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Feshair answered:
Grew up in Cal, Homestead HS, went to school with Steve Jobs. I lived in Cupertino, my parents purchased the 3 2b 1500sf house in Cupertino 1968, 160k, today 10446 Anson Ave is worth 2m. A trend was started back then 1974, Condos in Lake Tahoe then were 30k, Today 2m. Know why, They passed laws to stop the building of new homes. Building Moratoriums, Lake Tahoe today looks almost just like it did in 1975. Cities are all about protecting the values by limiting new construction. People object like crazy if a housing project is planed. They refuse most any housing projects. Unless its like 10 homes on acre lots for 2+m each. This few and $ type of housing will not hurt their values but still even big dollar homes to many are not allowed to be built. Apartments forget it!!! "We don't want poor people here". Its not like there is not plenty of land, they (locals) just will not allow building "buffer zones they call them" The supply of homes is limited by the current residents. Cities refuse to allow for growth. Now decades behind need... You don't see any developments of hundreds of new homes any where good to live. Out in the desert Palmdale where LA county moves all the section 8 people "the Poor". 120 in the summer. 2 hours to and from work each day.. Yea there is affordable housing. lol... Not next door to me, no new homes! Protect the environment. Code for keep out the little people , I don't want them next to me on the beach. California is reserved for the global rich and only the needed supporting cast. Everybody who makes a buck lives here. Its an awesome place to live is why. Surf to snow ski same day. Rents and real-estate will continue to climb as long as people are making a buck somewhere. Oh I rent 1/2 a house in Simi Valley $1200 + util and have 2 roommates, I'm 61 and clear 1k a week as an IT professional.. No my parents never left a dime or a house, lol ... more
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Yesterday at 7:19am
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi Mike,
I am sorry about your troubles. First, determine if the person in question is an agent or a broker. Real estate agents are only licensed to sell through a broker. If he/she is an agent, contact the broker and discuss how to remedy the situation. If the person is a broker, the problem gets more complicated. The purchase contract you signed states the broker who is representing you. IMO, you would need to cancel or amend the contract and find someone else to represent you. The original broker will more than likely will still demand a commission.
Good luck,
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
James Cappello answered:
Hi there, I'm in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area (no, not under water yet!) and am needing 1 or 2 USED Supra or GE iBoxes. Prefer the iBox BT LE (blue tooth) but open to the older model. See some older posts here. If you're in the East Bay or San Joaquin Delta area (sons goes to st. Mary's in Stockton), and have 1 or 2 you can sell, let me know. Thx! -James (925.354.1200). ... more
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Thu Feb 23, 2017
Jeff Haring answered:
According to the California Association of Realtors the curtains would be considered to be INCLUDED in the sale along with all other window coverings. When it comes to the method of attachment, notably permanently affixed or fixtures in the strictest sense one may argue that curtains can easily be removed and thus are not included. But this is one exception to that rule and is specifically stated in the contract under the section that clarifies what is included or excluded.

The term is used in a broad sense and causes confusion among buyers and sellers. It probably should be spelled out as to what exactly is a window covering but I consider anything that covers a window to fall into this definition. Shutters, vinyl blinds, sheers, valances, mini blinds and curtains all fall under the "coverings" category. Until there is more clarification, consider curtains as items that are passed on to the buyers along with the rest of the house..

When in doubt, ask your agent for clarification on what stays and what doesn't in the sale. It should all be clearly stated on your purchase agreement.
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Tue Feb 21, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
What's the reason they backed out? Is it because of their financing? I would suggest that you discuss this with your realtor as every state has different rules. You may also want to read your contract again. ... more
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Tue Feb 21, 2017
Valli Lopez answered:
There are modular home companies that help you buy the lot and manufactured home, or you can buy the land and build new Detached SFR on the land and finance all of it. We provide financing with just 3.5 percent for the land and construction combined. Good deal, huh?

Valli Lopez
NMLS 980530
619.916.9595
Valli@ValliLopez.com
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Tue Feb 21, 2017
Alo.bolton answered:
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Mon Feb 20, 2017
Vivian Moon asked:
I want to edit or remove but those options do not show up.
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Mon Feb 20, 2017
Maricris A answered:
Hi,

I sent an email to you about this concern.

Regards,

Maricris
Consumer Care advocate
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Wed Feb 8, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you pick up the phone and talk to a lender or two.
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Tue Feb 7, 2017
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Tue Feb 7, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Yes there are many choices including single family homes in East, South or Central Los Angeles under 400k.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

You will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You will need to gather some documentation for each applicant.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

If you are buying a primary residence you could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score up to 424k.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 424k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 424k.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran and VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO and Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
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Tue Feb 7, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Niiii, the rentals in Hollywood start from $1,495 for 1bd 1ba apt and up. The purchase in Los Angeles start from 119k for 1bd 1ba condo and the single family homes start from 140k for 2bd 1ba home. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

You should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy and pay less than rent in many local cities. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent.

Beware of the many rental scams out there these days on all sites. The scams are on all of the rental listing sites except one that us agents/broker use such as mls, multiple listing service.

You should not give anyone any funds or personal information without confirming with a licensed agent/broker or management company to find out whom you should be dealing with and the status of any address of interest.

If you decide you want to buy you will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You will need to gather some documentation for each applicant.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

If you are buying a primary residence you could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score up to 424k.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 424k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 424k.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran and VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO and Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
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Tue Feb 7, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Barnesa, you should ask the owner to repair it and see what they say and go from there. If you have a dispute you can reach out to the Inland Mediation Board of Los Angeles which is a free legal advice service for tenant and landlord rights. Here is a link and let us know what they say and the end result, good luck.

http://www.under640ficoscoreloans.com/Documents/Inland%20Fair%20Housing%20and%20Mediation%20Board%20tri-fold%20brochure.pdf

The rentals in Los Angeles start from $615 for a 1bd 1ba apt, from $724 for 2bd 1ba apt, from $847 for 3bd 2ba apt and the single family homes start from $1,450 for 2bd 1ba home.

The purchase in Los Angeles start from 119k for 1bd 1ba condo and the single family homes start from 140k for 2bd 1ba home. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

You should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy and pay less than rent in many local cities. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent.

Beware of the many rental scams out there these days on all sites. The scams are on all of the rental listing sites except one that us agents/broker use such as mls, multiple listing service.

You should not give anyone any funds or personal information without confirming with a licensed agent/broker or management company to find out whom you should be dealing with and the status of any address of interest.

If you decide you want to buy you will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You will need to gather some documentation for each applicant.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

If you are buying a primary residence you could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score up to 424k.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 424k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 424k.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran and VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO and Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
... more
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Tue Feb 7, 2017
Uptownben84 answered:
You can find information about who owns property by looking at your county's public records.
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Sat Feb 4, 2017
Rich Reed answered:
Your question would be best answered by your legal counsel, not your Realtor (unless your Realtor is also an attorney). Here is some general information: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/last-minute-strategies-stop-foreclosure.html
Hope this helps!
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