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Tue May 7, 2013
Marcy Moyer answered:
What is your question? You usually have to wait about 2 years but it varies, and with some banks the wait is shorter.
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Fri Jan 18, 2013
Marcy Moyer answered:
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Sun Nov 18, 2012
John Dutra answered:

If it was a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, then FHA will take a look at doing a loan for you 1 year after the pay out had begun with permission from the Trustee - or a year after the Chapter 13 has closed. Conventionally, it will require 2 years from the discharge date for a lender to do a loan for a buyer with a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

With a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, FHA will take a look at doing the loan 2 years after the discharge date and for a Conventional loan, they will do a loan for a buyer 2 years from the discharge date with 20% down or 4 years for any down payment less than 20%.

Hope that helps my friend, but if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Sat Dec 29, 2012
Liz McCarthy answered:
Hi, and congrats on your job relo! Not sure if you are already here in the bay area, but I hold a monthly Marin Seminar, that would help you figure out exactly what you are looking for:

In it I go over Marin neighborhoods, commute times, weather patters (YES it does matter where you live if you want summer sun). Some parts of SR (even though they are further North) might be a quicker commute than San Anselmo. It all depends where you are commuting to, and what time of the day. I'd be more than happy to talk to you on the phone or Skype if you aren't yet here and I can give you a good overview of towns, prices and such.

So many neighborhoods offer exactly what you are looking for (community, great schools, and more). On my street we just had our annual block party this weekend, and it just reinforces to me how much I love our sense of community and friendships with my neighbors.

You may also want to get set up on a home search alert using, which is tied directly into our MLS system. Here is the link to set up your search (you have to know an agent in order to get access to CleanOffer):

I have young children myself, so have a good pulse into Marin Schools.

Feel free to call/email/text any time!
Liz McCarthy
#1 Agent McGuire Marin County
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Wed Sep 5, 2012
Kate Stevenson answered:
I think it is Clifford Elementary but you can check the exact property address on the Redwood City School District site:

Clifford is a K-8 so it is the middle school also. It is quite far from the One Marina area though, and there is no bus service. There are also schools of choice in the Redwood City School District, one is quite close to the One Marina area, it is called Orion Alternative School, check it out, we love it there. ... more
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Fri Aug 31, 2012
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hello Nomura,
I would be more that happy to help you will your Rental, please give me a call when you have time.
What is the amount that you had in mind for this unit and because of the location does it come with any parking?

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Mon Aug 27, 2012
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Welcome back.

Besides price/square foot and commute as your criteria, what are your other criteria?

Do you have school-age children in which case school districts may play a role?
Since you prefer newer homes but would consider older homes, how old? Are you open to renovated Victorians?
Do you prefer living in the city, versus the suburbs?
What amenities are important to you?
Do you prefer detached single family homes, or would you consider duets, townhouses?

This question was posted in San Leandro --- so if you would like to have a view, then presumably you're open to living in the hills?

Similarly, Fremont also has several newer you may consider living there to make your husband's commute easier. Or do you prefer NOT to be in the same city?

If you'll itemize the various criteria that are important to you, then we can narrow your search to cities that will offer the most based on your requrements. Let me know how I may help.

If you're looking in San Ramon --- there are several new communities, but many are farther away and as such driving to the interstate (for commuters) there would be added minutes to the commute.
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Thu Nov 21, 2013
Barbe Seal answered:
Hwy 431 is a two lane mountain highway that goes from Incline Village at Lake Tahoe to Southern end of Reno. Then, Hwy 395 will take you in to Carson City.
Regarding low price homes in Stagecoach, there are a few available right now. I don't know why you cannot get help. Let me know what you are looking for and I will see what I can do.
Most of the low priced ones are either short sales or Bank owned so you will need either a loan approval letter or verification of funds. If you do not have one of those, you will not be able to have an offer accepted until you have one.
If you are paying cash, you just need to have the account statement that shows that there are enough funds to cover your purchase price.
If you are getting a loan, you will have to have a loan preapproval letter from a lender.
Addressing the 6% - that 6% is not always 6%, it can be more but is often less. And the total commission is normally split 4 ways so no one agent gets the total 6%.
For instance, If I were to sell a $40,000 home and the total commission was 5% (pretty typical these days) I would make about $625.00. So, if you are checking with agents from Carson City or Reno and want them to show you homes in Stagecoach, they probably will not because gas prices are too high right now.
Let me know what you would like to do. Barbe Seal
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Fred Glick answered:
Mr. K,

I assume you have been calling around to banks and mortgage brokers and you are seeing this does not exist.

There are lenders that may do this, but they are really high in rates.

The other idea you might want to explore is getting a co-signer (that you can have come off later).

This is 2012 and the lenders are very conservative.

Good luck,

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Wed Sep 19, 2012
David Tapper answered:
You are out of contract and I think it would be best if your agent wrote an addendum and extended the close of escrow. This should have been done prior to going out of contract.

The thing with short sales is sometimes there is no rhyme or reason, they ( the lenders) work with their own set of rules, so to say it's no big deal is foolish.

Good luck,

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Fri Aug 3, 2012
Mary Falcone asked:
Fiesta Gardens, Shoreview, or The Village neighborhoods. Need asap. 2-3 bedroom and 1 1/2 or 2 bathrooms. Pets accepted because we have a dog. $2,000-$2,300/month
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Fri Oct 26, 2012
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Don't buy a homeowner special! Irregular homes always have a difficult time re-selling. Find a traditional home in a good neighborhood.
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Mon Jul 16, 2012
Rafael Castro Jr answered:
Try the website and put in the search criteria for the city. For example, if you put in the criteria Redwood City, CA and the dates you are requesting, you will get 49 results. They range from private rooms to the entire house. For an entire room/apt, you will get 5 results. It will have reviews of previous renters and their experience with the owners, cleanliness, etc.
Rafael Castro Jr
RE/MAX Star Properties
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Fri Aug 15, 2014
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Genevieve:

No, Novato is not a huge flood zone and covered with drain pipes. It all depends on where the property is. We did have a big flood back in the 80's (I wasn't here), but supposedly, it flooded half of the Novato. My understanding is Novato has since fixed that big sewer drainage problem down close to Rowland and Redwood. I do steer my clients away from certain areas due to different reasons, flood could be one of those.

Some areas have problems with flooding, most of the other parts of Novato will be no concern.

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Mon Jul 9, 2012
David Tapper answered:
It's very seldom you will find a rent to own, it's actually a lease to purchase option. What you should do is consult a mortgage professional and find out if you qualify for a loan.

There are programs out there like FHA for as little as 3.5% down or conventional financing for 5% down.

If you need a referral, feel free to ask.


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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
The Trustee handling the auction is Recontrust Company. Their phone number is 800-281-8219 and the Trustee sale number is 2011-0115318.
Good luck,
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Tue Jun 19, 2012
John Souerbry answered:
Most multi-family transactions in this part of the Valley don't make it to the MLS, LoopNet, or other public markets, so it's always hard to tell just what the inventory is. Most sales are arranged either between an owner and a pre-seleced buyer or by brokers as pocket listings. There are always many more buyers than sellers and every broker has a list of buyers who are ready to pay cash for a good property before it goes on the market.
That said, inventory is low right now because rents are strong and sellers want to enjoy healthy rents for awhile rather than selling.
Many multi-family buyers are just looking for properties they want and making an unsolicited offers.
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