Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Santa Clara- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Santa-Clara-CA/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Should I buy a condo as an investment not and delay my plane of buying SFH for myself? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-I-buy-a-condo-as-an-investment-not-and-delay-my-plane-of-buying-SFH-for-myself/558627/ Hi,<br/><br/>I want to buy a SFH(single family home) but I'm not in rush.<br/>I was thinking, to buy a condo first and do not move in, instead rent it out. If I move in, I'll be relaxed and I'll not buy SFH for years. I was thinking to buy condo, put it on rent and in 1-2 years by a SFH for myself.<br/><br/>In this way, with a payment of say 70K-80K, I can start building equity, put that condo on rent and payoff the mortgage. In parallel start saving for SFH and buy it in 1-2 years.<br/><br/>Can anyone comment on my plan please? Please let me know pros and cons of doing this.&nbsp;<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-I-buy-a-condo-as-an-investment-not-and-delay-my-plane-of-buying-SFH-for-myself/558627/ 2014-09-09T20:56:00Z Two houses apart from each other yet price/sq foot is $326 vs $406, why? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Two-houses-apart-from-each-other-yet-price-sq-foot-is-326-vs-406-why/438845/ One house @ 2116 Dianne, 95050 is $406/sq. ft and two houses away @ 2136 Dianne, 95050 is $326 sq. ft. &nbsp;Neither home has been sold recently. Why the difference in valuation?<br \><br \>5 replies Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Two-houses-apart-from-each-other-yet-price-sq-foot-is-326-vs-406-why/438845/ 2012-04-12T23:35:00Z Investment - Buying a property and rent it out http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Investment-Buying-a-property-and-rent-it-out/537265/ I am a 29 year old single professional working for a high-tech company located in Bay Area, California (South Bay to be precise).<br/><br/>I want to diversify my investment portfolio by adding something 'concrete'. &nbsp;Buying a property comes to my mind. &nbsp;Due to the high income in my area, the property is expensive as well, so I am open to other location as well, even if it is in another state.<br/><br/>Goal:<br/>1. Buying a property where it can be easily rented<br/>2. Hopefully the monthly rent will at least cover the monthly mortgage payment if I get no extra income form it<br/>&nbsp;<br/>My annual income is $110,000.<br/>Right now I can provide $120k as down payment<br/><br/>I have no idea where to start, who to talk to, or where to search these kinds of properties, since I am not buying a home for myself, and as I said, the houses in my area are too expensive, something I cannot afford.<br/><br/>Can someone please guide me on this kind of investment?<br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Investment-Buying-a-property-and-rent-it-out/537265/ 2014-04-21T00:51:00Z Are we heading for the next housing bubble...? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-we-heading-for-the-next-housing-bubble/480104/ Hi all-<br/>I have been looking to buy a home in the SanFrancisco bay area, and for the past few months, it has been shockingly going up.&nbsp;<br/>I'm not sure if it because of the low interest rate or shortage of homes.. Or both. The prices have almost hit the peak 2007 points, especially in areas with good schools.<br/>I'm afraid if this is sustainable..? Is another big bubble forming?<br \><br \>15 replies Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-we-heading-for-the-next-housing-bubble/480104/ 2013-02-25T05:24:00Z How do we make sure that seller leaves the home 'broom clean' after close http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-we-make-sure-that-seller-leaves-the-home-%27broom-clean%27-after-close/527051/ Seller has maintained the home very unhygienic and dirty. Our Realtor says that Seller is 'supposed' to leave the home broom clean when he leaves and there is no way to ensure such. Our contract language did not include such things either.&nbsp;How do we make sure that seller leaves the home 'broom clean' after close? <br/><br/>&lt;BR&gt;&lt;BR&gt;Realtors, Please advise!!!<br \><br \>12 replies Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-we-make-sure-that-seller-leaves-the-home-%27broom-clean%27-after-close/527051/ 2014-02-03T23:37:00Z Is it normal to offer more than the listing price on a house when making an offer? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-normal-to-offer-more-than-the-listing-price-on-a-house-when-making-an-offer/396221/ Hi there, first time home buyer here and I had a few questions because I am heavily depending on my real estate agent, but he doesn't seem like a&nbsp;reliable&nbsp;person.<br/><br/>I've been looking for a house around the 350k - 400k range and plan on putting 100k down. My agent says its normal to offer more than the listing price on a house or else my chances of purchasing that&nbsp;particular&nbsp;house will be very low. I still don't understand how that would be the case for a house that has been on the market for such a long time, but I've been making offers several thousand dollars more for houses I am interested in, but my agent still informs me that the house was sold to another party.<br/><br/>The reason I ask is because today I asked my agent if I would be getting the house I made an offer for in Sunnyvale (the second house I've made an offer on in Sunnyvale). He told me that it had been sold so I tried to confirm the address with him and he seemed a little confused at first and wrote down the address and began to think about it for a minute. He then confirmed that it had been sold. It is still listed as active on another site but I know things can take time to update online.<br/><br/>My agent also seems to have a i-don't-want-to-be here attitude. Now I'm certainly not expecting great customer service or even a friendly person, but he just isn't that helpful. I don't have experience at all with any other agents but when we arrive to look at a house, he opens the door to let us in and look around the house while he waits outside. He doesn't even greet us, which does not bother me but could be an indicator of how helpful he is actually being.<br/><br/>Thank you in advance for your thoughts and advice. &nbsp;<br \><br \>24 replies Sat, 23 Apr 2011 01:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-normal-to-offer-more-than-the-listing-price-on-a-house-when-making-an-offer/396221/ 2011-04-23T01:33:00Z Score 588 and owe few debt credit card collention but wannting to buy a home please help http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Score-588-and-owe-few-debt-credit-card-collention-but-wannting-to-buy-a-home-please-help/518090/ I live in usa ca bay area looking for some lender who can get me a loan to buy a house 2-280k range with little as 10k-15k Credit score : 588 Have few collention but they were 7-8 years ago, but my house income is 8,000$ But they get cash and i get paystub 4,000$ my income If anyone in bay area willing to offer any program loan i would be happy to talk to dont want to keep runingg my credit will lowerer it even more please<br \><br \>5 replies Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Score-588-and-owe-few-debt-credit-card-collention-but-wannting-to-buy-a-home-please-help/518090/ 2013-11-06T06:13:00Z Anyone who can get my dad a home loan with 588 credit score. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Anyone-who-can-get-my-dad-a-home-loan-with-588-credit-score/518092/ If any lender here would work with my dad to get him a home loan with credit low as 588! Please contact me asap - credit score 588 just checked today - i think dad has collations but few years ago.<br \><br \>5 replies Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Anyone-who-can-get-my-dad-a-home-loan-with-588-credit-score/518092/ 2013-11-06T06:29:00Z Down Payment http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Down-Payment/481253/ Can you withdraw money from a 401k account to use as a down payment for the purchase of a new home without penalties?<br \><br \>2 replies Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Down-Payment/481253/ 2013-03-04T18:50:00Z First time home buyer need advice on how to get started. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-home-buyer-need-advice-on-how-to-get-started/453081/ We are a family of two husband and wife with steady jobs. We are now planning to buy a house because the rental market has just exploded. Like to get advice on whom should we get in touch with.<br/>Also we make together around 170K+ but the problem is wife's credit score is bad should we wait for her credit score to improve and then try to buy a house.<br/>Please advise<br \><br \>11 replies Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-home-buyer-need-advice-on-how-to-get-started/453081/ 2012-07-28T20:45:00Z Can I get a FHA 5/1 ARM and also the First Time Home Buyer Downpayment Assistance from Santa Clara http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-get-a-FHA-5-1-ARM-and-also-the-First-Time-Home-Buyer-Downpayment-Assistance-from-Santa-Clara/415109/ 1 reply Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-get-a-FHA-5-1-ARM-and-also-the-First-Time-Home-Buyer-Downpayment-Assistance-from-Santa-Clara/415109/ 2011-09-10T23:02:00Z home buying with loan http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/home-buying-with-loan/412923/ home with 2 bedroom +,2 bath, 1200 sq ft, around sant clara,ca costing close to 160000<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/home-buying-with-loan/412923/ 2011-08-24T07:05:00Z Why is your value of a home in Santa Clara, ca so much higher than the public record? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-is-your-value-of-a-home-in-Santa-Clara-ca-so-much-higher-than-the-public-record/393974/ You say a house at 3281 El Sobrante St. Is worth 700,000+, while the public record says it is worth only 126,000?<br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-is-your-value-of-a-home-in-Santa-Clara-ca-so-much-higher-than-the-public-record/393974/ 2011-04-07T00:01:00Z How do i get information about foreclosures sales ? Is there any risk buying a foreclosed home ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-i-get-information-about-foreclosures-sales-Is-there-any-risk-buying-a-foreclosed-home/179312/ 15 replies Fri, 19 Dec 2008 14:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-i-get-information-about-foreclosures-sales-Is-there-any-risk-buying-a-foreclosed-home/179312/ 2008-12-19T14:30:00Z Under in current townhouse, want a new home, more room..what to do? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Under-in-current-townhouse-want-a-new-home-more-room-what-to-do/381534/ Our current home is under water (bought for 585K, current value is $400K). This is a 2/2, have 3 kids and need more room. Thinking of renting current property out and purchasing a new property, maybe forclosure but not enough funds for a downpayment. What are my options? Are there any grants out there I can use for downpayment assistance? I can only afford a house under 350K in Santa Clara County. I keep seeing people buying $500K homes for under 100K, how is this possible?&nbsp;Can someone tell me how to do this? Thoughts?<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Under-in-current-townhouse-want-a-new-home-more-room-what-to-do/381534/ 2011-01-19T20:38:00Z how can I get the addresses of these foreclosed homes in santa clara, ca., I see only street names. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-I-get-the-addresses-of-these-foreclosed-homes-in-santa-clara-ca-I-see-only-street-names/342871/ <p>I see only a listing of street name on zilllow, how can I get complete address of foreclosed homes in santa clara, ca.<br/></p><br \><br \>6 replies Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-I-get-the-addresses-of-these-foreclosed-homes-in-santa-clara-ca-I-see-only-street-names/342871/ 2010-04-11T00:26:00Z whats the cost to correct a foundation post which has marginally moved? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/whats-the-cost-to-correct-a-foundation-post-which-has-marginally-moved/363026/ Hai my friend is planning on getting a house. But after we got the home inspection reports we realized that one of the foundation post has moved marginally and one more post which is added improperly. Can someone help in how much it would cost? who would do a good job? Thank you.<br \><br \>5 replies Fri, 20 Aug 2010 18:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/whats-the-cost-to-correct-a-foundation-post-which-has-marginally-moved/363026/ 2010-08-20T18:13:00Z Typo on Contact Email / Can't Change it. HELP ZILLOW!! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Typo-on-Contact-Email-Can%27t-Change-it-HELP-ZILLOW/365073/ I made a typo on my email address when I signed up with Zillow.&nbsp;I'm unable to change it because someone else has the same email&nbsp;address. I am other person who has the other email address!&nbsp; Can&nbsp;Zillow help me fix it?<br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 03 Sep 2010 23:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Typo-on-Contact-Email-Can%27t-Change-it-HELP-ZILLOW/365073/ 2010-09-03T23:56:00Z Looking to buy a diamond in the Sea! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-to-buy-a-diamond-in-the-Sea/324798/ I am really serious to buy a house that fit the following criteria:<br/>price max 200K<br/>location Santa Clara <br/>single family home<br/>min 3 bedroom<br/>year build less than 40 years<br/>min of 1100 square feet.<br/>Lot size ~5,000<br/><br/>This is an open add for all agents who may have such a house to contact me.<br/><br/>Serious response only please.<br/><h3><br/></h3><br \><br \>8 replies Mon, 15 Feb 2010 07:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-to-buy-a-diamond-in-the-Sea/324798/ 2010-02-15T07:20:00Z is single home is best or condo is best? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-single-home-is-best-or-condo-is-best/256263/ i m searching for homes<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-single-home-is-best-or-condo-is-best/256263/ 2009-07-14T21:30:00Z