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Home Buying in California : Real Estate Advice

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A few hours ago
Arpad Racz answered:
I would be happy to help you. Are you interested in a particular part of San Jose?
Please email me from my profile with your max price and other criteria please.

All the best,

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Yesterday at 3:22pm
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Yesterday at 1:04pm
Feshair answered:
Grew up in Cal, Homestead HS, went to school with Steve Jobs. I lived in Cupertino, my parents purchased the 3 2b 1500sf house in Cupertino 1968, 160k, today 10446 Anson Ave is worth 2m. A trend was started back then 1974, Condos in Lake Tahoe then were 30k, Today 2m. Know why, They passed laws to stop the building of new homes. Building Moratoriums, Lake Tahoe today looks almost just like it did in 1975. Cities are all about protecting the values by limiting new construction. People object like crazy if a housing project is planed. They refuse most any housing projects. Unless its like 10 homes on acre lots for 2+m each. This few and $ type of housing will not hurt their values but still even big dollar homes to many are not allowed to be built. Apartments forget it!!! "We don't want poor people here". Its not like there is not plenty of land, they (locals) just will not allow building "buffer zones they call them" The supply of homes is limited by the current residents. Cities refuse to allow for growth. Now decades behind need... You don't see any developments of hundreds of new homes any where good to live. Out in the desert Palmdale where LA county moves all the section 8 people "the Poor". 120 in the summer. 2 hours to and from work each day.. Yea there is affordable housing. lol... Not next door to me, no new homes! Protect the environment. Code for keep out the little people , I don't want them next to me on the beach. California is reserved for the global rich and only the needed supporting cast. Everybody who makes a buck lives here. Its an awesome place to live is why. Surf to snow ski same day. Rents and real-estate will continue to climb as long as people are making a buck somewhere. Oh I rent 1/2 a house in Simi Valley $1200 + util and have 2 roommates, I'm 61 and clear 1k a week as an IT professional.. No my parents never left a dime or a house, lol ... more
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Yesterday at 11:02am
Jeff.barry answered:
Worst, is multiple personality sellers whom have house on market, and when you reach their sell number, they decide to not sell.

Why you putting your house on the market when in reality you never wanted to sell it. Already 2 homes like this.

Not to mention the demented over-priced needs tons of work home, where the owner thinks the home is like a lottery ticket. Earning 100% value per 5 years. Meaning if trends of the 80's to know happen again , homes will be 1.5 million in 5 years ? Mostly I see this with baby doomer's.

The whole thing is a pain, not fun what so ever. Unless of course your rich , loaded and can build your own.
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Yesterday at 8:18am
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3cpenter2016 answered:
If someone has left you a home in writing and I was the significant otherin the situation how do I save the home and I am a senior citizen.
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Sun Feb 26, 2017
Christie.marchese answered:
My husband bought a home through v a 5 years ago and we been married only two. Well we are getting a divorce. My husband want to move out of are, and let me keep the house. I'm not working and sick with lyme disease. He said he will make payments until I get disability. Can we do this ... more
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Sun Feb 26, 2017
Bevgary answered:
by all means yes! try a rd wrap . , a cosigner ,owner carry the down ,the down to to the last payment ,get inventive ,it is your money !happy hunting from idaho
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Sat Feb 25, 2017
Aphbrooklyn answered:
Banks in areas with a large immigrant community are aware of Su-Sus (savings clubs). Just be honest. Go into the banks in your area and speak with the officers to hear there position.
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Sat Feb 25, 2017
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
After you sign loan docs, and before the loan is funded, the lender will typically do one final verification of credit and current employment.
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
No one can tell you whether it's a good time to purchase a home or not. No one can predict the market. However, you can always work with a local a realtor and ask for past performance of specific area. Then you can draw your conclusion from there. ... more
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
Rawhide answered:
In Colorado, that would be a license law violation, and a complaint could be filed with the State Division of Real Estate. I would be surprised if that was not also the case in California. They have the ability to investigate a complaint and discipline the license of the broker.

If the broker was a REALTOR, he would also be in violation of Article 1 of the REALTOR Code of Ethics. Filing at the local REALTOR Association is simple to do. The hard part is proving that your offer was never submitted. Unless you can get the seller to testify for you that he never saw your offer, you may not prevail. The REALTOR Association is not an investigative body.

Such behavior is unconscionable. I am sorry you were treated that way by a member of our industry.
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Terry Bell answered:
Being disabled does not void age restrictions in 55+ communities, however, if you have an older family member, there are communities, particularly manufactured home communities that will allow a person under 55 to be a caretaker for an older resident. ... more
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Gregg Pomeroy answered:
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

We have construction loans that will lend you the money for the land and modular home.

I can lend nationwide and I'm available almost 24/7.

If you would like help with this you are welcome to contact me.
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Karen Coleman answered:
I live in new York zip code 13166
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Jenmallinson71 asked:
Moved from Canada 8 months ago and our rental lease is done April 31 and we would like to buy a house. what % would we need to put down. (Northern California )
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Jeff Haring answered:
According to the California Association of Realtors the curtains would be considered to be INCLUDED in the sale along with all other window coverings. When it comes to the method of attachment, notably permanently affixed or fixtures in the strictest sense one may argue that curtains can easily be removed and thus are not included. But this is one exception to that rule and is specifically stated in the contract under the section that clarifies what is included or excluded.

The term is used in a broad sense and causes confusion among buyers and sellers. It probably should be spelled out as to what exactly is a window covering but I consider anything that covers a window to fall into this definition. Shutters, vinyl blinds, sheers, valances, mini blinds and curtains all fall under the "coverings" category. Until there is more clarification, consider curtains as items that are passed on to the buyers along with the rest of the house..

When in doubt, ask your agent for clarification on what stays and what doesn't in the sale. It should all be clearly stated on your purchase agreement.
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Rich Reed answered:
Hi, Rick. Agents typically work for a broker and your purchase agreement, and other agreements, are actually with the broker not the agent. When you are represented by an agent/broker a legal "Agency" is created. Some possible reasons to seek termination of Agency could be due to the broker's/agent's professional abilities or conduct. Examples could include misrepresentations or failure to disclose, lack of knowledge with an area or type of property, being non-responsive to the client by failing to be timely or return calls, disclosures of conflicts of interest, self-dealing or negotiating skills. Before you hire a new agent, you should be certain that any Agency you have with your old broker is properly terminated and you should advise your new agent of the previous purchase agreement.
Talk with your agent and your broker.
I am a real estate broker qualified to advise you on California real estate matters, not the law. If you desire legal advice, consult with an attorney.
Best of luck to you!
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