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Home Buying in Venice : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Dec 11, 2015
Rich Reed answered:
I like this building cost estimator: http://www.building-cost.net/CornersType.asp

Divide the total cost by the sq ft.
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Fri Nov 15, 2013
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Dear Richard,
Yes there are some foreclosures and short sales out there. You do need cash to compete with the other buyers out there.
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Mon Aug 26, 2013
Danny Hart answered:
Since it is part of the city of Los Angeles it is $4.50 per $1000. There is also a county transfer tax of $1.10 per $1000. So, $5.60 per $1000 total. [City Transfer Tax:$4.50 for each $1,000 or fractional part thereof (LAMC Sec. 21.9.2); LA County Transfer Tax: $1.10 for each $1,000 or fractional part thereof (Rev. & Tax Code Sec. 11911-11929)] ... more
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Wed Aug 21, 2013
Ann_globenetrealty answered:
There are number of steps involved when looking to a buy a house in the US, these are as follows:

1. The buyer will make an offer to the seller for the property, your offer will usually require you to also provide the following:

• A Check Deposit, also known as an ‘Earnest Money Deposit’
• A Pre-Approval Letter from your lender (The Bank)
• A Proof of Funds Available (Bank Statement)
• Identification Documents

It is normal practice for both the buyer and the seller to have a real estate agent or broker working on their behalf; the offer for purchase will be made by the buyer’s broker to the seller’s broker.

2. If the seller accepts the buyers offer to purchase the property, the buyer’s broker will then deposit the check deposit into an escrow account.

3. Once the money has been deposited into the escrow account, the buyer will then make arrangements to have the property inspected for such things as structural damage, termite infestations, roof damage etc., etc. Once the buyer is satisfied that the property meets their approval they can remove any contingencies to the offer. It is at this stage that the ‘Earnest Money Deposit’ becomes non-refundable.

4. The buyer will now need make a loan application to his bank or mortgage company for the balance of the purchase price. Before approving the loan application, the lender will perform an appraisal and valuation of the property; if they are satisfied with the property then the loan underwriter will approve the loan.

5. The buyer will then sign all the necessary paperwork in front of a notary public witness at the escrow company. This will include such documents as the loan application from the bank as well as documents from the real estate agents and the seller. The loan will then get transferred by the bank, the seller will pay off any monies they currently owe to their own lender and then the seller will transfer the property ownership deeds to the buyer. This grant deed will then be recorded by the County Clerk Recorder service and the buyer becomes the legal owner of the property.

Web Reference : http://www.globenetrealty.com
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Sat Nov 3, 2012
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Duplexes are listed as "income property" in most searches.
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Sat Sep 3, 2011
Sharon Paxson answered:
There are always some hot deals, but much depends on your ability to compete with other home buyers who are looking for the same. Especially with REO or bank owned properties, many investors are using cash to purchase them with the least amount of contingencies. ... more
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Wed Aug 31, 2011
Sri Kesava answered:
Hi Sarah,

The REO business has become quite streamlined and are listed along with standard sales and short sales. When looking at a listing, there is a section called "listing type." It will either say: Standard, Short pay, or REO (sometimes says foreclosure).

Most people have said to work with an agent. I agree. Pick someone you feel comfortable with and who has reviews about them from past clients online. Ask them for the name/number of their lender and get prequalified. There is no point shopping unless you know how much you can spend ;) If their lender can't qualify you, always get a second opinion.

Best of luck.
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Fri Jul 22, 2011
Andrew Jones answered:
Hi Claire,

You should be talking with your agent about both of these important issues since none of us here can possibly know what the material facts are.

In general, yes can you negotiate with the bank. Yes you can challenge their assessment of the home's value with examples of comparable sales and broker's price opinions of your own. The bank may not agree, but you can try.

I don't know if the encroachment issue is the deal-breaker that Ron is suggesting, but you need to talk with your agent about this as well. If you don't do some serious exporation regarding the potential liabilities of this before you agree to the sale in the first place you should consider thoroughly investigating it before your inspection and/or disclosure periods expire. Though I don't know the nature of the encroachment, it's hard for me to imagine that this won't involve talking to a real estate attorney in many cases. You may also think about holding off on spending money pursuing this sale until you really understand this issue.

Best of luck.
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Wed Oct 6, 2010
David Chiles answered:
Thank you for your question about a foreclosure property you saw listed on this site. Please be advised that RealtyTrac publishes Notice of Default information that includes all properties where Notices of Default have been filed. This does not necessarily mean the house will be foreclosed.

I suggest contacting a real estate agent that is signed up with RealtyTrac for more information about that specific property. If you do not feel comfortable doing that send me an e-mail with the street name and I will find out what the situation is and reply via e-mail.
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