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Lafayette : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Nov 8, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:

Upon checking on the property address that you provided, it shows that the said property is in public record status or is off market. See link below:

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Tue Jun 14, 2016
Bradley Leimer asked:
Thu Dec 11, 2014
Claudia Muller answered:
Hi Ginny, Below is the real estate transfer tax information for your question.

$0.55 for each $500
No additional fee beyond the County assessment

Here is the link for all transfer fees for both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties:
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Mon Nov 17, 2014
Brian Rochford answered:
Hi Ginny - Unfortunately, there are some agents that are not technologically savvy, and/or they don't think to double check their listing on sites like trulia, zillow or to make sure that all of their photos uploaded to that particular site. Having said that, there are listings that agents take on, that have exclusions to posting photos to the general public. For example, if the property is leased out to tenants and/or the seller is a very private person and does not want their interior photos posted on a site like this. Conventional wisdom says that those listings will not move as quickly nor get the additional feedback and response that a property that have 30+ photos.

In any event, if there is a particular property that you had your eye on, but there was limited photos shown, drop me a line and i can see if i can send you additional photos.

Thanks and good luck in your search,

Brian Rochford
Tom Rochford Real Estate Co.
(925) 285-0439
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Sat Nov 15, 2014
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi Ginny,
Just google Proposition 60/90 and you should get your question answered132.
Good luck,
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Fri Jan 10, 2014
Jim Colhoun answered:
It looks like several Realtors have weighed in on this topic. Debbie Johnston, like myself, has sold many home on Quail Ridge, Via Roble. I'm surprised nobody mentioned the name "Tiffany Hills" which is an old name for the subdivision. It's close to town, BART, best schools but little for sale right now. There are vineyards on Quail Ridge too! ... more
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Thu Nov 14, 2013
Jim Simms answered:
I vote no if your STBE is on title. You’re not divorced yet…

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
I answer questions about financing real estate based on my decades of experience dealing with mortgage underwriters. This answer is my personal opinion, has not been reviewed or approved by the company I work for. I do not offer legal or tax advice, if you need answers from an attorney or CPA find one knowledgeable in your local market. ... more
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Fri Nov 8, 2013
Suzanne Looker answered:
Hi Aamer,
My office is in Lafayette and I am familiar with properties in all of Lamorinda.
It's a very competitive market and having a local realtor is an advantage. Please contact me if interested in pursuing the area. It had much to offer including excellent schools.
Suzanne Looker
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Mon Aug 19, 2013
Alan Kurpiewski answered:
If your mother is looking to be a renter, she can find any agent with whom she is comfortable. An agent's commission would be paid by the owner/landlord, so in essence and agent's services would be free for the potential renter. The agent she chooses should have access to all the MLS listings, which would provide her the greatest number of potential places in which to rent.

Hope this helps, and good luck!


Alan Kurpiewski, REALTOR
CA BRE Lic. 01912043
(619) 35-HOUSE
(619) 354-6873
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Tue Jul 23, 2013
Cmingo answered:
I you want to build a road or house atop, subgrades must be compacted so that the minimum dry density achieved exceeds 95% of the Standard Proctor Maximum dry density.
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Tue Jul 23, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Most importantly;
KNOWING someone is not a disclosable "relationship".
You had to have signed the form for her to represent you both in a Dual Agency Agreement.
You had the chance to read all the documents, include that you were paying for the Warranty:
You cannot blame these things on her!
You don't mention how much the selling price was, but I can imagine.
You have sold the house, which was your objective, and now you taste sour grapes.
Get over it, and move on.
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Tue Apr 30, 2013
ClarkPeaceNow asked:
This question was asked from this property:
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Thu Apr 4, 2013
Scott Sans answered:
The commute can all depend on what area you are coming from and going to, but is going to be roughly 20 to 35 minutes, depending on exact location. BART is a great solution for a commute, but unfortunately Moraga does not have a BART station, so you will have roughly a ten minute drive from either Orinda or Lafayette BART to Moraga. I would love to help answer any further questions. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.

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Thu Apr 4, 2013
Scott Sans answered:
Although online research and looking at maps on the computer can be helpful, what I like to do with my clients, is physically get in the car and go on what i call a driving tour. I will provide you and your husband a map with designated points, where we will go, all while I am describing each area in detail, ie: schools, neighborhoods, restaurants, even specific streets, and their pros and cons. I feel the best way to learn about an area and their schools, and to see if it would be a place you would like to live, is actually get out there and learn about it while you are there. I grew up in Lafayette, so I have great insight into different neighborhoods, specific streets, and schools. Again I would be more than happy to take you on a driving tour throughout Lafayette. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me anytime.

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Thu Apr 4, 2013
Todd Scheid answered:

I know you got a lot of answers but I wanted you to know that I also went through this process. I owned a home in Lafayette and chose to move to Walnut Creek, in the Northgate area. My kids are in elementary school and it is AWESOME, there is so much parent involvement. That being said not all schools are created equal, but home values reflect school quality. If you want to save the most on a home you could decide to send the children to private school like St. Mary's or Christ the King. There are also excellent private schools that are not religously affiliated.

Let me know if you need more help,


Todd Scheid
Realtor ~ Trusted Advisor
Alain Pinel Realtors
(925) 323-6150 cell
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
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Fri Jan 25, 2013
John Souerbry answered:
If the property is held in an estate in probate and there are beneficieries other than yourself, I highly recommend you skip talking with an agent at this point and get an appraisal from a licensed appraiser. If the property turns out to be worth more that $2M, perhaps a couple appraisals (we have a business property in downtown Lafayette and I'm surprised how well its held its value). If you are the executor of an estate you have a requirement to to show a realistic value in the IRS Form 706 filing and to receive the highest possible price when you sell. Check with your attorney to see if the Probate Referree has set a value, but still get an appraisal before you start working with an agent. ... more
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hey George,

Thanks for reaching out and letting us know that this is a feature that you enjoyed. We will look into it on our end, I will personally forward your request to our customer service team.

You do not need a Facebook to use Trulia Voices, why did you feel that it instigated you to create an account?

If you have additional feedback, please email and let me know if I can help!

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Tue Apr 10, 2012
Christy Brock answered:
You should consult an attorney or legal aid for a complete answer. If you signed a 1 year lease, you will have some liability. You can not just cancel a signed contract. The landlord is obligated to try to re-rent the apartment. You are obligated to pay for the loss rent during the time the property is not rented. It may take a month to find a new tenant. While it is mean for the landlord to call your child's school, it is not illegal, especially if you were moving to that address to get your child in to a particular school (and you told your landlord that information). ... more
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Tue Dec 6, 2011
Sherry Saudi answered:
Every s often the real estate market cycles.
After each cycle the properties appreciate.
Look at the Market that your interested in and check out the sales activities perhaps that area is already improving.Every region will be different.
Sherry Saudi
Johnstone and Johnstone-
Office 313-884-0600
Cell 888-395-0478
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