Rare Opportunities in Real Estate are Always a Good Buy

July 15, 2010

  552 Hillsdale Ave Santa Clara, CA 95051 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths 1,350 Sqft. of Living Area 9,000 Sqft. Lot Area List Price $849,000   Unless you live in a pre-war downtown home or in a custom built home in the hills chances are you live in a tract of homes.  Most tracts in the Santa […]

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Santa Clara County Assessment Appeals Board, Sham or Not?

July 3, 2010

I just went through the the assessment appeals board for Santa Clara County with a homeowner who lives in my geographical farm. For those of you who are not familiar with the assessment appeals board, its intention is to be an unbiased, independent panel to preside over disagreements between property owners and the SCC Assessor, pertaining to their […]

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Appraisals Coming Up Short

May 5, 2010

My last two listings sold quickly and sold over asking. My clients were ecstatic with the result, but there was still some obstacles left before the sale closed, namely the buyer’s property inspection and the lender’s appraisal. During the buyer’s property inspection there is always a possibility that the buyer’s inspector may find something that […]

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Risks of Buying or Selling Homes Without Permitted Improvements

April 19, 2010

I just closed one of my latest listings in Santa Clara.  A small home in a quiet Santa Clara neighborhood.  The homes in that particular neighborhood were designed with wall furnaces.  Not very common in some areas but homes like these are still out there.  One of the first things buyers often ask is what […]

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New California Homebuyer Tax Credit for 2010

March 25, 2010

Late this afternoon, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 183, the Homebuyer Tax Credit legislation, into law. AB 183 will provide $200 million for home buyer tax credits, allocating $100 million for qualified first-time home buyers of existing homes and $100 million for purchasers of new, or previously unoccupied, homes. The eligible taxpayer who purchases a […]

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