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Thu May 10, 2012
Connie Mitchell answered:
Dayna I will comment that stages listings are sooooo much more attractive. When I am viewing listings to send to potential clients, the staged listings catch my eye and are the first I send. Kudos to you for putting more effort into your listings! That's why yours are selling for more and faster! ... more
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Thu May 10, 2012
Suzanne Looker answered:
I try to emulate the way an appraiser would evaluate comps. They try to find 3 solds with 3 miles within 3 months, then go further out and then change the stats on the property of interest.
It's hard with values changing for the better. I also prepare my sellers that the comps may be 3 months behind on seeing a boost in values.

Suzanne Looker
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Tue May 8, 2012
Catherine Myers answered:
Best just to be honest. It happens. As agents, we meet a lot of prospective clients, and they aren't all a match for us either :) You need an agent you can communicate with, trust and having a good rapport is key. Interview a few agents, be sure their "style" and way of working meshes with yours. It also could be that it all happened so fast. Met an agent, and wrote an offer all on the same day. It is daunting. The market is moving fast right now though, so find the right agent, and everything else will fall into place. Good luck! ... more
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Sun Apr 29, 2012
Vikki Bearman answered:
Hi Melly,
We have a Villa Grande that has it all with views garage, etc. Beautiful!
We have several other properties that are lovely.
Our prices really range from $160K up to $765.
I would love to show you the listings.
Please call me!
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Wed Apr 18, 2012
Michael Mccutcheon answered:
Hi Clark,

as a rule, agents don't rent apartments. Homes and condominiums, we handle. The market is fairly tight, due to the unprecedented number of folks who have lost their homes to foreclosure. Do you have a rental amount in mind? If you would like, I can supply you with a daily update on what is available, prices, photos, maps. Be wary of Craigslist and Zillow. I have had my own rentals 'Hijacked" and posted with different pictures, descriptions and rental amounts. You can contact me: BTW, I used to live on Mercer Island; loved it. ... more
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Fri Feb 10, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Be aware that a mortgage pre-approval letter is required in order to determine your price range and for any offers to be taken seriously; therefore visit with any licensed loan officer to determine qualification.... ... more
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Sun Dec 4, 2011
Paul Moreton answered:
The issues you raise are very serious. There are all kinds of things wrong with what happened. You need to get off the internet and contact a local real estate attorney.
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Thu Oct 11, 2012
Jolie Muss answered:
I am surprised you are asking this question, as you say you are a broker and must know that by law Real Estate professionals cannot answer questions about schools! This information can usually be found by doing a search on the web or calling local government or chamber of commerce ... more
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Thu Oct 11, 2012
Johnny Huang, MBA answered:
Police department can help you with crime statistics.

WC in general is a great place to live with several different sections.

Downtown seems bustling on weekends.
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Tue Dec 6, 2011
Dan Tabit answered:
Assessed value is a general idea of value for tax purposes and has little or nothing to do with market value. The relationship between sale price and assessed valuation can be interesting to look at, but is not a reliable way to set market value.
Market value is what a home is worth when presented to the broadest possible market and a willing and able buyer and willing seller agree to. As an agent we approximate this by checking sold comparable homes in the local market that are the most like our subject property. Once we list a home for sale, the Market will set what the market value is by the presence or lack of an offer at or near our listed price.
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Wed Feb 22, 2012
Steve Curtis answered:
Hi Elaine ... the short answer is that the schools in all of the communities you mention are top notch. I am most familiar with those in Lafayette, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Alamo and Danville and all do quite well. If your husband will be working downtown he may want to consider BART rather than driving. If that is the case then Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek will have the added benefit of close proximity to the BART stations that will take him directly to SF

As to renting vs buying most areas are experiencing an increase in renters and therefore a decrease in rentals that are also becoming more expensive. If you are thinking this is a short term move (it will take us about 2 years to convert you into honorary CA natives) then you might want to consider renting because while prices are very low (relatively speaking) the rate of appreciation is such that it could take a few years to cover any future relocation costs.
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Sun Sep 18, 2011
Scott Godzyk answered:
Maureen you may want to speak with a local real estate attorney, they can look at local laws and see if what they are doing is legal. You may still owe a commission if you just pulled out. Good luck working things out ... more
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Tue Jan 10, 2012
Dan Tabit answered:
According to Google Maps, without traffic about an hour. My advice to my clients is to actually drive the distance yourself at the time of day you'll be making the commute. Google Maps, Map Quest and others are helpful, but nothing compares to reality. ... more
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Sun Sep 25, 2011
Trevor Huntingford answered:
They work great! Get an agent and a lender that has some experience with 203K rehab loan as they are a little different than your conventional purchase.

Take advantage of these low rates!

Best of luck!
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Sun May 20, 2012
Cal Darrow answered:
Emma: Yes, there is an exception for such a situation.
Let me know how else i can help.
Cal Darrow
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Thu Aug 18, 2011
Brenda Feria answered:
We say in real estate that people buy features, not houses. I had a client who bought a 4 car garage and a house. The house was secondary for him.

The best thing that you can do is make a list of your "must haves." These are deal breakers. It is better to address those together before you begin looking. Make sure that your "must haves" match. For example, one may want a wood burning fireplace and the other might want gas logs. At that point you debate which feature is better for your lifestyle and budget. Get the debating out of the way before you begin your search. This makes the search less stressful on the relationship. ... more
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Mon Feb 13, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
What is your agent order to determine a fair offer review comps, recently sold similar properties in the immediate area; see what the data suggests and go from there. Do keep in mind that if a property is priced on target for today's market, or slightly below, multiple offers may occur... ... more
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Sun Jun 12, 2011
Bob Georgiou answered:

Contractors hard cost is between $80 to $120 per square foot before some additional underground work and permit add ons. $200 per square foot is probably reasonable.
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Sun Sep 25, 2011
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Sun Sep 25, 2011
Brian Rayl answered:

We have been doing exactly this in the Dallas, TX area for some time. Condos are certainly not the way to go. HOAs chew into your profit margin and do not appreciate nearly as fast as single family homes. Cash sitting in your bank account is making a measley 1% interest... IF YOU ARE LUCKY.

Fill out the form here for a PDF on exactly what I am talking about and exactly what I do in Dallas:
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