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Sun Oct 21, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
The question is subjective--therefore visit a neighborhood several times to get a sense of belonging; check out area statistics, real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods. ... more
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Sun May 19, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
Overall, Realtors are prohibited by law from telling you whether or not any specific neighborhood is safe. It’s called “steering” and we are prohibited by our code of ethics and federal law from providing such information. Here are a couple posts that explain more:

NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer

Don’t Get ‘Steered’ in the Wrong Direction

However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, for crime statistics, go to the following sites:
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi Craig-

I'd recommend you check out the community and crime maps on Trulia:

Hope this helps,

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Wed Sep 19, 2012
Pacita Dimacali answered:
When I post a listing on Trulia, I do my best to update the status when it changes. It's not up to Trulia to change it.

Trulia, depending on how the listings are set up for web exposure, may pick up the listings when they are brand new especially If the listings are associated with brokerages that have an arrangement with Trulia,

Sometimes, however, some agents may forget to update the status of their listings which may continue to show as active even if they are already pending.

Your best bet should you want to see only active listings (and to be notified of listings that come back to the market, or change prices) is to engage a realtor who can set it up so that you are automatically notified of such occurrence. Your agent will base the search on the MLS which is the realtors' primary service when posting listings.

What you see on Trulia could be a varierty of listings as well as non-listings (such as those distressed properties that receive notices of default or notices of trustee sale which are on public records, and provided via RealtyTrac).
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Sat Sep 15, 2012
Taylor Sublett answered:
Most of the single-family homes in Oakland tend to be older, and even ones that have been remodeled, have a hard time passing VA's stricter guidelines. In order to use a VA loan, you need to pretty much only be looking at new construction or homes that have been extensively and completely remodeled. You may also need to expect to beat the next highest offer considerably to overcome the stigma attached to a VA loan.

The best place to use VA loan right now are some of the new construction condominiums and townhouses. New construction is generally happy to sell to all-comers and do not have the same bias to VA loans as many individual Sellers do.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012
Euniece Cobbs asked:
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Thu Sep 13, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
It probably takes about 5 minutes to have them change & run a new GFE.
They are required by Federal Law to give you a GFE, so don't be put-off.
You should get at least two Loan estimates and GFE's so that you can compare the numbers.
There are so many numbers....
Why isn't your Buyer's Agent advising you on this?

Good luck and may God bless
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
Pacita Dimacali answered:
A good buy is when the buyer successfully buys a house at the price he is willing to pay.
And yes, Maxwell House is a desirable area for home buyers with a certain budget range in mind. And yes, depending on the improvements, conditions, etc. of the properties, many of them ARE worth over $400K ... more
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Wed Oct 10, 2012
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Several families with young children live in the area, and they will probably tell you, "Come! Life is good here!"

Know that our climate in this neck of the woods is simply amazing. Most of us don't have air conditioning -- we don't need it

Several places to choose from....depending on your requirements, budget range, lifestyle. For example, Rockridge is another wonderful possibility. And of course, there's Piedmont.

Here's a good start: Montclair Village of shops, restaurants, etc is an excellent way to discover the area. Come during the Farmers' Market and discover for yourself

Let me know if you need more information and how I may help you.
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Claudia Muller answered:
Yes. I can do that for you.
Local in Fremont.
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Mon Aug 27, 2012
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Michael Braillard answered:
I've sold plenty of short sales for people in your situation. In fact, I can speak personally on what it's like to be a short seller. I'd love to help. Feel free to shoot me a call.

Michael Braillard
Caldecott Properties | REALTOR
925.570.7099 Cell
510.594.2400 Office
510.594.2424 Fax
Dre Lic. 01369899
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
Antoine Pirson answered:
Hello Karina:
Go to :
That is the Alameda county tax records.
Perhaps if you could share why you want to know, and what the specific address is, we could determine if we can help (we meaning agents).
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
Marie Souza Team answered:
Your question is unclear. Please specify and we can help!
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Mon Aug 13, 2012
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Sun Aug 26, 2012
Taylor Sublett answered:
Oakland is currently the holder of the title of shortest days on market in the country. It's not your imagination. Properties are getting snapped up fast.

You are correct in that you should keep your inspection contingency, but make it as short as possible. Seven days is enough if you work quickly.

See if you can find out what terms you are being beaten by. All-cash? That's a hard one to beat. If you are using an FHA loan, that can be a huge hurdle in a competitive market.

Ask your agent to ask the listing agent for the terms the Seller is looking for. Maybe there is something in particular.

Financing is usually the one term you get stuck with and is very hard to change. If you are using FHA or something like that, you may have to offer more to sweeten the pot.
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Trulia Oakland asked:
"A Berkeley rent board commissioner up for re-election in November has collected thousands of dollars even though she missed more than half the meetings she was required to attend over ...
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Tue Mar 28, 2017
Eric H. Wong answered:
Is this a short sale ? If it is a regular sale the property should be delivered to you free and clear . The lien should be paid from the seller's proceeds.
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Fri Aug 17, 2012
My NC Homes Team answered:
Can a buyer and seller use the same agent, yes. Should they, absolutely not.

The majority of agents love being able to work both sides of a single transaction, this way they can forget about any responsibility to either the Seller or the buyer and focus exclusively on earning all the commission. While it's not illegal it should be.

I've attached a link below on how to find a great Realtor, and you'll find a lot more information about this very subject within it that I hope you find useful.
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Sun Aug 5, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Please tell us that you have a good Realtor in your corner!
Otherwise, looking is just looking.
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