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Mon Sep 30, 2013
Amir Shahkarami answered:
13 new homes. Do you like the floor plans?
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Thu Sep 26, 2013
Robert Chomentowski answered:
Hi Mike,

You can get a VA loan only 1 year after a short sale. Give me a call and I can discuss assisting your get approved.
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Mon Sep 23, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
Most landlords use your credit report to simply judge if you are a risk for not paying your rent. If your "credit isn't great" because of late or missed payments you will be seen as a risk to the landlord. If there are other issues, providing the details to a landlord might make him willing to rent to you.

There are two important factors: 1.) Do you have enough money to pay? 2.) Do you pay what you owe or do you try to find a way to not pay? If you make enough money to pay and show that you have been committed to paying all of your bills, other factors lowering your FICO score might be considered unimportant.

Home values in Mountain View are at
http://julianalee.com/mountain-view/mountain-view-statistics.htm

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650.857.1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
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Tue Sep 17, 2013
Panji Nugroho answered:
I'm selling my land 3800m2 in South Jakarta, Very strategic location, email me panji.mikhael@gmail.com
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Pkates answered:
I was told recently by a building contractor that is doing refurbishing on the balconies of our 38
year old complex that the law states that when roofs are over 20 years old in a complex of more than 4 units, the roofs are to be replaced? Our roofs were replaced in 1992...that's 21 years, and
there have been many leaks and repairs as the roofs were improperly done when they were
replaced in 1992. Our swimming pool was redone earlier this year at the cost of over $16,000.00..
There is a five year guarantee on it. Automatic water reills were installed for filling the spa and the
swimming pool...$370.00. New electrical wiring installed this year...not sure what the cost of that
was yet. Our buildings are stucco and wood. Some wood and most of the stucco was redone in
1995. It's time to redo some of the stucco and most of the wood again. We have had extensive
termite damage in the past...all ten buildings were tented in 1994. One of the renters asked the termite inspector last year if she should buy a unit here? He said no, do not buy here. I told her
the same thing...buy in a newer complex....We need $1.5 million for everything that needs to be
replaced, and we don't even have a quarter of that in our reserves...that means an increase in
our monthly dues and or a special assessment as well. These condo complexes are nothing
but money pits.
P. Kates - Long Beach California
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Wed Aug 28, 2013
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Douglass, so much depends on the micro-neighborhood. While there has been slowdown in some areas, it's still very competitive, especially in Palo Alto, Cupertino and West San Jose and other cities with Cupertino Schools.

I've heard the fewer bids comment-however sales still seem to be strong, just maybe not quite as many competitors.

Are you looking to buy in Mountain View?
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
charlaw13 answered:
how much my homw is worth 14245 Drexel Ave Dolton Illinois
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
That would be "ZERO". However, there would hopefully be a mutually beneficial referring relationship in that when a contractor came in contact with a potential home seller, he would also refer that person to that agent. ... more
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Thu Aug 22, 2013
Douglass Mcneil answered:
Thanks everyone. Seeing 0.34 acres definitely piqued my interest. But I am thinking it's a mistake. Gigantic difference between 5600-6000 SF lot vs. 15,000 SF lot. The agent actually referenced the 15,000 SF lot in the description, but it has now been edited out. There's an open house this weekend. I will check it out. ... more
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Sun Aug 18, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
The rentometer.com website is an easy way to poke around. You can enter just the city name or additional information. I think you could actually get better information by just looking on Trulia at what is offered. You'll be able to see pictures of what is offered. Just ignore anything that might be a scam.

Rents and availability of places to rent has been changing quickly in Mountain View. If you are a prospective renter, the knowledge may not be of much use in deciding whether to rent a particular home.

Mountain View home values at http://julianalee.com/mountain-view/mountain-view-statistics.htm

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650.857.1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
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Fri Aug 16, 2013
Don Tepper answered:
I don't know that specific area, but...

I grew up about half a mile from some major railroad tracks (main line of Southern Railway outside of Washington, D.C.). The train went right through a small nearby town. What I found is that most people get used to it. Really. Even though the horn (as noted already) is generally the loudest element. Approaching an intersection: LONG-LONG-SHORT-LONG.

Further, sound carries farther in colder weather. It also carries farther when the leaves have fallen. I don't know if you get that in Mountain View--seasons, leaves falling, etc. But if you do, it'll sound louder then. It also carries farther if there aren't any intervening hills, which can muffle the sound.

As for going out there and listening to the train: Certainly do that. But, honestly, it'll sound pretty loud. Getting adjusted to the sound Is about 70% of the solution. It's also possible to largely soundproof your home. That's done more often near airports and airplane flight paths. It's pretty effective, but can be expensive. And while it'll cut down on the sound, it won't cut down on the vibrations.

Better than just listening to it: Go out there and ask other people who live there whether the noise bothers them. My guess is: Probably not. But that's something you definitely should do.

One other point: The rumbling generally isn't the problem. Nor, after you get used to it, is the train horn. But what can be irritating is if you're near a switching yard. In that case, you might get a lot of high-pitched squealing and squeaking. That often is the big problem.

Hope that helps.
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Fri Aug 16, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
I am a firm believer in visiting a neighborhood and trying to learn about it first hand. The neighborhood you are interested in is dominated by high density housing. You will probably find noticeable differences between each complex. Spend some time talking with people in the complex where you are thinking of moving to.

With the San Antonio Center going through major rebuilding and Mountain View being a hot spot for Google employees the area is sure to attract more competition for the available housing. More competition generally forces out any people resorting to crime.

If you look at the various web sites reporting crime statistics keep in mind higher density of people leads to a higher density of crimes which doesn't necessarily mean more crime per person.

San Antonio neighborhood of Mountain View home values http://julianalee.com/mountain-view/san-antonio-statistics.htm

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650.857.1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
.
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Fri Aug 9, 2013
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Here is what I do, if the the seller of a buyer I have pre-approved needs a pre-approval from another lender, I send over my package. It is all done.

That way the buyers do not have to apply over and over.

I also have a policy that if any of the other lenders were to have better pricing, I would then have the buyer borrow the money from them. So far I have not had anyone come in better.

I cater to people buying houses and have found ways to save people time and money when buying a house.

If you would like more information feel free to call me at

714-421-1037



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Fri Aug 9, 2013
answered:
Septic system is what you have to do if there is no public system
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Tue Aug 6, 2013
Saskia Feain answered:
It maybe that it was just put on the MLS for appraisal purposes. Sometimes agents do this if there has a been a sale done off the MLS - private parties selling. It does happen from time to time and to help appraisers or other agents they agree to have the sale posted on the MLS. ... more
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Fri Jul 26, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
The unit had been offered for sale back in May using the same pictures.

The source of the rental is DWMproperties. Their website says available August.

Mountain View home values at
http://julianalee.com/mountain-view/mountain-view-statistics.htm

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650-857-1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
.
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Thu Jul 25, 2013
John Juarez answered:
It seems to me this post would make more sense if it was a blog post.
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Thu Jul 25, 2013
Douglass Mcneil answered:
Yeah, $1800 is too probably too low for a 2BR in MV. 1BR is definitely within budget.

I would recommend you take a drive on California street between Escuela Ave and Ortega Ave. It's apartment heaven :)...and may be a bit lower-priced than the apartments near downtown. ... more
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Mon Jul 15, 2013
Terri Vellios answered:
It may take a while for the tax assessor to update their records from the time of closing. Do you have a specific address for one of the closed sales? If so it can be looked up on the country tax records to see if it is updated. ... more
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Sun Jul 7, 2013
Marcy Moyer answered:
Douglass.
According to county records the price was not disclosed so it is not clear where realtor.com and zillow got their info. The MLS says 1.87

Either the seller or the buyer or both asked the county to to disclose the sales price and there is no way to know if what the agent put into mls is correct or not.

After the home is re-assessed for property taxes you will be able to get the true price by seeing what the property taxes are based on. The taxes are based on the sales price and even though the records will say sales price is not disclosed the value the taxes are based on will be on the records. Sometimes it takes 6 months for that to happen.

Marcy Moyer
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto
marcy@marcymoyer.com
DRE 01191194
650-619-9285
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