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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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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
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 24, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Evergreen
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
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 22, 2014 Home Selling in San Jose
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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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
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 20, 2014 Crime & Safety in San Jose
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
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
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
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 18, 2014 Market Conditions in West Valley
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
marcohagelsi…, Home Owner in San Jose, CA
marcohagelsieb1 asked:
Why can't I access my rental property? I need to correct the sq footage, it has a typo ... should be 1180 and I typed 2180

Also, need to show open house times this weekend... please help!
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 14, 2014 Rentals in 95110
Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
What is most impacting your decision to buy: inventory or mortgage rates?
What are you asking ?
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
3 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 13, 2014 Home Buying in Alum Rock
Gary Birtles, Other/Just Looking in Scottsdale, AZ
Gary Birtles answered:
What is the general cost per square foot for a second story addition in 95118?
I think it really depends on what is going into those areas. Price will change depending on the function of the area being installed. I would suggest asking some contractors in your are ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 12, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cambrian
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
Kevin McLaug…, Real Estate Pro in Murrieta, CA
Kevin McLaughlin answered:
Who is responsible for Roaches? The landlord sprayed before we moved in but refuses to keep up the spraying now.
Your lease agreement should indicate who has the responsibility.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 8, 2014 Rentals in 95118
Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
Is relocating the garage door opener considered an electric repair in Seller Check list?
I would think that it would go under this list, especially since it doesn't really belong under any other category. I would definitely say that if you are missing the opener, you should ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 7, 2014 Home Selling in San Jose
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