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Home Buying in Studio City : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Aug 26, 2015
Jjulie63433 answered:
Canton dr of course - oh God I have at least 25 characters to answer the question.
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Mon Dec 8, 2014
Gary Geer answered:
Some Websites other than what your agent can provide you with, do not update in a timely manner. As a buyer you want up to date information as soon as possible to enable you to find that perfect home. Contact a local agent to get listings sent to you as soon as they hit the market. The agent will send you listings from the MLS system. This is the best up to date service you can receive. All the best. ... more
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Mon Nov 17, 2014
Ben Vorspan answered:
Hi Stephanie,

Odds are, any time you see something that looks too good to be true, it probably is.

If you ever have questions, you can submit a request for more information on the property page of trulia, and a local agent should respond pretty quickly. ... more
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Wed Nov 12, 2014
Ben Vorspan answered:
Hi Eleanor,

Your total costs will obviously be based on the amount that you pay for a home. Just because you're approved for $500,000, doesnt mean you will be spending exactly that much on the home.

you might want to have your realtor or lender run a few scenarios so that you can see roughly what your monthly fees will be at different price points. If you plan on putting in an offer, you can once again request this information, along with an estimate of your closing costs.
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Mon Jun 30, 2014
Ben Vorspan answered:
Im gonna go out on a limb, and without knowing what Bree is asking about, say that the lowest price for theses kinds of prices is $1,000,000... just based on the fact that it's Studio City. ... more
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Fri Jul 19, 2013
Jeri Creson answered:
You want to live in the condo, and get a roommate, so that will limit where you want to purchase based on how far you are willing to commute from the place you currently work/live/want to stay. I'm assuming you have reasons you want to stay in Studio City. I don't blame you - it's a very cool place to be. My husband and I also own a martial arts school on Ventura,(Studio CIty Martial Arts) and we enjoy being in hub of everything that is happening there. I would suggest looking towards Valley Village, Valley Glen, the NoHo arts district, Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Lake Balboa. Going further North than Burbank will dramatically change your lifestyle experience. These areas will fetch a price a little more reasonable than Studio City/Sherman Oaks price tags, but will put you in a "reasonable" driving distance from the shining star of the Valley.

Good luck to you!
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Wed May 29, 2013
bob4pres answered:
Hoffman Street has some great condos. 12060 is the best.
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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Sara Mehrpouyan answered:
I am a Short Sale Specialist Agent in the San Fernando Valley & have successfully closed short sales in Studio City & Sherman Oaks. Please call me directly at 818-903-2040 or visit my website at

Good luck,

Sara Mehrpouyan CDPE
Specializing in Short Sale & Foreclosure
Rodeo Realty
Direct phone 818-903-2040
Dre License #01712757
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Mon Oct 8, 2012
Barry Weiss answered:
Oops, one thing I forgot, take into account parking and traffic from the Library, which is right around the corner from the park, and, contact DWP to find out what improvements/projects are coming up in the area. ... more
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Tue May 22, 2012
Tommy Lee answered:
Please give me a call.
Tommy Lee
DRE #01723594 SFC (Short Sale & Foreclosure Certified)
Premier Service® Professional
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Fri Apr 15, 2011
Charlanne Divito answered:
If you have the income to qualify to purchase in this price range, you are giving a lot of money to taxes that you could be using to build even more equity than your down payment. If for some reason you have so many write offs that your taxes are minimal (does anyone feel that way? hmmm) you still can't beat the current interest rates. I do believe in the Studio City area it is a more balanced area than most and we are seeing multiple offers, which confirms it is not strictly a buyers' market. When the seller prices it under market, it is a seller's market on that property. The sellers in Studio city are pretty sophisticated and overall do get this strategy. So I say let's start looking...can't hurt! You might just find something that saves you a lot of taxes this year. Charlanne Divito, Dilbeck Real Living, Studio City, cell/text 818-414-1214. CA DRE # 00904230 ... more
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Thu Jan 6, 2011
Richard Schulman answered:
You can pay him, the seller can pay your closing costs or the lender can do it for free. In the first two instances, remember that you are the buyer and you pay for everything in the end. In the last instance, remember that the lender will probably charge you a higher rate to do a no fee again, you.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Richard Schulman
#1 Listing and Selling Agent
Keller Williams West LA
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Tue Aug 11, 2009
Charise Mitchell answered:
Good Day,

There are several companies that cover California, and provide good coverage. It is important to get an upgraded policy, as most of the policies offer just basic coverage with many exclusions. For example, if you have a pool and equipment, it needs to be added, with an additional fee, for it to be included. Ditto for roof, some appliances etc.
I recommed carefully reading the policy to learn the inclusions and exclusions. Your agent shoud be a source of guidance to you.
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Sun Jun 28, 2009
Manuel Pantiga answered:
Buying a home is more that the mere need of a roof over our heads, it is a significant investment and to a great extent it should be looked at as a business. The questions that you pose will be the same ones that future buyers will come up comes down to VALUE!!! Are you getting this property at a value that reflects all these potential issues? Good Luck Investing
Manny P.
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Tue Jun 16, 2009
Harrison K. Long answered:
Agree with Joe who answered here that you should consider not throwing money at this home and get out of the purchase contract if that is possible.

If you are using a Realtor agent for this transaction, talk with that person and the responsible broker ASAP. If you are not using a Realtor, contact a lawyer now and as soon as possible about your contract rights and responsibilities.

Harrison K. Long, Explore Group, Coldwell Banker Previews, Irvine, CA.

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Tue Jun 16, 2009
Jonelle Bechard answered:
YES CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!! If you are not working with anyone I would like to apply for the job!!

Jonelle Bechard
Rodeo Realty
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Wed Jun 10, 2009
Tara Steinke answered:
In considering offers on their REO properties, most banks are requiring "pre-approval" through a direct lender at a bare minimum (think Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual, B of A rather than just XYZ Mortgage Brokerage). And there are some that do require you get pre-approved with a specific direct lender of their choosing. Although they may offer incentives or it may seem pressuring, most of the reason behind this is that they want some solid assurance that you CAN close a loan. Many brokerages out there will provide a pre-approval letter on some documentation but not requiring all documentation. And sometimes this comes back to kill the deal.

On the closing date, your agent should work with the listing agent to get an extension approved with the asset manager. If you really want the property, make it clear that you are, in good faith, doing all that you can to close quickly. Get pre-proved with their lender. Again, if you show that you are doing everything in your power hopefully at least an extension of 5-7 days, if not longer, will be accomodated.

Best of luck!

Tara Steinke
San Diego Real Estate Specialist
Residential Sales and Appraisal
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Wed Jun 10, 2009
Maria Morton answered:
Many agents have investors that we work with regularly. Some on retainer. Some just clients who buy several homes every year. We often run into buyers who say they want a foreclosure but are not really prepared to follow through. If you discuss your plans with me and we elect to work together under a Buyer's Agency Agreement, I begin that day (or night). You're on my list. Every morning I check the MLS for new listings that fit my buyer clients' needs. I also check for new competition for my seller clients. When I find a good value house that fits my buyer client, I call. They need to respond quickly by answering their phone and meeting me at the house ASAP. I will give them my professional opinion. We will write a contract. I will present it immediately. I will deliver the EMD check as soon as the offer is accepted. Clients who take too long to call me back, can't arrange to meet me in a timely fashion, or choose to disregard my advice and opinion will not get the house they want. I can only afford to spend so much of my time with clients like this before I have to let them go. I don't know your agent but if they have experience selling REO's, they know that the good deals go fast. If your agent has been selecting and showing you good value properties and you have not responded quickly, you may wish to change your tactics. If the agent is not showing you properties that are moving quickly, you may wish to discuss your expectations with your agent. ... more
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