is it possible to get information which houses in this area have been "condemned"?

Asked by Eugenia, Silver Terrace, San Francisco, CA Tue Aug 16, 2011

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Rich Bennett, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sun Aug 21, 2011
Hi Eugenia-

There is no central realtor database with "condemned" homes (referring to homes that are not habitable). Your realtor can keep an eye out for distressed/fixer properties for you. You may want to check with the City of SF directly, too, to see if they maintain a separate database of "condemned" homes and work from there. Your realtor can also keep an eye out for foreclosed homes as well. And yes, financing on condemned homes may be challenging at best but can you try FHA (your realtor can tell you more about that as well).

Best of luck-

Rich Bennett

415.305.4911 cell

Zephyr Real Estate
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Astrid Lacit…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sat Aug 20, 2011
You also need to know, if indeed you are looking for a "condemned" house, that financing will be an issue. If, for example, there is no working kitchen (lenders define that as there not being a stove) you are looking at an all cash offer unless you and the property qualify for special rehab financing. And that rehab financing is not inexpensive.

Others have said it- work with a knowledgeable realtor, someone who will keep track of the market, scouts out properties for you, makes sure the value is there both before and after rehab, can give you cost effective suggestions as to how to improve the value of the property both short and long term.
Astrid Lacitis
Keynote Properties
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Aug 16, 2011
I have a feeling that you are using the wrong word for what you want:
A "condemned" house is not HABITABLE; it probably burned and the City will not allow anyone to live there, it either needs to be re-built, or they will require it to be raised and start over with the foundation.

What I think you want is a house that has gone through Foreclosure and is being sold for a really low figure by the Bank: If this is what you want, the best way to do it is to have a Realtor looking for you; a Buyer's Agent cost you nothing, the Bank will pay his fee, but he will be representing YOU.

Good luck and may God bless
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K, , Sausalito, CA
Tue Aug 16, 2011
Hi Eugenia,

Try out this link below for some interesting info. Why are you searching for a condemned property?

Good Luck!

Kevin Cullen
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