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jtkcom1, Renter in Palo Alto, CA
jtkcom1 answered:
For those looking to buy in Willow Glen, do you prefer a 'vintage' home or one that's been built more recently?
Best of both worlds may be a vintage home with a recent, thorough remodel, possibly including additions such as an extra bedroom. I find new homes have very little character, but very ... more
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Walter 'Skip'…, Real Estate Pro in 92870
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
I am thinking about leasing Solar panels for my home. I heard that it might be hard to transfer the lease to the new owner, when I sell my home.
Yes, it can be an issue when you sell your home. The lessor will have a lien on the property. Please review the lease closely to see what the transfer process is. There is a new purcha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 22, 2014 Home Buying in 95120
Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
Will solar panels add value to your home?
I don't know about adding value to the home itself. Solar panels give the added bonus that you will use significantly less electricity. That will save money every single month. If I was ... more
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
Is a raised sidewalk due to tree roots a big deal?
If you are really worried about having cracked cement, then that would probably make the difference. I have a neighbor who had this problem, and she was just able to get it repaired and ... more
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Jim Guido, Real Estate Pro in 95125
Why It's So Hard for Millennials to Find a Place to Live and WorkSource: The Atlantic Young people looking to launch their careers often are forced to choose between a place with affordable housing… Read more
Blogged Fri Nov 21, 2014 by Jim Guido Market Conditions Home Buying Home Selling
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Charanjeet A…, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA
Charanjeet Ajmani answered:
considering to buy a house but don't have down payment and median score is 664. Any suggestion how to go about doing this?
Hi Nikhil,

You should connect with a local lender who has experience working with first time homebuyers with sub-optimal credit scores. They will review your finances and credit repo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 20, 2014 Home Buying in 95134
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
As a long-time resident and local Realtor, I was enormously excited to see HGTV base their latest house flipping show "Flip It to Win It" in Silicon Valley.  While the rest of the country knows this area… Read more
Blogged Wed Nov 19, 2014 by Tina Lam General Area Home Buying Remodel & Renovate
Elva Wormley, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Elva Wormley answered:
What are common policies for pets when moving into a maufactured home or condo in Bay Area?
Hi Mosherrjm,

Some condo projects have a limit of two pets and some have weight limits for dogs. Each HOA has their own set of rules, so you should work with a Realtor in the area to ... more
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Jim Guido, Real Estate Pro in 95125
Silicon Valley Real Estate Median Price Continues to Rise  In all reported counties – Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz – we are seeing the story play out in the prices.Year-over-year… Read more
Blogged Tue Nov 18, 2014 by Jim Guido Market Conditions Home Buying Home Selling
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Rs3gold.com, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA
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0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 17, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Lynne Tran, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Nestled in the rural area of Almaden Valley, just minutes from the hustle of San Jose, is this rustic farm house sitting quietly behind the green trees and tall grass. Few people would know that it is… Read more
Blogged Sat Nov 15, 2014 by Lynne Tran General Area Home Buying Celebrity Homes
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Samysayad, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
Samysayad answered:
After the appraisal from my lender's preferred appraiser, my LTV is currently 77%. But lender wants 75% to remove PMI.Is this correct as per HPA?
Why not refinance and get rid of the mortgage insurance? Depending on what rate you have now and what your mortgage balance is of course. Even if the rates today are higher than what yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 14, 2014 Home Buying in 95133
Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
What is most impacting your decision to buy: inventory or mortgage rates?
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0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 13, 2014 Home Buying in 95123
Excitor, Home Buyer in 92708
Excitor answered:
If I buy home at a foreclosure auction, how can I be able to clear all liens go with the property? Do I need to pay all liens before closing?
A lien is typically a public record and you can search for it on County and State website. It is generally filed with a County Records office (for real property) or with a State Agency, ... more
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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
What does realtor generally help with? ours setup auto emails, asked us to see disclosures ourselves! what r some experiences here? plz share
Hi,

It is best to discuss with an agent on your first meeting or so the expectations on what type of help you need. Some buyers are investors and need less help, or even prefer to do ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 11, 2014 Home Buying in 95134
Huey Nguyen, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Huey Nguyen answered:
I am looking to buy a house in 95111 near coyote road near to 101. Is it a good area for a family with 2 kids to live.?
Hi Ann,

My name is Huey, and I have sold several homes in the area you describe. In fact, many of the homes I sold there were to home buyers with families.

To determine if this ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 11, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
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Charanjeet A…, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA
Charanjeet Ajmani answered:
How much down payment do you need to give in order to purchase a second house? We bought one last year in July.. How close/far apart can they be?
Given the complexity of rules around owning a second house and its implications on mortgage products and rates, it would be best to talk to an experienced local mortgage banker. Here is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 6, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
Marcy Moyer, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
 6136 Banner DrSan Jose, Ca 95123Blossom Valley San Jose BeautyPrice:$838,000.00Bedrooms:5Bathrooms:3.00Square Foot:2,509Lot Size:6,222 sq.ft.County:Santa ClaraProperty Type:Single FamilyYear Built:1966click… Read more
Blogged Thu Nov 6, 2014 by Marcy Moyer Home Buying Home Selling In My Neighborhood
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