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Home Buying in San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Nov 18, 2017
Steve Donnelly answered:
As a listing agent, I would never tell a lie and say that there were multiple offers when there are not. I believe that there are some unethical Realtors out there that will do that, but not many. Also, if I have multiple offers, I am more than happy to (with the sellers consent) not only show those offers, but disclose what the highest offer is to all the other buyers agents. My fiduciary is to my seller, and to get them the highest price that I can for their home. My fiduciary is not to the other Buyer Agents. So there is absolutely nothing unethical about disclosing the highest bid. It may piss off the agent and the buyer who made the highest bid. But I represent the seller not them. ... more
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Sat Nov 11, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you read your contract again AND consult your realtor, that's what you hire her/him for. Do you have anything in writing signed by the seller that he will need to evict tenant before closing? ... more
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Fri Oct 27, 2017
Sam Shueh answered:
Go to Mountain View City or San Jose, CA planning and permit department for their requirements.

Your question is for Santa Clara County Assessor Office. Can tell you if you do not increase the living area sf, the county is unlikely to care. ... more
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Fri Oct 27, 2017
Leashathequeen5 answered:
My mom is trying to buy a home , we already gave them $20000 and $500 for the lawyer for signed contract now their asking for $1700 in taxes that we do not have?? How can she find help??? ... more
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Mon Oct 23, 2017
Sam Shueh answered:
Mon Oct 23, 2017
Sam Shueh answered:
You can do that when title company wants to know how you two want to hold the title.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017
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Thu Oct 19, 2017
Khushbu Kaushik asked:
Tue Oct 17, 2017
Raytalai asked:
we bout our home over a year a go , but sitll we see them on your site
please remove them
we thank you
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Tue Oct 17, 2017
Charlotte S. Longo answered:
I entered a site months ago in order to try and find a home, with no luck. I asked to be removed from the site and the call list. Unfortunately, I have now been dealing with multiple calls each days from unknown numbers, through other area codes for "rent to own". I have been dealing with this now for months, with at least 40 calls each day from all these different area codes. Sadly, I believe they sold my phone number and now I am being bothered each and every single day with unwanted calls ALL day! As the saying goes "buyer beware" because you too may end up with the same situation I am in. I cannot even answer calls anymore from people I know, because I am receiving so many unwanted calls from solicitors all day long AND I even have my number listed in the "DO NOT CALL" registry, but that does not do any good. ... more
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Mon Oct 16, 2017
Mary answered:

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Wed Oct 11, 2017
Hyeyye.uwew answered: is nothing short of a FRAUD!!!

I bought one property from their auction site after watching a number of their auctions sales go unsold. lists the properties for sale with a broker at an artificial selling price, then lists it for auction at a fraction of the asking price and then automatically increases the auction bidding price in in order to entice unsuspecting buyers to place a non-refundable bid!! Great gimmick.

It has been almost 3 months since I "won" my bid against and they are so screwed up that they have no clue to what they are doing.

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Wed Oct 11, 2017
Harry Lieberman answered:
No No NO...Calif. used to have these phony laws and boy did the attornies make some cash out of that one. File the right forms, in the correct sequence, and they are gone in 30 days no matter what! You call the laws they come out, you show the proof of service, and they walk them to the curb, done it many times now. You can get help with an attorney on the net that will walk you through your county, and get it done right. If not you now become the victim and the courts are tired of squatters and rights and theft of good honorable people. The last one was living with me, the renter called the PD and said I only have about 10 days left and I am not leaving. So he served you a 30-day notice and you are not leaving? That's right, and he has no good reason. Listen to me very closely, we cant get into debate of rent or possessions, but we can act on legal notices if you are not out on that date, we will walk you to the curb, and this is his property he does not need a reason to rent to you or not to rent to you....Yes for the good guys.... ... more
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Mon Oct 9, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a former realtor, allow me to educate you a bit. Unfortunately NO realtor anywhere in the U.S. will ever show a buyer what the competing offers are - even if the personal information was crossed out. That is the #1 rule as a realtor. HOWEVER, there are things you need to know (secrets that realtors will never tell you):

PAYCHECKS (commission checks) - You need to know that realtors are independent contractors (self employed) meaning realtors can never expect weekly or monthly paychecks the same way that employees receive paychecks. Therefore, realtors will do whatever it takes to make sure their listing is sold and not remain on the market forever. I will guarantee you that listing agent has bills to pay and needs that commission check asap. If that listing realtor lied about the multiple offers, it means he / she has to tell their seller client to accept your offer because there are no other offers and if the seller does not accept it, the asking price needs to be reduced. It also means that listing agent cannot look forward to a commission check until a contract is signed. Meaning, their bills will not get paid. With no paycheck in sight, realtors don't have a motive to lie about multiple offers.

In hot sellers markets (San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Seattle, Denver, Dallas?), housing prices have been increasing since the recession ended because employment remains low, there are more buyers competing for the same homes and these cities are attractive for other reasons (clean, recreation, culture, diversity, high incomes, etc.). This all points to housing prices going up and buyers are being forced to pay more and facing multiple offers. Don't think it's just San Francisco / Silicon Valley. The other cities I mentioned are facing the same situation you are.

By the way, there are plenty of cities in the U.S. that don't have multiple offers and housing is stagnant.
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Sat Oct 7, 2017
sarmj26 answered:
We are planning to move from Massachusetts to California in the very new future.
First , besides property tax and insurance ,are there other taxes , we would have to consider when purchasing a property ? If so, what would they be and their rates ?
How is the property tax calculated ?
Secondly, besides sales ,state and federal taxes are there other taxes we would have to consider before we make the move?
Thank you for your response/s.
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Sun Oct 1, 2017
19ddenni57 answered:
ive found as high as 1700 a month on top of that to qualify for said space your monthly income must meet or greater than 3x the space rent 1700x3=5100 or greater just get in.
I`m retired fix SS, income .. so a person making that kind of money would moved into a mobile home park ... more
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Sat Sep 30, 2017
Lifemkhatshwa2 answered:
What is a corner lot, can I get details in urban and regional planning pperspective
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Sat Sep 16, 2017
Segovialamb2013 answered:
I also just had a horrific experience I am having dry heaves about. We rent out the top two floors of a brownstone to tenants. I have taken over administration of the house and tenant matters since my mother (who lives downstairs) became terminally ill. I continued to use the broker she had used out of loyalty. Although a couple of small red flags came up (the tenants at the time I took over were shares and there was evidence that people not on the lease were living there the broker just shrugged his shoulders), I figured he was just busy or trying to assure me there was nothing to worry about. Then, after the shares abruptly left (breaking a renewal lease only one month in), I had the broker list the place. He found for me what seemed like a nice family of four who I met and liked. The father of the family was an architect. After signing the lease, he emailed me a request for certain improvements, alleging that one condition was a code violation. These requests are routine, part of the usual haggling between landlord and tenant, and seeing that the guy was an architect, I figured I'd better take them seriously. I had a contractor I'd used take a look at the condition in question and he felt quite strongly that there was no violation and I was ok. I reported this back to the broker, specifically adding that I could make other accommodations to make the tenant feel more comfortable. Then the broker started escalating, literally yelling at me about how my guy was wrong. He then had a "friend" (who I never met) literally sneak into my house at a time I wasn't there without prior notice who then called me and told me it was a violation that had to be fixed. How could I consider that opinion reliable? I then said to the broker if he could have someone there in my presence and say to my face that the issue wasn't code-compliant, I would take care of it, despite my first contractor's opinion. He scheduled the appointment, but then that night went back on it in an obscenity-laden abusive phone call the likes of which I have never received in my life. So with him out of the picture, I then elected to do my own homework. After contacting more people (and seeing that the family about to move in had young children), I figured that it would be best if I agree to have the work done. I emailed the tenant this directly. I got a rather unpleasant response back from him in which he had decided I would be an "unfit" and "combative" landlord, he wanted to break the lease, and I should refund him. Now I'm back to square one, and my own broker poisoned a prospective tenant family out of my house based on lies and pure personal rhetoric. ... more
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Wed Sep 13, 2017
Jr_deberry answered:
As long as you're going to undercut, why not go directly to the seller and cut both Realtors out completely? It's really a matter of the value you place on their service. But, it's amazing that you want to keep a portion of the fee they will charge the seller to inventory and sell their home - not charged to you. Just remember that the vast national databases and services they both contribute their listing information to and simultaneously pay big bucks to subscribe to, maintain, and advertise on, like Zillo, Trulia, etc... are what make searching for that wonderful home at your fingertips on the internet possible. All the data and beautiful pictures, virtual tours, comparable sales and related information is all created and maintained by Realtors. Think about all of that while you are considering cutting into their professional service fees.

Actually, I think it's such a great idea, you should probably negotiate the same professional fee splitting deal with the next heart surgeon about to perform your bypass.

Good Luck
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