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Sun Jun 27, 2010
Matthew Bartlett answered:
Hi Ptownie,

Commissions are completely negotiable. It comes down to what your Realtor/Broker is willing to accept and what you as the Seller are willing to pay. However, if you only focus on the Realtor/Broker who quotes the lowest commission you may end up costing yourself even more money in the long run. Best of luck to you!

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Thu Apr 22, 2010
Rhonda Fee answered:
This house sold for $620k in 2006. I'm not sure where you saw the $432k amount. As for my strategy about pricing that house for a buyer, it would be best to talk to you one on one. Basically if the house is still on the market after 30-days, it is fairly reasonable to say the price and the small size is the problem. You need an aggressive agent. Give me a call if you'd like to discuss. Thanks.
Rhonda Fee, ABR
Realty World Town & Country
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Sat Sep 25, 2010
Michael Tessaro answered:
This depends on the actual price and how much you want it. If I were your agent I would review the compareables with you and see how you feel about the value and also the apprasail too if we can get our hands on it. I would also see if either agent met the appraiser at the home when they came to do their inspection and did they provide comparable information to the appraiser. If not I would ask if the apraiser would accept other comps if your agent has any to provide them they may not have considered and see if they can get the value up. If all this fails it's time to negotiate with the seller. Depending on your desire for this home ask for a reduction to the lower value or spilt it 50/50 or some other formula it all comes down to how much you want your new home and how badly the seller wants to sell. I hope this information HELPS and good luck with your home purchase and welcome to Pleasanton ;-) ... more
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Wed Apr 6, 2011
Short Sales United answered:
Well I was hoping to find some info on ING Short Sales here as well......but i guess no one has worked on any.... :(
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Tue Jan 4, 2011
Jennifer Seidelman answered:
There are very specific ways that a buyer's agent may give a credit to a buyer. One of the most important things is it must be included on the closing document known as the HUD-1. The credit cannot be given to the buyer outside of escrow. Make sure however you do the credit that your lender is aware of it, otherwise it is considered lender fraud.

I am well versed in short sales and know of no law prohibiting a buyer's agent from crediting the buyer on a short could exist but I've never heard of it and I close several short sales each month, of course I also don't credit my commission to my buyers. A seller's lender might possibly state as part of a short sale approval that a buyer may not receive a credit from the buyer's agent but I have never seen that either. I would ask the agent to show you what law prohibits the agent from crediting you back on a short sale purchase. And if such a law exists your agent should have advised you that you wouldn't receive the credit on a short sale.

Do you have a written agreement with your agent regarding the credit? If you don't have a written agreement with the agent it is a little bit harder to determine what the agreement is or was. If the agent did agree to the credit, I would agree that the agent should follow through on the agreement.
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Wed Mar 31, 2010
Julia Murtagh answered:
Hello George,
The issues that you are mentioning have to do with "Liquefaction Susceptibilty". This is evident all over the Bay Area, and Pleasanton does have a large area that falls into this range.If you buy in California, you will have this issue, due to the the fact that we are prone to Earthquakes. This is discusses in the "Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety & Enviormental Hazards" Booklet, which all buyer's receive when participating in the purchase of a home.
The area around the Tennis and Community Park, is a very popular neighborhood, with some great ammenities.I have sold homes in this area before, with out issues. I would focus on the actual home you are interested, and check to see if the foundation is level and solid.

I am providing the link which shows you the USGS Map for Liquefaction.

Please feel free to contact me for more information about this Area. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and have lived in Pleasanton for the last 14 years. Good Luck,

Julia Mutagh
Alain PInel Realtors
"Bringing Integrity to your front Door"
Direct 925-997-2411
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Fri Apr 2, 2010
Julia Murtagh answered:
Hello PK,
I would be happy to talk with you in regards to Short Sales & Foreclosures. Most agents that have been working in the last 2 years have had some experience .Are you a Buyer or Sellerr? I have worked with both Buyer's and Seller's in this arena.

Try to work with someone that has taken the "Certified Distressed Property Expert" certification. You can visit my web site for more information on distressed selling.

Julia Murtagh
Alain Pinel Realtors
"Certified Distressed Property Expert"
Direct 925-997-2411
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Fri Jun 17, 2011
Patricia E. Burton answered:
1.The best time to give the deposit or earnest money check is after the bank has accepted your offer.
2. I would plan on 30 days. However it can vary from bank to bank.

I would suggest that while you are waiting on the bank to approve the offer that your loan officer moves forward in getting you approved for your loan. ... more
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Mon Feb 22, 2010
Fred Glick answered:
Get a lawyer to review everything and to make sure the agent gives you the right disclosure and everything stays on the up and up.
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Sun Feb 21, 2010
Joe Nernberg answered:
Start with to find a certified home inspector. Then, ask to see a sample report. Interview the home inspector about his/her qualifications, construction experience, delivery turn-around and insurance. Be prepared to describe the home. How many square feet? Raised foundation or slab on grade? Anything else to be inspected (swimming pool, hot tub, guest house, etc.)?

Then ask for a fee quote.
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Mon Mar 8, 2010
Paula Hultz answered:
Hi Mike,

All I can offer is my personal experience moving from Southern California to the Tri-Valley. I also suffered from allergies when I first moved here. The allergies did subside after awhile though. I contribute it to part of the acclimation process. There are different plant species and pollens here than from where I moved from. Additionally, being close to the ocean or bay helps to circulate the air-pushing the pollens out, and making them less dense. The "valley" contributes to the pollens hovering in the air in higher concentrations. If you and your family can hang in there, things should get better in time!
Again, this is just my opinion based on personal experience. I sure hope it helps you!!
All the best to you and your family!!
Paula Hultz
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Sun Feb 21, 2010
Sunil Sethi answered:
As someone who's suffered with allergies ever since moving to California from Michigan in the mid 1970s, I'd love to be able to predict areas to avoid, but I'm unaware of any service that can provide such guidance.

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Wed Feb 17, 2010
Barbara Wilson answered:
What kind of information are you looking for? Pleasanton is a great town, nice schools, and in a good commute location for the Silicon Valley and the peninsula. It is close to shopping and from seeing homes in the area, it seems to be a place where people take care of their homes. If you can be more specific, I can be more helpful. ... more
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Thu Apr 22, 2010
The Medford Team answered:

What is the address of the home you are interested in?
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Sat Jan 23, 2010
Richard Lecinski answered:
First call your lender. Be sure you have all your documents ready. Tax returns, a budget, income statements and any thing else to show you need to do a loan modification.
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Mon Jan 11, 2010
Hi Sg...

I would advise you to speak to Tyler on the Moxley team. His Real Estate teams works specifically in that neighborhood.



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Sun Jan 24, 2010
Bentley Advisors answered:
Keep it simple and contact your original lender to ask if your loan is still w/ them or if it has been transferred.
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Thu Mar 11, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
I don't know specifically about the company you mention. However, the concept isn't unique at all. As you note, they put the closing costs into your loan and possibly even credit some extra to you.

Financially, it's a terrible move if you can afford to pay some or all of your closing costs. Not only do you end up with a higher rate, but you also end up with an incrementally larger loan. So let's say, for example, that you plan on using $1,500 of the money for a big screen TV. Think of it as having borrowed $1,500 for 30 years at, maybe, 6%. The TV will be gone in 5-7 years, but you'll have the honor of paying for it for the next 30.

My guess--again I don't know the company or the program--is that they'll probably "make good" on the program. Why wouldn't they? It's hugely profitable for them.
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Mon Jan 4, 2010
Meena Gujral answered:
Hi Mateogal,

Happy New Year.
At this time there are only 3 condos/Townhouses on the market in Pleasanton under $600K.
The properties are not very close to downtown but since downtown is so accessible being almost in the middle of Pleasanton, it is close proximity from everywhere.

The 3 properties are close to Santa Rita, Hopyard and 580 Freeway and none of them have a pool.
If you want me to show you any of these properties or you want to wait till some more homes come on the market that better fit your criteria, you can call me at 510-279-9580.

I also live in Pleasanton and it is a great city. You can also go to and sign up to receive automatic e-mails when a property that meets your criteria comes on the market.

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
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Fri Dec 18, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello Ruby and thanks for your question.

Based on what I can find on the internet, Siena's townhome properties appear to be attached housing in a planned development., which, as you know, means that a buyer would purchase both the lot and the building. There's an easy way to determine if the homes are condominium styled townhomes or a planned development. Open the CC&Rs, and look under the "definitions" section of the governing documents--usually the first few pages. If the homes are identified as "Lots", then the community is a planned development. If the homes are identified as "Units", then the homes are actually condominiums--the word "unit" connotes a condominium or three-dimensional "box of air" described on the condominium map and plan. This is why the words "planned UNIT development" is incorrect--the term is actually "planned development."

At this time, to determine if the homes within the Siena community are an attractive buy, you may wish to consult with a local real estate agent in the area to look at several other homes and to obtain comparables to determine if the pricing for the home in which you are interested is justified or a good buy. I can say, however, that with a peak price of $650,000 or more for homes in this community, the current prices in the high $400,000s are very certainly attractive. However, "how" attractive will depend entirely on the recent sales in the area.

Good luck!!

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
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