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South San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jun 4, 2015
Johnny Colino answered:
Ditto everyone else's replies. Sounds like the typical scam. Confirm ownership through county records (link below). ... more
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Sat Mar 28, 2015
oumhurayra answered:
Hi! Unfortunately you can already forgot any 4bdr at this price, maybe you can find a 3bdr around $2500 but that's very rare in the area you're looking for... :(
Good luck..
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Mon Dec 1, 2014
Winston Wang answered:
A 3 bedroom has been hovering around $3000-$3300 / month as of fall of 2014.
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Wed Jul 2, 2014
Terri Vellios answered:
That one is no longer on the market, and when it was listed the space rent was $990.00. There are 4 active in that complex with space rents from $993 up to $1025 for the one with a garage. ... more
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Wed May 7, 2014
Richard Macias asked:
This question was asked from
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Thu Feb 20, 2014
Kenn Ellner answered:
No, it doesn't. This is a 55 and older mobile home park. The land is leased from the park. You must qualify for the lease.
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Tue Dec 17, 2013
Mitchell Pearce answered:
Greg and Renee:

Please give me a call if you are interested in the Paolo Alto area. I have a landlord who wants a rent to own tenant.

Mitchell Pearce
408-639-0211 ... more
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Sun Dec 8, 2013
Lawrence Gillen answered:
Hi Mcandalla,

I have done lot of transactions in mobile home parks - representing both buyers and sellers. Here is my take on your question, assuming you are a potential buyer...

Your costs will be primarily dictated by your offer. Please work with an agent to help you with your strategy. Several items may be paid by either the buyer or the seller - depending on your approach. Also, a home of that age might either be on registration or on the local property tax roll. Originally, that home was on registration, and my research so far leads me to believe it still is unless it was just recently changed.

When a home on registration is sold, the buyer has a one-time option to place that home on the local property tax roll. Once this has been done, it cannot revert back to registration.

If a home is on registration, the buyer will pay a sales tax (not based on sales price) when you buy it. Registration is fairly cheap - usually somewhere between $60 and $120 per year, depending on the home.

If it is on the property tax roll - your annual property tax amount usually is between $350 and $600 for a home of that age, and you will NOT pay sales tax (per the listing, that home was built in 1978).

If you are considering living in the home for several years, it is most cost effective to remain on registration status.

Now, typical costs include (but are not limited to): registration fees, sales tax, property tax, lender fees, homeowners insurance, escrow fees, recording with HCD, title search, Inspections, repairs, home warranty, first month rent for the park, and security deposit for the park.

Which of these fees/costs apply depends on your specific situation, your offer, and the home to be purchased.

Please consult your agent to get more specific with numbers. If you do not have an agent, there are plenty on this site that you can work with (including me). I would recommend using an agent that has experience with sales in mobile home parks as this is a different animal from conventional home transactions.

If you wish, you may contact me directly via my info below:

Lawrence Gillen
Realtor/Manufactured Home Specialist
(408) 472-5582 Cell
Advantage Homes
BRE# 01193237
HCD# SP1177640
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Sat Aug 31, 2013
Dileep Surapaneni answered:
Hi Berardo,

I am renting my place that fits what you are looking for. Give me a call at 408-478-0921 or email me at
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Wed Aug 28, 2013
Juliana Lee MBA LLB answered:
MLS 81328936 - 2692 Hutchings Dr , San Jose
listed 8/8/2013, sale 8/16/2013
Information from the agent's version of , the local multiple listing service

Perhaps the link is taking Connie to a different property? San Jose is pretty far from Lake Almanor in Plumas County.

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650.857.1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
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Sun Jul 14, 2013
Julie Priest Keil answered:
Are you refering to an available property in Cherry Plaza? Some HOA's have a weight restriction for pets. Please give me a call or the listing agent for that property and we can provide you with an accurate answer.
Julie Priest Keil
Ventura Barnett Properties
Better Homes & Gardens Realty
Almaden/Campbell/Los Gatos
1408 529 1482 cell
BRE 01917489
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Thu Jun 20, 2013
chris mosher answered:
This is a fairly new complex with all the modern features we would expect. That includes air conditioning and inside laundry. I have toured these homes before and they are quite nice. The HOA policy restricts pets to a maximum of 2 and no fighting breeds. ... more
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hi Ice:

You can find the crime reports for most cities in California by looking at The police affiliate themselves with this site, and will post crimes on the site. However, there is NO substitute to simply asking the neighbors in the area about their experiences with crime. While there will always be crime even in the best neighborhoods, the frequency and the level of safety in the area is best described by the residents of the area.

If you get a chance, take a few minutes to talk with the neighbors around the home, and find out about the neighborhood, the crime rate, schools, and what it's like to live there. That will be the best way to get information about the home and the surrounding areas.

Good luck,
Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates & Homes
1.5% Listing, Up to 50% Commission Rebate to Buyers
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Wed Nov 14, 2012
carolyn_cst asked:
This question was asked from this property:
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Sat Oct 6, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
VA loans are great - if you can actually get a seller to work with you in the current market.

Here is a link to another question that has helpful information:

Also, here is a post that may help:

Veterans and VA Loans: Losing The War … At Home

As for this specific property? Have your Realtor contact the seller to see if it will work.
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Sat Oct 6, 2012
charles butterfield answered:
Thank you for your question Renee:

The house in the link that is advertised for $980 is far below the Fair Market Value of the rent for that property in that location. The Fair Market Value of the rent for a property of that type in that location is approximately $2,500 per month.

The people who posted that advertisement are not the owners of the property, and they are not licensed by The State of California Department of Real Estate.

I suspect that the listing in your link is part of a rental scam where people who do not own the property and are not licensed by The State of California Department of Real Estate, post fake rental advertisements of properties at ridiculously low rents.

The fake landlords ask you for your security deposit and prepaid rent and then disappear with your money. A number of these people have been prosecuted and sent to jail, however there still seem to be some of them out there.

This is a particularly cruel scam because people who are desperate to find a place to rent have now had their prepaid rent and security deposit stolen from them, and now they have no place to live and no money for the Security Deposit or prepaid rent.

I recommend that your best protection is to make certain that anyone offering you a place to rent, or real estate for sale, at the very least, has a current, valid Real Estate License with the State of California Department of Real Estate.

For more information you may call me at my cell phone: (408)509-6218 or send me an email at my email address:

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
Email Address:
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Wed Aug 8, 2012
Lamson Dang Broker/Listing answered:
Please visit my website and leave your request information. I will let you know ASAP when there is one available.
Best wishes,

Lamson Dang
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Yvonne Han answered:
Hi Chaongai2787,

Ok we'll wait for you here in San Jose.
Are you looking for a 3 or 4 bedroom home or..............?
Please let me know.

Thank you and see you soon!
Yvonne Han ... more
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Sat Apr 21, 2012
First steps:

1. Meet with a Local Mortgage Banker to get prequalified for mortgage financing. The Mortgage Banker will review all facets of your loan request to answer your questions with regards to the types of loans and maximum loan amounts you could qualify for.

2. Get a referral to a good, local, real estate attorney. Call the attorney, retain the attorney so you have her information handy when you make an offer. Having that information at time of offer helps you demonstrate to the Seller how serious you are, and they will consider your offer with more interest.

3. Line up a Home Inspector. A good home inspector will scare the heck out of you: that's what you pay him for! But you'll concentrate on the fundamentals of the property: roof free of leaks, plumbing, heating and electrical up to code and in good working order. Again, when you make an offer and you have your Home Inspector ready to go, your offer will be considered with much more interest by a Seller because you truly have your "ducks in a row" and your preparation demonstrates your serious attitude about conducting the purchase transaction in a timely manner.

4. Find an experienced Local Realtor who works in your desired shopping area. A serious pro Realtor will refuse to show you homes until you are Prequalified for mortgage financing. Don't take offense! That Realtor doesn't want you to be disappointed and wants you to have a smooth experience as you shop for your new home.

Put together your Team of real estate professionals and shop 'til you drop!

Good luck!
Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140.
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Wed Apr 18, 2012
Michael Cheng answered:
Are you looking for a condo? If so, what's your budget? I can help you find a deal in that area.
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