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Pricing

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It absolutely does! I assume you're question is derived from a Zestimate or something you saw here on Zillow. Please keep in mind that these Zestimate are only estimates and not necessarily what your home might sell for. If you'd like a better idea about your homes value, I recommend talking to a real estate pro or an appraiser. A Realtor can give you a value estimate for free, an appraise can give you an official paid for report. Hope this helps:)
December 18 2011
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PRICE TOO LOW

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Not sure what you're asking, but I'm going to assume you saw a Zillow estimate of $445k. The truth is, after reviewing 2931 Medina Dr in the tax records and MLS, I see no reason for the value to be that low. Here's my estimate:In the last 6 months there have been 5 sales within 2 blocks of 2931 Medina. The average sale price for all those is $600,600. The average square-footage on all those is 2381 (none below 2000 sqft). Assuming your home is in average condition and assuming the 1440 sqft listed in the tax record is correct, your home should sell for somewhere between $525k and $550k -- less if in below average condition, more if you have recently remodeled. Zillow numbers don't mean much. It's just a guestimate. Appraisers and banks don;t look at Zillow numbers, and neither do we real estate agents. We have better, real-time data to pull from:) Hope this helps.David
December 07 2011
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Why does my house shows for sale?

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Not only that, but a broker has listed it within the MLS. Here's his contact info: Edward Stephens 650-208-1301.MLS shows it was removed from the market today. David
December 04 2011
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where can i get home value for past 7 years?

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You should ask a Realtor. They are the only people that are going to have access to historical data. For example, if you give me the address of a home in say, Menlo Park, I can provide an estimated value for today, a year ago and perhaps two years ago, depending on available records. Going back further is difficult and heavily depends on what sold in the immediate area of the subject home and if those sales were "public" or not. Hope this helps.
December 01 2011
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How do I list my rental property?

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There are 3 ways to do that, 1) Post it on craigslist and manage the search for a renter yourself. 2) Have a Realtor post it on the MLS & Craigslist and let them find the renter and do the paperwork (for a fee). 3) hire a property management company to manage the home. They will market it, get it rented and manage it for a monthly fee.Hope this helps!David Gowans
October 22 2011
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Is it possible for me to find out fair market value of my home from november 2008?

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Unfortunately, not really. I can often figure a fair market value from a year of less ago, but the MLS system I and appraisers use generally won't let us go that far back. You could go through the public records on the county assessors site and pull homes around your house that sold that year, then figure the value of your house at that time. You'd probably be about as accurate as the average appraiser too.... but that will be tedious.Wish I could help more.
October 12 2011
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Can Someone tell me the approximate closing cost for a house in California priced at $970,000?

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Just found a handy closing cost calculator of a local title companies website. Thought you might find it useful. I suggest using the numbers you come up with as a ballpark figure, not an absolute number.https://rates.gottitle.com/tpe/forms/Criteria.aspx?Metro=NCA
October 10 2011
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how can I find out who owns this house? 2830 Hacienda st in san manteo, ca

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Sunnyview is 100% correct. Here's a good place for you to start:http://www.smcare.org/recorder/recording_documents/search_database.asp
October 10 2011
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Can Someone tell me the approximate closing cost for a house in California priced at $970,000?

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Here in the Bay Area, I usually tell buyers to figure 1.5% of the purchase price. The truth is, it really depends on the type of financing you'll be using. Different lenders have different origination and other fees. Title insurance varies based on purchase price. You've got to pay for inspections ($1000 to $1500), first year of home owners insurance, transfer fees, supplemental taxes.... etc. 1.5% will almost always cover it unless the transaction is structured in an irregular way. One thing I definitely recommend..... use either a lender you already have a relationship with, or a local lender.Hope this helps:)DavidSanMateoLiving
October 10 2011
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Is it possible to get automatic email notification about homes by entering certain criteria?

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Cameron is right, good Realtor sites provide this feature. Not sure what area you're looking in, but my site can send you email alerts for areas from Portola Valley & Palo Alto up through Daly City. I'd give you a link, but it'll just get deleted by the Zillow moderator. If you have special criteria, like in DonAnder's case, I or any Realtor can set up an alert for you within the MLS system itself that can filter to some of the more detailed criteria like 2 story homes.There should be a link to my site on my profile. Feel free to use it if you're looking in San Mateo County.Hope this helps.
October 10 2011
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