Zillow Advice RSS: Discussion,All Real Estate Advice Topics,San Mateo- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/San-Mateo-CA/all/discussion/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate ALL OPEN HOMES! - Bay Area Peninsula http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/ALL-OPEN-HOMES-Bay-Area-Peninsula/511186/ [deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy]<br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/ALL-OPEN-HOMES-Bay-Area-Peninsula/511186/ 2013-09-13T15:31:00Z Top Floor Updated San Mateo Condo For Sale http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Top-Floor-Updated-San-Mateo-Condo-For-Sale/494821/ [promotion deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our <a href="http://www.zillow.com/howto/GoodNeighborPolicy.htm">Good Neighbor Policy</a> for posting guidelines]<br \><br \>0 replies Fri, 31 May 2013 19:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Top-Floor-Updated-San-Mateo-Condo-For-Sale/494821/ 2013-05-31T19:23:00Z San Mateo Home Sales Prices http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Mateo-Home-Sales-Prices/492629/ <br/><br/><p>Seller's Market with home price increases in almost all neighborhood areas. Percentage increase in price/square foot by neighborhood areas of San Mateo. Date range comparisons - Jan 2012 to May 2012 vs Jan 2013 to May 2013.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>San Mateo Price Increase by Area</strong></p><p>Mariner's Isle (area 410) <strong>up 41%</strong><br/>Parkside (area 413) <strong>up 29%</strong><br/>South Shoreview (area 414) <strong>up 27%</strong><br/>North Shoreview (area 415) <strong>up 43%</strong><br/>Bowie Estates (area 416) <strong>up 12%</strong><br/>Eastern Addition (area 417) <strong>up 18%</strong><br/>Sunnybrae (area 418) <strong>up 9%</strong><br/>Hayward Park (area 419) <strong>up 25%</strong><br/>Fiesta Gardens (area 420) <strong>up 10%</strong><br/>Lakeshore (area 421) <strong>up 42%</strong><br/>San Mateo Village (area 423) <strong>up 20%</strong><br/>Lauriedale (area 424) <strong>up 8%</strong><br/>Westwood Knolls (area 425) <strong>up 25%</strong><br/>Hillsdale (area 426) <strong>up 12%</strong><br/>Beresford Manor (area 427) <strong>up 24%</strong><br/>San Mateo Terrace (area 428) <strong>up 34%</strong><br/>San Mateo Knolls (area 429) <strong>up 17%</strong><br/>Laurelwood (area 430) <strong>up 28%</strong><br/>Baywood Park (area 432) <strong>up 40%</strong><br/>Highlands (area 433) <strong>up 36%</strong><br/>Foothill Terrace (area 434) <strong>up 35%</strong><br/>Homestead (area 435) <strong>up 37%</strong><br/>Aragon (area 436) <strong>up 36%</strong><br/>Baywood Knolls (area 437) <strong>up 0%</strong><br/>Baywood, Parrot Park (area 438) <strong>up 15%</strong><br/>San Mateo Park (area 439) <strong>up 7%</strong></p><p>Overall Average Across All San Mateo Areas <strong>up 21%</strong></p><br/><br/><br \><br \>0 replies Thu, 16 May 2013 17:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Mateo-Home-Sales-Prices/492629/ 2013-05-16T17:51:00Z OPEN HOMES in SAN MATEO - Sat/Sunday 5/11,5/12 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/OPEN-HOMES-in-SAN-MATEO-Sat-Sunday-5-11-5-12/491324/ [Hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for more information.]<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.gvbooth.com/open-homes-san-carlos-belmont-san-mateo"><br/><img imagetype="8" uploadtype="new" imageid="X1-IA37v6m598wzrm0000000000_nbzu7" height="200px" width="250px" src="http://photos1.zillow.com/o_a/ISlmfln598wzrm0000000000.jpg"/></a><br \><br \>0 replies Wed, 08 May 2013 16:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/OPEN-HOMES-in-SAN-MATEO-Sat-Sunday-5-11-5-12/491324/ 2013-05-08T16:46:00Z ALL San Mateo OPEN HOMES - SUNDAY 3/17 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/ALL-San-Mateo-OPEN-HOMES-SUNDAY-3-17/483391/ San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City Open Homes...<br/>[Hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our&nbsp;<u><a style="text-align: right;" href="http://www.zillow.com/howto/GoodNeighborPolicy.htm">Good Neighbor Policy</a></u>.]<br \><br \>0 replies Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/ALL-San-Mateo-OPEN-HOMES-SUNDAY-3-17/483391/ 2013-03-17T19:51:00Z Buying and selling in 5 years ,should i buy ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-and-selling-in-5-years-should-i-buy/476810/ We live in bay Area around sanmateo ,we would like to buy a house and sell it in 5 years and move back to our country <br/>also want to take the advantage of the lower mortgage rates and tax deductions <br/><br/>we are thinking of a condo of 2 Br ,already paying around 1800 for rent <br/><br/>But we are not sure whether it is worth buying and selling in 5 to 6 years <br/>Please advice us,Thanks in advance<br \><br \>7 replies Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-and-selling-in-5-years-should-i-buy/476810/ 2013-01-31T22:03:00Z who ownes house at 115 27th ave. san mateo, ca. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/who-ownes-house-at-115-27th-ave-san-mateo-ca/450530/ 2 replies Wed, 11 Jul 2012 02:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/who-ownes-house-at-115-27th-ave-san-mateo-ca/450530/ 2012-07-11T02:12:00Z San Mateo Short Sales, San Mateo Foreclosures; Burlingame Foreclosures Real Estate, San Mateo Real http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Mateo-Short-Sales-San-Mateo-Foreclosures-Burlingame-Foreclosures-Real-Estate-San-Mateo-Real/397590/ <p>Though the short sale and foreclosure market is not for everyone, it does afford many prospective homebuyers opportunities that they might not have otherwise. Herb Schmulewicz, a Burlingame - San Mateo - agent, has extensive experience in the currently distressed market, as well as booming housing markets, which has provided him insights into the best ways to conduct business successfully in all temperatures of the housing market. He offers advice to help potential home buyers understand the market, and how to maneuver it like a professional. CALL 650-784-1849</p><br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 04 May 2011 12:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Mateo-Short-Sales-San-Mateo-Foreclosures-Burlingame-Foreclosures-Real-Estate-San-Mateo-Real/397590/ 2011-05-04T12:15:00Z HOTSHEET! ? ALL OPEN HOMES ? Mountain View to Hillsborough! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/HOTSHEET-ALL-OPEN-HOMES-Mountain-View-to-Hillsborough/393179/ <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.gvbooth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/OPEN-April3.pdf">ALL PENINSULA OPEN HOMES - Sunday April 3rd</a><br/><br/><br/>PDF report displays immediately, no registration required...<br/><br \><br \>0 replies Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/HOTSHEET-ALL-OPEN-HOMES-Mountain-View-to-Hillsborough/393179/ 2011-03-31T20:30:00Z Is it true that it is harder to finance a condo rather than a single house? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-true-that-it-is-harder-to-finance-a-condo-rather-than-a-single-house/382439/ I am&nbsp;interested&nbsp;in buying a condo in SF bay area. I read some articles online about new&nbsp;regulations make condo buyers find it harder to finance the condos .<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ehow.com/list_6786507_condo-mortgage-rules.html">Please read this article</a>&nbsp;I have friends that were interested in buying a condo in South San Francisco; however, they ended up buying a single home since they had a hard time in financing the condo....<br/><br/>I have quite good FICO score (761) and I received the gift funds recently (which would allows me to pay at least 40% as down payment). I haven't apply for pre-approval yet but will do very soon. Does it even make sense for me to get a pre approval before I know whether or not the condo communities will satisfy the new regulations?? Are there any places where I can find out delinquency rate of HOA of condo communities around the bay area?<br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 25 Jan 2011 04:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-true-that-it-is-harder-to-finance-a-condo-rather-than-a-single-house/382439/ 2011-01-25T04:09:00Z San Mateo Active and Pendings http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Mateo-Active-and-Pendings/374980/ Looks like a healthy market with about 42% pending of 207 listings within the last 3 months...&nbsp;<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.gvbooth.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/SM-ActivePendings-11-15-10.pdf">San Mateo Active and Pendings - 11-15-2010</a><br \><br \>0 replies Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Mateo-Active-and-Pendings/374980/ 2010-11-15T18:18:00Z In the process of closing on a foreclosed duplex... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/In-the-process-of-closing-on-a-foreclosed-duplex/360334/ The price of the duplex is $134,900. the bank wouldnt go any lower. My interest rate is fixed at 4.5 for 30yrs. and my monthly payments is $1000.45. Is this a good deal?<br \><br \>7 replies Sun, 01 Aug 2010 07:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/In-the-process-of-closing-on-a-foreclosed-duplex/360334/ 2010-08-01T07:03:00Z 102 Blossom Circle, San Mateo is Pending? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/102-Blossom-Circle-San-Mateo-is-Pending/363427/ I have a buyer who is interested in this property, please clarify the Zillow status, thanks.<br \><br \>0 replies Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/102-Blossom-Circle-San-Mateo-is-Pending/363427/ 2010-08-23T23:53:00Z Peninsula Home Sales http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Peninsula-Home-Sales/358612/ Home sales for May, June, July 2010...&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.mypeninsulahomesearch.com/?page_id=792">Click Here for Report</a><br \><br \>0 replies Tue, 20 Jul 2010 16:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Peninsula-Home-Sales/358612/ 2010-07-20T16:14:00Z Right now is the time to buy, tax credits are available, why not take advantage? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Right-now-is-the-time-to-buy-tax-credits-are-available-why-not-take-advantage/313943/ 0 replies Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Right-now-is-the-time-to-buy-tax-credits-are-available-why-not-take-advantage/313943/ 2010-01-12T00:21:00Z Short Sales -- Patience is a Virtue - Buying http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Short-Sales-Patience-is-a-Virtue-Buying/286812/ <div><p>I met with one of my clients who thought she was priced out of <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm">buying a home</a>. So we looked at short sales. It didn't matter how long the purchase would take, it was more about having the right place at the right price.</p><p><strong>Month 1:</strong> We make an offer on a property and wait, wait, wait.</p><p><strong>Month 2:</strong> Another offer &mdash; with a higher offer price &mdash; is submitted by another buyer. We think our deal is dead and search on.</p><p><strong>Month 3:</strong> We write an offer on another short sale. With all this waiting my client is losing enthusiasm.</p><p><strong>Month 4:</strong> We hear from the listing agent of the second property that they don't think our offer is going to be enough for the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/lenders/">lender</a> and that they are going to submit an offer from another buyer.</p><p><strong>Month 5:</strong> We are back to the drawing board. Our patience is being tested, and my client starts to think that it wasn't meant to be.</p><p><strong>Month 6:</strong> We get a call from the listing agent of property number 1 that the buyer with the higher offer can't be found and we are being asked if we are still interested. Amazing! My client can't believe it!</p><p><strong>Month 7:</strong> My client, a woman who started off thinking she could never <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm">buy a home</a>, moves in. She did not have to change her expectations &ndash; she simply had to be patient.</p><p>It was a lengthy process, but it felt good in my heart that I helped this person.</p><p>Short sales may not be right for everyone, but don't rule them out. Here in San Mateo, Pacifica and the San Francisco Peninsula, short sales will, for better or worse, be here for a while.</p></div><br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 09 Oct 2009 14:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Short-Sales-Patience-is-a-Virtue-Buying/286812/ 2009-10-09T14:46:00Z REO condo in process of closing, but found special assessments needed at HOA documents... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/REO-condo-in-process-of-closing-but-found-special-assessments-needed-at-HOA-documents/277758/ We're on the process of closing escrow in about 2 weeks, however, we just&nbsp;found out&nbsp;from its&nbsp;HOA documents stating that the HOA just had a 4% assessment increase due to the special assessments for repairs and severally underfunded reserve funds.&nbsp; Fortunately our inspection contingency is not removed yet.&nbsp;&nbsp;So since this is an REO property, &nbsp;is there a possibility that we can negotiate with the bank and ask it to pay for the known costs involved.&nbsp; Another problem is that the HOA doc. already stated that there is going to be more future special assessments coming.&nbsp; Any advices would truly be appreciated, thanks!<br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/REO-condo-in-process-of-closing-but-found-special-assessments-needed-at-HOA-documents/277758/ 2009-09-11T17:49:00Z Home prices falling in San Mateo? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-prices-falling-in-San-Mateo/18228/ <p>My <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">realtor</a> says it is only the condo market that is falling and not single family homes? But it seems to me that comparable&nbsp;homes that were priced around 750,000 last year have fallen as much as 100000.</p><p>What do you think?</p><p>I want to buy by May but my husband thinks that it is better to wait another year!</p><br \><br \>3 replies Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-prices-falling-in-San-Mateo/18228/ 2008-01-21T13:05:00Z Zillow's estimate was right http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Zillow%27s-estimate-was-right/237547/ I signed a listing agreement about 2 months ago with the intentions of putting&nbsp;the home&nbsp;on the market in May. The price I listed it for (818,800) was very close to zilows estimate, although zillow was NOT my source for pricing info) There were lots of things to clear out of the home, some painting and minor clean up. During that 2 months I felt that the market had changed and prices were creeping up. I now think that the home is worth more like the mid 800's. <br/><br/>I was pleasantly surprised when I recieved an email from zillow saying the home had increased in value to the mid 800's.<br/><br/><br/>I'm not changing the list price, but I wondered about the many complaints about zillow's inacurate estimates, and how many people actually have had an accurate estimate from zillow?<br/><br \><br \>8 replies Thu, 21 May 2009 18:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Zillow%27s-estimate-was-right/237547/ 2009-05-21T18:14:00Z First time home buyer in San Mateo http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-home-buyer-in-San-Mateo/199838/ Hi,<br/><br/>I made an offer of $450k, on this property in San Mateo...<br/><br/><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1724-2nd-Ave-San-Mateo-CA-94401/15524552_zpid/">http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1724-2nd-Ave-San-Mateo-CA-94401/15524552_zpid/</a><br/><br/>too much?&nbsp; too soon?<br/><br/>any advice?<br/><br/>Thanks!<br \><br \>22 replies Mon, 16 Feb 2009 07:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-home-buyer-in-San-Mateo/199838/ 2009-02-16T07:24:00Z