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Home Buying in La Jolla : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jul 4, 2013
Jay Becker Sotheby's answered:
First thing you need to know is what is it's worth as in this market asking prices are irrelevant with respect to what the property might sell for. There are properties that are intentionally under-priced to generate offers, and those that are over-priced that will not appraise. A good agent will prepare a CMA and comps from other like sales and help you determine the price very close to actual value. The appraisal will provide the actual value. You should not assume that a full price offer insures that you will get the property.

Jay Becker - Senior Real Estate Consultant
Lux-RE-Homes -
Office: 858.222.4321x7 | Mobile: 858.335.4235
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Thu Jul 4, 2013
Jay Becker Sotheby's answered:
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Jonah Mechanic
Seabreeze Vacation Rentals
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Tue Jun 18, 2013
Thomas Moran answered:
The HOA dues are about $700 per month
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Thu May 16, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
An $800,000 loan, with PMI added, (if this were possible) would yield a monthly payment of (roughly) $5,000!

Have you considered not grabbing for the brass ring right now; maybe 2 years down the road, when you and your Lender can look each other in the eye with a straight face? ... more
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
David Rudd / Kindred RE answered:
I know this question is dated, but for a reference to other buyers/sellers of short sales I thought I would update this.

Today banks are moving a lot faster on short sales than they had just a few years ago. One reason is the additional government oversight. The other is banks have realized waiting and stalling actually is costing them money.

Most banks are responding to short sale offers within 15 - 20 days (in my experience). Some may still take longer if additional negotiations are required - such as past due HOA fees.

Hope this helps.

David Rudd
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Sat Sep 29, 2012
John Arendsen answered:
What does it say in your CC&R's? If there isn't a provision in them covering this I don't see why you couldn't challenge it. I've done a fair amount of expert witness, consulting and troubleshooting on HOA related issues and one of the first things I learned was if it's not in writing it's pretty difficult to enforce. ... more
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Tue Aug 7, 2012
John Arendsen answered:
No worries Daniel, I often take things out of context. But thanks for reaching out I just noticed I posted the same answer twice. Now I can delete one.
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Sat Aug 6, 2011
Greg Von Herzen, GRI,MCNE answered:
Call an appraiser to go a value check for you. You can also have any Realtor look up the comps for your complex and give you an estimate. Not hard to do.
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Wed May 25, 2011
Paul Montano answered:
Hello to you,

I am available this afternoon to open any property, please contact me at your earliest convenience to accomodate your requets.

Best Regards,

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Sun May 8, 2011
David Horton answered:
I think I know the property you're speaking of... Email me with your contact info (or better yet, call me) so that we may speak about it in more detail.
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Sun Apr 10, 2011
Irene McCann & Melanie Aalbers answered:
You have a very valid question. The answer is not as simple as circling areas on a La Jolla map. Soils engineers and "geo tests" are common enough to real estate transactions in La Jolla that seasoned agents should be able to guide and advise you.

There have been some well-publicized areas of hillside slipping; and several other areas where land or construction limitations are known by area agents and residents. If you have any doubt, get a "geo test" for peace of mind.
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Sat Mar 5, 2011
Duplicate post.
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Wed Feb 23, 2011
Jenny Talasazan Realtor answered:
It makes me sad that Realtors are out there doing this to people. You do not have to stay in your contract because it was not legally accepted. Most agents will not make you sign an agreement when buying. A lot of the franchise and larger companies do require. As an agent I try to let my clients make their choices when they decide and if they were ever not happy I would understand that not everyone will be a perfect match and can move on without hurt feelings. It is business. ... more
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Thu Jul 1, 2010
Gregorio Denny answered:
In my opinion, you should scratch the idea of a condo and stick with a town home, you will have much more financing options at better interest rates. Condos in the area are becoming increasingly more difficult to finance and more owners are renting their units causing the complex to become unwarrantable. Before you even entertain the thought of falling in love with a condo, speak to a broker first to see what type, if any, financing is available on it.

Gregorio Denny
Tripoint Mortgage Group, Inc.
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Sat Apr 24, 2010
Justin Brennan -Brennan Real Estate answered:
Hey Zach,
There are loan programs available for people in yoru situation. Let me know if you have not worked this out already and I can help. I have two reall good loan officers who deal in La Jolla specifically. Thanks 619-823-2120 ... more
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Tue Dec 1, 2009
Middleton And Associates answered:
Hello Mcremata,

Typically everything is negotiable, especially here in California. There are some situations where the SELLER must pay certain closing costs, and this arises when the loan being used to purchase a home is a government loan such as FHA or VA. VA loans typically have high fees that are mandated to be paid by the seller, sometimes up to 1% of the loan amount.

The only closing costs a buyer usually MUST pay without negotiation is the title insurance that is required by the buyers lender to fund a loan.

Justin DeCesare
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Tue Jun 23, 2009
Jan Davis answered:
This property was listed for 1.900,000 and went into escrow immediately. It was exceedingly well priced and had a nice view and pool in the backyard. It did need a lot of work on the interior.

There are other good buys in La Jolla at the moment.

Please tell me what you are looking for and I will be happy to email the listings to you.

Thank you for your inquiry. You can also email me directly at
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Sun Sep 21, 2008
Dandan asked:
is this still available
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