Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Cupertino- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Cupertino-CA/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate As a home buyer, what attracts you most to Cupertino? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/As-a-home-buyer-what-attracts-you-most-to-Cupertino/545400/ 0 replies Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/As-a-home-buyer-what-attracts-you-most-to-Cupertino/545400/ 2014-06-13T17:33:00Z Why should home buyers have an independent inspection? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-should-home-buyers-have-an-independent-inspection/529766/ Inspections are an unbiased review of all a home's visible problems, top to bottom. Inspection reports provide home buyers valuable information on a home's overall condition, allowing buyers to make an informed decision on whether or not to purchase the property and/or negotiate repairs.&nbsp;<br \><br \>4 replies Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-should-home-buyers-have-an-independent-inspection/529766/ 2014-02-24T17:16:00Z Is it true that some selling agents will not work w/ a buyer's agent? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-true-that-some-selling-agents-will-not-work-w-a-buyer%27s-agent/507921/ I'm looking at a property where I'm told (but have yet to confirm) that the seller's agent will not work w/ buyer's agents. Is this ever a reasonable scenario? Is it unreasonable to ask the seller's agent this question?&nbsp;<br/><br \><br \>15 replies Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-true-that-some-selling-agents-will-not-work-w-a-buyer%27s-agent/507921/ 2013-08-21T13:52:00Z Why Cupertino neighborhoods have so few homes on the market? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-Cupertino-neighborhoods-have-so-few-homes-on-the-market/435946/ n<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-Cupertino-neighborhoods-have-so-few-homes-on-the-market/435946/ 2012-03-20T17:04:00Z Historical transaction data is not available for this home. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historical-transaction-data-is-not-available-for-this-home/412989/ I believe this may have been asked before - I see many homes without transaction history. On Zillow the property history states: "Historical transaction data is not available for this home."<br/>On many of these homes however, the property taxes jumped up by 16% in 2008/2009. I assume that the jump took place because of a "sale" because the accessed value of the property is roughly the same (it is increasing by 2% each year). Is this correct to assume that a sale did occur in 2008/2009? How does one get the sales history of a home (without contacting a REA as I feel it is not kosher to contact an REA until I am ready to buy a particular home and I do not want to feel obligated to any particular agent).<br/><br/><br \><br \>5 replies Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historical-transaction-data-is-not-available-for-this-home/412989/ 2011-08-24T18:36:00Z Home equity advice http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-equity-advice/485877/ My family just sold a home in the Cupertino/San Jose area for an astronomical sum. In 1960 my folks purchased the house for $17,500. In March of this year, 2013 it sold for $1,275,000.00.<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"><img width="250px" height="200px" imagetype="8" uploadtype="new" imageid="X1-IA-152cj2bkm8n73_dnmx7" src="http://photos3.zillow.com/o_a/IS-152cj2bknn7ml.jpg"/></div><br/><br/>&nbsp;We want to purchase a home in Sacramento in the mid $300,000. range. Is there any good reason we should not pay for said home in cash?<br/>Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated.<br/>Thank you!<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-equity-advice/485877/ 2013-04-02T04:00:00Z How do you conduct valuations? Do you benchmark against similar valuation sites? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-conduct-valuations-Do-you-benchmark-against-similar-valuation-sites/480979/ Noticed one property in Cupertino Spanish Oak Ct area listed for 730K in Zillow, 800K in Realtor.com and $878K in Trulia.com. <br/><br/>Lack of a consensus drives me back into the arms of a local realtor, which is a very painful source of research (constant pursuit after the inquiry). &nbsp;What is your suggestion to fix this ?<br/><br/>Regards <br/>Raj<br/>650.799.7872 &nbsp;&nbsp;<br \><br \>7 replies Sat, 02 Mar 2013 08:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-conduct-valuations-Do-you-benchmark-against-similar-valuation-sites/480979/ 2013-03-02T08:26:00Z Buying a foreclosure/shortsale property http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-a-foreclosure-shortsale-property/448745/ Hi, I am trying to foray into buying a home &amp; would be first time buyer. Somebody told me not to buy home that has been listed under foreclosure/shortsale. I saw that these houses were listed generously lower that market price. Confused - hence looking for some pointers.<br/><br/>thanks<br/>Mahima.<br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-a-foreclosure-shortsale-property/448745/ 2012-06-28T05:36:00Z MLS listings and fact checking http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/MLS-listings-and-fact-checking/423850/ <a href="http://www.boston.com/realestate/news/blogs/renow/2011/11/realtor_liable.html" rel="nofollow">Is a listing agent also liable in CA?</a> In MA a Realtor (C) was held liable for incorrectly listing a property as being in a business zone when in fact the property was zoned as residential.<br/>I know agents say buyer must independently verify but what can we trust in the MLS listing and what should we verify?<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/MLS-listings-and-fact-checking/423850/ 2011-11-23T22:08:00Z can a lot be subdivided http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/can-a-lot-be-subdivided/434745/ Hi all:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I was looking at a house in cupertino that has a 1/2 acre lot.&nbsp; With a house taking one side and a big empty space in the back year with some street access.&nbsp; I&nbsp; don't think I would need such a big yard.&nbsp; I really like the house.&nbsp;&nbsp; Could I buy the house and then partition to subdivide the lot and sell the part of the land that I don't need as a separete parcel? <br/>Thank<br/>Kelingdun<br \><br \>4 replies Sun, 11 Mar 2012 07:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/can-a-lot-be-subdivided/434745/ 2012-03-11T07:04:00Z Why should i buy in california rather than rent and buy somewere else and rent it out ? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-should-i-buy-in-california-rather-than-rent-and-buy-somewere-else-and-rent-it-out/435590/ California prices are still expensive compared to other states. Is it wise to buy in other states and rent it out and use the income to rent in CA in the best cities with one of the best school district in california. I am talking about cities like Cupertino, CA where average house price is 1 million but rents probably around 3500 for a similar house.<br \><br \>2 replies Sat, 17 Mar 2012 20:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-should-i-buy-in-california-rather-than-rent-and-buy-somewere-else-and-rent-it-out/435590/ 2012-03-17T20:03:00Z Cupertino inventory vs Price http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cupertino-inventory-vs-Price/441352/ Like most of the better neighborhoods one sees a surge of home buyer flock all over better neighborhoods trying to get on the bandwagon looking for a place called their own.<br/><br/>Indeed the inventory is lower than past three. 70(2009)-70-60-50(2012) sfhs are on the market, notice the sold(demand) went up left with little inventory (30, 25,16, now just&nbsp;2(50-48))&nbsp;. The sold price goes up a little but will not go out its bound recalling home prices did not dip as much as other neighborhoods.<br/><br/>Sam Shueh<br/>Keller Williams Cupertino<br/><br/><img imageid="X1-IA-7fs5nyphzotr_feuig" uploadtype="new" imagetype="8" src="http://photos3.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i13/i169/IS-7fs5nypje999.jpg?op_sharpen=1&amp;qlt=90&amp;size=250,300"/><img imageid="X1-IA-7fs0m40y9mr3_fsw76" uploadtype="new" imagetype="8" src="http://photos3.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i13/i169/IS-7fs0m40zo76l.jpg?op_sharpen=1&amp;qlt=90&amp;size=250,300"/><br \><br \>3 replies Thu, 03 May 2012 15:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cupertino-inventory-vs-Price/441352/ 2012-05-03T15:08:00Z Are agents not supposed to use rental prices for determining home prices? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-agents-not-supposed-to-use-rental-prices-for-determining-home-prices/380132/ I am having a rough time understanding the prices of homes in Cupertino, CA.<br/>Over the last six months I have monitored both listing prices and rental prices. Here is the current snapshot:<br/>Rental Price/Month (2000 - 2500 sq. ft single family home): $4000 - $4300.<br/>Listing Prices: $1,350,000 - $1,500,000.<br/>Just the property taxes on the home would be $15K - $20K per year.<br/><br/>Please explain why it makes sense to buy a home in this market. I am particularly interested in an agent who specializes in this area to opine on this topic. (The Rent vs Buy calculators&nbsp; indicate it is always good to rent - even after 30 years with a 4.5% interest rate and 2*appreciation over rental price increase.<br \><br \>12 replies Sun, 09 Jan 2011 20:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-agents-not-supposed-to-use-rental-prices-for-determining-home-prices/380132/ 2011-01-09T20:08:00Z Buyer agent relationship after closing the house. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-agent-relationship-after-closing-the-house/370913/ Folks,<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I had an agent from Cupertino Coldwell Banker who was assisting me to buy the house. Basically the house was found by me and somehow the transaction is over. I remember she did very little towards this closing. But after closing, she dropped us all the sudden without even answering her e-mail and return to our call. We felt that it is very odd and it is just that she was there to take the commision. Now thinking back, we think that her action was just pressing us to close it sooner. <br/><br/>Basically we needed some kind of help to get contractors to improve etc.. When we hired her, she promised all those things and after closing, it was like her acting. She used to say that she is an A class realtor something like that.<br/><br/>My question is,&nbsp; is the buyer agent supposed to be like this?<br/>That too after closing, she will send an e-mail that the key is under mat?<br/>and stop answering any e-mail or phone call? According to me it is very strange and I felt very bad that why I should have chosen this kind of agent. Is there anyway to indicate this kind of wrong agent?<br/><br/><br \><br \>18 replies Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-agent-relationship-after-closing-the-house/370913/ 2010-10-12T17:21:00Z Why are Zillow estimates of property value so far off the mark on some homes. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-are-Zillow-estimates-of-property-value-so-far-off-the-mark-on-some-homes/364189/ 5 replies Sat, 28 Aug 2010 22:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-are-Zillow-estimates-of-property-value-so-far-off-the-mark-on-some-homes/364189/ 2010-08-28T22:12:00Z First-time home buyer workshop Saturday November 14. 2009 from 2-4pm http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-home-buyer-workshop-Saturday-November-14-2009-from-2-4pm/292194/ Century 21 Alpha and US Bank offers a Free first-time buyer workshop Novermber 14th, 2-4 pm in Cupertino CA..&nbsp; See link for more detials: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.leannascotthomes.com/HBW.php">Registration</a>&nbsp;Link.<br/><p class="MsoNormal">Offered by: Leanna Scott, Eric Voorhies, and Baz Hina</p><p class="MsoNormal">DRE# 01323430, DRE# 01820585, US Bank Sr. Loan Officer</p><br \><br \>0 replies Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-home-buyer-workshop-Saturday-November-14-2009-from-2-4pm/292194/ 2009-10-28T13:07:00Z Is this building on 7411 Rainbow dr for sale? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-this-building-on-7411-Rainbow-dr-for-sale/255514/ 2 replies Sun, 12 Jul 2009 23:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-this-building-on-7411-Rainbow-dr-for-sale/255514/ 2009-07-12T23:21:00Z What is the best way to find out what liens or mortgages are on a property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-best-way-to-find-out-what-liens-or-mortgages-are-on-a-property/254271/ 4 replies Thu, 09 Jul 2009 06:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-best-way-to-find-out-what-liens-or-mortgages-are-on-a-property/254271/ 2009-07-09T06:57:00Z