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Fri Mar 15, 2013
Yuri Katz answered:
I'd say the 3 easiest and most efficient ways would be to:

1. get rid of the clutter both inside the home and out to show more space. In case you have old boxes full of things, files, clothing, etc., it's a good idea to think of a garage sale, removing stored items to other locations, etc. (Once you sell the property you'd have to take care of that anyway);

2. bring in more natural light in every possible way. Pay attention to window curtains, drapes, cleaning skylights, replacing light bulbs in light fixtures, etc.;

3. emphasize the views by trimming trees, vegetation, removing clutter in front of the windows and balconies.

If the place is vacant it might need some staging as not everyone has creative imagination to see beyond presented reality.
I have some great designers and stagers ready to assist.
Just email or call me for the contacts and more info.
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Fri Mar 2, 2012
Brian Goldberg answered:
Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your first home:
1. Location, Location, Location - in Malibu that generally means proximity to PCH and killer ocean Views
2. Only things physically attached to the house are included. Things like washer/dryers, flat TV's, even some refrigerators are NOT included with the sale unless you specify them in your offer.
3. You have a contingency period to do all of your inspections. Don't skip them, they are critical so that there ARE NO surprises. Physical inspections, Geology, Septic, Roof, Chimney, etc. are all worth the money. If problems are found, you can either back out of the transaction or negotiate with the seller to fix them.
4. A home warranty is also important to prevent surprises, so have the seller buy you one when you write the offer.
If you have any other questions, or would like some assistance with your first-time purchase, please feel free to contact me anytime at (310) 403-4623 or brian@brokermalibu.com. Good Luck!
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Sat May 18, 2013
Don Tepper answered:
Check for the location of elementary schools. If there's one nearby, then likely there are children in the area.
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Sat May 18, 2013
Oggi Kashi answered:
It's California!!!

Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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Mon Jan 9, 2012
Jill Reeder answered:
Hi Michael,

Yes they enforce them very stringently. NO pets for tenants at all and small dogs and cats only for owners.
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Sat Mar 9, 2013
Brian Goldberg answered:
The weather in Malibu is a wonderful Mediterranean climate. Temperatures range from 50's to 80's. Winter has some rain storms, but usually the weather is fantastic. There are lots of very private properties in Malibu, there are also gated communities with guards. Crime is very low. For more on the weather, check out weather.com and put in zip code 90265. For more on the crime rates, check out http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/california/malibu.html

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at (310) 403-4623 or visit http://www.brokermalibu.com
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Tue Aug 9, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
Try from the original manufacturer. Or do an online search; it's surprising what you can sometimes turn up.

Good luck.
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Fri Jun 15, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
In order to finds answers and any necessary information needed, consider contacting any local agent/realty office, they all have access to the same information...keep in mind that information into this site or any other sites for that matter, oftentimes is fed by various sources and not necessarily the owners. ... more
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Mon Jan 10, 2011
John Barry answered:
Hi Katie,

Not all condos will qualify, even if they are in good condition. The complex itself must be approved for FHA financing by HUD (Dept. of Housing & Urban Development), and that is determined by additional factors than just the condition, such as the financial reserves of the HOA, etc..

John Barry
DRE #01856079
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Cell: 323-810-7976
Email: john.barry@coldwellbanker.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RealtorJB
Twitter: @RealtorJB
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Sat Mar 9, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Since you are asking a legal question--you should consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate--he/she will be your best source of information/advice.
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Sun Jul 1, 2012
Monique & Joe Carrabba answered:
Hello Panache,

I just closed a home I had listed in Malibu. The commision varies from 2.5% to 2% depending on the price. The homes above 10 mil tend to be at 2%

If you need a CMA comparative market analysis to determine the value of your home, let me know.

Best,

Monique Carrabba
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Sunset
(323) 899-2900
mcarraba@kw.com
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Fri Mar 15, 2013
Mack McCoy answered:
They're not, really; it's just that it's always been an easy field for report designers to add,
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Wed Jul 14, 2010
John Barry answered:
Hi Kristiana,

I sent you an email regarding your question - I do not see which property you were referring to as there is no property referenced with your question. If you would like some assistance purchasing a certain property, I would be happy to help you. Let me know the address of the property you are interested in & I will do some research for you & see if it is available and at what price.

Thanks, have a nice evening..

John Barry
DRE #01856079
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Cell: 323-810-7976
Email: john.barry@coldwellbanker.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RealtorJB
Twitter: @RealtorJB
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Wed Aug 14, 2013
Brian Goldberg answered:
Yes, and I have a Bugatti and private jet that I don't want too.
I'll leave them by the curb with the keys in them, just swing by and pick them up anytime.
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Tue Jun 8, 2010
Malibu Broker answered:
Did u buy a condo yet there? That whole hoa has major fees... The current maintenance is over 1000 ! If you have just purchased it....statefarm can help you get liability and coverage for interior valuables....if something hapens with the actual structure the HOA is responsible! ... more
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Tue Mar 15, 2011
TAMMY CLARKE answered:
Ask her to see the escrow deposit slip.
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Sat Feb 26, 2011
Linda Slocum, CRS, CDPE | Santa Clarita Realtor answered:
The insurance for mobile and manufactured homes is different than what you would buy for a regular stick-built home. Be sure to contact an insurance agent who specializes in mobile and manufactured homes so you'll have a good idea as to what options are available to you. ... more
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Sun Mar 3, 2013
Brian Goldberg answered:
Activity is way up, inventory is way down, and prices are starting to climb.
If you are still looking to buy, now is the time, while prices and interest rates are low.

Brian Goldberg, CDPE
Broker Associate, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Malibu Colony
23676 Malibu Road
Malibu, CA 90265
P: (310) 403-4623
F: (310) 356-4901
www.luxurymalibuproperty.com
www.brokermalibu.com
CA DRE #01900604
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Sat Mar 10, 2012
Dan Chase answered:
It is really going to be luck of the draw. So far I have not been able to figure out how to really tell who would be a good agent and who would not. Experience can be a big plus, but that does not always mean quality. Understanding the market is a big plus, yet I have never seen any realtor who would say they did NOT know their market.

Big marketing does not attract me. It does not work to get me to eat at KFC, it does not bring me to any specific realtor. I have learned that a testimonial may not be worth much. After all, the friend may not realize how badly they got hosed because of their realtor.

I am going to be looking in areas I do not live in or have family and friends in. Finding a good realtor is still a mystery when it comes to good results.

I could say cute and single, but honestly, old, wrinkled, and knowledgeable is a lot more valuable in a realtor. After all, they are supposed to be saving my bacon.
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Bruce Kent answered:
that is a completely irresponsible question AND simply not true. There are ZERO homes in Malibu being sold for "back taxes" as this writer implies.
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