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Home Buying in Novato : Real Estate Advice

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Jilltaylorke…, Home Buyer in Novato, CA
Tue Sep 6, 2016
Jilltaylorkeck asked:
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I.J. Onyejia…, Real Estate Pro in MURPHY, TX
Sat May 30, 2015
I.J. Onyejiaka answered:
Is this for the purchase of your home? If you want more direct, personal service I would suggest going with a mortgage broker. Make sure to shop around within 1-2 weeks when looking for lender. Ask if they can give you their fall out rate of contracts in their office. They probably won't want share or won't know off hand but it's good to at least put it out there. ... more
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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Wed Apr 29, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Darlamay,

Having your local agent keep an eye on dollar per sq. ft. living area, Average Days on Market, and other factors will help you in determining value. You can also order an appraisal.

Kind regards,

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Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in Woodland Hills, CA
Thu Apr 16, 2015
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello BERNFORJUSTICE, if you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

The purchase in Novato start from 249k for 2bd 1ba condo which is as low as $1,250 down payment with a minimum 580 fico score.

You will need to be pre-approved if you decide to buy to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, home price, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs.

It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify, go over your options and email you listings to study and compare. Here are some links to study as well as web reference links to many loan program pages offered...

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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Fri Apr 3, 2015
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hello Steve:

Checked out homes in Novato, Active, Pending and Sold within the last 6 months and listed between $900K and $1,100K.

The average days on market (DOM) for properties sold within the last six months is 87 days. Average DOM for active listings are 53 days and average DOM for pending sales are 137 days.

Please feel free to call/text or email me with any questions.

Sylvia Barry
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Mary Kay and…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Sun Feb 22, 2015
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Typically, an appraiser won't use sold comps that are older than 6 months unless there has been no comparable properties that have been sold within that time period. If they use older comps, it is more for historical reference Nd they must give an explanation. A local, full time Realtor who is experiment & knowledgeable is your best resource. Kathy & I tour new listings weekly in Novato on broker's tour and are VERY familiar with the Novato market. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way with your real estate questions or determination of value. ... more
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Lloyd Pittman, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Lloyd Pittman answered:
FEMA recently updated their flood maps. I lived in Novato in the early 80's when there was significant issues in localized areas. Much work was done and virtually all of Novato has been flood free to homes. That said FEMA does not update as often and you still might need flood insurance in certain areas. ... more
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rfarra4100, Home Buyer in Novato, CA
Sun Feb 16, 2014
rfarra4100 answered:
Curious what you found, I'm looking for the same. It's been a few years since you wrote your post so, you are hopefully all settled in. How do you feel about the community feel?
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Heather Pete…, Renter in Petaluma, CA
Tue Sep 3, 2013
Heather Peters answered:
I'm renting a condo in Novato for $1550 per month. I'd like to purchase something however, I'm looking for a program that has almost $100% financing. I'm open to purchasing in Petaluma however, not sure if I would even qualify without money down. (I'm guessing not) I make almost 70k. and have good credit.

Any suggestions?
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Nathan Kessl…, Real Estate Pro in Las Vegas, NV
Mon Jul 29, 2013
Nathan Kessler answered:
Hi kjwong80,
The points that have been made by the other agents are right on the money. But if I may ask you a question, what is preventing you from wanting to buy now? At City First Mortgage Services, I have excellent programs available that suit a wide range of borrower needs. We can help:

* First Time Home Buyers
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With 21 years lending experience I have seen it all, and we are in a position to make decisions "in-house" because we underwrite our own loans. If you call or click the link below today, for free I can at least let you know where you stand in the world of purchasing a home. Let me educate you on how we work, and then you can make informed decisions on whether to buy now or in the future. Also, if you are hooked on the place you are renting and want to purchase it, what better way to approach your landlord than with an approval and a plan? I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for choosing City First Mortgage Services,

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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Fri Jul 13, 2012
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
33 Piper Court was taken off the market but came back on market June 22, 2012. Still active.

However, I presume you have found other properties by now?

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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Fri Jul 13, 2012
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Luna:

i think it is possible to find a small house in a nice neighborhood in Marin county for under $400K, but it will certainly take some time and patience to do so. Competition will be tough but most people want/need at least a 3 bedroom, so being open to 2 bedrooms helps (but there are also fewer homes that are two bedrooms).

The farther north you are from the city (San Francisco), the less expensive homes are. This will translate to Novato in Marin county as it is the north most town in Marin. We have some homes that fit the criteria but you have to be vigil in searching and be very on top of things in order to get the house. You will also want to be open to look at short sales and foreclosures but some homeowners are realistic about market condition and will list their homes very competitively.

We also have some very nice condo complexes with relatively low HOA fees that you might want to take a look. I have clients who rather buy condos than homes, there are certain advantage of doing so.

Petaluma, Rohnert Park are both cheaper than Novato. However, if your husband might work in the city, than Novato might be the farthest North you want to look at.

I will be happy to discuss all these to you. Look up my profile for contact information.

Thanks and good luck!
Sylvia Barry
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Libby DeKorte, Real Estate Pro in Sonoma, CA
Fri Feb 17, 2012
Libby DeKorte answered:
Imagine the property sold to someone else for $X and you are disappointed you did not get it, what is that number?
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Carol Courtn…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Fri Oct 28, 2011
Carol Courtney answered:
Recently I completed a transaction at 12 Burdell Court in Novato. The bank preferred us to use their lender of choice but the buyer used his own lender. It is not required!
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Momoftwo, Home Buyer in Novato, CA
Thu Nov 11, 2010
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Jola Jankows…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Sat Sep 11, 2010
Jola Jankowska answered:
Jean, I am new to Trulia (but not new to Real Estate) and wanted to add to the answers already posted. You can search County records for a Mello Roos amount assesed to the property. You can go to the County (in San Rafael) or you can search their Website. Besides Hamilton, you will also find a Mello Roos tax in Pointe Marin. There are other areas of Novato with newer construction and no Mello Roos. Call me if you still need help ... more
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Wed Jul 28, 2010
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Peter:

Don't know if you are still even on Trulia or where you live now, but I was looking for somethinig on Trulia and happened upon this old question.

Just want to follow up and see where you are now. Are you still in S.F. area? Renting? Owning? Sometimes it's nice to know what happened to people that we happened upon..

Sylvia Barry
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
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Jean Nicol,  in Novato, CA
Wed Jun 23, 2010
Jean Nicol answered:
This is a unique property that was originally overpriced for a buyer looking for a residence only. Have you been up to see it?
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