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Remodel & Renovate in San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Feb 13, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,
I frequent this part of San Jose, and many of the newer homes are pretty fancy. When you ask for a price quote, did you get into the specifics on the type and quality of the construction? Did you receive an itemized breakdown of costs? Are you looking to build a home that is generally the same quality and style as many of the new homes in that area? We can do some research on the area new homes for examples if you like. You can reach me from my profile.

Thank you,

Arpad
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Fri Sep 2, 2016
Jpgale asked:
Me and my wife have talked about adding a room above our garage that would link to the upstairs of the house. I would like to have an idea if and when we could afford to do this work, however…
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Sun Aug 28, 2016
Tinoresident answered:
Where is your project. You asked at zip code 95129, but it appears you are in Spokane, Washington. The construction cost would be very different between these two cities.
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Thu Aug 18, 2016
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The new ones are much better than the old ones, I would just point out not to put one on leased land.

I have a loan called a "One Time Close" loan that will enable you to buy the land, the modular home and pay for the improvements all in one package.

It has a low down payment of 3.5% and is a FHA program so it has low rates in the 4%APR range.

Call me at 714-968-2500 for more information

License number 287206 bre 01080071
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Sun Aug 14, 2016
Tinoresident answered:
Santa Clara County Assessor has been treating the “leave one wall up” construction “as new” for at least 10 years. This construction will be treated as a new house in terms of assessed value, not as a remodel. In this instance, the homeowner receives no tax advantages, but the County property record also shows this house’s age all the way back to the original construction date.
For example, if you leave a wall up in your house that was built in 1960; your project expands the house from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet; you totally rebuild the house in 2016. Your 2015 improvements (house) value per Assessment was $120,000 because you bought the house many years ago. After the new house is done, the County Assessor would likely reassess the “as new” improvements (house) value to $700,000, estimating that your neighborhood’s average construction cost is $350 per square foot. The estimated construction costs may vary based on the neighborhood you live. You maybe able to reduce the new assessed value some by filing an appeal and show your actual construction cost is less, but you need to produce very detailed records; if you do not, you are likely to lose the appeal. The County Assessor asks for design contract, permit receipts, construction contracts and material invoices, etc. Before the appeal, a County Assessor staff will visit your house to see the finish work and may make a settlement offer before the appeal. I have seen most of my friends settled rather than going to the appeal.
If you are in a slow real estate market without multiple bids, the savvy buyer or agent may negotiate down the selling price by stressing your house is not a brand new construction, but a remodel and expansion to an old house.
Overall, I feel this is not a good way to go. You are not getting property tax advantage. Your house’s government record shows an older house. You might as well construct a brand new house.
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Thu Jun 30, 2016
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If t hey give you permits to do so it is legal, if not then no. If you do it without permits, you will have to remove it to sell the property.
If you do get permits, it will have no effect on the value as many people would rather have the garage. ... more
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Fri Jun 24, 2016
Stefan Heymanns asked:
I am trying to find information about the feasibility of a detached secondary dwelling on our property, but I seem to find conflicting information on the city's websites.

Some sites…
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Fri Jun 10, 2016
Ebonimall answered:
There really is no way to get close to a number per square foot with out seeing the home, understanding what needs to be done, etc. Building costs for homes can range anywhere from $60-$200+ per square foot depending on many, many things. If you were to build a very simple, slab on grade, with minimum code requirements, I'm confident you could come in at the lower end of the spectrum.

Web Reference: http://USAConstructionLoans.com
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Tue May 31, 2016
Spghttihead asked:
The existing house will need to be torn down.
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Sun Mar 13, 2016
Brian Silverman answered:
Not sure..will have to check with town laws.
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Tue Sep 22, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,

Please feel free to contact me, and we can discuss the details about your home.

Kind regards,

Arpad
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Mon Aug 24, 2015
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hello John G:

I have had a few listings that needed foundation repair, including one property that needed a completely new foundation. This is something that will require proper permits, etc. to accomplish. I encourage you to reach out to a foundation inspection company/structural engineers to get a report and/or quote to accomplish what you want to do. As an additional benefit, you won't have to worry about the permits/city/county, because the engineers/foundation company will take care of it for you.

Please contact me (my contact information is on my Trulia profile), if you would like a referral.

Best of luck,



Huey Nguyen
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Sat Aug 1, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
It depends on the surveyor and how busy they are. I would suggest that you contact the company directly.
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Sat Aug 1, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you obtain a couple bids. Good luck!
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Sun Jun 28, 2015
Ben answered:
The planning department will not tell you what their fees will be. They need to see at least some kind of plans first. My last client paid around $900.00 for a bathroom addition. the fees are based on their estimate of the cost of construction. ... more
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Mon Jun 22, 2015
Kirsten Prizzi 239-248-1667 answered:
Yes it does at least here in Florida. Here in Florida tile and metal roofs are the most expensive compared to shingle. That reflects on the value of the home.
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Sun May 3, 2015
Sam Shueh answered:
To a great deal. Proposition 13 rulings applies. Call your county assessor office for formulas used.
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Sun Jan 18, 2015
reynaldoayers answered:
Don't hold your breath. I just filed a complaint with proof of work that a specific contractor wasn't licensed to do, WITH requests for checks, WITH checks made out to him and cashed by him. The first person who looked at my case said "there are too may violations, I need to get this to my supervisor". His supervisor immediately sent a letter stating that there wasn't sufficient specific evidence, and there was a suggestion to pursue the matter in court. I submitted a contract, requests for payments via text message, and cashed checks for work that this individual was not licensed to do and THIS WASN'T SUFFICIENT. DO NOT BOTHER WITH THE CSLB. You are at the mercy of the contractors, and if they sue you first- which is likely since they can find you easier than you can find them- you will pretty much lose any chance you have in court. I am absolutely disgusted by the lack of action by the CSLB (as if you couldn't tell). ... more
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