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 rental demand for section 8 housing in Oakland CA? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-rental-demand-for-section-8-housing-in-Oakland-CA/419487/ What is the rental demand for section 8 housing in Oakland CA and how do I go about getting this data?<br \><br \>2 replies Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-rental-demand-for-section-8-housing-in-Oakland-CA/419487/ 2011-10-16T23:12:00Z Am I a good prospective first time buyer? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Am-I-a-good-prospective-first-time-buyer/580973/ <p class="MsoNormal">I'm trying to figure out where I stand as a prospective first time home buyer and what type of loan is ideal for me. &nbsp;&nbsp;I would like to stay in the Oakland area (or surrounding communities) and I'm starting to think that if I do not move now, that I'll miss out.&nbsp; I think a 30 year 3.5% FHA loan for $300,000 would be ideal because I do not have a significant deposit readily available.&nbsp; I know $300,000 won't go far in "new Oakland", but I thinking it might be enough for a 1bed condo or a rundown home in an unattractive yet promising neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Despite not having the standard 10-20% down payment, I think I have a strong profile &ndash; annual income in the mid-90,000s, some debt (monthly credit and student loan payments that come to about 975), and 700+ credit score (currently 754 via lifelock). &nbsp;Not sure if I'm just dreaming or if this something I should pursue.&nbsp; Any advice or suggestions would be helpful.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Am-I-a-good-prospective-first-time-buyer/580973/ 2015-03-31T00:03:00Z WHICH AREA U ADVISE ME TO BUY HOUSE AS AN INVESTMENT GETTIG GOOD AND SUSTAINABLE RENTAL INCOME. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/WHICH-AREA-U-ADVISE-ME-TO-BUY-HOUSE-AS-AN-INVESTMENT-GETTIG-GOOD-AND-SUSTAINABLE-RENTAL-INCOME/564600/ I WANT IN CA OAKLAND<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/WHICH-AREA-U-ADVISE-ME-TO-BUY-HOUSE-AS-AN-INVESTMENT-GETTIG-GOOD-AND-SUSTAINABLE-RENTAL-INCOME/564600/ 2014-10-28T17:33:00Z how do you prepare to buy a foreclosure http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-you-prepare-to-buy-a-foreclosure/567657/ 2 replies Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-you-prepare-to-buy-a-foreclosure/567657/ 2014-11-24T02:15:00Z 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 \>41 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 rent to own options for 1st time home buyers http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/rent-to-own-options-for-1st-time-home-buyers/550259/ 2 replies Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/rent-to-own-options-for-1st-time-home-buyers/550259/ 2014-07-19T01:54:00Z What does Make Me Move mean? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-does-Make-Me-Move-mean/287118/ 8 replies Sat, 10 Oct 2009 16:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-does-Make-Me-Move-mean/287118/ 2009-10-10T16:36:00Z How to buy the cottage we're renting behind another rental house on the same property. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-buy-the-cottage-we%27re-renting-behind-another-rental-house-on-the-same-property/541696/ Our landlord wants to eventually sell this property which includes one huge rental house in front and the small cottage we're renting in back. He's approached us several times about buying the property but we just cannot come up with the funds necessary for the entire thing. We'd love to buy the cottage we're in right now and wonder what would have to happen to buy the cottage and a section of the yard? Everything is completely separate now. Separate address and no shared utilities or anything. Thanks in advance!<br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 20 May 2014 18:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-buy-the-cottage-we%27re-renting-behind-another-rental-house-on-the-same-property/541696/ 2014-05-20T18:12:00Z 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 \>5 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