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Home Buying in Cupertino : Real Estate Advice

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Tue May 16, 2017
Sam Shueh answered:
Both are very difficult to get. Way too many people fight all over it. What does cramped Cu neighborhood and over crowded school buy you vs other is something you need to decide.
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Thu Apr 27, 2017
Sam Shueh answered:
Talk to your CPA. There is a limit what your gift will be(~20K) also it needs to be there for 3 months before it counts under his name. Of course you can buy it and deed it to him as gift talk to your CPA on limit.
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Sat Apr 22, 2017
Jeremy.collake answered:
Same in this case, exactly matching my post-negotiated buy price. Seems odd? Maybe they simply don't have a good gauge of what it may be worth, so agree it is wroth at least the sale price. ... more
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Wed Apr 5, 2017
UpNest answered:
A realtor should be able to help you figure out a reasonable offer. If you don't have a realtor, can help you locate the right realtor in the Cupertino area. The right agent can help you save thousands when buying a new home and the best deals. You can consult with realtors in Cupertino for free via ... more
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Wed Mar 15, 2017
Jackiestlc answered:
Our agent is not sharing things with us can you get an inspection if your credit hasn't cleared
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
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Sat Nov 12, 2016
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Thu Nov 3, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
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Fri Jun 10, 2016
Stormyleena answered:
My answer would be it depends. The cost to build a home varies widely by location. Building a home in warmer climates is very different , and much less costly, than building in northern states, where foundations must be able to withstand freezing, etc. Different areas have different local codes and regulations. And of course build costs change over time.

I would first suggest that you find a good Realtor and have them run a free market analysis for you on the area you will be building in. Then you will have a good idea of what the going prices are so you do not over build for that area.
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Wed Mar 23, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:

Choosing the best investment strategy has many factors. In addition to rental income, one can look for value appreciation, value stability if there is an economic downturn, and many other factors. I would be happy to share some thoughts with you. I know the Cupertino area well. You can contact me from my profile.

Kind regards,

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Thu Oct 1, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

I would recommend talking to a Local remediation company to get a few bids.

All the best,

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Wed May 20, 2015
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
This sounds unusual; however if this is a loan officer you've worked with in the past, maybe he or she made an assumption. Usually they require you to pay for the appraisal before they will order it. ... more
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Wed May 20, 2015
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
They have a right to know condition and value of the home in order to give you a loan. Primarily they measure, take photos, do research, ask questions about current improvements (when, how much, etc.) to determine a "fair market value" as of the date of the appraisal. ... more
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Wed Oct 15, 2014
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Wed Sep 3, 2014
Norman Alessandrini answered:
I agree with Dorene, the thing you need to remember is that it always cost more and takes longer than you think. So I would go with the remodel unless you plan on staying.
At your service,
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Mon Aug 11, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
In my area of Florida I use a value inversion of .009 for every 100 SF when size exceeds 400 SF.

When comparing properties with a mismatch in tangible assets I rely on factoring using land assessed value.

I have found no way to normalize a water view with a mountain or city-scape view.

Be aware, you are on a trail of fantasy if attempting to compare a house with an obsolete floor plan to one with a contemporary design.

In may area we do have within a community, 1950's homes and 2014 construction. Establishing meaningful value has required me to implement two plans, Market In A Minute for target communities and CIS Scores. (See my Blogs on Trulia) As you will observe, your challenge in calculating a value is shared by many.

Best of Success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor, FL
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Mon Jul 21, 2014
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