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Calvin James, Home Buyer in Orem, UT
Calvin James answered:
What does it cost to turn a car port into a 2-garage? I want to know this before I put an offer on the house.
You can't really turn a car port "into" a garage. You would have to get rid of the port and build the garage. What is the problem with the port though? I know they're not the greates ... more
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Jim Guido, Real Estate Pro in 95125
Nine Reasons to Buy a House Right NowSource: RealtyTimes  If you’re in the market to buy a home, then now might be the perfect time to seal the deal on your purchase, as there are several conditions… Read more
Blogged Tue Nov 25, 2014 by Jim Guido Market Conditions Home Buying Property Q&A
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Flavio Tejada…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
..."Some sellers are surprised by this break, especially if they've been in their homes for a while. That's because before".. see more .. $15,000 Buyer Rebate, or $22,500 Seller Discount, on $1 mill home;… Read more
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Eugene Dean answered:
do you pay tax on a patio or deck?
I am sure there would be some taxes associated with the building permit. You should contact the appropriate government authority for more specific information. If you are lucky, you won ... more
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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
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 22, 2014 Home Buying in 95125
Eugene Dean, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Eugene Dean answered:
Blinds or curtains (or even bare windows) for home going on the market? (A mid sized, normal, non-luxury home)
Personally, I think blinds are the way to go. They are much more adjustable than curtains. They are also much easier to vacuum around. There are a plethora of styles available, so you s ... 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
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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
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 21, 2014 Home Buying in Cambrian
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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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
Can installing the ADT/Other security device effectively decrease the burglary potential?
It's possible that a burglary would still happen even with a security system installed. It is significantly less likely, and it's much easier to catch them when it happens. I think for ... more
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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
Doug Jones, Real Estate Pro in 95126
These points all come from Fannie Mae's Considering a Reverse Mortgage? booklet and can be found in its entirety here https://www.ireverse.com/files/considering.pdf   It is short read and covers these… Read more
Blogged Thu Nov 20, 2014 by Doug Jones Agent2Agent
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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
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 18, 2014 Home Buying in San Jose
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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Allyson Ales…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Allyson Alessandrini answered:
Whats up with these numbers?
Looks like a good deal to me, but I bet it is sold already as the price is great. Either it is sold or there is something wrong with the home or foundation. A good inspection would sort ... more
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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
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