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Home Buying in Berryessa : Real Estate Advice

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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Mon Feb 29, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Anna,

I could review several topics on this with you. Please feel free to call me.

Kind regards,

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A.cataldi87, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
Sat Jan 16, 2016
A.cataldi87 answered:
jaisimha27, Home Buyer in Milpitas, CA
Sun May 31, 2015
jaisimha27 answered:
Hi, which one did you finally choose?
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Anthony Rees…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Mon Apr 7, 2014
Anthony Reeser answered:
Bottom line if you can get into a property now, compared to throwing away money on rent you are in a much better position. Tax benefits, refinancing options, rent your new home, use the home as a trading piece, you definitely have more advantages of being a home owner than a renter. If you are paying the same as a mortgage and have the means to get into a home I say go for it, but do your research. I have articles on my website that might help a lot of your answers.


Anthony Reeser, MS
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Grobecker & Co. Real Estate
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San Francisco, CA 94111
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Winston Wang, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tue Jan 28, 2014
Winston Wang answered:
Hi David,

Living near BART is great for commuters who work near the BART route and don't mind the occasional distant rumble of a BART train passing by. If you compare the development around Berryessa to the areas around BART stations at Daly City, Balboa Park, and Glen Park, you will find that many homeowners consider it a selling point to be able to walk to BART. Of course, if the house is right next to a BART line, you should definitely listen for the effects to see if it's acceptable.

On a side note, if you're shopping for a KB Home, be aware of the upgrades in the model homes that are not included in the base home. There's a KB Home showroom where you can pick out your upgrades and it's easy to spend a lot. You can weigh the pros and cons of upgrading through the building vs. doing it later on.

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Mitchell Pea…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tue Oct 1, 2013
Mitchell Pearce answered:
krishhomes13 aka rkforhome:

I suggest you hire an agent to do a lot of this looking for you. As you can see from my post, I ;m not afraid to actually tell you what you want to know about an area.

Agents are not allowed to steer, which means guide you to places thye want you to see or buy based upon their own prejudices and assumptions about you based upon your race or ethnicity. Agents are supposed to answer fully and honestly any question you ask. But some agents are so afraid of being told by some regulator that they are steering, that they forget the difference between working from their assumptions/prejudices and simply answering question a client has. The latter is our fiduciary duty to the client.

If you would like an agent who understands hi fiduciary duties and is not afraid ot perform them on your behalf, please give me a call. 408-639-0211 or an email at As you might see already, I take a hands on approach to making you happy.

Mitchell Pearce,
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home4kunal, Home Buyer in Dublin, CA
Tue Jun 18, 2013
home4kunal answered:
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Samit Shah, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Fri Mar 9, 2012
Samit Shah answered:
Hi Anna,

Hi Anna,

One of my clients purchased in Fusion. In early January, for Plan 2 - 2 BR 2 BA condo, we paid $419K. Now, the same plan is selling for $445K. Appreciation of $26K in two months. Also, you should consider the RENT Factor. When you decide to purchase a single family home in next 5 years, you will get an excellent rental value for FUSION. Also, there is an inside news or rumor that.... Apple is considering to occupy a building in the same neighborhood. Hope this helps.

Let me know if you are considering Fusion. I can definitely help you I am registered agent at FUSION.

In any case, GOOD LUCK and WISH YOU THE BEST!!!

Samit Shah
Direct: 408-574-5046
Cell: 408-314-1828
Efax: 408.904.6157
Intero – Silver Creek, San Jose
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Ivan Diaz, Real Estate Pro in 79936
Tue Feb 21, 2012
Ivan Diaz answered:
Hello George,

If you are willing to pay a higher rate there is one option. You would need some down payment. At least 35%. A full financial review is still required.

My contact info is below. Best of luck!

Ivan Diaz
Home Mortgage Consultant
(415) 271-7740 direct/cell
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James Tan, Real Estate Pro in elk grove, CA
Mon Aug 8, 2011
James Tan answered:
It is not complicated to buy a home in US for an Indian resident. If you are residing in the US with a H1B visa, you can still get a loan. Even if you are residing in India, and come here occasionally with a tourist visa, it is posible to get a loan from some banks, but the down payment is 40-50%. As for taxes, for a non-resident in the IRS sense, you may be liable for the flat tax, (check the IRS website), you can however elect to be treated as net basis, rental income wise, and enjoy the same tax benefits as residents, check with your cpa or IRS.
BTW, if you are working and residing here, even on an H1B visa, you are still a resident in the IRS sense, and taxwise it is the same as being a US citizen. Visit for more information and if you are interested in buying a property in Bay area, Sacramento regions.
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Dallas Texas, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TN
Mon Dec 20, 2010
Dallas Texas answered:
1) Police department crime search on property could take several weeks request and obtain those records
2) County records provide you additional history
3) Google search for media published reports for info about the area

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
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Andrea Wince…, Real Estate Pro in Milpitas, CA
Tue Nov 16, 2010
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
Hello EC, I realize it has been 2 years since you posted this message, however, I was wondering if you ever sold your condo in SJ and home in Merced? Your goal was to sell those properties to buy a home in North San Jose. I have a listing for sale in North San Jose right now. You can view it hear on Trulia and also on my website. The address is 2832 Monte Cresta Way, San Jose, 95132. Thank you. ... more
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Ruth and Per…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Sun Sep 26, 2010
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
The loan was for the living permitted space on file with the county.

Does not mean a converted garage was built to code, if the city has come knocking you definitely have an issue.

Also what is surprising is what caused the city to come knock, clearly either a neighbor has complained, or yup have too many people living, someone or some action of yours has prompted this action.

Depending on whether you home warranty covers such permit issues. Generally, there is a warranty an agent provides that may or may not cover such issues, but it is good for only one year.

While in all your postings you harp that you used a realtor, that is great, the fact is that on the purchase agreement it clearly states that it is the owners responsibility for checking the permits. Clearly, you cannot say you did not realize the garage was converted when you bought it.

Good luck.
Good luck.
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Ruth and Per…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Sun Sep 26, 2010
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Bechuot

Regret to hear about your problem.
If it is the City, and not the appraiser, yes you could be fined after they give you notice and time to correct.
If this was a reo or ashore sale do not waste your time with lawyers, also it will be hard to argue that you could not see a converted garage.

You may need a lawyer to help you buy time, clearly one of your neighbors reported you or the property was red tagged before it was sold. If so, it was your responsibility to check for permits.

Call out a licensed builder or start converting the garage back. If you have a bathroom too that could be an issue with the city sewer company . Hopefully, you still have a garage door.

All said and then you are looking at a cost of about $1000 to $2000 to convert it back, if you have a garage door. If you don't then another $1500installed with opener.

You will have to check whether you are better off doing the repairs yourself with a handyman or cheap contractor .

But sooner you get started the better.if you need some help get in touch with me and we go from there.

Good luck.
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Mike Young, Real Estate Pro in Fairfield, CA
Sun Sep 26, 2010
Mike Young answered:
if the home needs work we can certainly assist you and your agent through the 203k loan program in San Jose. We help your lender close them faster as they are heavy in paperwork that we have streamlined for remodel or renovation projects in the San Jose and Bay Areas. We also assess the amount of work that may be needed to make repairs to assist you and your agent in determining what to offer for a property. ... more
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Lang Lequang,  in San Jose, CA
Mon Jul 12, 2010
Lang Lequang answered:
Hi Vineet,
I live in the Berryessa area for 27 years and my son's family with 2 boys live right next to the Montclair community (Pala Ranch & King) for 10 years now and no problem at all. Quiet & safe, nice neighbors! ... more
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Ruth and Per…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Mon Jul 12, 2010
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Angela:

More Short Sales and REOs to come.
Let us know if I can help you.

Best Regards
Perry & Ruth
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Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Sat Jul 12, 2008
Bill Eckler answered:

Regardless of what the code department position would be, we feel this is an excellent opportunity to adjust your offer accordingly.

Since there could be extensive changes, if you were required to return it to its original condition or modify it to meet existing code, we recommend you adjust your offer by decreasing it by the amount it would cost you to return it to the original condition.

Good luck,
The "Eckler Team"
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