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Property Q&A in Novato : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jul 14, 2017
Faith T answered:
Hi,

I have emailed you regarding this issue.

Thank you for using Trulia!

Faith
Consumer Care Advocate
http://www.trulia.com/help/ask/
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Mon Dec 5, 2016
Patronilamunyaka asked:
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This question was asked from this property: https://www.trulia.com/foreclosure/3207058425-44-Captain-Nurse-Cir-Novato-CA-94949#photo-6
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Tue Sep 6, 2016
Jilltaylorkeck asked:
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This question was asked from this property: http://www.trulia.com/foreclosure/3241404412-93-Captain-Nurse-Cir-Novato-CA-94949
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Sat Sep 3, 2016
Jilltaylorkeck asked:
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Sat Sep 3, 2016
Jilltaylorkeck asked:
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Wed Feb 25, 2015
Meredith Boyle asked:
The posting is for 920 Arlene Way in Novato, CA. The email sent to me, although contacting a US phone number. Asks for typical identity theft information upfront and asks for money to be…
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Thu Oct 30, 2014
Kirk Wong asked:
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This question was asked from this property: http://www.trulia.com/homes/California/Novato/sold/1747160-20-Wendy-Ct-Novato-CA-94945
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Mon Mar 24, 2014
thebrowns41505 asked:
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This question was asked from this property: http://www.trulia.com/rental/3149901262-10-Plaza-Loma-Novato-CA-94947#photo-1
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Sun Jan 5, 2014
David Poulsen answered:
Yes, there are many Open Houses today, pick up the Marin IJ or the Chronicle and find all the open houses today.
Thanks
David Poulsen
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Sat Oct 19, 2013
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
The property that you are inquiring about is not currently in MLS, so it is difficult to answer your question. the unit is 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with 1,088 sq. ft. per public records. There are currently 4 rentals available in MLS in Novato ranging from $1,900/ mo. for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath 900 sq. ft. condo to a home in Hamilton for $3,100/mo.

Let us know if we can be of any assistance!!
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Sun Aug 25, 2013
Liz Williamson Williamson answered:
You are correct that something is not right. This property sold March of 2012. The photos that are used are directly from the MLS. If you notice that below it says to" rent or own apply on line." My suspicion, someone or ones is trying to get your credit information. Do not click on it, as who knows what it may do to your computer. The posting should be flagged as a fraud. A similar situation has happened to me with a listing I had on Craiglist, very scary as people were giving their credit information out. I have never seen this type of thing on
Trulia before and will find a way to report it. Thanks for your post.
Liz Williamson
Frank Howard Allen
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Sun Mar 24, 2013
Dan Wood answered:
There are many ways to estimate the land value of a home. One way is to look at comparable lot sales in comparable neighborhoods, but these may be difficult if not impossible to find especially in Marin where lot sales are fairly rare. The other main way is to do what your insurance company does which is to figure the replacement cost of the home. It should be stated in your insurance policy. You could also consult a contractor. That number subtracted from the appraised resale value of the property should give you a fair estimate of the actual value that the land is contributing. My condolences for your father and if you have any other questions please feel free to call or email me.

All the best,

Dan Wood
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
415 637-0120
dwood@fhallen.com
www.marinsbestrealestate.com
Fax: 415 897-3067
DRE# 1397584
Your referral is the highest compliment you can give me. I will not let you down!
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
Daniel Nebenzahl answered:
Ryan,

I will attempt to answer your question and inform others too.

Clearly, you need to know the market demand for contractors at this time. There are quite a few builders right know looking for work and this means prices are soft-ish. Read the answers below for more insight but I would tell you people need to know specifically what work you want and then get bids from three or more trusted contractors.

It used to be you could say $500. or $600./ square foot ... not true as much today. Get a plan. Get a bid.

If you or anyone out there needs a trusted contractor in Marin or San Francisco contact me. 415.497.8864

Cheers!
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
Rod MacDougall answered:
PS: @ bigj2479: There is another avenue in locating "distressed" homes, particularly on Eldridge Ave., in Novato.
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hello Gordenfl:

This house is a short sale with two lenders. The house has been under contrat since 11/17/12 and the owner does not want to show the house while waiting for short sale approval. The house is listed at $570,000.

Sylvia Chang Barry
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
(415) 717-0293
www.SylviaBarryRE.com

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Wed Nov 14, 2012
bluewickedburner answered:
This type of information would have to be disclosed by the seller if known. You can visit the planing/permitting department and ask there. They might have reports or information.

If you are concerned and are thinking about offering, ask that question specifically. You are entitled to an answer and make sure the answer is in writing. What someone said can change according to who said it and who heard it and if you and they are the only two people that did. ... more
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Wed Nov 14, 2012
bluewickedburner answered:
Access to the MLS is easy. No, you don't need to know an agent or pay money. Greathomes dot org is very close to real time.

Now one word of caution. Nothing, not even sites claiming to be linked to the MLS is all that accurate. These source are manipulated all the time. That includes agent portal sites. Example: houses in Novato had increases in price and then went to short sale and sold far below the asking price before the short sale. The effect is that after the sale, one would think that the house sold for more than asking when the opposite was true.

This happens far more often that you think. Take all of this data with a chunk of salt, especially when checking on comparables.

Beware that right now, what is going on in Novato and the Bay Area in general is the same thing that went on before the housing market bubble crashed. Multiple offers quickly going far above asking. many of these buyers are investors picking up flippers. They buy and within weeks put it back on market after some minor "fixin". Many investors are also buying up homes for the rental market.

Recently, a house on Olive was offered at $245k I think. 17 offers and sold for $301k. Where did $301 come from? How did someone manage to hit that number? They should be going to Vegas. You guess how THAT happened. You have to wonder why they aren't winning the lotto.

Disclosure: I did not offer nor had any interest in that property.

There is a lot of irrational buying going on. Sure the inventory is low but that isn't because there are no houses, they are just a shortage of owners able to sell.

Then watch the houses dropping out of escrow. About 20%.

Don't forget some warning signs on houses that get flipped. Rarely is there a new roof and often they need one. Watch out for new stucco. While it is nice and if properly done can add value but it can also cover up some real nasty problems. once new stucco is applied, finding out what was underneath is almost impossible, until some time later when you end up with the problem.

When you see a house for a really good asking price, go look before it sells. note any repair needed issues, many are easy to see if you know how to look. Then when it comes back on market look again if you are interested and didn't get it the first time. Look at baseboards, eaves, the roof and those other areas that telltale a fast look nice fixer that didn't address some what could be major problems.
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Mon Jul 30, 2012
Barbara Housley answered:
yes the Hoa fees are $355.00 includes bldg maintenance, ground maintenance, managagment, & roof repair.

It's a short sale.

Please let me know if I can help you with anything else.


best regards

Barbara Housley
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Mon Jul 30, 2012
Figureart.facebook asked:
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This question is about this property: http://www.trulia.com/property/3090119581-117-Caspar-Pl-Novato-CA-94947
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Sun Jul 8, 2012
Jamiedcline@yahoo.com answered:
i am interested in a home rental in bel marin keys for a one year or longer lease. i am looking for a 4 bedroom or larger home. thanks jamiedcline@yahoo.com
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