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Mon May 13, 2013
Blanca Dover answered:
I agree with Chris, it would be best to find an attorney in Riverside County.
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Sat May 4, 2013
Blanca Dover answered:
Hi Deb,

It would really depend on the time your leave; the earlier you go the less traffic you should see. Give yourself room for any incidents that may come up but it should take you about 1.5 to 2 hours.

Blanca Dover, REALTOR
Century21 Hometown Realty

Cell: 805-427-5646

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Sat May 4, 2013
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Joe

We give a list of ASHI or CREIA certified inspectors to our clients.
Refer them to the sites, and ask them to choose by they calling
from the list or site.

The questions a buyer or seller should ask are:
1.) Your certifications
2.) Cost of inspections
3.) Your experience and liability coverage
4.) When can the report be expected and how is it delivered,
is it readable?

Best regards
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Sat May 4, 2013
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Gardener costs 100.00-200.00 Per Month (depending upon what needs to be done)
Housekeepers cost 150.00-250.00 per visit (again, depends on the work required.)
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Sat May 4, 2013
Dorene Slavitz answered:
It depends upon what the buyers want the bedroom to have. If it was me (personally) I would be pretty annoyed to move into a home and set up and bedroom without any closet for my clothes...of course if the bedroom was an En Suite, with a walk in Closet off the Master Bath ...I would not mind! ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Chris McCloud answered:
They can try anything they want they own the property. The first will usually just foreclose on the HOA. Sometimes the HOA does this just to get someone out that has not paid there HOA for a few years. The HOA wants the bank to foreclose so that it can be resold and a new buyer will start
paying the HOA dues. Unless the first trust Deed is very small there is no money in it for the HOA most of these properties are way upside down.
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Fri Mar 15, 2013
Mark Asai answered:
Hi Diana, I have a listing in Greenview. The HOA is voluntary, and is focused on community versus rules. And so as you had indicated, you'd simply need to comply with city codes.
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Thu Mar 7, 2013
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
Dave and Lorna White answered:
Hi Marina, to answer your question, I think that I would drive the area I am interested in and see the For Sale signs of what broker handles those type of buildings-- then call them so that they can research possibilities directly for you. ... more
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Tue Dec 18, 2012
Barry Shapiro answered:
The 'flippers' recently paid $320K, and now they have multiple offers. I am concerned whether it will appraise at this price? Hmmmm. "I Have Multiple Offers, Seller Will Select One 12-19-12. Go Direct Remember To Lock Up And Turn Off All Lights When You Leave. Standard Sale 90 Day Flip Rule May Apply" per the listing agent... Good luck! ... more
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
articalaugust answered:
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Barry Shapiro answered:
The property sold on 12/22/10 for $494,000.
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Barry Shapiro answered:
The term “lis pendens” is Latin for “suit pending.” A lis pendens is filed against a real property to indicate that the title of property is in question, or that some sort of lawsuit involving the property could occur in the near future. When someone files such a notice, it serves as a public notification that the property is involved in a lawsuit. For property buyers, a lis pendens is generally viewed as a turnoff, as this legal notice could devalue the property, complicate the transfer of title, or make it impossible to obtain a mortgage on the property.

One of the most common reasons to file a lis pendens is when a property goes into foreclosure. If a lender feels that a foreclosure will be necessary, the notice forestalls any attempts to sell the property to evade foreclosure, since the legal notice will turn up on a title search. A lis pendens may also be filed if someone feels that he or she has a legal claim to a property title, or in any other circumstances where people want to question the validity of a property title.

So, since title transfers directly to the note holder/mortgage company at the trustee sale, a Lis Pendens will not stop the transfer from mortgagee to mortgagor. It could temporarily delay an immediate future sale, in the event the property sells to a private party at the trustee sale. Seek legal advice from an attorney.
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Thu Oct 18, 2012
Jaki Carroll answered:
Hi Emma - Just looking at your question and thought I would check in and see how the search is coming. I was born in the San Fernando Valley but moved to the Conejo Valley (Westlake/Thousand Oaks) when I was very young. Since you have a baby, who will be entering preschool/elementary before you know it I would look more towards the Thousand Oaks area. Our public school system is amazing. Our weather is gorgeous almost every single day of the year. In terms of resale, our homes hold their value . I have been in Westlake/Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park for the last 32 years. Call me and I would be happy to show you around. Sincerely, Amy ... more
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Wed Sep 26, 2012
Ted Mackel answered:
If you are asking for California Real Estate. Please check out this article I have on my Real Estate Blog. This should answer most of your questions. ... more
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Mon Jun 11, 2012
Barry Shapiro answered:
Professional Secret: If you are in a competitive buying situation, we recommend you write an "emotional letter" to the seller, telling the seller why the property you've selected is so well suited for you. You'd be surprised, but we've seen our clients beat other buyers out because they connected with the sellers on an emotional level -- but ULTIMATELY it's all about the money that the seller will net. If it's a corporate-owned, investor or REO property, don't waste time with the emotional letter. When you offer amount (net) is similar to the other competing values, the NEXT best way to get an offer accepted is to appeal to a seller's emotions. Why? Because residential real estate transactions are put together -- and sometimes blow up -- over emotional hotbeds of insanity, lunacy and what often seems to be bipolar mood swings. So it may help if you can give the seller a reason to care about you. Or, it may actually hurt your chances, if you happen to hit a hot button with the seller. •To make a seller receptive to your offer, make the seller feel a connection to you. Showcase your vulnerability and sincerity in a letter. Make the seller feel as though you are the perfect buyer.

Include the following details:

1.The names, ages and relationships of all occupants.
2.A little history about your previous homes and how that relates to this home.
3.Your occupation, education and struggles to get to where you are in life.
4.List the specific reasons why you fell in love with this home.
5.Explain why you deserve to live in this home and how you will care for it.

A seller's house is a place where joy is shared, sorrows are expressed, hopes and dreams are crafted; it's a place of treasured memories. If it's not a happy situation (divorce, etc), then forget the letter approach entirely...

Good luck -- and remember CA$H is King! ... and COMPASSION is Queen :-)
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Mon Jun 4, 2012
Jeff Smith answered:
There are a few options. Can you come up with 3% of your own funds for down payment and or closing costs ? To get a rough idea of what you can qualify for, the bank will look at your Debt to Income Ratio (DTI). Depending on your credit scores and other factors, the max allowable is 50%, but to be safe use 45%. This means total monthly debt (housing and all consumer debt reported on your credit report can't exceed 45% of your gross monthly or $3375.00 per month. This assumes your income is $90,000 annually / 12 mos = 7500 Monthly. The income must be stable and you should have a two year job history in the same line of work. With interest rates where they are now it costs about $477 per month for every $100,000 you borrow for principal and interest payments. If you want to look at additional strategies I can provide you a full analysis. Contact me via email at or at 8059-499-7300 ... more
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Tue May 22, 2012
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Jeff Smith answered:
Hi There- On the surface this looks good and shouldn't be a problem. Why do you think a loan might not be possible ? The key reasons we are denying people on loans are , Poor Credit (620 or less)-Income (need 2 year history and must be in same line of work), and loan to value combined with poor credit cause lender and or mortgage insurer to deny. Debt to income ratios above 45%. But in the above scenario you seem to have most of these covered. Is the income above monthly or annually ? A quick estimate, it it costs about $477 per month for every 100K you borrow for principal and interest on a 30 year loan at today's interest rates. The debt to income ratio limit is 45% in most cases, but in some cases I can go to 55%. If you would like more information email me at Have a great day. WE specialize in Real Estate and Finance in the Conejo and Simi Valley area. ... more
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Tue Apr 10, 2012
Annette Branch answered:
Unpermitted screened sunroom was added on to a home. What, if any, are the risks of purchasing a home with an unpermitted sunroom?
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