Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Oakland- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Oakland-CA/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate What is the buyer's agent's incentive to get the lowest price when being paid by the seller? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-buyer%27s-agent%27s-incentive-to-get-the-lowest-price-when-being-paid-by-the-seller/509566/ The buyer's agent is being paid a portion of the listing broker's commission. As such, wouldn't this portion increase if the sale price increases? There is no true incentive to keep the price low for the buyer.<br \><br \>37 replies Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-buyer%27s-agent%27s-incentive-to-get-the-lowest-price-when-being-paid-by-the-seller/509566/ 2013-09-01T19:35:00Z How does the county assess the value of a home for taxing purposes? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-does-the-county-assess-the-value-of-a-home-for-taxing-purposes/527961/ In this case Alameda county, CA. I'm trying to figure out what the new assessment will be once we buy the house and a new assessment is allowed.<br \><br \>4 replies Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-does-the-county-assess-the-value-of-a-home-for-taxing-purposes/527961/ 2014-02-10T19:15:00Z (Moved): What can I do to get more (or better) quotes for my loan request ZR-VCPTSCV? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Moved-What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-VCPTSCV/522948/ This discussion has been moved to the following location: <a href="http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-VCPTSCV/522947/">http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-VCPTSCV/522947/</a><br \><br \>0 replies Wed, 01 Jan 2014 01:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Moved-What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-VCPTSCV/522948/ 2014-01-01T01:10:00Z why has there been such acute fluctuation in projected values in Lakeshore, Montclair, Glenview http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-has-there-been-such-acute-fluctuation-in-projected-values-in-Lakeshore-Montclair-Glenview/521565/ projections for 94610 were 5.5% &nbsp;on 12-1, on 12-13 &nbsp;7.0%<br/>&nbsp;94611&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; " 3.6% &nbsp;&nbsp; " , &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; " &nbsp;&nbsp; 6.1%<br/>*94602&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4.3% &nbsp;&nbsp;" , &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;" &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7.6%<br/><br/>Thanks,<br/><br/>Larry Meskill<br \><br \>1 reply Sat, 14 Dec 2013 01:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-has-there-been-such-acute-fluctuation-in-projected-values-in-Lakeshore-Montclair-Glenview/521565/ 2013-12-14T01:16:00Z Why don't you put the Bart Stations on your east bay zillow map? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-don%27t-you-put-the-Bart-Stations-on-your-east-bay-zillow-map/514484/ 2 replies Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-don%27t-you-put-the-Bart-Stations-on-your-east-bay-zillow-map/514484/ 2013-10-07T20:17:00Z Low ball offer on a short sale?? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Low-ball-offer-on-a-short-sale/354732/ Hello - I'm a first time home buyer and have found a home I really love. &nbsp;It's a lot more than I'd be willing to spend at $700,000, however it was just reduced from $750,000 as it has been on the market for about 40 days.&nbsp;<br/><br/>I just found out that the house is a short sale. &nbsp;I want to make a low ball offer on it to see what happens. I'm thinking $500,000. &nbsp;Would the banks laugh at me for this "low ball" offer? &nbsp;Is it worth trying? &nbsp;I figure I have nothing to lose here but I also don't want to insult anybody. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!&nbsp;<br/><br/><br/>Thanks,<br/><br/>J<br \><br \>12 replies Tue, 22 Jun 2010 04:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Low-ball-offer-on-a-short-sale/354732/ 2010-06-22T04:09:00Z Under Prop13 in CA can a senior sell their home and purchase another home and take their old tax w http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Under-Prop13-in-CA-can-a-senior-sell-their-home-and-purchase-another-home-and-take-their-old-tax-w/516556/ I purchased my home in 1985, under prop 13 tax laws I now pay property taxes based&nbsp; on a home value of 200,000.00. If I sell for $700,000.00 and purchase a new home for $750,000.00.&nbsp; As a senior citizen can I take my old tax basis of $200,000.00 with me to the new home?<br \><br \>2 replies Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Under-Prop13-in-CA-can-a-senior-sell-their-home-and-purchase-another-home-and-take-their-old-tax-w/516556/ 2013-10-24T17:56:00Z DO TAX SALE SELL OVERPRICED SMALL SPACE ROOM ONLY http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/DO-TAX-SALE-SELL-OVERPRICED-SMALL-SPACE-ROOM-ONLY/511901/ I AM WONDERIN IF THE GOVERNMENT SELLING ONE SMALL ROOM AND ASKING MORE THAN ITS VALUE?&nbsp;MY FRIEND&nbsp;BOUGHT A&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;CONDO&nbsp; HE PAID $45,000FROM TAX SALE&nbsp;. WHEN HE WENT TO THE REALTOR TO CHECK THE VALUE THEY SAID IT IS ONLY A SMALL EMPTY ROOM 179 SQFT.WORTH $3,000 I DONT BELIEVE THAT GOVERNMENT SELLING OVER PRICED SMALL SPACE WITHOUT TOILET OR SOMETHING. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/DO-TAX-SALE-SELL-OVERPRICED-SMALL-SPACE-ROOM-ONLY/511901/ 2013-09-18T21:37:00Z Looking out for resale value.... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-out-for-resale-value/493871/ ...is it smarter to buy a house with a lower Zestimate (than purchase price) with upgrades or go for the house that has Zestimate closer or higher than purchase price?<br \><br \>14 replies Sat, 25 May 2013 20:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-out-for-resale-value/493871/ 2013-05-25T20:42:00Z Would like to buy a house and rent it,who do I need to contact? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Would-like-to-buy-a-house-and-rent-it-who-do-I-need-to-contact/495669/ I am a first time buyer and would like to purchase a house and also rent it to someone. I don't know much about buying and renting process, what kind of agent should I contact with?<br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Would-like-to-buy-a-house-and-rent-it-who-do-I-need-to-contact/495669/ 2013-06-06T12:24:00Z does Zillow share what houses have been searched for? said another way, can i see how many times my http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/does-Zillow-share-what-houses-have-been-searched-for-said-another-way-can-i-see-how-many-times-my/491727/ i would like to do this to track interest in properties? higher interest properties will have more zillow searches.<br \><br \>5 replies Fri, 10 May 2013 21:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/does-Zillow-share-what-houses-have-been-searched-for-said-another-way-can-i-see-how-many-times-my/491727/ 2013-05-10T21:02:00Z Homes in Oakland Hills zoned for Orinda Unified SD? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Homes-in-Oakland-Hills-zoned-for-Orinda-Unified-SD/475852/ Are there homes in the Oakland Hills that are assigned to Orinda Unified School district? I've heard of this but can't find any info.<br \><br \>3 replies Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Homes-in-Oakland-Hills-zoned-for-Orinda-Unified-SD/475852/ 2013-01-25T17:52:00Z if i make an offer on a BMR unit, how much should i offer above asking? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/if-i-make-an-offer-on-a-BMR-unit-how-much-should-i-offer-above-asking/474678/ 3 replies Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/if-i-make-an-offer-on-a-BMR-unit-how-much-should-i-offer-above-asking/474678/ 2013-01-17T01:45:00Z Properties shown as "Pending http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Properties-shown-as-Pending/471179/ I find that real estate agents are manipulating the market&nbsp;with overpriced properties,&nbsp;creating bidding wars for buyers against&nbsp;phantom bidders,&nbsp;preventing sale values of properties from being disclosed on online resources. The current system of agents to both parties&nbsp;protects&nbsp;the interest of neither buyer nor seller. I've been monitoring Zillow for last couple of&nbsp;years. I&nbsp;liked Zillow&nbsp;'cos I thought it made market analysis easier by getting&nbsp;us the prices of properties sold&nbsp;with description and other details making it easier for us to determine the true value&nbsp;of the property&nbsp;and not having to rely on&nbsp;an agent.&nbsp;&nbsp;But to support my initial statement, lately agents have found a loophole in zillow. Properties get listed at way over the market value, remain on market without sale, then is shown as if offer accepted "Pending" then gets off market in a few days. It returns back to market within a few days&nbsp;as "for rent" or gets relisted "for sale".&nbsp;Also for those which are genuinely "sold", the sale price is not listed these days. Upon closing,&nbsp;the property gets delisted and the price track changes just indicate "Listing removed" in "Pending" status. This is&nbsp;a loophole in zillow which prevents a buyer from having the sale price data for a particular region and it becomes the word of the agent which we know from experience is either a lie or an inflated truth. As a buyer, these days, I am not getting the valued input of the sales data that I seek making it difficult for me to determine the true value of any property that might interest me for purchase. If zillow can find a way to bring transperancy in the sale transactions, the market will be a free market determined by demand supply and not dictated by the real estate agents.&nbsp;<br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Properties-shown-as-Pending/471179/ 2012-12-13T04:58:00Z What is the price range for one-bedroom condos in Adams Point, Oakland, CA? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-price-range-for-one-bedroom-condos-in-Adams-Point-Oakland-CA/463236/ 1 reply Mon, 08 Oct 2012 23:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-price-range-for-one-bedroom-condos-in-Adams-Point-Oakland-CA/463236/ 2012-10-08T23:06:00Z Can an agent offer a buyer a gift in the form of a gift card after closing escrow? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-an-agent-offer-a-buyer-a-gift-in-the-form-of-a-gift-card-after-closing-escrow/426733/ Can an agent offer a prospective buyer a gift card to Home Depot or any other vendor&nbsp;after the close of escrow to use for their home?. I know there are some limitations set by the Dep. of <a href="http://www.zillow.com">Real Estate</a>. <br/>I see <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/lenders/">lenders</a> doing it.<br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-an-agent-offer-a-buyer-a-gift-in-the-form-of-a-gift-card-after-closing-escrow/426733/ 2011-12-26T21:25:00Z What are my rights as a buyer I was told today by my broker the seller wants to cancel the sell beca http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-my-rights-as-a-buyer-I-was-told-today-by-my-broker-the-seller-wants-to-cancel-the-sell-beca/452307/ I was told today by my broker the seller wants to cancel the sell because she was denied a loan to purchase another house.&nbsp;<br \><br \>11 replies Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-my-rights-as-a-buyer-I-was-told-today-by-my-broker-the-seller-wants-to-cancel-the-sell-beca/452307/ 2012-07-23T23:52:00Z Has anyone in the SF Bay Area used a REDFIN agent? Any comments on pros & cons. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Has-anyone-in-the-SF-Bay-Area-used-a-REDFIN-agent-Any-comments-on-pros-cons/398181/ 14 replies Mon, 09 May 2011 16:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Has-anyone-in-the-SF-Bay-Area-used-a-REDFIN-agent-Any-comments-on-pros-cons/398181/ 2011-05-09T16:20:00Z What's the story on misleading ads? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-story-on-misleading-ads/433589/ I'm coming across a LOT of ads for homes I'm interested in, but when I call the realtor I'm told "that's not on the market anymore," or "we're selling it for much more than the listed price" etc.&nbsp; Are Zillow listings up-to-date and if not, what is the general lag time between a house being sold and its coming off the site?&nbsp; Also, I've reported incorrect information on several houses, but they're never taken off the site.&nbsp; Has anyone ever had a listing taken down in response to a report they've submitted?&nbsp; Just wondering how to spend my time when it comes to house hunting.&nbsp; Many thanks!<br \><br \>2 replies Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-story-on-misleading-ads/433589/ 2012-03-01T20:55:00Z How can I create a list of the homes I want to save? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-create-a-list-of-the-homes-I-want-to-save/424760/ 1 reply Sun, 04 Dec 2011 08:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-create-a-list-of-the-homes-I-want-to-save/424760/ 2011-12-04T08:49:00Z