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Matthew Silva, Real Estate Pro in Whittier, CA
Matthew Silva answered:
Redfin v. full-service agents
You get what you pay for. Would you hire a contractor who offered you a kick back?
What about a Dr.? What about an investment firm that offered you a kick back? For better or worse th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 28, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
Inna Ivchenko, Real Estate Pro in Encino, CA
Inna Ivchenko answered:
Is a realtor liable for his/her clients false statements or omissions if they affect the property value?
We know such information about the property if the seller or someone else disclosures it to us.
If the sellers knew and did not disclosure to you in their disclosure forms, they are l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 28, 2015 Home Buying in Glen Park
calebhart54, Renter in Orem, UT
calebhart54 answered:
Define the term granite countertops
Have you been thinking about getting granite counter tops? They are pretty nice to have. I have a friend who's been thinking about getting them as well. I don't know what it takes to ge ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 26, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
Lizete Santos, Real Estate Pro in 94105
Lizete Santos answered:
what are the safest neighborhood for a 21-year old recent colledge graduate?
Hi Lala,

You can input an address into this website https://www.crimereports.com and see the crime in the neighborhood.
Additionally you can contact the SF Police Dept. http://www ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 18, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
lewisremingt…, Home Owner in Rochester, NY
lewisremington19 answered:
Replacing Old Victorian Bay Windows
I think it's great that you want to replace the windows. New windows add a lot of value to a home, and I think that the quote you've been given is a great cost. If you are unsure about ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 15, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
Monte Ritz, Home Buyer in Sleepy Hollow, NY
Monte Ritz answered:
What closing gifts do you give your buyers and sellers?
Custom architectural drawings offer a touch of class and rewards for broker and client for years to come. I recently partnered with some real estate friends to produce custom closing g ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 15, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
Kevin McLaug…, Real Estate Pro in Murrieta, CA
Kevin McLaughlin answered:
can you cancel if appraisal comes in too low?
Hi Sheryl, Your profile link indicates you are an agent... If that is true, you really should know the answer -
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 14, 2015 Home Buying in 94164
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
is this neighborhood safe?
Hi Robyn,

Legally speaking, Realtors are not allowed to comment on the safety of a neighborhood. We typically advise you to study crime maps, speak to local police stations, neighbor ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 9, 2015 Home Buying in South Beach
VERREOS, Tony, Real Estate Pro in California
VERREOS, Tony answered:
What's the best place in the Bay Area for two young professionals - one with a commute into San Fran and one into Mountain View?
Hi Lauren,

I'd expect that you know something about the area you are moving into? You an cover a lot of ground faster by searching online. Fun and trendy depends on someone's defin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
VERREOS, Tony, Real Estate Pro in California
VERREOS, Tony answered:
Does anyone know what is Public administrator process in real estate in California?
Hi May,

By now, you should have found your answers, but just in case. I think what you are asking about is how the City of San Francisco handles conservatorship in the case where a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Home Buying in 94122
mkbrizzo, Home Seller in Austin, TX
mkbrizzo answered:
If you have a real estate broker's license, can you get your own commission when buying your own personal properties?
As a license sales agent, do I need to join the board to represent myself who is buying. I am hanging my license under a new broker ...who I could ask, but he is out of the country now ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 3, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
Susie Kay, Real Estate Pro in Frisco, TX
Susie Kay answered:
is it possible to have less than 20% down payment nowadays to buy a house?
Yes, it is possible. I would suggest calling a lender or two and discuss your options.

Good luck!

Susie Kay
Realtor & Certified Stager
United Real Estate
469-371-2899
www.dfwd ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 27, 2014 Home Buying in 94115
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in California
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Can I afford a $1M home in San Francisco?
Hello streetdog, we have 85% LTV up to 2mil with minimum 680 fico score. It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify and go over your options. Your qualifications will be determined ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 18, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
rosewwwdot, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA
rosewwwdot answered:
We just bought a house in the Outer Sunset and are planning to invest a lot in landscaping the yard. Does this add value to the property?
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0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 4, 2014 Home Buying in 94122
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Does installing Solar add value to your home?
As others mentioned, it will definitely add value to your home, but the time and process to install solar paneling is extensive so I wouldn't recommend it if your are planning on sellin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 2, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Hi, I'm looking for home to buy or rent. I am in military service, and I'll be going to school in San Francisco start in January.
Hi there,

As others mentioned, looking into VA loans might be a good idea, but regardless of what you decide to do, I'd be happy to help you find a rental or home purchase in the are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 2, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Am I qualified for San Francisco BMR units owner?
According to the Mayor's Office of Housing:

"No member of the applicant Household may have owned any interest in a Housing Unit for a three (3) year period prior to applying to quali ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 2, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Derrick Sly, Home Buyer in Albuquerque, NM
Derrick Sly answered:
My desire is to buy a home with a fitness room attached. I also want to place the high-end fitness equipment
I like the mirrors that come with fitness. I was a dancer so floor to ceiling mirrors are a must. I know they're useful with workout mirrors as well. If your posture is bad and you don' ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 1, 2014 Home Buying in San Francisco
Next Buyer, Home Buyer in Orange, CA
Next Buyer answered:
Why does one need a title report?
To simplify the answer, you can check out a sample of title report at http://www.nextace.com or download a free property report at http://www.searchq.com
Beside a title report, the ban ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 1, 2014 Home Buying in Cow Hollow
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