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Mountain View : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Sep 4, 2012
Juliana Lee answered:
Currently 211 Pine Way is listed on the Multiple Listing Service at $1,099,900 by the Mozart Develpment Company. Typically a new development will only list one unit on the MLS to attract the attention of buyers and of agents who have buyers. This gives them the flexibility to keep their sales prices to themselves and thus adjust them whenever they wish without buyers comparing prices.

Develpers also prefer to try and capture buyers without agents but cooperate with agents who bring buyers. They surely net more money by selling to buyers who do not have agents, otherwise they would take advantage of the "free" promotion of the MLS.

Currently there are no sales for either Pine Way or Geary Way shown in the Santa Clara County title records provided by the MLS. Any completed sales would thus be quite recent.

If the HOA does timely maintenance the HOA fees will probably not become unreasonable. High HOA fees most often occur after maintenance has been delayed causing unnecessary damage from weather.
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Sun Aug 12, 2012
Terri Vellios answered:
Most rentals go through the end of the month. If a tenant has given 30 days notice, then a landlord will start looking for a new tenant so that he/she can have the vacancy filled by the 1st of the month. Not all are that way. Also, because the rental market is very tight, the sooner you start shopping the better, especially if you are on a time line.

All the best to you.
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
You realize that your Mortgage, Insurance and Taxes will start the day the Ecrow Closes?

Will the rent cover all that?
How about YOUR rent where you are living?
Can you trust them?

There is that little thing called; helping out someone in need: But nobody does that anymore, right?
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Thu Aug 2, 2012
Terri Vellios answered:
For information on "safety" you should visit

For schools, my website has several links for you to look up including the API, if that is your focus for schools.

For stuff to do it looks like Downtown is the place to go. Downtown Mountain View (Castro) is a great place to hang out. There is a wonderful selection of food and shopping. There are events, such a wine festivals and Farmer's Market.
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
Zofia Morse answered:
Do you have an agent? There are homes coming on the market everyday, so by regulary checking listed homes you may find your dream place
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
Gregorio Denny answered:
Generally the Seller pays the City $1.10 per $1000 and the buyer and seller split the county $3.30 per $1000.
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Sat Jul 14, 2012
Norman Alessandrini answered:
I answered this on your other question and it last sold in 2007 for $1,174,000 it was remodeled I believe this property was a "Flip" it is not active on the MLS and no idea if the owners want to sell. If you need assistance or have any questions with finding and purchasing in Mt. View, let me know.
At your service,
Certified Distressed Property Expert
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Thu Sep 26, 2013
Erica Glessing answered:
My understanding is two years. At one year 10 months you can go to a lender and work on your pre-approval papers to get ready to purchase at 2 years.
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Fri Mar 30, 2012
Terri Vellios answered:
I have a lot of questions for you before I could even venture to help you.

When you sell your home where are you planning on renting until you close on your next property?
What are you expecting to get for $175,000 or less?
How much money will you have after the sale of your house to invest?
Where do you want that property to be located?
What type of return on your investment do you expect to make?
When you say Foreclosure are you referring to the court house steps? Short Sales? Bank Owned Property? Or Pr-Foreclosure?
I am assuming that on the remodel you are not going to do the work yourself, but hire a contractor?

Until I had the above questioned answered, I wouldn't accept the job of someone's Broker. Then dependent upon their expectations and my ability to deliver we would make a mutual decision. This is done with a meeting in my office.

Terri Vellios
Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty
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Tue Sep 17, 2013
Cayman911 answered: is one of the newer sites but it has great features and listings... I would recommend them especially their map search
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Thu Mar 8, 2012
Hassan Sabbagh answered:
Here they are:

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Thu Feb 23, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
The best way is to ask your agent to reach out to the realtor community for such partnerships. They can also possibly advertise for such a scenario. Clients buying TIC's do it all the time. You may call me for more info.


Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Mon Feb 20, 2012
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
I see your zip code 94040, I believe that is Mountain View. You might try this link:
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Marcy Moyer answered:
Lindac in 2001 there were 563 sales of both single family homes, condos, and townhomes. Of those 563 sales 62 were short sales and 34 were foreclosures, so about 17% of the sales were distressed properties. This is not a high percentage, but they do exist. There are many differences between buying a home as a distressed property sale as compared to a traditional sale. Just a few things to note are these sales are always "As-Is" although you do get to do your inspections and determine the condition. The foreclosures do not come with disclosures, or a known history of the house while a short sale does. Also these homes tend to need more work than the average traditional sale. In exchange you usually get a better price for the home than you would otherwise get. However, since the inventory of all homes for sale is so low right now, there may be competition for the home which could drive the price up. It is a good idea to get an agent with experience so that you can be guided as to what the bank looks for in a offer as well as what you should look for in the house. I have written extensively about my experience with distressed properties and invite you to read my blog here on Trulia or go to my website
Happy house hunting!
Marcy Moyer
DRE 01191194
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Glen Mitchell answered:
The best way to determine true value is to set an appointment with a real estate broker and have them inspect the condition and see property features first hand. They can bring along recent comps in your area and show you how to adjust the prices from those comps to the value of your home.

I would be happy to set a time with you and help you better determine what your property would sell for. There is no cost for this service.

Glen Mitchell
Real Estate Broker
Licensed in CA and Hawaii
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Kendrick Kwan answered:
Hi Nancy,

In Mountain View, for a single family home under $600K with pretty good schools, you're most likely going to be looking in the area east of Central Expy, north of Whisman Rd, South of San Antonio Rd and West of W. Middlefield Rd. Currently, there isn't much inventory there now but I can help keep an eye out for you. But I can send you some past sold properties to give you a feel of what you can get for the price and can also send you a link to school API scores. Unfortunately Palo Alto will be nearly impossible to find something in that price range. Send me your contact and we can talk more about it. My email is Talk to you soon!

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Fri Aug 9, 2013
Glen Mitchell answered:
Septic system would be the way to go.
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Thu Oct 13, 2011
Robert Chomentowski answered:

I'm a former Bay Area resident by the way. Your local Realtors can answer this better than I, but I would imagine $375k would be a condo unless you went down towards the more working class areas parts of San Jose? If you did go with a condo you would have a monthly HOA due. For condo or house you also have to factor in vacancy. On a SFR you will also have homeowners insurance, on a condo this will be a lower amount because you just need to insure the "walls in". I only pay $10/mo though USAA for my condo walls in policy on a rental I have. You will have a water bill on a SFR, but usually this is paid for by the tenant. On condo the hoa pays the water bill. On a SFR you may have landscaping costs, but that could be included in maintenance and repairs or you could possibly get a tenant to take care of that. My tenant takes care of my landscaping on my house rental. Condo you will not have to worry about landscaping. ... more
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Thu Jun 28, 2012
The Luxe Life Group answered:
Assuming you are talking about Mountain View, California, you may want to consider Sunnyvale and Los Altos. The true question is what do you consider "affordable" because what's affordable in California, could be luxury in the Midwest. All boils down to how much you can afford without overextending your family's budget. ... more
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