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Tue Feb 14, 2012
Gerard Carney answered:
My own website of course, would any good agent be using his own website the most!
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Tue Nov 1, 2011
Joe Cusumano answered:
You can but it will be very tough. Cities are hurting for money and this is one way to get some. If you had plans then you might be able to fight ti but with out them they are pretty much in the the drivers seat. I would recommend you elevate the case and request a hearing. Might be your only shot. ... more
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Sun Sep 5, 2010
Scott Miller answered:
Hi Anthony. Creating a business page on FB will give you exposure which is the most important thing on earth when people are looking for your service. Sign up for FB and find the link, 'Create a Page for My Business'. Update it, write about your business, invite others and ask them to invite their contacts. Join real estate groups and you'll begin to see how it works.

You can also advertise your services on Craigslist, MerchantCircle, Twitter, Yelp. Here are some links to help you:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/rts/

http://www.merchantcircle.com/corporate/

http://twitter.com/

http://www.yelp.com

You've got a lot to do now. Sign up and start building your web presence. Don't forget, old fashion business building strategies still work, too. There's nothing quite like walking into a real estate office with a carry-box of Starbucks coffee and a stack of your business cards to hand out. Do this a couple of times and I promise you, you'll be getting calls for inspections.

GOOD LUCK.

Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
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Sat Jan 30, 2010
Alan May answered:
I have a mac... and am CB... but I get no tech support, because our network says they don't support the mac platform. so I'm on my own.

Fortunately, the mac is pretty much plug-and-play, and I need very little (if any) tech support.

Just make sure you're using Firefox.
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Thu May 6, 2010
The Hagley Group answered:
If you don't need the money, hire a good property mnagement company, collect the rent, enjoy the potential appreciation, and reap the rewards of another potential tax write off!
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Mon Nov 4, 2013
Dyanna answered:
Please be very careful. A man was arrested today for posting home for rent ads on Craigslist. He would tell the renter the property was vacant, which it was because it was a foreclosure, and take their deposit and a few days or weeks later the sheriif would come and remove the renters from the property for trespassing. Be very careful. I doubt this person is in Africa, especially if he wants you to money gram the deposit to him.

Good Luck!!
Dyanna
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Wed May 14, 2008
Alex asked:
I'm looking for ones that will service the San Fernando Valley.
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Tue Apr 15, 2008
Oscar Espinosa answered:
Realtors like my self have access to MLS for rent listings.
Investors who want to rent out their properties list them with MLS system.
I'm local, Pomona is next door to me so I can provide you with the information you need furthermore one of my assistants can show you around those properties.
Feel free to contact me.
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Tue Apr 15, 2008
Oscar Espinosa answered:
Realtors like my self have access to MLS for rent listings.
Investors who want to rent out their properties list them with MLS system.
I'm local, Pomona is next door to me so I can provide you with the information you need furthermore one of my assistants can show you around those properties.
Feel free to contact me.
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Sun Mar 30, 2008
Laarni G. Omingo answered:
Hi Viri,
I would rather you cross your Ts and dot your Is before you sign, esp. on a probate sale because they require more legal wranglings and I would really feel bad if you loose a house due to technicality.
All the best,

Laarni
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Mon Apr 14, 2008
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Fri Mar 7, 2008
Rebecca Chambliss answered:
Any capital improvement that requires a permit from your city can trigger a reassement. Windows and insulation can actually get you a tax break (income not property.) However a kitchen remodel often triggers a reassement. I would suggest you contact the city and see if there are any special programs for seniors. ... more
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Fri Mar 10, 2017
Ray Calnan answered:
Jimmy,
Nothing in this world is impossible, just varying degrees of difficulty. The first thing I would do is to go to the City planning department and speak to someone in building and safety. They likely will indicate that you can do it, however you will need to have an engineer and possibly an architect draw it up to ensure that it will be safe.

An equally important question to ask yourself is if it is financially wise to down size. If this is partially an investment for you, I assume this because you are renting the other three units, then how will this change affect the value when you go to sell the property. The normal assumption is that it will reduce the potential earning potential of the property, thereby reducing its resale.

You may want to hire a real estate agent or appraiser to help you determine the potential affect on value, if this is a concern for you. If it is not a concern, then head to Building and Safety and start getting permits and plans.

You should also be aware that this change may affect the loan that you currently have ton the property, if any, because the lender may see this as a substantial alteration to the improvements that may affect potential resale and therefore their security. You don’t want the bank to surprise you half way through construction by calling the loan and asking for full repayment.


Good Luck.
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Fri Feb 15, 2008
Karen Miller answered:
Brian,

The best way is to contact a local Realtor who will give you a thorough market analysis of the area you're interested in buying or selling.

Karen Miller
562-756-4144
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Mon Jan 28, 2008
Fred Dawson answered:
Realtor.com is typically a good tool to locate Open Houses. Secondly, the area Newspaper usually has most of the Open Houses for a specific area.
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Mon Jan 14, 2008
Infinity Realty Network answered:
i suggest www.housingmaps.com good site for rentals.
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Wed Jan 9, 2008
Kent Palmer answered:
The County wil maintain that list. They are also required to publish the notice of intent to forclose. If you caontact the County Clerk's office, they will be able to tell you where it is published or where you need to go in the county to see the info. Or you can pay for the list through one of the services. Not my recommended method, but it works if you use a good service. ... more
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Mon Oct 20, 2008
Pam Winterbauer answered:
A local Realtor should be able to provide you with properties that sold in the area. Are you looking to do comps for the Beverly Center area?
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Sun May 4, 2008
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Probably not. Complaints or calls to the building department can be very anonymous.
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Sun Jun 28, 2009
Mike Kelly Allison Norman answered:
LA, You can check with your City or County planning or building departments. Some actually are on-line and allow you to do a "records" search to see the history of permits for the property. If not just take the address down and ask them. Many will look it up or you or hand you a 'microfiche" record which you can see through a "viewer". But a word of caution. Neighbors who live in glass houses should not throw stones! You had better make sure your house is in order. Retaliation by your neighbor can make your living a nightmare!! ... more
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