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Home Buying in Santa Clara County : Real Estate Advice

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A few hours ago
Mpoe62 answered:
Final walk through. I am handicapped the want to come by on 4/27 I cannot do this because I cannot physically get to door so I asked yet come on 4/30 when someone will be here and then on 5/1 hand over keys. I tried sending pictures but they won't except. The want to make sure we replaced the outlets. Can I legally do this ? It's just a difference of three days
Thank you
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Yesterday at 4:02pm
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Ben, I do not see the function you are speaking of on Trulia but agent mls have that feature so once you know your qualifications you can have it set up.

How much are you currently paying in rent and what is the maximum payment you are looking to achieve? You should also get pre-approved to be able to know your purchase power and how much you qualify to purchase.

If you figure out what cities or zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

The purchase in 95112 zip code start from 450k for 1bd 1ba condo and up so what home prices are you looking at?

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Yesterday at 6:48am
Sam Shueh answered:
Talk to your CPA. There is a limit what your gift will be(~20K) also it needs to be there for 3 months before it counts under his name. Of course you can buy it and deed it to him as gift talk to your CPA on limit.
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Wed Apr 26, 2017
Kyongho24 asked:
I am looking into a property next to a small creek. It's in 100-year flood zone (code AE) and it's also in the area of dam failure inundation. Is this typical to buy a home in such an area?…
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Mon Apr 24, 2017
Darbeyfane answered:
I signed a contract to sell my home. The agent did nothing I asked. Signed a termination contract. Is it ethical to put conditions on the termination?
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Sat Apr 22, 2017
Jeremy.collake answered:
Same in this case, exactly matching my post-negotiated buy price. Seems odd? Maybe they simply don't have a good gauge of what it may be worth, so agree it is wroth at least the sale price. ... more
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Tue Apr 18, 2017
LucyDiamonds answered:
I have the same exact situation! Right now we're considering renting out our Bucks County home and renting in SF until we know we like the neighborhood / area for a long-time investment. ... more
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Tue Apr 18, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,
I would be happy to research some local data in a very Specific area you are interested in, so you have actual data to look at between single family and duplex properties. Please feel free to email me.

Kind regards,

Arpad
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Tue Apr 18, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,
I see many Homeguard reports come across my desk regularly.

Kind regards,
Arpad
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Wed Apr 12, 2017
Luzia.fine asked:
I am under a housing contract with a financial contingency. But I soon realized that it is not a good deal. Currently, I have a new job offer, which I can start at any time. Can I change…
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Sat Apr 8, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
This is what keeps a quality neighborhood desirable. If buyers with lower incomes wanted to buy in this neighborhood, the value of neighboring homes would be reduced and residents would have paid more for their homes than it's worth. If you want to live in this area, buy a condo which is cheaper. Residents in the New York City area do this everyday. ... more
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Thu Apr 6, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,

Older complexes can need more repairs more regularly in some cases. It would be important to review the HOA docs and budget.

Kind regards,

Arpad
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Wed Apr 5, 2017
UpNest answered:
A realtor should be able to help you figure out a reasonable offer. If you don't have a realtor, www.UpNest.com can help you locate the right realtor in the Cupertino area. The right agent can help you save thousands when buying a new home and the best deals. You can consult with realtors in Cupertino for free via www.UpNest.com. ... more
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Wed Apr 5, 2017
UpNest answered:
There are agents out there who will accept a flat fee commission. I would consult with agents in the Santa Clara area. Have you tried the platform www.UpNest.com? You can compare realtor services until you find one who will commit to your flat fee offer. Hope this helps! ... more
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Wed Apr 5, 2017
Chrisupton2010 answered:
Home Appraisal, arranged for the bank loan, was a quick 20 minutes.
I provided a list of all the upgrades we've done and the year of improvement, which helped.
Appraiser took pictures of the outside, then of each area of the house, inside. He knew we installed new windows, but didn't look at them. They tilt in to easily clean. He doesn't know that though. We made our high-end cedar shed, which values at $10,000. He doesn't know that.
Our garage has new wiring, but, he said, he didn't need to look in the garage. I thought that was a bit strange. There are some really nice 'mancaves' out there. We don't have one. So, this is for the bank. We paid for the appraisal, but, probably won't be able to see it. My only tips: clean and de clutter; log all upgrades; and point out the great things about your home.
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Mon Apr 3, 2017
Jesu49 answered:
Get a Realtor and discuss your options for loans. Speak to a loan officer to get pre-approved for your loan so you know your price-range for your home. Have a good credit score. Have extra money for escrow, taxes and insurance as well as one or two mortgage paymets. One will go into your excrow. You will need money to pay for inspections and appraisals, so budget around $800 to $1K more for that. Also, you will need to put earnest money down ususally $500 to $1K. Best of luck to you. ... more
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Sat Apr 1, 2017
Ngraham47 answered:
I have been in PLENTY of multiple offer situations as a buyers agent. YES it happens everyday and we hate it! Nothing worse than having to call your buyer and tell them someone else got the home they wanted.

I'll sum it up short for you: If inventory is low, don't expect to make a $20k offer below asking price and "think" you have a chance at getting a good deal, because someone else is probably making a offer too.

Low inventory = a sellers market.
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Fri Mar 31, 2017
Derek Jones answered:
Did the house sell or did the seller's take it off the market? If you feel the agent acted unethically you can file a complaint through the Bureau of real estate.
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