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Home Buying in Mountain View : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Mar 21, 2017
Brachah6 answered:
Can be considered a misrepresentation the fact that the listing mention "AC/heating central" and the expert find out that the system is 35 years old and did not work for at least 10 years? ... more
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Tue Jan 31, 2017
UpNest answered:
If a listing does not have photos, that is typically a bad sign. Realtors should always be transparent and feature photos of the property in listings. If you're having trouble looking for property in the Mountain View area, I would utilize www.UpNest.com. You can compare realtor services, fees and rebates. Hope this helps! ... more
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Mon Sep 19, 2016
Wiseshopper123 answered:
We have been owners of a home near power lines and have never encountered any problems. We have owned here for over 15 years and our neighbors express the same sentiments. As a matter of fact, the power lines actually provide us with a sense of security. We have a beautiful natural space behind our house and never have to worry about neighbors building directly near our home.

We did all the research and, as with any purchase, weighed the pros and cons. We also had an analysis performed by our power company, just to be sure. It was completely safe and our back deck, closest to the power lines gave off less electo current than a blow dryer, which is used daily.

We find that this is a tactic used to try to diminish the value of perfectly wonderful homes. We urge you not to buy into the negative comments.
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Fri Jun 24, 2016
Alexander Greer answered:
Do you need the income from the rent back? If so, I am concerned that you may of over extended yourself with this purchase. If not then there are no issues. The home can stay vacant for a few days or weeks. It might actually be a good time to get somethings done before you move in.

I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or question email me here:
AGreer@TheMortgageOutlet.com

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
408-352-5147
NMLS #1056079
http://www.TheMortgageOutlet.com
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Wed Mar 23, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,

Are you considering building a house on land? I am working on a property now that is roughly 80 acres in Los Gatos Mountains if you wish to explore that as an option. You can email me from my profile.

Kind regards,

Arpad
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Tue Dec 8, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,

Reading the agreement to see if there are any mentions on possible delays would be one place to start.

Kind regards,

Arpad
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Sat Oct 31, 2015
Sam Shueh answered:
650-450=200 is the difference you need to cough up, since it was appraised way lower than what you agreed to pay.
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Thu Jun 25, 2015
aazmi answered:
The toxicity concern was isolated to a sewer line running north of Middlefield. Whiman homes are south of Middlefield.
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Thu Apr 9, 2015
Nathan Steiger answered:
Neither bc taxes are not paid on "appraised values" they are paid on assessments. Look at yout town records and look at the assessment then multiply that by total tax rate, there is your tax amount due.

Ppl always mix up appraisal and assessment, two different things!
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Gretchen Swall answered:
Tanya,

As Brett mentioned it depends on your definition of "great" single family home. There are ranges as you know from one buyer or seller to another. However there is plenty of inventory(more coming in my opinion) under 1mm in broader Silicon Valley. The sale prices range based on many factors including exact city, schools, home features, size of lot, and so on. I recall 3-5years ago certain areas of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara (to name just a few cities) were not nearly as desirable as they are now. The same process is occurring now. As properties change hands, new buyers make investments into the homes, schools, neighborhoods. This is called rejuvenation in the housing economic cycle.
I recommend you fInd a great buyers agent. One who is willing to do the work to get you comfortable and educated with homes and neighborhoods in your price range. That will prove to be invaluable in the long run.

Good luck!

Gretchen Swall
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Mon Feb 2, 2015
ctsseo answered:
Just to give you a realistic idea on a couple more common costs, I pulled up the numbers from one of my past projects. This home was 1,200 square feet on two levels plus about an 800 square feet basement. The total renovation cost was approximately $85,000 ... more
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Thu Oct 30, 2014
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Jordan,

I work in the Mountain View area. Please email me from my profile with your preferences as follows.

Preferences.
1. Price Range
2. Property Type (Single Family, Condo, Townhouse)
3. Area (names of city, zip codes, specific streets, etc.)
4. Minimum Number of Bedrooms
5. Minimum Number of Baths
6. Minimum Living Area Sq. Footage
7. Do you prefer a normal lot or do you require a large lot
8. Do you prefer a pool
9. Are there any other criteria that are important to you

Kind regards,

Arpad
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Tue Aug 12, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
Huey and Sam have both offered to assist you.
Be aware, the competition is very significant for real estate of this type. You are getting into this market about three years too late. However, there are still deals to be found, they are just much more difficult to uncover.

Your pathway to success is makeing a REAL commitment to a real estate professional (Huey and Sam have raised their hands). Such a commitment is the abiilty to make a purchase and willingness to follow your Realtors advise. You must be able to take action quickly, be bold and make authoritative offers. Those who demonstrate they are SERIOUS buyers will be included in the inner circle. Those in this circle will benefit from proactive systems that allow you to acquire real estate on the invisible market. A professional will not invest these resources on your behalf is you are not a SERIOUS buyer.

You understand, this is a business not a hobby.
If you are ready to act, if you are serious, pick up the phone and CALL.
What a shame, neither Huey or Sam revealed their telephone number. Try their profile.
If you are not serious, use those 'contact' links.
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Wed Jun 18, 2014
Julie Wyss answered:
I agree that it is wise to address these issues now; they could become much more serious and costly if you wait. Also, you lender may insist that prior to obtaining your loan, you take care of any pest or mold issues. ... more
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Tue Jun 3, 2014
Phil answered:
MV, did you buy in the end? If you did, how do you feel about the situation now?
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Wed May 28, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Scott,
Your contract contains the answer to your question. If the answer isn't clear to you or your agent, get an attorney to review it. We don't have your contract and that is the controlling document for this transaction. If a paragraph states that emails are an acceptable means to cancel, then the deal is off. If it states, all terms are solely contained within this contract and other communication, both verbal and written shall not override these terms then you may get to keep the deposit or pursue other remedies. Read the contract and/or consult an attorney. ... more
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Tue May 27, 2014
Mark DeWitt answered:
Hi melia ,

Yes, a lot of weight is given by the way your offer is written and the details of your pre-approval letter. We empower our clients by doing a few things that give our buyers a competitive advantage. We can fully underwrite our pre-approvals. This allows you to write your offers with no financing contingency, a 10 day inspection window, and a 20 day escrow. So when your offer accepted the only thing that needs to be approved is the collateral (appraisal, title, purchase contract, and homeowners insurance). In the multiple offer situations that are the standard in this limited inventory environment, your offer will stand out, and is 2nd only to cash. It is important to align yourself with a company that will give you the advantage you need to be able to purchase the home of your dreams, and not have another offer not accepted because the lender you are working with only checked your credit, looked at your income documents, and ran it through a desktop underwriting system. Underwriters make decisions on loans, not loan officers. Having a fully underwritten loan with a TBD property will ensure you put yourself in the best position to get your offer accepted.

Regards,

Mark DeWitt
V.P. Branch Manager
HomeStreet Bank
(858) 212-7054 Direct
(760) 331-2063 Fax
NMLS #633211
Mark.DeWitt@HomeStreet.com
www.homestreet.com/mdewitt
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-dewitt/3b/100/59b/
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Sat Apr 19, 2014
Robert Spinosa answered:
DW,

I'm not sure your situation is insurmountable. I guess my first question would pertain to your citizenship status. Are you a US citizen or other?

I'm happy to give this a shot if you have not already solved your problem. Your 40% down payment is a real strength.

Rob Spinosa
rspinosa@rpm-mtg.com
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Sun Apr 13, 2014
PS answered:
Well the heavy aircraft (C-130s, I believe) fly over a large-ish region of Mountain View / Sunnyvale so it's hard to make any remarks without being more specific about the area of interest.

Having said that, the navy base has not been active in a couple of decades, so whatever noise you're worried about it is far less than it used to be. I would be more concerned about noise from Hwy 101.
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