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Tue Nov 15, 2016
Dan asked:
I've lived in my rental for 23 years and need to move by Dec 1. I need a 2-3 bedroom, 2 bath at least 1500 sq ft. Would prefer a newer home of updated older. Can pay up to maximum of up…
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Wed Jan 20, 2016
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Mon Jul 27, 2015
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Tue Apr 14, 2015
djennifer009 answered:
Since you're in the buyer's position right now, it shouldn't be hard to see the dilemma. Even if the house is in perfect condition otherwise, you'd still need to disclose the fact that there was a mold removal done. If it's been a few years, then you shouldn't have a problem selling. But it is something that should be discussed. ... more
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Fri Mar 20, 2015
Diane Lowe answered:
Be very careful when you purchase one of their homes. Ask for the JKB Living Homeowners Manual. We were not given this material until we had signed the final paperwork and owned the home. We have now lived in the house approximately 10 months and having all sorts of problems. Some of that will be very costly over time and others are just bad construction. The most costly is the cabinetry but the list goes on to include the cabinet hinges that continuely come apart which eventually leaves you with doors that will not close, chaulking the in bathrooms that did not last seven months. The electrical outlets where only one out of the two plugs work, broken fence pickets that were suppose to be replaced, weather strippng that either tore or came off, gaps in the base board behind the toilets, jagged cuts in the seams of the counter tops. Some of which were our fault for not catching on the final walk through. I sent in the paperwork for the bigger problems and their customer service department did not even bother to respond to me. Which is what the procedure is suppose to be according to their paperwork.
Before we moved in we had to have the cabinet doors replaced because there was a fine line where the stain had not covered on the inside corners of the molding on the doors. They called that blowback. Within 2 days of receiving the new doors a door in our masterbath finish on the top of the door started peeling off. As the months went on I had three doors that cracked and the finished peeled off. When I looked at the warranty to see what to do it stats that "Doors, molding, and cabinets are subject to shrinkage, twisting, fading and brittleness as a results of weather changes,drying and exposure to sunlight. Such damage is not a result of the quality of the products, material or construction. I filed a request for repair in January after only living here 7 months and their response is that the chipping and peeling is due to water damage and therefore our problem and repairs are to be paid by us.

I would not buy another house from this company again because it is obvious that they do not stand behind their products.
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Sun Apr 6, 2014
Staycee asked:
Fri Sep 20, 2013
Michele Wilson answered:
The rates are being kept low by the Fed action. The bond market has not responded to the latest Fed release and rate continue to be near historic lows. However, once the Fed steps aside, rates will be determined by the market and will be much higher when this happens. ... more
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Wed May 22, 2013
Curly Sue answered:
Rick...why are you answering so many OLD questions? What is your goal?
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Wed May 22, 2013
Curly Sue answered:
Is English your second language? Surely there's an excuse for your grammar.
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Tue May 21, 2013
Rick McGrath answered:
Yes it is possible and in fact I encourage my clients to do so. Because short sales take so long, many times the buyer in first position gets tired of waiting or another non short sale comes available, that buyer leaves the transaction. If your name isn't in the hat, you will never be called. ... more
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Tue May 21, 2013
Rick McGrath answered:
At the time of this post absolutely the prices were going down. The good news if you are the homeowner in Riverbank, prices are now trending upward and will continue to due so moderately.
If you were a buyer, now is still a good time to take advantage of the housing market while interest rates are still very low.
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Tue May 21, 2013
Rick McGrath answered:
I agree. If a flyer box is used, it should be maintained. However, I question the effectiveness of a flyer box. For years I have used a 24/7 hot line phone number rider that sits on top of the sign arm.
The reasoning behind this is when a prospective person drives by and pull a flyer they drive off. Many times the flyer ends up on the floor board or gets laid to the side and the prospect never calls. So my question is, " who was it that pulled the flyer and 100 flyers later there is still no showings what happened?" The better method is to not use a flyer box by a hot line that actually is a call capture device. The prospect drives up and if they want info they have to call the hotline. It captures their phone number and you can follow up. This way you can explain the pricing and the reason they need to see the property.
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Tue May 21, 2013
Rick McGrath answered:
Because short sales to take long periods of time to get approved, many buyers and agents that are in first position tire and many times move on. I always suggest trying to get into a back up position and get it accepted as a first back up. You can still look for other property and if you find one that your offer gets accepted, your agent can always submit a withdrawal to the listing agent. ... more
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Tue May 21, 2013
Rick McGrath answered:
There may be several things you can do to turn your credit situation around. I have a couple of resources on my website at With a little effort and a few months under your belt, most credit situations can be turned around and a higher score reached. FHA is lenient on medical situations. You can also call the medical places and make arrangements that are affordable and that will help also. ... more
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Dallas Texas answered:
You need confer with your attorney, and also a mortgage broker if you can qualify

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there,

The seller of the homes might have some good suggestions.

They can be reached at:

(209) 869-6840
(209) 869-4940 (Fax)

Hope this helps!

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Tue Feb 1, 2011
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Tue Jul 20, 2010
Daniel Del Real answered:
Yes you can they run about $100 per sq ft. Just stay on top of the market. I agree inventory might rise just keep your eye on the interest rate. Last I checked the rate was at 4.875% for a 30 year mortgage... Remember if the rates start creeping up it doesn't matter if you get the property 10% less you might end up paying more for the house monthly and in the long term. If the rate changes 1% its comparable to 10% in price.

As per MDA DataQuick the median price in the Valley dropped. This could be due to the drop in buyer activity affected directly by the tax credit. Also with a ton of workout programs failing and strategic defaults increasing I do see prices heading back down a bit. This market will be around for sometime and we will bounce along the bottom for a few years before we see a recovery. Just stay educated and know what you want. If you see it and it makes financial sense for you go for it.

Good Luck.

Daniel Del Real, CRS
Del Real Group
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Wed Jul 14, 2010
Rocky G.H. Hawrysz answered:
Hi Cathlyn,

The best thing to do is to spend time in the area. If you’re out having lunch, park next to the home. Also, you could knock on a few doors and ask the neighbors how they feel about the noise and smell. However, there is nothing like finding out for your self. Just like opinions, everybody has their own unique level of acceptance for odors and noise. As a Realtor, I point out these issues all the time, but it never ceases to surprise me how often folks don't mind highway noise, when I personally can't stand it. I guess it’s just a difference of opinion or my hearing is significantly better.

Let us know if you have any other questions and best regards,

Rocky G.H. Hawrysz
Prudential California Realty
(209) 444-6610
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