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Home Buying in Thousand Oaks : Real Estate Advice

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Sat May 4, 2013
Josh Barnett answered:
I give them the two I have worked with over the last 6 years, and which of those two's schedules better fit my clients is the one they go with.

But of course, I always tell them they can hire anyone they want to. ... more
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
John Berrios answered:
Good day Marina, I have a private sale property in Sherman Oaks, CA which may be of interest to you. Please contact me asap if interested.
6880sqft Commercial 2 story, mixed use retail, medical office, residential. 150ft frontage corner lot. Has been vacant for over a year, 3 year old roof, 2nd floor apartment with approx. 2660sqft, 1st floor for offices approx. 4200sqft. Priced below the market according to comps and the appraisal at $2,395,00. Located in desirable area next to busy intersection 405 & 101 in Southern Los Angeles County of California.
Best regards,
John Berrios
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Thu Mar 7, 2013
Dot Chance answered:

As a general rule, homes sell for between 3 and 5% up or down from the list price. It is doubtful you could could 10%-15% less. The best thing to do is to make an educated offer by studying the comps. Our prices have been moving upwards and not down because we have very low inventory.

I hope you find the home of your dreams and have a smooth transition from Texas to Cali!

DRE #01494182
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Fri Mar 15, 2013
Barry Shapiro answered:
Unfortunately, real estate agents cannot give tax or legal advice. Your best approach would be to begin with the City of TO and the County of Ventura to determine if there are any current restrictions in affect regarding the amateur radio antenna installation, permits, etc. From there, you should obtain a copy of the HOA Rules for both pet and exterior apparatus (there may be a processing fee) from the HOA Mgmt Company. Call (805) 532-1293 or Sunset Hills HOA website, I hope this is helpful info. ... more
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Fri Sep 30, 2016
Barry Shapiro answered:
I have lived in Venice and now live in Camarillo. Both cities are popular places to live. Santa Monica is set up for EZ access / public transportation and has a cooler climate. Traffic in the coastal areas of Los Angeles can be unnerving at times, whereas Ventura County is not as densely populated. We chose Camarillo 15 years ago, moving away from the Venice area, as we felt the Conejo Valley was still too crowded feeling. Camarillo's cooler climate, family atmosphere, and lower home prices makes it a great alternative to TO or Santa Monica. Compare cities thru the link provided below. ... more
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Wed Sep 26, 2012
Ted Mackel answered:
If you are asking for California Real Estate. Please check out this article I have on my Real Estate Blog. This should answer most of your questions. ... more
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Sat May 4, 2013
Robert Smith answered:
About one hour! It takes a little extra time because there are no freeways very close to that area!
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Thu Oct 18, 2012
Barry Shapiro answered:
Best advice would be to rent for 3-4 months and explore the various areas first. Long Beach and the SF Valley have changed a lot over the past 10 years. Once you determine the best areas.schools/parks/quality of life then you are ready to make the big decision. ... more
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Mon Jun 11, 2012
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Mon Jun 4, 2012
Chris Chin answered:
Hi Rob,

A few months back, I had a client that went 3.5% FHA with a CHDAP (California Homebuyer's Downpayment Assistance Program) silent second loan of 3%. The seller credited my buyer 3% for closing costs (which is roughly the amount of a typical closing). So my client came in with about .5% (of purchase price) of his own money. This is one option, but it isn't zero out-of-pocket.

Are you or your wife a Veteran of the military so you can qualify for the VA loan? My client just closed on a home with a VA loan. That would be a great route if you have access to it. But, the first step is to speak with a lender so you know if you currently qualify to get a loan, and you'll be given steps to get you qualified if you're not. I have great lender that takes a consultative approach (Chad Cockerell from Guild Mortgage). But, feel free to contact me to discuss your financial situation and your home purchase goals.

Here is a good link to look at:

Link to a good lender:

Chris Chin
(805) 258-2870
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Thu Apr 5, 2012
Tammy Hunt answered:
Call me! I would love to help.

Tammy Hunt
Nelson Shelton & Associates
Lic# 01275416
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Thu Apr 13, 2017
Ron Thomas answered:
First of all; you must understand that your house, (particularly with a raised foundation,) is a living, breathing thing. It is litterally floating on the foundation, and the foundation(s) are floating on the earth and the earth is moving.
The latest earthquake technology has determined that the builder best suited to surviving an earthquake are not solid, strong units, but rather flexible units that can roll with the punch.

All houses develope cracks; I have never seen a house that didn't have some cracks.

The inspector was determining the condition of the house AT THE TIME of the inspection: He determined that there was nothing serious. He cannot be held accountable for the earth moving 10 months later.
And even if he could be held accountable; what are you going to sue him for?
Or the previous owner?

Good luck and may God bless
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Fri Jun 17, 2011
Barry Shapiro answered:
Hi Manny ~ The best advice anyone can give you is to seek legal advice from a local CA licensed attorney. Give Carolyn Phillips a call, as she is right here in Westlake Village: Good luck with this! ... more
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Wed Jul 13, 2011
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Tue Feb 28, 2012
Laura Coffey answered:
Did you want to stay in Westlake or broaden your area? There is some nice homes in Westlake???
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Sat May 4, 2013
Barry Shapiro answered:
Gardener runs $75-150./month for EZ maintenance. Cleaning service is $100-300./month depending on how often they come out.
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Wed Jul 13, 2011
Susan Bo'ur answered:
I am with Coldwell Banker and use AHS American Home Shield. If you call just ask for Carrie at 800 735-4663 she would be happy to answer your questions.
Susan Bo'ur Realtor Santa Monica
(310) 586-0303
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Sun Apr 3, 2011
Barry Shapiro answered:
Here's an EZ to read widget to determine how much your payments would be: You will want to eventually sit down with a mortgage professional to determine which options make the most sense for your particular current and future scenario. The market has generally stabilized, but some say we may be in for a double-dip in home prices by the end of the year. Plan on first researching the various neighborhoods extensively to see which one(s) are the most appealing. You can begin that process here: Good luck on your exciting journey! ... more
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Fri Aug 21, 2015
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Thu Jul 8, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Not knowing all your details--your best course of action at this time is to seek legal counsel--consult with your attorney immediately--then go from there.
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