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Thu Apr 20, 2017
Meena Gujral answered:
If you are selling For Sale By Owner, you don't have to pay a commission. However, none of the agents will be willing to write an offer for their buyer if they do not get a commission. The buyer can also pay their agent commission if they really want your house and you are not willing to pay the commission.
The expected amount of commission is usually 2.5-3% for one side (buyer representation). But there may be agents willing to do both sides for that amount.

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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you work with a local realtor to assist you.
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Wed Dec 28, 2016
Joejoemug answered:
What if you realize the realtor that initially showed you the house turns out not to be that good of a realtor. A signal to me that a realtor is questionable is when they try an push you into making an offer by claiming "oh, the realtor for the other party said there is someone circling the property your interested in, so you may want to put in an offer". Realtors aren't all ethical, or honest. ... more
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Fri Dec 9, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
I agree with Richard completely. I have yet to see a house that was cheap enough or special enough to justify the risk and aggravation involved with buying a foreclosure or short sale. There are plenty of dumpy homes that you can buy directly from the seller, not the bank. I suggest you buy one of those instead.

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Wed Mar 16, 2016
Barbara Miller asked:
I have verified this with Alameda county this month, Please correct this.
553 gerard court pleasanton 94566 1952 square feet
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Mon Mar 14, 2016
Alexander Greer answered:
Depends on the type of litigation.

I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or question email me here:

Alex Greer
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Fri Feb 19, 2016
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
Yes the realtor was correct about needed a pre approval to write an offer but if you have one and they won't write the offer . why not? Because you didn't use their lender? Then get another realtor to work with. Tell that agent why you are working with another agent to write your offer before they find out in the middle of the escrow and cause problems for you. The agent should have communicated more with you on why your prequal will not work so your not asking here. We need more information from you. ... more
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Sat May 23, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
Honestly? Trulia is a very tough site for adding, editing and deleting information. I have been using facebook, craigslist, backpage and other sites, as well as my listing to advertise open houses. ... more
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Thu May 14, 2015
Kim Carnagey answered:
Trulia does not allow homeowners to list their own homes on there site.
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Fri Apr 17, 2015
Antonio Prado answered:
Hello dvdvarenne,

I hope all is well.

My best advice is to get a Real Estate attorney to help you with the process should you decide to sell on your own to avoid unnecessary headaches that may come during or after the sale.

Also if you are selling in 94566 most homes are going with multiple offers and well above asking. Definitely worth putting on the market with a Realtor, just negotiate the commission.

Best of Luck, if you need anything let me know.
Antonio Prado
Better Homes and Garden Real Estate - San Mateo
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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Matt, yes they are trying to clarify something so when you have blacked out things or left out a page that raises a red flag to underwriters too. Hope it all worked out or let me know.

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

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Wed Jan 21, 2015
Ali Qureshi answered:
There are many fixer uppers hitting the market but thank God very few foreclosures and bank owned coming in.
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Tue Nov 25, 2014
Bryan Horn answered:
Based on the 150k answer below and assuming u owe about 200k. I could offer u a 350k loan to do your addition.
Rates are in the mid 4's

Call or email me for any questions

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Tue Nov 25, 2014
Ali Qureshi answered:
Rent to own is not a common option available these days, especially in a sellers market. There are certain risk involved for a buyer.
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Tue Nov 25, 2014
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Thu Nov 13, 2014
Ali Qureshi answered:
You need to check the county records to determine the exact zoning and what kind of construction you can do. For example, if a land is 1 acre and if it is zoned agriculture then city may not allow you do subdivide the parcel but perhaps authorize for 1 house. So city is the first step. If city is ok then call an architect to draw drawings. Once drawings have been finalized by you and your contractor then go to city and apply for permits. ... more
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Sun Nov 3, 2013
Ali Qureshi answered:
Hi Mary,

I have worked with many home owners and Investors who have added square footage and/or done improvements. I am working with one investor who is building a house in Pleasanton. Depending on the contractor and the city, price can rage anywhere starting from $100 SqFt. My client uses a contractor and depending on the project he charges around $150/ SqFt. ... more
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Sun Aug 4, 2013
John Juarez answered:

Keep in mind that you are talking about two different events. They are linked but they are separate.

One is the reporting of the forgiveness of debt done to the IRS by your lender.

The second event is the possible liability for the payment of income tax on the forgiven debt. You may or may not be liable for payment of any taxes on this forgiven debt. Your bankruptcy attorney or qualified tax professional is the person to whom you should direct your questions.
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Wed May 29, 2013
Doug Buenz & The 680 Group answered:
In my opinion there is no benefit to the buyer by using the seller's agent. It is unwise to make long term decisions based on a few thousand dollars, especially when making decisions involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Just my opinion...

Doug Buenz
The 680 Group at Alain Pinel Realtors
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Fri Feb 22, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
I always have clients looking for a good sized home with either a section of the home that’s been converted to a separate “mother-in-law” unit or a standalone unit out back. I actually have a couple right now. Problem is, most neighborhoods are zoned for single occupancy and local building officials will not allow any additional living units of any kind. It’s why we see so many “non-permitted” variants as families get “creative” to try to accommodate specific needs. Many of these run into issues with neighbors, city officials or have liability issues when selling because of the non-permitted “additions.”

You asked a couple of questions:

Q1: How would this affect the resale value?
A: In most cases, if properly done, it will increase value. In reality, homes that have an extra legal unit are classified as duplexes and will therefore have value based on total square footage AND income potential. These types of homes are very popular and, if done right, typically sell very quickly.

Q2: and property taxes?
A: This will increase the property taxes. When you add permitted square footage, the property is re-assessed by the County based on the existing tax base for that specific home.
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