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Michael Evans, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Michael Evans answered:
Can you still purchase a home after a short sale? How long must you wait?
It can be confusing and deflating to consumers who have to wait 2-7 years after the unfortunate incident of a Foreclosure or Short sale or Deed in Lieu. As housing Prices go up Most of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 18, 2014 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Thornberry T…, Real Estate Pro in Castro Valley, CA
Thornberry Team answered:
properties in crow creek road, compare to five canyon or palomares?
I think the homes in all of those areas are comparable. The main difference is that the Crow Creek area is a much smaller community and many of them have no front or back neighbors. Cro ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 19, 2014 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Bill Eckler-…, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler-Florida, answered:
Need for an agent?
Don't try to go "solo" on this.....even though everything seems fine at this point, all you have to do is introduce one challenge and things can become quite tricky....seek the support ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 17, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Matthew Smith, Real Estate Pro in San Leandro, CA
Matthew Smith answered:
What are the steps in conducting a home inspection? Are there easy ways to spot problems?
Whomever you choose for you inspections should be certified by either ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) or NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors).
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 5, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Meena Gujral, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Meena Gujral answered:
How long does it take to get permit for remodel (changes to external wall and lawn) in Alameda?
Congratulations on your new home.

You should call the Alameda County office since they will be answer that question. Agents cannot answer that question since it is not something we h ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 13, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Serean Kimmel, Real Estate Pro in Castro Valley, CA
Serean Kimmel answered:
We are looking good school district, but it seems hardly to find it online. Any suggestion for the range $400K by loan, not cash?
Pick a Realtor that cares about you. You and everyone else want to buy and get a great deal in a great neighborhood. There are more good qualified buyers than we can shake a stick at ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 7, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
We have recently went through a short sale, due to relocation for my husbands job. Our credit is 720 after the fact. When are we eligible to buy?
NOTE on CFs-Mortgage --- their site says for residents of Arizona and Southern California. Has that changed?
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 5, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
We short sale our property in April 2012. When can we start thinking about buying a home?
Have you already spoken with a mortgage lender? If not, that should be your first step. There are different answers depending on your situation

What type of loan did you have on your ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 5, 2013 Home Buying in 94546
Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Can I still purchase a home after a short sale? How long must I wait? It has been over a year now? Also i make around $150000 a year now?
The best thing to do is consult with your mortgage lender. There are different guidelines depending on what transpired that led you to do a short sale

What type of loan was it?
What ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 5, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
John Juarez, Real Estate Pro in Newark, CA
John Juarez answered:
Short sale transition process?
Count me as another who will tell you that the seller cannot arbitrarily cancel the contract to sell the home to you. Read and understand your contract for insight into contingency peri ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 27, 2013 Home Buying in 94546
Meena Gujral, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Meena Gujral answered:
We are looking good school district, but it seems hardly to find it online. Any suggestion for the range $400K by loan, not cash?
Hi John,

I used to live in Castro Valley so I know a lot about the area and schools. Almost all the schools are very good in Castro Valley, but the price range of $400K will not find ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 23, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Charis Brown, Home Buyer in Washington, PA
Charis Brown answered:
Can someone with a recent bankruptcy get a loan and approval to buy a home?
YES.

You can check out www.cfsflex.com. They specialize in purchase transactions and are one of the top 25 lenders in Maricopa County.

In 2011 I had to short sell my home and at t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 17, 2013 Home Buying in 94546
Nancy  Massa, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Nancy Massa answered:
We qualify for a VA loan and are looking for 3 bed, 2 bath in the actual CV school district (not SL or Hayward) for under $700,000
i have a rentle which i am thinking of selling but to individules only. it will not go on the market and i will not be selling via a realtor. if i do i already have one. contact me if y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 11, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Meena Gujral, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Meena Gujral answered:
I have 200k in cash is it possible to purchase a home in Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro or Union City for this price. .
Hello,

At this time there are only eight properties under $200K in the 4 cities you mentioned. Homes are selling very quickly since there are plenty of all cash buyers in this price ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 11, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
AK, Home Buyer in 94552
AK answered:
How are the schools in Castro Valley? I am looking for a house with 2000 sq ft with a maximum range of $350,000.
Castro Valley schools are outstanding. That's why you will not find 2,000 sq ft homes for under $350K. Decent homes go for $250-$300 per square foot range. Palomares Hills is gorgeou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 16, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
BabyBoomers with Nov. short-sale, $7k/mo Income, $15k Debt, 700 FICO & small Down, how long before we re-qualify for EBay SFR? Thanks
Conventional:
-Less than 10% down 7 years from the date the sale closed and transferred to the new owner.
-10% down payment: 4 years from date sale closed and transferred to the new o ... more
2 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 2, 2013 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Jesse Crum 5…, Real Estate Pro in Castro Valley, CA
Jesse Crum 510 604 1112 answered:
a member of my family from Austria would like to buy a propertie here
We can hire a translator, My fiance speaks Spanish, Russian, and English. The first thing we do is get your family member pre-approved for a loan, unless they have all cash. This will ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 21, 2012 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Carl Medford, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Carl Medford answered:
Moving into a bigger home
Alison:

This is a personal opinion, but anyone who has just moved into a larger home in Castro Valley is more than likely now going to websites like HGTV.com, lowes.com, homedepot.co ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Aug 6, 2012 Home Buying in Castro Valley
Josh, Home Buyer in Sunnyvale, CA
Josh answered:
Hi, I am looking at houses in the Castro Valley area that borderline Hayward (i.e. Gail Dr, Shady Spring Rd etc). Is that a good area?
Gail Drive belongs to the Hayward school district. I would not pay a premium for a home that belongs to the Hayward school district. Look for anything above 580 freeway and you are as ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 15, 2012 Home Buying in 94546
Lynn Levin, Real Estate Pro in Castro Valley, CA
Lynn Levin answered:
Are there any rent or lease to buy homes available in Castro Valley or San Leandro?
I know of an 1800+ sq. ft. townhouse for rent in the downtown area of Castro Valley. Excellent walk scores! It's a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage home with small yard ... for rent ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 9, 2012 Home Buying in Castro Valley
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