Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,All Real Estate Advice Topics,San Jose- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/San-Jose-CA/all/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate I am an agent One of my listings does not have the right price listed. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-an-agent-One-of-my-listings-does-not-have-the-right-price-listed/547873/ 1154 Nevada Ave San Jose 95125 should be $3,095,000. I changed it last week<br \><br \>2 replies Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-an-agent-One-of-my-listings-does-not-have-the-right-price-listed/547873/ 2014-06-30T17:15:00Z The importance of mentioning/naming schools in your listings! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-importance-of-mentioning-naming-schools-in-your-listings/509912/ <p>In this day and age where a vast&nbsp;majority of home buyers base their decision of buying a house on the&nbsp; quality of schools and the API scores,&nbsp;I am&nbsp;always perturbed at agents not mentioning those on the MLS, irrespective of the API scores: Or taking the time to find out what the elem/middle/high schools are!! It really does not take that long--5 minutes at most! And it goes in helping everyone concerned a long way (especially sellers-buyers), not to mention a certain level of professionalism on part of the listing agent. It helps sellers in getting a better price on the house because of good schools, and buyers eager to make an offer, if all other criterias&nbsp;being equal!&nbsp;</p><p>Incidentally, saying "great schools" in the comments section and not mentioning the schools or API's does not help anyone!! And a 850-875 API does not qualify as a great school, at least not in Silicon Valley!! Where great schools API's are 960 and above!</p><br \><br \>19 replies Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-importance-of-mentioning-naming-schools-in-your-listings/509912/ 2013-09-04T07:32:00Z Have you ever invested in Out Of State real estate? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Have-you-ever-invested-in-Out-Of-State-real-estate/549157/ I was originally from California<strong><em>,[self promotion deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our <a href="http://www.zillow.com/howto/GoodNeighborPolicy.htm">Good Neighbor Policy</a> for posting guidelines]</em></strong><br \><br \>4 replies Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Have-you-ever-invested-in-Out-Of-State-real-estate/549157/ 2014-07-10T14:11:00Z DIYers: When undertaking a remodel such as a kitchen or bath, do you try to recycle materials? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/DIYers-When-undertaking-a-remodel-such-as-a-kitchen-or-bath-do-you-try-to-recycle-materials/549064/ 2 replies Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/DIYers-When-undertaking-a-remodel-such-as-a-kitchen-or-bath-do-you-try-to-recycle-materials/549064/ 2014-07-09T20:03:00Z How can we buy a house with good credit but no ssn? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-we-buy-a-house-with-good-credit-but-no-ssn/546428/ My family and I are looking into buying a house since we have to move before August but my parents don't have a ssn but they do have GOOD credit. What can we do ?<br \><br \>4 replies Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-we-buy-a-house-with-good-credit-but-no-ssn/546428/ 2014-06-21T00:10:00Z why do some homes not show up in Zillow? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-do-some-homes-not-show-up-in-Zillow/247868/ I thought Zillow pulls data from a public county database, which should include all the records of all homes.<br \><br \>2 replies Sat, 20 Jun 2009 15:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-do-some-homes-not-show-up-in-Zillow/247868/ 2009-06-20T15:27:00Z Refinance jumbo - underwater (NOT Freddie/Fannie owned loan) http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Refinance-jumbo-underwater-NOT-Freddie-Fannie-owned-loan/441409/ Bad situation. <br/>Underwater mortgage:<br/>1st loan - $532,000 6.75% APR 30 year fixed<br/>2nd loan - $100,000 7.5% 15 year balloon<br/><br/>House value - $500,000 :-(<br/><br/>Credit Score - 780+<br/><br/><strong>Income</strong> - is really good. Have been paying off monthly dues easily - and can continue to do so. <br/>The problem is - not enough savings to bring a large amount of money to pay off some of the loan.<br/><br/>Is there a way to refinance? NOTE again - not a fannie/freddie owned loan. I already checked.<br/><br \><br \>26 replies Thu, 03 May 2012 21:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Refinance-jumbo-underwater-NOT-Freddie-Fannie-owned-loan/441409/ 2012-05-03T21:10:00Z is a property located on a busy street worth less than one that is not? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-a-property-located-on-a-busy-street-worth-less-than-one-that-is-not/534251/ 14 replies Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-a-property-located-on-a-busy-street-worth-less-than-one-that-is-not/534251/ 2014-03-29T02:50:00Z If you flip homes, do you consider Cambrian a good investment area to do so? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-you-flip-homes-do-you-consider-Cambrian-a-good-investment-area-to-do-so/548206/ 1 reply Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-you-flip-homes-do-you-consider-Cambrian-a-good-investment-area-to-do-so/548206/ 2014-07-02T21:02:00Z Is it a good time to sell in Downtown San Jose 95112? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-a-good-time-to-sell-in-Downtown-San-Jose-95112/547216/ To avoid capital gains i have to close after September 1, 2014.&nbsp; Will it still be a good time of year to sell then?&nbsp; Home is in Downtown San Jose near Spartan Stadium.<br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-a-good-time-to-sell-in-Downtown-San-Jose-95112/547216/ 2014-06-25T21:19:00Z Can i buy a house with a TIN ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-buy-a-house-with-a-TIN/546436/ My family has good credit but doesn't have a SSN but they do have a TIN. can we buy a house with the TIN ? and if so who can we go to or who can help ?<br \><br \>6 replies Sat, 21 Jun 2014 01:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-buy-a-house-with-a-TIN/546436/ 2014-06-21T01:47:00Z What are the water saving projects we can quickly implement to help with the drought? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-water-saving-projects-we-can-quickly-implement-to-help-with-the-drought/545648/ Santa Clara Water District has grant to help out with water wise lawn. City has similar programs.<br/>Knowing it will be this way we should plan for future as well.<br/>&nbsp;<br/>As for me, I no longer water the lawn in the back. Minimum amount of watering on only a few flowers. Usage is down by 35% vs previous year. &nbsp;I save cold water when turn on hot water taking short showers.<br/><br/>What are your projects this year?<br/><br/>Sam Shueh<br/>Keller Williams Cupertino Realty<br \><br \>4 replies Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-water-saving-projects-we-can-quickly-implement-to-help-with-the-drought/545648/ 2014-06-16T03:00:00Z Can i buy a mobile home using the TIN ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-buy-a-mobile-home-using-the-TIN/546830/ My family and I are trying to buy a mobile home. We have the money and have good credit but we were wondering if we can buy a mobile home using the TIN. And if so how or who can help us<br \><br \>0 replies Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-buy-a-mobile-home-using-the-TIN/546830/ 2014-06-23T23:52:00Z I'm looking to relocate to San Jose from Denver, need some advice. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I%27m-looking-to-relocate-to-San-Jose-from-Denver-need-some-advice/544240/ I am relocating to a job in San Jose from Denver.&nbsp; I have no idea what neighborhoods best fit my new income and lifestyle.&nbsp; Can someone offer some suggestions?&nbsp;<br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I%27m-looking-to-relocate-to-San-Jose-from-Denver-need-some-advice/544240/ 2014-06-05T17:21:00Z (Moved): Can i buy a house with a TIN ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Moved-Can-i-buy-a-house-with-a-TIN/546445/ This discussion has been moved to the following location: <a href="http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-buy-a-house-with-a-TIN/546436/">http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-i-buy-a-house-with-a-TIN/546436/</a><br \><br \>0 replies Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Moved-Can-i-buy-a-house-with-a-TIN/546445/ 2014-06-21T02:43:00Z Have you ever been a victim (or potential victim) of mortgage fraud? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Have-you-ever-been-a-victim-or-potential-victim-of-mortgage-fraud/538732/ 5 replies Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Have-you-ever-been-a-victim-or-potential-victim-of-mortgage-fraud/538732/ 2014-04-30T22:55:00Z San Francisco Home Prices are outrageous http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Francisco-Home-Prices-are-outrageous/545410/ <p>"I believe we are probably hitting affordability limits," said Brett J. of Keller Williams in Los Gatos. His said his typical buyers are a husband and wife in tech, making a combined $240,000 a year, who still can't afford a basic home in some parts of the valley.&nbsp;<strong>"When the median home price is no longer supported by the median income, we're near top," he said.</strong></p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>"Buyers for whatever reason are not willing to line up for a mortgage to buy a house," said Richard Calhoun of Creekside Realty in San Jose.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Refer to original article in the SJ Hg News&nbsp;<strong>http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_25955242/Bay-Area-home-sales-great-for</strong></p><br/><p>Enjoy,</p><p>Sam Shueh</p><p>Keller Wms Realty</p><br \><br \>6 replies Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/San-Francisco-Home-Prices-are-outrageous/545410/ 2014-06-13T19:39:00Z Buyer issues - multiple extensions & down payment delays http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-issues-multiple-extensions-down-payment-delays/545446/ My parents just sold their home recently. Since it is a seller's market, especially in the Silicon Valley, they received multiple offers and the highest offer was $35k over asking. The buyers had a short sale behind them, but their credit has improved and they got the loan without issue. Life should be great, no? Nope. They had a few "ends" to tie up and asked for a 5-10 day extension on escrow. Not a huge deal, but now the extension is nearly up and they are asking for another 2 week extension. To come up with the down payment, buyer needs to transfer his 401k from his old job to his new 401k. Apparently, this needs to be done in snail mail letter form, not by phone/fax/email. He then must request to cash out the current 401k. Why would they have waited until after closing to secure their down payment and how long should it take for him to get the down payment funds? Both parties are thinking it could become a 60+ day escrow. In the meantime, my parents may lose out on the new home they are in contract to purchase if their sellers refuse an extension because of their buyers idiotic, poor planning. It's just crummy all around. Any realtor out there been in a similar situation with down payment issues caused by cashing out a 401k?<br \><br \>4 replies Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-issues-multiple-extensions-down-payment-delays/545446/ 2014-06-14T01:58:00Z When selling your home, should you price your property with a refinance valuation? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-selling-your-home-should-you-price-your-property-with-a-refinance-valuation/530766/ A refinance appraisal might actually be overinflated. The best way to determine the true value of your home is by asking your realtor for a comparison of recently sold properties in your neighborhood. This will provide a up to date and factually accurate estimate of your home's current market value.<br \><br \>7 replies Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-selling-your-home-should-you-price-your-property-with-a-refinance-valuation/530766/ 2014-03-03T21:16:00Z Do You Google Your Real Estate Agent? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Google-Your-Real-Estate-Agent/526060/ 12 replies Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-You-Google-Your-Real-Estate-Agent/526060/ 2014-01-27T14:51:00Z