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Dave Heck,  in Arcadia, CA
Dave Heck answered:
We are not 100% satisifed with our real estate agent? Can we "dismiss" him?
If you didn't sign buyer agreement, then you are probably not under any obligation. What I would like to know is, what are you 100% satisfied with? I can't think of anything I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 21, 2013 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Don Tepper answered:
buying mobile home. I filed bankruptcy
With owner financing, anything's possible. Putting $10,000 down on a $25,000 mobile home is pretty solid. The two issues you'll run into are: (1) a lot of mobile home sellers ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 8, 2009 Home Buying in 95476
Shannon Doyle,  in Windsor, CA
Shannon Doyle answered:
I own an oceanview 5acre parcel in Molokai(F&C) I would like to trade for a house in Oakmont? Any ideas how I could fine someone interested?
Hi Morgan,

What a fun idea! As a starting point, have you had your property appraised recently? Or do you have a good idea of it's current market value? If you have a good idea ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 11, 2013 Home Buying in 95409
David Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
David Thomas answered:
What are homeowner association fees for Petaluma Estates?
Hi Jane! Space Rent/HOA dues for Petaluma Estates range from $560 to $790 within the park and include Activities Available, BBQ Area, Cable TV, Clubhouse, Electric Metered, Game Room, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 2, 2009 Home Buying in Petaluma
Mep, Home Buyer in Novato, CA
Mep answered:
What are homeowner association fees for Petaluma Estates and for Sandlewood Estates?
They not always have homeowner fees, but you will have a monthly lease/rent on the land the mobile home is occupying.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 22, 2010 Home Buying in Petaluma
Patrick Thies, Real Estate Pro in Anytown, IL
Patrick Thies answered:
Anything we can do to make us more desirable home buyers?
You need to find out what you are up against regarding the other offers out there. What are sellers looking for? Are others coming in with higher down payments, quicker closing dates, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 5, 2010 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Steve, Other/Just Looking in Rohnert Park, CA
Steve answered:
Thank you all for your great answers. We are moving to Portland OR. due to job. We love living in dowtown Sonoma, my birthplace, and would not move,
It's your price point. Not saying you're asking too much (no idea), but it's a tough sell for the category.

The market is dominated by first-time buyers, few of whom w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 10, 2009 Home Buying in Sonoma
Mike Kelly A…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Mike Kelly Allison Norman answered:
i have lots of lookers but No offers in over 30 days. House is priced right per many R.E. agents and our own?
Mary, So many variables to address and you give absolutely NO CLUES! What's your price point? Is this the "Entry Level" for your neighborhood? We plenty of "priced r ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 21, 2013 Home Buying in Sonoma
Steven Ornel…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steven Ornellas answered:
how much i have to put down in order to have $1500 morgage?
Hi Memet, on my home page (link provided below) I have a graphing mortgage calculator where you can enter all the loan variables (house cost only being one of seven that need to be cons ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 27, 2010 Home Buying in Petaluma
Kelly sulliv…, Real Estate Pro in Marshall, CA
Kelly sullivan answered:
looking for a hause in petaluma 3 bedroom 2 bath on commercial zone
I do have a C-3 Zoned property at 3696 Petaluma Blvd North with a office/studio for $325,000. Not sure if it would work, but thought I would put it out there to you.

Best to you,

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0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 21, 2013 Home Buying in Petaluma
James Baxter, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
James Baxter answered:
We are looking to buy in Santa Rosa in the near future. What percentage down payment are lenders requiring in the current market?
Hi Santarosa Buyer,
You should also consult with a local Realtor about down payments. Every market is different and just because FHA has 3.5% down loan, does not mean that is something ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 21, 2013 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Dorothy M. R…,  in Oak Park, IL
Dorothy M. Reid answered:
Should I get pre-approved by a bank that holds a foreclosure property for sale?? Even though I'm approved by my mortgage Co.??
Your brother is right. In this market it is not uncommon for the bank holding the foreclosed property or one involved in a short sale to require the potential buyer to be pre-approved w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 26, 2009 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Lynn Bowen, Real Estate Pro in Sebastopol, CA
Lynn Bowen answered:
how can I get an engineering report on 6167 N H'way 1, Bodega Bay concerning its stability so close to the edge of the cliff?
As far as I know an engineering report has NOT been done for this property. I would HIGHLY recommend an engineering study and a soils investigation report if I had a client interested ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 3, 2010 Home Buying in Bodega Bay
Elizabeth He…, Real Estate Pro in Agawam, MA
Elizabeth Herbert answered:
I will be in the area all of February looking for a home or a lot on which to build. We need a month long rental: very clean and furnished; 1
There are extended stay hotels that offer monthly rates. Also some snowbirds will rent their homes short-term.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 8, 2009 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
David Pittman,  in Sebastopol, CA
David Pittman answered:
Where are all of the defaulted properties?
The obvious answer is that the banks (the lenders who had the loans that defaulted) are holding on to the properties.
In some cases this may be caused by the banks shortage of personne ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 1, 2009 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Lynn Bowen, Real Estate Pro in Sebastopol, CA
Lynn Bowen answered:
$15,000 Tax Credit Extension with out limits. Will it Pass? Many say they need this with the default rate soaring
I sure do hope that this will be passed or atleast that the current $8,000 credit for 1st timers be extended. Would LOVE to see the credit be increased to the $15,000. amount as well ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 27, 2009 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Fred Griffin,  in Tallahassee, FL
Fred Griffin answered:
Anybody heard about the Extended Tax Credit Proposed?? 15,000 with out limits! That sure would be great!
Thanks for the link, Craig.

I have been telling Buyers that "word on the street" suggests it, that "some Congressmen are proposing it", and that "Natio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 17, 2009 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Patrick Thies, Real Estate Pro in Anytown, IL
Patrick Thies answered:
Should buyers keep looking for Homes DURING winter and WHY?
We here in the Midwest get a lot of snow and cold too. I have found that buyers who are looking during the winter months are pretty serious buyers rather than some of the looky loos yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 17, 2009 Home Buying in Santa Rosa
Mike Bryant, Other/Just Looking in Sebastopol, CA
Mike Bryant answered:
We have a house that is worth about $480 conservatively that we owe $360 on. We would like to buy a house on the market for $540K. Is it possible to?
Assuming that your figures are correct on what your home should sell for and your payoff amount, you should have a 15-20% to put down on the new home after paying all fees and commissio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 28, 2012 Home Buying in 95404
Ron Blaken, Both Buyer and Seller in Santa Rosa, CA
Ron Blaken answered:
How can I get to a buyer that wants to walk away from his/her mortgage? I read 25-35% are strategic foreclosures financially.
seller not buyer.. and can I offer a really cheap price with all the distress?? My agent says we are at another bottom(6th bottom I think)
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 4, 2009 Home Buying in Sonoma County
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