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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Seanf answered:
The trolley near my apartment is just unbearable. So I would go with noise control!
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Sun Apr 7, 2013
Chris Soukoulis answered:
Living in Discovery Bay is Awesome and looking at the water is even nicer ! The only downside I can think of is it gets a little hot in the summer. Lake homes are starting in the 400's and delta access homes are starting in the 500's these are todays prices , Once in a while you may find one a bit lower but there will be so many offers it will drive the price back up. Please visit my website at and have a look and dont hesitate calling me with any questions


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Mon Apr 8, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
It’s like a world gone mad: hundreds of buyers lining up to get homes they can finally afford, but no matter what they do, they can’t seem to get one. Not just a San Francisco problem, it’s across the entire Bay Area. The result? Disappointment, frustration, even anger. Directed at whom?


It goes without saying that Realtors aren’t the root of the issue. Cash only for listings? We're only the messengers - we're not making up the rules. We’re not the reason that the Bay Area is experiencing an inventory crisis, nor are we responsible for soaring prices. Just like we’re not responsible for record low interested rates. Larger forces are at work. We are, however, the most visible targets in sight and, ipso facto, the ones getting the heat. So much so that many buyers, having written numerous offers with one Realtor, are switching to another and another and another just to see if the next has some market secret the first, second or third didn’t have.

It’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and remember how we ended up here. The market reversed in February, 2012 and has been a seller’s market ever since. Foreclosure listings have dwindled to a trickle (there is NO foreclosure shadow inventory in the Bay Area). A majority of normal sellers have decided to sit tight. Many distressed homeowners, previously under water and candidates for short sales, are now back in the black. Others have decided to capitalize on low interest rates to invest in their current digs and remodel rather than relocate.

Consequently, inventory is down 25% from 2013. Additionally, cash buyers are out in throngs, causing a Bay Area wide jump in cash transactions from 31% last year to well over 40% in Q1, 2013. And they are not just investors - many families are pooling cash resources to help other family members buy a home they will personally live in.

Sellers, sensing blood in the water, are demanding offers be written with no appraisal contingency since it’s obvious they won’t appraise at offered prices. In the midst of this, some buyers still believe they can offer under asking because they don’t “feel” any given property is worth as much as others are willing to pay. Realtors, trying to advise buyers what they need to do to get a home, become the bad guys because buyers don’t like what they are hearing. Thus they switch to another Realtor, hoping that somehow something magical will happen.

In your specific case, it's not the listing agent who decides whose offer gets accepted. If they say the listing is "cash only," it's usually because of condition or title issues and it's the bank and asset manager insisting on cash, not the realtor. If they say "cash only", don't bother writing an offer on it with a loan - they will ignore it because you didn't follow the rules.

9 offers? Some have made over 20 before they get an offer accepted. Like it or not, the market has changed, and if you want a home, you are going to have to figure out the current rules of engagement ... and play to win.
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Fri Apr 5, 2013
Caroline Harabedian answered:
That should be acceptable as long as the landlord is okay with it (it's not bizarre).

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Northridge, California 91324
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Wed Jan 29, 2014
Richard Shapiro answered:
May 4, No matter what there will be good, fun and inexpensive food in town.
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Fri Apr 5, 2013
Deborah Miller answered:
M2aj - I am in the NC Market, but I have had appraisers for a FHA loan require flooring be repaired, windows be painted (and I even painted the exterior of the windows) to get this completed myself. I have even had them state that the toilet tank lid needed replacing. Typically here a FHA loan may only have 3.5% down on the home making it have a larger loan and they will be stricter with that property than one that is conventional with more equity in the home. Even though you are in California I imagine you will have similar experiences. I would not overly worry, Generally your buyer's agent and the seller's agent are going to work toward getting what is required when possible so that the lender will fund the loan so that the sale will go forward for their clients. I hope this is helpful.

Deborah Rigsbee Miller, Real Estate Broker
Coldwell Banker
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Tue Sep 17, 2013
Cory Fitzsimmons answered:
I have heard this too. Buyers are trying to get in on the bottom before the upswing! Sight unseen seems a bit risky though.
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Mon Apr 8, 2013
Gabriel Rojas answered:
I am somewhat new to the BMR market in San Francisco but have found the process to be very straightforward and not nearly as complicated as some have claimed. I currently have a BMR unit on the market at 170 King Street and would be happy to assist anyone who may have a question regarding the process, etc.


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Wed Nov 27, 2013
Laura Coffey answered:

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Sat Apr 6, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
Wish I could help you but I'm a San Diego based Manufactured Home dealer, real estate broker and contractor. Don't think I'd be able to help you much in Texas albeit I love your State.
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Thu Apr 4, 2013
Kylee Roe answered:
lol, Elizabeth is joking around. I think!
Our biggest employer here is the State of California. We are the state capital!
Plenty of hospital's around employ plenty of people, plus regular retail establishments, school districts, lawyers, etc. Government is by far the biggest. And we are not a horrible commute to San Francisco, and many will make that commute as well. ... more
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Edith Karoline Jasser answered:
I am not really sure what your question is after, San Francisco has a lot of people and not that many choices, many rentals get a lot of interest and only one party can rent.... I am not quite sure how they
can create more living space/homes without building up up and more up with earthquake safe construction, or expand home construction to the outskirts, which then will create commuting issues.

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Wed Apr 3, 2013
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Laura Coffey answered:
I would not accept a credit card payment because it would cost me money as your landlord. You can call your credit company and see if the will give you a check to write to someone. My credit card company sends me checks to write all the time but not sure if they work to give to people because I never use them. ... more
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Thu May 2, 2013
Lance King answered:
This is called staging, and it absolutely does make sense. Buyers often have little imagination, and properties that are staged will sell for more than a similar property that is empty.
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Hank Lauzon answered:

There are plenty of OWC homes for sale..
However,...they do incur certain risks that should be discussed ahead of time.

Also,....I have some excellent preferred lenders I work with who may be able to help you with your situation.

Information is the key for both scenarios....

Please call me when you have a moment and I would be happy to discuss the options...

Contact info is below....

Hank Lauzon III

Exit Las Vegas Realty Center
6600 W. Charleston #119
Las Vegas, Nv 89146

Cell 702-449-0899
Office 702-949-2409
Fax 702-543-6844

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Never look down on anybody...unless you're helping them up.
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Thu Nov 7, 2013
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Lance King answered:
They are similar in size, location, and year built, but Webster is much busier in that location than Buchanan is, so what it would come down to is condition, finishes, layout, and views.

However, whatever research you are doing, neither Zillow or Trulia are the best place to do it.

If you are thinking of selling, you want ALL the information of sold properties including off market sales, and if you are thinking of buying you want access to all properties. The best way to do that is to have an experienced, well connected broker with access to off market listings assist you.

We are all that and more. If you'd like to have a no strings consult our contact info is below:

Best Regards,

Lance R. King
Founder-Managing Broker

King Realty Group
Cell: 415.722.5549
License# 01384425

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Sun Mar 15, 2015
Jonathan Budwig answered:
Fantastic.. We have the best weather and traffic is somewhat of a non-issue. Why do you ask?

Jonathan Budwig
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Thu Nov 14, 2013
Laura Coffey answered:
If you have to ask yourself should I ? It's usually because you feel obligated to but don't want because you are afraid of the outcome.
Always disclose! Find a buyer that is okay with it and be done with it.
Would you rather keep secrets and have the potential of getting sued later?
Two rules in real estate: location, location, location and disclose, disclose , disclose !
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