Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,San Mateo- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/San-Mateo-CA/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate predictions for what the market will do in SF Peninsula? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/predictions-for-what-the-market-will-do-in-SF-Peninsula/537192/ Just sold our home, Any chance the market will slow down a little which will allow us to purchase? How hard is it to buy a foreclosed property?<br \><br \>5 replies Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/predictions-for-what-the-market-will-do-in-SF-Peninsula/537192/ 2014-04-20T05:28:00Z Looking for a real estate agent specializing in San Mateo County in CA http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-real-estate-agent-specializing-in-San-Mateo-County-in-CA/527599/ First time home buyer looking to purchase a home in San Mateo, Millbrae, or South San Francisco. Looking for an agent that is very knowledgeable about the area and be willing to work in our price range ($1M). Also someone with experience in buying short sales properties.&nbsp;<br \><br \>6 replies Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-real-estate-agent-specializing-in-San-Mateo-County-in-CA/527599/ 2014-02-08T00:35:00Z how to buy a pre-foreclosure in northern california? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-to-buy-a-pre-foreclosure-in-northern-california/529838/ how do i go about buying a pre-foreclosure in california? if their loan is low and value is high, can i just approach the owners and offer to pay off their debts and default amount?&nbsp;<br/>how come i don't hear about people doing that? usually i just see it go into foreclosure and auctioned at the court steps or foreclosed and listed as a bank owned sale.&nbsp;<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-to-buy-a-pre-foreclosure-in-northern-california/529838/ 2014-02-25T00:18:00Z Can seller rent back the short sale property? Will it be against the law? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-seller-rent-back-the-short-sale-property-Will-it-be-against-the-law/506250/ 5 replies Sun, 11 Aug 2013 01:40:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-seller-rent-back-the-short-sale-property-Will-it-be-against-the-law/506250/ 2013-08-11T01:40:00Z 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 The property I am buying has multiple owners and one of them has filed chapter 13. So due to delays http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-property-I-am-buying-has-multiple-owners-and-one-of-them-has-filed-chapter-13-So-due-to-delays/497826/ Since the owner cannot close escrow on time, my loan got revised and now I am getting 0.5% more interest rate as I was getting 2 months ago<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-property-I-am-buying-has-multiple-owners-and-one-of-them-has-filed-chapter-13-So-due-to-delays/497826/ 2013-06-18T22:26:00Z 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 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 What does it mean when it says "make me move" on a listing? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-does-it-mean-when-it-says-make-me-move-on-a-listing/486543/ 2 replies Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-does-it-mean-when-it-says-make-me-move-on-a-listing/486543/ 2013-04-05T21:05:00Z 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 Rent vs Buy in Bay Area? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Rent-vs-Buy-in-Bay-Area/453123/ Hello! I'm currently starting to consider a home / condo purchase.<br/><br/>The stats:<br/><br/>Age: 29<br/>Current Rent + Utilities: $700 / month (one room in 3br/2ba)<br/>Current Income: $100k / yr<br/>Total Savings: $175k (mix of taxable stock account, 401k, roth ira, etc, little liquid)<br/><br/>My goal is to move into a 1br or 2br with my boyfriend in the next year. His stats:<br/><br/>Age: 30<br/>Yearly Income: $0 (looking for job that pays &gt;$50k/yr)<br/>Current Rent: $0 (lives with parents)<br/>Total Savings: $0<br/><br/>I'd like to better understand the benefit, if there is any, of purchasing a house/condo. Every time I do the math, it seems to make more sense to rent, but then it always seems to make more sense to rent and clearly there are many benefits to home ownership. I don't think I'm ready to buy a house and deal with taking care of the property, so I'd likely be looking at a condo. However, HOA seem quite expensive on top of a&nbsp;mortgage. It looks like the minimum cost of a condo would be $550k - $650k plus taxes, interest and HOA, vs renting $1.5k - $2k per month.<br/><br/>Can someone please tell me why I should consider purchasing versus renting for the foreseeable future?<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br \><br \>4 replies Sun, 29 Jul 2012 01:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Rent-vs-Buy-in-Bay-Area/453123/ 2012-07-29T01:53:00Z Can Someone tell me the approximate closing cost for a house in California priced at $970,000? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-Someone-tell-me-the-approximate-closing-cost-for-a-house-in-California-priced-at-970-000/418721/ 11 replies Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-Someone-tell-me-the-approximate-closing-cost-for-a-house-in-California-priced-at-970-000/418721/ 2011-10-10T16:30:00Z Why am i receiving property leads from areas that I am not marketing in? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-am-i-receiving-property-leads-from-areas-that-I-am-not-marketing-in/423599/ 1 reply Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-am-i-receiving-property-leads-from-areas-that-I-am-not-marketing-in/423599/ 2011-11-21T17:33:00Z I am interested in Bridgewater emeryville. Any comments about price/location/ etc. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-interested-in-Bridgewater-emeryville-Any-comments-about-price-location-etc/273983/ I am interested in buying a place in Emeryville. Do you have any comments about Bridgewater? have you heard any positive/ negative comments about the condo?<br \><br \>3 replies Mon, 31 Aug 2009 04:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-interested-in-Bridgewater-emeryville-Any-comments-about-price-location-etc/273983/ 2009-08-31T04:41:00Z How come my next door neighbor's zestimate keeps going up, and mine keeps going down. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-come-my-next-door-neighbor%27s-zestimate-keeps-going-up-and-mine-keeps-going-down/407087/ There&nbsp;are two houses on the same street right next to each other (3rd Avenue). One's zestimate has been going up and the others has been going down.&nbsp;I am not sure about&nbsp;the reliability of the Zillow estimates?<br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-come-my-next-door-neighbor%27s-zestimate-keeps-going-up-and-mine-keeps-going-down/407087/ 2011-07-12T18:41:00Z crime statictics in area of 94401 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/crime-statictics-in-area-of-94401/400330/ 2 replies Tue, 24 May 2011 21:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/crime-statictics-in-area-of-94401/400330/ 2011-05-24T21:50:00Z 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 Offer price vs Listing price... need some help!!!!! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Offer-price-vs-Listing-price-need-some-help/388471/ <p style="text-align: left;" class="MsoNormal">I made an offer&nbsp;for a bay area condo and it is a regular sale. The listing price is 20% more than the avg. sales price in the same community. My offer price is very close to the current sales price. I wasn't surprised that my offer was not accepted since the listing is quite new. I was hoping that the seller would counter offer me; however, the broker said the offer price is way too low to even consider. There is one other offer for the same unit. The offer price that I made was the same as the sales price of the unit&nbsp;above&nbsp;this one which was sold less than a month ago. I found out that the seller bought the unit last year at a 75% of the current listing price and fixed up the unit for resale. I estimated the price of the fixed up that the seller made was less than $5K base on the pictures shown on the old listing. Can anyone give me some suggestions on the offering strategy?&nbsp;I like that unit but I think that the listing price is way over what it worth. I studied the sales history of the past 3 years and the value of condos at that community has&nbsp;decreased by 22% since 2008. The avg. sales price of the first 3 sales in 2011 was down by another 2% when comparing to the 2010 average. I know that the seller (as an investor) must want to make some money, but how much is enough? I am a first time home buyer and this is the first real estate offer ever made in my life. I am planning to put a new offer but I am not sure how much is considered to be "considerable" and "fair".</p><br \><br \>8 replies Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Offer-price-vs-Listing-price-need-some-help/388471/ 2011-02-25T21:28:00Z