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Home Buying in Manhattan Beach : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jun 13, 2016
Agametrojan answered:
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Tue Aug 11, 2015
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Dear Chris,
If you really want to know what is going on with certain properties, it's best to speak to your Realtor or the Realtor who has the listing. You cannot assume there is an appraisal issue or anything negative going on with the houses in question.
Home selling being what it is, and working with people, all kinds of things can effect the listing status. The owner may want to put it on hold for a few days to correct an issue, to problems with the buyer loan, the seller sometimes cancels if they are not confident of the buyer.... the list is endless.
No I do not think the market is too highly valued but that we are now in an "adjustment period" after the slump of a few years ago.

We could use many more listings, because there are still more buyers then available property for sale.
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Thu Aug 6, 2015
Bill Cook answered:
As you can see there sure are some homes under $1 mil.. And they can get in with just 10% down on our 90% jumbo financing up to $1.5 Million program (without mortgage insurance too : )). ... more
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Thu Jul 9, 2015
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
if you're referencing capital gains taxes........the person (s) on the deed (the owner) would have had to live in the home for 2 out of the past 5 years to qualify for the individual deduction of 250,000...

If the home has only been in your name for 1 year - is capital gains even an issue?

Speak to an accountant for accurate advice.
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Fri Sep 26, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
Greatly, especially if you haven't even secured a buyer on your home yet. The state of the market you are looking in will also determine your probability of getting an home sell contingency considered. If there is a large buyer pool don't count on this happening.

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Mon Jul 7, 2014
Lauren Perreault answered:
I've used all the big companies -- Zillow,, and Trulia. I have the most luck with Trulia and find their customer service very helpful. Sounds like a misunderstanding to me! ... more
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Fri May 30, 2014
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Why are YOU doing this?
(and by "this" I assume you mean answering questions like this silly one?)

It's an absurd premise.......why does spending time on a real estate site mean one isn't focusing on their clients?

Silly me, but my clients aren't looking at, or listing homes at night when I spend most of my time here......and, oh, yes......the several million dollars in real estate I have sold to buyers who found me through my presence on Trulia - has made doing "this", I enjoy it!
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Tue May 27, 2014
Jo Ann Rodda "The Old Pro" answered:
When the economy is bad, the lower income people are effected more than the upper income people who have a surplus of income.

Reputation of good schools and a safe community. Close to the beach. Executives and sport figures flocking to the area. There is simply not enough property to meet the demand.

Jo Ann Rodda, "The Old Pro"
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Thu May 15, 2014
Diana Hellman answered:
By the end of this month would be a good time to start looking at the possibilities in the area you are interested in so by the middle of June you can really focus your efforts on finding the right place, signing a lease and getting ready to move. Good luck.. ... more
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Thu Aug 22, 2013
Lauren Perreault answered:
I think the answer is whether the current "bones" are good or if there would need to be so many changes to the home to bring it up to today's standards that it would be more cost effective to tear it down. Another factor is whether the current home is "pre-ZORP", which was a building planning code that means some houses are larger or higher than can be built right now -- these houses might be worth extensive remodeling so that the height and the associated views could be maintained. It also depends on the location -- my own home in the Manhattan Beach Hill Section is large and remodeled, but still might be a teardown because the demand is so high for land in my part of town to build homes even larger than mine. One of the services I offer my clients is that my husband, Garth Sheriff, AIA, who is an architect, can come with us during a pre purchase visit and help clients understand how much a remodel would cost (and what could be done) and how much new construction would be and what could be done within the current zoning laws. Our combined extensive experience with homes in the area can really help you to make this decision. ... more
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Fri Aug 2, 2013
Maureen Megowan answered:
If you are fortunate enough to have a home in the sand section of Manhattan Beach, you probably don't need air conditioning, but homes further inland probably need it on hotter days. It really depends on whether you have direct access to the ocean breeze or not. ... more
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Mon Feb 25, 2013
Colin Campbell answered:
No question...Manhattan Beach
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Tue Oct 16, 2012
Deborahjoe answered:
There is a horse property with a home on 7.5 acres near American River College with two arenas ( one covered) 40 stalls with turnouts and much more. House is 3200 sq ft with a pool. For sale by owner at 1.200,000. ... more
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Wed Jun 13, 2012
Brent Chipeska answered:
You can call me and I will be happy to go over everything you should do to get started.

Brent Chipeska
Shorewood Realtors
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Fri Jun 8, 2012
Dan answered:
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We will avoid all fruits, nuts, vegetables, and wine from CA.
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Fri Jul 23, 2010
Keith Kyle answered:
Hi Nora,

It almost sounds as though you're getting information on another home. We often see situations in which the sellers have added a bathroom, whether with permits or without, or turned a dining room into a 3rd bedroom etc...somtimes even two small bedrooms are converted into one larger one, but I've never heard of a homeowner that had 3 bathrooms removing 2 of them. That doesn't make any sense and seems as though the home you're looking at and the county information are just mixed up. You would certainly want to investigate further and ask the listing agent or owners if they have any idea why there is the discrepancy. If unpermitted work was done the city can try to order the work be corrected or retroactively permitted, but again this sounds like a situation in which the records are wrong. I would advise you go to the city of Manhattan Beach planning department and ask to see the file on the home and see if there is anything that might shed some light on the situation. ... more
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Fri May 14, 2010
Melissa R Landreth answered:
If you are looking for horse property with access to riding trails in the north county area then I would say Bonsall, with Fallbrook being a very close second. It is absolutly beautiful, defenitly has the small town country feel yet you are close to all! ... more
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Sat Jan 31, 2009
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Yes there are a few 55+ Condo developments in South Bay.
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Sat Jan 31, 2009
Dorene Slavitz answered:
A water view will be quite expensive. Expect to start with 1M and go up from there, depending on how close to the Ocean you are.
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