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Sunnyvale : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jan 4, 2014
jorgesoriano81 asked:
i need mor info for the house
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Thomas Groll answered:
I have access to the best rentals in and around Philadelphia. Let me know more abt your requirements and where I can send you some listings. Also let me know when you're desired move-in date would be.

-Tom Groll
The Condo Shop
cell 215-620-9994
main office: 215-692-6636
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Fri Aug 24, 2012
Monica Goyal DRE # 01781926 answered:
Hi Saori,

You can find school information at, the schools might change with a specific address. You can also check the API scores for different schools. Depending upon the age of your child you many not need to be in a high scoring school district at this time.


Monica Goyal
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Tue Aug 21, 2012
Norman Alessandrini answered:
Just so you know you should ALWAYS bring your realtor with you when you sign in, because this is exactly why you would need one to help you negotiate. If you don't have one there are several of us here who work sunnyvale and have helped clients purchased new construction. With that said I would still check out with my banks or lender if they would or have they lent on this project. Have you negotiated any upgrades? Most new contructions will not be as flexable on price, but will be open and flexable on upgrades so if you haven't already that needs to be looked into. When you add everything in go with the best deal for you.
If you would like some assistance, feel free to contact me.
At your service,
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Sun Aug 19, 2012
Diane Drewke answered:
New homes are usually at a premium over older homes.
Updated is at a premium.
2 car garages side by side are preferred by most people to tandem garages.
It is a builder with a good track record.
Floor plans where you do not have to climb stairs to bring up groceries are a premium.
Quality of materials will have an impact.
Amount of light and location will impact price.
Amount of noise.
Also at this point time we are and have been at extreme lows for the number of condos on the market. They are getting snapped up as soon as they are being built.

One thing that most people do not seem to realize is that agents are to help you understand these things. Compare prices, negotiate for you and protect your interests.

Most builders cooperate with real estate agents. This means that as long as you bring your agent or arrangements are made before you see the property or sign in the builder will compensate the agent. You may think you will get a better price because the builder will not have to split it with the agent but this is not the case. In many cases the agent will help negotiate a better price or possilby some upgrades you would not have the leverage to do yourself.

The other thing an agent should do for you is help you understand the paperwork and get information about the homeowners association to make sure you are in a good one. There are quite a few condo associations out there that are in litigation with a builder. Real Estate agents know the questions to ask to try to make sure you are making a good decision for YOU.

Good luck!
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
David Allen Rivas answered:
See 749 Henrietta Ave in Sunnyvale open this weekend 1-4 both days this is a 10,080 sqft. lot with almost 1800 sq ft home with a huge yard and a swimming pool. Listed at 889,000 don't miss this great home in a quiet location.
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
I recommend you go back to the agent who wrote your initial offer (your buyers agent) that was accepted on the property. That person is privy to the terms of your contract and what timelines were agreed to between the parties. There are many different scenarios and options to choose when writing an offer. Only the agent involved in the transaction can translate for you. Otherwise, it would be best to consult a real estate attorney. ... more
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Mon Oct 15, 2012
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
Which house, do you have an address or a link ?
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Sun Nov 25, 2012
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
Here is a link to the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers....
Here you can search by city for a list of licensed real estate appraisers. ... more
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Mon Oct 8, 2012
Lance King answered:
All else being equal, what gets offers accepted is the sellers' belief the deal they choose will close, and sometimes there is an emotional component as well - for example, it was their family home and they would like to see another family move in.

The letter from the buyers will help the sellers believe your deal will close because you took the time to write it, and if your agent/broker can get any inside info on any emotional components or special needs - rentback, longer close, etc... - you can write those into the deal on the front end and make yours more attractive.

On one occasion I learned that the sellers for the house our buyers wanted really wanted another family to move in. I found out that the sellers were going to be at a showing and had my clients bring their newborn twins with them and gush about the house. There were 5 offers, ours was accepted almost solely because of that extra effort with inside info
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Claudia Muller answered:
On FHA, the lower of the two appraisals is used to determine the value of the property.
If that comes in lower, you can still get the loan, you will just need to bring in the difference in (the total loan to value) in case.

So, if you paid $531k and were getting a loan for $504,450 but the home now appraises at $527k, your loan amount would have to be reduce to $500,650. You would be bringing in the difference of $3800 in cash.
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Terri Vellios answered:
Your budget is going to dictate what your cash flow will be.

The benefit of a condo/town-home is that the outside of the home is maintained by the association. But the negative is there is a cost involved in that. Also, the renter has to follow the rules of the community.
Appreciation is relavent to the market. In our area condos and town homes are viable for appreciation.

A single family home may be easier to rent out and at a higher price. Then again, you will pay more for the SFH. And you can hire a gardener to insure the grounds are maintained.
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Fri Jul 6, 2012
Elena Talis answered:
I personally prefer Mountain View but both cities offer good options. Tell me what you are looking for and what is your budget and I can give you a better answer...
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Wed Jul 4, 2012
Marcy Moyer answered:
Daycare provider I am sure you are doing this but check all the rental sites twice a day, trulia, craigslist,, the newspapers, especially Mercury News, put ads on craigslist under rentals wanted, and drive the neighborhoods looking for "For Rent" signs.
Good Luck!
Mary Moyer
DRE 01191194
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Sat Apr 30, 2016
Marcy Moyer answered:
When active sales exceed pending sales by more than a 2/1 ration it is leaning towards a buyer's market. When the ratio is one to one it is a strong seller's market. When it is 1/10 or more it has gone into the ridiculous state. ... more
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Elena Talis answered:
Sunnyvale - it is closer to high-tech activities in the Valley. That is exactly why you can buy a bigger home in Fremont now than in Sunnyvale for the same price...
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
You probably cannot:
Possibly with some creative financing; possibly private:
Lenders are basically looking at two things; your history of paying your bills, (limited) and your job dependability, (non-existant).

If you do secure a private loan now, you may find that you will be paying an exorbitant interest rate; perhaps it would be better to squelch your impatience and rent for awhile.

Good luck and may God bless
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Sat Sep 13, 2014
Terri Vellios answered:
Alliance would be able to give you their specifications for new construction. It depends on how they are placed on the lot.

The newer homes are made very well. Most are placed on raised piers or jacks.

You will want to compare a home you are looking at to the mobile home. Some older "stick built" have little to no insulations and the new mobile homes from Alliance are built to newer energy specifictions.
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Christopher Pagli answered:
Typically you can avoid capital gains if you are under 65, buy within two years, and buy something of the same value or hire. Just check with your accountant to be sure nothing has changed.

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Wed Jul 11, 2012
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered: is a good website to compare schools. Some parents like to focus on a school's API score (Academic Performance Index) which are results achieved through State testing. In my opinion, a school is only as good as the children who tested there - that year. California Department of Education link: provides API information for it's schools as well as a Parents Guide that might be of help to you. ... more
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