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Ruthwashingt…, Home Buyer in Fort Myers, FL
Thu Oct 8, 2015
Ruthwashington89 answered:
The best thing you can do is to cancel your timeshare contract. There is no resale market for timeshares; you can find timeshares on eBay even for pennies. I recommend you to read an article with good information about this: ... more
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Robert Krop, Real Estate Pro in Frederick, MD
Tue May 26, 2015
Robert Krop answered:
The auction dates and times will be posted in the news papers and online.
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Sat Mar 21, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
I agree with the answers below - you'll need to speak to an accountant to determine if that's possible. I'd be happy to recommend one if you'd like.

Good luck!
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Sun Feb 8, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Crime maps are a great way to get more information on safety in a given neighborhood, and other comentors below have given some links to some very informative maps.

I'd suggest spending some time in the neighborhood your considering to see how you feel - safety is, in a sense, subjective, so if you feel safe in a given home or area, it might be the right place for you, and if you don't, it might not.

Good luck!
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Sat Sep 27, 2014
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Totally agree with the answers below - a locksmith is the way to go...I suppose a brick is an option too, but I wouldn't advise it! :-P
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Sun Jun 29, 2014
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Hello - it's very common for buyers from outside the US to purchase properties in the US, and this happens in San Francisco more often than in other areas. I realize this was over a month ago, but if you still need help looking for a home in SF or the bay area, don't hesitate to ask. I'd be happy to help you regardless of your current location!

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andrea.brown, Renter in San Francisco, CA
Wed Feb 5, 2014
andrea.brown asked:
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billwolfram1, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA
Thu Jan 2, 2014
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Greg Bryan J…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Mon Dec 30, 2013
Greg Bryan JD/MBA answered:
You can drive
1. Start out going east on Pacific Ave toward Divisadero St. 0.06 mi
2. Take the 1st right onto Divisadero St. 1.4 mi
3. Turn left onto Oak St. 0.7 mi
4. Turn right onto Octavia Blvd. 0.2 mi
5. Octavia Blvd becomes US-101 S. 10.7 mi
6. Take EXIT 423A toward S F Intl Airport/San Bruno Avenue/North Access Road/North Cargo Areas. 0.2 mi
7. Keep left to take the ramp toward S F Intl Airport/San Bruno Ave. 0.1 mi
8. Keep left to take the ramp toward S F Intl Airport. 1.0 mi

Alternatively you can take a Super Shuttle which will pick you up.

Public Transportation is as follows:

walk Walk to Jackson St & Scott St - (2 min walk) Expand or Collapse Walk Summary
Bus Muni - 3 - towards Sutter St & Sansome St, San... - Fare $ 2.00 Schedule Board, SW Corner of Jackson St & Scott St Off Board, SE Corner of Kearny St & Sutter St (23 min ride)
walk Walk to Montgomery, San Francisco - (6 min walk)
Rail BART Bay Point / SFO - towards Sfo, San Francis... - Fare $ 8.25 Board, Montgomery, San Francisco (next scheduled: 4:56pm) Off Board, Sfo, San Francisco (32 min ride)

Best of luck

Greg Bryan
GB and Associates
Cell (415) 640-4341
Fax (415) 946-3467
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Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Thu Oct 10, 2013
Bill Eckler answered:
Today's smokers have become educated to the needs of other thanks to the smoking regulations. I for one can relate since I hyper sensitive to smoke and can smell it from inside others peoples cars, on the clothing of others, outside my home, etc.

Rude? absolutely not...but understand that are other ways of dealing with this issue as well. Simply shutting a window in their presence should send an unspoken message that you are having an issue. Any individual sensitive to the needs of others will get this loud and clear.

Considering placing a fan in the window that blows the air outward should make a difference as well.

Above all, advocate for yourself but do so in a diplomatic and sensitive manner that takes into consideration their needs as well.

Good luck,

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Helen Yuen, Real Estate Pro in Oakland Ca 94605, CA
Thu Apr 18, 2013
Helen Yuen answered:
In a bucket, combine 1 cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Place the large sponge in the vinegar mixture and squeeze out the excess moisture. Wipe down the walls, ceilings, baseboards and windows with the sponge. The vinegar will help neutralize the smoke odor and clean the smoke residue off the walls.

Dust the carpets in your home with baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for a day before you vacuum it up. By letting it sit one day, it will help give the baking soda time to absorb the smoke smell.

Clean the carpets in your home. You can have a professional carpet cleaner clean your home's carpets or you can rent a carpet shampooer and do it yourself. If you rent a carpet shampooer, make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions. A carpet shampooer may require a few extra passes on the carpet in order to thoroughly clean the carpet. If the carpet smells really bad, it may need to be removed and replaced.

Use a paintbrush to paint the walls with a fresh coat of paint, which will help neutralize the smoke odor in your home. Make sure to paint the walls after they have been cleaned.
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Annette  Law…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Wed Apr 10, 2013
Annette Lawrence answered:
Being a landlord IS being self-employed.
Those who embrace this aspect of the free enterprise process need to understand, being self-employed, owning your own business as it really is, CAN NOT BE an exchange of time for money - which is the defination of a JOB.
A good landlord understands the multipliers that are available. As a small business owner they are exposed to risk and also reap the benefits.
Property a JOB!

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Assoicate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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Abu Musa, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
Fri Mar 29, 2013
Abu Musa answered:
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Mon Jan 28, 2013
You could be doing others a service by identifying honest issues of concern, however, first as others have noted, you want to be sure your opinions are not just your opinions as opposed to facts you could prove if required. Is your motive a warning to others, or revenge for how you've been treated? If you write something that tells the owner/mgr. it came from you, you might expect them
to at minimum be waiting for a valid excuse to pay you back.

Since you didn't share any dirt: have you tried writing down a list of your complaints, thinking what it would take to resolve them, and then take the extra time to write it over so it doesn't sound like an attack from an unappreciative tenant? Being nice never hurts. Now, if your issues concern serious
issues, that's what the Rent Board and police are for. Maybe you haven't reached the appropriate
people to help you?
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Douglas Lagos, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Thu Jan 24, 2013
Douglas Lagos answered:
Hi Allison,

Landlords only need to provide a phone and address where you can send the rent check or any other communication.

If you have a situation that needs to be documented, you can always send a letter with return receipt required.

Do you need something fixed or brought to the attention of the landlord?
If yes, write them a letter. If it's an emergency, phone is always the best, and then follow up with a letter.

Just like tenants need to follow rules, so do landlords. If you need more specific information, please post your question on the board.

Douglas Lagos
Realtor, Certified HAFA Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential
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Jeff Woo, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Thu Jan 24, 2013
Jeff Woo answered:
Generally speaking, renting on airbnb is a violation of the planning code because neither you nor your landlord has a tourist occupancy permit. As such, renting on airbnb would be a nuisance and could subject you to eviciton.

Your written lease may also have a no sublet without consent clause, which renting on airbnb would violate assuming you did not have consent.

Lastly, the Rent Ordinance provides that you are not allowed to sublet and make a profit essentially.

Best of luck,

Jeff Woo, Esq.
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Bill Harkins, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Thu Jan 24, 2013
Bill Harkins answered:
Landlord is required to give notice to cure violation but since you are posting here and know it's wrong why push it ?- no pets means no pets + although landlord should not be able to evict you unless you do it again and chances are will not even notice - they could go after you to abate pet dander and fleas costing you a possible small fortune - your asking for trouble. ... more
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John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Leucadia, CA
Tue Jan 15, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
Thumbs up to Sofia on "Bolting the home to the foundation".

As an emergency response general and manufactured home contractor having worked in the aftermath of every major earthquake since 1086 as well as floods, fires and even Hurricane Charley in Florida in '04 I can't tell you how important adding a few bolts to your foundation and some shear panel to your cripple wall will keep you in your home instead of in the street. ... more
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