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Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Shortsale in orangevale, ca.; newer home, seller is asking 350, trulia has its value in the high 200s, eappraisal has it at 429K, might offer 325 max
You are very thurough in your research;
Why don't you take one more step and have a Realtor do a CMA?
It is important?
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Douglas Lagos, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Douglas Lagos answered:
Older homes, the risks? What specific risks should I be concerned about when buying an older (1950-1980s) home? Electrical comes to mind.
Hi Michael,

Older homes may have electrical, plumbing, and appliances issues. I would recommend to get a general home inspector when you find the fit home, and depending on their res ... more
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Miekeba Jones, Real Estate Pro in Silver Spring, MD
Miekeba Jones answered:
Pending listings? Does it make any sense to consider contingent or pending listings, or only active listings? If 'yes', how do you pursue
Hi Lone, Its OK to consider listings that have a contract on them. Its not sold until its sold. It is less likely that you will secure a home that is under contract than one that is a ... more
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John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Leucadia, CA
John Arendsen answered:
Are there any trailer park communities in San Diego that are good for a family of 4 and are less than $85,000?
It depends on where in San Diego you want to live and whether or not you want a rent/lease community or a resident owned. Please feel free to contact us anytime. We've been in the Manuf ... more
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Shannon Ande…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Shannon Anderson answered:
I am relocating to San Diego (Scripps Ranch, Poway, Escondido). What delta can I expect (generally) between list & actual prices? For short sales?
There is a shortage of inventory right now Michael and so we are seeing homes getting multiple, over list price offers at this point. As for pre-approved short sales, most agents tell y ... more
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Trudi Geniale, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Trudi Geniale answered:
What are Baby Boomers looking for in housing today?
If you want to enjoy your life to the fullest I would do as I did and move to Downtown San Diego. Its a
great area with a variety of price ranges and there is always something going o ... more
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Michael J. L…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Michael J. Lambert answered:
need help with VA Loan and home purchasing
Hi Anthony. You should be able to squeak by, and mortgage will likely be less than rent. Are you at Mira Mar or Coronado? Have you identified area? Michael J. Lambert 858 774 6040, ... more
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Sinead McAll…, Real Estate Pro in Oceanside, CA
Sinead McAllister answered:
How will removal of pine trees affect value of condominium?
Hi Alana,
Hmmm, this is a hard one. While the pine trees might be nice to look at and provide a buffer from the street noise and view, pine trees roots are notoriously troublesome. We ... more
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asirois,  in San Diego, CA
asirois answered:
Moving PQ/RB area for 4 yrs. I do not intend to stay , should I rent or buy? 1st time buyer VA Loan 250k range.
Frank,

The first question is what type of home could you be approved to buy, and you could determine this by obtaining a pre-qualification through a VA lender. As a direct VA lender ... more
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Hector Gaste…, Real Estate Pro in Coronado, CA
Hector Gastelum answered:
Do contingency offers make it more difficult to buy a home?
Making a fair offer, having the right REALTOR, relationships and having the best terms helps you buy a home.

Hector R. Gastelum
Candidate for California State Senate District 40
& ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 25, 2015 Home Buying in La Jolla
fredeckert, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
fredeckert answered:
can I get title insurance on a mobile home purchase?
Smario,
In California, If you were buying a moblie home, affixed to the lot and a the lot it sits on, you should be able to get title insurance. If you are just buying the mobile home ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 27, 2013 Home Buying in Carmel Valley
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
We're looking to buy a home in the $900,000 to $1M here in San Diego. Is anyone doing 80-10-10 loans for this price range?
Hi Susan,

There aren't as many loan options as there used to be...but there are indeed some 10% down options. I can refer you to several reputable lenders in the area. If you would l ... more
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Joseph Arend…, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
Joseph Arendsen answered:
First Time Home Buyer Via Stated Income Loan in San Diego, CA - Attainable?
Definitely contact David Walling with Provident Bank. He should be able to take care of you. He very well known around San Diego and does a great job for his clients. And if he's not ab ... more
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asirois,  in San Diego, CA
asirois answered:
Qualifying for a second FHA loan? Advise?
Would be happy to discuss this with you, feel free to call me at 858-229-5399. Their is an exception where you can get a 2nd FHA loan if it meets the distance requirment. The bigger p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 25, 2013 Home Buying in San Diego
fredeckert, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
fredeckert answered:
Can a broker pay a fee (transaction coordinator) for the agent to use his DOC escrow company? Seems this would be a violation of RESPA
R_Evans1963,
Not sure why no one addressed this. You can certainly ask the broker outright if what they are doing is not in conflict with Respa or with the California Business & Profe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 25, 2013 Home Buying in 92111
Michael J. L…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Michael J. Lambert answered:
Is Hillcrest a good area to ride a bicycle? When I lived in SF there was a bicyclist hit by a car averaging one a month. That's no good.
Is any urban area safe to ride bikes? I prefer Mission Bay with miles of bike paths on the sand. Or numerous canyon bike trails, or mountain trails, or Balboa Park, or Coronado Strand ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 5, 2013 Home Buying in San Diego
Michael Urla…, Real Estate Pro in Del Mar, CA
Michael Urlacher answered:
I am looking for a single family lease option in Rancho Penasquitos. Any advise is appreciated.?
Good morning Richard,

I can help you find a lease option. I need to know the specifics of what you are looking for in order to be able to help you. Please feel free to email or call ... more
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Sinead McAll…, Real Estate Pro in Oceanside, CA
Sinead McAllister answered:
We are first time home buyers and looking for the best San Diego neighborhood to invest in within our price range of $400K.
Hi Rachelle,
There are other things to consider such as where you work (commute) and what kind of home you want to live in. Feel free to contact me directly and we can explore a couple ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 5, 2014 Home Buying in San Diego
Sinead McAll…, Real Estate Pro in Oceanside, CA
Sinead McAllister answered:
what school is the best in rancho bernardo?
Hi Vanessa,
Realtors aren't allowed to say what is the "best," but here is a link to a website that has great information on schools and their rankings, etc.
http://www.greatschools. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 18, 2013 Home Buying in 92128
Bill Hays, Real Estate Pro in Cardiff, AL
Bill Hays answered:
Can anyone recommend a good and experienced rehab loan officer? I'll be using a conventional purchase loan with a 20% down payment.
BeachBrokerBill, Broker, Encinitas, CA
Danny Fitzpatrick leads the rehab team in North San Diego County for Wells Fargo. I found him on highly reputable a slab repair contractor's webs ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 19, 2015 Home Buying in San Diego
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