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Home Selling in San Ramon : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jan 6, 2018
Kathy Lakritz answered:
Sold prices of homes is public information. Realtors don't need your permission because county tax assessors across the U.S. give this information to interested parties everyday. Real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, etc. pay 3rd party vendors to copy public information from county tax assessors across the U.S. Typically public information includes address, lot size, square footage, age of home, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, previous sold dates and amounts, property taxes paid, type of home (single family, condo, multi family), etc.

Public information does NOT include - layout, condition of the home, neighborhood and school district information, whether the home has been upgraded / renovated or not, etc.

Buyers can easily see the public information online for numerous websites. If you don't want your home appearing online, you need to notify your county tax assessor and request that your address be removed from the public database.
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Thu Jan 7, 2016
The Massarweh Team answered:
I am an attorney and a Realtor. Those who work with me as their Realtor get true accountability and the highest degree of Fiduciary responsibility to you the client.

For more details please call me.
Cell: 925.788.9866
Office: 925.937.9866

TCP Realty
William Massarweh, Esq.
3100 Oak Rd, Suite 250
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Trulia is not going to change this for you.

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

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079
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Sat Apr 11, 2015
Anna M Brocco answered:
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Wed Mar 11, 2015
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
This is an older one but I feel my general answer may help anyone reading this.

The deposit is only at risk after the buyer signs the contingency removal to move forward with the purchase. In California we have 17 days to do the inspections and remove contingencies. If day 17 comes and the Seller have given the Buyers their disclosures, ect on time. The buyer needs to sign the contingencies removal form to move forward. the request for repairs was denied, so the buyer signs or cancels. If they have not signed or won't sign the buyer would be given a notice to perform and they have 3 days to perform per the contract or the Sellers has the right to cancel the sale and put their property back on the market. The deposit goes back to the buyer because they never removed their contingencies. If they haven't ordered the appraisal then most likely the buyer never intended to move forward and they are just wasting time or hoping you will give in and agree to the request for repairs so the deal keep going.

Not getting their own home inspection does not mean they agreed to the properties current condition at all. The only draw back to not paying for your own home inspection is that if the original home inspector makes a major mistake on the inspection the current buyer does not have a contract with the home inspection if things needed to go to court. The buyer would assume all risk.
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Tue Feb 25, 2014
Kevin and Julie McLaughlin answered:
Everything is negotiable, but close scrutiny is required on all offers... You don't want to kill a good deal over a few dollars - right?
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Wed May 1, 2013
Josh Barnett answered:
No but they may be able to cancel the contract and lose their earnest money. Have the buyer consult with their Realtor on this question.
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Wed Feb 27, 2013
Rama Mehra answered:
Windemere was an unstable market when the builders were here and its definitely not going to be like that. The demographics that have moved into the area,and will move into the area are people who are focused on schools. They are making sacrifices in their life by commuting long distances, just to give good schooling to their kids ! I don't see too much movement or inventory coming up in the near future and prices will stay on an upward trajectory. Might see some flattening towards 2014, but if the inventory continues to be depressed, the flattening may not even happen. Since 2010, we have increased almost 27% in value in Windemere.
I sell 90% of my sold homes in Windemere and know this area extremely well. If you need more info, I can be reached at 925-698-1815.
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 answered:
790k - 820k? Is that for a short sale or regular sale?
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Fri Mar 2, 2012
Neil Case answered:
I think the key to the answer to your question is how can the improvements be done in a cost effective way as well. Humans rely in vision much more than any of our 5 senses. So the most common and obvious answers are typically related to making the home most visually appealing. There are many good suggestions already listed here. However, by far the one of our 5 senses that is seated the most deeply in our brains and can have the most positive or negative effect on a showing is the sense of smell! Smell developed in humans when our brains were the size of walnuts. We often times are not even aware of it. I've shown homes that were gorgeous visually and didn't necessarily smell bad but we would all leave with a negative emotional response. It's soooo subtle. So I believe an absolutely necessary step is to have a super deep cleaning all the way down to the roots. Don't use harsh smelling cleaners and for god's sake don't use any air fresheners or essences such as incenses or things that smell like food such as cinnamon, apple pie etc. Just simple fresh deep cleaning. It's cheap and makes an enormous impact to the subconscious of potential buyers. ... more
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Fri Sep 16, 2011
Rachel Knight answered:
Hi Brad,
I recommend that you contact Lisa Doyle at J. Rockcliff Realtors. Lisa has almost 25 years of experience as a top producer in real estate, and is an expert at distressed sale transactions. You can reach her at (925) 855-4046 or at

Good luck!

Rachel Knight
Realtor® & 2011 C.A.R. Director
(925) 323-6311 Direct
California DRE License #01243344
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Tue Feb 16, 2010
Gary Geer answered:
Talk to your lender. If your lender has not approved the short sale they have the ability to not approve the short sale. You would need to bring your account up to date and possibly pay all expenses they have incured in order for your lender to even cosider reinstatement of your loan.. Other than that you should get legal advice prior to trying to cancel any contract on your home. ... more
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Tue Feb 10, 2009
Steve Reilly answered:

Thanks for the compliment. We still have have about 10 months to go for 2009, so I think by june you'll see the numbers I predicted and now I think it will end up being slightly lower by the end of the year, maybe down to $235/sqft. ... more
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Tue Dec 16, 2008
Jerry Flynn answered:

This was a Bank Owned Property. It was listed for $429,900 and sold for $408,000, and closed on 10/09/2008.

Was you looking for something in that price range. I would be happy to set you up with an email notification, so you will be kept up to date, when properties in that price range come on the market. These would be active properties from the M.L.S., so you will know what is happening in the San Ramon area.

Let me know. My contact info is:

Jerry Flynn
Old West Realty inc.
Danville, Ca. 94506
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Wed Aug 13, 2008
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi Jenny, Trulia is a voluntary agent listing site, it is not an Association of Realtors (AOR) board sanctioned MLS, its private. Different AORs use different MLS technology providers. For example, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz AORs use MLS Listings. The Bay East AOR uses Paragon. If I, as a Bay East member want to list my property in other counties I can pay a fee and have it listed in another AOR system. This is likely why you only see 13 houses coming up under MLS Listing for San Ramon.

As far as obtaining the most up-to-date information you should be using because it pulls its data directly from AOR databases. Once a property goes Pending or Sold it does not show on; however, other sites not directly tied into the AOR databases will show properties as Active when they are sold. Like most Realtors who belong to the Bay East AOR, my website below allows you to search locally for San Ramon properties directly from the Bay East MLS database.

Best Regards,

Steven A. Ornellas, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, CMPS, RE Masters, MBA
REALTOR® / Mortgage Banker-Broker / Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

Steven Anthony Real Estate & Financial Services
Expect Excellence. Get What You Expect.â„¢
Cell: 510.461.6011
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Thu Jul 10, 2008
Lookyloo answered:
If you're not going to use it and it's going to cost you money to clean/resurface/maintain it, don't. I think building a deck over it is a great idea if you can make the decking look like it's supposed to be there KWIM? Personally, with the summers being so hot there, as a home buyer, I would like having the option of tearing out the deck and rehabbing the pool. My two cents. If you fill it, you take that option away... ... more
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Mon Jun 30, 2008
Joanne Liotta answered:
I just ran a search on the MLS for lease properties that are either active of sold (already leased). One is currently for lease at $3700, it is 3548sf. There are 5 properties that have leased since 3/1/08, 4 at approx. $1.04 a square foot and 1 at $1.20 a square foot. If you want realtor assistance in getting your property listed for lease on the MLS please contact me , Joanne Liotta, at 925-785-1586. ... more
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Mon Jun 16, 2008
Margaret answered:
Hi Remy,

Everything is negotiable! As you know, negotiating is a way of life in some cultures. Negotiation is a skill that takes many years of practice. Besides negotiation for real estate transactions, I negotiate all aspects in my life. Negotiation has become 2nd nature to me and I find it very challenging and rewarding especially when it is a win-win situation for both parties. Although there are many other factors that are important in real estate, negotiation is definitely one of them. I would love to share with you all the different areas that would be just as important which will affect having a successful selling experience. Please contact me directly for more detail of my negotiation skills and real estate transactions. Also, you will find that I take ownership in every transaction which is such an important factor since it correlates with negotiation. Since I am also a property owner in San Ramon, I definitely have much interest in getting top dollars for your property since it affects my property as well. I look forwarding in hearing from you and hopefully have the opportunity to partner with you in one of the most important transaction of you life.

Margaret Fong
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Sat Apr 19, 2008
Vivek answered:
Top rated is a very relative concept when it comes to schools, but if the seller already has an offer by now, I'll pass
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Wed Apr 9, 2008
Leslie Of Trulia answered:
Hi Joanne,

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Best Wishes,

Leslie Taylor
Trulia Voices Moderator
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