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Bakersfield : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Nov 8, 2012
Steve Kittrell answered:
your lender should just have you present a gift letter, and the money should show up on your bank statement..your lender should give you a couple of options to work with. if not, find another lender ... more
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Thu Aug 27, 2015
Valerie Ulrey answered:
The most reputable hard money lender I know of here in Bakersfield is Karpe Mortgage.
I would suggest giving them a call.

Good luck!
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Mon Apr 25, 2016
Don Tepper answered:
Of course. But the longer you wait and work on cleaning up your credit, the easier it'll be.
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Thu Nov 29, 2012
Valerie Ulrey answered:
Hi Lisa Marie,
In order to find an old, craftsman style house, you would want to focus on the Oleander/ Westchester area. This area has awesome older homes, many of which have been remodeled and updated.
The other option is the NE section of Bakersfield. To be honest, your price range will determine which area to focus on more!

Have you been pre-approved with a lender? If you have not talked to anyone locally in Bakersfield, give me a call or send me an email and I can give you a few names of lenders that are reputable, efficient and easy to work with. Once you have been pre-approved, we can start looking at homes.

I would be happy to set you up with emails from the MLS even before you get to Bakersfield, so you can get familiar with the homes and prices in our market. My contact information is listed below. Feel free to call or email with questions regarding homes, the market, areas of Bakersfield and lending.

Even if you don't use me as your Realtor, I sincerely wish you luck in your move and impending house hunt!!

Thank you,
Valerie Ulrey
Scott Rivera Real Estate Team, Inc.
cell 661-900-8792
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Sat May 4, 2013
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
there's more to an offer, a "better" offer, than just the purchase price/number

maybe the other offer was all cash - that could make a huge idfference to the bank..........or offered a faster closing date..........or had no contingencies..... ... more
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Mon Apr 25, 2016
Don Tepper answered:
There's a phone number. It's here:

However, Trulia doesn't sell or buy houses. If you have a question about a house, contact yoru Realtor.
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Fri Oct 19, 2012
jan detomaso answered:
There are good homes in all parts of Bakersfield but most people with children seem to prefer the northwest and southwest. Those areas have newer schools and the neighborhoods are mostly under 20 years old. The majority of the development for these areas has been done in the last 15 years. The rents for these areas are higher. As to the issue of one knows for sure whether it is going down. What I do know is that a lot of people who were on unemployment have either run out of time and can no longer collect or they have elected to take lesser jobs so that they could have a regular paycheck again. If you listen the the news they try to paint a brighter picture than it really is but I am sure it is the same here as anywhere else in our country...people are struggling and not taking their jobs for granted. Everyday they have a job to go to, they are appreciative. Homes are selling very well right now as the interest rate is low and the prices are still reasonable. If you are looking for a home to rent or buy, please give me a call as I may be able to help you. Jan DeTomaso, Keller Williams 661-431-4194 ... more
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Tue Nov 18, 2014
Cameron Miller answered:
Hello Roman,
That is an interesting question and the only answer I can think of at this time is cost. There are some areas that do block wall fencing, and usually it is based on the subdivision plans. Custom built home areas you will find more variations of fencing types. I hope this helps, and let me know if you are looking at buying a home in the near future.
Cameron Miller
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Thu May 28, 2015
Maria Cipollone answered:
Depends on your own personal financial conditions and your mortgage terms available in the market at the time that you are buying. Lenders also look at your employment history and how much of your borrowing power you are using in your credit cards. Try to be at 8 percent or less of your credit limit. Best advice contact a mortgage broker, they have access to many banks and different programs.

Best of Luck,

Maria E, Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace

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Sun Oct 21, 2012
Annette Levinson answered:
No, it is not possible to get a mortgage with a 580 FICO. Your credit score indicates an unwillingness to pay your bills (that is why you have collection accounts).
Pay your collection accounts in full (gives you a better score then settling) and then save for a home. ... more
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Fri Sep 21, 2012
Michael McCracken answered:
Yes and pool. Would you like a rental application? Please email me at so I can send you the PDF of the application.
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Thu Aug 1, 2013
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
It is not just Bako, buyers have the same challenges in Orange County.
Good luck
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Tue Nov 29, 2016
Alan May answered:
Most of the lenders that I know, prefer to have the inspection cleared, before they send out the appraiser. After all, why bother spending the money on the appraiser, if you decide that you no longer want the home based on the appraisal? ... more
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Sun Sep 16, 2012
Valerie Ulrey answered:
The fact is that no one can predict the real estate market. New construction is always a higher price per sq. ft. because it is brand new!! (just like buying a new car) In new construction, you can choose interior options instead of dealing with whatever a resale house has to offer you.
As for the appraisal process, you cannot guarantee the new construction will appraise. Just because they offer other floor plans, appraisers are human and their opinions sometimes vary. New construction has a much better chance of appraising for list price but as a Realtor who works directly with a builder, it's not guaranteed!!!
There is not one person that can tell you what the market will be like in 5 years... heck, at this point we can't even predict it for the next few months!!! You have to be sure when you buy a home you buy it for a good market value price FOR TODAY'S MARKET. That's all you can do!

Good luck!!! If you are not working with a Realtor to represent you, feel free to call or email me. Even when buying new construction, it's always good to have someone on your side.

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Fri Sep 14, 2012
Terri Vellios answered:
Typically on new construction the Builder passes on title, escrow, and transfer fees to the Buyer. The builder and/or their escrow company should provide these to you. The fees vary by State, County and City. ... more
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
jan detomaso answered:
It really depends on a number of issues.....are they on slab foundation that also needs to be removed, are there septic vaults involved, is there wiring and plumbing that needs to be is not as simple as cost. Also the location, are they in a rural area off a dirt road? I would really need more information to help can reach me at 661-431-4194, my name if Jan DeTomaso and I am a realtor with Keller Williams in Bakersfield, CA. ... more
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Sun Sep 16, 2012
Cameron Miller answered:
Not that difficult, finding the right one is the most difficult part. Cash is King!! Let me know if you have any more detailed questions I can help you with.
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Sun Sep 9, 2012
Valerie Ulrey answered:
I don't know when the home was ever on the market. I searched listings and cannot find any active, cancelled, sold, pending or contingent listing for the past few years for this address.

If you are looking for a home in that area, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to email or call me to get started!!

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Wed Sep 12, 2012
Kim Glass answered:
Hi Barbara and Steven,

By red zone, do you mean a house in an area that is red on the Crime Map? If not, could you clarify what you are referring to? Once you do so, hopefully we can help get your questions answered.

-Kim, Community Manager
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Sun Sep 9, 2012
Dee Oliver answered:
I have done some research to attempt to answer your question. According to Google, the telephone prefix for the purported property manager is in New York. Secondly, I could not find a real estate agent in California with the name of Jaime S Guandique. I also Googled him, found a Facebook page and one other person by that name in Linked In. No mention of being in real estate. I then Googled the address on "Merton" in Bakersfield. Found nothing but I did find 5312 Menton in Bakersfield and looked that up for you. That house is presently listed for sale as a short sale. If you wish more information, please contact me. I would be very careful since there are have been many instances where unauthorized persons have listed homes for rent, taken money from the renter, renter moves in and then the REAL owner shows up. Not sure if this is the case, but there have been repeated news stories about this in the last few years. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to find out whether you might be able to purchase a home.Dee Oliver ... more
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