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Home Buying in Placentia : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Nov 22, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
When you want to buy a home, hire an Exclusive Buyer's Agent to represent you, not a regular buyer's agent. EBAs represent homebuyers only, so there is no conflict of interest to jeopardize your negotiating position. Contact for a referral to an EBA who will give you valuable advice, not a sales pitch.

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Tue Nov 22, 2016
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
Now is a good time to buy! Interest rate continue to be low!
Contact me directly, and I would be glad to assist you !
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Wed May 18, 2016
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Judy, the rentals in Placentia start from $1,675 for 1bd 1ba apartment. The purchase in Placentia start from 218k for 2bd 1ba condo. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses with the 3%-5% Sapphire Grant down payment assistance program.

You should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy and pay less than rent in many local cities. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent.

Beware of the many rental scams out there these days on all sites. The scams are on all of the rental listing sites except one that us agents/broker use such as mls, multiple listing service.

You should not give anyone any funds or personal information without confirming with a licensed agent/broker or management company to find out whom you should be dealing with and the status of any address of interest.

If you decide to buy you will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to submit offers on homes of your choice. You will need to gather documentation such as one month paystubs, two month bank statements, last two year tax returns, 1040's, 1099's, W2's and all schedules, copies of drivers license/ID and social security card for each applicant.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down. You may consider a 3%-5% Sapphire Grant down payment program up to 417k from a minimum 620 fico score which does not have to be repaid.

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.

It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify, go over your options and email you listings to study and consider. Here are some links to study about me as well as web reference links to many loan programs...

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Thu Aug 20, 2015
Mark Cowan answered:
Check with your HOA before you start a project. The HOA will outline what you are allowed to do.
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Tue May 12, 2015
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi Jose, I have been a Placentia homeowner since 1973. The city's real estate market pretty much mirrors that of So. Cal. Currently it is a seller's market with limited inventory and strong demand. It is impossible to say what the future will hold but Washington continues to talk about raising interest rates. Hope that helps. If you have a specific question, feel free to email direct at
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Andy Donoso answered:
Hello, it is possible to have your husband purchase the home in his name soley.

The caviat to that is that you cannot use any of your income to qualify for the loan if you are using lender financing.

In order to protect the asset your husband can create a Living Trust that places you as the beneficiary of the trust in case of your husbands passing in order to protect the asset-home. (you always want to consult an attorney for details)
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Tue Jan 13, 2015
cordasco.regenia answered:
I live in Glendale Arizona and my Credit is not good. I am looking to rent a house. My phone number is 480.243.2707.
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
Bob Phillips answered:
You're probably seeing a SCAM ad, on Craigslist.

Scammers from Nigeria often copy existing legitimate listings, including photos from the MLS, and then price them considerably lower than the real listing.

This usually happen only with leases, and with vacant properties.

OR, you're seeing a pre-foreclosure listing, which only includes one of the loans on the property.

If THAT's the case, you might be able to buy the property as a short sale, but it probably won't sell as low as the price you've seen - that may just be a teaser.

Lastly, if it's a real foreclosure ad, you would have to show up at the property auction, and be prepared to pay cash, against 5 to 15 other bidders, who are experts at that sort of thing.

In ALL the scenarios above, you're either going to lose some money to scammers, OR, end up paying a lot more than the list price you're seeing.
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
Hi, Jal!
There are a lot of options available to you in that price range. As a cash buyer, you have an advantage when presenting offers.
I would be happy to work with you to find the right place!
Nicole Fedorchek, Realtor
Tarbell, Realtors
DRE 01920370
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Fri Sep 20, 2013
Steven Valverde answered:
I will gladly help with any of your Real Estate needs.

Steven Valverde
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Fri Aug 9, 2013
Jose D Jimenez answered:
Hello Diane,

I am a Local Realtor here In Buena Park, Would you like to go see the property this weekend?

Please Contact me at :

Jose D Jimenez
Harcourts Prime Properties
So Cal Realtor®
Certified Buyers Agent Specialist (CBAS)
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Thu Apr 18, 2013
Ingrid Ski Realtor answered:
This property is not for sale or in foreclosure.. What is the reason you want this person information? Technically we do not give out personal information on the web.. Contact me below to discuss..
The county records are a good place to check out this information too..

Ingrid Ski Realtor
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Thu Oct 11, 2012
Satar Naghshineh answered:
Hi Chris, I come from an investing background before getting licensed and I looked into this as well. Here's the deal:

You first need to have contacts within the banks. These are high level people who have access to REOs or non-performing assets. These people get the info before they are given to asset managers who are either 3rd party vendors or internal to the bank.

Now once you got the contacts, you will need to have proof of funds and be able to buy bulk before they give you a list to look at. The minimum I've personally experienced is 250k/month and the assets are spread all over the states, not just in California. The California assets sell for 90% of BPO or appraisal.

Asset managers list to real estate agents in order to get the best possible price. They don't deal with the general public, at least based on my experience.

As a private individual, your best bet is to buy short sales. Then I would look into discount bids at Trustee sales where you have first hand knowledge of the properties.

Good Luck!
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Sun Jul 15, 2012
Felix Hung answered:

As the homeowner who purchased a rent-to-own home noted - it's a needle in a haystack AND why would you limit your home buying options? Get yourself in a position to buy a normal home and PICK the home you really want - not the few that are available through rent-to-own options.

Usually these programs are done by investors who are looking to make some nice profits with contracts that usually favor themselves over you. Get a Real Estate Attorney to help IF you find a rent-to-own property you like to review any contracts before signing.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012
Felix Hung answered:

An equity sale is a sale in which the property value is more than the seller owes in mortgages and other liens. Others may also say it is when the seller does not have to bring any funds to close a home sale.

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Wed Jul 6, 2011
John Arendsen answered:
If the "Factory Built Home" was built before June 15, 1976 and it's in a lease land MH park/community you'll find it very difficult, bad credit or not, to obtain any reasonable form of financing. However, I would like to clear up a fundamental misconception once again.

If the Factory Built Home is not more than 20 years old, is on private land or a Manufactured Home Condo conversion and has an engineered certification, California Housing and Community Development (HCD) 433a documentation and an FHA compliant foundation system installed you can find very suitable and conventional financing including FHA/VA, Cal Vet, etc from many conventional lenders and banks including Wells Fargo, B of A and myriad lenders.

We're a licensed Manufactured Home contractor, Manufactured Home Dealer as well as a general contractor and a RE broker. We've worked with thousands of folks all over the U.S.A for over 25 years. If you need anymore accurate information about "Factory Built Housing" please feel free to contact us anytime at the website below. Good luck and happy home hunting.
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Wed May 18, 2011
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Thu May 6, 2010
Thom Colby answered:
Protacio -

I'll say it again - get the Broker involved. NOTHING can be paid to the seller. EVERYTHING must be included on the HUD-1 and EVERYTHING must be approved by the short sale lender(s). If you are paying for any of the seller's costs, it MUST be included on the HUD-1.

It sounds like you have multiple Addenda doing multiple things and unless someone clarifies all of these Addenda and "understandings" this transacton could be a mess!

Best of luck,

Thom Colby
Broker / REALTOR
Southern CA
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Sun Mar 14, 2010
Karen Parsons Fiddler answered:
Fri Sep 11, 2009
Jesse Sierra answered:
By the way Dave,
What is the status of your closing, if you don't mind me asking?

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