boyfriend for the past 2 years

2. 4 most recent p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 19, 2014 Rental Basics in 94703
Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
Renting to own.
Parissa and Jim, your query doesn't really say why you want to approach the market this way. Perhaps you don't have the funds for a down payment, or you may think you can get the prop ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Dec 29, 2013 Home Buying in 94703
Rie Yamaoka, Renter in 95240
Rie Yamaoka answered:
Is the neighborhood surrounding Alcatraz and California (in Berkeley) safe? May have to walk home at night.?
I lived in Berkeley, but not exactly in that area. But I drive through Alcatraz often. I wouldn't consider it safe for a female college student. If you were my sister or daughter, I wou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 21, 2013 Crime & Safety in 94703
Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
How is the South Berkeley neighborhood? Specifically sections around Sacramento and Ashby. Mostly looking at safety and gay friendliness.
Kaleb, I am curious. Did you ever purchase a home? What conclusion did you reach about this neighborhood. I'm always looking for feedback I can pass on to other buyers. I can take a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 17, 2012 Home Buying in 94703
Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
Interested in purchasing multifamily - as a project and primary residence; the majority are bank owned or foreclosures. Any advice on where to start?
Katey, great question. The answer is complex. I concur with most of what I see below, & these answers just scratch the surface, because a full discussion is too much to have on chat bo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 17, 2012 Foreclosure in 94703
Tomi Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA
Tomi Thomas answered:
Having realtor manage deferred maintenance pre-sale? Pros and cons?
P.S. 15K definitely falls within the threshhold of what is considered to be a high pest report, but it depends on where the work is, how far progressed, and how it affects the livabili ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 4, 2011 Home Selling in 94703
Kouros Kirk…, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Kouros Kirk Ansari answered:
Can I contest the rule specifying that condo buyers must be 55 years old?
Dear Daniel,

Condominiums are governed by the strict rules and regulations ( CC& R's) which are recorded and respected by all courts in California. They are one of the most ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 13, 2011 Home Buying in 94703
Tara-Nicholle…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Tara-Nicholle Nelson answered:
Would like to help a Berkeley friend keep her house. She has enough income; combined, we have enough credit.
Megan:

This is a complicated question because of the relationships involved. To protect yourself, first - get a clear read on what the property - in its current condition - is actua ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 29, 2008 Home Buying in 94703
Lisa Cartola…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Lisa Cartolano Ellen Diamond answered:
Is there a good time to sell in Berkeley and move to San Francisco (08 vs 09)?
Timing the real estate market can be like trying to time the stock market--you can't predict what will happen in the future.

Berkeley is still a desirable place for many to live and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 31, 2008 Market Conditions in 94703
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